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Creative Arts

Creativity & Relaxation with Pencils and Pastels

When painting with pastels you use a technique whereby colors are mixed on the paper not on the palette. Overlaying and blending colors produces distinctive and very attractive paintings. In this amazing course from instructor Emanuela Quaglia, artist and pastel drawing expert, you will have a wonderful experience of learning that will develop your artistic talent through a process of relaxation and mindfulness.

Students provide their own art materials.
1/23-2/20/18, Tues, 4-6PM

New!  Woodworking Classes!!

CCCE is happy to announce a partnership with Woodcraft of San Carlos to provide you with classes in woodworking. Woodcraft Supply, LLC is one of the nation's oldest and largest suppliers of quality woodworking tools and supplies.All classes will be provided at the store.
Introduction to Woodworking** This class uses a lidded box project to teach beginner skills in the shop. Instructor Claude Godcharles will teach you the flow of a project from initial design, choosing wood, milling rough material, joinery work, glue-up and assembly.  Tools Required:  Safety glasses & hearing protection.
2/24/18 9AM-5PM


**Prerequisite:  Shop Safety Course-Hands-On  (Available 2/21 and 4/25)

Magic Flutes Orchestra

Join the award-winning Magic Flutes Flute Orchestra! Auditions are required to demonstrate flute-playing ability. Magic Flutes orchestra is a 28-30 piece orchestra made up entirely of flutes. The ensemble performs regularly in the San Francisco Bay area. Instructor Pamela Ravenelle is a professional flutist and has taught at colleges and music conservatories *Bring a flute and a music stand. 

2/8-5/3/18
Thursdays;  9/9/2017- 5:30-8:30 PM

New!  Introduction to Birding By Ear

Let’s learn to interpret the sounds of nature around us!  In this course we’ll work on the identification of local bird species, with a focus on using bird songs and calls.  Come to class prepared to go for it – we’ll use quiz birds, sketching, journaling, and many other active approaches to learning these challenging skills.  Prerequisite: a few years of birding experience in the local area.

3/14-4/18/18
3 Fieldtrips-TBD 3/17 & 3/31 & 4/14/18

New!!  Photography Workshop Master Class

CCCE is proud to provide our students with an exceptional 2-Day Portrait and Landscape Workshop for both beginners and intermediate photographers. One of the most famous tornado photographers, Gino De Grandis, and award winning Fine Art photographer Emanuela Quaglia, will help you access intuitive, reflective ways of working that will lead you to create great portrait and landscape images. These sessions will provide hands-on, mentored learning in the field, and ample classroom time with your instructors to teach you to capture your work in a post-production workflow (end to creative end workflow) using Lightroom and Photoshop.

The 2- Day workshop will include post-production classroom instruction, a take away binder of course materials, post-class online support, and lunches on Saturday and Sunday. All you need to do is arrive with your camera, and away you go to some of the most incredible photographic sites (sites TBA- drive to sites - Saturday- Half Moon Bay location TBA- and Sunday, Peninsula Park-TBA- 6:30am fieldtrip), and professional hands-on training. Learn tools and techniques: stack focus, dynamic capture, lens choice and its compositional effects. Learn the art of landscape photography: sky and ground compositions, scenics and intimate landscapes, expressive-personal project methods, coloration, framing, and much more. Learn end to-end post-production workflow for portrait and landscapes: develop baseline images using Lightroom and Photoshop, dynamic blending with luminosity masks, contrast and color methods, all with personal instruction.


Sat ;  3/24 ; 10am - 8 pm:  
10:00am-12:15pm - Workshop Introduction, Bldg. 10 Rm. 468-College Heights 
12:15pm-1:00pm - Lunch -Bldg. 10

1:00pm-3:00pm - Portrait and Fashion Photography Session- Classroom Building 5, Rm TBA
3:00-4:00pm - Drive to location (own transportation).

4:00pm-8:00pm - Landscape and Nature Photography Shoot (Off site-location - TBA)  Bring your dinner.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018:

6:30-10:30am - Creative Landscape Photography (off site-location-TBA)
11:30am-12:15pm - Lunch @ CSM  Building 10-Rm TBD
12:15pm-3:00pm - Postproduction and Critique - CSM Bldg 10, Rm. TBD                                                                                                            


RegularTuition  .   $340 or
Earlybird rate of $300 if registered by February 16th, 2018 (call to register for earlybird rate).
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