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About Face: Portraits

Course No. CEPT 100 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Melissa Harris
Dates February 8- March 29 (Thursdays) – 6:30 - 9:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

This course is an exploration in the history and art of portraiture. Learn to open your eye and steady your hand! In this course focus on rendering skills, while also exploring creative ways to interpret personality and expression. From realistic model drawing/painting to more abstracted methods of representation, this course is great for both practice and trying new things. All levels from beginners to portraitists are welcome!

About the instructor:

Melissa Harris has taught for CIA’s Continuing Education program for 6 years now. Graduating from Cleveland State University with a BA in Studio Arts, Melissa continues to stay active in the Cleveland art scene. She has shown her work in galleries throughout the Cleveland area, including Doubting Thomas, Serefino, Walleye, and the gallery at Cleveland State. Her work has also hung at many establishments throughout the area including La Cav du Vin in Coventry and the Lyndhurst Courthouse. She continues to work out of her home studio where she also provides private lessons.

Abstract Painting

Course No. CEPT 350 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Terry Clark
Dates February 6 - March 27 (Tuesdays) – 6:00-9:00pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Abstract painting is a conscious breakaway from traditional realistic painting. A unique decision made over a century ago retains great value today. Since then, many abstract artists have made important contributions to the art world. Perhaps one of the most significant contributions was changing the public perception of what art should represent. The class introduces concepts and techniques used by masters of Abstraction. Three different artists will influence the class direction, including Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock, and Josef Albers. Ideas discussed and practiced in class include: color as subject, painting as object, and multiple process applications. Two paintings will be made from each artist. The first painting will be small in scale, simple, and is considered a study or investigation piece. The second painting will be large in scale, complex, and is considered a final or finished piece. All of the paintings aim to visually emulate specific styles. Acrylic paint application and color mixing will be presented through instructor demonstrations.

About the instructor:

Terry J. Clark II earned his MFA in Painting from Kent State University in 2004 and his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2002. Terry’s artwork has been featured at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ingenuity Festival, CSU Art Gallery, and is included in the MetroHealth art collection. Terry has taught studio art classes at both Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Institute of Art since 2008. Terry paints with both acrylic and watercolor paints. He also makes sculpture from found objects. His subject matter inspiration comes from earth science and the natural environment. The concepts of natural light, optics, and color are reoccurring themes found in his artwork.

Acrylic Painting: Experimental Approaches

Course No. CEPT 425 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor Susan Danko
Dates February 5- March 26 (Mondays) – 6:309:30pm

Push beyond the ordinary to develop your creative potential. In this acrylic painting course you will participate in a series of exercises designed to facilitate creative experimentation with materials and concepts. Subjects will include gesture, fracture, motion, contrast, intuition, discord, expression, and imagination. A personal approach to art making is encouraged. Individual and group critiques will be conducted to reinforce issues addressed in class.

About the instructor:

Susan Danko received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1998 and has a successful career as a fine art painter. She is a 2013 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award recipient. Her work is included in prominent art collections including the Cleveland Clinic, the Ohio Arts Council, and First Energy Corporation. Susan is represented by Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland. Examples of her work may be viewed on her website, susandanko.com.

Advanced Cartooning

Course No. YAIL 400
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 8-12
Instructor Josh Usmani
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 1:00-4:00pm

Do you know a kid who loves comics and cartoons? In this course, we’ll examine the more technical side of cartooning – both visually and conceptually. We will explore the history of cartooning – with emphasis on Cleveland’s role in the legacy. Students will learn professional standards and practices. We will work individually and collaborate in groups. This advanced cartooning class is meant for any kids who take comics seriously.

About the instructor:

Josh Usmani graduated with a BA in Painting from Cleveland State University in 2013. Before graduation, his work had already been featured in over 100 local and regional exhibitions. He is the Visual Arts Editor at Cleveland Scene Magazine, as well as co-director of Popeye Gallery at Survival Kit at 78th Street Studios. He also teaches cartooning classes for an after-school program at Campus International School. His artwork is represented by Tregoning & Company in Cleveland. View his work at joshusmani.com.

Advanced Enamel

Course No. CEJM 270 00
Cost $370 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor Lyanne Torres
Dates February 7 - April 4 (Wednesdays) – 6-9pm

In this course, advanced enamel students will be able to dive in further into the media. The class will include a more in-depth experience with the use of cloisonné, basse taille and champlevé. You will be able to create detailed images through the use of cloisonné; fine silver wires fused into an enameled surface. We will also be using acid etching to produce a relief image that will be filled with layers of enamel colors to produce rich images of your own design. These processes allow for striking images to be made into art and objects. Come with photographs or drawings of your own choosing that will be your inspiration for the course.

About the instructor:

Lyanne Torres graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in the Jewelry and Metals department with an emphasis in Enameling in 2014. She became the Artist in Residence for a year after graduation and is the Technical Specialist for the Jewelry and Metals department

Anatomy for the Artist

Course No. YADR 250 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the topical anatomy of the human figure through direct observation of the model. Students will gain an understanding of how surface anatomy builds the figure and what underlying structures create the solid forms of the human body. We will draw from the model using traditional drawing techniques, learning about body proportions, value, line, and form. Everything from quick and expressive gesture drawings to detailed anatomy illustrations will be covered! This class is great for high school students developing their portfolio, and anyone who wants to improve their observational drawing skills.

About the instructor:

Beth Halasz is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art with a MFA in Medical Illustration. She is a certified medical illustrator and previously worked for the Cleveland Clinic as a medical illustrator. She has worked for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History as a casting technician for the casting lab in physical anthropology, the Health Museum of Cleveland in exhibits and maintains her freelance medical illustration business. Outside clients include Horse Illustrated, Kendall-Hunt publishing, University Hospital, and others.

Anatomy for the Artist

Course No. YADR 250 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the topical anatomy of the human figure through direct observation of the model. Students will gain an understanding of how surface anatomy builds the figure and what underlying structures create the solid forms of the human body. We will draw from the model using traditional drawing techniques, learning about body proportions, value, line, and form. Everything from quick and expressive gesture drawings to detailed anatomy illustrations will be covered! This class is great for high school students developing their portfolio, and anyone who wants to improve their observational drawing skills.

About the instructor:

Beth Halasz is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art with a MFA in Medical Illustration. She is a certified medical illustrator and previously worked for the Cleveland Clinic as a medical illustrator. She has worked for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History as a casting technician for the casting lab in physical anthropology, the Health Museum of Cleveland in exhibits and maintains her freelance medical illustration business. Outside clients include Horse Illustrated, Kendall-Hunt publishing, University Hospital, and others.

Art Explorations

Course No. YAFD 120 00
Cost $225 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Stephanie Miller-Davis
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 9:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Enjoy exploring endless possibilities for self-expression in many two- and three-dimensional media including drawing, painting, printmaking, handmade books, and more. We will visit the Cleveland Museum of Art where we will derive inspiration from various historical and contemporary cultural influences. We'll have fun doing different things every day.

About the instructor:

Stephanie Miller-Davis recently retired after teaching art for 35 years in public schools. In 2001, she was recognized as an Outstanding Art Teacher by the Ohio Art Education Association. Her preferred medium is clay. Stephanie’s work has recently been featured at Tri-C Eastern Campus Gallery, Heights Arts, and the River Gallery in Rocky River. She is currently working in a new warehouse studio location producing mainly functional ceramics.

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