Course Description

Engage in a hands-on process that will stimulate your imagination and enhance skills in drawing and painting—all grounded in art principles to aid making sound judgements for compositions in various media. Learn how to evaluate the role art principles play in good compositions including paintings, three-dimensional designs, and your own living space. Handouts will reinforce tips for self-expression. Information will be given for supplies needed prior to the start of the course.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Develop confidence in making sound judgments and discover hidden creativity for the novice, or to refresh skills.
  2. Become knowledgeable of the art principles of repetition, variation, contrast, balance, scale & proportion, rhythm, dominance & unity.
  3. Appreciate the design elements of form, space, line, depth, texture, pattern, color & light.
  4. Understand & evaluate the role the above plays in good composition in paintings, photography, three-dimensional designs, interior decorating, the garden, cityscapes, etc. (some of which is applicable to writing)
  5. Be exposed to a touch of art history for grounding.
  6. Engage in hands-on opportunities using the principles & elements in creating: (a) experimental collage, (b) imaginary art piece incorporating watercolors, (c) still-life drawing using pencil for shading to experience the play of light & how to achieve the illusion of depth, and (d)still-life painting that either documents the set-up and/or incorporates whimsy.
  7. Apply drawing and watercolor techniques.
  8. Develop fuller consciousness of their relationship to the spaces in which they conduct their lives.
  9. Encounter stimulation of their imagination.
  10. Experience a safe atmosphere in which to experiment.
  11. Ripen the artist within.


Spring 2021: This online course will meet synchronously (everyone online at the same time) for 4 Thursdays, March 11 to April 1 2021 from 7 to 8:30 PM. In addition, the instructor will have online office hours each week (dates and times to be determined) to meet with students and answer questions about weekly assignments/projects.

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Section Title
Ripen the Artist Within
Online-fixed date/synchronous meeting(s)
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Mar 11, 2021 to Apr 01, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Learning
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $115.00
Section Notes

This course will be held online via Zoom: 4 Thursdays, March 11 to April 1, 2021 from 7 to 8:30 PM, in addition to online office hours for more individualized attention and questions from students.

Materials/supplies list will be emailed to students prior to the start of the course.

ONCE Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refund Policy

A participant who withdraws from a non-credit course, in writing, up to one-week prior to the starting date of the course, will receive a refund, minus a $25 withdrawal fee; for all certificate programs the withdrawal fee is $50. For courses costing $75 or less, the withdrawal fee is $10 per course. No refunds will be given after that time. E-mail your withdrawal request to: course.withdrawals@temple.edu. Please note that if you do not officially withdrawal from a course and you do not attend the course, you are still responsible for payment. Temple University reserves the right to cancel a course for any reason. If the course is cancelled, you will be notified and your entire tuition will be refunded.