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Last updated on Sep 13, 2021

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Running as multi-week sessions or as one-day classes in the evenings and on weekends throughout the year, the CCA Online Extension program offers accessible, flexible, and immersive learning experiences that you can access anywhere.

This fall we are offering a selection of in-person on-campus classes, online synchronous classes, as well as some that will meet in a hybrid format (on campus and online)

All synchronous Live Zoom Meetings will take place in Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Please be sure to register with an email/phone you frequently use or let us know if you are updating your personal info. We will be sending info prior to your class start date. If you have not received anything, please contact specialprograms@cca.edu

Fall 2021 Classes are now open for registration.

Register online here via TouchNet. You do not need to log in or register an ID. All students can check out as a guest (you do not need to log in or register an ID).


All CCA students (including CCA Extension students) enrolled in on-campus classes (with the exception of those who receive an approved exemption) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of their first day of classes. Students who are not vaccinated and have not received an exemption or made a plan to be vaccinated by the start date of their first class will be removed from all in-person classes. Students will need to complete a google form from HR prior to their start date. All CCA SAtaff anf faculty will be required to be vaccinated as well.

More information is here: https://portal.cca.edu/thriving/health-wellness/novel-coronavirus-covid19/vaccination-requirements-fall-2021/.

As it stands right now, all students will be required to wear masks indoors. Vaccinated students have the option to not wear masks outside. Please note, these policies are subject to change and we will provide updates as necessary.

In addition, you will need to have a copy (digital or physical) vaccination card on hand while on campus and will likely need to show this compy to our public safety team the first night of class. We are working on solidifying details on this and will let you know more information soon. These accepted forms of vaccination documentation include:

  • A CDC vaccination card, including your name, vaccine type, and date of your last dose;
  • A foreign equivalent of a CDC vaccination card;
  • A physical or electronic photo or copy of a vaccination card;
  • Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider; or
  • A personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California through the myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov website, or similar documentation issued by another state, local, or foreign government, or approved private company

DESIGN

INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC DESIGN (ONLINE)

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  • Synchronous Online
  • EXGRP-1520-01
  • Instructor:Nancy Cutler
  • Live Zoom: Wed, 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time), Oct 6 - Dec 15 (No class Nov 10)
  • 10 sessions. $450. noncredit
  • Prerequisite: must be 18+ years or older and have previous experience in the Adobe Creative Suite

This course offers a broad introduction to the field and practice of graphic design. Through weekly graphic design exercises assignments and core projects, supplemented by critical readings, lectures, and group critiques, students cultivate the ability to combine core design elements to convey meaning.

Topics include a brief history, theory and practice of form, visual design principles, typography, color, grid systems, symbol & identity, print and digital design. Slide presentations accompany many of the lectures. Computer skills and software programs will not be covered but are essential to the implementation of assignments and projects. Access to Adobe Illustrator and InDesign are required. Occasional software demos will be featured.

Technology Requirements: laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC), high-speed internet connection (for streaming demo videos and live meetings via Zoom), Zoom application installed before the first class meeting. There may be also other image-sharing programs used within this class.

Material List: Sketchbook (any form that you prefer), an assortment of drawing and sketching material- pencils, markers, brushes, etc. These items are tremendously useful for the presentation of your creative ideas.

Bring to the first class: Bring one example of Graphic Design that interests you (or a photo of it): type, color image, poster, web page, Instagram tile, etc. Be prepared to share with the class (over Zoom) and tell us why this interests you.

Textbook: The following is a suggested textbook. There will weekly reading assignments to elaborate and complement what is covered in class.

Graphic Design, the New Basics (Second Edition), by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips

ATTENDANCE & ASSIGNMENTS Students are encouraged to arrive on time and to remain for the entire scheduled class. The course is a broad overview and therefore content-packed, the more you are present the more you will get out of the class. If you do miss a meeting, please check the class recording for info. Homework is limited, and not graded, but also open-ended projects can always be developed further outside of class,


INTRO TO INTERIOR DESIGN (IN PERSON)

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  • San Francisco Campus
  • EXINT-1500-01
  • Instructor: Briggs MacDonald
  • Wed, 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM, Oct 6 - Dec 14 (No class Nov 24)
  • 10 sessions. $450. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older. All CCA students (including CCA Extension students) enrolled in on-campus classes (with the exception of those who receive an approved exemption) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of their first day of classes. . More information is here

In this studio-based overview of the practice of interior design, we review the history and current applications of the practice. Participants explore the multifaceted technical (including a very basic understanding of interior construction) and aesthetic principles of design.


Concepts of programming, planning, and three-dimensional form will be examined. Principals of light and lighting, color, materiality, furniture overview and layouts are covered through lecture and hands-on exercises.

Participants will develop one long-term all-encompassing residential project of your choice from conception through the presentation. Other project types may be explored, if requested. Hand sketching will be employed along with simple, free interior design tools such as floorplanner, smart draw, planner 5D or home by me.

Bring to first class: a 12” roll of trace paper, an architectural scale, and a rollerball pen.


ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD (ONLINE)

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  • Synchronous and 3 hours of Asynchronous lessons
  • EXCOM 1520-01
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Live Zoom Meeting: Tues & Thurs, 6:30 PM - 8 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time), Oct 4 - Oct 28
  • 8 sessions. $350. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years and older and be comfortable working on a Mac or PC. 

Adobe CC is the industry standard for digital imaging and publishing. 

This class introduces students to Adobe's InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Lessons include learning to draw and alter vector images in Illustrator; the basics of photo editing, color correction, and manipulation in Photoshop. Students will put final projects together in InDesign, learning layers, and multipage document setup while exploring typestyles and basic layouts. 

In each group Zoom session, participants explore the tools, palettes, menus, and essentials of each application through a series of hands-on, in-class exercises designed for beginners. Course topics may change to best suit the individual needs of the class.

In addition, students will receive 3 hours of asynchronous info, exercises, and videos to supplement their learning on their own time

Technology Requirements: laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC), high-speed internet connection (for streaming demo videos and live meetings via Zoom), Zoom application installed before the first class meeting. Students should have access to Adobe CC version 2020 or later. Students may also use free image-sharing software programs to share work created in the class.


FINE ARTS & ILLUSTRATION

INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING (IN PERSON)

CCA Extension Painting

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  • Oakland Campus
  • EXPNT-1500-1
  • Instructor: Melisse Herman
  • Sat, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Oct 2 - Dec 11 (No class Nov 27)
  • 10 sessions. $395. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older. All CCA students (including CCA Extension students) enrolled in on-campus classes (with the exception of those who receive an approved exemption) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of their first day of classes. . More information is here

This course is designed for beginners and those who have minimal painting experience. Students learn a variety of techniques and skills, including color mixing, creating texture, painting alla prima, glazing, impasto, etc. while exploring a wide range of subject matter, including still life, portraiture, abstraction, and the model.

Individual critiques, slideshows, and group discussions supplement the studio experience. The course emphasizes learning different techniques to assist in developing a personal painting style.

Bring to first class: two pre-primed canvas boards 16" x 20" or larger, acrylic or oil paint: titanium white, cadmium yellow light, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, burnt umber and yellow ochre.

Some preferred brands include Golden, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex, and Gamblin. Palette knife, disposable gloves, painting smock/old shirt, palette paper or plastic tray, a couple of brushes (flat, round, filbert btwn sizes 4-10), a few jars with lids, rags; if working in oils, bring odorless mineral spirits: Gamsol preferred.

NO Turpentine or Turpenoid, which is quite toxic, as is Turpenoid "natural".


PAINTING: ABSTRACTION (IN PERSON)

Painting Abstraction

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  • San Francisco campus
  • EXPNT-1516-1
  • Instructor: Patrick Dintino
  • Mon, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Oct 4 - Dec 6
  • 10 sessions. $395. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older. All CCA students (including CCA Extension students) enrolled in on-campus classes (with the exception of those who receive an approved exemption) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of their first day of classes. . More information is here

Abstract painting has been with us for over a century. Where do we go from here?

In this course, you explore the challenge of creating truly original abstract work as it relates to current times. The development of a unique approach is emphasized while the creation of a process for experimentation is intensified.

Both source material and internal inspirations are used. Practical information for presentation is provided as well as strategies about how to navigate through the art world. Confidence building and critical analysis are included.

This class is open to all skill levels.

Bring to first class: two preprimed canvas boards 18" x 24", acrylic or oil paints (black, white, yellow, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, alizarin crimson and cadmium red), palette knife, palette paper, several brush sizes, a few jars, rags; if working in oils, bring linseed oil and odorless mineral spirits, Gamsol preferred.

No Turpenoid (or Turpenoid "natural") due to toxicity.


INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED PAINTING (IN PERSON)

Explorations of Color

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  • Oakland campus
  • EXPNT-1503-1
  • Instructor: Merl Ross
  • Sat, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Oct 16 - Dec 11 (No class Nov 27)
  • 8 sessions. $325. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Intro to Painting or equivalent experience. Must be 18+ years or older. All CCA students (including CCA Extension students) enrolled in on-campus classes (with the exception of those who receive an approved exemption) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of their first day of classes. More information is here

Intended for those students who have completed an introduction to painting course and wish to further develop their visual explorations using acrylic or oil paint.

A variety of themes are explored, some through direct observation, others drawing upon imagination.

Emphasis is given to developing a personal vision. Individual feedback and group critiques assist students to examine the properties of color and its application, along with other compositional and technical concerns.

A field trip might be taken to the UC Botanical Garden for sketching and inspiration in the garden for a landscape painting.

Bring to first class: paper towel rolls, several brushes (small, medium, and large), a few jars with lids, rags, a pre-primed canvas (at least 16" x 20"), palette paper , palette knife, acrylic or oil paints (titanium white, mars black, cadmium yellow light hue or lemon yellow, hansa yellow medium, cadmium red medium hue or napthol red, quinacridone violet, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue). Please no pure cadmium colors only cadmium HUES.

If working in oils, bring odorless mineral spirits, Gamblin Gamsol (solvent) and Gamblin Linseed Oil, or Walnut Oil (any brand). Gamblin is an art supply brand that focuses on safety. Students must use Gamblin gamsol and linseed oil, no exceptions. NO Turpentine or Turpenoid, which is quite toxic, as is Turpenoid "natural".


THE SERIES (IN PERSON)

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  • San Francisco Campus
  • EXPNT-1506-1
  • Instructor: Erik Parra
  • Thurs, 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM, Oct 7 - Dec 9 (No class Nov 25)
  • 10 Sessions. $395. Noncredit.
  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Painting or equivalent experience. Must be 18+ years or older. All CCA students (including CCA Extension students) enrolled in on-campus classes (with the exception of those who receive an approved exemption) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of their first day of classes. More information is here

Many artists choose to work in a series to hone and explore an idea beyond its initial glimmer. The Series focuses on painting a chosen subject again and again to create a body of work. In the first session, students choose a subject (self-portrait, still life, photographs, landscape, etc.) that will be their topic for the semester.

Participants begin by developing a list of personal goals for the course, providing a personal structure. Students also write an artist statement that defines the work and keep a painting journal to help document the growth of their ideas, which allows them to see each painting as a step in the creative process.

Each session includes studio time for painting and may also include critique, slide viewing, writing, a field trip, or time with a visiting artist. The goal of the class is to see works not only as individual paintings but also as part of a larger creative practice.

Bring to first class: sketchbook, writing/drawing tools, your own painting materials, ideas and sources for subject matter. If working in oils, bring odorless mineral spirits, Gamsol prefered. NO Turpenoid, which is quite toxic, as is Turpenoid "natural".


BASIC DRAWING AND BEYOND (IN PERSON)

Drawing Classes

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  • Oakland campus
  • EXDRW-1500-01
  • Instructor: May Wilson
  • Wed, 7 PM- 10 PM, Oct 6 - Dec 8 (No class Nov 24th)
  • 9 sessions. $365. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older. All CCA students (including CCA Extension students) enrolled in on-campus classes (with the exception of those who receive an approved exemption) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of their first day of classes. More information is here

This introductory studio course focuses on the fundamentals of drawing while exploring a variety of media, techniques, and subject matter from still life and landscape to the figure.

Using traditional and experimental approaches to drawing, students develop an understanding of proportion, form, line, gesture, and tone.

Through demonstrations, practice, and class discussion, participants also hone the verbal and analytical skills necessary to examine their work critically. This course is appropriate for beginners and those wishing to further develop their drawing skills.

Bring to class: 20” x 26” drawing board with clips, 18" x 24" Strathmore drawing pad (other brands are fine, but paper must be drawing quality), soft vine charcoal, compressed charcoal (Char-kole brand), white plastic eraser, sketchbook (any unlined notebook), pen/pencil, and a portfolio for transporting drawings.


MIXED MEDIA EXPLORATIONS (IN PERSON)

Mixed media

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  • Oakland campus
  • EXDRW-1502-01
  • Instructor: Melise Herman
  • Sat, 10 AM - 1 PM, Oct 2 - Dec 11 (No class Nov 27)
  • 10 sessions. $395. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite:Must be 18+ years or older and have at least one drawing or painting class or familiarity with the materials. All CCA students (including CCA Extension students) enrolled in on-campus classes (with the exception of those who receive an approved exemption) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of their first day of classes.More information is here

In this mixed-media course, we will be experimenting with combining acrylics, inks, watercolors, dry media, collage, and transfer techniques onto a variety of surfaces.

Through process work, both the picture plane, surface and preconceived ideas of surface will be challenged. Learning techniques will be followed by exercises and in-depth projects designed to put into practice new methods of working.

The class will consider and discusses contemporary artists using alternative materials and methods. The course emphasizes the creative process, developing new ideas and a personal approach to subject matter.

Bring to first class: 1 surface (22" x 30") and 5 small format surfaces. Some or all of the following in your tool box: vine charcoal (medium size, soft), Alphacolor charcoal, conte 2B charcoal, chamois, kneaded eraser, magic rub eraser, scissors or other cutting tool, tape, pastels, acrylic paint and brushes, glue, fabric, bits of paper, anything that inspires you.


OPEN STUDIO STUDIES (IN PERSON)

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  • Oakland campus
  • EXPNT-1524-01
  • Instructor: Melise Herman
  • Sun, 1 PM - 4 PM, Oct 3 - Dec 12 (No class Nov 28)
  • 10 sessions. $395. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older and have at least one drawing or painting class or familiarity with the materials. All CCA students (including CCA Extension students) enrolled in on-campus classes (with the exception of those who receive an approved exemption) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of their first day of classes. More information is here

Missing an artistic community?

In this studio, artists will bring their drawings, paintings or mixed media projects and work in a community environment with other artists.

This is an opportunity to expand your work alongside other artists. Learning from each other, sharing ideas, and participating in critique guided by an instructor. You will have as much guidance on your work as you wish. Depending on enrollment, students may also have the opportunity to work from a live model for one class session. Each week will end with a critique for those that want to participate.


ILLUSTRATION TECHNIQUES: KEEPING UP A CREATIVE PROCESS (IN PERSON AND ONLINE)

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  • Oakland campus and some meetings via Zoom
  • EXILL-1520-01
  • Instructor: Cleo Papanikolas
  • Tues, 6:30 PM - 9 PM, Oct 5 - Dec 7 ( A selection of classes will meet via Zoom off campus)
  • 10 sessions. $325. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older. All CCA students (including CCA Extension students) enrolled in on-campus classes (with the exception of those who receive an approved exemption) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of their first day of classes. More information is here

In this 10-week class, students learn and execute a new illustration technique starting with rendering and layout and exploring different application methods of gouache.

The structure will consist of meeting on the Oakland Campus in-person and a selection of off-campus live zoom meetings with the anticipated dates being Oct 12 and 26 and Nov 9 and 23. The faculty will consult with the class on the first night and these dates may be changed depending on the class interests. Zoom meetings will be paint-alongs so you can see a close-up camera of the process.

Students begin with simple objects and move through landscapes, still-lifes, portraits, and patterns. We will explore several different styles of painting to help you form your own style. and lettering. Drawing Assignments correlate to discussion topics exploring three aspects: materials and technique, creative process, and artistic outlook. Questions, discussions, and general conversation are encouraged while students paint. The instructor will also cover concepts from her book "The Opposite Is Also True: A Journal Of Creative Wisdom For Artists.” As a group, we help define each other’s artistic goals and discuss strategies for maintaining an art practice in the midst of a busy life.

Technology Requirements: laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC), high-speed internet connection (for streaming demo videos and live meetings via Zoom), Zoom application installed
 

Technology Requirements: laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC), high-speed internet connection (for streaming demo videos and live meetings via Zoom), Zoom application installed. Students may also use free image-sharing software programs to share work created in the class.

Materials: Strathmore mixed media art journal 8 1/2” x 11, Brushes: ½” flat, 8" flat, 10" round, 4" round, Palette - can be a plate to start with, Paper towels, water cup, pencil, eraser, Tracing paper, Gouache start with a set of primary colors. A materials list with direct links to supplies will be emailed prior to class start date.


WATERMEDIA (ONLINE)

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  • EXILL-1515-01
  • Synchronous
  • Instructor: Kim Bennett
  • Live Zoom Meeting: Mon, 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time), Oct 4 - Dec 6
  • 10 sessions. $365. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older.


Get started or advance your skills with watercolor and ink, brushes and pens. We will learn about different papers, practice different wash techniques (including resist, gouache, scraping, sponging) brush control, and the use of dip pens! The projects will be a combination of observational painting and imaginative prompts - painters at any level will refine their skills, become more comfortable and confident with materials and have fun painting together..

There will be lectures, demonstrations, feedback, and lots of time to paint together and be part of a supportive community of individuals that make up the class. We will also explore the work of a number of artists who have done interesting work in watermedia, contemporary and historic, for inspiration..

This is a special opportunity to work with an illustrator who teaches in CCA's undergraduate degree program.

Required: Technology Requirements: laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC), high-speed internet connection (for streaming demo videos and live meetings via Zoom), Zoom application installed before the first class meeting. Students will also use Padlet (a free, easy to use whiteboard software), and Google docs to share material.

Download the materials list here


MAKING COMICS: THE ART OF READING (ONLINE)

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  • EXILL-1522-01
  • Synchronous
  • Instructor: GB Tran
  • Live Zoom Meetings: Tues, 6:30 PM - 8 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time), Oct 19 - Dec 14
  • 9 sessions. $365. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older. No prior comics experience is required, just the desire to tell stories visually

Comics are capable of capturing the smallest moments to the grandest epics through unique interconnectivity of words and images. This 9-week class teaches the foundations of comic’s visual storytelling language.

Through exercises, lectures, discussions, and class critiques we’ll explore and experiment with the building blocks of comics:  story structure, character expression, panel composition, page flow, and more. Students will bring their own stories to life in weekly assignments, from 3-panel strips to multi-page stories.  No prior drawing and writing experience is necessary--just the desire to tell stories visually! Students will also have a one-on-one session with the faculty to finalize their final comic

By the end of class, students will have produced an eclectic collection of comics of varying themes and lengths and gained a greater understanding of the comics language and its endless potential.

This is an opportunity to work with a designer and Graphic Novelist who teaches in CCA's Comic Program

Bring to first class: a sketchbook for drawing, pencil, pen, and a method for note-taking.

Technology Required: laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC), high-speed internet connection, Zoom application installed before the first class meeting. Students may also use free image-sharing software programs to share work created in the class.


DIGITAL DRAWING AND PAINTING: THE BASICS (ONLINE)

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  • EXMED 1510-01
  • Synchronous plus no fewer than 12 hours of Asynchronous instruction throughout the course
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Live Zoom Meetings: Tues & Thurs, 7 PM- 8:30 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time), Nov 2 - Dec 2*
  • 7 sessions. $400. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older. Students should have basic drawing and painting skills and a familiarity with their digital device(s) and preferred drawings/painting application.

Discover your digital workflow! This course explores the convenience and versatility of digital tablets* for illustration, concept art, storyboards and more.

With so many choices for digital drawing and painting hardware and software, how do you get the most out of what you already have? This online workshop takes a “level playing field” approach to the tools and emphasizes best practices, curiosity, and the joy of making.

In each group Zoom session, students work with the instructor and peers to build hand-eye coordination, confidence, and spontaneity with their device through skill-building exercises, gesture studies, and methods for working with line, value, color, texture and form. The class will also cover using photographic references and integrating traditional media and creative problem-solving.

While demos will be conducted in Adobe Photoshop, students may also work with Clip Studio Paint Pro, Corel Painter, GIMP, ArtRage, AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro, or Adobe Fresco.

In addition to Zoom time, students will receive instructional videos and lesson files each week to further support their studies.

*Please note, the week of November 15th through the 19th will be an independent study work week with no Zoom meetings but supplemental exercises will be given. The class will also skip meeting on the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Image by Molly Bradley, Spring 2021 Digital Drawing and Painting

*Tablets include USB and wireless pen tablet peripherals (Wacom Intuos, Huion or Monoprice ) and stand-alone pen display or pen computer devices with built-in screens (Wacom Cintiq, Huion Kamvas, iPad Pro, Lenovo Yoga, Microsoft Surface Pro).

Technology Required: laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC), digital drawing and painting setup, digital drawing and painting software, high-speed internet connection (for streaming demo videos and live meetings via Zoom), Zoom application installed before the first class meeting. Be prepared to share 1-3 jpegs of your artwork with the instructor or the class at the first class meeting. Students may also use free image-sharing software programs to share work created in the class.


CONTACT US

Questions?

Feel free to email us at specialprograms@cca.edu. Please note all special programs staff are currently working from home until further notice

Please note, our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30a-5p and we are closed on the weekends. For any questions regarding class locations call Public Safety at 510-385-1821