The Art Department has summer courses designed to stimulate creativity both in person and online, allowing students flexibility to choose courses on Campus, at home, or on the go.
IN-PERSON COURSE OFFERINGS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART: CERAMICS
Primitive & Alternative Firing, ART 312 81544
May 17 - July 2, MWF 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, RA-20 Gorham
Instructor Chris Cooper
This course will explore primitive and alternative firing methods including raku, saggar, obvara, smoke, and pit firing. Students will investigate the different surface qualities and the origins of each method, utilizing various forming techniques to produce sculptural work for each firing.
ART LAB, AED 222 81563
July 12 - 16. 10 AM - 3:00 PM, DRAW 1, Gorham
Instructors Mary Ladue-Bell & Jeff Bell
This on-campus teaching practicum examines the relationship between art education theory and practice.
LANDSCAPE PAINTING: Land & Sea, ART 269 81238
July 26 - August 20, TWR, 10:00 AM - Noon & 12:30-4:40 PM, LUTH 424, Portland
Instructor Hannah Barnes
An introduction to watercolor and the Maine Landscape, students will be exposed to painting strategies for landscape and marine painting through plein-air painting, demonstrations, and field trips.
BOOK ARTS SUMMER WORKSHOP
ART 342 81509 / EPC 582 82682
August 2 - 8, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, WISH 102 Portland
Instructor Rebecca Goodale
This course will take place in the Wishcamper Center on the Portland Campus. A full description of the workshops, presenters' bios, and list of materials required for class can be found at: usm.maine.edu/summer/book-arts
ONLINE COURSE OFFERINGS
POWER OF AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY
ART 170 281627
May 17 - June 11, ONLINE
Instructor Jennifer McDermott
This is an Introductory course designed for the amateur photographer to develop one's personal vision and expand the understanding of technical and aesthetic possibilities of mobile photography. This course satisfies the Creative Expression core requirement.
GATHERING IN THE GARDEN: Art & Poetry
ART 299 81239 / RSP 299 81373
June 14 - 20, MTWRFSSU
Course meetings daily via Zoom & Outdoor Field Trips (Independent or in Groups)
Instructors Rebecca Goodale & Lisa Hibl
This class combines the visual and the literary creative processes, in a week-long exploration inspired by the garden. This is a one-week intensive studio class with Zoom sessions on most days, including 2 site visits.
EXPRESSIVE ART: PRACTICES FOR ART EDUCATORS, AED 399 81614/ 599 81615
July 6 - 31, ONLINE
Instructor Marie Sheffield
This course will introduce students to teaching strategies that support Expressive Art practices in K-12 classrooms and community art contexts, encouraging social emotional growth, trauma informed teaching, and ways to develop healing art practices.
Cre-8: THE ART OF CREATIVITY, ART 124 81601
July 6 - August 20, ONLINE
Instructor Timothy Babulski
Explores the concepts, tools and strategies for creative process, problem solving and innovation through selected hands-on exercises, readings, discussions, project-based works and creative assignments in a variety of media and approaches. This course satisfies the Creative Expression core requirement.
TRAVEL COURSE OFFERING
EXPERIMENTAL SKETCHBOOKS: Time and Space to Create at Monson Arts, Maine
Combined Course Sections - Students will receive 3 credits in drawing or book arts.
ART 399 (Studio Elective, Drawing or Book Arts)
ART 499 (Capstone for Book Arts Minor)
ART 599 (Graduate, Drawing or Book Arts)
Sunday, July 18 - Saturday, July 24
Instructors Rebecca Goodale and Lin Lisberger
With a special focus on content, design, and experimental techniques, students will create a group of Artist’s Books or Drawings that respond to the visual world around them at Monson. Each student will travel with several blank artist’s books, sketchbooks and rolls of paper that they have prepared for the journey. The drawings and artist’s books will be developed during the week at Monson Arts. The last project will be an Artist’s Book or finished drawing made after returning home.
You can visit the Monson Arts website for more information.
ALSO AVAILABLE IN SUMMER:
ART 400 81334, Internship in the Visual Arts
(Enrollment through application & permission only. Click for details.)