Art & Design Studios

Re-Envision Your Personal and Professional Creativity in Moore’s Dynamic Environment!

Moore’s Art & Design Studios provide an opportunity to take courses on an individual basis in a wide variety of areas for personal or professional enrichment. The studios are especially designed to provide a relaxed, yet inspiring setting for those looking to grow in new directions.  Beginners and those more experienced are welcome.  Courses foster the re-envisioning of creativity and project based learning develops essential skills. Courses may be taken for academic credit or on a noncredit basis.

 

STUDIOS OFFERED

Graphic Design Studio
Portfolio Preparation Studio
Fashion Sketching Studio
Jewelry & Small Metals Studio
Digital Photography with Lightroom
Interior Design Rendering
Creative Process Studio

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Graphic Design Studio

This course explores the potential of graphic design. Participants focus on the creation of concept to amplify content while developing sensitivity to typography, image, symbolism, language, and text. Idea generation, design theory, and technical skills are emphasized. Topics include creative problem solving, design and color principles, graphic design history, and typography. Projects and class meetings are structured to advance students in developing a design and evaluation process. Proficiencies developed in this course will serve as a strong base for all future design course work. For beginners and experienced students who may be building a portfolio. No prerequisites.
 

Creative Process Studio

Designed to expand creative horizons, this course provides beginners or those more experienced the opportunity to experiment with the principles of art and design while developing new skills and expanding concept development. Through a variety of studio-based projects, participants create personal work in response to creative challenges that facilitate risk-taking and originality. Structured as an informal studio using a wide range of media, class members and faculty will engage with each other to resolve issues and refine ideas. No prerequisites.

 

Fashion Sketching Studio

Participants in this course learn the fundamentals of quick sketching to communicate design ideas and draw garments with flair and detail. Emphasis is on simple methods to illustrate style information.  Projects focus on understanding proportion, fabric rendering, design details, and garment silhouettes.  Methods for developing sketches based on readily available fashion photographs and schematic figure drawings (croqui) are included.  No prerequisites.

Jewelry & Small Metals Studio

This course emphasizes design and technical skills for making jewelry and small metal objects as expressive and inventive art forms increasingly found at the intersection of fashion, jewelry, and small sculpture. Slide presentations and discussions provide an overview of contemporary and historical jewelry. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, participants learn metalworking techniques and apply these techniques to projects to create jewelry and/or small-scale sculpture of the student’s own design. Open to all levels. No prerequisites.

 

Digital Photography with Lightroom

This course is designed to advance digital camera skills and techniques for producing and presenting creative photographic work. Topics covered include camera operation, image composition, lighting, and image manipulation. Using Adobe Lightroom’s powerful yet efficient features, projects focus on how to edit pictures to bring out their best. Participants learn to collect, catalog and share images with ease, use basic and advanced  tools to create exceptional shots, print on high-end printers, and  present work in a variety of formats.  Digital cameras, iPhones or iPads may be used. Prerequisite: Experience with the Mac computer.

 

Interior Design Rendering Studio

Focusing on quick visualization techniques to develop skills for presentation drawings, participants in this course experiment with airbrush, markers, ink, and colored pencils. Projects focus on the elements of interior spaces, including finishes, fabrics, window treatments, and accessories. Varied methods for representing light, texture, color, and form are introduced. Emphasis is placed on bringing project drawings to life through techniques suited to each student’s particular needs, abilities, and interests. Prerequisite: Drawing for Interiors or observational and/or perspective drawing experience.  

 

Portfolio Preparation Studio

Designed to develop observational drawing skills, this course is for those seeking personal enrichment, professional enhancement and/or portfolio development. Through hands-on projects using still life and interiors, participants gain expertise in translating visual experiences into image making. Personal attention is offered.  The course is appropriate for individuals with no previous drawing experience or looking to refresh skills. Students develop finished pieces, demonstrating drawing competency, formal visual values and a personal aesthetic that may be used for undergraduate or graduate college application. No prerequisites.

 

Textile Surface Design

This course focuses on basic surface design techniques for applying images and texture to fabric and fiber. Traditional and contemporary (non-digital) approaches are explored as methods for creating expressive surfaces that incorporate image, pattern and surface texture. Systems of repeat processes for developing overall design pattern, as well as color mixing and application are included. Skills are applicable to a variety of areas, including fashion, interiors and graphic design. No prerequisites.

 

In addition to the Art & Design Studios included here, individuals are welcome to take any courses offered as part of Certificate Programs.