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Fall 2022 Courses

Last updated on Oct 27, 2022

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

Running as multi-week classes in the evenings and on weekends throughout the year, the CCA Extension program offers accessible, flexible, and immersive learning experiences for students who are 18 years and older. Fall 2022 registration is now open online here.


DESIGN


Hand Lettering and Text Illustration (In Person)-POSTPONED

  • $225 (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Alex Combs
  • Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 PM, October 18 - November 15 (5 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 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: Suggested Materials from Flax Art here. Note that these materials are also available at Blick, Arch, or other stores.

Sketchbook, pencils (.7mm Sumo grip mechanical pencil), erasers, fine-point drawing pens (Recommended Micron, Copic, or similar brand; two sizes or more. Recommend a .3mm and a 1.0mm size); Bristol board (smooth) or similar smooth thick drawing paper pad- 11”x14”

4-10 Posca brand paint pens- variety of colors including black. (Recommend some medium 5m tip size but you can also get fine tip and/or thick tip sizes. You can buy them as singles or as a set.

4-10 Tombow or similar brand dual brush pens- variety of colors including black. Recommend one light and one dark value of each color you choose (for example, if you want green get both a light green and a dark green). You can also buy these as singles or as a set.

4-10 Copic or similar brand alcohol based markers- variety of colors. Singles or a set.


MAKING COMICS: THE ART OF READING (Online)

Registration is now closed.

  • $225 (noncredit)
  • InstructorGB Tran
  • Mondays, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time), October 17 -November 21 (5 sessions-no class on October 31)
  • Live Zoom Online. A link will be sent prior to the start date.

Comics are capable of capturing the smallest moments to the grandest epics through unique interconnectivity of words and images. This 5-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. 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 limitless potential. The class instructor is GB Tran, a cartoonist and adjunct professor in CCA's MFA Comics program.

Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older.

Technology Required: laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC), high-speed internet connection, Zoom application installed before the first class meeting. Students will share work through a free virtual "presentation wall" website. Familiar with working on a computer, Mac or PC.

Bring to first class: Materials for drawing and note-taking.


THE ANATOMY OF A BRAND (In Person)-POSTPONED TO SPRING 2023

  • $225 (noncredit)
  • InstructorDarian Newman
  • Mon, 6:30 - 9:30PM, October 17 - November 21 (5 sessions-no class October 31)
  • San Francisco campus
  • P1

The Anatomy of a Brand Studio explores a range of techniques and exercises for developing a brand identity. Students go hands-on with typography, color and image making studies, all while learning the core principles of what makes a brand. Following a brief history of branding the course covers best practices for brand design. Students complete the course with a distinct brand identity suitable for digital and print application. While computer skills are not covered in this class basic knowledge of design programs will be beneficial.

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. Familiar with working on a computer, Mac or PC.

Bring to first class: Sketching materials, a laptop with Adobe Illustrator installed and an example of a brand you admire.


TYPOGRAPHY FUNDAMENTALS (In Person)

Registration is now closed.

  • $225 (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Michael Thompson
  • Wednesdays, 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM, October 19 - November 16 (5 Sessions)
  • San Francisco campus
  • Classroom 103/Lab B

This class is for those people who are interested in typography and want to use type more effectively within and without a design context. It offers a practical introduction to typography and its powerful role in conveying meaningful information and emotion. 

Over five weeks of lectures, demos, exercises, projects, critiques, and clinics, students will gain a level of knowledge that will prepare them to make informed typographical choices in their own work. The emphasis will be on creating single-page/screen typographical works.

We’ll cover such topics as mark-making and letterforms, history of written communication and typography, hierarchy and the spatial organization of information, grids, and the varying limitations among different tools and media. Students will complete a project of their own choosing and will be challenged to explain how their typographical choices align with their intent. 

This class will not focus on the mechanics of using software tools, so some basic knowledge of Adobe InDesign is required. All demos will be done in InDesign, and students will need it to take full advantage of lessons and exercises. However, some class time will be allocated to technical “clinics” to help students best use their tools to execute their vision and craft.

This is the first of two typography courses offered through CCA Extension. A subsequent class, Advanced Typography, will cover books and other multi-page typography systems.

Prerequisite: Students must be 18 yrs old at the start of class. 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. Students should possess basic computer skills and have some knowledge of InDesign.

Bring to first class: An example of your favorite typeface. A postcard, poster, webpage, or other written artifact that features typography. Some ideas for a project that you’d like to complete during the course. Optionally, students can bring their own laptops with their own InDesign license; however, the class will have access to a lab with computers running Adobe InDesign.

No textbook is required but relevant articles will be provided. There will also be an optional, in-depth reading list.

DIGITAL TOOLS


ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD INTENSIVE (In Person)

Register Online here.

  • $310 (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Darian Newman
  • Sundays, 10:00AM-4:00 PM, October 23, October 30, November 6 (3 sessions)
  • San Francisco Campus
  • Lab B

Adobe Creative Cloud is the industry standard for digital imaging and publishing. This three-day intensive introduces students to Adobe's InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. The first day is spent learning to draw and alter vector images in Illustrator; the next day covers learning the basics of photo editing, color correction and manipulation in Photoshop. In the third session, the class puts it all together in InDesign, learning layers and multipage document setup while exploring type styles and basic layout. Throughout, 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.

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. Familiar with working on a computer, Mac or PC. Students must create an Adobe ID before class starts.

Bring to first class: materials to sketch (pens, paper, etc.) 

DRAWING & PAINTING


BASIC DRAWING AND BEYOND (In Person)

Registration is now closed.

  • $270 (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Emma Strebel
  • Tuesdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, October 18-November 22 (6 sessions)
  • San Francisco campus
  • Hubbell Drawing Studio

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 first 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.


DIGITAL PAINTING & ILLUSTRATION: KRITA (Online)

Registration is now closed.

  • $225. (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Alex Combs
  • Wednesdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM PST, October 19 - November 16 (5 sessions)
  • Online Live via Zoom. A link will be sent prior to the start date.

Ever wanted to access professional quality digital painting tools without having to sign up for a subscription to Adobe, or having to purchase the latest Apple tablet? Krita is a digital painting program created specifically for this purpose! Here’s how Krita is described on their official website:

“Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.”

In this class students will learn their way around the program Krita, including how to prepare sketches for digital inking/coloring, and how to use a variety of tools for creating digital illustrations and paintings in a range of styles. Students will receive individual assistance learning to use the tools in Krita to create art that reflects their unique artistic visions and goals.

Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older.

Technology Required: Laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC), high-speed internet connection, Zoom application installed before the first class meeting. Students will share work through a free virtual "presentation wall" website.


INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING (In Person)

Registration is now closed

  • $360 (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Thorina Rose
  • Wednesdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, October 5 - November 30 (8 sessions. No class on Nov. 23)
  • San Francisco Campus
  • N 10/12

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 and boosted 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".


MIXED MEDIA EXPLORATIONS (In Person)

Registration is now closed.

  • $225 (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Hifumi Ogawa
  • Sundays, 10AM-1PM, October 16 - November 13 (5 sessions)
  • San Francisco Campus
  • N 14/16

In this mixed-media course, participants experiment with combining acrylics, inks, watercolors, dry media, collage, and transfer techniques on a variety of surfaces. Demonstrations of technique are followed by exercises and in-depth projects designed to put into practice new methods of working. For inspiration, the class discusses contemporary artists and recent developments in materials and process, including expanding beyond the traditional rectangular picture plane. The course emphasizes the creative process, developing new ideas and a personal approach to subject matter.

Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older and 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: two canvas panels/boards (16"x 20" or larger), acrylic paints (white, medium yellow, lemon yellow, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, parmanent green light, alizarin crimson, and cadmium red light), small and medium round brushes and one large flat brush, paper towel/rug, palette paper, water containers, pencil, color pencils, oil pastel/crayons, eraser and a sketchbook (12"x 9" or larger and at least 65lb)


PAINTING: ABSTRACTION (In Person)

Registration is now closed.

  • $270 (noncredit)
  • Instructor: Patrick Dintino
  • Tuesdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, October 18 - November 22 (6 sessions)
  • San Francisco campus
  • N 10/12

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.



CCA Atelier Weekend Workshops for High School Students

Running as weekend intensives throughout the fall and spring with enhanced summer 1-2 week offerings, the CCA Atelier program offers accessible, flexible, and immersive learning experiences in a variety of art and design topics for current high school students. You hone your skills, learn new concepts and techniques, and meet others from around the Bay Area and beyond who share your interest in art. Unless otherwise noted, all class materials are included in the cost of tuition.

We are offering the following workshops for Fall 2022:

To learn more about our Fall 2022 Workshops, please click here.


Classes coming soon!

We are working to finalize details for additional classes in spring 2023. Please add your name to the notification list and we will contact you once these classes open for registration!

  • Animation 2D / Animation 3D
  • Architecture
  • Creative Writing
  • Curatorial Practice
  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Interior Design
  • Introduction to Fashion Design
  • Jewelry/Metal Arts
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • Watermedia / Watercolor Painting


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 9:00am-5:00pm and we are closed on the weekends. For any questions regarding class locations on campus please refer to your confirmation and class information emails or call Public Safety from either campus at 415-703-9510.


COVID 19 POLICIES FOR Fall 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 and boosted against COVID-19 by the start of their first day of classes. Students who are not vaccinated and have not received an exemption will be removed from all in-person classes. Students will need to complete a simple 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 show proof of their vaccination card. 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

All students will be required to wear masks indoors. Please see our CCA Extension Covid-19 information here.