RPAC announces its summer programming that includes Digital Design classes, Portfolio Development, and Independent Study courses. In the announcement, RPAC invites prospective participants to develop new skills from digital design and fine art instructors with over 30 years of experience. Participants can learn virtually or in-person at RPAC Art Center and Academy, where safety is a top priority. Class capacity has been reduced ensuring six feet between students and instructors per CDC and CT state guidelines, in a clean, sanitized environment where masks are mandatory. If virtual learning is the preferred option, RPAC Academy can accommodate that with live instruction via Zoom.

Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Design classes are available for a limited time at $20/two hours. Attendees choose from Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign — course levels range from beginner to advanced. Classes are instructor-guided at RPAC’s state-of-the-art iMac computer lab, Adobe Creative Cloud software access included during all in-person classes. Participants may also download a seven-day free trial by program or the entire suite directly through Adobe Creative Cloud’s website. Virtual classes also are available via Zoom.

Portfolio Development sessions are available for young artists aiming to create competitive portfolios for art-school and college admissions. Participants can begin, continue or finish their portfolio with the guidance and direction from the RPAC instructors. Each one-on-one workshop is tailored based on a participant’s focus area and will be conducted in person or virtually via Zoom. Portfolio Development sessions are offered at the member rate of $40 per hour/three-hour minimum or $120.

Independent Study is designed for students and individuals who are looking to learn a new skill or to develop and refine a specific area of interest in the Visual Arts. Attendees determine the emphasis of the area of study and their desired objective. RPAC instructors will guide them through frequent student-teacher critiques and discussions. Scheduling is flexible, either in-person at the Academy or via Zoom. Independent Study sessions are offered at our member rate of $40 per hour/three-hour minimum or $120.

All classes and individual sessions are instructor-guided by Dee Dee Colabella and Greg Mursko.

Colabella, RPAC founder, owner, educator, and artist from Ridgefield, captures mood and emotion in still life and figurative works on canvas. She has 30 years of experience in the arts working in the fields of graphic arts, advertising, event planning, and education. Dee Dee has a master of fine arts degree from Western Connecticut State University.

Mursko, RPAC co-founder and art director, artist, and educator, has over 30 years of advertising and graphic design experience. He has earned award-winning accolades, including Festival International De La Photographie De Mode at Canne, three Ozzie design awards, and more. Greg has four years of teaching graphic design and studio art at the collegiate level. He currently holds a master of arts degree from Syracuse University and a master of fine arts degree from Western Connecticut University.

For more information, call 475-215-5740 or email info@rpacartcenter.com. RPAC Art Center and Academy is located at 424R Main Street (above 850 Degree Wood Fired Pizza Restaurant) and RPAC Gallery is located at 410 Main Street. More information is also available on Facebook and Instagram.

All in-person and/or group gatherings will follow State of CT protocols. In the event that a class or scheduled session may need to be canceled, a refund for any unused portion will be issued in the same form of payment as at the time of registration.