Personal interest

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AUArts Continuing Education offers a refined array of arts based adult personal interest courses.

Bundle these courses and earn a Certification of Achievement in your desired discipline. 

Get out of your comfort zone and into the studio! AUArts Continuing Education offers tons of great studio-based art courses for adults. Cultivate your creativity in disciplines from arts, crafts, media, and design.

These courses are taught by practicing artists in the same well-equipped facilities that support our degree students. Whether you’re a beginner or practicing artist, these courses guarantee to inspire the creative in everyone. Courses include drawing, painting, ceramics, glassblowing, graphic design and more. If you’ve ever wondered if you have what it takes to be an artist, now is the time to get amongst like-minded people and find out.

Each course meets 6:30 - 9:30 one night a week for eight weeks.

We offer courses year-round! To see what's being offered now check your desired discipline. 

Don't miss! Sign up now to secure your seat in the studio. 

Take Personal interest courses as a bundle to spend more time focusing on your craft while earning a Certification of Achievement. 

Please note: Courses appearing in red are currently available for registration.

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Available Courses by Discipline

Please note: Online registration closes 1-week before the first class meeting; however, our team can provide assisted enrollment up to 1-week after the first class meeting by reaching out to coned@auarts.ca

Art & Business

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

 NEW: Intro to Business

not available this term

11 weeks - 40 hours

Monday: 6:00 - 9:30pm

Online (Microsoft Teams)

$540 + GST

Marta Gorski

Introduction to Business will give students an overview of different business structures, operational differences, financial processes, and the importance of business culture. Students will gain a general understanding of both the internal and external factors which impact small business. 

NEW: Strategic Marketing

not available this term

11 weeks - 40 hours

Thursday: 6:00 - 9:30pm 

Online (Microsoft Teams)

$540 + GST

Darcy Parke

You’ve got some marketing instincts and a good creative mind, but how do you really self-brand and market yourself and/or your respective employer in today’s more evolved and sophisticated communications world? Strategic marketing will open your mind to understanding how to build a proper brand while creating an effective marketing platform, with a focus on the theoretical and strategic. You will participate in this course online through MS Teams.

Book Arts & Writing

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

 NEW: Scriptwriting for Authors

not available this term

Monday: 6:30 - 9:30pm

Online (Microsoft Teams)

$355 + GST

Tawny Stokes

Learn the foundations of a screenplay, including 3 Act structure, and what makes for a good book to script adaptation. Dive deep into the elements of writing a solid first draft; including developing character arcs, goals, stakes, themes, and perfecting the opening scene. As you will be deconstructing an adapted script, this course is perfect for authors looking to adapt their own work or anyone looking to begin screenwriting. 

Ceramics

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Ceramics Basics

February 2 - March 29

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Amy Bouchard

Learn foundational skills of wheel throwing through hands on instruction, and practice. Create one-of-a-kind pieces as you work on simple assignments and get comfortable at the wheel. Finish your projects by glazing and firing them as the final step in the process. 

Design & Digital Media Arts

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

NEW: Children's Book Illustration

February 8 - March 29

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Lyndsay Wasko

 Find out how the professionals illustrate children’s books, from character development, beginning thumbnail storyboards, to final illustrations. This course will not teach you how to draw but will show you how to take the drawing skills you have and apply them to children’s book illustration. In addition to learning the process and creating your own illustrations, you will also learn about marketing your work and portfolio preparation.

Colour Fundamentals

February 8 - March 29

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Shawn Chamberlain

Learn the fundamentals of colour theory and more. Colour is a key component in art, design, and illustration, setting the tone of what you are communicating. You will select colours to work for you, through a series of projects that will deepen your understanding of how colour is essential to your work’s effectiveness and success

Digital Lab for Designers

February 7 - March 28

Tuesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Samantha Haslam

Learn the basics of Adobe CS6 apps. Go beyond simply studying the software, to integrating good design. Work through a series of projects where you may apply your knowledge of design fundamentals for clean visual communication. Learn fundamental techniques that will have allow you to modify images through colour correction, exposure correction, compositing, and retouching. discover how to use channels, masks, histories, and work with RAW files and conversions along with picking up some quick-keys to streamline your workflow. 

Illustration

February 6 - April 3

Mondays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Samantha Haslam

Increase your ability to communicate ideas visually as you learn about the different markets where illustration is commonly used. Discuss how to take an idea and explore it visually, in order to expand on it, and create a finished piece. Look at examples to help your understanding as you work on weekly illustrations.
not available this term

Cartooning

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

N/A

Create unique comic characters through a series of thumbnail sketches that you develop into final drawings whether it is a one cell, New-Yorker-style comic, a full strip, or a graphic novel. Develop a personal style that becomes identifiable with you as you hone your drawing and communication skills.

Graphic Design: Branding

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

N/A

Learn the elements of branding, whether for a person, a product, or a company, and how to create something so it’s easily recognizable by consumers. You will discuss what a brand can accomplish and identify the best questions to ask to help define a brand identity and determine brand objectives.

Graphic Design Fundamentals

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

N/A
Gain an understanding of visual communication design and the role of a graphic designer. Learn to problem solve and generate ideas through sketching and drawing, to further develop your skills. Emphasis will be on using the elements and principles of design effectively while you work on projects that push your creativity.

Typography

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

N/A

Learn the principles of typography and typeface design and gain an understanding of how to improve your viewer's experience. 

Drawing

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Abstract Drawing

February 6 - April 3

Mondays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Sarah van Sloten

Abstraction can be challenging... start with some basics in drawing to learn some ways to get there. Start with observational drawings that you break down by sectioning, enlarging, and distorting. Practice different drawing methods with a variety of drawing media. Discuss the approach of various abstract artist. Discovering the power of their works as you explore where images and ideas come from. Individual and group critiques will provide artistic growth through greater understanding of abstraction. 

Botanical Drawing

February 8 - March 29

Wednesday: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Yana Emasheva

Learn the fundamentals of colour theory and more. Colour is a key component in art, design, and illustration, setting the tone of what you are communicating. You will select colours to work for you, through a series of projects that will deepen your understanding of how colour is essential to your work’s effectiveness and success

Drawing Fundamentals

February 7 - March 28

Tuesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Nick Rooney

Gain confidence and fundamental skills in drawing as you work through projects aimed at increasing your perceptive abilities and eye-hand coordination. Focus on the elements of drawing, observation, and composition as you explore a variety of drawing media and techniques. 

Figure Drawing

February 8 - March 29

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$400 + GST

Aaron Sidorenko

Working with a live model, use a variety of media, and gain studio experience in gesture and analytical figure drawing, modeling of form and space through light and shadow, perspective, proportion, and different drawing techniques and methods.

Perspective Drawing

February 7 - March 28

Tuesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Shawn Chamberlain

Learn the foundations of linear perspective as you draw environments using one, two, and multi-point perspectives. Draw interior spaces and three-dimensional objects with ease and great success.

Portrait Drawing

February 6 - April 3

Mondays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Aaron Sidorenko

Develop your ability to capture the likeness of an individual’s face. Gain a strong understanding of proper proportioning of the facial structure and learn how to accurately measure and transfer that onto paper. You will work from both live models and photographs as you experiment with different types of drawing media and techniques.
not available this term

Classical Drawing Techniques

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

N/A

Using the same methods Renaissance artists used, improve your representational drawing skills, and learn how to capture on paper what your eye sees, not what your mind thinks it sees. You will focus on how to visually analyze your subject matter, create steps for greater accuracy, better proportions, mass and values in your drawings. 

Landscape Drawing

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

N/A

Draw landscapes with confidence from observation and location sketches. Landscapes can be complex subjects and understanding where to start, what to include, and what leave out can be overwhelming. You will learn how to simplify your composition, isolate subject matter, and create atmospheric perspective in your drawings. Experiment with different drawing media to illustrate different parts of the landscape: grass, trees, rocks, foliage, and a variety of different skies.

Pet Portraits

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

N/A

We love our pets! Learn how to draw yours, whether it’s a dog, a cat, a bird, a snake, or a fish. You’ll start by sketching simple contoured shapes and move into portraying their likeness through careful, accurate observation. Focus on the head and how to draw the eyes, nose, mouth, etc... and how to capture your animal’s personality. You will also learn how to represent fur, feathers, or scales.

Portfolio Prep

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

N/A

Focus on building a strong set of drawings to include in your portfolio for submission to AUArts or any other visual arts institution, through a series of drawings including: still life, landscape, the human figure, self-portraiture, and collage - all aimed at increasing your observational drawing skills.

Fibre Arts

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

 NEW: Silkscreening on Fabric

February 11 - March 25

Saturdays: 9:00am - 1:00pm

$400 + GST

Sky Weir

Imagine your own images on fabric! Print your own designs on yardage, clothing, or accessories using pigments and hand-cut stencils to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Learn how to cut stencils for your screens, mix your own colours, and print multiple layers using water-based printing medium on natural fibres.

Glassblowing

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Glassblowing Basics FULL

February 8 - March 29

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$585 + GST

Melanie Long

Learn the basic processes of hot glasswork, with a focus on solid and simple blow forms, in a studio environment limited to eight students; in order to give you optimum access to all equipment and instructor. 

Glassblowing Beyond Basics FULL

February 11 - March 18

Saturday: 9:30am - 1:30pm

$585 + GST

Robert Lewis

Expand your knowledge of hot glasswork as you develop your skills further in a small class setting with lots of individualized instruction. Challenge yourself and try creating different forms and working with colour. The last class meeting will provide cold working time to complete your pieces.

Jewellery & Metals

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Jewellery Fundamentals: Cold Connections

February 7 - March 28

Tuesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

You will be amazed at the jewellery you can make from flat pieces of metal. Learn basic metalworking skills (sawing, piercing, filing, shaping, stamping, surface texturing, and finishing) and how to use simple hand tools in a fully outfitted jewellery making studio. Get ample studio working time and support from your instructor throughout as you learn fabrication processes. 

Jewellery Fundamentals: Soldering Skills

February 8 - March 29

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Soldering opens up a world of creative possibilities in jewellery making. In this technical class, you'll learn essential techniques for joining metal components together through soldering, including butt-joint soldering, sweat-joint soldering, using resists/heat sinks, when and how to use different types of solder, and much more! 

NEW: Gem Setting: Flush

February 6 - April 3

Monday: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Learn flush setting, by making a constellation pendant. You will gain valuable skills in fabrication, layout, burring, seating, tightening stones and much more. Get ample time in the studio for in-depth work and experimentation of these techniques and have your instructor on hand for assistance and guidance and walk away with a beautiful zodiac pendant.

Open Jewellery Studio

February 25 - April 1

Saturday: 9:30am - 1:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Here’s your chance to complete past projects in a jewellery studio week after week. You will have access to a professional jeweller for technical advice, guidance, and critical feedback, but should be able to work independently and have a strong jewellery and metals foundation.
not available this term

Jewellery: Chains & Clasps

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Really hone your sawing, shaping, and soldering skills as you construct chains and clasps from metal wire. Your instructor will present different chain styles and simple clasps—s-hook, toggle, and keyhole with cap for you to practice and perfect.

Jewellery: Ring Basics

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Take your jewellery making skills to the next level. This course teaches students the basic techniques of ring making including measuring, piercing, texturing, filing, soldering, shaping, and finishing. Students will start with making a wrap-over ring or an open-backed ring and move on to creating a soldered ring. Expect to create original designs and walk away with two or more rings.

Gem Setting: Prong

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Learn a variety of technical stone settings used in jewellery making through detailed demonstrations and ample practice under the guidance of your instructor. Focus on prong setting in addition to channel setting and some theory. 

Gem Setting: Heavy Bezel

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Take your jewellery making skills to the next level and learn a basic (and oldest) stone setting technique — bezel. A bezel setting surrounds your gemstone and creates a unique look and a very secure set. Heavy bezel setting is the perfect next step after mastering traditional fine silver wire bezel setting. Watch detailed demonstrations and get ample time to practice with different shaped stones under the guidance of your instructor. 

The Magic of Fine Silver Clay

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$385 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Imagine being able to model with "clay", ending up with a fine silver object. With endless potential for jewellers, enamellists, ceramists, polymer artists, mixed media artists, and anyone interested in miniatures. You will be introduced to the basics of working with this innovative new materials and gain hands-on experience in the construction of flat and hollow forms, moving on to more complex forming and moulding methods.

Wire Jewellery

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Even beginners can create wearable wire jewellery using simple tools and a little ingenuity! Learn basic wire manipulation techniques such as straightening, bending, wrapping, and twisting. Expand your options with a little forging. Learn to make your own ear wires, earrings, pendants, jump rings, neck hoops, beads, and more. 

Painting

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Abstract Painting

February 8 - March 29

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Sarah van Sloten

Break free from representational painting! Let go and create abstract and non-objective paintings based on your interests. Get introduced to historical and contemporary examples and approaches to abstraction with an emphasis on the materials used, the process, and the impact of the relationship between form and content.

Acrylic Painting Basics

February 6 - April 3 

Mondays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Lori Lukasewich

Acrylic paints are so versatile and perfect for those who are new to painting. Learn the basics of colour theory, paint mixing, application techniques, and composition. Learn the basics of colour theory, paint mixing, application techniques, and composition while developing your skills AND confidence in your creative potential. 

Figure Painting

February 9 - March 30

Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$400 + GST

Aaron Sidorenko

The human figure has provided artists of all disciplines and skill levels with endless possibilities. Now you can concentrate on the figure as you paint from a live, nude model in the studio each week. You will discuss proportions of the figure while you also focus on tone, colour, form and the relationships of space within your surface. You will look at examples from art history and discuss how to add expression and emotion into your work. The use of oil or acrylic paints is optional and individual technical guidance will be provided for both mediums.

Landscape Painting

February 6 - April 3

Mondays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Shawn Chamberlain

From a craggy Italian hilltop to a golden Alberta prairie, landscape painting captures the spirit of a location. This course will give you a basic understanding of the challenges of painting the landscape through an analytical approach to perspective, composition, relationships between colour and tone, and manipulation of media.

Oil Painting Basics

February 6 - April 3

Mondays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Nick Rooney

Discover the materials and techniques of oil painting through still life, landscape, and portrait assignments structured to introduce you to its language and practice. Explore the formal principles that enable effective design with the aim of developing your personal vision. 

Oil Painting Techniques

February 9 - March 30

Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Nick Rooney

The very nature of oil paints allows for artists to work and re-work their paintings to create a wide range of textures from smooth, subtle, glowing finishes achieved by slowly building up thin layers of glaze; to rough, energetic, thick applications of paint that build up quickly and heavily on a canvas. Your instructor will lead you through a sequence of in class exercises that introduce you to a number of different techniques and how to achieve them. 

Watercolour Painting Basics

February 9 - March 30

Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Lori Lukasewich

Watercolours can be challenging to work with, especially if you are new to painting, but understanding some basic watercolour handling and techniques will guarantee success. Learn how to stretch paper, proper brush handling, how to work wet-on-wet or drybrush along with some tricks of the trade and gain skills as you work through projects. 

Photography

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Digital Photography Basics

February 9 - March 30

Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$440 + GST

Haley Eyre

Discover how to work your digital camera so you can get out of auto mode and take your picture taking skills to the next level. Learn basic camera operations and how to use your cameras settings, including exposure, aperture, and shutter speed, while you experiment with composition, lighting, and different lens to see how they affect your images. Work through shooting images, file conversion, and digital image management under the guidance of your instructor and get good feedback throughout the course.

Portrait Photography

February 8 - March 29

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$440 + GST

Haley Eyre

Take better pictures of your family and friends with ease and assurance that you are getting the shot. Portraiture is no doubt one of the most popular forms of photography, yet many times these pictures are the hardest to take. You will learn how to improve your portrait photography skills, how to take advantage of available light, how to compose interesting shots, and how to effectively direct your subject to achieve the desired look. On location, hands-on demonstrations and in class shooting sessions will benefit students greatly. There will be a brief review of camera operations as well as an introduction to post-processing and design fundamentals.

Please note: Courses appearing in red are currently available for registration.

For more information please contact the Continuing Education office by email

Weeklong Summer Courses

Get into the studio for full days of constructive productivity away from your usual daily interruptions.  

These weeklong courses are intended for committed artists looking to work in a serious studio environment. You will participate in group discussions and critiques as you grow your practice and deepen your understanding of your work and how it is interpreted by others.   

All artists are welcome, whether you have been working on your practice for several years or several months.   

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

100 Drawings in a Week

July 2023

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$505 + GST

Get really creative and push yourself to complete 100 drawing in a week. You’ll improve your drawing skills through your sustained drawing practice as your instructor helps you move from concentrating on mostly formal issues to more conceptual ones. Be introduced to past and current artists who have strong drawing practices and participate in individual and group critiques which will aide in your artist growth. 

Abstract Painting Week

July 2023

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$505 + GST

Take your abstract painting practice to the next level and spend an uninterrupted week in the studio! Work alongside other abstract painters and build community under the guidance of your instructor as you produce new work or explore a new technique or approach to what you’ve been doing. You will participate in individual and group critiques throughout the week. Acrylic paint will be the medium used as it is flexible and dries quickly.

Open Jewellery Studio Week

July 2023

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$675 + GST

Here’s your chance to complete past projects in a jewellery studio, while having access to a professional jeweler for advanced instruction and guidance. Be prepared to generate your own projects. Your instructor will provide technical advice, critical feedback, and new skills demonstrations on request.

Sketchbook Drawing Week

July 2023

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$505 + GST

Your sketchbook is a place to work out ideas, collect your thoughts, hone your drawing skills, and be as a source of inspiration. Maintaining a daily sketchbook practice can boost your creativity and increase your productivity. Your instructor will work with you to create daily challenges and discuss how to keep up your practice, even on really busy days. You will sketch out and about around Calgary, and develop your ability to work on location.

 

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