Rutgers Community Arts

Classes for Adults

IMPORTANT

RCA continues to work with the University to develop a plan that allows students to safely return to Rutgers. While in-person programming has not been ruled out for the fall, we will begin our fall registration for online learning only.

Join the vibrant artistic community of Mason Gross School of the Arts! Learn new skills, hone your talents, explore new art forms, styles, and cultures – all under the guidance of faculty from the state’s premier arts conservatory.

Rutgers students, staff, faculty and alumni receive 10% off.
Discounts may not be combined. Discounts not applicable to Lila Flow Yoga Teacher Training.

Feminist Practices in Visual Art

June 7–July 26, 2021 (Mondays) 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

This course will explore drawing, painting, mixed media, and interdisciplinary visual art through an intersectional feminist lens. We will look at diverse artists in art history as well as contemporary artists whose work engages with feminist discourse, such as Lubaina Himid, Louise Bourgeois, Kara Walker, Nicole Eisenman, Käthe Kollwitz, Frida Kahlo, Hilma af Klint, and Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Students will have opportunities to make their own work that responds to the subject matter we explore. The course will incorporate readings and discussions of texts by authors such as Lorraine O’Grady, Linda Nochlin, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, and Susan Sontag, and will include slide presentations, demonstrations of techniques, and critiques of student work.

Faculty

Valerie Suter
Drawing and Painting instructor
Community Arts
Emailphone

Portrait Painting

June 9–July 28, 2021 (Wednesdays) 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

In this course, students will learn how to paint portraits that capture likeness and explore stylistic, narrative, and psychological expression. The course will include instruction on composition, brushwork, color, value, texture, and a range of painting materials and techniques, as well as continuous discussion of portraiture’s historical and contemporary significance. We will look at examples of portraits by diverse artists in art history as well as artists working today, including Toyin Ojih Odutola, Kerry James Marshall, Alice Neel, Max Beckmann, David Hockney, Amy Sherald, Lubaina Himid, Nicole Eisenman, Titus Kaphar, and Jordan Casteel, and will recontextualize examples of artists’ work that have been excluded by/included in the Eurocentric art historical canon. Students will have opportunities to paint from life, from references, and from imagination, and the course will incorporate slide presentations, demonstrations, and critiques of student work.

Faculty

Valerie Suter
Drawing and Painting instructor
Community Arts
Emailphone

Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud

Weekly classes, 7–8:30 p.m.
3 sessions per course
Cost: $90 per course

Enroll in two or more courses and receive 20% off!

Whether you are looking to add new skills to your professional portfolio, work on your own creative projects, or “try before you buy” our Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud classes have you covered. Learn how to get started in any of eight industry-leading programs, guided by expert instructors from the Mason Gross Department of Art & Design. Each course includes a 21-day license to the Adobe Creative Cloud.

All classes will be taught via Zoom, allowing participants to see exactly how the instructors use each program, in real-time on their screen. Students will be able to ask questions, troubleshoot, and share their work with the instructor and class.

Adobe After Effects

June 24–July 8, 2021 (Thursdays) 7–8:30 p.m.
3 sessions
Cost: $90

With After Effects, the industry-standard motion graphics and visual effects software, you can create cinematic movie titles, intros, and transitions, remove an object from a clip, animate a logo or character––take any idea and make it move.

Session 1

  • Vocabulary surrounding After Effects (layers, keying, tracking, compositions, etc.)
  • How to use the Adobe After Effects interface
  • How to import footage and images

Session 2

  • Green screening in After Effects
  • How to color edit in After Effects

Session 3

  • Answer questions
  • Highlight future aspirational tracks within video special effects
  • Learn the basics surrounding video special effects equipment (computers specs, monitors, etc.)

Note: There will be short homework assignments after sessions 1 and 2

 

Faculty

David Torres II
Art & Design Instructor
Community Arts
Emailphone
Adobe Animate

August 5–19, 2021 (Thursdays) 7–8:30 p.m.
3 sessions
Cost: $90

Design interactive animations for games, TV shows, and the web. Bring cartoons and banner ads to life. Create animated doodles and avatars or add action to eLearning content and infographics.

Session 1

  • Animation vocabulary (Keyframing, F.P.S, Onion skinning, in betweens, smears, etc.)
  • How to use the Adobe Animate Interface
  • How to put together a simple animation

Session 2

  • Learning the art of 1’s and 2’s within keyframing
  • Examples of animations that use 1’s and 2’s to depict movement, speed, and gravity

Session 3

  • Answer questions
  • Highlight future aspirational tracks within animation
  • Learn about the basics of animation equipment

Note: There will be short homework assignments after sessions 1 and 2

 

Faculty

David Torres II
Art & Design Instructor
Community Arts
Emailphone
Adobe Audition

August 3–17, 2021 (Tuesdays) 7–8:30 p.m.
3 sessions
Cost: $90

Audition is a comprehensive toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display for creating, mixing, editing, and restoring audio content. This powerful audio workstation is designed to accelerate video production workflows and audio finishing — and deliver a polished mix with pristine sound.

Session 1

  • Sound design vocabulary (DB, High, Mid, Low frequency, Sound stage, Timbre, etc.)
  • How to use the Adobe Audition interface
  • How to put together a successful track
  • How to record sound

Session 2

  • How to use audio effects such as spectral decay, Stereo Surround, pitch, sound filters, etc.
  • Listen to examples of audio tracks that use these effects

Session 3

  • Answer questions
  • Highlight future aspirational tracks within sound design/audio
  • Learn the basics about audio equipment (open vs closed headphones, speakers, amps & dacs)

Note: There will be short homework assignments after sessions 1 and 2

 

Faculty

David Torres II
Art & Design Instructor
Community Arts
Emailphone
Adobe Illustrator

July 15–29, 2021 (Thursdays) 7–8:30 p.m.
3 sessions
Cost: $90

The industry-standard vector graphics software lets you create everything from web and mobile graphics to logos, icons, book illustrations, product packaging, and billboards.

Session 1

  • Illustrator Demo 1: Basics (workspace, artboards, selection tools, pen tool, image trace)
  • Exercise: Slack Avatar
  • Exercise: Minimal and Maximal

Session 2

  • Illustrator Demo 2: More tools (path finder, text warp)
  • Exercise: Logo

Session 3

  • Useful links, designers & websites for the future

Note: There will be short homework assignments after sessions 1 and 2

 

Faculty

Sophie Auger
Design Instructor
Community Arts
Email
Adobe InDesign

July 13–27, 2021 (Tuesdays) 7–8:30 p.m.
3 sessions
Cost: $90

The industry-leading layout and page design software for print and digital media has everything you need to create and publish books, digital magazines, eBooks, posters, interactive PDFs, and more.

Session 1

  • Indesign Demo 1: Basics (workspace, document setup, type, import images, character and paragraph styles, column and margins.)
  • Exercise: At-home Booklet Pt.1

Session 2

  • Indesign Demo 2: More tools (rulers and guides, swatches and gradients, masters.)
  • Exercise: At-home Booklet Pt.2

Session 3

  • Indesign Demo 3: Export options
  • Booklet Print and Folding
  • What is a Mockup ? (upload booklets to assigned mockup)
  • Indesign to Instagram (go over some template features for instagram in Indesign)

Note: There will be short homework assignments after sessions 1 and 2

 

Faculty

Sophie Auger
Design Instructor
Community Arts
Email
Adobe Lightroom

August 4–18, 2021 (Wednesdays) 7–8:30 p.m.
3 sessions
Cost: $90

Lightroom is perfect for basic photo editing, organization, and storage, built on a subset of Photoshop’s features that are custom tailored to the contemporary photographer.

Session 1: Lightroom Introduction

  • Making a catalog
  • File types and sizes (RAW, TIFF, JPG)
  • Library Module
  • Import function
  • Image rating
  • Collections

Session 2: Develop Module

  • Review catalog set up
  • Tonal and color adjustments
  • Lens corrections
  • Spot healing
  • Transform tool
  • Export function

Session 3: Develop Module Continued

  • Review of all class material and assignment
  • Applying edits to multiple images or “batch editing”
  • Viewing modes
  • Next steps for learning Lightroom

Note: There will be short homework assignments after sessions 1 and 2

 

Faculty

Perri Hofmann
Photography Instructor
Community Arts
Email
Adobe Photoshop

August 2–16, 2021 (Mondays) 7–8:30 p.m.
3 sessions
Cost: $90

From photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation, and graphic design—you can do it all in Photoshop.

Session 1: Photoshop Introduction

  • Photoshop interface and preferences
  • Review of resolution, file types, and file sizes (RAW, JPG, TIFF)
  • File management and organization, directory structures
  • Introduction to Camera RAW

Session 2: Layers

  • Review last week’s fundamentals and assignment
  • Introduction to:
    • Adjustment layers versus pixel layers
    • Adjustment layers: Curves, Color Balance, Selective Color, Black and White
    • Selection tools

Session 3: Retouching & Review

  • Review all class material and last week’s assignment
  • Retouching tools: Spot Healing Brush, Clone Stamp, Patch Tool
  • Next steps for learning Photoshop

Note: There will be short homework assignments after sessions 1 and 2

 

Faculty

Perri Hofmann
Photography Instructor
Community Arts
Email
Adobe Premiere Pro

June 22–July 6, 2021 (Tuesdays) 7–8:30 p.m.
3 sessions
Cost: $90

Premiere Pro is the industry-leading video editing software with creative tools that help you craft footage into polished films and videos.

Session 1

  • Vocabulary surrounding editing (cut, paste, nest, layers, tracks, compositing, etc.)
  • How to use the Adobe Premiere interface
  • How to import footage

Session 2

  • Sound design within Adobe Premiere (audio layers, speed, EQ, etc.)
  • How to color edit footage in Premiere

Session 3

  • Answer questions
  • Highlight future aspirational tracks within video editing
  • Learn about the basics of video editing equipment (computers specs, monitors, etc.)

Note: There will be short homework assignments after sessions 1 and 2

 

Faculty

David Torres II
Art & Design Instructor
Community Arts
Emailphone

Lila Flow Teacher Training

June 1–30, 2021
Continuous 3-hour daily sessions, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Dance Department of Mason Gross School of the Arts, in cooperation with Rutgers Recreation Services, and Rutgers Community Arts, is now offering 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Registered Teacher Training and Certification via Lila Flow Yoga. All students must complete an application for this program: https://forms.gle/CDeQdLaK87niS8258

Lila Flow 200-hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training is an immersive program designed to elicit knowledgeable, inspired, and compassionate yoga teachers. We provide the tools to create intelligent and anatomically driven classes and encourage you to develop your individual style through playfulness and creativity. We have students creating and teaching from day one, so by the end of the training you are prepared to step into the seat of the Teacher with confidence and grace. Our curriculum builds sequentially to support your growth, while challenging you to embody the philosophy of yoga in your daily life, both on and off the mat.

Built into the training is the opportunity to continue your studies with Lila Flow Yoga. We have an online platform for all of our students to gain experience teaching if they wish to join, lifetime free enrollment in The Authentic Teacher, a virtual Pilates Mat training, an opportunity to co-teach in Love Surf Yoga retreats and assist during future Lila Flow YTTs abroad.

Faculty

Taryn Vander Hoop

Blair Ritchie
Part-Time Lecturer
Dance