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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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 (such as a trivet) utilizing demonstrated techniques. This course is held outdoors. Enrollment limited to 8 students.

Tuesday, 7:15 – 10 p.m.
September 17 - November 19, 10 sessions
$365 plus $60 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Botanical Drawing: Fall Color
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 seed- lings. Students will sketch, draw and paint live plants using pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor. Students will meet at the Taubman Center on the first day of class and receive a list of supplies and meet-up locations needed for the remainder of the class.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
October 5 – October 26, 4 sessions
$165 plus $10 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 – 10 p.m.
September 18 - November 20, 10 sessions
$375 plus $60 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Design & Make a Leather Backpack
AVIS 012 A

Design and create your own version of a simple flap leather backpack in the Fashion Accessories Design studio, under the direction of an industry professional. Instruction includes design principles, pattern making, industrial sewing and construction. Materials included.

Thursday, 7 – 10 p.m.
October 3  – November 21, 10 sessions
$385 plus $125 material fee
Taubman Center, Detroit


Detroit Street Photography
AVIS 299 A

Capture the creative spirit of Detroit. Students will travel off the beaten path to photograph the vibrant city and its unique people. Students will learn how to enhance their images in the Digital Darkroom with Photoshop® and through classroom critiques. Students will meet both on campus and at site locations. Bring your own DSLR camera and 8GB flash drive to class. First class meets at the Taubman Center.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
September 21 - November 9, 8 sessions
$385
Taubman Center, Detroit


Elements of Interior Design
ADRW 261 A

An overview of the field of interior design, this course will show you the methods used to create a room that is physically, visually and intellectually satisfying. Instruction includes basic principles of space planning, drafting, color theory, and materials and finishes. Students work toward creating an idea board for a residential room. Class limited to 10 students.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
September 21 — October 26, 6 sessions
$295 plus $35 material fee
Taubman Center, Detroit


Enameled Jewelry
AVIS 140 A

Enamel is a decorative glass "coating" applied over metal. In this course, students will learn the basics of enameling onto copper. They will explore different enameling techniques and have the chance to create wearable jewelry out of their enameled pieces. Students will also have the chance to learn fundamental jewelry making processes and fabrication techniques. Enrollment limited to eight students.

Wednesday, 7 – 10 p.m.
September 25 -  November 27, 10 Sessions
$325 plus $35 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Figure Drawing
ADRW 301 A
ADRW 301 B

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. A list of suggested supplies will be provided on the first day of class.

ADRW 301 A
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
September 21 – October 26, 6 sessions
$285 plus $45 model fee
Ford Campus, Detroit

ADRW 301 B
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
November 9 – December 14, 5 sessions
(No class November 30)
$245 plus $35 model fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Footwear Illustration
WKSH 160 A

Step into the world of a shoe designer and create pen and ink drawings of footwear.  No experience necessary. Materials provided.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
November 9
$75
Taubman Center, Detroit


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

Learn the magic of shaping molten glass. Both beginning
and advanced students learn 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 is limited to eight students.

AVIS 285 A
Saturday, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m.
September 21-October 26, Six sessions
$385 plus $65 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit

AVIS 285 B
Sunday, 12 — 4 p.m.
September 22-October 27, Six sessions
$385 plus $65 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit

AVIS 285 C
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
November 2-December 14, Six sessions
(No class Nov. 30)
$385 plus $65 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit

AVIS 285 D
Sunday, 12 – 4 p.m.
November 3- December 15, Six sessions
(December 1)
$385 plus $65 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Graphic Novel
AGRC 217 A

Students will learn elements of visual storytelling. Emphasis will be placed on line quality and contrasting values in monochromatic drawing. Class projects include: working from a script, imagery, developing characters, inking and lettering. A list of additional suggested supplies will be provided on the first day of class.

Wednesday, 7 – 10 p.m.
September 25 — November 13, 8 sessions
$325 plus $25 material fee
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Hand-Lettering
AEXP 180 A

In a rebellion against cold, digital typography, hand lettering is making a comeback. Discover the beauty in imperfect type with no apologies.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
October 12
$75 plus $15 material fee
Taubman Center, Detroit


Intro To Photoshop®
AGRC 265 A

Learn to use the industry standard for photo image editing. Students will also learn how to use the tools featured on the software to enhance images and graphic designs.

Thursday, 7 – 9:45 p.m.
September 26 – October 31, 6 sessions
$245
Taubman Center, Detroit


Introduction to Adobe Indesign®
AGRC 284 A

Explore the world of Graphic Design on computers. Create posters, album covers and webpages while learning Adobe InDesign®. Bring an 8GB flash drive to class.

Monday, 7 – 9:45 p.m.
September 23 — November 11, 8 Sessions
$325
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


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 – 10 p.m.
October 16 — November 6, 4 sessions
$195
Taubman Center, Detroit


Make Your Own Leather Shopper
AVIS 012 A

A leather shopper is a must for every wardrobe. Create your own classic shopper handbag in the Fashion Accessories Design studio, under the direction of an industry professional. Instruction includes design principles, pattern making, industrial sewing and construction. No experience necessary. Materials included.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
September 28 – November 16, 8 sessions
$385 plus $125 material fee
Taubman Center, Detroit


Oil Painting
ADRW 071 A

Both beginning and experienced painters will benefit focusing on the traditional principles of observational painting, including design, color and light. Bring a sketch book and pencil to the first class.  Materials will be discussed and a supply list will be handed out at that time.

Thursday, 7:15 — 10 p.m.
September 26 — November 14, 8 sessions
$295 plus $15 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Photographing Artwork
WKSH 161 A

Bring your own DSLR camera and learn how to photograph 2D and 3D works of art. This workshop will include lighting and set techniques that will show your artwork off to its best advantage. An essential skill for competing in the world of Fine Art. Bring your own DSLR camera.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
November 9
$75
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. A list of additional supplies will be provided on the first day of class.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. 

October 12 — November 16, 6 Sessions

$285 plus $25 material fee 

Ford Campus, Detroit


Sewing 1 & 2

Bring your own sewing machine and create a shirt or blouse in the beginner’s class – Sewing 1. 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 create a more complex garment such as a dress or jacket in the intermediate class - Sewing 2. Students will receive a list of supplies and materials to bring one week before the first class.

Sewing 1 AEXP 073 A

Saturdays, 9 a.m. -12 p.m.

September 28 – November 2, 6 sessions
$295
Taubman Center, Detroit

Sewing 2 AEXP 074 A

Saturdays, 9 a.m. -12 p.m.

November 9 – December 14, 5 sessions
(No class November 230)
$265
Taubman Center, Detroit


Shibori
AVIS 123 A

Learn the basic resist dyeing methods from the Japanese tradition of Shibori. Dye and finish a silk scarf in dramatic geometric patterns. No prior experience necessary. Materials included.

Sunday, 12 – 4 p.m.
November 16
$75 plus $25 material fee 

Ford Campus, Detroit


Victorian Corset Making
AEXP 085 A

Step into the world of corsetry. Build your own steel boned Victorian-style corset using your personal measurements for custom fit and comfort. This course will take you through the steps of busk insertion, cutting flat steel boning, and setting two-piece grommets. Class is taught by a professional corsetière. Bring your own sewing machine to class. A list of supplies will be provided one week before the first class.

Wednesday, 7 – 10 p.m.
September 25 — December 11, 11 sessions
(No class November 27)
$365 Taubman Center, Detroit


Water Color Painting
ADRW 163 P

Explore traditional and con-temporary methods of creating watercolors. This class is for both beginners and advanced students. Students will receive a list of supplies needed on the first day of class.

Tuesday, 7 – 10 p.m.
September 24 — October 29, 6 sessions
$195 plus $15 material fee
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


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 6 students.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1.pm.
September 21 – November 23, 10 sessions
$345 plus $35 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Welded 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 limited to 12 students.

Wednesday, 7:15 –10 p.m.
September 18 - November 20, 10 sessions
$375 plus $45 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Write Poetry About Art!
WKSH 193 A

Ekphrastic poems are poems written about works of art. In ancient Greece, the term ekphrasis was applied to the skill of describing with vivid detail how a particular piece of art has impacted the viewer. During this workshop, we will travel to the D.I.A. to write poems about the artwork on display. We will also read examples of ekphrastic poetry by poets W.H. Auden, Terry Blackhawk, Diane Suess, and Tyehimba Jess, among others. Bring a notebook and a pen to class.

Saturday, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
October 19
$65
Ford Campus, Detroit