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 inspre your artistic pracice. Enjoy the inspiration and camaraderie of these shared learning experienices 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.

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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.

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Fall 2017: September 26 - December 16
Registration Now Open

Winter/Spring 2018: January 7 - May 15
Information and registration available November 1

Spring Art Week: March 3-11, 2018
Advanced registration for these popular workshops with Visiting Artists is now open.


Celebrate the joy of learning through our vibrant selection of classes, workshops and lecture open to the public.

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Please Note: Due to the projected trajectory of Hurricane Irma, all Ringling College offices will close beginning  Thursday, September 7, 2017.  Confirmation of enrollmemt will follow upon reopening.

AN110   Animation Using After Effects                                  
Oct 7-Nov 18, Sa/9:30 AM-12 Noon
15 hours / 6 sessions (no class 11/4)       
$225, Jared Greenleaf                                                                                   
This course introduces students to the basics of working with time-based media and designing in “4D space”. With an emphasis on movement (After Effects) and design (Adobe Illustrator), students will explore timing, spacing, rhythm, arrangement, and sequence. Learn the basics of Motion Design through animated transitions, animating vehicles using parenting, and creating 2D title sequences using a 3D camera. All skill levels welcome. Basic computer skills are required. Course Supply List

AN115   Cel Animation Using Photoshop                              
Dec 2-9, Sa/9 AM-12 Noon
6 hours / 2 sessions
$95, Jared Greenleaf                                                                                    
Cel animation is a traditional animation technique where each frame is drawn by hand. In this 2-day workshop, students will be introduced to the basics of cel animation using Photoshop on a Cintiq monitor. Students will create a short 2D FX animation (fire, wind, smoke, lightning, water, etc.) to enhance an illustrated character or scene of their choice. This course compliments AN110. Basic computer skills are required. All drawing skill levels are welcome. Course Supply List

LTP150  Letterpress Printing                                                      
Oct 1-29, Su/10 AM-4 PM
30 hours / 5 sessions
$295, Polly Johnson                                                                                        
Celebrate the elegance and craftsmanship of letterpress printing as you learn the foundations of this centuries-old art form. Using our extensive collection of vintage type and antique metal engravings, students in this workshop will be introduced to the basics of hand setting type, make-ready, and printing on the letterpress. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome.



CG253   Introduction to HTML + CSS for Web Design
Sept 26-Oct 24, Tu/5:30-8:30 PM              
15 hours / 5 sessions
$225, Andrea Cannistra                                                                                
Understanding the web is an essential skill in marketing, communications, and graphic design. Learn how the web works by understanding web concepts and building web projects without the assistance of website builders. This is an indispensable course for anyone wanting to build visual media online, from online gaming to web-based VR. HTML and CSS are the foundational languages you need to understand when it comes to publishing on the Internet. You’ll learn professional skills you can immediately apply to create web projects using the professional tools that agencies work with today. Basic computer skills are required. Course Supply List

CG251   Introduction to WordPress for Web Design       
Nov 6-Dec 4, M/5:30-8:30 PM    
15 hours / 5 sessions     
$225, Bonnie Hammer  
Today’s websites are a savvy combination of image and blog. WordPress offers a unique, affordable platform to present your ideas and images. Learn how to build the features of a dynamic multi-page website and create apps that will link to your site. This course is vital to visual artists and designers in today’s market. Professionally present your digital portfolio and your business for maximum impact with these essential web design tools. HTML + CSS, and some Photoshop or Illustrator experience is helpful. Basic computer skills are required. Course Supply List

ASW405    Social Media for Business
Nov 1-15, W/3:45-6:45 PM                          
9 hours / 3 sessions  
$135, Bonnie Hammer 
Social media is now a mandatory part of your business web presence. We will discuss Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, and Constant Contact, and how and where to add your social media icons and SEO to your existing websites for maximum exposure and impact. Students will learn how to link all your social media back to each other and back to your websites. Bring the usernames and passwords to your personal social media accounts.  Previous student testimonial: With no print ads and just using what I learned in your class … not only did I have record attendance … I had out of state referrals. Course Supply List

CW240  Creative Writing
Oct 12-Dec 12, Th/4:30-6:30 PM 
16 hours / 8 sessions (no class 11/23)
$195, Richard Dakan       
Become a skilled storyteller in this workshop, where we explore one of the oldest and most pervasive forms of communication and expression: telling a tale. This course introduces students to the techniques and conventions of storytelling craft through sample readings, provocative exercises, discussion, and workshop. Creative writing has multiple applications: those seeking to develop memoirs or other written projects, to create digital narratives, or to simply gain mastery in the art of storytelling will emerge from the course with a rich experience of the form. Course Supply List

DS105  Design Fundamentals    
Oct 17-Nov 16, Tu&Th/6:30-9 PM 
25 hours / 10 sessions
$295, Ross Cometti                         
Design brings form and content together to create images that communicate ideas without using words. Students will be introduced to simple Adobe Photoshop techniques to create images that reveal how the basic design elements of line, shape, and composition can be used to find design solutions. They will develop an individual design based on color symbolism, image manipulation, text usage and the combination of all these elements. The emphasis of this course is “understanding” and “using design” to communicate. Course Supply List

CGW110  Meet the Adobe Suite: Ps, Ai, & Id     
Oct 16-30, M/5:30-8:30 PM         
9 hours / 3 sessions        
$135, Bonnie Hammer                                                                                  
This hands-on workshop provides a foundation in the powerhouse software applications of the Adobe Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Students will receive instruction demonstrating invaluable insider tips and techniques that will provide an understanding of how the suite works together, and offer the information needed for 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. Course Supply List

CGW110  Meet the Adobe Suite: Ps, Ai, & Id     
Oct 16-30, M/5:30-8:30 PM         
9 hours / 3 sessions        
$135, Bonnie Hammer                                                                                  
This hands-on workshop provides a foundation in the powerhouse software applications of the Adobe Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Students will receive instruction demonstrating invaluable insider tips and techniques that will provide an understanding of how the suite works together, and offer the information needed for 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. Course Supply List

CGW115  SketchUp: 3D Digital Modeling
Oct 22, Su/9AM-4 PM   
7 hours / 1 session
$95, Aleksandra Moore
Dive into 3D modeling with ease and speed with the power of Google SketchUp. This versatile software allows for quick 3D sketching and precision final modeling in a fun and intuitive interface. From simple to complex, conceptual to realistic, SketchUp enables designers to create, modify and share 3D models, making project communication a breeze. Experience first-hand why SketchUp has become the 3D software interface preferred by professional designers across fields.  All skill levels are welcome. Basic computer skills required. Course Supply List

CG212   Illustrator for Laser Cutting and Vinyl
Nov 5-19, Su/10 AM-3 PM           
15 hours / 3 sessions     
$235, Nathan Skiles                                                                                        
Learn the Illustrator software techniques and the laser-cutter hardware skills to design art for Laser Cutting and Vinyl. This project-based workshop will introduce you to the Adobe Illustrator software through a step-by-step process to design art to be fabricated in vinyl. Your design files are uploaded to the Laser Cutter to fabricate your vinyl design. Students will produce unique works of art and take-away knowledge of the tools and techniques to work independently on future projects. Course materials are included, just bring notetaking materials.

CGF202 Guerilla Filmmaking                    
Oct 7-28, Sa/12:45-5:45 PM         
15 hours / 3 sessions (no class Oct 21)    
$225, Joshua Jacobson                                                                                  
Have you ever been walking 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 adventurous course 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 brief journey is to teach filmmakers how to make videos, short films, documentaries, and video diaries using only the equipment around you and the contents of your location. A close-cousin of Dogma 95, this guerilla filmmaking allows the director to work with small crews, and sometimes no crew at all, putting the power in the hands of the filmmaker. This low budget style of filmmaking allows creators to work with little to create a lot. If you like filming on the spot, stretching the bounds of your experimental styles, and learning how to make props out of scratch, then this is the program for you. A digital camera, iPad, or smartphone with video capability is required. Course Supply List

DV107   Video Editing & Post Production             
Nov 4-18, Sa/10 AM-3 PM           
15 hours / 3 sessions     
$225, 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, or iPad with a video settings option is required. Course Supply List

DR100   Drawing Workshop        
Oct 4-Nov 1, W/6:30-9 PM          
12.5 hours / 5 sessions  
$135, Alexandra Lillis                                                                                      
In this drawing workshop, explore a variety of techniques with an emphasis on drawing from observation. Shape, line, shading, texture, dark and light all work to create dimension, perspective and good composition for the best visual effects. There are no boundaries to what you can create if you can draw: all you need is pencil and paper. The instructor will demonstrate techniques in each class and provide individual attention to students’ work along the way. This is a multi-level course. No previous experience in drawing is necessary. Course Supply List

DR107   Drawing: the Next Phase (Cancelled)
Oct 2-30, M/10 AM-12:30 PM    
12.5 hours / 5 sessions  
$95, Joel Tanner                                                                                              
This course is for students who have some training in drawing and are familiar with the use of soft graphite pencils for shading and texturizing and, also have a basic understanding of perspective. The course will begin with exercises in observational drawing, followed by the development of compositions which may include still life, landscapes, seascapes, architectural subjects and perhaps the human form. The instructor will offer a brief demonstration for students to follow at the onset of each session. Critical overviews will be given individually and collectively by the instructor who may also demonstrate certain techniques for the class to follow.  Students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in some of the aspects of this course by the third week. Introductory drawing experience is required. Course Supply List

DR208   Perspective Drawing Workshop                                              
Oct 1, Su/10 AM-3 PM  
5 hours / 1 session
$55, Michael White                                                                                        
Whether you draw or paint professionally, or doodle just for fun, understanding perspective can solve common compositional problems. In this easy, step-by-step workshop, you’ll learn the basics of one, two and three point perspective, including: vanishing points and horizon lines, how to make some objects in your drawings look close to the viewer, and how to make others look further away. You will learn ways to add a sense of depth to your drawings and paintings with and without formal perspective. Beginner and experienced artists are welcome! Course Supply List

DR211   Drawing with Color Pencils                        
Nov 6-Dec 4, M/10 AM-12:30 PM
12.5 hours / 5 sessions  
$95, Joel Tanner
Imagine drawing any image you want in vivid color; whether it's one you're actually looking at or one you've just conjured up in your head. With the exacting control of color pencils you can do it with ease. This course will show you how quickly you can learn to draw in color. A pencil at your fingertips makes it as straightforward as signing your name. You'll learn color theory, blending color, shading for light and dark effects, value relationships and perspective. You'll be drawing complete compositions in no time. Course Supply List

DR325   Portrait Drawing Workshop
Nov 12-19, Su/10 AM-3 PM        
10 hours / 2 sessions     
$95, Michael White        
One of the most extraordinary skills an artist can achieve is the ability to capture a likeness, whether realistically or interpretively. Embark on a fun-filled, inspired exploration of realism, exaggeration, cartooning and symbolism as you develop methods to convey a likeness. Drawing from life and from photographs, students will use various media to tackle the challenges of portraiture and produce realistic or interpretive representations of their subjects. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. Course Supply List

MM280   Mixed Media & Collage            
Nov 1-15, W/1-4 PM      
9 hours / 3 sessions        
$125, Elena De La Ville                   
Through personal experimentation using paint & collage, create richly textured expressive images based on the fundamental principles of art combined with the exploration of the elements of chance and order. Beginners are encouraged to let their creativity bloom while finding their personal style; experienced artists are urged to take this opportunity to explore new directions in fresh and unexpected ways. A history of mixed media along with demonstrations and experimental techniques will be presented throughout the workshop. All skill levels are welcome in this fun, adventurous class. Course Supply List

VPTW830   Cold Wax Painting  (Cancelled)                                                
Oct 11-25, W/10 AM-3 PM          
15 hours / 3 sessions
$295 , Elena De La Ville
In this workshop we mix the soft impasto medium of cold wax and oil along with various other materials to create layered, expressive surfaces. Using a variety of tools and techniques, experimentation and exploration are emphasized with attention to the fundamental principles of art. There will be demonstrations, presentations and group discussions about art and process, combined with lots of individual attention to help develop each student's painting vocabulary and personal direction. Bring a playful attitude. Member benefits, tuition remissions or promotional savings are not applicable. Course Supply List


PT115    Acrylic Painting: Loose & Confident ( Waitlist Only)                       
Nov 5-19, Su/10 AM-4 PM
18 hours / 3 sessions     
$215, Tim Jaeger
“Loosening up” is a goal for many, from beginners to those with painting experience. Through demonstration and studio time, the focus of this workshop is to provide the "tools" and techniques for students’ to realize their individual creative process in order to take their art to the next level. We will cover color theory in the simplest of terms to understand values, review various approaches to underpainting and glazing techniques, and practice a loose application of paint through the use of brushes and mixed media. Everyone learns differently, and Tim works with each student to guide them to defining their own style. Because many practicing painters seek ways of "loosening up" we will explore numerous techniques to move beyond our comfort zones. Students will gain knowledge of products and techniques along with new found confidence in their painting practice. All skill levels welcome. Course Supply List

VPT365   The Magic of Tromp L’Oeil
Nov 11, Sa/10 AM-4 PM                 
6 hours / 1 session
$75, Jennifer Pace                                                                                          
This hands-on workshop introduces the art of Trompe L’oeil to students of all levels whose interests lie in combining detailed realistic painting techniques with delightful, dimensional deceit. French for “Trick the Eye”, Trompe L’oeil incorporates the concepts of perspective to create a 3-dimensional effect through shading, shadow and color contrast to achieve decorative, functional artwork. Students learn to achieve dimension by combining and manipulating various artist and faux finishing materials. Historical information and demonstrations make this workshop interesting for anyone who enjoys detail with a twist of humor. Most supplies are included. Member benefits, tuition remissions or promotional savings are not applicable. Course Supply List

VPTW830  Cold Wax Painting                                                    
Oct 11-25, W/10 AM-3 PM          
15 hours / 3 sessions
$295 , Elena De La Ville
In this workshop we mix the soft impasto medium of cold wax and oil along with various other materials to create layered, expressive surfaces. Using a variety of tools and techniques, experimentation and exploration are emphasized with attention to the fundamental principles of art. There will be demonstrations, presentations and group discussions about art and process, combined with lots of individual attention to help develop each student's painting vocabulary and personal direction. Bring a playful attitude. Member benefits, tuition remissions or promotional savings are not applicable. Course Supply List


PA101   The Fine Art of Pastels 
Nov 9-Dec 14, Th/10 AM-12:30 PM 
12.5 hours / 5 sessions (no class 11/23)
$95, Joel Tanner
The course will begin with color theory exercises. Students will then be instructed to create pastel art of individual objects seen in everyday life. This will reinforce trust in their pastels, their understanding of color and use of their fingers and special tools to achieve blending of colors and values. The next stage of the course will be devoted to designing and finishing complete compositions which may include still life, landscape, architectural subjects and flora. At the beginning of each lesson, the instructor will offer a brief demonstration for students to follow. Course Supply List

VSC155   Direct Wax Sculpting  
Nov 18, Sa/10 AM-4 PM                 
6 hours / 1 session  
$195, Sean Colson, Visiting Artist                                                                             
Learn the ancient art of Direct Wax Sculpting by creating your own 3-dimensional sculpture in wax! With 42 years of art foundry experience, Sean’s workshop will cover sculpting, sticking & welding, and using pliable waxes, feeding gate waxes, and sticky waxes. You sculpt, assemble, and take home your own wax sculpture. You will also be shown how to coat your wax with bronze powder, giving it a realistic bronze look. Or, if desired, wax sculptures may be cast in bronze at an outside foundry. See examples of direct waxes cast in bronze: All skill levels welcomed. Materials are included in the workshop fee. Member benefits, tuition remissions or promotional savings are not applicable. Course Supply List

WC100  Watercolor: the Elegant Medium  - (Cancelled)          
Joel Tanner                                                                                              
This course will begin with color theory exercises and how to organize the palette.  Students will then be instructed to paint individual objects seen in everyday life, which will reinforce trust in their paint, their understanding of color and their use of application tools using different brushes. Based on our progress with painting techniques, the class may learn how to use pen and ink with watercolor (mixed media). The next stage of the course will be devoted to designing and painting complete compositions which may include still life, landscape, architectural subjects and flora. Course Supply List

IL101      Introduction to Illustration        
Nov 8-Dec 13, W/6:30-9 PM       
12.5 hours / 5 sessions (no class 11/22)
$135, Alexandra Lillis      
Whether you are new to illustration or working to refine your drawing skills, this workshop will offer you the tools and instruction you need to develop a visual story from the initial idea to a finished artwork. You will be encouraged to think visually and try different materials and approaches in a fun and helpful environment. Learn about the different forms of illustration including book design and children’s stories, as well as the world of comics, graphic novels, and zines. No prior drawing experience is needed but an interest in drawing along with a creative, adventurous attitude is a must. Course Supply List

IL235      Fantasy Drawing in Pen & Ink  - (Cancelled)
Oct 8-15, Su/10 AM-3 PM            
10 hours / 2 sessions
$95, Michael White        
Learn how to use the various tools and techniques to bring fantasy elements and design impact to your illustration creations. Working with pen & ink, you can give your drawings and designs an edge and clarity that allows you to emphasize the elements you want to make pop, giving greater impact to your visual stories. Take your illustrations, concept sketches, characters, cartoons or comics to the next level. Some drawing or illustration experience is desirable. Course Supply List

IC355   Interior Design III: Independent Study                   
Sept 30-Dec 9, Sa/10 AM-1 PM 
3 Required On-site Class Meetings: 9/26, 10/21, 12/9     
$295, Aleksandra Moore                                                                              
Combining interior design and AutoCAD, you will produce final projects. Research, schematic design, design development, hand or CAD drafting, and production of presentation documents will all be exercised as part of the process to complete the final course project. Prerequisites: Design Fundamentals, Interior Design I and II, AutoCAD I and AutoCAD II. Course Supply List

CGW115  SketchUp: 3D Digital Modeling
Oct 22, Su/9AM-4 PM   
7 hours / 1 session
$95, Aleksandra Moore
Dive into 3D modeling with ease and speed with the power of Google SketchUp. This versatile software allows for quick 3D sketching and precision final modeling in a fun and intuitive interface. From simple to complex, conceptual to realistic, SketchUp enables designers to create, modify and share 3D models, making project communication a breeze. Experience first-hand why SketchUp has become the 3D software interface preferred by professional designers across fields.  All skill levels are welcome. Basic computer skills required. Course Supply List


PH401   Digital Photography I                                                    
Oct 8-29, Su/10 AM-3 PM            
20 hours / 4 sessions
$295, Elena De La Ville                   
Your digital camera is a precise tool for capturing a still, visual representation of a moment. Through exploration of the basic aesthetics of the medium, harness the potential of digital photography by learning the specific features of your camera, proper exposure, depth of field, composition, lighting, and the fundamental skills of digital photo management within the Photoshop environment. Students must bring a digital SLR camera and instruction manual, which is to be read prior to class. Optional: You may bring a laptop computer and your photo images on a thumb drive. Course Supply List

PH410   Photomontage Workshop
Nov 8-Dec 13, W/5:30-8:30 PM 
 15 hours / 5 sessions (no class 11/22)    
$225, Karen Arango                                                                                        
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, fantasy photomontage postcards were wildly popular during the Victorian era. Today photomontage is used to create fantastical 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. Prerequisites: some Photoshop required. Course Supply List


Winter/Spring 2018: January 20 - May 15, 2018
Information and Online Registration Available November 1

SPRING ART WEEK 2018 (March 3-11.)  We are pleased to announce that notable Visiting Artists Charles Reid (Watercolor Workshop), Glenn Vilppu (Traditional Figure Drawing), Philippe Faraut (Full Figure in Clay), and Elena De La Ville (Encaustic Painting and Cold Wax) will be returning to campus next spring.

Spring Art Week 2018 Visiting Artist Workshop Descriptions      Spring Art Week 2018 Advanced Registration Form (download)


Ringling’s Summer Studios have concluded for 2017. Information for Summer 2018 will be available in mid Spring 2018. 

We look forward to seeing you on campus!



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.

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.

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

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. 

Joshua S. Jacobson
Jacobson earned a BS in Film Production from Full Sail University. He is a forward-thinking educator, with a background in screen production and film studies, interested in teaching about the potential of the moving image and how to create a production in an effective and professional way.

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. 

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.

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.

Jill Taffet
Jill received her BFA (Fine Arts) from The Cooper Union in New Work.  She is an EMMY® Award-winning Creative Director who has worked broadly in the motion design industry and as an educator in the profession She has been recognized with a number of design awards from BDA, AIG, The Art Directors Club, The Type Directors Club, Graphis and The Academy of Arts and Sciences for her work with E!, ESPN, MSNBC, Discovery Networks, Oxygen, and TV Land.  She has served as professor and chair of Motion Design, Media Arts and Animation at San Francisco Art Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Otis College of Art and Design.  Now as a ember of the faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, she teaches classes in Motion Design, Experimental Animation, Visualization and Concept, Network Design and Branding, and Main Title Design.  Ms. Taffet is in progress towards a MFA in Design and Technology from the San Francisco Art Institute.

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 timesThe 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 Certificate programs offer a comprehensive, non-credit curriculum  to enhance your personal growth and
professional art and design skillls. Ideal for adults interested in investigating new methods, media, and ideas, expanding
upon current skills, and building portfolios

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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