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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 September 18 - November 6 (Mondays) – 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 September 18 - November 6 (Mondays) – 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 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: Kenneth Noland, Mark Rothko, and Gerhard Richter. 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.

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.

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 September 23 - November 18 (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.

Art Foundations for the Aspiring Illustrator

Course No. YAIL 500 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Josh Usmani
Dates September 23 - November 18 (Saturdays) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Many young artists appreciate the art they encounter and interact with on a daily basis–cartoons, comics, movies, video games, etc. Using pop culture references, our projects will introduce children and teens to the foundation of fine art—including still life, portraiture, life drawing and more. Imagine Batman as a figure drawing model or your favorite toy in a still life with objects treasured by your classmates. Students gain an understanding of composition, value, scale, color, form, perspective, basic anatomy, texture and much more while exploring and creating the worlds of superheroes. This class is perfect for students who have taken Cartooning 101 and Advanced Cartooning.

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 http://joshusmani.com.

Asian Inspired Art: Character Development

Course No. YAIL 200 00
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 23 - November 18 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

In this course, high school students will explore Asian arts, both contemporary and traditional, through the lens of character development. Instructor Kedan James will bring what he learned during his year in China to the classroom. Students will begin the course focusing on character design: detailing background stories, developing sketches, and creating final images as digital painting. Students will also learn the art of Chinese rigged fan illustration. Using the background story and imagery from their developed characters, students will use mixed media approach to create scenes of the worlds from which their characters emerged.

About the instructor:

Kedan James graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014. He studied Game Design with a focus in Glass Blowing. After graduation, James received an opportunity to work in China for a year where he taught both art and English to both kids and teens. While living in China he had the chance to travel, which allowed him to learn and observe the aesthetics of their culture. Kedan hopes to share what he has learned, both at CIA and abroad.

Back to Basics: Jewelry + Metalsmithing 101

Course No. CEJM 100 00
Cost $370 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 21 - November 9 (Thursdays) – 6 - 9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

This class is a great introduction to various processes for jewelry and metalsmithing. We will begin with basic techniques such as sawing, filing, drilling, sanding, and polishing, and then progress to riveting and soldering (using natural gas and air torches). Texture and forming sheet metal will be introduced to give your ideas some dynamic effects (stamping and hammering). What do you want to make? Pendants, earrings, bracelets, boxes, sculptural objects…the possibilities are endless. No experience at all? No problem – this class is great for beginners. It is also perfect for those that want to polish up on skills and techniques, or would like to gather knowledge about what is needed for a home studio.

About the instructor:

Susan Skozcen Southard creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that have been shown in galleries such as Velvet DaVinci and Sienna Gallery. She has been awarded an Ohio Arts Council Grant in 2010 and “Best of Metal” in 2015 at the “Best of 2015” Ohio Designer Craftsmen Annual Exhibition. She is a former professor of fine art at Indiana University Kokomo, and has adjunct at Kent State University, University of Akron, and CIA. She currently is a coordinator in the Youth Technology Department at Cuyahoga Community College. http://susanskoczen.com/home

Beginning Painting

Course No. CEPT 110 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Susan Danko
Dates September 18 - November 6 (Mondays) – 6:30 - 9:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

In this introductory painting course students will learn the fundamental techniques and processes of painting with acrylic paint. Class projects will target basic painting principles and guide students to develop a better understanding of tools and materials, acrylic paint and mediums, basic color theory, and two-dimensional design concepts. Discussions, demonstrations, and handouts will provide students with valuable resources to facilitate good painting practices and artistic growth.

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, and was awarded a summer residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, in 2013. Her work is represented by galleries both locally and nationally, and has been included in prominent public and private art collections. Examples of her work may be viewed on her website: http://dankoart.com.

Branding 101

Course No. CECG 140 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 18 - November 6 (Mondays) – 6:00-9:00pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

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.

About the instructor:

Nolan Beck (CIA ’15) is a graphic designer and principal at HEYHEY (heyheystudio.com). The Studio has worked on visible projects like the Cuyahoga County seal and Public Square, but often helps small businesses and non-profits with their branding issues. HEYHEY has worked with construction companies, psychologists, tea shops, sailors, and a very diverse group of other clients and projects. Nolan has two cats with pretentious German designer names, Mies van der Rohe and Dieter Rams. https://www.heyheystudio.com/

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