Drawing – For the Fun of It

This basic drawing course will teach and guide the student to create better drawings. Simple materials are used to reduce stress and concerns with technique. Emphasis is placed on seeing instead of thinking. Daily rough sketching is stressed. Feedback is positive to reduce the inner critic. Drawing should be enjoyable. Only then will the student continue to practice and improve.

Contemporary Landscape Quilting

Students will choose a design for a landscape quilt and using sewing skills (hand or machine), will create, fabricate, and complete an 18”X18” contemporary landscape quilt. This is a beginner to intermediate art quilting course. Students must bring their sewing machine, manual, bobbins, thread, and fabric to class. Teaching methods include examples, discussions, lectures, demonstrations, hands-on, and critique and peer suggestions.

Beginning Watercolor

This course offers a thorough presentation of essential watercolor techniques for the novice and experienced painter. Skills are taught progressively in a positive learning environment. Understanding how the medium works and “learning how to see” encourages independent proficiency. Short demonstrations are followed by ample practice time with one-on-one instruction provided.

Basic Jewelry Making

Explore your creativity through the art of jewelry making. Choose from a cornucopia of semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, pendants, Czech glass, crystals and sterling silver. You will learn to “listen” to what design is present in the moment and let this influence your creation. You’ll make two sets of necklaces and earrings or a matching set with a bracelet. No experience necessary. Materials fee: $45, payable to the instructor at the first class.

Basic Drawing

This course is designed to give students more confidence in their ability to draw, perhaps as a foundation for painting, or just for the pleasure of drawing. We will practice line drawing, space drawing, creative volumes, using light and dark, shades and shadows in drawing, creating textures, and basic perspective.

Susan Kibler (susankibler@frontier.net) has taught watercolor courses at the College for Seniors. She teaches using the Art Student League technique, i.e., a loosely structured approach, putting the emphasis on one-on-one teaching.

Architectural History of Asheville

Beginning with an overview of world architectural styles and progressing through American historical styles, we will examine Asheville’s historical buildings and identify their architectural sources. Through slide presentations we will look closely at the Biltmore House and its architects, Richard Morris Hunt and Richard Sharp Smith, as well as the many buildings designed by Douglas Ellington.