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Software and Online Learning Opportunities - Updated 7/29/2020

The Art Department encourages its majors and minors to pursue learning opportunities outside of the classroom. In order to support students during the summer of 2020 and the coming academic year, we are offering access to software programs, online training websites, and a critical dialog series organized by the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Please see below for information on how to apply for these grant-funded opportunities.

We have also compiled a list of recommended websites and training videos, many available without a paid subscription. We will continue to update these links throughout the summer.

In addition, the Art Department is working with the Career Center to facilitate online conversations with department alumni. More information will be available soon!

Grant-Funded Opportunities
Apply Here
Recommended Websites
Possible Courses of Interest
LinkedIn Learning
Fine Arts Center Resources
Interesting Reading

Grant-Funded Opportunities

The Art Department is supporting Majors, Minors, Staff and Faculty who would like to independently pursue non-credit online learning this summer.

Software and Online Training

We invite you to learn digital skills (Adobe Suite, SketchUp Pro, Rhino, or Procreate) through online courses at LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, and Skillshare, and analog skills (watercolor, anatomy drawing, and technical drawing) through New Masters Academy and Skillshare. The Art Department will fund licenses for the software programs for a year and memberships to online learning websites for 3 months, with the opportunity to reapply for an extension in the fall.

Summer Critical Practices Program Through Anderson Ranch Art Center

The department is collaborating with Anderson Ranch to offer enrollment for all interested majors, minors, staff, and faculty in a number of critical dialog seminars. It is our hope that significant participation in these summer seminars can help create a culture of shared conversation within the department. These seminars will continue throughout next year in the form of an extended critical dialog program, a new collaboration between Colorado College and Anderson Ranch Art Center.


Portraiture and Figuration Seminar with Catherine Opie, Nicole Eisenman, and Helen Molesworth


Honesty in the Making with Simonette Quamina

Apply Here

Art Department declared majors and minors, please fill out the following short application for support. Review the resources, then prioritize what program(s) or membership(s) you are interested in using this summer. Please include a brief sentence or two to explain how you would use the resource this summer so we can best distribute access.

Art Department Summer 2020 Enrichment Opportunities, CLICK FOR APPLICATION

We have negotiated with vendors to support a number of seats for software and online learning memberships assuming that not all students, staff, and faculty can use all the resources at once, and that seats can be added or cancelled and redistributed. This application process helps us steward the grant funding wisely-if one resource is clearly not of interest now, we can cut those memberships, reallocate to another program, then add back later.

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Recommended Websites


3D modeling software, free for students/educators with your CC email address. Includes AutoCAD, Revit, Fusion 360, Maya, Tinkercad, 3DS Max, and more.


Free courses through July 31! Sign up using this link to create a Coursera account with your CC email address. Once you get past this page, you should not have to fill out the following form. Check your email account for a confirmation link.


Creative classes taught by experienced professionals. Connects you with CreativeLive TV-a free, 24/7 variety show, live-streamed from the living rooms, studios, and kitchen tables of renowned, creative icons. Enjoy musical performances, live Q&As, cooking, spoken word, crafting, and more - all in a safe, virtual space full of joy, shared experiences, and live, interactive chat.


A subscription service provides unlimited access to 1,200+ courses and ebooks on design, code, video editing, business, and much more. There are also over 28,870 free how-to articles and tutorials.

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda)*

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda) offers video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills. *Art majors/minors, fill out the application for support if you would like to try a 3-month membership.

Master Class

Learn from the world's best. Video instruction offered by 80+ instructors sharing their talents. $15/month billed annually.

New Masters Academy*

New Masters Academy offers 1000+ hours of on-demand art lessons plus 3,000+ reference images. *Art majors/minors, fill out the application for support if you would like to try a 3-month membership.


Over 25,000 classes across various categories (Business, Technology, Creative, Lifestyle) taught by industry professionals. Available offline and on mobile devices. *Art majors/minors, fill out the application for support if you would like to try a 3-month membership.


A website where you can create (and sell) your own designs on fabric, wallpaper, or other materials and objects.


100,000+ online courses with new videos published each month. Pay a set fee per course.

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Possible Courses of Interest

Department faculty and students have compiled a set of online videos, shared below. We'd love to hear if you found any of them particularly inspiring or motivating!



Shantell Martin
NYU Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program - MIT Lab Media Lab Visiting Scholar
Drawing on Everything: Discovering your Creative Voice


Ellen Lupton
Curator Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Director of Graphic Design MFA program at MICA
Graphic Design Basics: Core Principles for Visual Design


Temi Coker
Digital Artist and Illustrator, Adobe Creative Resident
Digital Poster Design: Type and Image


Roma Muradof
Artist, Author, and Professor at California College of the Arts, New Yorker Illustrator
Digital Illustration: Drawing with Shapes and Layers


Sara Boccaccini Meadows
Illustrator, Surface Designer
Botanical Illustration: Paint a Colorful Garden with Watercolor and Gouache


Aaron Draplin
Designer and Founder, Draplin Design Company-Merch/Posters
Design Great Stuff: How to Make Merch with Draplin


Kate Bingaman-Burt
Illustrator and Professor of Graphic Design, Portland State University
Drawing Collections: Illustrating Stories through Taxonomies

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Recommended-LinkedIn Learning

Chad Chelius, Instructor
Learning Adobe Creative Cloud

Julieanne Kost, Instructor
Adobe Photoshop 2020 Essential Training: The Basics

Tony Harmer, Instructor
Adobe Illustrator 2020 Essential Training

Dave Schultze, Instructor
Rhino 6 Essential Training
Rhino: Architectural Interior and Detail

Various Instructors
Rhino for Mac Courses

Jean Gorospe, Instructor
Product Design from Sketch to CAD

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Fine Arts Center Resources

Are you interested in our local art scene and/or arts education? The Colorado College Fine Arts Center (FAC) maintains a few pages you should check out regularly.

Online Collection (eMuseum)
The FAC museum collection contains approximately 20,000 objects, including textiles, basketry, pottery, works on paper, paintings, sculpture, and cultural objects. Since 1919 the collection has grown through gifts, bequests, and strategic purchases, with particular depth in art of the American Southwest and the Colorado Springs region. As an academic museum, we are committed to supporting teaching, learning, and active engagement with the collection. The museum launched this online database in December 2019, with the goal of making its collections widely accessible and available to the public. On this site visitors can search and explore the collection. Check back periodically to browse new entries in this ongoing project. Some data may change as a result of current research.

FAC Connect
A place outside the FAC to experience the arts: visual arts, performing arts, arts education and more, with new content added regularly.

Educator Resources
A resource for educators that encourages onsite and off site learning about the arts. Our education team is always working to develop, implement and research new and adventurous approaches to teaching and learning.

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Interesting Reading

Do you want to share an article? Email it to Meghan.

You can sign up for a free NYTimes account using your CC email address:

How to Draw in Six Steps. Anyone can draw. We can prove it to you!
By Andy Wright
New York Times, May 6, 2020

The Quarantine Diaries (illustrated journal entries and diaries)
By Amelia Nierenberg
New York Times, March 30, 2020

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Last updated: 12/17/2020