Professional Development Programs and Workshops

The Vita Institute for the Arts programs and workshops emphasizes collaboration among visual artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, theater artists, poets, photographers, artists from all media and disciplines, collaborations that will expand and advance the dialogue between disciplines.

Vita workshops and programs are intense studies of a specific category presented on consecutive one, two or more days. Vita programs are more comprehensive studies involving a series of classes which meet once or twice a week for extended periods of time.

All workshop and program presenters are nationally, and internationally known working artists who have extensive teaching experience. These artists serve as content experts directing and facilitating workshops, and programs without restricting the experience by either a rigid University format or an artificial grade structure.

Vita Institute for the Arts promotes an educational concept dedicated to the advancement of artistic vision, personal interpretation and skill development in a supportive collaborative environment.

Vita programs and workshops are not credit-bearing studies.  Arrangements for the earning of CEUs or academic credit are the responsibility of the participant and must be made with an accredited institution.

Up Coming Programs and Workshops

The Character of Place: A Hands-On Professional Development Program: May 20-June 19, 2020, Florence, Italy

The Character of Place

Spending some time in a new or foreign setting rejuvenates the senses and promotes an enhanced or heightened understanding of our work in the arts. Join us May 20- June 19, 2020 in Florence, Italy for an intensive 4 week professional development program for working artists with experience in any or all of the three areas of theatre, two-dimensional (drawing and/or painting) and three-dimensional art (jewelry and/or found object sculpture).

The Learning Experience

For practitioners working in the arts interdisciplinary studies allows them to make connections between ideas and concepts across different disciplinary boundaries. Interdisciplinary studies in the arts enabling practitioners to apply the knowledge gained in one discipline to another as a way of deepening their learning and means of personal expression.

The Character of Place: is a 4 week inter and intra disciplinary program that  addresses the questions:  “How is it that the aesthetic narrative can only happen here? What is the particular character of this place that gives it the ability to carry a specific narrative content?”

 This program will use the arts to explore how the character of place can advance an aesthetic narrative.  Participation in at least one of three focused areas will be balanced with interdisciplinary group discussions and directed activities. The discussions and activities will take place in the morning (9:00-10:00), with the focused areas  taking place in the morning (10:30-12:00), afternoon (1:00-3:00) and/or evening (times to be determined).

For More Information about the program please click on the following link:

https://www.vitainstitute.org/italy-2020/

If  you have questions for Dr. Edwards, Dr. Seastrum or Professor Wells please contact Vita at: info@vitainstitute.org.

Registration: To Register for on of The Character of Place Three Focus Ares please click on the following link.  There you will find the application form:

https://www.vitainstitute.org/application-form-for/

Registration Closing Date: January 31st, 2020.

 

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Fundamental Color Concepts in Drawing and Painting.                         September 20/November 9, 2019

This intensive, hands-on course of study is designed for anyone who would like to more fully develop their use of color as an artist and understand how to apply fundamental color concepts and techniques in developing expressive and dynamic composition

The course will cover Itten’s 7 color concepts, hue, value, saturation, complementary contrast, contrast of extension, simultaneous contrast, cool/warm contrast. Each class will begin with an in-depth look at one of the seven contrasts followed by directed application studies of that type of contrast. A majority of the class (studio) time will be allotted to the directed application assignments. We will begin with the simplest of the seven contrasts and work toward the more complex. Upon completion of this course participants have a collection of studies that they can take back to their personal studios and use as source material for more in-depth and completed compositions.

Fundamental Color Concepts in Drawing and Painting is 7-week. Each class will be held on Saturday from 1-4 pm running on consecutive Saturdays for the seven weeks.

The program is intended for participants with experience in water-based media (watercolor and/or acrylic paints), colored pencils and/or pastels.  Because the participants select their media it is important for them to have a familiarity and experience working with their chosen material(s).

A minimum number of 5 “students” will be required to hold the course. To maker sure that we can keep this as individual as possible the maximum number of “students” will be 8.

For More Information about the program please click on the following link

https://www.vitainstitute.org/fundamentals-in-applied-color-theory/

If  you have questions for  Don Seastrum please contact him at: info@vitainstitute.org.

Registration: To Register for on of Fundamental Color Concepts in Drawing and Painting please click on the following link.  There you will find the application form:

https://www.vitainstitute.org/application-form-fundamental-color-concepts-in-drawing-and-painting/

Location:                                                                                                                                             MetaSpace                                                                                                                                               901 West Tomichi Avenue                                                                                                          Gunnison, Colorado

September 28/ November 9, 2019                                                                                                    1-4 p.m.                                                                                                                                           Professional Development Program Costs:                                                                                       $300 for 7 weeks                                                                                                                                $280 for early registration before September 4th

Required Materials:

Drawing Paper (if drawing is you media)                                                                                   Small Canvas Boards (if acrylic painting is your media)                                                             Heavy Water Color Paper (if water color painting is your media)                                     Colored Pencils (all media)                                                                                                      Drawing pencils: 6H, 4H, HB, 2B (all media)                                                                                Good Eraser(s)                                                                                                                                  Notebook for taking notes on theory concepts

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Previous Programs/Workshops Offered by Vita

Finding Your “Voice”: Developing an Authentic Aesthetic Narrative in Your Work : July 2019

This program of study is designed for anyone who would like to more fully develop their “voice” as an artist and understand how to apply fundamental composition techniques and application principles in developing an authentic aesthetic narrative in their work.

For the purposes of this program of study “authentic”  describes an artist whose personal creative voice is based within their individual concepts and directions resistant to the imposition of commercial demands, gallery interference, cultural norms regarding taste, genre or any other external restraints. Artists who are authentic will, by the very nature of their artistic practice, be “original,” but not clichéd originality based on the obvious tactic of being different for the sake of difference

Rather than being a single focus workshop this is a continuing program of study that is dedicated to the creation of dynamic and meaningful compositions expressive of the artists authentic aesthetic voice, a personal voice developed through a process of discussion, critiques, demonstrations and application “assignments.” This program of study is broken up into 5-week sections of 3 hours per class. Between the 5-week sections there would be a two-week break. Beginning with the first five-week section and continuing on each five-week section would build on the information and applications of the preceding five-week section. This structure could be continued as long as “students” are interested.

The program is intended for participants with experience in water-based media (watercolor and/or acrylic paints), colored pencils, pastels, and/or graphite.  Because the participants select their media it is important for them to have a familiarity and experience working with that chosen media, the elements, and principles of composition including color, space, shape, form, line, and texture.

The first five week session  began on July 13, 2019 running on consecutive Saturdays through August 10, 2019

Fundamental Principles of Linear Perspective: June 2019

Linear Perspective is a system of creating an impression of depth on a flat surface. This
course covers the principles and techniques used in one, two and three point
perspective. This is not a drawing or painting technique class and is open to anyone
who would like to know more about the way to create proper size, scale and
proportion of images as they appear in actual space. We work with basic materials,
drawing pencils, rulers, erasers and drawing paper.

Rather than being a single focus workshop this is a continuing program of study that is dedicated to the development of dynamic and meaningful compositions through a process of discussion, critiques, demonstrations and application “assignments.” This program of study is  5-week sections of 3 hours per class.

The program is intended for participants with experience in the arts but are seeking a greater understanding of the fundamentals of liner perspective from basic concepts through advanced application.

The first five week session began on Saturday June 1 and ran on consecutive Saturdays through June 29 , 2019.