Creative Arts

College-Approved Certificate (0 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 6137X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

Whether you are a beginner wanting to explore your artistic potential or an experienced art professional looking to practise and enhance your artistic skills, this College Certificate program provides a rich, multi-layered learning experience offering courses in painting, composition, drawing and mixed media. Students develop a solid foundation in current art techniques and theories while building the confidence to work independently on projects.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within four years.

Your Career

Students are provided an opportunity to develop a level of skill over time that may allow them to build a portfolio or may find employment in a number of areas, such as art galleries, artist supply stores and related associations, as well as developing the solid background needed for self-employment.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Most courses require students to bring specific materials and supplies. Students can expect additional costs ranging from $10-$125 per course. For more information, please refer to each course webpage.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).

Notes

Some elective courses have previous experience required specific to the area of interest. Prerequisites are identified in the individual course descriptions.

To help schedule your studies, please check our proposed plan for the upcoming year.

Also available as an accepted elective - Oil Painting Workshop, a 15 hour course running May 13 and 14.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Angela Peterson, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6329 or petersa2@algonquincollege.com.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
MMA003730.0Creative Mixed Media

MMA0037 Creative Mixed Media

Explore, experiment, combine and create! Students explore alternative means to employ familiar mediums, such as acrylic paint, watercolour, ink, charcoal, pencil, coloured pencil and pastel. Students learn more about the properties of each material and how they interact with each other. They also experiment with an assortment of grounds and mediums available for acrylics, including self-levelling gel, modelling paste and dry medium ground. Each exercise is intended to illustrate the principles of composition and to explain the many techniques available. Students are introduced to a number of historical and contemporary artists whose works attest to the varied and stunning results in the realm of mixed media. Each session includes demonstrations, one-to-one instruction and class discussions.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

MMA032930.0Colour: Practice and Theory

MMA0329 Colour: Practice and Theory

Basic theoretical and practical principles of colour are explored. Areas of study include colour mixing, contrast, hue saturation, tint, shade and value. Students are introduced to the various sensory, psychological and emotional properties associated with colour. Students use either watercolour or acrylic paints for their projects. Students also learn the theory behind colour and put it into practise in their art as they develop their eye for colour combinations and applications.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

MMA031330.0Fundamentals of Drawing

MMA0313 Fundamentals of Drawing

Students gain the necessary skills to create compelling two-dimensional images based on perspective drawing, measuring and judging proportions, with the help of reference points, negative space, use of light sources and shadows, reflections and more. Different drawing materials and methods are introduced. Students learn how to progress their work with easy-to-follow, hands-on tutoring covering the principles of drawing. Students take part in a variety of exercises working from basic to more advanced still-life compositions, then moving to portraiture and the human figure.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

Electives chosen must total a minimum of 150 hours
MMA004630.0Contemporary Still Life

MMA0046 Contemporary Still Life

Explore and practise contemporary painting techniques to create exciting and compelling still-life compositions with acrylic paints. Students compare the traditional and current approaches to still-life painting while learning the foundational skills of perspective, depth of field, proportion, use of light and tonal contrasts. Starting with traditional glazing techniques, students move on to experiment with newer methods, such as impasto, scraping, knife painting, sgraffito, broken colour effects, dry brush technique, spattering, scumbling and other mediums to enhance creative expression.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

MMA021830.0Advanced Drawing TechniquesOn Campus
MMA023230.0Exploring Acrylic PaintingBlank Icon On Campus
MMA023330.0Exploring WatercoloursOn CampusBlank Icon
MMA023430.0Advanced Portrait Drawing

MMA0234 Advanced Portrait Drawing

Bring faces to life with advanced drawing techniques. Students build on previous experience in portrait drawing and practice pencil and charcoal techniques to go beyond realistic visual representations to bring out the essence, expression and personality of the subject. Guided exercises build skill and confidence in creating captivating portraits.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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MMA023530.0Portrait Painting in Oils and Acrylics

MMA0235 Portrait Painting in Oils and Acrylics

Learn to paint the human head in an expressive way, capturing the likeness and personality of the subject! Students are provided with the skills to venture into portraiture painting, progressing from traditional transferring methods to a free form approach. Facial proportion, skin tones, brushwork and other compositional considerations are topics covered. Work from the initial stages to the finished piece and be rewarded with a memorable portrait painting and the desire to paint many more. Some painting experience is recommended.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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MMA023730.0Visual Journaling

MMA0237 Visual Journaling

Create your own book! Collecting and creating a series of mementos and images and assembling them into book form presents an opportunity to portray a life or history that has not yet been told. Tell a story using the techniques of mixed media, image transfers, snap-shots, letter-writing, postcards, collage, drawing and artwork. Reflect on real or imagined tales, past, present or future, in this visual journey told in a book form that can be whatever you want it to be. This course is taught by an artist who works in this exciting art practice.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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MMA024130.0Drawing as Thinking

MMA0241 Drawing as Thinking

Drawing - the practice of visually recording perceptions and thought processes is fundamental to many disciplines. Students explore drawing as a way to solve problems and think independently. The act of drawing is one of choosing what to pay attention to out of the confusion of sensory experience and of exploring different ways of seeing. Projects are designed to help students discriminate between first impressions and underlying patterns, between form and detail and to explore conceptual categories. Intended for artists, designers and those who want to practise thinking outside the box.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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MMA024230.0Hands-On Art History

MMA0242 Hands-On Art History

Combine art history with art making. Using historical and contemporary examples, students refine their direct observation skills and explore genres and themes through a range of hands-on processes and materials. Through drawing and painting projects using different mediums, students are encouraged to look at the world in different ways while improving gestural confidence, hand-eye coordination and the visual 'editing' of information.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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MMA024330.0Exploring Pastels

MMA0243 Exploring Pastels

Students are introduced to the many exciting possibilities of working in pastel. Through a series of exercises, students learn how to create different effects, such as layering, pointillism, feathering and scumbling textures. Students complete the workshop with several reference samples, and at least one individual project, as well as a good working foundation of the medium.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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MMA033015.0Portrait Drawing

MMA0330 Portrait Drawing

Focus on faces in this supportive and fun workshop. Students enhance their drawing skills and follow a step-by-step approach to create accurate and realistic human portraits. Our dynamic artist-educator provides demonstrations and extended studies of a live model and covers detailed tips and techniques for looking at and representing all parts of the human face and head.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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MMA035115.0Figure Drawing WorkshopBlank Icon On Campus

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MMA0037 Creative Mixed Media

Explore, experiment, combine and create! Students explore alternative means to employ familiar mediums, such as acrylic paint, watercolour, ink, charcoal, pencil, coloured pencil and pastel. Students learn more about the properties of each material and how they interact with each other. They also experiment with an assortment of grounds and mediums available for acrylics, including self-levelling gel, modelling paste and dry medium ground. Each exercise is intended to illustrate the principles of composition and to explain the many techniques available. Students are introduced to a number of historical and contemporary artists whose works attest to the varied and stunning results in the realm of mixed media. Each session includes demonstrations, one-to-one instruction and class discussions.

MMA0329 Colour: Practice and Theory

Basic theoretical and practical principles of colour are explored. Areas of study include colour mixing, contrast, hue saturation, tint, shade and value. Students are introduced to the various sensory, psychological and emotional properties associated with colour. Students use either watercolour or acrylic paints for their projects. Students also learn the theory behind colour and put it into practise in their art as they develop their eye for colour combinations and applications.

MMA0313 Fundamentals of Drawing

Students gain the necessary skills to create compelling two-dimensional images based on perspective drawing, measuring and judging proportions, with the help of reference points, negative space, use of light sources and shadows, reflections and more. Different drawing materials and methods are introduced. Students learn how to progress their work with easy-to-follow, hands-on tutoring covering the principles of drawing. Students take part in a variety of exercises working from basic to more advanced still-life compositions, then moving to portraiture and the human figure.

MMA0046 Contemporary Still Life

Explore and practise contemporary painting techniques to create exciting and compelling still-life compositions with acrylic paints. Students compare the traditional and current approaches to still-life painting while learning the foundational skills of perspective, depth of field, proportion, use of light and tonal contrasts. Starting with traditional glazing techniques, students move on to experiment with newer methods, such as impasto, scraping, knife painting, sgraffito, broken colour effects, dry brush technique, spattering, scumbling and other mediums to enhance creative expression.

MMA0218 Advanced Drawing Techniques

Students explore drawing techniques, media and methods of composition in greater depth, beyond the fundamentals. Through a sequence of extended studies, students expand their critical-thinking skills and develop strong technical skills with exposure to new mediums, expanded opportunities for creative expression and increased time for more carefully refined work.

Pre-requisites: MMA0313

MMA0232 Exploring Acrylic Painting

Discover the pleasures and versatility of acrylic paints. Painting subjects range from landscape, still-life and working from the Impressionists. Students explore a wide range of techniques including, colour mixing, paint and brush handling, glazing, surface textures and composition. Students with more experience can work on projects to further refine skills in glazes, impasto painting with a knife and other effects. Experience step-by-step demonstrations, group discussions and many opportunities for practice and personalized feedback to build skills in acrylic painting.

MMA0233 Exploring Watercolours

Watercolour painting offers so many beautiful effects and possibilities for creative expression. Learn the characteristics and effects for making the most of this unique medium. Watercolour paints are affordable, non-toxic, easy to clean up and work well for quick sketches and outdoor painting. Our experienced art educator guides your practice through demonstrations, references from art history and group and individual coaching. This is your chance to develop skills and practise techniques in a fun and positive setting, using a variety of brushes, surfaces, paints, gouache and additives to create your own original artwork.

MMA0234 Advanced Portrait Drawing

Bring faces to life with advanced drawing techniques. Students build on previous experience in portrait drawing and practice pencil and charcoal techniques to go beyond realistic visual representations to bring out the essence, expression and personality of the subject. Guided exercises build skill and confidence in creating captivating portraits.

MMA0235 Portrait Painting in Oils and Acrylics

Learn to paint the human head in an expressive way, capturing the likeness and personality of the subject! Students are provided with the skills to venture into portraiture painting, progressing from traditional transferring methods to a free form approach. Facial proportion, skin tones, brushwork and other compositional considerations are topics covered. Work from the initial stages to the finished piece and be rewarded with a memorable portrait painting and the desire to paint many more. Some painting experience is recommended.

MMA0237 Visual Journaling

Create your own book! Collecting and creating a series of mementos and images and assembling them into book form presents an opportunity to portray a life or history that has not yet been told. Tell a story using the techniques of mixed media, image transfers, snap-shots, letter-writing, postcards, collage, drawing and artwork. Reflect on real or imagined tales, past, present or future, in this visual journey told in a book form that can be whatever you want it to be. This course is taught by an artist who works in this exciting art practice.

MMA0241 Drawing as Thinking

Drawing - the practice of visually recording perceptions and thought processes is fundamental to many disciplines. Students explore drawing as a way to solve problems and think independently. The act of drawing is one of choosing what to pay attention to out of the confusion of sensory experience and of exploring different ways of seeing. Projects are designed to help students discriminate between first impressions and underlying patterns, between form and detail and to explore conceptual categories. Intended for artists, designers and those who want to practise thinking outside the box.

MMA0242 Hands-On Art History

Combine art history with art making. Using historical and contemporary examples, students refine their direct observation skills and explore genres and themes through a range of hands-on processes and materials. Through drawing and painting projects using different mediums, students are encouraged to look at the world in different ways while improving gestural confidence, hand-eye coordination and the visual "editing" of information.

MMA0243 Exploring Pastels

Students are introduced to the many exciting possibilities of working in pastel. Through a series of exercises, students learn how to create different effects, such as layering, pointillism, feathering and scumbling textures. Students complete the workshop with several reference samples, and at least one individual project, as well as a good working foundation of the medium.

MMA0330 Portrait Drawing

Focus on faces in this supportive and fun workshop. Students enhance their drawing skills and follow a step-by-step approach to create accurate and realistic human portraits. Our dynamic artist-educator provides demonstrations and extended studies of a live model and covers detailed tips and techniques for looking at and representing all parts of the human face and head.

MMA0351 Figure Drawing Workshop

The human form is found in a wide range of art forms but many aspiring artists find it a challenge to draw the human figure. Our reassuring artist-educator leads students through a traditional approach to drawing realistic human figures with an emphasis on gesture, proportions, form development and practice exercises drawing a live model. From quick gesture sketches through structural drawings and extended tonal studies, students develop their drawing technique to reflect a more complete realization of the human form.