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Winter/Spring 2022 Courses

Last updated on Jan 07, 2022

Get inspired . . . try something new or enhance what's familiar.

Running as multi-week sessions or as one-day classes in the evenings and on weekends throughout the year, the CCA Extension program offers accessible, flexible, and immersive learning experiences. 2022 registration is now open online here.


DESIGN

INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC DESIGN (IN PERSON)

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  • $450 (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Kseniya Makarova
  • Sat, 11 AM -2 PM, Feb 5 - April 9 (10 sessions)
  • San Francisco Campus

This course offers a broad introduction to the field of graphic design. Students will examine contemporary design practices, apply design methods and principles, and take a brief look at the history of graphic design. 

Topics include typography, color, grid systems, layout, identity, and information hierarchy,  with discussion touching on both print and screen design contexts. The course is a mix of slide presentations, hands-on projects, and group discussions. Computer skills will not be covered in this course.

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.

Bring to first class: Two examples of graphic design, one you find "good", and one you find "bad". Please bring in the actual objects or images of them and be prepared to explain your reasoning. A sketchbook or some loose paper for taking notes and sketching, and basic writing/drawing supplies (i.e., pen + pencil).  Access to a computer/tablet is helpful but students may complete all assignments in an analog manner.


INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING (IN PERSON)

CCA Extension Painting

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  • $395. (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Melisse Herman
  • Sat, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Feb 5 - April 9 (10 sessions)
  • Oakland Campus

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.

Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older. Experience drawing is helpful, but not required. 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.

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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  • $395. (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Patrick Dintino
  • Mon, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Feb 7 - April 11 (10 sessions)
  • San Francisco campus

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.

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.

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.

*artwork by Patrick Dintino


INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED PAINTING (IN PERSON)

Explorations of Color

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  • $325. (noncredit)
  • Instructor:Merl Ross
  • Sat, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Feb 5 - Mar 26 (8 sessions)
  • Oakland campus

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.

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.

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".

*artwork by Merl Ross


THE SERIES (IN PERSON)

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  • $395. (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Erik Parra
  • Tues, 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM, Feb 8 - April 12 (10 Sessions)
  • San Francisco campus

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.

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.

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".

*artwork by Erik Parra


BASIC DRAWING AND BEYOND (IN PERSON)

Drawing Classes

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  • $395. (noncredit)
  • Instructor:Emma Strebel
  • Mon, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Feb 7 - April 11 (10 sessions)
  • Oakland campus

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.

Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older (unless approved). 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.

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.


DRAWING ON THE GRAND SCALE (IN PERSON)

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  • $395. (noncredit)
  • InstructorMelise Herman
  • Sat, 10 AM - 1 PM, Feb 5 - Apr 9 (10 sessions)
  • Oakland campus

Drawing on a grand scale can change one's art making, forcing one to loosen up and create work that makes a different statement than traditionally-sized drawings.

The class embarks on developing a series of large-scale drawings on a variety of subjects, such as one's hand, a worn down shoe (carrying the memory of one's body and where one has been), a sea shell, a full-body self-portrait, or a figure drawn from life. Students learn to see the underlying structure in the forms they draw.Through empathic observation and mapping, participants learn to push and pull lights and darks with rich charcoal and erasure techniques. Immersed in the momentum of drawing, students will surprise themselves.

Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older and have at least one drawing course 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.

Bring to first class: 1 wide role of Strathmore (or another good) drawing paper, 2 compressed charcoal sticks (soft), 3 vine charcoal sticks (medium), 1 Staedtler eraser.


OPEN STUDIO STUDIES (IN PERSON)

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  • $395. (noncredit)
  • InstructorMelise Herman
  • Sun, 1 PM - 4 PM, Feb 6 - Apr 10 (10 sessions)
  • Oakland campus

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.

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.

Bring to first class: Bring any art materials you'd like to use for your projects. if working in oils, bring linseed oil and odorless mineral spirits, Gamsol preferred.No Turpenoid (or Turpenoid "natural") due to toxicity.


EXPLORING WATERCOLOR (IN PERSON)

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  • $395. (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Alison Frost
  • Thurs, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Feb 3 - April 7 (10 sessions)
  • San Francisco campus

This course introduces the medium of watercolor painting while providing an environment where students can experiment with a variety of techniques and materials. We cover traditional and modern paint applications, various techniques and tricks (i.e. wet in wet, frisket, layering, inking, blends, etc.), building a portable watercolor kit, how to make our own paint, and how to make the most out of journaling. We also look at the work of past and contemporary watercolorists for inspiration. We work from life, photo reference, and personal notation. Students at all levels are welcome in this class.

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 from HR) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of their first day of classes.More info is here.

Bring to first class: paper and pens/pencils; if you already have watercolor supplies, feel free to bring them along. We will go over options for paint, brushes, paper, and supplementary materials on the first day.

*artwork by Alison Frost


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

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  • $325. (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Cleo Papanikolas
  • Tues, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Feb 1 - Mar 29 (9 sessions)
  • Oakland campus

In this 9-week class, students learn and execute a new illustration technique starting with rendering and layout and exploring different application methods of gouache.

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.

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.

Bring to first class: 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.

*artwork by Cleo Papanikolas


HAND LETTERING AND TEXT ILLUSTRATION (IN-PERSON)

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  • $325. (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Alex Combs
  • Tues, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Feb 8 - April 12 (10 sessions)
  • San Francisco Campus

In this class students will engage with a variety of lettering tools and styles in an environment encouraging experimentation and pleasure in the art-making process.

Balancing technical skill building exercises with creative lettering projects, we will look to a variety of sources for inspiration including sign painting, comics, tattoo, graffiti, mural art, and graphic design. Students will learn to imitate a variety of lettering styles including calligraphy, script, and block lettering. We will also cover special effects like chrome and drop shadows, as well as incorporating illustrated elements.

We will primarily be using pencils, ink pens, paint pens, and markers, but students are encouraged to bring other supplies they want to work with such as paints, inks, colored pencils, or multimedia/collage elements.

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.

Bring to first class: Please see suggested materials list here. This Flax materials list to give you an idea of what to buy (Flax will deliver in the Bay Area), but it's not a strict list. You can buy similar products at Arch Art Supplies next to the CCA San Francisco campus or most other art stores.

*artwork by Christian Solla (@frijoles_cis)


HIGH SCHOOL FIGURE DRAWING (IN PERSON)

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  • $365. (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Emma Strebel
  • Sun, 3 PM - 6 PM, Feb 6 - April 3 (9 sessions)
  • Oakland Campus

California College of the Arts offers this course as a special opportunity for high school students to develop their drawing skills and experience drawing from a live nude model.

Please note that a model is not employed for the first class meeting. Students spend the first class focusing on a variety of drawing issues in anticipation of drawing from the model. All eight subsequent sessions involve drawing from a nude model.

Prerequisite: Currently enrolled in High School. 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.

Bring to first class: 20" x 26" drawing board with clips, 18" x 24" pad of 80 lb weight drawing paper, #4B graphite pencil, two sticks vine charcoal (medium or jumbo size), General's soft charcoal pencil, kneaded eraser, masking (artist's) tape.

*artwork by Rhonni Ebojo


Classes coming soon!

We are working to finalize details for the following classes. Please add your name to the notification list and we will contact you once these classes open for registration!

  • Introduction to Interior Design
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Intro to Fashion Design
  • Watermedia (Online)


CONTACT US

Questions?

Feel free to email us at Extension@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


COVID 19 POLICIES FOR SPRING 2022

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 staff and faculty will be required to be vaccinated as well.

More information is here: 

Students must submit details on vaccination via a google form and book a brief meeting with HR to show proof of their vaccination card. Once confirmed, you will receive an ID indicating you are approved to be on campus

If you are unable to complete this step before class, you will need to have a copy (digital or physical) vaccination card on hand while on campus and will likely need to show this to our public safety team. 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

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.