Online art classes are delivered at Kodiak College, UAA by Deborah Stenberg, who has been a member of the fine arts faculty since 2007. Students from campuses across the University of Alaska system take her online classes each semester.
People often ask how a studio art class can be done online. Stenberg has developed a user friendly system and has fine tuned 5 courses for online delivery. Students are given lessons/lectures to read, video demonstrations to watch, and exercises that prepare them for larger art projects. Students get help by sending progress photos for Stenberg to critique. When a project is completed, students upload a photo of their work to a discussion board. Students are able to view work done by their classmates and offer feedback. The online class interaction and collaboration is a fun way to share art online.
Stenberg rotates the following studio art courses by semester: Watercolor, Drawing, Oil Painting, Color Theory, and 2D Design. Art Appreciation has been added to the rotation for Fall 2017. Stenberg describes her classes as “fun, interactive, and a wonderful way to participate in a studio art course online.” She encourages students to “join the fun and amaze yourself with the wonderful artist you can be!”
Deborah Stenberg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Northeastern State University of Oklahoma in Tahlequah and completed her MFA at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She pursued her career across the United States, moving with her Coast Guard husband and four children. Deborah’s art projects have been featured in many magazines, and she has authored 5 books with her painting projects. Deborah enjoys all aspects of art but devotes most of her effort to painting and drawing. She enjoys painting people and capturing their emotions on her canvas. She also loves the beauty of still life painting, telling stories with just a few items captured in time and space. She describes herself primarily as a contemporary realist painter, but uses an eclectic selection of media in her art.