CCC summer art classes dig deep into act of creation


Flagstaff, Ariz. -- The lazy days of summer have arrived, and the warm, mountain days have slowed the pace of life to allow for reflection and, maybe, some time for being creative.


Coconino Community College has come up with three new, short-term art classes that allow people interested in exploring the act of creation this summer.


“We wanted to be able to offer some unique courses to art students, community members and summer residents of Coconino County,” said Colleen Carscallen, CCC’s Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment.


Carscallen added that the classes, which meet eight times for a total of 16 hours and are worth one college credit, give students an opportunity to be introduced to artistic methods or specialties they might not be introduced to otherwise. The classes are an attempt to bring back the flexibility of special-interest classes of various lengths according to community interest. CCC had formerly offered a variety of shorter-length, special-interest classes as part of Community and Corporate Learning, but that program was discontinued for budgetary reasons.


“These classes offer a way to connect with community residents who might not be inclined to come to the community college for semester-long classes,” Carscallen said. “Sometimes, people might not have time to take a full-semester course, but they might be able to devote two weeks.”


The three classes are still accepting students:

- Water Media on Paper: June 19-29, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, Lone Tree campus, Room 536, Instructor: Elaine Dillingham. No prerequisites.

- Modified Monoprint: July 10-20, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, Lone Tree campus, Room 536, Instructor: Barbara Sheeley. No prerequisites.

- Intro to Figure Painting: July 17-27, Monday-Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., Lone Tree campus, Room 536, Instructor: Elaine Dillingham. There is a prerequisite of Drawing I, or the consent of the instructor.


Flagstaff artist Elaine Dillingham has taught a variety of drawing and painting classes at CCC over the past 15 years. She was named Part-Time Faculty of the Year 2015-16.


“The classes give the opportunity to learn new art techniques and hone skills in a comfortable and supportive art studio environment,” Dillingham said. “They allow time for yourself – specifically time for you to nurture your artistic and creative self in a peaceful art studio with like-minded people under the gentle guidance of artist instructors who know how to teach.”


Artist Barbara Sheeley, who teaches the Monoprint class, said that students will be able to experience a fun and easy way to make one-of-a-kind prints that are surprisingly beautiful during the short-form class.


“Because we meet every day, we develop an energy that allows us to produce successful work very quickly,” Sheeley said.


Additionally, the classes give students the satisfaction of working on a visual art project from start to finish and enjoying the process of creation while taking pride in the finished artwork, Dillingham said.


“Creating is the opposite of destroying,” Dillingham said. “Whether one’s goal is to create a profound visual statement, or to create a pretty picture, or both, the act of creation is good for the mind and the heart.”


Sheely said, “Art refreshes us with its delight and expansive possibilities. It connects us with our greater selves.”


Tuition is $107 for the one-credit hour classes, and students may choose a letter grade, or an indication of pass/fail. People interested in the one-credit summer art classes will have to apply to the college before being able to register. High school students are also welcome in these summer classes. To apply and register, visit the Lone Tree or Fourth Street campuses, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or go online at



Monday, 12th June 2017

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