Classes for Adults in West Chester

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All classes take place at 100 North Bradford Avenue, WC, PA unless stated otherwise.  

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SU19-OS Members Life Drawing Open Studio (Monday)
Instructor: Bruce Dayton
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 180.00 - $ 180.00 Members
Monday 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ( Jun 10, 2019 - Aug 26, 2019 )
The dates above reflect the official SUMMER semester.  This studio time is offered year round every Monday.

Members only.  Course offers an opportunity for members to hone their skills on a challenging subject—the human figure. This is not an instructed class; the monitor schedules the model and keeps track of timed poses. Model fee is included in the tuition.

Drop In Fee $20; discounted rate available with 10 Class Punch card for $180 available in the office.  Call 610-696-5600 or stop by after registering.  Punch Cards do not expire. 

Non-members are welcome to purchase a drop in to get a feel for the open studio.

If you purchase your drop-in online, bring your receipt with you to class for the monitor.  If you plan on paying when you get here, you can only pay with cash or check.

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You can register for individual days in this program. Click here. 

Ceramics

SU19-COS1 Ceramic Open Studio - Non-students 30
Instructor: Francesca Phillips
Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced
$ 360.00 - $ 240.00 Members
Tuesday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM ( Jun 11, 2019 - Aug 20, 2019 )
Studio Hours are:

Tuesday: 5pm-9pm

Thursday: 5pm-9pm

Saturday: 9am-1pm


SUMMER OPEN STUDIO RUNS 6/11-8/22, OPEN STUDIO PASSES EXPIRE 8/22 .  Includes 30 open studio days (up to 120 hours of creating time), use of studio tools, glazes and electric kiln firings. Additional bags of clay are $30 for a 25 lb bag of clay.  Please bring your own towel if needed for throwing.  

Open studios are available to students with an intermediate working knowledge of clay ages 16 years or older (and approved younger aged students with clay experience). 


SU19-COS2 Ceramic Open Studio - Non-students 20
Instructor: Francesca Phillips
Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced
$ 270.00 - $ 180.00 Members
Tuesday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM ( Jun 11, 2019 - Aug 20, 2019 )
Studio Hours are:

Tuesday: 5pm-9pm

Thursday: 5pm-9pm

Saturday: 9am-1pm


SUMMER OPEN STUDIO RUNS 6/11-8/22, OPEN STUDIO PASS EXPIRES 8/22.  Includes 20 open studio days (up to 80 hours of creating time), use of studio tools, glazes and electric kiln firings. Bags of clay are $30 for a 25 lb bag of clay.  Please bring your own towel if needed for throwing.  


Open studios are available to students with an intermediate working knowledge of clay ages 16 years or older (and approved younger aged students with clay experience).  


SU19-COS3 Ceramic Open Studio - Non-students 10
Instructor: Francesca Phillips
Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced
$ 150.00 - $ 100.00 Members
Tuesday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM ( Jun 11, 2019 - Aug 20, 2019 )
Studio Hours are:

Tuesday: 5pm-9pm

Thursday: 5pm-9pm

Saturday: 9am-1pm

 

SUMMER OPEN STUDIO RUNS: 6/11-8/22, OPEN STUDIO PASS EXPIRES 8/22:  Includes 10 open studio days (up to 30 hours of creating time), use of studio tools, glazes and electric kiln firings. Bags of clay are $30 for a 25 lb bag of clay.  Please bring your own towel if needed for throwing. 

SU19-COS4 Ceramic Open Studio - Non-students 5
Instructor: Francesca Phillips
Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced
$ 75.00 - $ 50.00 Members
Tuesday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM ( Jun 11, 2019 - Aug 20, 2019 )
Studio Hours are:

Tuesday: 5pm-9pm

Thursday: 5pm-9pm

Saturday: 9am-1pm


SUMMER OPEN STUDIO RUNS 6/11-8/22, STUDIO PASS EXPIRES 8/22.  Includes 5 open studio days, use of studio tools, glazes and electric kiln firings. Bags of clay are $30 for a 25 lb bag of clay.  Please bring your own towel if needed for throwing.  

Open studios are available to students with an intermediate working knowledge of clay ages 16 years or older (and approved younger aged students with clay experience).


SU19-COS5 Ceramic Open Studio - Non-students - 1 Day Drop-in
Instructor: Francesca Phillips
Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced
$ 30.00 - $ 20.00 Members
Tuesday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM ( Jun 11, 2019 - Aug 20, 2019 )
Studio Hours are:

Tuesday: 5pm-9pm

Thursday: 5pm-9pm

Saturday: 9am-1pm


SUMMER OPEN STUDIO RUNS 6/11-8/22.  Studio pass expires 8/22 This is for a 1 day drop in, you will have use of studio tools, glazes and electric kiln firings. Bags of clay are $30 for a 25 lb bag of clay.  Please bring your own towel if needed for throwing. 






SU19-COS6 Ceramic Open Studio - Current CCAA Clay Students - 1 Day Drop-in
Instructor: Francesca Phillips
Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced
$ 15.00 - $ 10.00 Members
Tuesday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM ( Jun 11, 2019 - Aug 20, 2019 )
Studio Hours are:

Tuesday: 5pm-9pm

Thursday: 5pm-9pm

Saturday: 9am-1pm



Summer open studio runs from 6/11-8/22.  This is for a 1 day drop in, includes use of studio tools, glazes and electric kiln firings. Bags of clay are $30 for a 25 lb bag of clay.  Please bring your own towel if needed for throwing. 

Open studios are available to students with an intermediate working knowledge of clay ages 16 years or older (and approved younger aged students with clay experience).



SU19-Cw5 Ceramics: Throwing on the Pottery Wheel - Beginner
Instructor: Francesca Phillips
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 165.00 - $ 145.00 Members
Wednesday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM ( Jul 10, 2019 - Jul 24, 2019 )
This class offers introduction for beginners and continued instruction for those with experience on the potter's wheel.  One-on-one instruction and demonstrations of cylinders, bowls, vases, plates and mugs with handles will provide the student with definite techniques that allow them to bring their ideas into reality. Instructor will also cover glazing techniques and materials. Teens 15+ welcome.  
Tuition includes materials fee that covers the use of studio tools, glazes, electric kiln firings, and 1st bag of clay.  Add’l clay may be purchased for $30/bag.
This 3 week version offers an introduction for beginners and continued instruction for those with experience on the potter's wheel.  One-on-one instruction and demonstrations will provide the student with definite techniques that allow them to bring their ideas into reality. Instructor will also cover glazing techniques and materials. 
Teens 16+ welcome.  

Tuition includes a materials' fee that covers the use of studio tools, glazes, electric kiln firings, and 1st bag of clay.  Add’l clay may be purchased for $30/bag.

Instructor, Francesca Phillips background is in production pottery.  Any specific pots or techniques students would like to learn will be demonstrated and taught.  

NOTE: Ceramics classes are process-based.  This means that sometimes clay pieces are damaged as they are being completed.  If that does happen, refunds are not given, however a $10 credit can be applied towards a future ceramics class.

SU19-Cw6 Ceramics: Throwing on the Pottery Wheel - All LevelsFull, Waitlist Available
Instructor: Francesca Phillips
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 220.00 - $ 200.00 Members
Wednesday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM ( Jul 31, 2019 - Aug 21, 2019 )
This class offers introduction for beginners and continued instruction for those with experience on the potter's wheel.  One-on-one instruction and demonstrations of cylinders, bowls, vases, plates and mugs with handles will provide the student with definite techniques that allow them to bring their ideas into reality. Instructor will also cover glazing techniques and materials. Teens 15+ welcome.  
Tuition includes materials fee that covers the use of studio tools, glazes, electric kiln firings, and 1st bag of clay.  Add’l clay may be purchased for $30/bag.
This 4 week version offers an introduction for beginners and continued instruction for those with experience on the potter's wheel.  One-on-one instruction and demonstrations will provide the student with definite techniques that allow them to bring their ideas into reality. Instructor will also cover glazing techniques and materials. 
Teens 16+ welcome.  

Tuition includes a materials' fee that covers the use of studio tools, glazes, electric kiln firings, and 1st bag of clay.  Add’l clay may be purchased for $30/bag.

Instructor, Francesca Phillips background is in production pottery.  Any specific pots or techniques students would like to learn will be demonstrated and taught.  

NOTE: Ceramics classes are process-based.  This means that sometimes clay pieces are damaged as they are being completed.  If that does happen, refunds are not given, however a $10 credit can be applied towards a future ceramics class.

SU19-Cw3 Ceramics: Handbuilding 3weeks
Instructor: Constance McBride
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 165.00 - $ 145.00 Members
Monday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM ( Aug 5, 2019 - Aug 19, 2019 )

Get creative with clay and make some fun ceramic projects the first two weeks and the final week glaze your work.  This class is for all experience levels, but is more geared towards beginner students.  The instructor has fun projects to work on incorporating basic hand building techniques; coil, pinch pot and slab building.  

 


Materials and firing fees are included in the tuition.


NOTE: Ceramics classes are process-based.  This means that sometimes clay pieces are damaged as they are being completed.  If that does happen, refunds are not given, however a $10 credit can be applied towards a future ceramics class.



SU19-NOw5 Clay & Chardonnay: Wheel Throwing
Instructor: Sarah Bieg
Experience Level: Beginner
$ 55.00 - $ 50.00 Members
Friday 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM ( Aug 16, 2019 - Aug 16, 2019 )
Perfect for Date Night or Girls Night Out! Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making ceramic art on the pottery wheel, but haven’t had time to take a whole class? Head downstairs to our ceramics studio for a quick demo by our ceramics instructor before getting your hands dirty making your own masterpiece! CCAA instructor will fire and glaze your work for you, then email you when it is ready for pick up which will be during regular business hours.

NOTE: Ceramics classes are process-based.  This means that sometimes clay pieces are damaged as they are being completed.  If that does happen, refunds are not given, however a $10 credit can be applied towards a future ceramics class.

This is a B.Y.O.B. workshop, bring your own refreshments.  Participants drinking alcohol must serve themselves and must be over 21 years of age, state laws apply.



Drawing

SU19-CPw1 Colored Pencil with Watercolor
Instructor: Eileen Rosen
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 90.00 - $ 80.00 Members
Thursday 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM ( Jul 11, 2019 - Aug 1, 2019 )
Discover the technique of combining watercolor & wax based colored pencils.
A flat one color simple shape is the underpainting.  Once dry, wax based PRISMACOLOR colored pencils are layered & blended to create depth,dimensionality.
Instructor will do step by step demonstration & at first session fruits,vegetables will be provided as subject matter.

Supplies
        If have set of paints bring to class,PLUS a tube of CHINESE WHITE.
        If  not:
Tubes of COTMAN watercolors:
                   
Cadmium Red.        
Permanent Rose
Cadmium Yellow.    Lemon Yellow OR Cadmium Yellow Light
Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue
Chinese White
A watercolor brush
Container for water
Mixing palette 
A pad  of STRATHMORE MIXED MEDIA pad,6"×8"
( no cold press watercolor paper as it's too bumpy)

PRISMACOLOR PREMIER COLORED PENCILS; set of 36 or 48 count
  
 They are packaged in black tin box & labeled SMOOTH COLOR LAYDOWN
   If ordered online,may also say SOFT CORE
   DO NOT  purchase box labeled WATER SOLUBLE!!
 


SU19-Dr4 Drawing from the Beginning
Instructor: Mark Cole
Experience Level: Beginner
$ 120.00 - $ 100.00 Members
Thursday 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM ( Aug 1, 2019 - Aug 22, 2019 )
If you have always wanted to improve your drawing skills, this class can help. Explore many aspects of drawing with focus on composition and perspective. Each class is geared toward personal growth, independent of the other students in the class, and all levels are welcome. Sketchbook, pencil and eraser required, and additional materials will be discussed.

SU19-Dr2 Figure Drawing Studio: Live Model with Instruction
Instructor: Patrick Neilson
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 180.00 - $ 160.00 Members
Tuesday 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM ( Aug 13, 2019 - Aug 27, 2019 )
Students learn concepts to help them better realize the human figure. Lesson topics include proportion, value, line, construction of the parts of the body using simple masses, and simple anatomy.  Working with life models, students apply these concepts to their observational drawings.

Model fee is included in tuition.

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATES: AUGUST 13-AUGUST 27

Materials: 
  • Pencils (2H-2B), Assorted Vine Charcoal, Erasers (kneaded, gum, etc.)
  • 18x24 White Drawing Pad
  • Ruler
  • Plumb Line or string with weight knotted at the end.

 


Fiber Arts

SU19-Fw3 Nuno Felted Silk Scarves
Instructor: Jane Palestini
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 75.00 - $ 65.00 Members
Saturday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM ( Aug 17, 2019 - Aug 17, 2019 )

Create your own one-of-a-kind art through the process of “painting” your design with wool fibers onto silk fabric.  A rolling process with soap and water is used to meld the wool fibers into the silk to create a beautiful, soft and drape-able scarf.

Bring a large towel and a spray bottle. Pack a lunch.  $16 materials fee is payable to instructor. (Parents and teens are welcome to register to take the workshop together.)


Jewelry

SU19-J2 Adult Metal Jewelry Registration Closed
Instructor: Hattie Weselyk
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 150.00 - $ 130.00 Members
Thursday 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM ( Jul 25, 2019 - Aug 22, 2019 )
Join us in the studio and create your very own handmade metal jewelry. Students will learn all of the various techniques from hammering, forging, piercing, fold-forming, soldering and more! Each week we will focus on a new project.  This class is flexible, instructor has projects at the ready but is also open to students' ideas and direction. No experience necessary. All levels welcome.  

Materials' fee $40 per student.

SU19-Jw3 Sawing & Piercing
Instructor: Patricia Halsey
Experience Level: Beginner
$ 135.00 - $ 115.00 Members
Monday 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM ( Aug 5, 2019 - Aug 19, 2019 )
 Learn to use the jewelers saw( or improve your skill),filing,piercing with a drill, shaping and polishing. Multiple metals available. 

$35.00 materials fee

Painting

SU19-P4 History of Women's Art & Expressionism
Instructor: Eo Omwake
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 225.00 - $ 205.00 Members
Saturday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM ( Jul 27, 2019 - Aug 24, 2019 )

This class will begin with a half hour viewing of “Great Women of the Twentieth Century”. Over the series of classes students will discover the great women artists from the Impressionists period to the present day.  Students will then be guided to paint using the style of Expressionism. This class is perfect for those interested in Women in the Arts and the expressionism style.

Materials: acrylic or water-based oils, canvases, brushes, rags, jars, palette, & a palette knife

Please note the change in dates: JULY 27-AUGUST 24


SU19-P6 Wednesday Night Painting
Instructor: James D. Fitzgerald
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 180.00 - $ 160.00 Members
Wednesday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM ( Jul 31, 2019 - Aug 21, 2019 )
Wednesday night painting will begin with the more traditional painting methods of portrait, still life, and figure as the subject.  Students will then be encouraged to embark on a new, fresh and contemporary painting style.  Using personal experiences, media imagery, books, etc, students will dive into contemporary studies and paintings.  

Teens welcome.  

All media are welcome, bring your medium of choice to the first class.  Materials and techniques will be discussed. 

SU19-PO2 Portrait Painting - Any Medium with Live Model 3weeks
Instructor: Patrick Neilson
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 180.00 - $ 160.00 Members
Monday 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM ( Aug 5, 2019 - Aug 19, 2019 )
Students eager to sharpen their skills will learn lessons in anatomy, proportion, palettes, mixing and practical color application to enhance their interpretation of the live model in oil paint. In addition, students will receive constructive feedback as their paintings develop during class time. Full class poses and multi-week poses will be provided with the intention of creating finished works for the student’s portfolio. The aim of this course is to provide a technical foundation that will help students achieve their artistic vision. Class is open to drawing, oil, acrylic, colored pencil and pastel among others. Bring what you like to work with, if you are unsure you can always start with the classic, sketch pad, pencil and eraser.

Below is an example of an oil paint materials list.


Materials

An assortment of Paint Brushes

Turpenoid

Rags or Paper Towels

Canvases ranging from 8x10 – 18x24

Recommended Paints:

-Titanium / Flake White

-Cadmium Lemon

-Cadmium Yellow Pale

-Yellow Ochre Pale

-Cadmium Orange

-Cadmium Red Light

-Cadmium Red Deep

-Alizarin Crimson

-Burnt Sienna

-Burnt Umber

-Raw Umber

-Ultramarine Blue

-Cobalt Blue



SU19-WC2 Watercolor Primer
Instructor: Mark Cole
Experience Level: Beginner
$ 135.00 - $ 115.00 Members
Tuesday 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM ( Aug 6, 2019 - Aug 20, 2019 )

This is an adult beginner class, not intended for returning or experienced students.  Within the 5 weeks the goal is to become comfortable with art, watercolor, and taking continuing your art journey!  

If you have materials, or if someone gave you watercolors, bring them with you.  If you don’t have supplies, don’t worry, we’ll go over that in our 1st class.

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATES FROM THE CATALOG: IT IS NOW A 3 WEEK SESSION

AUGUST 6-AUGUST 20


SU19-POw1 WORKSHOP: Oil Painting for Beginners & Intermediates
Instructor: Madeleine Kelly
Experience Level: All Levels
$ 90.00 - $ 80.00 Members
Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM ( Aug 10, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019 )

This workshop will help you learn the basics of oil painting and will act as a refresher for those who are already familiar with the medium.  We will cover composition, value and color relationships, mixing color, and various methods of applying paint.

 

 

Materials List:

Suggested Oil Colors:                                                                                                         

  • Yellow: cadmium yellow pale or Indian yellow
  • Blue: cerulean blue, ultramarine
  • Red: cadmium red, alizarin crimson
  • Green: sap green, viridian
  • Earth: raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre or Naples yellow
  • Black: Ivory
  • White: titanium

 

Brushes: flat brushes in a variety of sizes; Firm oil brushes and a few soft, synthetic or sable brushes; a few rounds and at least one 2" soft flat brush for glazing. NOT watercolor brushes

 

Palette knife

Palette, wood or paper (toned gray paper is preferable)

Linseed oil

Turpenoid or odorless paint thinner

Containers for linseed oil and Turpenoid or Liquin

Stretched canvas or panel that has been gessoed

Paper towels and painting rags


Photography

SU19-Phw3 Digital Photography for Beginners & Intermediates
Instructor: Susan Reno
Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate
$ 45.00 - $ 35.00 Members
Thursday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM ( Aug 15, 2019 - Aug 15, 2019 )
Move beyond the auto settings on your DSLR camera! This workshop will help you better understand your camera, as well as introduce you to composition and design concepts, giving you the tools to help you become a better photographer. Topics include exposure controls such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and composition concepts such as rule of thirds and leading lines. The class will also touch upon elements of light and color temperature. Students will have an opportunity to practice their new skills with a photo “scavenger hunt” on the premises of CCAA. No prior photography experience necessary.

Students must bring a DSLR camera and memory card.  

Printmaking

SU19-Prw1 Silkscreen & Relief Printing-BeginnerRegistration Closed
Instructor: Chris McKinney
Experience Level: Beginner
$ 180.00 - $ 160.00 Members
Wednesday 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM ( Jun 26, 2019 - Jul 24, 2019 )

Be introduced to silk screen and relief printing, and learn techniques used for both fine artwork and for craft. Take your favorite photographs or drawings and generate endless prints from a single work of art. Create multiple prints using hand-drawn techniques; a great way to create your own greeting cards and T-shirt designs.  Whether a beginner, intermediate, or the rusty professional looking to get back into printing, this course teaches you a fun hands on medium.

 

No class July 3rd


Materials:

--Printmaking paper or pads: Strathmore Printmaking Acid Free Paper Pad is suggested.

--If you’d like to print on fabric-T-shirts, aprons, and canvas bags.

--Black silkscreen ink is provided. Additional silkscreen inks can be purchased after we discuss the correct types of water based ink we use during 1st class.



SU19-Prw2 Silkscreen & Relief Printing-Beginner
Instructor: Chris McKinney
Experience Level: Beginner
$ 180.00 - $ 160.00 Members
Wednesday 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM ( Jul 31, 2019 - Aug 21, 2019 )

Be introduced to silk screen and relief printing, and learn techniques used for both fine artwork and for craft. Take your favorite photographs or drawings and generate endless prints from a single work of art. Create multiple prints using hand-drawn techniques; a great way to create your own greeting cards and T-shirt designs.  Whether a beginner, intermediate, or the rusty professional looking to get back into printing, this course teaches you a fun hands on medium.

 

Materials:

--Printmaking paper or pads: Strathmore Printmaking Acid Free Paper Pad is suggested.

--If you’d like to print on fabric-T-shirts, aprons, and canvas bags.

--Black silkscreen ink is provided. Additional silkscreen inks can be purchased after we discuss the correct types of water based ink we use during 1st class.