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Studio courses

CATC studio courses are taught in a “guild” model where students work side-by-side with practicing artists who exhibit and sell their art locally, nationally, and internationally. The guild model creates bonds and encourages students’ development of skills and discipline needed for success in all walks of life. Students are expected to develop and employ an extensive arts vocabulary, and are encouraged to observe how the development of their art, from concept to completion, parallels other aspects of their lives.

Digital Multi-Media

A dynamic multi-media environment where students collaborate in the planning, development, presentation and assessment of audio, photo, and web production through the use of various programs such as Photoshop, Maya 3-D, Illustrator, Apple Soundtrack, Digital Performer, and iMovie.

“2D” Two-dimensional Art 

An intensive study in various two-dimensional design techniques including drawing, painting, marker techniques, print-making, and collage. Focus is on the techniques used in commercial art, including how the elements of art and the principles of design drive the work of designers and illustrators. Projects range from still life, self-portraits and sketching to abstract compositions, contemporary painting and murals. Students also learn presentation and framing techniques.

“3D” Three-dimensional Art

Students taking this course are exposed to the wonder of clay construction, glass fusion and glass slumping.  After learning the basics of each medium, students move on to determine a focus for their work, concentrating their efforts in clay, glass or adopting a mixed media approach. Student artwork can be either functional or sculptural in nature. While the focus of this studio is clay and glass, students also learn to work with wood, wire, and other media for presentation and exhibition purposes.


The ceramics course immerses students in the production of ceramic vessels, tiles and other functional and non-functional clay art forms. Students are introduced to the physics of clay and the chemistry of glaze while learning how to work with the materials. Students also explore the production of ceramic pieces across time and cultures.

Stained Glass

The stained glass workshop teaches an age-old art that still employs people across the world. Stained glass is the art of cutting art glass into shapes and connecting those pieces by soldering them into a unified design. Students begin with simple geometric forms and work alongside the master artist, gradually creating more intricate designs as their expertise grows.