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Cornish Opens to Community with Lifelong Learning

Cornish Opens to Community with Lifelong Learning

: Portfolio development class, Cornish Summer, 2012. Photo by Winnie Westergard.

Cornish moved its campus to draw closer to the community at large; now the addition of Lifelong Learning throws open the door to all.

Beginning in mid-October, the singular education in the arts at Cornish will become available to anyone. The program is called “Lifelong Learning,” and registration is open now and takes place all the way up to the first classes. Lifelong Learning is an extension of Cornish’s summer program for young artists that has been going for 20 years.

Visit the Lifelong Learning sign up page.

The initial classes will be “Life Drawing,” “Portrait Painting,” “Hybrid Portfolio” and “Improvisation.” The classes will be given in the evening from 6:30 – 8:30. All teaching and materials are covered by the $250 tuition — and $25 off that price for any and all Cornish alumni.

The Lifelong Learning program is an extension, too, of the Cornish mission. “For nearly 100 years,” writes Dr. Alison Staplin, head of the program, “Cornish College of the Arts has prepared students to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. At Cornish, we believe that generative work is life-enhancing and sustaining — at all ages, and that learning is truly a lifelong endeavor. Our Lifelong Learning Program offers opportunities for the creative mind — from high school age and beyond.”

“Life Drawing” and “Portrait Painting” are open to all students from 15 years of age up. “Hybrid Portfolio” will be a unique class presented in three face-to-face classes and the remainder online, with the object the creation of an online portfolio. The class is intended for high school juniors and seniors preparing for graduation and for the education professionals who guide them.

“Improvisation” is for students 21 and up, especially professionals in all businesses. Staplin notes that this course is particularly helpful for adults who must remain nimble in fast-paced professional settings. Utilizing improvisational methods in a supportive environment, students will further develop creativity, quick thinking and listening skills, and team building techniques that will benefit any individual.

“We are excited to offer an array of summer programs,” continues Staplin on the Cornish site, “professional development opportunities, continuing education and workshops, all taught by leading figures in the compelling creative landscapes of Seattle.”


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