Creative Arts Courses

Hand Building With Clay

Create special decorative and functional pottery pieces with hand building. Instruction will be given in the pinch pot, coil and slab construction techniques and students will learn how to use household objects as molds for “hump” and “slump” construction. Final projects will be bisque fired, then painted with glaze in class before a final firing to make them shiny and functional!

Instructor:
Anu Subramanian has been a clay artist and instructor since 2004, selling her work locally, nationally and internationally.

Creative Brush Lettering

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Learn the fun and quick art of Brush Lettering. You will create lovely letters with a paint brush and brush tip markers. With the same markers you will learn to layer colors, create flowers, vines and other decorative elements for your letters. Great for envelopes, place cards, journals and planners.

Instructor:
Shirley LaPorte has appeared on the DIY network craft show and has had art projects and articles published in national and international magazines. She also owns her own calligraphy and invitation business.

Beginning Italic Calligraphy

Come explore the broad edged pen and learn to create beautiful Italic letterforms. This course will introduce the beginner to this classic style of calligraphy with step by step instruction. You’ll use Italic for a variety of creative projects for weddings, greeting cards, envelopes and pieces of art. Please contact sjlaporte@verizon.net for first class supply list.

Instructor:
Shirley LaPorte has appeared on the DIY network craft show and has had art projects and articles published in national and international magazines. She also owns her own calligraphy and invitation business.

Crochet - Beginning and Beyond

Learn the basic crochet stitches in this fun and relaxed class, and learn to read and follow patterns with confidence. Students need 1 skein of medium 4 weight yarn (preferably acrylic) and a hook (size H, I or K), or bring your work in progress for further development.

Instructor:
Marcia Bucaro learned the craft from her Grandmothers; she loves teaching and passing on the art of crocheting.

Seasonal Simple Stroke Watercolor

Let the brush and paint do the work using the simple stroke watercolor technique. With the simple stroke of a brush you can learn to create pretty watercolor flowers, grasses,, flower pots and more. No art experience needed, contact the instructor at sjlaporte@verizon.net in advance of class for supply list.

Instructor:
Shirley LaPorte has appeared on the DIY network craft show and has had art projects and articles published in national and international magazines. She also owns her own calligraphy and invitation business.

Knitting for Beginners

Would you like to learn how to knit but don’t know where to start? Learn how to cast on, knit and purl stitches, bind off, read a pattern, and choose the correct yarn and needles for a project. Students need to bring one skein of #4 worsted weight/4-ply light color yarn, and size US 8 knitting needles to the first day of class.

Instructor:
Penny Atkinson earned a B.A. in Clothing, Textiles & Environmental Arts, and worked 25 years as an artisan and costume supervisor in theater, opera, TV and film.

Knitting to the Next Level

If you already know the knitting basics of knit, purl, cast on, bind off, increase and decrease, you are welcome to join this intermediate class. Refresh your knitting skills from years gone by, or get assistance with project difficulties. Students need one skein of #4 worsted weight/4-ply light color yarn, and size US 8 knitting needles for the first class, and are welcome to bring a work-in-progress project.

Instructor:
Penny Atkinson earned a B.A. in Clothing, Textiles & Environmental Arts, and worked 25 years as an artisan and costume supervisor in theater, opera, TV and film.

Silk Scarf Painting Workshop

Create a beautiful unique gift for yourself or a best friend. Hand-painted silk scarves are wearable art which are easy to paint. You will learn different tie dye techniques and go home with one wonderful scarf each week. This pleasing class is for beginners and advanced students alike. Please bring an apron.

Instructor:
Anu Subramanian has been a clay artist and instructor since 2004, selling her work locally, nationally and internationally.

Digital Photography Intro

Learn the essential skills needed to get started with digital photography. Topics include camera controls, shooting modes, file formats, resolution, memory cards, electronic flash, white balance and downloading images to your computer. Additionally, course covers composition, simple enhancement, preparation for email or website, printers and selecting digital image-editing software. Bring your camera and the instruction manual.

Instructor:
Tom Ferguson is both a commercial and fine art photographer. He has appeared in over 100 exhibitions nationwide.

Intermediate Digital Photography

This class is for those who have attended Digital Photography Intro or for those familiar with the camera. This class will place more emphasis on the creative process. Topics will cover visualizing, composing, and designing better photographs. Students will learn to control and see light, both existing and flash. Bring your camera to class.

Instructor:
Tom Ferguson is both a commercial and fine art photographer. He has appeared in over 100 exhibitions nationwide.

CVAE Refund Policy

No Refunds for a student who withdraws voluntarily from a class.
Refunds will be made only for classes canceled by Conejo Valley Adult Education.