Academy of Visual and Performing Arts

Course Offerings and Descriptions

Below you will find our courses and their descriptions. Some classes require a minimum number of enrolled students in order to be offered.

Music Courses

Private Music Lessons:

We offer a wide-range of music lessons in voice, piano, harp, strings, winds, brass, and percussion. Our student teachers are endorsed by their master teacher. For details about our teaching staff please check our FACULTY PAGE.

Guitar (Group Lessons):

Have fun learning to play the guitar in a small class environment.  This 5-week course will get you started with the basic techniques you will need to begin playing songs for your own pleasure or for continued study for more advanced performance.  The class covers note reading, strumming chords, basic rhythms, and proper hand positions while learning simple songs and melodies. Class limited to eight students. Must have a minimum of three students for class to be offered.

Requirements:

*The student needs to have a guitar to bring to class and to practice on at home.

*Students will need to plan daily practice time throughout the week to complete the assignments  given in the class.

*Students will need to purchase the method book: Hal Leonard Guitar Method - Book 1 (second edition)

Ukulele (Group Lessons):

Even if you’ve never played an instrument before, you can learn to play the Ukulele.  This is a fun 5-week course that will get you started playing the Ukulele, strumming along to your favorite songs.  You will learn about basic rhythm for strumming different rhythmic patterns, while learning several chords to play songs that are covered in the class. Class limited to eight students. Must have a minimum of three students for class to be offered.

Requirements:

The student needs to have a ukulele to bring to class and to practice on at home.  The different sizes Soprano, Concert, and Tenor are tuned the same so any of these will be fine.

The instructor will give handouts in class to cover the material.

Garage Band (Group Lessons):

Learn to work with one of the most popular and fun applications for creating music with a computer. Using the computers and piano keyboards in La Sierra University's Computer Music Lab, we'll go over basic audio and keyboard input and editing. We'll also explore some of GarageBand's hidden power user features and you can even try your hand at being a movie composer and by creating your own soundtrack for a short film. Class limited to ten students. Must have a minimum of three students for class to be offered.

Prerequisites: Basic music reading and basic piano skills

Art Courses

Photography:

Everyone who takes pictures today don’t always have time or the interest in editing or changing what they capture. This workshop is geared towards owners of compact or DSLR cameras, who are frustrated with the automated modes programmed into their cameras. Attendees will learn how and when to over-ride the automated modes for best results.

Those with cameras which don’t allow that control or those who are interested in learning how to manipulate their images will be given an overview on how to use Adobe Photoshop which is the 2nd part of our Digital Photography workshop series.

October 5 to - November 2

5 Sundays, 11am to 11:50pm
VAC Building 3, Visual Arts Center
La Sierra University

Photoshop:

An introductory workshop on using Photoshop to manipulate images geared towards photographers. Attendees will use Adobe Photoshop CS6 on Macintosh computers to learn how to:

- fix images that are too dark or too light
- adjust colors to their liking
- organize, archive, and back up their digital images
- upload images to online photo labs for printing

October 9 to - December 14
5 Sundays, 11am to 11:50pm
VAC Building 3, Visual Arts Center
La Sierra University

Drawing:

Anyone can draw! This workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to move far beyond stick figures. The old master artists like Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo Bonaroti utilized a process called the grid method to begin many of their famous works. You can actually still see the remains of it in some of their unfinished works. Today it is still an incredibly effective way to learn to draw and to have a pleasing finished product.

The first 5-weeks are geared toward learning about the basic elements/ principles of drawing and creating a finished piece using the grid method.

October 5 to - November 2
5 Sundays, Noon to 12:50pm
VAC Building 3, Visual Arts Center
La Sierra University

Painting:

Many of the finest artists of old were excellent watercolorists. This workshop deals with color theory and the basic techniques of watercolor as well as creating a pleasing finished painting. This workshop is for anyone ready to dive in to watercolors.

The second 5-weeks are geared toward learning about color theory, basic elements/principles of watercolors, and creating a finished painting by the end of the session.

November 9 - December 14
5 Sundays, Noon to 12:50pm
VAC Building 3, Visual Arts Center
La Sierra University

Ceramics:

An introductory ceramic studio experience consisting of hand building and sculptural methods of construction.

The course will include an examination of clay, glaze, decoration methods, and firing process. The emphasis of this course focuses on understanding and applying the aesthetics, processes, form, and function of the ceramics art form.

Competencies will include technique, craftsmanship and the expressive potential of clay, related to the ceramic processes and aesthetics of the finished object. Students will develop a vocabulary specific to the medium and be aware of the safety issues involved in working with ceramic materials, techniques, and equipment.

Processes:

Hand Building – pinch, coil, slab, press, mold
Firing – oxidation, reduction, electric/ gas kilns methods
Glazing – low or high temperatures (cone system)
Sculptural – additive, subtractive, and molding

October 5 - November 2 and November 9 - December 14
5 Sundays, 1pm to 1:50pm
VAC Building 3, Visual Arts Center
La Sierra University