Sculpture



Dive into the world of the round as you learn basic sculptural techniques and construction methods. Students will experiment with a variety of tools and materials including paper, metal, plaster, wood, and wire, as well as found objects and assemblage. Examine campus sculptures by Carl Milles, Tony Rosenthal, and Mark di Suvero, including prototypes and drawings (more information on our Campus Sculpture Tour). Discuss modern sculptural practices of artists in CAM’s collection, including Donald Judd, Harry Bertoia, and Duane Hanson.

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Painting II, Oils



Learn techniques in oil painting, such as underpainting, glazing, scumbling, dry brushing, and impasto, while referencing the works of contemporary artists working in oil. You’ll also learn how to use mineral spirits, varnishes, and painting mediums. Working from still life set-ups, interiors, and landscapes, students will explore the use of light to create form in a balanced composition. Demonstrations on stretching a canvas, laying out a palette, working with various paint application techniques, and color mixing provide students with the fundamentals of the medium and a strong foundation for future coursework. This course is recommended for both beginners and those wanting to improve and develop their current skills and ideas. Painting I is not a prerequisite to Painting II, but can be taken in conjunction with the Session 1 course.

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Painting I, Waterbased



The Impressionist painters experienced the advantages of painting en plein air; the natural light and openness of the outdoors provides further authenticity to the subject matter. In this course, you’ll be honing your studio practice using water-based paints on Cranbrook’s scenic 319-acres. Working from a variety of subjects, students will use ink, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media, building color, tone, and temperature. Learn how to strengthen your foundational skills of paint application, composition, color theory, and perspective while being introduced to new techniques and methods that lend themselves to painting in the great outdoors!

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Figure Drawing II



Students will further immerse themselves in drawing from reference material, observation, memory, and imagination. You’ll be challenged to create unique compositions, develop your own style, and participate in critiques, while drawing from live, non-nude models. Focus will be placed on both traditional drawing modes as well as individual creativity so each student can investigate their own artistic practice. You’ll study the work of several famous artists to acquire a practical visual vocabulary in graphite, charcoal, and ink. This course is recommended for both beginners and those wanting to improve and develop their current skills and ideas. Figure Drawing I is not a prerequisite to Figure Drawing II, but can be taken in conjunction with the Session 1 course.

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Figure Drawing I



Drawing is the foundation of many art disciplines, and honing this skill allows greater flexibility in your artistic practice. Working from live, non-nude models, students learn how to realistically render the human form from observation. The essential elements of life drawing, including anatomy, proportion, volume, composition, gesture, and the accurate and expressive use of line and tone are addressed to provide a focus for increasing skill. In addition, students explore experimental approaches such as blind contour drawing and drawing from memory. This course is recommended for both beginners and those wanting to improve and develop their current skills and ideas.

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Fibers + Textiles



This course will introduce students to various materials and processes within the practice of fibers and textiles. Emphasis will be placed on the production of fiber arts within both historical and contemporary art contexts. Students will learn a vast range of textile construction and surface techniques and processes, including weaving, print, dye, stitch, soft sculpture, felting, and embellishment. From braiding to millinery, this course serves as a unique foundation for students interested in learning more about fibers and textiles.

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Contemporary Photography



This course is great for students who are interested in exploring and experimenting in photography as a creative medium. Not only will students learn technical aspects - metering light, manual digital camera functions - we’ll also learn about significant artists working in photography through discussion of contemporary concepts and issues. You’ll learn to judge the quality of your exposure in the field — including which settings, equipment, filters, accessories and techniques are optimal for each occasion. This class will help you to think critically in the field and make more purposeful decisions. No experience is necessary for this class, but we ask that students provide their own digital SLR (Single Lense Reflex) camera with manual control options.

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Ceramics



Learn to use a variety of foundational and experiential ceramic production methods and techniques, including hand building and glazing, to create both functional and sculptural ceramic art! Students will explore an extensive range of sculptural possibilities, transforming found shapes, images, and objects; borrowing and mixing from cultural influences and contemporary ceramic arts. This class will closely examine ceramic pieces in the Museum’s collection - including examples of Pewabic Pottery, Maya Grotell, Richard Devore, and Im Schafer.

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Architecture



Cranbrook has a rich history of modern architecture. Our unique campus includes buildings designed by world‐renowned architects, including Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Albert Kahn, Rafael Moneo, Tod Williams, and Billie Tsien. Looking at these seminal structures, you’ll design your own architectural and topographic models with emphasis placed on the relationship between form, structure, and the surrounding environment. You’ll learn the fundamental concepts of architecture, design, and engineering by examining structures, materials, and technologies exemplified in both historical and contemporary architecture.

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2D Design



This course examines foundations of two‐dimensional design in the digital age. In a sequence of hands-on exercises and projects, students will explore principle elements of design including composition, color, patterning, and typography. Examining contemporary design issues, as well as the cultural context in which designs were historically produced, students will leave with a solid foundation for solving design problems, and an understanding of the role that Illustrator and Photoshop play in creating professional work. Using a wide variety of traditional and nontraditional materials and methods, you’ll also learn how to create unique and inspiring visual communication techniques while developing your own design vocabulary.

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