UW-Parkside to Offer 3 New Community Courses Through Spring 2023

Published: February 7, 2023

Polymer petThe University of Wisconsin-Parkside College of Arts and Humanities (CAH), in partnership with the Professional and Continuing Education office, will offer three new community courses through the spring of 2023.

The courses include Polymer Pet Portraits with Adrienne Noelle Shimada, Artistic Mark Making through screen-printing with Roberto Torres Mata, and Fabulous Frosting Flowers also with Adrienne Noelle Shimada. All skill levels, from beginner to experienced, are welcomed.

Learn the basics of multi-layer screen-printing using screen filler and drawing fluid to create 2-layer color prints on paper with Artist in Residence Roberto Torres Mata in the Artistic Mark Making through Screen-printing workshop. This workshop will focus on gaining a sense of image building through texture, line, and color transparency to create an edition of prints. Beginning on Feb. 23, this course will meet regularly on Thursdays from 6 pm-8 pm. Registration is open and will cost $125. Open studio hours are also available for separate registration at an additional cost of $100.

Roberto Torres Mata is a first-generation artist from Huntington Beach, California, and Rockford, Illinois. He explores the complexities of migration from human and animal movements by using multi-media to further understand the issues of migration at the border. Mata earned his master’s degree and master’s of fine arts in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

Work under a frosting professional and learn firsthand how to make the most popular floral decorations with Adrienne Noelle Shimada in the Fabulous Frosting Flowers course. Students will learn how to make frosting, prep and fill piping bags, pipe several different kinds of flowers and methods, as well as basic composition for cake decorating. This two-day course will meet on Mar. 7 and Mar. 14 from 6 pm-8 pm. Registration is open and will cost $45.

Capture your one-of-a-kind animal’s unique portrait and personality in polymer clay with Adrienne Noelle Shimada in the Polymer Pet Portraits course. Students will learn how to work from portrait and profile images and sketches of their pet to create a sculpture. They will be taught how to make a wire armature, build up clay in an uncanny replica of their pet, and learn about textures and patterns in clay and paint. Beginning on April 4, this course will meet regularly on Tuesdays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Registration is open and will cost $90.

Adrienne Noelle Shimada is a University of Wisconsin-Parkside alum and self-taught sculpture artist working primarily with polymer clay and acrylics. Adrienne keeps her own studio practice where she creates, sells, and showcases her original polymer sculptures. She also works professionally at a local bakery as a full-time cake decorator. 

To learn more about these offerings and additional personal enrichment courses, please visit uwp.edu/personalenrichment.

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