Continuing Education

Barton’s Personal Enrichment Courses offer opportunities, through non-credit-bearing classes, for individual creative development.

Spring 2024 Personal Enrichment Courses

PNT 001 D – Pastel

An Introduction to soft pastel techniques and materials

No experience necessary; a good course for both beginners and experienced artmakers. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a deeper understanding of pastel techniques and materials.

Dates: Fridays, January 19 – March 15, 2024
Time:  9:30 – 12:30 
Instructor: Maureen O’Neill
Location: Case Art Room 101
Fees: $110
Register by January 18, 2024

Supplies Needed:

  • Pastels, recommended: Soft Sennelier half-sticks 40 count, other good brands include- Unison, Schminke, Richeson
  • Hard pastel set: NuPastel, Rembrandt (good for underpainting)
  • Paper – Art Spectrum paper, Sennelier sanded paper
  • Pastel spray fixative
  • Soft charcoal
  • Sketchbook


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PNT 001 E – Elements of Abstract

This eight-week acrylics class will explore color, shape, and texture as they apply to abstract painting. It is designed for beginners as well as experienced traditional artists who want to take their painting in a new direction. Class demos and discussions will cover:

  • Composition
  • Texture
  • Mixing colors
  • Taking shapes from nature, photographs, and magazine pages to form the basis for your painting
  • Finding inspiration from a limited palette
  • Finishing techniques

Dates: Fridays, March 22 – May 10, 2024
Time:  9:30 – 12:30 
Instructor: Virginia (Ginny) Lassiter
Instructor Contact Information:, 910-231-1018
Location: Case Art Room 101
Fees: $110
Register by March 21, 2024
Supplies Needed:

  • Paint: Yellow oxide; Phthalo Blue; Raw Umber; Raw Sienna; Cadmium Red Medium; Cadmium Red Light; Cadmium Orange; Titanium White; Payne’s Gray; Mars Black

Note: All colors are suggestions—bring what you have.

  • Brushes:  Large flat brushes; stiff brushes; rigger brush
  • Canvases: 16 x 20 and larger – Will need one or two canvases each week. You may wish to have larger canvases as the class progresses, but they can be acquired later. 

Other: Paper towels; Conte/pastels; Container for water; Palette or paper palette pad; Sketchbook

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Eligible students must be at least 18 years old. Some courses may have additional requirements.


To enroll, students must complete the registration form, pay the registration fees, and attend the first meeting of the class.


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Use the online form or visit the Office of Lorraine Raper in Hackney Library to register for classes.


The cost for Continuing Education courses will be determined on a course-by-course basis. See each offering for its fee.

Students are eligible for a 100 percent refund if they officially withdraw from their classes prior to the first class meeting or if a class is canceled because of insufficient enrollment. Once classes begin, no refunds will be given.

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