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Continuing Education + Community Outreach

About Face: Portraits

Course No. CEPT 100 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor Melissa Harris
Dates June 8 - July 27 (Thursdays) – 6:30 - 9:30pm

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!

Abstract Painting

Course No. CEPT 350 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor Terry Clark
Dates June 6 - August 1 (Tuesdays) – 6:00-9:00pm

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 personal approach to art making is a newer idea within visual art history. The class introduces concepts and techniques used by masters of Abstraction. Three different artists influence the class direction. The artists for the summer session are: Claude Monet, Jean Dubuffet, and Bridget Riley.. Ideas discussed and practiced in class include: color as subject, painting as object, and multiple process applications. In the studio, we will work together towards our goals. Two paintings are made from each artist. The first painting is small in scale, simple, and is considered a study or investigation piece. The second painting is 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.

Acrylic Painting: Experimental Approaches

Course No. CEPT 425 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates June 5 - July 24 (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.

Advanced Cartooning

Course No. YAIL 400
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 8-12
Instructor Josh Usmani
Dates June 12- June 23 (Monday-Friday) – 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.

Animation: Story and Design

Course No. CEAN 120 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates June 7 - July 26 (Wednesdays) – 6:00-9:00pm

In this class we will explore the fundamentals in visual storytelling and storyboard techniques for film and television animation. Using traditional drawing materials, you will learn basic character construction as well as narrative creation. Discover how live acting can add personality to your characters, while utilizing various writing exercises to get your creativity flowing. With these building blocks you will soon have a unique character ready to bring to life. Learn the tools of the trade, and make your next animated project an award winner! Open to students in grades 10-12.

Art Explorations

Course No. YAFD 120 00
Cost $225 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 5-8
Instructor Stephanie Miller-Davis
Dates June 12- June 23 (Monday-Friday) – 9:30am - 12:00pm

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.

Art of Abstraction

Course No. YAFD 245 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 9-12
Dates June 12- June 23 (Monday-Friday) – 1:00-4:00pm

From Ancient Symbolism to Modern & Pop Art, experience the many faces of Abstract Art through the eyes of the artists who invented - or dared to express - new ways of seeing things. Through visits to the Cleveland Museum of Art we will explore concepts of abstraction varying from that of Surrealist artists like Dalí, Miró, and Magritte; Cubist artists such as Picasso or Braque, Impressionists such as Degás and Monét; and Pop and Modern artists Andy Warhol and Chuck Close. Projects will include multimedia collage to create Cubism-inspired art, abstracted portraiture like Roualt, Modigliani, and Van Gogh; and action painting like Jackson Pollock. Explore, enrich, and expand your perceptions to create artwork that inspires and encourages new ways of seeing things.

Branding 101

Course No. CECG 140 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates June 8 - July 27 (Thursdays) – 6:00-9:00pm

Branding 101 will teach students to approach designing for clients, projects, and yourself. Branding is much more than a logo or font, so in this course we’ll take a deep look at what makes successful brands work, and how you can start to cultivate good storytelling and beautiful design in order to represent an organization, individual, group of people, or yourself. The course will begin reviewing basics of design, move into a two-week branding exercise, and students will leave the class with a completed brand for themselves or their own organization. A working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite applications is required. Computers and software are provided, but it is encouraged to bring a laptop with the Creative Suite installed if possible. Open to students in grades 10-12.

TEACHER workshops

TEACHER workshops

April 22, 2017

Our Spring TEACHER workshops offer a wide variety of professional development and art-making opportunities for K-12 educators.


Pre-College Program

Experience the life of an art student at CIA through this 2-week residential program.

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2017 Student Summer Show

See the best student artwork in Reinberger Gallery through August 18.

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