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Challenge yourself and expand your skills with Arts classes at UNM Continuing Education. There's something for everyone! Take advantage of the opportunity to associate with others with like interests and learn new skills in a laid-back atmosphere. No matter if you’re just a beginner or a long time artist, our experienced instructors will work with you to maximize your skills. We offer classes and instruction for all levels of experience.


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Get outside and enjoy the simple pleasures of nature sketching and observation. Rediscover the wonders of nature all around us that are often taken for granted. Topics will include; sketching and watercolor painting birds and animals, flowers and trees, landscapes, clouds and weather, and tips for designing journal pages and suggestions for observation. Learn how to use the basic artistic concepts of composition, shape, natural perspective, color and more.

Section Spring 1

02228
$130
4/12/20 - 5/10/20
Sun 9:00 AM ‐ 12:30 PM
Evelyn Sunny Birklund
Rio Grande Nature Center

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Explore the world of acrylics while you learn to paint shape and form with little drawing. This technique emphasizes color, space and composition, value and texture, contrast and balance. The course also covers the principles of design, the medium, techniques, mood and meaning, and the elements of art.

Section Spring 4

02170
$125
4/16/20 - 5/28/20
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Polly Jackson
CE North Building

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Prepare to be adorned! In this Beginning Jewelry/Small Metals/Silversmithing and Bench Skills course, you will learn the fundamentals of the design and creation of handcrafted jewelry, and how to work lavishly within a budget. Beginning with a series of sterling silver rings, you will learn how to size, texture, chase/stamp, file, form, silver solder with an acetylene torch, saw, pierce, drill, oxidize, hand‐polish, high‐polish with a buffing machine, and follow safe studio practices. You will also fabricate a bezel cup and set a cabochon stone. Sterling silver, fine silver, copper, brass and semi‐precious stones will be used. Local supply sources and discounts through Diener Studio will be addressed.

Section Spring 3

02205
$230
4/25/20 - 5/2/20
Sat 9:30 AM ‐ 5:00 PM
Kristin Diener, M.F.A.
Diener Studio: Call for directions 277‐0077

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In this hands‐on class you'll learn about mosaic design, cutting tiles, adhesives and grout. With your new skills and experience, you'll have the confidence to move onto all kinds of mosaic projects on your own. No artistic ability or experience is required. All tiles, tools, and other supplies will be provided in class. You will go home with your own unique 8''x8'' mosaic piece.

Section Spring 2

02215
$95
4/25/20 - 5/2/20
Sat 11:00 AM ‐ 3:30 PM
Jill Gatwood
CE South Building

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Expand your jewelry making skills in this course for students who have completed the Jewelry/Small Metals and Silversmithing Beginning class. Develop your own projects and watch demonstrations as you explore advanced techniques in silver soldering, fabrication and stone‐setting including: unusually‐shaped bezels, incorporating found objects, cage/step/tube and traditional prong settings, fusing, reticulation, chain‐making, findings, repousse', marriage of metals, shot, hollow forms, making head and eye pins, and safe studio practices.

Section Spring 3

02206
$99
4/27/20 - 5/4/20
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Kristin Diener, M.F.A.
Diener Studio: Call for directions 277‐0077

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Learn to paint with chalk pastels. You will learn three techniques in this class. Layering colors and light produces fantastic art work.

Section Spring 2

02173
$110
5/1/20 - 5/22/20
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Polly Jackson
CE North Building

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UNMUNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty & Retirees: You may use your Personal Enrichment Tuition Remission for Art Classes.

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