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Arts & Design

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers classes and programs related to the visual and performing arts, like photography and painting, along with artistic endeavors and approaches, like film studies and art history.

We also offer classes and programs that incorporate artistry in design, like decorating and home staging.

Our Arts & Design classes and programs seek to extend the values and resources of a liberal education into art and design fields.

Interior Decorating Professional Certificate

The Interior Decorating Professional Certificate program will equip students with industry skills and knowledge to begin a career in the interior decorating field. The program consists of five modules and a capstone presentation. Classes include foundational instruction in architecture, furniture and color theory. Students will also learn about materials, sourcing and industry specific business practices while also establishing fundamental business skills needed to be a successful interior decorator.

Upcoming Courses

Courses

NEW! Students will explore Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, and her world of bright bold colors and tranquil outdoor scenes of flowers, birds, skaters, deer, cats, and horses pulling sleighs. Movie scenes reminiscent of the landscape of Digby, Nova Scotia portray her quiet world of purpose and the tiny home where she paints flowers and stems on walls, shelves, chairs, and even the stove. Inspired to put a few paintings up for sale, Maudie becomes world-famous.


November 8, 9, 10. Friday 6-9pm; Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 9am-6pm
Drop in on the totally unconventional, unforgettable life and couture of Coco Chanel, the modern woman's designer, to illustrate a very personal and unique style of your own. Using film clips, quotes, and a study of multiple online resources, participants will explore Chanel's hope and conviction, the fashion industry, and illustrate a personal portfolio of designs. Recommended reading, journaling, and sketching assignments will enhance the experience. (NOTE: For au pairs, this course offers English language lessons as part of the class content.)


Every week on Wednesday, starting on 09/18/19 and ending on 10/23/19
This film earned eight Academy Award nominations and won six, including Best Art. It is ranked number nine among AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals. The 17-minute ballet sequence, with sets and costumes referencing master French painters, serves as the film's climax. The film is about an ex-GI (Gene Kelly) who stays behind in Paris after the end of WWII to become a reputable painter when both opportunity and love come knocking.


September 27, 28, 29. Friday 6-9pm; Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 9am-6pm
Are you interested in becoming a home stager? This class is an ideal introduction before embarking on the full certificate program. Home staging is the art of preparing a home to go on the market. Develop skills to identify and accentuate a home's most positive features and downplay the negative aspects of a home to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible.


One evening on 12/04/19
Work with a Brewster color wheel and produce beautiful rooms for any interior. Start by examining rooms that have been produced by top decorators and train your eye to see what color theory has been used to get the stunning results. Discuss the psychological effects of individual colors. Study the warm and cool shades on the color wheel and produce award-winning palates for your own rooms.


One day on 09/21/19
The selection process is done and the work begins. Learn what every decorator needs to know in order to save yourself, and your client, time and money. Learn industry standards when selecting and calculating amounts for fabric, wallpaper, paint and rugs. Learn what materials are best used for different purposes and what designs are best used for different functions so that you will be prepared to offer the best advice to your clients.


One evening on 11/20/19
We are offering private professional training for Adobe Creative Cloud products. Want to learn more tips and techniques for Adobe Photoshop? Interested in learning inDesign for designing print and digital materials? Whether you are at the beginning of your design interests or work with the tools often and are looking for interesting ways to professionally enhance your design skill set, we can tailor the private session to your design needs.


Three 1-hour sessions, scheduled in consultation with the instructor
Three 1-hour sessions, scheduled in consultation with the instructor
Join pro photographer Tom Veazey for this collaborative, hands-on workshop and explore all the features of your digital camera. This workshop features hands-on instruction, indoor and outdoor photography sessions (on and off-campus) and weekly assignments supplemented by classroom time for discussion, introduction of new topics, and the review and critique of participants' photographs.


Every week on Wednesday, starting on 09/25/19 and ending on 10/30/19
Sure to be a big treat! Sketch and paint mouthwatering sweet treats like ice cream, fudge brownies, decor cupcakes, and donuts while exploring the techniques for creating works of art. In an encouraging environment, a new confection will be presented, studied, and rendered in a personal sketch pad each class. Learn the basics of drawing, creating texture, shading to add dimension, and magical interest while designing fabulous compositions.


Every week on Monday, starting on 10/28/19 and ending on 12/02/19
Journey into the possibilities of vibrant watercolor! Participants will complete a new color study every week while learning paint techniques and strategies for successful results. Drawing skills are not required. Through a series of warm-up exercises, participants will gain confidence, develop observational skills and a variety of techniques. The class is designed for all skill levels.


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Learn the difference between antiques and collectibles! Explore how to start your small business for selling antiques, how to keep records for tax purposes, how to buy and price antiques, and where to shop for them. Also learn what antique buyers in the Richmond area are looking for.


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Learn the techniques to produce beautiful curb appeal for any home. We will explore walkways, doors, shrubs, lawns, screen porches, patios and lighting.


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There are so many games to play! Some involve stories, others use numbers or letters, and all present a challenge. On screen and off we will analyze what makes a good game, explore all the moving parts, and create our own games. This class takes information and logic from traditional games and applies it to the digital world.


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This class will offer students an opportunity to create beautiful rooms by mastering color coordination, fabric choices, textures, lighting, and overall visual harmony. Furniture arrangement will also be explored as you work with templates guided by a professional interior decorator.


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CodeVA brings an exciting new class to campus this summer with Intro to Vex Robotics! Students will explore the world of machines and robotics as they build and explore the properties of basic simple machines. While working in teams, students will construct robots they can drive while learning how to design a robot to complete a challenge. Note: all robots are part of the curriculum and will not go home with students.


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In this class, students learn how to master sketching rooms and scale drawings. Architect symbols will be taught with exact scale drawings. The class will start with free-hand sketches, move to graph paper, and finish with scale drawings using 3H and H pencils, the T-square and triangles. You will also learn how to sketch elegant window treatments, furniture, and beddings for your rooms.


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