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Challenge yourself and expand your skills with Art 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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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. Note: A materials list is available at ce.unm.edu. Materials cost approximately $90. Bring materials to the first class session. Attendance at the first class is mandatory.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUB‐PE

02170
$110
6/27/2018 - 8/8/2018
Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Polly Jackson
CE North Building

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Art Clay consists of silver particles in a non‐toxic binder and water. When heated, the binder and water burn away to leave 99% pure silver. A kiln or inexpensive hand‐held torch can be used for this process. Beginners will be amazed at their success. Experienced students will be challenged with more difficult pieces. You will complete pieces of fine silver .999 jewelry, and learn to set up a kitchen table studio. Note: A materials fee of $95 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Please bring safety glasses.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

05382
$75
6/30/2018
Sat 9:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM
Iliana Carrillo
Factory on 5th Artspace

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Join us and learn the basics of oil painting. You will learn the characteristics of oil as a medium, explore color and value relationships, and consider approaches for designing compelling compositions. Demonstrations and discussions with an emphasis on individual's interests and projects will follow. Note: Materials list available at ce.unm.edu

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

02188
$105
7/2/2018 - 8/6/2018
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Mindy Bradford
CE North Building

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Prepare to be adorned! In this beginning 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. Note: A $115 materials fee, cash or check, will be collected at the first class. This class is limited to five students.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

02205
$230
7/10/2018 - 8/7/2018
Tue 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Kristin Diener
Diener Studio: Call for directions

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Prepare to be adorned! In this beginning 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. Note: A $115 materials fee, cash or check, will be collected at the first class. This class is limited to five students.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUB‐PE

02205
$230
7/11/2018 - 8/8/2018
Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Kristin Diener
Diener Studio: Call for directions 277‐0077

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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. Each week the class will meet in a different location. NOTE: First class meets at the Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria Rd. NW. Suggested text: The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling by John Muir Laws. A materials list is available at ce.unm.edu.

Note: Approximate cost of materials is $35. First class location us at the Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria Rd. NW. A materials list is available at ce.unm.edu.

Section SUA‐PE

02228
$105
7/15/2018 - 8/12/2018
Sun 9:00 AM ‐ 12:30 PM
Evelyn Sunny Birklund
ABQ Botanical Gardens

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Ready to learn how to add more feeling to your drawing? In this class for intermediate students, you'll explore ways to emphasize your point of view and use exaggeration, overstating, understating, and embellishments to evoke the emotion you want. Note: A material list is available at ce.unm.edu.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

02157
$85
7/23/2018 - 8/13/2018
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM
Polly Jackson
CE South Building

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Never tried painting, but always wanted to? This class is for you! Designed for beginners, this course focuses on creativity, not technique. You'll learn basic principles of color and applying paint to canvas in a comfortable environment. Through demonstrations and personal input from the instructor, you'll explore how to use personal‐painting genres, mood, and imagination to create a successful painting. Note: A materials list is available at ce.unm.edu. Approximate cost of materials is $60.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

02169
$105
7/26/2018 - 8/30/2018
Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 8:30 PM
Ann Hart Marquis
CE North Building

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Learn the basics of Mosaic Tiling and acquire the tools to grow in this art for years to come. Learn to design, cut and grout your piece. A $20 material fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Note: Incorrectly listed in the catalog as June, class meets in July.

Section SUA‐PE

02215
$95
7/28/2018 - 7/29/2018
Sun, Sat 12:00 PM ‐ 4:00 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. Note: A $70 materials fee, cash or check, will be collected at the first class. This class is limited to five students.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUB‐PE

02206
$230
7/30/2018 - 8/27/2018
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Kristin Diener
Diener Studio: Call for directions 277‐0077

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Students at all levels of skill are welcome in this expressive, innovative drawing class! Gesture drawing is a quick drawing that captures the essential motion of a subject in its most distilled form. Gesture is everywhere, embodied in every object, person, and place. It is action, emotion, movement, and expression all brought together into one cohesive motion. Through basic drawing fundamentals, explore the beauty of line by using a variety of drawing mediums with still life and figure study. Note: A material list is available at ce.unm.edu

Note: This course is listed in the Summer 2018 catalog as Gesture Drawing: Basics but Mixed Media Drawing: Basics will be taught in this section. UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUB‐PE

02156
$95
8/2/2018 - 8/23/2018
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM
Kerry Bergen
CE South Building

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Learn to paint with chalk pastels. You will learn two techniques in this class. Layering colors and light produces fantasic art work. A materials list is available at ce.unm.edu. Approximate cost of materials is $70.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

02173
$95
8/3/2018 - 8/24/2018
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Polly Jackson
CE South Building

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Prepare to be adorned! In this beginning 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. Note: A $115 materials fee, cash or check, will be collected at the first class. This class is limited to five students.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUC‐PE

02205
$230
8/11/2018 - 8/18/2018
Sat 9:30 AM ‐ 5:00 PM
Kristin Diener
Diener Studio: Call for directions 277‐0077

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The focus of this workshop is on collaging with torn watercolor paper and specialty papers such as art tissue paper, rice paper and tracing paper. We will be using discarded watercolor or acrylic paintings as well as preparing new papers destined for collaging. Inaddition, students may bring in work in progress and receive critiques on technique, composition and cropping. Students will be give the option of using this time as open studio, where they can choose to focus on works in progress, receiving mentoring on composition and technique. Students should have some previous experience with watercolor. (In addition to the supply list, there will be a 5 dollar special materials fee

Section SUA‐PE

02184
$85
8/25/2018
Sat 10:00 AM ‐ 4:00 PM
Sandra Schroeder
CE North Building

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Enameling is the colorful result of fusing powdered glasses to metal with high heat, forming a durable vitreous coating. This class provides you with an overview of the ancient art of enameling, from metal preparation, properties of enamel, opaques and transparents, dry and wet applications, kiln firing, use of cloisonne' wire and pure silver foil, adhesives, millefiore, glass threads, crackles, and safe studio practices. Students will create wearable and non‐wearable enameled works, using copper as a base. No previous jewelry making or metalworking experience is necessary. Note: A supply fee of $125, cash or check, is due and payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class.

Section SUA‐PE

02207
$135
8/25/2018
Sat 9:30 AM ‐ 4:00 PM
Kristin Diener
Diener Studio: Call for directions 277‐0077

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Base Metal Clays consist of metal powder in a non‐toxic binder and water. When heated, the binder and water burn away leaving a solid piece of 100% metal. During the workshop, students will work with Hadar's Bronze, Copper and Steel Clays. Students will learn all the proper and basic techniques from start to finish for ''Base Metal Clays.'' Techniques include mixing and wetting clays, creating textures, combining different clays into one piece, understanding firing, and detailed finishing techniques. Students will take home an original piece of jewelry. No experience with metal clays is necessary and both beginning and intermediate metal clay artists are welcome. Note: A $85 Materials Fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Please bring safety glasses. If you have a small rotary tool, such as a dremel or Black and Decker, please bring it to class.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

05381
$99
8/31/2018 - 9/1/2018
Fri, Sat 9:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM
Iliana Carrillo
Factory on 5th Artspace

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