Past Classes

Listed here is just a sampling of the diverse range of art classes that we have offered in the past. We are constantly offering new and exciting classes, as well as re-offering old favorites. Visit Studio Art Classes for Adults to see our current class schedule.


DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR ARTISTS
INTRO TO FINAL CUT PRO & DVD STUDIO PRO
INTRODUCTION TO DREAMWEAVER
WEB DESIGN FOR ARTISTS

DRAWING

DRAWING 101
FIGURE DRAWING
INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING
PORTRAIT / SELF-PORTRAIT
TEEN DRAWING WORKSHOP

MIXED MEDIA

BEGINNING BOOK ARTS
COLLAGE WORKSHOP
FOUND OBJECT WORKSHOP
MOLD MAKING AND CASTING 101

PAINTING

INTRO TO ACRYLIC PAINTING
INTRODUCTION TO OIL PAINTING
PAINTING FROM PHOTOGRAPHY
WATER BASED MEDIA

PHOTOGRAPHY

HOLGA WORKSHOP
NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHING ABROAD
PHOTOGRAPHY 101
PRINCIPLES OF PHOTOGRAPHY
USING YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA

PRINT MAKING

RELIEF PRINTING
SCREEN PRINTING
SCREEN PRINTING 101
T-SHIRT SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

ART HANDLING & INSTALLATION
ARTIST AS EDUCATOR
DEMYSTIFYING CONTEMPORARY ART
DEVELOPING CURATORIAL PROPOSALS
PLANNING AN ART LESSON
PORTFOLIO REVIEW
PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR ARTISTS
STEALING TIME: MAKING ART IN THE TIME BETWEEN
THE MONEY ISSUE: DEALING ART, GRANT WRITING, PRICING ARTWORK, THE BUSINESS OF BEING AN ARTIST
WRITING AN ARTIST STATEMENT & BIO

SEWING AND TEXTILES

INTRO TO SEWING
KNITTING 101
RECLAIMED TEXTILES
URBAN TEXTILES



DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR ARTISTS
This course is a practical and conceptual introduction to graphic production for artists and musicians. Workshop will cover postcard and small publication design including file preparation, type treatment, and graphic authorship. Students must have access to a computer with Adobe Illustrator as the course will focus on Illustrator as a layout tool.

INTRO TO FINAL CUT PRO & DVD STUDIO PRO
Bring in your video footage to learn the basics of editing as well as importing and exporting footage. In the second half, they will cover basic DVD authoring and for more advanced students, portfolio building geared towards preparing gallery packets and video art work presentation (setting loops etc).

INTRODUCTION TO DREAMWEAVER
This class will teach students how to build a basic website in Dreamweaver using text, images and links, and how to upload the site to the Internet. Students should come prepared with an idea/text that they will want to include in their site, along with 3-5 digital images preferably in JPEG or GIF format. Sample digital images will be provided for those who do not have digital images available.

WEB DESIGN FOR ARTISTS
In this three-hour seminar, you'll learn a few different options for easily and inexpensively showing your artwork to the world. We'll cover services like Tumblr, SlideShowPro, LiveBooks, OtherPeoplesPixels, CoolIris and more. We’ll also briefly cover some best practices for Search Engine Optimization and social media sharing of your work. No coding knowledge is necessary—just a desire to create an interesting web presence for your portfolio!

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DRAWING

DRAWING 101
In this class you will learn the fundamentals of drawing. Key areas of contrast, form, composition, and process will be presented and explored. Students may choose their medium, but please bring a large pad of newsprint paper, pencils, vine charcoal, and kneaded eraser to each session.

FIGURE DRAWING
This course will focus on rendering the figure from live models. Students will gain an understanding of anatomy as well as the fundamentals of drawing. Bring a pad of newsprint and your favorite drawing implement to the first class, and come ready to draw!

INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING
If you want a comfortable place to let your creative impulses take root then this class is for you! Get the basics of drawing & put them in a context where you can grow with confidence. This class explores fundamentals & issues of drawing based on classical themes such as still life, landscape, & the figure. Students will learn key areas of contrast, form, composition, & process. Bring a large pad of newsprint paper, pencils, vine charcoal, & kneaded eraser to each session.

PORTRAIT / SELF PORTRAIT
Using both mirrors and models as guides, you will be creating portraits and self-portraits. While learning contour drawing techniques as well as principles of design, students will consider the term “likeness” as it relates to the genre of portraiture, as well as exploring the idea of the self-portrait in literal and symbolic ways. A materials list will be provided at the first class.

TEEN DRAWING WORKSHOP
This foundation course focuses on the expression of graphic ideas. Students will learn about the usage of line, value, texture, for and space in drawing. Ages 12-16.

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MIXED MEDIA

BEGINNING BOOK ARTS
This is an introductory class to bookmaking. We will start with basic bookbinding techniques and work our way up to completing one hard cover book and one shadow box. There is no previous bookbinding experience required, all are welcome!

COLLAGE WORKSHOP
Explore the world of collage through exposure to its history, practice, techniques, and materials. Students will create unique collages based on personal interests and incorporating the processes introduced. Basic supplies are included in the course fee, however there will be an additional material list provided upon registration.

FOUND OBJECT WORKSHOP
Create projects with found materials using a variety of approaches including collage, assemblage, and installation. We will look at historical & contemporary artists using found objects in their work as well as learn basic vocabulary, techniques and methods. A materials list will be provided at the first class.

MOLD MAKING AND CASTING 101
Is there an object you are dying to reproduce in multiples? Or maybe you would like to create a flexible version of something that is solid, or a plastic version of something metallic, glass or ceramic? Get acquainted with an array of low toxicity silicone, cast-able plastics, expandable foam, and more diverse mold making materials while learning basic casting techniques.

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PAINTING

INTRO TO ACRYLIC PAINTING
Through this course artists and beginners will work with acrylic paint to understand its properties, mediums, paint applications, and to unleash its full range of possibilities. We will begin to explore some of the options, and to give students the groundwork and understanding to develop their skills beyond this course.

INTRODUCTION TO OIL PAINTING
Learn the fundamentals of oil painting. Learn the entire process from preparing surfaces and exploring images to mixing color and using mediums. This is a great class for all levels of experience. Supply fee covers some materials, but students will be asked to bring additional items.

PAINTING FROM PHOTOGRAPHY
In this class, we explore the different methods of painting from photographic and digital imagery. Using various technical methods and styles of appropriation, we will explore the conceptual and historical backdrop of painting from images. A materials list will be provided at the first class.

WATER BASED MEDIA
This water-based Media class will introduce students to painting with watercolor, gouache, and inks. Using these versatile media, students will produce representational landscapes, still lifes, figure paintings, and abstract studies, in the process learning a variety of techniques. Through group demonstrations and individual direction, the instructor will help students to gain a basic command of these expressive media

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PHOTOGRAPHY

HOLGA WORKSHOP
In this workshop students will learn all the basics of using a Holga camera such as different types, day vs. night, color and black&white. We will also cover techniques including multiple exposures, long exposures, color flash, macro, film swap, panoramas, modifications, cross processing, light leaks, microclicks, 35mm. Workshop will provide 2 rolls of 120 film (1 color and 1 b&w). Students must own a Holga camera and bring it to both class sessions. Full refunds require a 48 hour notice for cancellation of this class.

NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
Photographing at night comes with techniques, problems, and rewards unlike those of traditional daytime photography. Through field-work and critique, you will learn the necessary steps to making beautiful, haunting images. Camera with a "T" or "B" setting and tripod required.

PHOTOGRAPHING ABROAD
Learn how to safely and responsibly photograph while being off the beaten path. This one-night workshop will address the special issues surrounding the process of photographing people and places outside the photographer's own culture and/or country. What considerations are made and what courtesies are extended to the subject? The artist shares some tips for traveling and photographing abroad.

PHOTOGRAPHY 101
This course will guide you through the basic steps of taking pictures and into the aesthetics of photography. This class starts by addressing materials and technical issues pertinent to either film or digital. You'll move to the artistic components such as light, composition, and subject matter. Finally, you will learn how to use your unique ideas and capture them through the medium of photography. Camera with manual aperture and shutter speed settings required.

PRINCIPLES OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Get the basic steps of picture-taking and into the aesthetics of photography. This class starts by addressing materials and technical issues pertinent to either film or digital. You'll move to the artistic components such as light, composition, and subject matter. Finally, you will learn how to use your unique ideas and capture them through the medium of photography. Camera with manual aperture and shutter speed settings required.

USING YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA
Learn to use your camera to take great pictures on your summer holiday! So many of us buy digital cameras & never learn to use them beyond the automatic setting. Learn about the various settings on your camera & show you how to use them to your advantage. Bring your digital camera & the manual to each class.

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PRINT MAKING

RELIEF PRINTING
This class will cover the basic history and processes of relief printing. Skills learned will include basic relief printing techniques, linocut, relief etching, monoprint/type techniques and more. Some basic supplies are included in the course fee, however an additional supply list will be provided prior to the start of class.

SCREEN PRINTING
Through interactive demonstrations, students will learn the technical fundamentals and options of screen printmaking. The first half of the class will focus on building a technical understanding of the medium by creating multi-colored editions on paper. The second half of the course will demonstrate how screen printing can be used on a wide variety of surfaces (such as fabric, wood, canvas etc). Students will have the opportunity to approach the medium from a tight and registered design perspective, or use the screen with painterly and experimental freedom. A materials list will be provided at the first class.

SCREEN PRINTING 101
Whether you’ve got a t-shirt design that you’re dying to print, looking to forge a Warhol, or just curious to find out how it’s done, this class is for you. The course starts with a quick introduction to the materials and the process of DIY-style silk-screening. After that, what you print is up to you. Nicholas Bohac will discuss your project prior to starting and then guide you through to completion.

T-SHIRT SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP
In this two-part workshop, learn the basics of DIY T-Shirt printing. Learn how to develop an image on a screen and print a one-color shirt over the course of two Saturdays. Come prepared with blank shirts and images, artwork, and/or ideas on a CD, thumb drive, or email file.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

ART HANDLING & INSTALLATION
Come learn the basics of handling and installing art. How much bubble wrap is necessary? What is the best hardware for hanging my work? Our Installations professionals will answer your questions and show you the tricks of the trade, helping you save time & money, and to improve your overall know-how of prepping, packing, shipping, and installing your work.

ARTIST AS EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS
What makes a great teaching artist? We'll explore techniques for classroom management, group facilitation, and developing strong lesson plans. We'll also discuss some "hot" topics in contemporary art education. This class aims to help you refine and translate your interests, ideas, and creative vision to students and help take your teaching to the next level! The series consists of three workshops, one focusing on each school level. Take one, two, or all three!

DEMYSTIFYING CONTEMPORARY ART
In this 6-week course we will cover the essentials of modern and contemporary art history and then dive into an exploration of what art is today. What is the zeitgeist of our times? What is happening right now in the art world? We will discuss all this and more, spending class time looking at images, watching videos, discussing trends, and noshing on snacks and wine! Also look forward to off-site trips to local exhibition openings to see work in person. In addition to teacher presented material, students will do their own research and conduct short presentations throughout the course.

DEVELOPING CURATORIAL PROPOSALS
This workshop will take you through the basic process for researching, developing, and submitting curatorial proposals. Topics include understanding different types of venues and proposal formats and tips for preparing work samples, statements, and other components.

PLANNING AN ART LESSON
Have you ever wondered how to teach an art lesson? In this hands-on workshop, we'll break the process down into simple steps. Each student will develop an art lesson that he/she will teach to peers in the class.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW
Are you preparing your portfolio for graduate school, residency, or grant application? A panel of arts professionals will review your portfolio in this workshop. Emphasis will be placed on your work, image quality, organization, and your statement of intent or proposal. You will meet individually with seasoned experts who will give feedback on your materials. Bring your own laptop, and USB Flash drive, or Mac-compatible CD with all files. Please arrive promptly at 3:00, as the review will begin on time.

PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR ARTISTS
In this lively three-session course, participants will focus on crafting & delivering presentations suitable for various audiences and occasions. We’ll discuss strategies for speaking effectively, managing stage fright, & handling the technical aspects of projectors and equipment. Students will make presentations to their classmates, give & receive feedback, and develop the skills required to be confident advocates for their artwork. There will be homework, and class participation is a must.

STEALING TIME: MAKING ART IN THE TIME BETWEEN
While many creative people--artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers -- pursue these professions full-time, others choose career paths that allow for greater financial stability, often postponing or abandoning their artistic aspirations in the process. This class helps would-be artists kick-start or rediscover their creative pursuits by providing the tools to begin and maintain regular artistic practice. An equally important goal of Stealing Time is each student's development and completion of a self-designed project. The class will meet for 6 sessions over a 9-week period. During the gaps between meetings, students will work on their projects independently, developing the habits they'll employ after the course concludes.

Students should bring to class the kernel of an idea they wish to develop, as well as a willingness to engage their peers in meaningful dialogue. The course is open visual artists, writers, and musicians, as well as those who have a creative itch to scratch but haven't yet chosen a medium.

THE MONEY ISSUE
The Money Issue is a four part series of discussions and workshops that candidly addresses the complex relationships between artists and money. Each workshop will have a variety of panelists with extensive experience in their field of expertise. Panelists will be listed on our online catalog.

DEALING ART — The relationship between artists and galleries is highly symbiotic, with galleries providing an important gateway to exposure and opportunity. What does it take to run a commercial gallery? Join us for a wide-ranging discussion among gallery owners and directors about the challenges they face, the kinds of decisions they must make, and how these affect artists.

GRANT WRITING FOR ARTISTS — This workshop will take you through the basic process for researching & applying for grant funding. Topics include understanding grant lingo such as “target audience” & “anticipated impact”; learning to address application criteria; and tips for preparing work samples & budgets. *(3 hour workshop 6:30-9:30).

PRICING ARTWORK — Setting prices is a critical step for emerging artists. Knowing when to adjust them upward, and how to speak candidly with one’s gallery on the subject of prices are equally difficult tasks. In this panel discussion, representatives from Bay Area galleries will share their insights about how to price artwork and build the value of your work over time.

THE BUSINESS OF BEING AN ARTIST — Most artists make ends meet by piecing together opportunities and preserving time to make art. In this discussion, artists working in a variety of disciplines will discuss, in practical terms, how they earn their living and find ways to keep their practice thriving.

WRITING AN ARTIST STATEMENT & BIO
Join us for a workshop where you learn to write your best artist statement and bio for your website, future applications and proposals. The instructor will help you articulate your ideas and bio in a clear, concise and organized way. Students should bring their current artist statement and bio to be edited in this class.

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SEWING AND TEXTILES

INTRO TO SEWING
This class is designed for beginning sewers to learn how to use their machines and work with different fabrics to make original pieces. In addition to learning to operate a sewing machine, students will re-purpose one piece of clothing. Root Division has a few sewing machines for student use. If you own one, bring it with you to class!

KNITTING 101
This four class workshop will teach students knitting basics including how to knit, purl and mix yarn colors. These skills will be developed through two projects – a scarf and a hat with pom-pom. Each student will walk away with a new handmade wearable object or a gift for another, just in time for Valentines day!

RECLAIMED TEXTILES
The art of using reclaimed textiles is becoming more and more popular as the need to express stylish individuality increases. It's often as simple as cutting the sleeves off an old rock t-shirt, or turning that sweater buried at the bottom of the closet into a scarf and matching leg warmers. Cindy Jensen will take you to all her secret spots, help you find the materials and then give you some great ideas and easy methods to get you turning those second-hand clothes into first-rate fashion. You will learn sewing and tailoring techniques that you can apply to fashion, sculpture, decoration, or all of the above.

URBAN TEXTILES WORKSHOPS
Study historical and contemporary approaches to both relief and 3 dimensional fiber construction and design and explore graphic design as a social activist tool through design applications of logos, wearable art, and stencils through these four fiber workshops.

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