Visual Arts and Ceramics
Drawing for Beginners and Beyond
Drawing teaches you first how to see, then how to translate, and finally how to imagine. In this class students will explore how to create space with line, and mass with shading. You will learn how to construct and execute compositions that make even unfinished drawings look finished. Additionally, the instructor will teach the different types of pencils and their uses, as well as how to achieve effects using your eraser.
Painting in Oil for Impatient and Hesitant Beginners
In this step-by-step painting class for beginners, take a hands-on approach that is heavy on results. Much of the instruction is individualized. You will be in the middle of your first painting and picking up tricks-of-the-trade before you know it. These classes are also designed to accommodate repeat students, so continuing education can be a lifelong experience. ACRYLIC PAINTERS WELCOME.
Experimenting with Intuitive Painting
This class will focus on the process of painting rather than the results. You will be encouraged to paint loosely and try new approaches. You will learn to listen to the painting and respond to what is happening on the paper, rather than trying to control the process.
Working Larger in Water Media
This class will focus on the fun you can have when starting with a larger surface. We will be working on full size watercolor paper -22x30. This is an excellent way to learn how to loosen up, use larger brushes, and create dramatic paintings.
Drawing Portraits from Life
Learn how to draw realistic faces and capture likenesses using traditional methods of head construction. The class will focus on formula, perspective, facial expression, proportion, and lighting, using graphite.
Painting from Photographs and Imagination in Oil
Do you have personal photographs or drawings you would like to see as paintings? Or maybe done in a particular style? Would you like to learn how to paint in your own style better? Michael’s individual-based style of instruction is geared toward the personal needs of his students, with an emphasis on results. It will include discussion about textural paint versus flat paints as well as soft edge versus hard edge mixing. You will be amazed by what you can accomplish! These classes are also designed to accommodate repeat students, so continuing education can be a lifelong experience. ACRYLIC AND MIXED MEDIA ARTISTS WELCOME.
Watercolor Essentials for Beginners
Paint, paper, brushes, and how to use them. In this class, you will learn the very basics to get started painting in watercolors. Students will have simple homework assignments each week, receive gentle critiques, and develop skills necessary to create several small paintings. Please do not purchase supplies until after the first class, but bring what watercolor supplies you currently have. A supply list is available upon request.
Ceramics classes at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center are offered for all ages. Instructors are all teaching artists and bring extensive professional work experience and instruction to each class.Course fees cover all materials, including clay, glazes and use of all tools, as well as firing of all pieces. Plus, open studio time is available free of charge to any adult student currently enrolled in an Ivy Tech ceramics class. See below for this semester’s schedule.
OPEN STUDIO HOURS*
We are pleased to offer open studio hours to any ceramics student currently enrolled in a class. A complete schedule is available to you the first day of class.
Finding One's Way with Clay
This class is for all who wish to learn the specifics of pinch formwork. You will explore pinch, slab, coil, and hand-built sculptural forms, stressing, centering, wedging, as well as raising pieces in one continuous movement. Field trips to the instructor’s studio to learn raku and primitive firing are planned. Finding One’s Way with Clay by Paulus Berensohn is the text for, and the method used in this class. All materials are included in the course fee.