Continuing Studies

Continuing Studies 

Students of all ages and skill levels explore creative and cultural interests in non-credit art and design classes, workshops, lectures and certificate programs. Experiment with new methods such as laser cutting and 3D digital modeling or refresh existing skills to inspire your artistic practice. Enjoy the inspiration and camaraderie of these shared learning experiences while you develop your creativity and critical thinking.


Continuing Studies promotes visual arts by providing educational and professional development opportunities for multigenerational audiences, and supports the academic mission of the College by developing innovative programming that serves current and future students, the public, and professionals from multiple fields.

Classes for the Community



Ringling College of Art and Design
Continuing Studies
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
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Classes and Workshops for the Community


Realize the power of creativity in traditional studio and digital arts courses designed for beginner to advanced artists of all ages.

Submit a Payment     Summer Online Registration Form   Summer Studios Course Catalog


Information about Fall 2018 classes and workshops will be available in mid-August.    


Information about 2019 classes and workshop will be available in early November, 2018.

SPRING ART WEEK 2019: VIsiting Artist workshops will be held Saturday, March 9 -Sunday, March 17.


In Ringling’s Summer Studios students learn new techniques through exploration in a variety of materials and methods to inspire creative problem solving, and further develop technical as well as critical thinking skills.
Summer Studios are available for Adults, High School students ages 15-18 (Teens) and Middle School Students entering at least 6th grade, ages 11 and up (Tweens) as noted.

Upon registration students receive an email confirmation, supply list and location info with a campus map. Students are responsible for purchasing their supplies unless otherwise noted. Visit Policies and Procedures for complete information regarding schedule changes, class cancellation and as well as withdrawal refund policies for Summer Studios.

Questions? Need Assistance? Email or call 941-955-8866.

Summer Online Registration Form    Summer Studios Course Catalog


5 Sessions, 27.5 hours, M-F, 9AM-3:45 PM
VGL101D: July 9-13 - Wait List Only

$795, Noah Coleman
In this class for beginners, students will learn safety, terminology, and a variety of techniques for working with molten glass.  Students will learn to make both blown vessels and solid sculptures.
Proper attire for working in the Hot Shop is pants, comfortable t-shirt or long sleeve shirt, and comfortable closed-toed shoes. Please wear natural fibers (cotton) as synthetic fibers can melt near high temperatures. Please remove all jewelry from hands and arms.
Enrollment is limited – register early!
Member, faculty, and staff benefits are not applicable.  (Teen Certificate: TSA)

5 sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 1-3:45 PM
CGW110A: June 11-15
$215, Bonnie Hammer

This is a hands-on introduction to the powerhouse software applications of the Adobe Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Students will receive instruction demonstrating invaluable insider tips and techniques, and they will develop an understanding of how the suite works together, so they may make informed decisions about which software or combination of programs will best meet their project goals.  This popular workshop fills fast. All skill levels are welcome. Basic computer skills required. (Teen Certificate: TDA)


10 sessions, 27.5 hours, M-F, 1-3:45 PM
CG109AB: June 11-22
$375, Marcia Johnson
Learn the industry-standard software for digitally manipulating images.  Demonstrations and lectures introduce students to the key concepts and basic tools of Photoshop.  Interactive, hands-on exercises allow students to transform photographs, graphics, and websites, as well as create original artwork. Basic computer skills required. (Teen Certificates: TDA, TLN)


10 Sessions, 27.5 hours, M-F, 1-3:45 PM
CG162BC: June 18-29
$375, Bonnie Hammer
Adobe InDesign is the go-to desktop publishing software for producing design content for websites or tablets, and print media such as posters, flyers, brochures, and magazines. This class introduces the tools used to build, design, and create visually pleasing project layouts. Basic computer skills required. Basic Photoshop or Illustrator knowledge is helpful but not required. (Teen Certificate:  TDA)



5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9 -11:45 AM
CGW386C: June 25-29
CGW386F: July 23-27
$215, Octavio Perez

Learn to create artistic images with Photoshop brushes along with the mixer brush and other features.  Whether you prefer pastels and oils, or watercolor, this workshop will show you how to bring your vision to life using Photoshop tools and techniques to digitally reproduce real world art media and techniques. Prior Photoshop experience is desirable. (Teen Certificate: TDA, TMA)


10 sessions, 27.5 hours, M-F, 9 AM-11:45 AM
CG112DE: July 9-20   
$375, Octavio Perez

Learn Adobe Illustrator through projects ranging from basic tracing of personal drawings to fully finished vector illustrations. Step-by-step instruction and demonstration will aid in students learning the uses, features and tricks of this robust software, to create scalable drawings or digital graphics, logos, illustrations, and original typography. By the end of this course, students will feel as confident working in Illustrator as they would using a pencil. These skills are applicable to work for print or digital web-based presentation. Basic drawing skills required. Basic Macintosh computer skills required. (Teen Certificate: TDA, TMA)


5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 1-3:45 PM 
AS405F: July 23-27
$215, Bonnie Hammer

This is the golden age of relationship building through web-based networking. Social media is a mandatory web presence to connect your clients and customers to what makes your brand tick. We will discuss Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, and Constant Contact, and touch on how to reach different demographics, where to add your social media icons, and SEO to your websites, and how to link all your social media back to each other and your sites. Bring your social media usernames and passwords. (Teen Certificates: TDA)


5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9 AM-11:45 AM
CG240F: July 23-27
$215, Martin Murphy

Learn how to create an environmental setting and a basic character, and then apply the general workflows and production processes of creating 3D content in the software most widely used in the industry for game, film, and video content. Basic Photoshop and PC experience is required. (Teen Certificate: TMA)


5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 1 PM-3:45 PM
CGW373F: July 23-27
$215, Martin Murphy

Digital sculpture is easier than you think. Students learn techniques using form development methods combined with 3D modeling to create intensely detailed digital models and sculptures. Plan, create and develop models for gaming, movies, comics, and 3D printing. PC computer experience is required. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. (Teen Certificate: TMA)


10 sessions, 27.5 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
CGF201AB: June 11-22
$375, Chandler Howard

This seminar covers digital video camera operation, basic lighting, scripting, and storyboarding as well as Premier Pro editing, titles, effects and montage theory. Students work in their own direction from narrative, abstract or experimental, to more journalistic or documentary genres, and should walk away with a professionally edited project with the potential to use in a portfolio or film festival screening. The course culminates with a screening of final student projects. Basic computer skills required. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. (Teen Certificate: TLN)


5 sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
CGF202C: June 25-29
$215, Chandler Howard

Have you ever been taking a hike with friends or visiting a city for the first time and became instantly struck by an inspirational idea leaving you compelled to capture that moment? This workshop will give you the skills needed to make a video on the spot, whatever your location is, while using your surroundings to assist in the capturing of your idea. From using a piece of cardboard and tin-foil as a reflector, to adjusting your phone to act as a microphone, the objective of this week-long journey is to teach filmmakers how to make videos, short films, documentaries, and video diaries using only the equipment at hand. A close-cousin of Dogma 95, this style of independent filmmaking allows the director to work with small crews, and sometimes no crew at all, putting the power in the hands of the filmmaker. If you like filming on the spot, stretching the bounds of your experimental styles, and learning how to make props from scratch, then this is the program for you. (Teen Certificate: TLN)


5 Sessions, 27.5 hours, M-F, 9 AM-3:45 PM
VGL101D: July 9-13 - Wai List Only
$795, Noah Coleman

In this class for beginners, students will learn safety, terminology, and a variety of techniques for working with molten glass.  Students will learn to make both blown vessels and solid sculptures. Proper attire for working in the Hot Shop is pants, comfortable t-shirt or long sleeve shirt, and comfortable closed-toed shoes. Please wear natural fibers (cotton) as synthetic fibers can melt near high temperatures. Please remove all jewelry from hands and arms. Enrollment is limited – register early!
Member, faculty, and staff benefits are not applicable. (Teen Certificate: TSA)

5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
PH301C: June 25-29
$215, Marcia Johnson

Learn technical and aesthetic photography tips to transform your snapshots and photos into fine art nature photography that expresses your creative vision. Illuminate the beauty of Florida’s natural paradise through digital processes in Photoshop to create finished pieces including flowers, birds and animals. This is also a great way to capture nature’s bounty for creative reference. Basic computer skills and a digital camera with manual-setting mode are required. (Teen Certificate: TLN)


5 Sessions, 13.75 Hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
PH430F: July 23-27
$215, Karen Arango

Creative and compelling portraits engage the viewer and tell a story. This hands-on workshop will focus on capturing the personality of your subject in natural light. Students will learn about lighting, posing, depth of field, composition, impact, and how Photoshop can enhance portrait photography. A digital camera with manual-setting mode and the instruction booklet, and basic computer skills are required. (Teen Certificate: TLN)


10 sessions, 27.5, M-F, 1-3:45 PM
PH410DE: July 9-20
$375, Marcia Johnson

Photomontage is the assemblage of dramatic elements from individual photographs or photo collage to create a 2‐dimensional imagined reality. Offering a peek into artificial or virtual reality, today, photomontage is used to create imagined environments in contemporary photo shoots, fine arts, and just for fun. Bring an adventurous curiosity and a sense of humor, along with thumb drive of your photographs. Some Photoshop experience required. (Teen Certificate: TLN)


5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 1-3:45 PM
WC325C: June 25-29
$215, Marcia Johnson

Capturing the beauty and essence of plants and flowers has been the artist’s quest for centuries. Sketching from observation you will depict your botanical forms then, using basic watercolor techniques, you will illuminate the delicate changes in tone and color to portray a realistic depiction of the specimen. All skill levels welcome. Bring your favorite fresh flowers to class as models. (Teen Certificate: TSA)


In Ringling’s Summer Studios students learn new techniques through exploration in a variety of materials and methods to inspire creative problem solving, and further develop technical as well as critical thinking skills. Take just one class or focus on a series of classes to earn a Teen Certificate.
Summer Studios are available for Adults, High School students ages 15-18 (Teens) and Middle School Students entering at least 6th grade, ages 11 and up (Tweens) as noted.

Upon registration students receive an email confirmation, supply list and location info with a campus map. Students are responsible for purchasing their supplies unless otherwise noted. The course syllabus is provided at the first class session. Visit Policies and Procedures for complete information regarding schedule changes, class cancellation and withdrawl/refund policies for Summer Studios.

Summer Online Registration Form      Summer Studios Course Catalog      


5 Sessions, 27.5 hours, M-F, 9 AM-3:45 PM
HAN101A: June 11-15
HAN101B: June 18-22
$375, Lori Burton

Get started in the world of art in motion by learning basic techniques and skills to create rotoscope animations, GIFs, and still image movement. Demonstrations and instruction beginning with Photoshop and going through post-production in Premiere Pro will showcase professional examples, followed by step-by-step guidance to inspire students to create their own animations. Please note: Students should bring a bag lunch each day. (Teen Certificate: TMA)


5 sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
HDR115A, June 11-15
HDR115B, June 18-22
$215, Wm. Chase Greene

In animation, it is expensive to create film footage so every film is planned first through storyboards. Storyboards are a hand drawn version of a film that serves as a blueprint for animators. It shows the actions, emotions, expressions and all the crazy stuff that you see in the film. Students will learn to draw for animation storyboards and work from a script, create characters and environments and visualize what a short sequence of the film would look like. (Teen Certificate: TMA)


5 sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
HIL120A: June 11-15 - Wait List ONLY
HIL120C: June 25-29 - Wait List ONLY
HIL120E: July 16-20 - Wait List ONLY
$195, Michael White

This class is for anyone who loves to draw characters, regardless of skill level. Through fun exercises that strengthen your conceptual ability and skills, create and develop many characters: humans, animals, super heroes, and creatures for game art, illustrations, and more. Begin to develop a character layout sheet or comic strip. This class is very helpful in preparing for Cartoons + Comic Art Workshop, Illustration in Pen & Ink, and Experimental Animation. Brainstorming and ideas will be emphasized. (Teen Certificate: TMA)


5 sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 1 -3:45 PM
HIL125A: June 11-15
HIL125C: June 25-29
HIL125E: July 16-20
$195, Michael White

Take your concept sketches, characters or cartoons + comics to the next level. Learn how to use the various tools and techniques to bring impact to the elements and design of your creations. Working with pen & ink allows you to emphasize the elements you want to make pop to give your drawings and designs an edge and clarity for greater impact. (Teen Certificate: TMA)


5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F
HIL105B: June 18-22, 9-11:45 AM
HIL105D: July 9-13, 1-3:45 PM
$195, Michael White

Everyone loves cartoons and comics, so it’s no wonder it is a universally accepted art form. Do you have a story to tell? This fun-filled workshop is for beginners as well as experienced artists alike. Students will learn drawing and layout techniques, as well as brainstorming methods on how to borrow from reality and fiction for storytelling and the creation of a comic. Learn how to apply the basic rules of cartooning, character creation, sequential drawing and perspective for maximum impact to bring your story to life! (Teen Certificate: TMA)


5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F
HIL101B: June 18-22, 1-3:45 PM
HIL101D: July 9-13, 9-11:45 AM
$195, Michael White

Concept sketching is the beginning step used to develop ideas for illustration and creative applications such as games, animation, or graphic novels. Concept Art is also known as visual development or concept design, and is used in developing design ideas for multiple industries. You will learn c techniques by working on a variety of projects from a poster to a character or environment design. This is a fun class with an easy-to-follow pace making sure you understand terms and basic techniques. This course complements Character Design, Cartoons + Comic Art, Illustration in Pen & Ink, and Experimental Animation. (Teen Certificate: TMA)


See additional Animation and Illustration classes open to student ages 15+
3D Max for Animation and Gaming - Wait List ONLY
Digital Sculpting in ZBrush
Computer Illustration


5 sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
HCW360C: June 25-29
HCW360D: July 9-13
$195, Rick Dakan

Learn the fundamentals of writing for video games in this introductory course. We’ll look at great game writing and learn how it works, then use digital tools to create our own interactive stories that we can share on the web. (Teen Certificate: TMA)


5 sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
HCW350F: July 23-27
$195, Rick Dakan

Develop and write your own comic book script using the special techniques and skills needed to create successful and exciting graphic narratives. Through writing and sketching exercises, we will discover the perfect balance of art, word, and page layout that makes comics work. (Teen Certificate: TMA)


5 sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
HCW370E: July 16-20
$195, Rick Dakan

Learn how to make monsters, mad scientists, ghosts, and cosmic horrors come to fearful life on the page in your fiction. Through reading and writing exercises, we will explore what makes a story scary and how different types of terrifying tales work. (TLN, TMA)


See details about  Digital Arts classes open to students ages 15+ in the section for Adults and High School students, above.
Adobe Photoshop
Digital Painting in Photoshop
Adobe InDesign
Meet the Adobe Suite - wait list only
Computer Illustration
3D Max for Animation and Gaming - Wait List ONLY
Digital Sculpting in ZBrush

For Experimental Animation for Teen/Tweens, see Animation and Illustration

5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
HDR101A: June 11-15 - Wait List ONLY
HDR101D: July 9-13
$195, Jeffery Cornwell

Exploring a variety of drawing media, students learn fundamental drawing techniques and gain a working knowledge of the basic elements and principles of design such as line, shape, perspective, proportion, volume, and composition. This is “the” prerequisite for Figure Drawing, Painting, Paint & Print, as well as Illustration classes. (Teen Certificate: TDA, TMA, TSA)


5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F
HDRF203B: June 18-22, 1-3:45 PM - Wait List ONLY
HDRF203C: June 25-29, 1-3:45 PM
$215, Diane Chanako-Turner

This classical drawing course develops the student’s figure drawing skills through the study of proportion, anatomy, gesture, figure/space relationship, value, and line quality. Students will explore various techniques drawing from the live (clothed) model. Experiment with drawing materials and creative approaches in this high-energy class. A must have for illustrators and animators! Prerequisite: Drawing I or equivalent. (Teen Certificate: TMA, TSA)


5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F
HDR205B: June 18-22, 9-11:45 AM
HDR205D: July 9-13, 1-3:45 PM
$195, Jeffery Cornwell

Sketchbooks are an exciting way to explore new materials, play around with different ideas, and to capture your everyday life and people, places, and the things that inspire you. Using pencil, ink, and watercolor you can build your sketchbook as an archive of ideas or work on sequential drawing to develop a narrative story. Whatever direction you choose you will develop your drawing and observation techniques while building your artistic practice. (Teen Certificate: TMA, TSA)


5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
HPP200C: June 25-29
$195, Jeffery Cornwell

Students in this course work in the media of their choice (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, etc.) with an emphasis on collaboration and interdisciplinary practice. With teacher guidance, students explore a range of creative approaches used by contemporary, working artists to expand their own personal methods and styles to create strong, portfolio-quality work and learn to articulate their ideas verbally and in writing. This course is for students that have previous experience, a passionate interest in the visual arts, and want to build on their portfolio. Students work on self-selected projects with professional guidance to support the development of their work. (Teen Certificate: TDA, TLN, TMA, TSA)


5 sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F
HMM154C: June 25-29, 1-3:45 PM
HMM154E: July 16-20, 9-11:45 AM
$195, Jeffery Cornwell

Through hands-on exercises using traditional drawing and mixed media, students will explore materials and methods in new ways to inspire ideas and to help develop a unique style while learning how to use graphite, ink, markers, watercolor, charcoal, colored pencils and oil pastels. This is a fast paced, exciting studio for teens of all skill levels. (Teen Certificate: TSA)


See also ILLUSTRATION studio classes open to students ages 11-18
Storyboarding for Animation
Character Design
Illustration in Pen & Ink
Cartoons + Comic Art Workshop
Concept Sketching

10 sessions, 27.5 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
HCGF201DE: July 9 -20
$375, TBD

This seminar covers digital video camera operation, basic lighting, scripting, and storyboarding as well as Premier Pro editing, titles, effects and montage theory. Students work in their own direction from narrative, abstract or experimental, to more journalistic or documentary genres, and should walk away with a professionally edited project with the potential to use in a portfolio or film festival screening. The course culminates with a screening of final student projects. Basic computer skills required. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. (Teen Certificate: TLN)
Also offered for Adults/Teens CFG201AB, June 11-22.


5 sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
HCGF202F: July 23-27
$215, TBD

Have you ever been taking a hike with friends or visiting a city for the first time and became instantly struck by an inspirational idea leaving you compelled to capture that moment? This workshop will give you the skills needed to make a video on the spot, whatever your location is, while using your surroundings to assist in the capturing of your idea. From using a piece of cardboard and tin-foil as a reflector, to adjusting your phone to act as a microphone, the objective of this week-long journey is to teach filmmakers how to make videos, short films, documentaries, and video diaries using only the equipment at hand. A close-cousin of Dogma 95, this style of independent filmmaking allows the director to work with small crews, and sometimes no crew at all, putting the power in the hands of the filmmaker. If you like filming on the spot, stretching the bounds of your experimental styles, and learning how to make props from scratch, then this is the program for you. (Teen Certificate: TLN)
Also offered for Adults/Teens, CGF202C, June 25-29.


5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 1-3:45 PM
HDV101F: July 23-27
$215, Karen Arango

This class provides hands-on experience in basic video production to produce short and compelling videos. Beginning with simple storyboarding and concept development, students learn how to apply proper shooting technique through the use of camera operation using video settings. With emphasis on composition, students apply basic directing techniques combined with frames per second, sound, lighting, camera angles, and audio control to record creative imagery they will then enhance through finishing with Premier Pro editing. A digital camera, smartphone, tablet (iPad) with a video settings option that is in working condition is required. (Teen Certificate: TLN)


HPR135A: June 11-15 -
 this has been CANCELLED. See another Printmaking opportunity below,
$215, Jeffery Cornwell
Linoleum block printmaking or “linocut” is a printmaking technique in which a design is carved into a sheet of linoleum to create a relief surface that is inked and printed in one color or a variety, and many prints of the design may be printed for a multiple edition or variations. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal vision while being introduced to new ways of working. This class promises a fun and adventurous approach to creativity while still focusing on the fundamental principles of art. Drawing experience desirable. (Teen Certificate: TSA)


5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 1-3:45 PM
HPR140B: June 18-22
$215, Jeffery Cornwell

In this introductory course, students learn multiple monotype techniques. Often called the “painterly print” you may paint directly on the plate, which is then printed to the paper. Another approach is working negatively from dark to light by wiping ink off the plate to create lights and tones and textures. Both approaches offer a unique one-of-a-kind print and sometimes a “ghost”. Students develop their own personal vision while learning how printmaking can influence new results in their work. This is a fun and adventurous approach to creativity while still focusing on the fundamental principles of art. Drawing experience desirable. (Teen Certificate: TSA


5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 1-3:45 PM
HPT105E: July 16-20
$195, Jeffery Cornwell

Express your ideas and emotions through a series of painting projects working from reality or your imagination. This class introduces a variety of techniques and tools fundamental to acrylic painting and, explores the world of color and composition through figure and ground relationships, visual perception, and spatial concepts. Returning students are encouraged to work in the studio to advance their painting to the next level. Individual and group critique will aid in development of artistic and critical thinking skills. Prerequisite: Drawing I, or equivalent. (Teen Certificate: TSA)


See also Digital Painting in Photoshop for Adults/Teens, under Adult Summer Studios

5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
HPH215A: June 11-15
HPH215D: July 9-13
$215, Marcia Johnson

Photography is one of the most compelling of visual media. This class emphasizes both the technical aspects of the craft as well as creative imagery. Students learn how to use lenses, filters and light, and how to compose and bracket exposures, In addition we will review memory cards, megabytes, optical and digital viewfinders and zoom, menu options, mega pixels, and how to save, move and organize images; the course covers aperture and shutter speeds, transferring photos to your computer and editing in Photoshop. A digital camera with manual setting options that is in working condition is required. (Teen Certificate: TLN)


5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 9-11:45 AM
HPH225B: June 18-22
HPH225E: July 16-20
$215, Marcia Johnson

Advance the development of your photographic skills and personal vision through projects that include portraiture, fashion, narrative and photojournalism. Learn to construct powerful images and a body of work that reflects your individual style. Proper formatting and correct sizing for printing in Adobe Photoshop will help to build your technical practical understanding. Prerequisite: Digital Photo I or equivalent. (Teen Certificate: TLN)


See also Photography classes open to Adults and High School students, above.
Nature Photography
Portrait Photography

(Teens and Tweens)
5 Sessions, 13.75 hours, M-F, 1-3:45 PM
HSC101C: June 25-29
$215, Jeff Hostetler

In this class, students will use their imagination to create their own 3-dimensional relief sculptures. Working from observation, they will create their interpretation of reference objects provided by the instructor. This is a fast-paced fun class that emphasizes the power of negative and positive space, as well as structure and materials.  Plan to get messy so dress accordingly or bring an apron. Most course materials will be provided. (Teen Certificate: TSA)

Take a series of courses for comprehensive studio-based learning to build your artistic skills.  Complete 40 hours or more in a given area to receive a Teen Certificate.

TEEN CERTIFICATE TITLE                                CERTIFICATE CODE
Design Arts                                                         TDA
Lens-Based Arts                                                TLN
Media Arts                                                          TMA
Studio Arts                                                          TSA

Teen Certificate in Design Arts
Code: TDA
Take a combination of Meet the Adobe Suite, Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, or any other combination of classes with the TDA designation to complete this certificate.

Teen Certificate in Lens-Based Art
Code: TLN
Take a combination of Filmmaking, Guerrilla Filmmaking, Photography, Video Production, or Photoshop (any class with TLN designation) to complete this certificate.

Teen Certificate in Media Arts
Code: TMA
Interested in Animation, Game Art or Illustration? Take a combination of studio and/or digital classes in these areas (see TMA designation) to complete this certificate. This could include Experimental Animation, Drawing for Animation, ZBrush: Digital Sculpting, 3D Max for Animation and Gaming, Painting in Adobe Illustrator, Cartoons + Comic Art, Character Design, Creative Writing and MUCH more!

Teen Certificate in Studio Arts
Code: TSA
Explore all the options working in Ringling College’s studios. Drawing, Figure Drawing, Printmaking, Paint+Print, Painting, Watercolor, or Sculpture are all options. Just look for the TSA designation.


Continuing Studies Faculty: Practicing Artists and Designers
Our instructors are experienced educators who are practicing artists and designers that maintain a competitive edge in the creative fields. Many individuals are on the faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design where they teach in the BFA and BA degree programs. 

Karen Arango
Karen is an independent photographer, videographer and black and white gelatin silver printer. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Photography and Digital Imaging from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, and completed the General Studies Photography progam at the International Center of Photography in NYC. Arango was selected as one of the 30 Under 30: Women Photographers by Photo Boite. She co-authored the recently self-published book Visible Narratives, in collaboration with Visible Men Academy in Saraosta, FL, and in 2015 was selected to participate in the New York Times Lens Portfolio review. Arango has worked as an analog printer at Phototechnica, where she printed more than 130 images for Larry Towell's Apeture book "Afghanistan". Her Miss Behave series have been exhibited internationally including the International Center of Photography's "The Future Perfect" show in 2016, "Photoville NYC 2016", the "Breda International Photo Festival" in 2014, and selected as one of the 100 best works of the Republic of Georgia's "KOLGA Photo Festival" in 2013.

Aaron Board
Aaron  holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art where he studied with prominent figurative artists, such as Steven Assael and Vincent Desiderio, among others. He taught for six years at institutions in upstate New York and for the past three years at the Ringling College of Art and Design, where he is the instructor for Figure Anatomy. He has an extensive national exhibition record that covers all four corners of the United States and includes The Arnot Art Museum, Sotheby’s, The Dahesh Museum, and Munson Williams Proctor Institute, as well as galleries in Seattle, Sarasota, New York and Los Angeles.

Peter Brown
Peter is a painter and full time faculty member for Ringling College of Art and Design. His works have been included in numerous regional and national exhibitions and collections, including galleries in Florida, Maine and New York City. He holds a BS from University of Massachusetts and an MFA from Indiana University. Brown has received the Florida Visual Artist Fellowship, the Delta Fricke grant, and the 2010 Rome Prize Fellowship. Peter is a member of the Ringling College Computer Animation faculty.

Lori Burton
Lori is a graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design where she received her BFA in Illustration. After a long career as a freelance illustrator for clients such as The Wall Street Journal, Simon and Shuster and Coca Cola, she moved back home to Sarasota with her family. Since then she has obtained her Florida teaching certificate and has been teaching at the Sarasota County School Board for the last ten years. Currently, you can find her teaching at the well-known Booker High School Visual Performing Arts Academy where she facilitates a commercial art progression she conceived the award-winning Digital and Motion Design program.

Matteo Caloiaro
Matteo earned his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design. Matteo is a successful painter and illustrator and is also a member of the Illustration faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design. His work is part of numerous private collections, and he is represented by M Gallery of Fine Arts in Sarasota, FL, and Kiley Court Gallery in Provincetown, MA.  

Andrea Cannistra
Andrea has been teaching herself code since she was 14. She began as a graphic designer graduating from the Ringling College of Art and Design and received her MA in Motion Media Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She currently works as the Digital Designer at her alma mater, Ringling College, and previously worked as the Interactive Director at GravityFree, a boutique web agency in Sarasota, FL. In her spare time, she plays roller derby, scuba dives, and enjoys anything in pop culture.

Diane Lynne Chanako-Turner is an American Artist, born in Philadelphia, now living in Florida’s west coast. She received her BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Philadelphia College of Art. During her years at the Pennsylvania Academy she focused on “drawing from life” and attended anatomy lectures by Robert Beverly Hale, famous author, and Professor of Human Anatomy. The classical figure, landscape, and symbolic drawing and painting in pencil, charcoal, sumi-e, and transparent watercolor painting were her chosen genres and mediums. Diane has won the “gold medal of Honor” and 1st Place from the American Watercolor Society’s (AWS) 109th Annual Exhibition in NYC, and she is currently a long-term part-time faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design.

Noah Coleman is an artist, educator, and maker whose expertise in materials and processes include glass, digital fabrication, electronics, metal work, robotics, and new media.  He received an MFA in Art & Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Sculpture from Brigham Young University.  Noah has worked as an educator at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Ringling College of Art & Design.  

Sean Colson, Visiting Artist
Sean Colson, has been a sculptor since the mid 1960’s, and began bronze casting with his father in 1974, at the first art casting sculpture foundry in Sarasota, Florida. Sean has run Shellspen International, Inc. a sculpture supply business for artists casting bronze sculpture, to teaching bronze casting, since 1979.

Ross Cometti
Creative Director / Co-Founder of Commit Marketing
Originally from Syracuse, New York, Ross graduated in 2008 from Ringling College of Art and Design with a focus on design and communications. For more than a decade he has impacted the efforts of design studios, interactive agencies, corporate marketing teams and start-ups. Notably, he has created successful print and interactive solutions for clients such as Six Flags, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Siemens, Champs Sports, Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, and the NFL Players Association.

Elisabeth Condon is an American painter who has developed an extensive body of work that uses the pour as a central motif in the composition. Her paintings combines disparate paint applications and materials to re-interpret Chinese principles of balance for an information-saturated world. The paintings respond to the locations where they are made, simultaneously referencing associations to scroll painting, nightclubs, vintage wallpaper and textiles to emphasize how places feel as well as look. A native of Los Angeles, CA, Condon lives and works in New York, NY. She has a studio in Tampa, FL where she held tenure at University of South Florida from 2003 to 2014 until resigning to paint full-time. Condon received the 2015 New York Pulse Prize; a New York Studio School Alumni Association's Mercedes Matter Award; a Hanban Confucius Institute Understanding China Fellowship; a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant; Florida Individual Artist Grant and numerous University research grants. Her work is held in public collections including the US Embassy Beijing, Perez Museum Miami, Tampa Museum of Art, and JP Morgan/ Chase Art Collection.

Jeffery Cornwell
Jeffery studied fine art at Ringling College of Art and Design. He is an exhibiting painter whose work is represented by galleries in Florida, Texas, and on the west coast of the United States. He has been teaching Teen Studios at Ringling College for fifteen years and is the coordinator of the College’s Summer Teen Studio program.

Kaitlin Crockett
Kaitlin is a writer, artist, and letterpress printer in St. Petersburg, FL. By day, she is a full-time children's librarian at the Palmetto Library in Manatee County, FL. Through OMA Darlin Press, she produces original cards, prints, broadsides and ephemera. Kaitlin is also the co-founder of Print St. Pete Community Letterpress, a community studio in St. Petersburg, whose mission is to provide affordable, accessible letterpress education through workshops, events, visiting artists, and more. Kaitlin has studied letterpress printing and book binding at Florida State University, Asheville Bookwords, and Penland School of Crafts. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and her MLS from the University of South Florida. She was Studio Assistant in the Letterpress and Books Arts Studio at Penland in 2013, and she currently teaches letterpress printing at Print St. Pete Community Letterpress, and in Continuing Studies and Special Program at the Ringling Letterpress and Books Arts Center at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL.

Rick Dakan
Rick Dakan earned a BA in History from The American University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University. He joined Ringling College in 2015. Rick has written professionally since 1995, with dozens of tabletop game publications in the late 1990s. In 2000 he co-founded Cryptic Studios and was the original lead designer for the hit online video game, City of Heroes. Since then he has written comic books, video game criticism, magazine articles, short stories and has had four novels published including the Geek Mafia trilogy and Cthulhu Cult: A Novel of Obsession. He continues to write for and about games as well as new fiction in multiple genres.

Elena De La Ville
Elena mixes photography, digital, silver based and alternative processes, with wax, encaustic medium and pigments. She loves everything about wax. It is texture upon texture, it is softness and smell, it is built up in layers that hide and reveal at the same time.
 Elena studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Caracas, Venezuela, and then traveled to London to study Textile Design at Chelsea School of Art and Design. She has shown at Shaw Cramer Gallery and Dragonfly Gallery on Martha's Vineyard, Nelson Gallery, Lexington, VA, Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA and Boca Raton Museum of Art and her work is in the collections of MUSEO de Arte Contemoraneo and Museo Acarigua Araure. Her work is included in numerous private a public collections.
 Elena has received: Honorable Mention at the 58th Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Directors Award at the 3rd National Encaustic Conference, Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, Honorable mention, EPHEMERA Show, The Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL, Ann Culvert Award for Creativity, All Island Art Show, Martha's Vineyard, MA and the Ruth Bogan Award All Island Art Show, MA. 

Bridget Elmer 
Bridget is an artist, educator, bookmaker, and letterpress printer. She received her MFA in Book Arts and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, where she was awarded a Windgate Fellowship and a Faculty Scholar Award. She has taught in a variety of educational settings, including Asheville BookWorks, Colorado College, Florida State University, Ox-Bow, and the Penland School of Crafts. Bridget currently serves as Coordinator of the Letterpress and Book Arts Center at Ringling College of Art and Design, where she also teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member. She is the proprietor of Flatbed Splendor, an independent press that produces artists' books, prints and ephemera; co-founder of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), an organization for those who make experimental or conceptual work with obsolete technology; and co-owner of The Southern Letterpress, a letterpress printing and design studio. Bridget is a board member of the College Book Arts Association and serves as Vice-Chair of the Awards Committee. Her work is exhibited widely and can be found in collections across the country.

Philippe Faraut, Visiting Artist
Philippe received his degree in woodcarving and the construction of French fine furniture from Germain Sommeillier in Annecy, France, his boyhood home. An avid traveler, Philippe’s destinations have allowed him the opportunity to study the cultures of many countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, thus influencing his work in portraiture. After establishing residence in the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia, he developed an interest in modeling the head in clay. Soon, thereafter, he relocated his studio to New York State and began teaching sculpting classes. 

Graciela Giles 
Graciela originally from Argentina, has been an active watercolorist and teacher for two decades, earning awards from art societies for her sensitive portrayals of landscapes and people. Her paintings are in private collections internationally and in galleries in Florida and North Carolina. She and her husband Herbie Rose were instrumental in the founding of the Village of the Arts in Bradenton, Florida.

Jared Greenleaf
Jared Greenleaf earned a BFA in 2-D Art from Brigham Young University of Hawaii and his MFA in 2-D Studio with Animation emphasis from Brigham Young University in Utah. With over 10 years of professional teaching experience, Jared joined Ringling College in 2015. He is a motion graphic specialist and video producer that has created Telly Award winning motion graphics and shot/produced hundreds of mini documentaries all over the U.S. Jared has been a key player in Siggraph and Annie Award winning animation productions for clients: The Smithsonian Institute, Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Polynesian Cultural Center, and directed animation segments for documentaries featured on Independent Lens and the Berlinale. He has also worked with storyboard and animatic artists for Marvel Studios on productions like Iron Man 2, and The Avengers.

Bonnie Hammer
Bonnie holds an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts, NY, and a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. She is also an Teaching Artists with VSA FL (Very Special Artists with Disabilities.) Hammer has been a professional designer, director, and production manager for over 20 years, and she has been teaching design for the past 12 years. She was the VSA Arts of Florida, Arts and Disabilities Teaching Artist Observer, and the Teaching Artist in Residence in 2010. 

Tim Jaeger
Raised in Paducah, KY, Tim Jaeger moved to the resort coastal town of Sarasota, FL in 1998 to earn a BFA from Ringling College of Art + Design. Since graduating in 2002, Jaeger has emerged as a leading artist in South Florida and beyond. Currently, he continues to maintain his Sarasota studio while working towards engaging the community and fostering new artistic partnerships. Jaeger's paintings can be found in numerous public and private collections both in the United States and abroad.

Marcia Johnson
Marcia D. Johnson (BFA; M.ED) is a painter, photographer and digital designer. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, the Art Institute of Boston, and Cambridge College. Ms. Johnson is licensed and certified in art education in Massachusetts, California and Florida. She has several publications, and her work is shown and collected nationally and internationally. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows, one-woman shows and private collections in Boston, Los Angeles, Milan and Bali. Marcia has taught at colleges and universities for twenty years.

Polly Johnson
BFA in Graphic Design from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University. With over 22 years of professional teaching experiences, Polly joined Ringling College in 1993 and is teaching typography, three dimensional problem solving and graphic design studio courses in the graphic design program as well as letterpress printing for all majors. Her recent articles include Design Education in Progress: Process and Methodology, From Stasis to Motion; Zed 5: Implications of the Object, Big rigs and mudflapgirls; Zed 7: Public and Private, Just in case we have to do some cooking and her published works include Experimental Typography, Innovations in Digital Graphics. 

Cassia Kite was born and raised in Auburn, Nebraska. She earned a B.F.A in painting and sculpture, along with a B.S in Art Education from Northwest Missouri State University in 2003. In the summer of 2006, Kite moved to St. Petersburg, FL from Atlanta, GA to work with both the Museum of Fine Arts and Salvador Dali Museum's educational departments. Kite completed her Master in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in School Improvement, Teacher Leadership and Technology at the University of Florida in December 2010. Currently, Kite is a Studio Art Instructor in the fine art program at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL and is a member of SARTQ, a Sarasota Contemporary Artist Collective. Kite resides in Sarasota, Florida during the instructional year, where she works in her home studio. She lives in Auburn, Nebraska during the summer months, where she works on her family farm.

Emily Larned has been publishing as an artistic practice since 1993, when as a teenager she made her first zine. She is co-founder of the participatory art and publishing project Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), and founder of Alder & Frankia, an imprint of collaborations. Her artist books and publications are collected and exhibited by over 70 institutions in the USA and UK, and she has taught and lectured widely. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Art, and is Chair & Associate Professor of Graphic Design at SASD, University of Bridgeport, CT.

Alexandra Lillis
Lillis earned a BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. She is well educated on many visual platforms, mediums, and age level of students. Her versatility, her charm, her positive attitude makes her a popular instructor with all of her students. She understands all levels of visual art making and takes her students through all of the steps to achieve their goals of a finished product as well as having transferred new and important information for improvement in their art making. Alexandra’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibits at cultural centers, and government buildings, and is also held in private collections.     

Lori Loveberry George
Lori is an award winning artist with over 35 years experience in fine arts encompassing drawing and painting in a diversity of mediums, printmaking, pottery, and sculpture. She is a 2008 graduate of Eckerd College Pel Program in St. Petersburg, Florida, and a 1983 graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, a printmaking major. For 24 years, she has owned and operated a decorative painting business in Sarasota, Florida specializing in murals and decorative finishes. Lori is a teaching artist with Sarasota Arts and Cultural Alliance and EdExploreSRQ, and currently completing her Florida Teaching Certification

Aleksandra Moore
Aleksandra received her BFA and MFA in interior design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, School of Building Arts, Savannah, Georgia.  While studying interior design she also received minors in Architecture and Architectural History (focused in Non-Western Architecture).  She received an EdD in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, Tampa in 2013.  Aleksandra focused her dissertation on Student Perception of Studio Based Learning, and presented her research at the 2014 IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council) Annual Conference.

Martin Murphy
Martin, a Ringling College alumnus, has sixteen years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has contributed his talents to feature films, numerous broadcast design packages and commercials, and to creation of more than twenty games ranging from the arcade and SEGA Genesis era to the current console systems. He was Senior Producer at Midway Games, where he assisted in the development of an original, multiplatform game concept to a playable prototype ready for production. Prior to that, he was Midway’s companywide Director of Art, shepherding the transition of almost three hundred artists to current generation technologies and fostering collaboration across five development studios to improve product quality and reduce development costs. He was an adjunct professor at Columbia College in Chicago where he taught computer animation and portfolio development. He currently teaches curricula for game design at Ringling College.

Brooke Olivares-Caloiaro
Brooke earned a BFA, in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. Olivares is a gallery painter represented by Kiley Court Gallery, Provincetown, MA, and Ghostprint Gallery, Richmond, VA. She has had works published and clients include CMYK, FORMAT Magazine, RISEN Magazine, North American Literary Review, Ringling PERSPECTIVE, The San Diego Reader, The Cimarron Review, and Recording Magazine.

Omarr A. Otero
Omarr received his BFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from Ringling College of Art and Design, and is a painter, photographer, and illustrator. Through Omarr Photography he has worked throughout the U.S, Central America and across Europe, including assignments as on-set photographer for New York television dramas such as All My Children, One Life to Live, Guiding Light, and As the World Turns, and applying advanced technical lighting skills for the well-known Food Network. Otero started teaching visual arts 10 years ago at IQ Village, School of the Arts in Orlando, FL, and has taught for Ringling College Continuing Studies for the past 7 years, where he will return from abroad to teach for the 2017 summer. Otero has received his IB certification and during the academic year teaches IB High School Art in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He has been a recipient of the Ava Video Award along with Imagination Unlimited. His work has been exhibited throughout FL, and is in numerous private and corporate collections.

Jennifer Pace
Pace attended Pratt Institute and The Maryland Institute of Art, majoring in Fashion and Interior Design. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, she has lived in Florida since 1971. She opened "Art Effects" a gallery, custom framing/art supply business in Winter Haven, FL operating from 1972-1995 where she taught all levels of classes in Oil, Acrylic, watercolor and drawing and, accepted commissions for her artwork. Concurrently, after training in the study of the decorative arts under European Masters she relocated to Sarasota, FL and established "Grande' Illusions LLC" a flourishing decorative art/ finishing company working in collaboration with high-end designers. Pace is an experienced industry instructor having taught workshops in Trompe L'Oeil, Faux Finishing, Marbling, Wood Graining, Gilding, Mural painting and furniture finishing throughout the U.S. at the national seminars of (IDAL) International Decorative Artisans League, The Sarasota School of Architectural Finishing, The Southwest Chapter of IDAL and Faux Effect, an industry leader in Faux Finishing products. Her work has graced the walls of beautiful homes throughout the country and has been featured in Florida Design Magazine.

Mark Parry 
B.A., M.F.A. Chapman University (Art & Communications); University of Southern California (Film Production). Mark’s career in the motion picture industry spans 20 years and includes work in nearly every position critical to the creation of a film. As a cinematographer, Mark has shot over a dozen features and scores of other projects including commercials, music videos and shorts. His cinematography has won several awards including the Nissan FOCUS Award. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, and as second unit director, he directed the “Flying Elvises” and the Hawaii aerial sequences in Honeymoon in Vegas, a 1993 Golden Globe nominee for Comedy. Previously, Mark is a member the Ringling College of Art and Design Digital Filmmaking faculty, and has previously taught at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. In 2006, he mentored the director of the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award winning film The Reel Monkey. In addition, Mark served as the cinematographer on the project. Mark has also guest-lectured at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Octavio Perez
Octavio holds a BFA in from Ringling College of Art and Design (Illustration). He worked at Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri for three years as a greeting card designer and illustrator. Currently Perez works on concept design and execution of editorial illustrations and news graphics for the St. Petersburg Times. Numerous national clients including Hallmark Cards Inc., GEAR Inc., Cabela's, and Humanities Magazine.  Octavio is a member of the Ringling College of Art and Design Illustration faculty.

Charles Reid
Charles is an artist, teacher and author known around the world. He has authored eleven books on painting, which are directed toward students at all levels. His use of beautiful clean color and his capture of light create a look of freshness and spontaneity. His drawing skills are masterful. Reid studied at the University of Vermont and The Art Student League of New York. He is a member of the National Academy and the National Watercolor Society and he has won numerous awards He including the Childe Hassam Purchase Prize at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Academy of Design and the American Watercolor Society. In 1980 he was elected to the National Academy of Design. Public collections of his work include Smith College, Yellowstone Art Center, Brigham Young College, Roche Corporation, and the National Academy of Design. In addition to painting, Reid teaches workshops around the world. He has written eleven books on painting in watercolor and oil.
  Charles’ work is in collections private, corporate and educational institutions throughout the Unites States and the world, and represented by the Munson Gallery in Chatham, Massachusetts and Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Stremmel Gallery in Reno, Nevada.

Glenn F. Schudel has over twenty years as a working theatre professional, and thirteen years as an educator. He holds an M.F.A. in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University, and served as an assistant director and dramaturg at the American Shakespeare Center. He has lectured on theatre and rhetoric all over the country, and recently taught at Randolph College. He has written over a dozen plays, two of which premiered in New York City through Love Creek Productions.

Nathan Skiles
Nathan Skiles earned a BFA in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design and an MFA in Studio Arts from Montclair State University. With over 7 years of professional teaching experience, Nathan joined Ringling College in 2010. He considers technology to be an indispensable component to his professional practice as a contemporary artist and feels that embracing emerging new media is crucial to the development of any Fine Arts department. His recent exhibitions include The Clockmaker’s Apprentice, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Black Forest / White Lightning, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY; Welcome to Tartarus, Welcome to Valhalla, Greene Contemporary, New York, NY. 

Steven Strenk
Steven holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and a BFA in Studio Art from Ringling College of Art and Design, and is a graduate from the Alternative Certification for Florida Teachers Program at Eckerd College, earning a Professional Education Certificate. Strenk is a member of the faculty at Ringling College where he teaches courses in drawing, painting, and three-dimensional art. He also teaches in the Visual Performance Arts Magnet Program at Booker High School in Sarasota, where he is responsible for all aspects of curriculum development for freshmen and level 3 curriculum for AP in 3D and Drawing Portfolio, and supervises all auditions for placement into the Art Program. Steve’s work is as diverse as the materials he works with, ranging from graphite to clay, and has been exhibited throughout Florida, as well as in Pennsylvania.

Karen Sullivan
Karen, earned her BFA at Indiana University (Fine Arts); and the MFA at University of Massachusetts (Computer Animation). She was cover editor, SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Quarterly; and Chair, SIGGRAPH Art Gallery 2002. She has published focus issues on Visual Literacy, Concept Development for Computer Animators, and is the former department head, Art and Visual Communications, Hood College as well as former department head, Biomedical Communications, University of Connecticut Health Center. Karen’s work has been included in numerous national shows and publications.  Karen currently is a member of the Computer Animation faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design.

Eszter Sziks
Eszter Sziksz is a Hungarian artist and has traveled and lived in several countries from Asia to Europe.  She earned a BA from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and completed her MFA at the Memphis College of Art. Eszter's work blends papermaking, installation and video elements. She is an active artist and has shown at the regional and international level from Tokyo to Budapest. Her works were recently shown at the Santorini Art Biennial, International Artists Collective Museo del Brigantaggio, in Itri, Italy, Ice Hotel, Sweden, Krakow International Print Triennial and at the International Print Center New York.  Eszter`s works were mentioned at Art in Print Magazine, Volume 5 number 2.


Jill Taffet
Jill received her BFA (Fine Arts) from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art & Science in New York and her MFA (New Genres) from The San Francisco Art Institute. She is an exhibiting artist who creates large-scale immersive video installations, motion paintings, GIFS and New Media. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including The Unpainted Media Art Fair in Munich and Interrupting Entropy: Selections from The Betlach Collection in California. She has also exhibited at large outdoor public venues of light-based art including InLight Richmond in 2013 and 2017. Previously she was a EMMY® Award-winning Creative Director recognized with multiple awards from the AIGA, The Art Directors Club, The Type Directors Club, Graphis and The Broadcast Design Assoc. She served as Chair of Motion Media at Savannah College of Art and Design where she created the annual Inspire Motion Media conference and currently she is a member of the faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, where she teaches classes in Experimental Concepts, Projection Mapping and History of Motion Media.

Joel Tanner
Joel Tanner is a professional with over forty years in the graphic arts and advertising fields. He has graduate degrees from New York University and Pratt Institute. He has taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design, Stamford public schools in Connecticut, and the Lifelong Learning Academy.

Andrew Theophilopoulos
BFA Ringling College of Art and Design.  Canadian born, American raised, Andrew lives and works from the Sarasota Bay Area. In the spirit of the old masters, Andrew is well on his way to redefining the legitimacy of Digital Art. His illustration and concept artwork come to life with a mystical sense of imagination and adventure, tinged with the classical aesthetic of the old masters. This award winning artist has worked in the Feature Film industry, had his work exhibited internationally and has been commissioned to paint the portraits of some of the worlds most influential Politicians.

Glenn Vilppu, Visiting Artist
Glen has worked in the Animation Industry concurrently while teaching since 1978. He holds BFA and MFA Degrees from Art Center College of Design, and has also studied at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and Santa Monica City College. His work is in collections throughout the North American and Europe. He says, “Drawing is the primary means the artist has to communicating his thinking, and figure drawing has been the measure of an artist’s skill since the caveman. As a drawing instructor I am dedicated to developing the student’s capabilities to communicate visually to their fullest extent. The bedrock of drawing the figure is the ability to draw the figure in any position from memory.” 

Michael White
Michael graduated in 1985 from the first Illustration class at Ringling College of Art and Design. He started drawing at age 2 and was published by age 11. At 14 he completed his original comic book series, and was painting murals for churches and creating courtroom sketches for newspapers. Since then, his clients included Marvel Comics, Coca-Cola, Amoco Oil, Delta Airlines, Hyatt Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, and Atlantis Resort. He has created art for Sarasota Opera House, Tropicana, Child Protection Agency, Circus Sarasota, Sarasota Magazine, and the Humane Society and drew caricatures at the 2010 Super Bowl. One of his most visible pieces is the illustrated map used by Ringling Museum of Art. He has taught at Ringling College since 1993, and says, “Growing up, I was always the teacher’s helper. Now that I’ve become a teacher I try to teach art the way I wish I had been taught.” 

Christopher Wilson
B.Arch., M.A., Ph.D. Temple University (Architecture); The Architectural Association, London (Histories &d Theories of Architecture); Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (Architecture). Dr. Wilson has worked professionally as an architect in Philadelphia, Berlin, and London, and is a registered architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has been teaching architecture and design students at the university level since 1997, both in design studios and lecture/seminars. Dr. Wilson has presented scholarly papers at conferences in Austria, Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, and has published articles in refereed journals and chapters in edited books.

Nicholas Wozniak
Nicholas holds a MA in Art Education from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD and a BFA in fine art and documentary photography from Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, and he has attended graduate studies in photography at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.  Wozniak is a devoted educator with over 15 years teaching experience at the elementary and middle school levels. In addition he has created and conducted studio art curriculum for the Orlando Museum of Art and is also teaching at the undergraduate level for Valencia College in Orlando, FL.  Bringing a wealth of and experience to his students in 2D, 3D and digital photography studies, artistic challenges often combine multiple elements to bring collaboration and teamwork into the creative process.  Wozniak is a frequent presenter and contributor to the Florida Art Educators Conference as well as the National Art Educators Conference, and at the Florida Alliance for Art Educators.  He has exhibited in both Florida and Georgia and is a contributing photographer and writer in numerous student and arts centered publications.

Kathy Wright
Kathy has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a recipient of a 2009-2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and she has enjoyed multiple residencies through the Everglades National Park Artist-in-Residence Program in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Her work can be found in corporate, public and private collections internationally including The United States Department of the Interior and The United States Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria.


Ongoing registration based on space availability. Please register one week or more before a class starts to assure minimum enrollment will be met. Registrations for on-campus programming can be submitted using our online registration forms, by mail, or in person. Ringling College accepts payment by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit cards, eCheck, and personal check (payable to Ringling College of Art and Design) or cash (in person only).


Membership Benefits
Ringling College of Art and Design graduates, current Ringling College Library Association members, and K-12 arts teachers in Sarasota and Manatee counties receive 10% tuition savings on many CSSP courses and workshops. Membership benefits do not extend to family members, and are not applicable to visiting artists or other designated classes as noted in the catalog.

Course/Workshop Cancellation and Schedule Changes
Unforeseen circumstances may deem it necessary to postpone, cancel, or reassign a course. The College reserves the right to assign a substitute instructor without notice.

In the event a course or workshop is cancelled, the College’s liability is limited to the return of fees paid for that course. Applications and payments are acknowledgement of the terms and conditions as outlined herein. The College assumes no liability for travel expenses or nonrefundable airline tickets that cannot be used due to any course or workshop cancellation, schedule change, or any misprint in our course materials, catalogs, or on our web site. All students accept full responsibility for personal injury and/or personal losses during the period of a course or workshop.


Refund Policies
Course withdrawal refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, are issued only when written notification is received no later than 5 (five) business days prior to the first class session. Cancellations may be submitted by mail or email to No refunds are issued after this time. Refunds are issued in the original payment method and may take up to 15 business days to process. Ringling College will not refund the cost of any unused portion of your tuition/fees. Ringling College reserves the right to require persons not complying with College policies to leave a course or program with no refund.

Visiting Artist and Spring Art Week Workshops Refund Policies
Spring Art Week  (held in March) adheres to the following schedule: Through January 5, a 100% refund, minus a $25 cancellation fee, will be issued. Subsequently, no refunds can be granted. Other Visiting Artist Workshops (identified by courses beginning with a “V” in their course code) require cancellation no less than 30 business days prior to the class start and also carry a $25 cancellation fee. The effective date of cancellation will be upon receipt of your written notification. We cannot accept cancellations by phone. Notification must be mailed or emailed to Refunds may take up to 15 business days to process and are issued in the manner payment was made to Ringling College of Art and Design. You may substitute someone to attend in your place up to one week before the start of the workshop. At the time of substitution, the person taking your place must register with Continuing Studies and pay a $25 transfer fee. 

Ringling College will not refund the cost of any unused portion of your tuition/fees.

Ringling College reserves the right to require persons not complying with College policies to leave a course or program with no refund.


Your Right to Know

Your personal safety and the security of the campus community are of vital concern to Ringling College of Art and Design. A copy of the school’s annual security report, which contains statistics for the most recent three-year period concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, is available upon request. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Director of Public Safety, Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234.  You may request a copy by phone by calling the Office of Public Safety at 941.351.5100 or 941.351.4742.  The annual security report is also available online.


Facilities Safety Guidelines

Ringling College of Art and Design is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our faculty, students and staff. The following safety rules and procedures, as well as the College’s no smoking policy MUST be observed at all times. The College’s policy meets the requirements of Federal, State, and local laws and regulations to secure the environmental health and safety concerns for the campus community, and applies to all faculty, staff, students and visitors and to all sites under the control of Ringling College of Art and Design. 

Please read all of the College's guidelines below.  On the first day of your class or workshop, you will be asked to initial that you have reviewed and agree to abide by these guidelines.



  • Students are expected to act responsibly, maintaining respect for faculty, peers, and equipment, while maintaining clean and operable studio spaces.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in any studios or labs.
  • REPORT ALL EMERGENCIES to the instructor and the Office of Public Safety. Know where all exits are located. Know where the first aid kit is located. Know where the telephone is located and the campus emergency phone number: 941-359-7500. For medical and/or fire emergencies: PHONE 9-1-1 first, AND then notify the Office of Public Safety immediately.
  • CLOSED TOED SHOES must be worn at all times in the studios.
  • KNOW WHERE ALL FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ARE LOCATED and how to operate them. ALL exits to classrooms and buildings MUST BE KEPT CLEAR AND FREE OF CLUTTER.
  • Use personal protective equipment (gloves, goggles or ear protection when using loud equipment or machinery) as instructed and required.
  • Know where to find and how to work the emergency eyewashes and safety shower. Cut materials on approved cutting surfaces, using appropriate techniques.
  • Never work alone in a studio. No student may work in a studio during a class period other than the one in which he/she is enrolled. No student may work in a studio unless an instructor or studio monitor is present. Inform a Public Safety Officer if an unfamiliar person is in the studio.
  • If you do not know how to operate a piece of equipment DO NOT USE IT until you have received sufficient instruction.
  • NO HORSEPLAY and no running in the studios. No food or drink is allowed in classroom or studio areas. No alcohol or drug use before or during studio time is permitted. No weapons are allowed on campus, including firearms, swords, large knives, etc. or replicas thereof.
  • No loud music or use of headphones during class time is permitted.
  • NO OPEN FLAMES (candles, oil lamps, etc) or items containing flammable liquids or fumes are permitted in any studio or lab.
  • Report any problems with equipment or facilities to your instructor. If something breaks, keep any parts that may come loose or fall off. Do not attempt to make repairs yourself.
  • Clean up work areas, tables and floors at the end of each class. Use a razor scraper to remove unwanted materials and avoid the use of solvents for clean up. Where required due to materials usage, areas are to be cleaned with wet/mop or HEPA filter vacuum. Spills of any substances must be cleaned up immediately and materials are to be disposed of according to proper studio procedures.
  • All studio furniture and equipment must be maintained and arranged in workable order at the end of each class.
  • No artwork may interfere with the conduct of any class or studio.
  • Artwork must be removed at the end of each class period.


Read any materials safety data sheets (MSDS) that pertain to your course work and be familiar with the proper application of said materials and their dangers.

GAMSOL is the only approved solvent for use in Continuing Studies and Special Programs studios. Gamsol cannot be used inside the studios for washing or for thinning down paint. Either linseed oil or stand oil should be used for these purposes. Gamsol washes may be done outside the studio away from the building door and brought into the studio when completely dry. All solvent rags – including paper towels used with solvents – must be placed in rag containers immediately after use. Work areas and hands are to be washed with soap and water after using solvents.

  • NO lead-based products may be used in any facility at any time. Beware of using old oil paint that may be lead-based.
  • For classes utilizing chemicals, they must be properly labeled and stored. Students may NOT bring chemicals into a darkroom, classroom, or studio.
  • Use provided disposal containers for all used mat-cutter and Exacto knife blades. Do NOT put used blades in the trash and do NOT leave used blades lying around.


III-A: Digital Film and Photography Studios/Labs:

  • Turn off all lighting equipment if you must leave the shooting area for any reason.

  • Use a ladder when adjusting the height of lighting, backgrounds or props in   the studio. DO not use folding chairs or other furniture in place of a ladder.

III-B: Painting Studios:

  • Each student must bring an oil filled brush cleaning jar - any vegetable oil can be used for brush cleaning.
  • Spray fixatives should be used ONLY in the spray booths on the campus.
  • Acrylics or water-soluble oils may also be used for under-painting and washes and then painted over with traditional oil paints.­
  • The waste from brush cleaning jars for all painting media (acrylics, water soluble oils, traditional oils) must be properly disposed of in containers provided in the studio.
  • Under NO circumstances should paint be washed down the sink.

III-C: 3D, Printmaking, Woodworking and Sculpture Studios:

  • Never wear loosing clothing that might be caught in moving parts of equipment.
  • Long hair must be tied back or tucked under a close-fitting cap or scarf.
  • Rings, bracelets, necklaces and wristwatches should not be worn while operating any power tool or machinery/equipment.
  • Worktables and floors must be covered when working with paint, plaster, flux or other materials that may cause damage or create a mess.
  • No storage of projects or materials in the shop or studio is permitted.
  • Use of Power Tools
  • DO NOT USE A MACHINE without previous proper training.
  • Never leave a machine while it is running.
  • Never remove safety guards or other devices from a machine.
  • Use machines for bona fide operations only.
  • Do not adjust machines before they have come to a dead stop.
  • Vacuum equipment when performing work that creates dust.
  • While a machine is running, be alert to sounds, which indicate that it is not operating properly. If is doesn’t sound right, SHUT IF OFF and seek assistance from the instructor.
  • Use push blocks when making narrow cuts on power saws.
  • Do not distract attention of those using machines.
  • Abuse of a tool may result in the student replacing a tool or piece of equipment.

III-D: Ceramics Studio Rules and Guidelines:

  • Children are not allowed in the ceramics studio, glaze room or kiln yard at any time.


  • Read the material safety data sheets (MSDS) for hazardous materials that you use.
  • Learn your safe lifting limits and how to lift objects properly. This is particularly important with heavy objects (over 30 pounds). The lifting method most generally recommended is keeping your back straight and bending your knees to pick up an object, rather than keeping your knees straight and bending over to lift.
  • Wear special clothing in the studio, and remove them after work. Wash them frequently and separately from other clothing. If you mix glaze, it must be stored in plastic containers or buckets with lids.


  • It is important not to put clay down the sink drains. All scrap clay and slip should be deposited in the slip barrels. Please clean out the sinks after use.


  • When rolling out a slab, use a top and bottom cloth. Do not roll directly onto the slab bed, or you will not be able to pick up your slab. If you get clay on the edges and sides of the machine, be sure to clean it off. DON’T FORCE THE ROLLER! If it seems difficult to turn, notify your instructor.


  • Take care that any loose clothing, hair, etc. is not going to be caught by the roller, handle, or cables underneath.
  • Make sure the table and floor areas are clear of obstructions.


  • Please do not leave clay out on the wedging table. Keep it clear for others to use. When finished wedging, the table should be scraped clean with a spatula or other tool. Chunks of dry and hard clay picked up from the table during wedging will cause problems both in working with the clay and as it is drying.


  • Wheels and wheel parts, (especially moving parts), need to be carefully maintained to keep them in good working condition. If a wheel is not working properly, inform your instructor. Try not to let water overflow the wheel table when working. A wet floor is a safety hazard. (All spills should be sponged up immediately). The wheel head, splash pan, seat, and table of the wheel must be cleaned after every use.


  • Beginning students are provided with a range of stock glazes (raku, stoneware, and low fire), and mix glaze only under the direction of their instructor. Glaze chemicals are expensive and some are toxic and should, therefore, be used with discretion.
  • Wear a dust mask/respirator if dry mixing or measuring glaze chemicals. Cover all open cuts, especially on your hands, and wear rubber gloves when handling glaze materials. The area in which the chemical bins are located is reserved for dry mixing only.
  • No water or wet mixing is allowed on top of or around the chemical bins. A spill would ruin the chemicals stored there.
  • Keep all containers closed, even when working, to prevent escape of dusts, etc. into the air. Use a ventilation fan.
  • As with all dry materials, transfer powders which create dust with spoons, scoops, or similar implements. (Do not dump, since this creates a lot of dust in the air).
  • Scales and tools should be cleaned and returned to the tool cabinet. Sieves should be rinsed and returned to their proper place. Any dry spills should be sponged up and the counters wiped off after mixing.
  • Wash your hands carefully with soap and water after work, before eating and during work breaks. Never use solvents to clean your hands; if soap and water are not sufficient, use a waterless hand cleanser and then soap and water. 
  • *Keep your hands away from your mouth.


  • When glazing, please work on the table provided. Do not work on the chemical bin counter tops.
  • All glazes must be stirred well each time they are used. Rinse the stirring sticks between glazes.
  • Please be careful not to contaminate one glaze with another (for example, by pouring a glaze back into the wrong glaze bucket). If a glaze sees to be too thick or too thin, ask the advice of the instructor before attempting to adjust it.
  • All work that is to be glaze fired must be signed and must be completely cleaned of glaze on the bottom and up the sides from the bottom. Both wax emulsion and paraffin are provided to aid in the above requirement. When heating paraffin, do not turn the skillet above 250 degrees, and unplug after use. Wax is flammable and the fumes from burning wax are a health hazard.
  •  Any work or possessions left out on the tables and counters will be disposed of. 
  • Glazed work should be placed on the appropriate ware cart to be fired. Carts are labeled according to type of fire, e.g. raku, stoneware, etc.


  • Beginning students will not be directly responsible for operation of the kilns. Classes will alternate in helping to load the kilns, keep the kiln log, unstuck the kiln and clean the kiln shelves. Your instructor will tell you the specifics needed in each case.
  • The kiln furniture (posts, shelves, etc.) is to be kept organized and well maintained. You are responsible for grinding off any glaze on shelves and for keeping shelves in operating order. Your instructor will show you how to operate the grinder for cleaning shelves and proper application of kiln wash.
  • Electric kilns are to be loaded carefully, being aware of the fragile nature of the soft bricks and elements. Make sure posts and shelves are clean. Kiln firing requires that someone be in charge at all times.


  • Wear proper protective clothing to protect against burns. (Ex. Raku: you would want to wear long sleeves, pants, and heavy leather gloves.)
  • Use proper equipment such as tongs or heavy gloves for handling hot objects.
  • Don’t stare into a hot kiln for extended periods of time. Wear protective eyewear when firing at higher temperatures.
  • Be careful not to arbitrarily grab or touch anything in the proximity of a firing kiln with bare hands. Whatever it is might be hot!!! Use gloves or tongs.
  • Keep the kiln yard and areas around the kilns free of obstacles and debris. Remove all material from the area where it may cause someone to trip and fall.
  • Make certain that all fires, coals, embers, etc. are out before you leave. If you are firing a gas kiln, make sure that the gas is off.


Ringling College of Art and Design is committed to providing a safe and healthful environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Research findings show that tobacco use in general, including smoking and breathing secondhand smoke, constitute a significant health hazard. In addition to causing direct health hazards, smoking contributes to institutional costs in other ways, including fire damage, cleaning and maintenance costs, and costs associated with employee absenteeism.

Ringling College of Art and Design therefore has set the following policy:

Smoking is prohibited on the Ringling College campus except in outdoor designated smoking areas. Smoking is also prohibited in all Ringling College vehicles including golf carts. For the purposes of this policy, smoking is defined as burning any type of tobacco product including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and pipes. Smoking materials will not be sold or dispensed within any property owned, leased, or controlled by Ringling College.

This no-smoking policy applies to all persons including students, faculty, staff, visitors, contractors, subcontractors, and others on Ringling College property.  Designated smoking areas are identified by signage and contain receptacles for the proper disposal of cigarette butts. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are expected to observe these designated smoking areas and to dispose of cigarette butts safely and only in the receptacles provided.


Dive deeper into your field of interest.
Ringling College offers educational opportunities for building professional skills and personal growth through a directed course of study in our adult Continuing Studies courses. Each program provides an opportunity to focus on a specialized area of interest on a part-time basis. 

Certificate Program Info and Application (pdf to download)

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Certificate programs deliver a set of required, chronological, non-credit Continuing Studies courses that provide students with the necessary skills and training to pursue their field of interest. Programs include introductory, intermediate, and advanced level courses, and may take two to four years to complete at a rate of one to two courses per semester based on course and student availability. Courses are offered days, evenings, and weekends during the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as during summer workshops and annual retreats.
Ringling College of Art and Design currently offers five Certificate Programs in visual art and design.
     ·         Book Arts
     ·         General Studies in Fine Arts
     ·         General Studies in Photography
      ·         Interior Concepts
      ·         Digital Graphics
Certificate students enjoy access to Ringling College's numerous galleries and library. Certificate courses are non-credit and do not transfer to an academic degree program.

Curriculum Requirements and Certificate Program Policies and Procedures

Each Certificate program has a distinct curriculum made up of required and elective classes and workshops.
Please review the Certificate Info and Application packet for details regarding each field of study as well as Certificate Program policies and procedures. Students may choose to complete two certificates at a time and should carefully review the details about combining required and elective credits.

Completing your Certificate? Download a copy of the Application for Award of Certificate.





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