Courses

You will learn how to utilize Color Theory, Composition and Painting Techniques to create works in Acrylic paint. We will facilitate quick, lecture-style, explanations of these fundamental painting elements as you work. This will help you improve your knowledge in art and technical skills.


This course contains no sessions
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Think drawing is a gift that must come naturally? Drawing is a skill that can be developed with practice. You will learn how to draw with proper techniques, discovering how to represent what you see through studies in contour drawing, perspective, positive/negative space and value.


April 13, 2023 to May 18, 2023, Online
Drawing the human form is one the most difficult subjects for an artist. In this course, you will be introduced to the study of the human figure, from a model in a studio environment. You will study gesture, anatomy, line, shape, form, value, foreshortening, and composition.


February 1, 2023 to March 8, 2023, SIUE Main Campus
You will learn how to utilize Color Theory, Composition and Painting Techniques to create works in Watercolor. We will facilitate quick, lecture-style, explanations of these fundamental painting elements as you work. This will help you improve your knowledge in art and technical skills.


March 7, 2023 to April 11, 2023, SIUE Main Campus
A visual arts course, which will focus on using the loose and exciting medium of watercolor to paint different types of trees, plants, leafs and flowers. Beginners or intermediate students are welcome, and will be encouraged to investigate imagery which most interests them.


January 17, 2023 to February 28, 2023, SIUE Main Campus
Expand your jewelry designs by including stones, enamels, or found objects into your work with cold or hot setting techniques. This course will explore methods for utilizing bezels, tabs, and rivets for securing cabochons (flat backed stones), enameled work, or alternative materials.


February 12-19, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
In this ceramic art studio course, you will be introduced to essential clay handbuilding techniques: pinch, coil, slab, and one-piece molds/stamps. Designed for all skill levels, you can pursue various representational, abstract, large-scale, and/or functional objects. You will engage in additional aspects of the ceramic process such as: glazing, kiln-loading/unloading, and mixed-media/cold finishes.


January 12, 2023 to March 2, 2023, Ceramics Studio
In this ceramic art studio course, you will be introduced to essential ceramic wheelthrowing techniques: centering, throwing, altering, trimming, and functional attachments. Designed for all skill levels, you can pursue various functional pottery forms such as cups, bowls, plates, jars, teapots, and pitchers.


January 14, 2023 to March 4, 2023, Ceramics Studio
Do you ever wish you could take beautiful photographs like your friends? Or like what you see on social media? This course will help you learn the basic functions of your camera to create high quality images.


February 10, 2023 to March 24, 2023, SIUE Main Campus
Miss Ruthie will teach you how to create this ceramic footed pot. You will learn simple hand-building, paddling, and underglaze techniques, how to use a variety of clay tools, and gain an understanding of clay and its properties. You will make one planter/pot in class, and will decorate and glaze that night to be ready for a once-fire.


Friday, May 5, 2023, Macoupin Art Collective
This class is for any couple! Friends, neighbors, significant others, sisters, brothers, mother-daughter pairs...anyone you love! Each couple will create one half of a watercolor that can stand alone or be combined for a larger, side-by-side scene.


Friday, February 10, 2023, Macoupin Art Collective
Miss Ruthie will teach you how to create this watercolor of a forest on the moon painting. Intermediate class, but still great for beginners. You will learn simple watercolor techniques and gain an understanding of watercolor and its properties.


Friday, January 13, 2023, Macoupin Art Collective
Explore surface design through texture. This course will specifically focus on the use of texture through etching, roll printing, or additive features. You determine your project goal and utilize demonstrated techniques to bring their vision to a tangible object.


April 23-30, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
This weekend intensive foundational class introduces you to traditional techniques in metalsmithing and jewelry making through the manipulation of copper and brass utilizing power tools and hand tools. You will learn sawing, piercing, surface manipulation, basic forming, and cold and hot fabrication methods (riveting, gas torch soldering).


February 11-18, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
April 22-29, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
Open studio hours allow you to work on metalsmithing projects independently. An instructor will be available to answer questions as needed. You may sign up for one night or all available nights. You will have access to the metalsmithing studio but must provide your own basic kit and metal materials.


Friday, December 16, 2022, Art & Design East Room 1209
Friday, January 6, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
Friday, January 20, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
Friday, February 17, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
Friday, March 10, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
Friday, April 21, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
Friday, May 12, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
Always wanted to take a photography class but felt intimidated by trying something new? Don't have a digital DSLR? That's okay in this class! Whether you are shooting with your digital DSLR, mirrorless/point and shoot digital camera, or phone, you will learn to take better pictures with what you already have.


This course contains no sessions
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This weekend open studio is designed to allow you to work on metalsmithing projects independently. An instructor will be available to answer questions and assist as needed. You will have access to the metalsmithing studio but must provide your own basic kit and metal materials.


December 17-18, 2022, Art & Design East Room 1209
Create volume in your work through three-dimensional fabrication of sheet metal. You will advance your soldering and fabrication skills through creating hollow forms utilizing sheet metal that can transform into rings, pins, pendants, beads, or boxes.


May 13-20, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
For those who already have some experience using acrylic paints, we will focus on learning new techniques, observational skills and painting styles. As you move through this course, we will also facilitate projects of your interest and give you helpful feedback to improve your painting skills.


January 17, 2023 to February 28, 2023, SIUE Main Campus
For those with some drawing experience, you will refine and expand your drawing and observation skills.


April 13, 2023 to May 18, 2023, Online
Continue your exploration with glass on metal. Demonstrations will include advanced applications and techniques in enamels.


March 12-19, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
Gain a general introduction to the art of crochet from home! You will apply various techniques using a variety of hook sizes, stitch types and yarn styles. You will complete an entire project over the length of the course!


This course contains no sessions
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The application of powdered glass on metal is an ancient technique that can transform the surface and color of your work. This course will introduce you to the vast world of enameling. You will learn how to prepare metal surfaces to accept enamel, kiln fire and torch fire techniques, and sample a variety of enamel application methods.


March 11-18, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
Join us for a hands on introduction to traditional glassblowing techniques. Included in your time spent with us will be a one-on-one experience with the instructor, scheduled at the participants' convenience, to execute a decorative or functional piece suitable for display.


This course contains no sessions
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Join us for a weekend intensive hands on introduction to traditional glassblowing techniques. Included in your time spent with us will be a one-on-one experience with the instructor, during the weekend, to execute a decorative or functional piece suitable for display.


This course contains no sessions
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A visual arts course, which will focus on bringing landscapes to life through paint. You will be encouraged to use both acrylics and watercolors to create a variety of landscapes. We will facilitate explanations of fundamental painting elements as you work, as well as give some examples of different styles used in history to paint the great outdoors.


March 7, 2023 to April 11, 2023, SIUE Main Campus
Join Ms. Ruthie and paint along with Mr. Bob! This is a fun class for all skill levels. You will be working with oil paints, brushes and turpenoid to clean your brushes.


Friday, February 17, 2023, Macoupin Art Collective
Friday, May 12, 2023, Macoupin Art Collective
Miss Ruthie will teach you how to hand-build ceramic Christmas tree luminaries. You will learn simple hand-building techniques, how to use a variety of clay tools, and gain an understanding of clay and its properties.


This course contains no sessions
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While creating custom stacker rings, you will learn ring forming with heavy stock sterling silver and brass wire, soldering with a gas torch, stone setting in calibrated bezels, and exploring surface finishes to personalize your rings.


Friday, February 10, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
Friday, March 17, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
Friday, April 28, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
Friday, May 19, 2023, Art & Design East Room 1209
Join us to learn how to make a stained glass sun catcher. You will learn how to cut glass, how to use the stained glass grinder, how to use copper foil tape to wrap each piece. Then you will learn how to use the soldering iron to combine all of the pieces together. At the end of the class you will leave with one sun catcher.


Saturday, January 21, 2023, Macoupin Art Collective
Friday, February 10, 2023, Macoupin Art Collective
Friday, February 17, 2023, Macoupin Art Collective
Saturday, March 18, 2023, Macoupin Art Collective
Saturday, April 15, 2023, Macoupin Art Collective
In the wake of a pandemic, we have all changed. We have experienced collective grief with the change in our schedules, felt spikes in anxiety, and even the passing of loved ones. Learn how to use different outlets to express these feelings such as photography, creative writing, spoken word poetry, drawing, painting, and collage. We will dive in and try a few, and discuss other avenues that can be practiced afterwards in your own time.


January 30, 2023 to March 13, 2023, Hybrid (Online and SIUE Main Campus)
This course introduces the basic East Asian brushwork and tools used in traditional Chinese and Korean calligraphy. You will learn and practice the basic skills used in writing the Standard or Regular script in traditional Chinese calligraphy and Korean calligraphy.


This course contains no sessions
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