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FINE ART CERTIFICATE

Register for any course individually or join the certificate program. Created with the needs of arts professionals in mind, this new certificate offers an opportunity for teaching artists and arts practitioners to explore new techniques, media and disciplines with top-rated faculty.

Certificate Requirements

Select 5 courses from the menu of course selections below and earn your certificate at your own pace. Certificate Fee: $100, nonrefundable

Arts Leadership

LEADERSHIP AND TEAMBUILDING BOOTCAMP FOR ARTISTS & DESIGNERS-NEW
XFA-119

Leadership and Team Building Bootcamp will provide a collective overview of the critical elements, thinking, application and practice of leadership and team building within the arts and creative sectors. Though a participatory approach, and research, students will explore and garner insight into different leadership styles and discern their own leadership styles and decision-making practices when working solo, as part of a collective, collaborative or incubator, or when leading and managing teams, large and small, within for profit and nonprofit organizations.

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MASTERMIND GROUP: ENHANCING YOUR PROFESSIONAL ENDEAVORS
XFA-204

Commit to yourself and focus on your creative practice. Identify your values and develop your values-based goals with a concentration on implementation. Aim for success, but first determine what success looks like for you. 

Receive two hours individual coaching to support you to achieve your goals. 

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Drawings

PENCIL PORTRAITS THAT (ALMOST) SPEAK 

XFA-612

The goal of this workshop is to move toward creating portrait drawings that are expressive and lively. You’ll learn how to uncover your subject’s unique qualities and translate them into your own language of line, shape and form. The workshop will cover important basics and take you through a series of guided hands-on drawing experiments that are fun and will expand your visual thinking.  

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DRAWING I: LEARNING TO SEE, PERCEPTION AND THE ART OF DRAWING 

PMFA-429 

Seeing is shaped by culture and the historical moment in which we live. Much of what we “see” depends on habit and convention. This survey course treats the art of drawing as a tool for seeing and is designed to awaken and refresh your visual experience of the world. No prior drawing experience necessary and all are welcome. Explore with artist Mark Leibowitz essential drawing techniques such as creating form using line, and tone. Engage in exercises related to perception in preparation for each drawing assignment. 

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DRAWING 2
XFA-112

This course assumes you are already drawing and don’t need to learn the basics. We learn and improve by doing. This course will provide weekly challenges designed to stretch your abilities and expand your styles. Each class will have a different focus with different objective. The course requires some work during the week including assembling materials and creating exploratory designs

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INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION
PMFA-452

Illustrators are artists who are motivated to make pictures inspired by stories. As visual communicators, illustrators use various strategies to tell these stories. Undertake assignments investigating problems such as metaphor, allegory, and narrative as ways to achieve this goal. We will focus on developing a body of work that reflects each student’s personal style, while developing clear and strong ideas. You will learn the entire process of executing an illustration, from preliminary sketch to finished product.

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Painting

ONLINE PAINTING & DRAWING 

XFA-117 

Unlock your creativity! Utilize sketches as an inspiration to create a portfolio of paintings. Use a series of ongoing drawings and sketchbook entries, we will turn our diary-style entries into paintings. Focus on either the natural world, abstraction, or something in-between, we create a series of artworks based on our personal aesthetic experiences. 

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ONLINE ABSTRACTION 
XFA-115 

Through a series of easy to follow, step-by-step instructions carefully structured assignments and practical projects, we’ll create a series of abstract paintings and drawings together. At the end of the course you will have a strong understanding of structure, composition, form and color theory. You will also further your ability to express your authentic artistic voice through abstraction. 

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PAINTING MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
XFA-510

Explore a wide range of media used in the creation of works of art, as well as the processes, or methods incorporated in their fabrication. Experiment with oil paint, acrylic, egg tempera, watercolor, gouache, and various kinds of brushes and paint applications. No prior experience necessary. All levels welcome. 

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Mixed Media

BRAVE NEW WORLD: DAILY ART MAKING RITUAL/ART HISTORY/CREATIVE DISCOURSE-NEW
XFA-124

This interactive course will examine art history through a wide-range of historical and cultural frameworks. We will look at various ways artists have translated and transformed the impact of challenging circumstances into deeply meaningful works of art.  Based loosely on concepts from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, we will develop multi-media rituals that will enhance our artistic processes.  Art making techniques we will practice  include: drawing, collage, mixed media sculpture, costume/prop creation, performance art/improvisation and video production. Enjoy the support of a creative community while making art that addresses our times.

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CREATE A PICTURE BOOK
PMFA-451

Are you an artist with a character in mind? A story to tell? Let an editorial director and an author-illustrator help you express your personal vision and successfully appeal to your audience-children and publishing professionals. Showcasing the essentials of the picture book format, we'll work with you to determine what's best suited to your story. With special focus on character development in art and text, we'll give individual help as you develop a layout with pacing and style.

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Art Studies

Ideas and Motivation in The Visual Arts: A course for the creatively curious-NEW
XFA-125

How do artists fuel their creativity? How do they decide what to work on? How do they approach their time in the studio? How does this inform the pieces they create?  Are there patterns or is it more varied and individual? Can these ideas be applied to our own creative work?  

We’ll explore words and works by a wide range of artists spanning The Renaissance to the present day. The course will consist of guided class discussions based on readings, virtual gallery/museum visits and artist interviews.

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Photography

Low-Fi Photography Workshop-NEW
XFA-202

Working with simple analog (film) photography opens new avenues in image making, producing fascinating captures that are both beautiful and unexpected. DIY photography is both challenging and highly rewarding, leading to a more carefully considered creative approach. Many of the needed materials are likely around your house or can be purchased locally. Common items can often be repurposed to become new and unusual cameras.

In this first part of the workshop, participants will be guided through building their own fully functional 35mm pinhole camera and will then use them to take black and white photos (Basic parts provided by mail).  In the second part, photographers will learn how to develop their film at home, using a non-toxic coffee-based film developer.  The third part will explore strategies for bringing your film captures into the digital domain for online use and inkjet printing.

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Video

TRANSGRESSIVE VIDEO 
XFA-116 

View video art/Avant-garde films. Discuss content, symbolism, relationship to history/zeitgeist/social movements, visual strategies, including settings, costuming, lighting, natural elements, and artifice. Conduct independent research and create your own short video/photo/live performance piece 

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Game Design

Intro to Unity
XGID-133

Unity allows anyone from independent creatives to large teams to create games of any genre or size. This course will take you from zero knowledge of programming to designing and creating your own game. Students will build up a simple game week-by-week before creating their very own game for their final project.

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