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Campus to launch new continuing education art program this summer

5/4/2011 —

Penn State Lehigh Valley is introducing The Arts Project at Penn State Lehigh Valley by offering a series of mini art workshops this summer designed for adult and teens. The workshops are approved for ACT 48 credit for Pennsylvania teachers. All instructors are Penn State adjunct faculty for the campus’ growing art program and bring a wealth of artistic experiences to the program. Courses will meet once a week from July 5-August 12, 2011. The campus offers new studio facilities and is conveniently located across from the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.  For more information, call Ann Lalik at 610-285-5261 or visit www.lv.psu.edu/artsproject/ online. To register, contact Carol Buddock at 610-285-5058.


Course List:


The Art of Collage instructed by Ron DeLong

Wednesdays 2-4 p.m.; Cost: $180

A collage is a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts, made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole work of art. A collage may include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years. Collage made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty. Collage derives from the French "coller" meaning glue.


Beginning Jewelry and Metalwork instructed by Ann Lalik

Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Cost: $180

Explore the technical challenges and creative discovery of designing and creating your own jewelry. In this class, designed just for beginners, students will learn to fabricate (saw, sand, solder), cast texture, polish and set stones in unique and personal designs. No prior metalsmithing or art knowledge is required.


Advanced Metals and Jewelry instructed by Ann Lalik

Tuesdays 9-11 a.m.; Cost: $180

This class is designed for students who are familiar with the basics of metalsmithing and jewelry making, such as fabricating, casting, finishing and simple stone setting. Students will develop individual ideas and explore new concepts. Technical demonstrations will be offered at the students’ request.


Introduction to Digital Photography instructed by Greta Brubaker

Thursdays 9-11 a.m.; Cost: $180

This course will address the basic principles of working with digital photography. The primary focus will be on learning a digital workflow and proper camera use. Flatbed scanning and ink jet printing will also be addressed.


Graphic Design Basics instructed by Wendy Ronga

Wednesdays 1-3 p.m.; Cost: $180

This class begins the process of developing the students’ understanding of the creative design process using a Macintosh computer and the Adobe Creative Suite. Design as an effective communication tool will be explored through a basic understanding of graphic design techniques and development of concepts from start to finish. Students will experiment with typography and integration of images and text to create projects including posters, brochures, and ads.


Discovery through Clay instructed by Jeanine Hill

Wednesdays 2-5 p.m.; Cost: $200

Learn to utilize ceramic hand-building techniques to explore who you are, where you've come from, and where you hope to be. Explore visual storytelling through sculpture. Student work will be professionally glazed and fired.


Exploring Drawing through Nature instructed by Karen Steen

Thursdays 2-4 p.m.; Cost: $180

Students in this class will develop drawing skills using elements from nature such as leaves, shells, bones, flowers, and pods. Instruction will emphasize using value and line to define form. Students will experiment with a variety of drawing media, including graphite, conte crayon, charcoal, and colored pencil. Both representational and abstract approaches will be incorporated into lessons.


About the Instructors:


Ron DeLong, M.Ed.; B.S. Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pa.

Delong enhanced his degree training studying painting and European cinema at the University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria. He served as a guest lecturer/professor for National Art Education Getty Center Post-Graduate DBAE Institutes and Crayola Institutes. Among his many awards and accomplishments, he was named National Northeast Art Educator of the Year in 2000; Pennsylvania Art Educator of the Year 2002; received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Crayola in 2007; and was recognized by Art Education of New Jersey with an Executive Board Award for distinguished service to the field. De Long maintains an extensive fine art exhibition portfolio with a regional, state, national, and international focus. In addition to teaching, he is co-president of Studio & Gallery 2908 LLC in Slatington, Pa.


Jeanine Hill, M.F.A Ceramics, University of Delaware, Newark, De.; B.F.A Craft/Material; B.F.A  Art Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

Hill lives and operates her studio in the Philadelphia area and teaches primarily at Burlington Community College. She has studied, offered workshops, and exhibited nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards for her ceramics and poetry. As an instructor, she asks that her students find passion in their work and remember this passion as they continue to pursue their own personal practices.


Ann Lalik, M.F.A; B.F.A Metalsmithing, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Lalik is Gallery Director and Arts Coordinator at Penn State Lehigh Valley. She brings many years of teaching and program coordinating experience to the Lehigh Valley campus. As an artist, she focuses on designing and creating wearable art objects that chronicle her life as a woman in modern society, using precious and non-precious metals, plastics, and found objects. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally in galleries and museums.


Wendy Ronga, B.F.A Communication Design, Parsons School of Design, New York, N.Y.

For over twenty years Ronga has worked as Creative Director and Art Director at a number of publishing companies. She has been praised by her clients for her creative eye and high quality of excellence. Wendy currently runs her own advertising company and is looking forward to bringing her many years of experience to the classroom.


Greta Brubaker, B.A. Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa.; M.F.A photography, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I.

Brubaker currently pursues her own fine art photography and exhibits extensively. In addition to teaching at Penn State Lehigh Valley, she teaches photography at Muhlenberg College and Lafayette College. Her approach to teaching is to encourage students to explore the medium of photography, both technically and aesthetically with guidance to generate an environment in which they can explore innovative ways of seeing, thinking, and talking about art.


Karen Steen, M.F.A Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; B.A. Illustration, The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena; B.S. Business, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Co.

Steen started her professional career as an editorial illustrator. Her scientific paintings were published in a number of books and magazines that related to health and medicine. More recently, Steen has started combining her technical experience with a more experimental and intuitive approach. She has won numerous awards and exhibited widely throughout the United States.

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