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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, Sept 12-Oct 10, 6-8pm, 5 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1106F01-68075 | $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, Aug 1-29, 6-8pm, 5 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1102M01-58141 | $109, $45 material fee to instructor
Thu, Oct 24-Nov 21, 6-8pm, 5 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1102F01-68076 | $109, $45 material fee to instructor
This course introduces traditional and contemporary ceramic forms and processes including hand building and throwing on the potter's wheel.
Mon/Wed, Aug 19-Dec 9, 1-3:45pm, 16 wks. | Littleton Campus
ARCR 2102F01-68180 | $510 | closed
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, Sept 12-Oct 17, 7-9pm, 6 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1101F01-68077 | $129, plus materials
Thu, Oct 24-No 28, 7-9pm, 6 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1101F02-68078 | $129, plus materials
Great Books Series at ACC
ACC holds the honor of being one of only six community colleges in the United States included in the University of Chicago's Great Books Consortium. The program builds on the renowned Great Books Movement which allows American students to engage in conversations about the most influential ideas contained within Western Civilization's masterpieces of literature, history and philosophy.
How Do Great Books Courses work?
Many ACC instructors offer various courses designated as "Great Books Courses." Within these courses, the instructors draw at least half of the course readings from authors on the Encyclopedia Britannica's Great Authors List as primary voices in their fields. For instance, in a Great Books Psychology course, in addition to reading about the meaning of Sigmund Freud's dream symbolism, one might also read some of Freud's own Interpretation of Dreams. Alternatively, in a Great Books Mathematics course, one might read some of Newton's or Euclid's writings.
For more information regarding the Great Books courses offered this semester, please visit the ACC website and search for Great Books Program or call the Workforce and Community Programs Office at 303.797.5722.
Jewelry and Metalwork
Jewelry and Metalwork I
Amy Bailey/ Yuko Yagisawa
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, Aug 19-Dec 9, 9-11:45am | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1120F01-68201 | $510 | closed
*No Class November 25 and 27
Tue/Thur, Aug 20-Dec 10, 6-8:45pm | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1120F02-68202 | $510 | closed
*No Class November 26 and 28
ACC String Orchestra
Join the ACC orchestra. Class is for players age 12 to adult. You must have previous playing experience. Register at least 10 days prior to class start date.
Mon, Aug 19-Dec 9, 5:30-7:30pm | ACC Main 2900
ARHU 1008F01-68079 | $159
*No class November 25
Join the ACC chorus no matter what your music ability is. Class is for adults. Register at least 10 days prior to class start date.
Tue, Sept 3-Dec 10, 7-9:15pm, 16 wks. | ACC Main 2900
ARHU 1009F01-68080 | $69
*No class November 26
ACC Jazz Ensemble
Join the ACC Jazz Band. Class is for adults. You must have previous playing experience. Register at least 10 days prior to class start date
Thu, Aug 22-Dec 5, 6-8pm, 16 wks. | ACC Main 2900
ARHU 1010F01-68081 | $159
*No class November 28
Join the ACC Pop/Rock Band. Class is for adults. Previous playing experience preferred. Register at least 10 days prior to class start date.
Fri, Aug 23-Dec 6, 1-3pm | ACC Main 2900
ARHU 1011F01-68082 | $159
*No Class November 29
Jazz Fusion Ensemble
Join the ACC Jazz Fusion Ensemble. Class is for adults. Previous playing experience preferred. Register at least 10 days prior to class start date.
Thu, Aug 22-Dec 5, 3-5pm | ACC Main 2900
ARHU 1012F01-68083 | $159
*No Class November 28
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 1020F01-68084||$299||Add to Cart|
|Private Strings||ARHU 1021F01-68085||$299||Add to Cart|
|Private Bass||ARHU 1023F01-68086||$299||Add to Cart|
|Private Drums||ARHU 1024F01-68087||$299||Add to Cart|
|Private Guitar||ARHU 1027F01-68088||$299||Add to Cart|
|Private Voice||ARHU 1028F01-68089||$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!
Wed, Sept 4-Oct 9, 1-4pm, 6 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1205F01-68190 | $179, plus supplies and $5 material fee | closed
Exploring Pouring Acrylics - Workshop
Join in this exploration of creating exciting effects while pouring acrylics. Students 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.
Fri, Oct 18, 9:30-3pm | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1204F01-68090 | $99, plus supplies, and $5 material fee
Fri, Nov 15, 9:30-3pm | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1204F02-68091 | $99, 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.
Wed, Oct 23-Nov 13, 1-4pm, 4 wks. | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1199F01-68092 | $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, Sept 20-Oct 11, 10-1pm, 4 wks. | Instructor’s Private Studio
ARCR 1198F01-68181 | $119, plus supplies | closed
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,Oct 17-Nov 21, 2-4:30pm, 6 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1061F01-68093 | $179, $20 option workbook with class notes | closed
Thu,Oct 17-Nov 21, 5:30-8pm, 6 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1061F02-68197 | $179, $20 option 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.
Jhenn Whalen Discover why so many artists, historically and today, prefer to work in oil. With its smooth, buttery surface and easy blending capacity, oil is an expressive medium that glistens timelessly. Whether you are new to oil painting or a seasoned veteran, prepare yourself for some new skills to add to your artistic range.
Mon, Sept 9-Oct 14, 2-5pm, 6 wks. | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1062F01-68192 | $179, plus supplies | closed
Painting in Plein Air
Painting in the outdoors is more than a French pastime; in a recent resurgence, it’s recognized as one of the most honest and challenging types of painting. With a variety of exercises and compositions, you’ll learn to trust your eye, make decisions more quickly, and keep your mind sharp while enjoying the great outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, this class will convert to interiors.
Thu, Sept 12-Oct 17, 1-4pm, 6 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1063F01-68193 | $179, plus materials | closed
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, Sept 10-Oct 15, 7-9pm, 6 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1200F01-68094 | $129, plus materials
Tue, Oct 22-Dec 3, 7-9pm, 6 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1200F02-68095 | $129, plus materials
Color in Painting
“With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from magic.” Henri Matisse. We will focus on the important aspects of color Chroma, Saturation, Temperature, Value, Complements, and Harmony. We will create a color wheel, a color mixing chart and paintings based on color schemes. Discussing traditional use of color and expressionistic color. This class is for all levels and mediums as a refresher for the more experienced or fundamentals for the beginning painter.
Tue, Nov 12-Dec 17, 6-8pm, 5 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1201F01-68096 | $129, plus supplies
*No class on November 26
Free to Paint!
Explore, discover, open to and express your natural creativity. Learn how to use questions to stir your creativity, dissolve creative blocks and keep the inspiration flowing during all phases of the creative 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. Principles from Point Zero: Creativity without Limits, and Life, Paint and Passion by Michele Cassou will be shared through readings, video, and during the process of painting. 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). Supply list. Please contact the instructor if you have questions. All levels of experience welcome.
Tue, Sept 24-Oct 29, 1:30-4:30pm, 6 wks. | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1203F01-68098 | $179, plus supplies | closed
Painting Autumn Trees
When we paint fall trees we explore the warm rich colors of autumn. We will focus on composition, color, style and techniques. Learning how to translate what you see into a painting? This is a studio class so we will be painting from reference photos so bring your own or some will be available. Painting class for all levels and all mediums.
Tue, Oct 8-Nov 5, 6-8pm, 5 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1202F01-68097 | $129, plus supplies
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.
Wed, Oct 16, 6-9pm | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1130F01-68099 | $49
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, Oct 7-21, 6-8:30pm, 3 wks | Parker Campus CLOSED
ARCR 1132FP1-68100 | $109
Thu, Dec 5-19, 6-8:30pm, 3 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1132F01-68101 | $109
Digital Photography I
If you love taking pictures, but want to know how to use your digital camera more effectively, and make creative adjustments to your photos, then this class might be for you! You’ll learn everything from camera menus, to technical and creative control of exposure, shutter speeds and aperture settings. This class uses Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to rank, edit and creatively adjust images from black and white toning to artistic adjustments. This class requires that you have a manually adjustable digital camera.
Mon/Wed, Aug 19-Dec 9, 6-8:4pm | Littleton Campus
ARCR 2133F01-68194 | $510 | closed
Photography Fundamentals 101
If you want to get a handle on your photography skills, you need to master the basics of your camera and form an understanding of what you really need to know. Fundamentals are a crucial part of success. Taught by seasoned photographer Circe Baumgartner who places an emphasis on in camera quality in order to create successful dynamic images. The class will concentrate on understanding:
- What gear you need to get the job done
- How you will bring together the three elements of the Manual settings, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed to create excellent photos
- The importance of analyzing your subjects and learning how to create images that properly tell your story
- How to create an efficient workflow from start to finish
- How to use Natural light to your advantage
Circe will teach you how to critically look at the images you have shot and see what you can do to make them better. You will learn how your eye views the world and how your camera views the world. By differentiating the two you will be able to use your gear to its greatest potential.
Tue, Sept 10-Oct 15, 6-8pm | Littleton Campus
ARCR 2134F01-68195 | $129 | closed
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.
Thu, Sept 12-Oct 17, 6-8pm, | Littleton Campus
ARCR 2135F01-68196 | $129
Introduction to Darkroom Photography
If you’ve ever been curious about the art and alchemy of darkroom photography, this class is for you! In this course you’ll learn how to capture images, process black and white film, and make traditional darkroom prints. We’ll explore everything from proper exposure to creative print processing techniques, while learning a bit about history and contemporary fine art darkroom practices. Instructor Angela Faris Belt, author of “The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating Sophisticated Images” is the Program Chair of Studio Art & Art History at ACC, and a dedicated darkroom photography practitioner. Instructor Trish Sangelo is the Director of the Colorado Gallery for the Arts at ACC, and a dedicated darkroom photography practitioner.
Mon, Aug 19-Dec 9, 8:15-12:15 p.m., 16 wks. | Littleton Campus
ARCR 2032F01-68182 | $510 | closed
Tues, Aug 20-Dec 10, 8:15-12:15 p.m., 16 wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 2032F02-68183 | $510 | closed
Photo-Image Capture I
Bradley W Bartholomew
This course emphasizes the fundamental operations of a DSLR camera. The general operation of the camera, proper camera handling and maintenance, exposure control, depth of field, lenses and the visual characteristics of lenses, and an understanding of how digital capture works are emphasized. Additional topics include: f-stops, shutter speeds, metering modes, use of the histogram, auto focus, auto bracketing, and exposure compensation.
Mon, Aug 19-Dec 9, 1-5 p.m., 16 wks. | Littleton Campus
ARCR 2132F01- 68184 | $510 | closed
Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
A 4-week course that introduces students to digital scrapbooking using the Heritage Makers online program and publishing system. At each session, students will learn a technique, strategy, or skill, then have time to work on their own photos and scrapbooking with any teacher help they might need. Students may choose hardbound books or individual scrap pages to create digitally. Finished examples will be shown. Students are able to pay (separate from class fee) to publish whatever items they create upon completion.
Thu, Sept 5-26, 4:45-6:15pm, 4wks | Parker Campus
ARCR 1139FP1-68102 | $69 | closed
Tue/Thu, Dec 3-12, 6:30-8:30pm, 2wks | Littleton Campus
ARCR 1139FP2-68103 | $69 | closed
These are 6-week, 24 instructional hours online classes which begin the 2nd Wednesday of every month.
“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
5900 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80160-9002
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