Adult Courses

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Adult Education Classes (Ages 16+)

Maybe you’ve had a lifelong desire to blow glass but never had a chance to explore it. Or maybe you’re looking to spark your creative spirit. Whether your motivation is personal satisfaction or your career, our non-degree courses will help you explore your interests and hone your skills with instructors who are experts in their fields. Start by checking out your options here. And if you’re interested, take a course. You’ll be glad you did.

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Black-And-White Abstract Painting
ADRW 135 A

Learn the art of black-and-white intuitive abstract painting. Explore the use of acrylic paint to express ideas through spontaneous brushstrokes, patterns, characters and shapes. Students will stimulate their creative minds while producing art that is original and filled with energy. Students will create several paintings during the workshop.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
May 2
$75 plus $20 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Blacksmithing
AVIS 107 A

Explore the ancient craft of blacksmithing, with a focus on its historical and contemporary relevance. Students will learn how to forge ferrous metals and create a small object utilizing demonstrated techniques. This course is held outdoors. Enrollment is limited to eight students.

Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. — 10 p.m.
January 28 — April 7, 10 sessions
(No class March 10)
$385 plus $60 materials
Ford Campus, Detroit


Botanical Drawing En Plein Air
ADRW 290 A

Explore the fascinating world of plants in the fresh open air.  Learn to depict the form, color and details of flowers, herbs, trees and seedlings. Students will sketch, draw and paint using pencils, pen and ink, and watercolor working from live plants.  Students will meet at the Ford Campus for the first day of class and receive a list of recommended supplies and meet-up locations for the remainder of the course.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
April 18  — May 9, Four sessions
$295 plus $20 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Casting In The Foundry
AVIS 150 A

Learn the materials, processes and techniques used to safely produce finished cast-metal sculpture. Students create waxes through plaster mold-making and direct wax fabrication. Spruing, ceramic shell investment, pouring, metal finishing and patina techniques are taught. Both beginning and more advanced students cast their own work. The cost for metals and investments used during this course are in addition to the listed material fee. Enrollment limited to 11 students.

Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. — 10 p.m.
January 29 — April 8, Ten sessions
(No class March 11)
$385 plus $60 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Cell Phone Photography
WKSH 185 A

Learn to take artistic photographs with your cell phone camera.  Class discussion will include uploading images, archiving, and posting to the internet.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. 
April 25
$75
Ford Campus, Detroit


Ceramics
AVIS 099 A

Students will experience and understand basic elements and principles of art as applied to the three dimensional practice of sculpture: such as line, shape and balance through the manipulation of clay. Hand building techniques will be combined with
mold and casting techniques.

Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. - 10 p.m.
March 17 - April 21, Six sessions
$195 plus $45 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit 


COMPUTER ANIMATION
AGRC 111 P

Learn the skills needed to turn digital drawings into living motion.  Students will be taught the theories and concepts used by animators and will practice sequential drawing to produce a short animation that focuses on a simple action.

Wednesday, 7:15 - 10 p.m.
January 29 – March 18, Ten Sessions
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex


Design Your Own Leather Handbag-New!
AVIS 034 A

Design and sew your own unlined leather handbag using popular silhouettes.  No experience necessary. Limit 10 students per class.

Thursday, 7:15 p.m. – 10 p.m.
January 23 – April 16, Twelve sessions
(No class March 12)
$425 plus $125 material fee
Taubman Center, Detroit 


Digital Design
AGRC 167 P

Learn the elements of graphic design as you are introduced to the industry standard Adobe Creative Suite including Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Illustrator® and/or Adobe InDesign. Students will tackle individual graphic design assignments while learning to use this powerful tool. Bring your own 8gb flash drive to class.

Monday, 7:15 -10 p.m.
January 27 – March 16, Eight Sessions
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex


Digital Photo To Acrylic Painting

ADRW 173 A

Have you ever wanted to paint one of your photographs?  This class will show you the process.  Bring a digital photograph with you to the first class and learn how to enhance your image in Photoshop to create a digital print.  Students will then go to the painting studio to recreate this image on canvas using acrylic paints.  A list of supplies needed will be provided on the first day of class.

Thursday, 7:15 p.m. - 10 p.m.
March 19 - April 9, Four sessions
$285
Ford Campus, Detroit


Drawing Hands
WKSH 006 A

Learn how to draw one of human anatomy’s most challenging and complex forms. This workshop will focus on breaking the human hand into basic forms and creating more realistic and volumetric drawings.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. 
February 8
$75 plus $10 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Drawing In Charcoal
ADRW 160 A

Explore one of the world’s oldest art forms.  Working from still life and live models, students will learn how to approach line, texture and shading with this versatile medium.  A list of supplies will be distributed on the first day of class.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
March 21 – May 2, Six sessions
(No Class April 11)
$285 plus $25 model fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Felting-New!
AVIS 114 A

Learn the many ways of making felt. Make functional and decorative objects out of sheep’s wool.  Students will create small needle felted sculptures to beautiful Nuno felted scarves.  Students will be encouraged to express themselves with color A list of supplies will be distributed on the first day of class.

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1  p.m.
January 25 — February 29, Six sessions
$285
Ford Campus, Detroit 


Figurative Sculpture
AVIS 046 A

This course is aimed at providing an understanding of the body and the human figure through sculpture.  The study of the human body is a strong foundation for formal, conceptual and expressive artistic explorations. Portraiture and anatomical figure studies will accompany instruction in armature building, modeling, mold making, casting, and patina techniques. Students younger than 18 must have parent permission to take this course.

Thursday, 7:15 p.m. - 10 p.m.
January 30 — April 9, Ten sessions
(No class March 12)
$365 plus $60 material fee plus $65 model fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Figure Drawing
ADRW 301 A

Both beginning and experienced students will benefit from focusing on the traditional principles of figurative drawing. Form, gesture, proportion, modeling and perspective will be explored.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
January 25 — February 29, Six sessions
$285 plus $45 model fee
Ford Campus, Detroit 


Formal Dress Design-NEW!
AEXP 072 A

Design and create your own one of a kind gown suitable for bridal, prom, and black tie events.  Instruction will include all aspects of formal clothing including design, pattern making, fabric selection, and sewing.  Students should bring their own sewing machine and have some sewing experience prior to taking this class. A list of additional materials and notions to purchase will be developed during the design stage.

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1  p.m.
January 25 — March 21, Eight sessions
(No class March 14)
$295
Taubman Center, Detroit


Glassblowing
AVIS 285 A
AVIS 285 B
AVIS 285 C
AVIS 285 D

Learn the magic of shaping hot glass. Open to both beginning and advanced students, this course teaches the glassblowing techniques required to create vessels and sculptural forms. Advanced students refine their skills and learn more advanced techniques. Please wear long sleeves and bring sunglasses to the first class. Enrollment limited to eight students.

AVIS 285 A
Saturday, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m.
January 25 — February 29, Six sessions
$385 plus $65 material fee

AVIS 285 B
Sunday, 12 p.m. — 4 p.m.
January 26- March 1, Six sessions
$385 plus $65 material fee

AVIS 285 C
Saturday, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m.
March 21– May 2 , Six sessions
(No Class April 11)
$385 plus $65 material fee

AVIS 285 D
Sunday, 12 p.m. — 4 p.m.
March 15 – April 26, Six sessions
(No class April 12)
$385 plus $65 material fee


Interior Design 2-New!
ADRW 261 A

Take your interior design instincts to the next level. This course will introduce interior design software and focus on design elements, principles, programming and advanced color theory.  In addition to interior construction materials, budgeting, and project management.  Students work towards a conceptual design presentation for a residence or small commercial office.  Students should have a basic understanding of Interior Design prior to taking this class.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
January 25 — February 29, Six sessions
$295 plus $35 material fee
Taubman Center, Detroit 


Intro To Glass-New!
AVIS 017 PC

Students will learn the basics of working with hot molten glass while creating simple sculptural forms. No experience necessary. Wear long sleeves and sunglasses to class.

Saturday, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m.
March 7
$75 plus $25 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Introduction To Digital Cameras
AVIS 300 A

Learn how to control your exposure and white balance while making informed decisions about ISO, shutter speed and aperture in order to achieve your vision! We’ll spend time examining common exposure pitfalls and how to correct them, and we’ll engage in a variety of creative assignments that will give you the confidence you need to capture consistent and beautiful images. Bring your own DSLR camera.

Wednesday, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
February 5 – February 26, Four sessions
$165
Taubman Center, Detroit 


Introduction To Transportation Design
AEXP 101 A

This course is an introduction to the art of auto design.  Through a series of in-class assignments, students will learn professional techniques for depicting the complex forms of the automobile in two dimensions. Sketching, rendering and perspective drawing techniques are included.

Thursday, 7:15 p.m. – 10 p.m.
January 30 — April 9, Ten sessions
(No Class March 12)
$395 plus $35 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit 

Life Drawing
APRP 103 P

Improve your drawing skills and learn about form and line in this life drawing class working from a live clothed model. Life drawing is a fundamental skill for artists and designers. This class provides a supportive environment wherein students will refine their skills.

Thursday, 7:15 — 10 p.m.
January 30 — March 19, Eight sessions
$295 plus $45 model fee
PARC, Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex


Metal Jewelry Making-New!
AVIS 140 A

Learn the craft of metalsmithing while creating wearable works of art.  Beginners and more experienced students will learn various techniques including forming, riveting, and chain making while experimenting with patinas and finishes. Students may wish to purchase additional supplies to create their work.

Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. — 10 p.m.
January 28 — March 24, Eight sessions
(No class March 10)
$ 245 plus $35 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Portrait Painting
ADRW 175 A

Using acrylic paints students will learn techniques to capture their subject on paper and canvas. Students will paint portraits and self-portraits working with mirrors, photographs and live models.  Bring a sketchbook and pencil to the first class. Materials will be discussed and a supply list will be handed out at that time.

Thursday, 7:15 p.m. — 10 p.m.
January 23 — March 5, Seven sessions
$275 plus $20 material fee and $45 model fee
Ford Campus, Detroit 


Screen-Printing Today
AVIS 160 A

Make your statement through art! Using Screen-printing as a primary method, students will also be encouraged to utilize found objects and other important artifacts to create a story through the use of visual media. Traditional and non-traditional screen-printing techniques such as; monotypes, mono-printing, collage, mixed-media, and photo-based computer imaging will be covered.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
March 21 — May 2, Six Sessions
(No class April 11)
$285 plus $25 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Tailoring-New!
AEXP 082 A

Learn the skills needed to create custom fitted clothing for men and women.  Instruction includes making a tailored jacket using tailoring techniques such as padded collars, mitered sleeve corners, welt pockets with or without flaps, bound and hand worked buttonholes, hemming,  linings and much more. Students should bring their own sewing machines to class and have sewing experience.  On the first day of class students will be provided with a list of materials and notions that will need to be purchased.

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1  p.m.
March 28  — May 9, Six sessions
(No Class April 11)
$285
Taubman Center, Detroit


Sewing 1
AEXP 073 A

Bring your own sewing machine and create a shirt or blouse in the beginner’s class.  Learn how to select fabrics, lay out and cut a pattern, and sew your garment. During this process you will create buttonholes, set-in sleeves and cuffs. Students will receive a list of supplies and materials to bring one week before the first class.

Wednesday, 7 p.m. - 10  p.m.
January 29 — March 4, Six sessions
$275
Taubman Center, Detroit


Traditional And Digital Collage-New!
ADRW 173 A

Students will learn about collage artists and their work/contributions, apply traditional collage methods and techniques as well as incorporating digital methods with the use of digital photography, scanning and Photoshop to create a finished piece. 

Thursday, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
March 19 – April 9, Four sessions
$195
Taubman Center, Detroit


Weaving
AVIS 139 A

Here’s your chance to create a garment, blanket or other fiber art while learning the workings of a loom. You will learn how to set up and weave on a floor loom, and how to weave basic patterns. Advanced students can improve their techniques. Dye facilities are also available. Enrollment limited to six students.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 1 p.m.
January 25 — April 4, Ten sessions
(No Class March 14)
$365 plus $45 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Welding Metal Sculpture
AVIS 056 A

Both beginning and more experienced students explore the basic metal shop techniques of welding, brazing, cutting and forming, and use them to build metal sculptures. Projects are tailored to each student’s skill level, and are designed and created by the students. Students will receive a materials list during the first class. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. — 10 p.m.
January 29 — April 8, Ten sessions
(No class March 11)
$385 plus $45 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit