Students of all skill levels can explore their artistic interests and build technical and conceptual skills in non-credit studio and digital arts classes, lectures, and workshops offered by the Ringling College Continuing Studies Studio + Digital Arts program. The winter and spring term runs January 11 to May 15 and features more than 60 unique courses and lectures, including drawing, painting, photography, design, filmmaking, photography, and more.
Classes are taught by practicing artists and designers, many of whom are Ringling College faculty. Start dates are offered throughout the term and run one to eight sessions each, during the day, evenings, and/or weekends. Classes are held at the Ringling College Museum Campus, Ringling College’s main campus, and online. To register and learn more, call 941-309-5111 or visit www.ringling.edu/SDA.
“Whether you are seeking a creative outlet, experimenting with new techniques, or honing skills for professional advancement, there are numerous courses to support your artistic goals,” says Diane Zorn, Continuing Studies education program coordinator. “S+DA courses and lectures are ideal for aspiring artists beginning their creative journey, as well as for practiced artists seeking inspiration and camaraderie.” Zorn notes that students can explore traditional art techniques, refresh existing skills, and master new methods in digital and traditional media.
Zorn says that the ceramic arts are a huge hit, thanks to the Linda and Dick Dickinson Ceramics Studio, a fully equipped ceramics studio space that supports sculptural and functional work. “Students can learn new skills and build knowledge in functional, narrative, and technical processes,” she says.
Winter and spring lectures, workshops, and presentations include:
Exploring the Creative Process
Pamela Olin will explore how to tap into your creative process through exercises and discussion.
Caricatures – Party!
A fun-filled workshop with Michael White, who will teach participants how to borrow from reality and fiction to create fantastic portraits using line and style to cap.
Ceramic Hand Built Inspiration: Let’s Tell A Story In Clay
Ceramic artist Taylor Robenalt shares approaches to conceptual ideas and the symbology incorporated in much of her work.
Discussion & Presentation with Master Sculptor Philippe Faraut
Internationally renowned sculptor and aficionado of the human form
The Art of Storytelling and Tonight’s Tale
Sherry Lovett, a storyteller and educator, will share what inspires today’s storytellers to mine their craft with such passion.
Design Is Everywhere
Ringling College Graphic Design department head Jeff Bleitz will share his excitement and enthusiasm for design.
The semester also offers design and digital arts classes and workshops, including Learn Photoshop: The Powerhouse Tool for Photographers and Designers; Illustrate on the iPad with Procreate; and Dexterity in Design on the iPad.
“Whatever direction your inner muse is leading you, we offer the tools and the teachers to set you on your creative journey,” Zorn says.