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New art classes offered through USC Aiken Continuing Education department

January 11, 2019

Registration is open for the USC Aiken Office of Continuing Education’s open painting studio and figure drawing classes.

The classes are for all levels of experience.

Led by Joseph Kameen, a professor in the USCA art department, the open painting studio will allow painters – and people interested in painting – to work in a spacious, communal environment, according to a news release from the university.

Attendees can work with any medium and subject matter and will receive constructive commentary and criticism to help them achieve their goals.

Every Monday morning, Kameen will guide discussions, critiques and lectures. On Wednesdays, students will work on their projects independently.

Classes will begin Jan. 14 and meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in Room 140 in the Etherredge Center. The cost is $75, and students must provide their own supplies.

The course will end in May.

Community members who have audited USCA’s advanced painting course in the past and want to continue to do so can sign up for the open painting studio.

“Traditionally, a large number of community members have audited our advanced painting classes, and they have grown into a very passionate and committed group over the years,” Kameen said. “However, because of the way that the advanced class was arranged to meet simultaneously with four other university art classes, this group inevitably received less attention than they deserved. In addition, their growing numbers put limitations on the number of traditional students in our painting classes, limiting the growth of our program.”

The solution was the creation of a separate course: the open painting studio, offered through the Office of Continuing Education.

“This will not only allow us to increase the number of traditional students in academic painting classes but will also provide a dedicated space for non-degree-seeking community members where they will receive lectures, demonstrations, critiques and discussions more directly aimed at their skill levels and interests,” Kameen said. “I, for one, am very excited about the opportunity to work more directly with our community members, and I think that our regular attendees are excited about the change, as well.”

USCA also will offer the figure drawing course during the spring semester.

Students will explore various approaches to representing the nude figure, focusing on direct observation of live models.

Lectures will cover topics such as achieving accurate proportions and depicting form, as well as discussions of technique, materials and anatomy. Students will also receive personal feedback on their work and progress.

The course is $120, and students must provide their own supplies.

Figure drawing classes will begin Jan. 16, and will meet from 9 a.m. To 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Room 141 in the Etherredge Center.

Both classes are offered through the Office of Continuing Education, which is enhancing its course selections in the spring, according to the release.

“Our department is branching out into different areas ranging from business to humanities classes to give the community more options for expanding their repertoire of skills,” said Chamarra Wooten, who works in the USCA Office of External Programs, Continuing Education and Conferences.

“We are here to be a resource for the CSRA, and we encourage more people to get involved and see what our programs has to offer them,” she said.

For more information on these art classes and other courses offered through continuing education, visit www.usca.edu/epcec/continuing-education/art-class.dot.

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