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Embrace your creativity with courses in calligraphy, creative writing, drawing, painting, photography, and theater at Arapahoe Community College.
Chancery Hand Calligraphy
Learn Chancery Italic Calligraphy. Discover the joy of self-expression through this beautiful ancient art form. If you are left handed, the material fee will be $7 more. Please notify the office upon registration.
Thu, Jan 30-Feb 27, 6-8pm, 5 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1001 101-80120 | $109, $45 material fee to instructor
Learn Copperplate Calligraphy, the style of writing found in the Declaration of Independence. Discover the joy of self-expression through this beautiful art form. Check out Evette’s website at www.prettywriting.com to see her work.
Thu, Mar 12-Apr 9, 6-8pm, 5 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1002 101-80122 | $109, $45 material fee to instructor
Ceramic 1 introduces traditional and contemporary ceramic forms and processes including hand building and throwing on the potter`s wheel. Emphasis is placed on individual style and how clay can be used as a vehicle for expression. Students create work from both low and high-fire clay bodies using a combination of coil, slab, extruded, wheel thrown and texturing techniques, surface slips, and glazes. An introduction to ideas about sculpture, the vessel, and the kiln firing process are presented through PowerPoint lectures and research assignments. At the conclusion of this course, students will be well versed in hand building and wheel throwing techniques, and firing of electric and gas kilns. Students will learn to develop strategies to translate an idea into sculptural and functional forms.
Mon/Wed, Jan 22-May 11, 6-8:45pm | Littleton Campus
ARCR 2090 101-80244 | $510
Knitting for Everyone
Learn how to knit! Why not? This class is laid back, stress-free and full of motivating discussions that focus on the health benefits of knitting (who knew it was good for you too?). Whether you're new to knitting or need a refresher course, you'll learn the skills necessary to make beautiful hand-knit items. This course teaches you how to cast on, knit and purl stitches, knit several different patterns, cast off, read simple patterns and understand basic construction of knit items with several tips and tricks along the way. A starter kit and yarn can be purchased from the instructor and patterns are included. Good for all ages, participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Thu, Jan 23-Mar 12, 6:30-8:30pm, 8 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1090 101-80233 | $149 plus $25 starter kit and yarn
You Can Draw!
Learn to draw anything you see! Discover how artists "record" images onto paper. Great observational drawing class for beginners. Utilize proven methods behind portraits, still life and landscape drawing. Explore line, texture and tone as you learn shading techniques. Advanced subjects reviewed for the experienced artist as well.
Thu, Jan 30-Mar 5, 7-9pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1060 101-80126 | $129, plus materials
Thu, Mar 12-Apr 16, 7-9pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1060 102-80127 | $129, plus materials
Thu, Apr 23-May 14, 7-9pm, 4 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1060 103-80129 | $99, plus materials
Jewelry and Metalwork
Jewelry and Metalwork I
Learn how to work with metal! This course teaches the fundamentals of jewelry and metalsmithing. Projects begin with surface embellishment pieces that incorporate various surface finishes on metal, riveting, and forming. Additional projects include soldering a variety of joints, fabricating a box form, and creating a pendant with a bezel set stone. ACC has one of the best equipped jewelry metals studios in Colorado. Each student will have their own jeweler’s bench and flex shaft during class. Contact Amy Bailey for further information: amy [dot] bailey [at] arapahoe [dot] edu or 303.797.5866.
Mon/Wed, Jan 22-May 11, 1-3:45pm | Littleton Campus
ARCR 2100 101-80131 | $510 plus supplies
ACC String Orchestra
ACC Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Fusion Ensemble
Private Instrument and Voice Lessons
For all levels and abilities of aspiring musicians over the age of 8. Receive 10 half-hour private lessons over 10 weeks. All lessons are set to meet your schedule. When registering, specify the string, woodwind, brass, or guitar instrument. Refunds will not be given for missed lessons. Lesson can begin meeting any time between August 19 and December 10 based on instructor availability and approval. Lesson days and times are established between you and the instructor.
|Course Name||Course Number||Cost||Add to Cart|
|Private Piano||ARHU 2010 101-80145||$299||Add to Cart|
|Private Strings||ARHU 2011 101-80146||$299||Add to Cart|
|Private Bass||ARHU 2012 101-80147||$299||Add to Cart|
|Private Drums||ARHU 2013 101-80149||$299||Add to Cart|
|Private Guitar||ARHU 2014 101-80150||$299||Add to Cart|
|Private Voice||ARHU 2015 101-80152||$299||Add to Cart|
Explore blending brilliant colors, brushwork, brush care, palette knife painting and more. Enjoy “chalk talks”, demos and lots of individual attention. Composition and The Five Easy Steps to Jumpstart Any Painting and Bring It to Completion will be shared. Bring an image or photo that makes your heart sing!
Fri, Jan 31 - Mar 6, 1-4pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1010 101-80154 | $179, plus supplies and $5 material fee
Exploring Pouring Acrylics - Workshop
Join in this exploration of creating exciting effects while pouring acrylics. Students will learn at least three unique pouring techniques. Work created is a completed work of art or a wonderful background to a layered artwork or collage. Candace’s approach to teaching is engaging and informative. This class is for students of all levels. Beginning students experience immediate success. Established artists find these techniques help them loosen up and expand their creativity. Supply list provided online
Fri, Apr 17, 9:30am-3:30pm, & Sat, Apr 18, 9:30am-1pm | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1072 101-80159 | $119, plus supplies and $5 material fee to instructor
In this one day workshop, students learn the unique approaches to tearing, cutting and pasting to create a collage work of art. Work with salvaged paper on a surface of your choice and create a completed work of art or a unique background to a painting. Candace’s approach to teaching is interactive, informative and inspirational. This class is for students of all levels. Beginning students experience immediate success. Established artists find these techniques expand their creative process.
Tue, Mar 24, 9:30am-3pm | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1011 101-80156 | $119, plus supplies, and $5 material fee
Exploring Mixed Media
Explore the amazing world of mixed media! Experience texture, foils, charcoal and mediums. Students will be guided through "chalk talks", demos and be given lots of individual attention. Aspects of abstract composition and what makes a piece "work" will be shared. Candace's teaching style is engaging and educational.
Fri, Mar 20 - Apr 10, 1-4pm, 4 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1020 101-80160 | $119, $5 material fee to instructor, plus supplies
Expand Mixed Media
Faux is not dead! Experiment with incorporating faux techniques, papers, fabrics, found objects, and a variety of textures into artistic creations. Bobbi has worked for over 25 years as a faux artist and muralist. Trained in both commercial and fine art, she weaves a wealth of information into creating mixed media pieces. All levels welcome.
Fri, Feb 7-28, 10am-1pm, 4 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1021 101-80161 | $119, plus supplies
Oil Painting - Beginning and All Levels
What do you want to paint? Landscapes, still life, flowers, animals, people and portraits? With this classic approach to realism and impressionism, you will have a solid foundation to paint any subject that is meaningful to you. Learn about brushes, painting techniques and color theory, as you complete assigned exercises and progress at your own pace. A fun and comfortable class for beginners and comprehensive instruction for students of all levels. If you have painted before, build on what you already know and fill in information you may have missed in previous art classes. Since learning to paint does require more than 6 weeks, students often repeat this class to build on skills they learned before, without repeating completed exercises. Includes lectures, notes, demonstrations, and individual help.
Thu, Jan 30-Mar 5, 2-4:30pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1030 101-80163 | $179, plus supplies, $20 optional workbook with class notes
Thu, Jan 30-Mar 5, 5:30-8pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1030 102-80165 | $179, plus supplies, $20 optional workbook with class notes
Thu, Apr 16-May 21, 2-4:30pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1030 103-80167 | $179, plus supplies, $20 optional workbook with class notes
Thu, Apr 16-May 21, 5:30-8pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1030 104-80168 | $179, plus supplies, $20 optional workbook with class notes
Note: This class requires the use of Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits (made by Gamblin Paints), rather than turpentine or other dangerous solvents. Complete supply list is on Valorie’s blog.
Learn how to paint with watercolor. No experience necessary. This class explores the usage and application of watercolor paint. Discover how artists use the unique medium of watercolor to achieve beautiful light effects!
Tue, Jan 28-Mar 3, 7-9pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1040 101-80173 | $129, plus materials
Tue, Mar 10-Apr 14, 7-9pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1040 102-80174 | $129, plus materials
Tue, Apr 21-May 12, 7-9pm, 4 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1040 103-80176 | $99, plus materials
Let's play with color in a 2-day color immersion. We will discuss the 5 most important aspects of color in art, Value, Saturation, Temperature, Harmony and Complements. Review how each of these affect your painting, do color mixing exercises and discuss types of color choices like Monochromatic, Triadic, Analogous and more. If you are new to art, just returning or a experienced artist, this class will help you make better choices and paintings!
Sat/Sun, Feb 22-23, 10am-12:30pm, 2 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1071 101-80177 | $99, plus supplies and $5 material fee
Sat/Sun, Apr 25-26, 10am-12:30pm, 2 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1071 102-80178 | $99, plus supplies and $5 material fee
Painting Spring Flowers
Spring flowers are some of my favorites and needed after a long winter. Focusing on composition, color, dimension, perspective and drawing along with how to translating what you see into a painting. Exploring many different styles and techniques so you can decide how you want to express yourself. We will paint tulips, poppies, iris and more, bring your own photos or I will have many to choose from. If you've never painted before or if you are experienced, there is something for everybody.
Tue, Apr 7-May 12, 5:30-8pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1050 101-80179 | $179, plus supplies
Snow, Snow, Snow - Painting Winter Scenes
Embracing winter and warming up our painting skills. Painting snow is an exercise in seeing the hidden color and enhancing it. We will study other painters use of color in winter scenes as well as the style and methods used. Focusing on composition, color, value, harmony, dimension, perspective and drawing. Bring your own reference photos or I will have some for you. This class is for all levels.
Tue, Jan 30-Feb 27, 5:30-8pm, 6 Sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1051 101-80180 | $179 plus supplies
Permission to Play!
Play is your birthright. Approaching painting and drawing through play accesses the naturally ever-present limitless possibilities within all of us. We’ll play with mark making, mindfulness and drawing exercises, seeing/drawing as meditation, wonderful questions to help bypass the inner critic and allow the flow. This class is all about getting out of your head and enjoying the process. Practice trusting your own natural and limitless intuition, discover the unknown, take risks and express your uncensored self in a non-judgmental, non-goal-oriented environment. There will be drawing/sketching of real objects and painting spontaneously out of "the void". I will share from a variety of rich resources such as Michelle Cassou’s "Life, Paint, and Passion” and “Creativity without Limits”, David Whyte’s poetry, and Stephen Nachmanovitch’s “Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art”. We strongly encourage the use of high-quality tempera paints for this class. Having a generous, luscious supply of ready to use paint and color is very conducive to this process. (Acrylics can work with some qualifications if you already have them). Please contact the instructor if you have questions. All levels of experience welcome.
Tue, Apr 14-May 19, 1:30-4:30pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1069 101-80182 | $179, plus supplies and $3 material fee
Better Photography with iPhone and iPad
Want to take better photos with an iPhone or iPad? This class is designed to take students from taking ordinary snapshots to making photos they’ll be proud to share. In this class, you’ll learn hands-on how to use the different Camera app shooting modes to capture high-quality photos and video, then use Photos and other photo editing apps to turn pictures into masterpieces. Students use their own iPhone (or iPad) to gain hands-on experience in capturing and editing images.
Tue, Mar 24, 6-9pm | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1080 101-80175 | $59
Beginning Digital Photography
Focus on aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, ISO and exposure. Discover composition principles to create better photographs. Bring camera and owner’s manual. Designed for 35MM and digital camera users new to photography. Camera must have an adjustable aperture and shutter speed. Interchangeable Lens a plus!
Mon, Apr 6-20, 6-8:30pm, 3 sessions | Parker Campus
ARCR 1082 101-80181 | $109
Intermediate Digital Photography
In this highly interactive course, you will go beyond the basics. You will learn advanced principles and techniques, like creative use of ISO; creative use of White Balance; exposure compensation techniques; advanced metering modes; advanced exposure modes; creative ways to use your camera and lenses; and much more!
Fri, May 22, 9-4pm, 1 session | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1083 101-80183 | $99, plus $3 material fee to instructor
Introduction to Photoshop
If you want to boost your photographic editing basics and take your workflow to the next level, this class is for you. This class is taught by a seasoned photographer and editor, Circe Baumgartner. In this class, you will learn how to effectively use camera raw, layer masks, color adjustments, and retouching basics. As a boot camp, this course allows you to learn everything from importing from lightroom to image correction and enhancement, and everything in between. By the end of this class, you will be able to use various tools to make your images stronger and more compelling.
Wed, Apr 8-May 13, 6-8pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
GPHA 1001 101-80184 | $129
Adobe Lightroom Crash Course
If you want to pick up a few key basics getting your workflow streamlined this class is for you. This class is taught by a seasoned photographer and editor, Circe Baumgartner. In this class you will learn what the difference between Lightroom cc and Lightroom Classic. Learn the basic terminology like libraries, smart preview, presets, RAW and exporting. As a bootcamp, this course allows you to learn everything from importing, exporting and everything in between. By the end of this class you will be able to create images you are proud of, streamline your workflow and add flair to your images, while you organize your whole collection.
Sat, Apr 11-May 16, 9am-12pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
GPHA 1002 101-80185 | $149
These are 6-week, 24 instructional hours online classes which begin the 2nd Wednesday of every month.
Improv and the Art of Everyday Communications
Whether you're an artist, administrator, author, musician, manager, engineer, performer, retiree, student, or all of the above, this class will help you improve your ability to REALLY see what's around you and respond to whatever life throws at you. Each class starts with warm-up exercises, and gradually helps you become familiar with improvisational acting methods, techniques, and styles. Led by Pam Roth O'Mara, artist, author, instructor, and performer, you'll learn how to invent characters and put them into interesting scenes. You'll learn how to adapt improv methods and techniques to every-day situations. And, you'll have fun and meet new people.
Tue, Mar 31-May 5, 6:30-8:30pm, 6 sessions | Littleton Campus
ARHU 1001 101-80047 | $129
“Valorie is an excellent painter and an outstanding instructor.” --Sara B. on Valorie Snyder's Advanced Oil Painting class.
“So glad I took this class. Covered basic knowledge well. Instructor was personable and encouraging.”
--Gerald L. on Brian Brennan's You Can Draw class.
“I liked creating something of beauty beyond my expectations.”
--anonymous student on Jack Bayman's Woodcarving class.
“The entire course was valuable and well worth my time and money. Would recommend Eli to others.”
--Rachel S. on Eli Vega's Beginning Digital Photography class.
Workforce & Community Programs
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