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Continuing Education . Classes

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Beginning Painting

Course No. CEPT 110 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Susan Danko
Dates February 6 – March 27 (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.

Business of Art

Course No. CEFD 230 00
Cost $300 Register Now
Sessions 6
Instructor Maggie Denk-Leigh
Dates February 7 –March 28 (Tuesdays) – 6:30–8:30pm

This course is designed as a first-step towards helping the developing artist make a successful transition from creating art to presenting and promoting it. Mary Urbas will share her 35 years of experience on both sides of the business of art as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, consultant, as well as an exhibited fiber artist. Course limited to 10 students.

Creative Clay Studio

Course No. YACR 350 00
Cost $250 Register Now
Sessions 7
Grades 6-10
Dates February 11 – April 1 (no class March 4) (Saturdays) – 1–4pm

Young artists are welcome in the clay studio at Cleveland Institute of Art. Explore your imagination by creating sculpture and pottery through the use of this tactile material. You will learn the skills of hand-building and working on the potter's wheel as you develop and translate your ideas into three-dimensional works of art. You will finish off your creations with high temperature (2350° F) glazes that will be fired off in our professional level kilns. Be prepared to get messy! Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear (old t-shirts and sneakers are best; no open-toed shoes). All skill levels are welcome.

Drawing Beyond the Pencil

Course No. YAFD 215 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 5-8
Instructor Candice Dangerfield
Dates February 11 – April 1 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm

Sharpen your drawing skills and expand your artistic horizons using a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials. You will take your drawing abilities to a whole new level with projects designed to expand the application of fundamental drawing practices in new ways. We will establish the importance of keeping sketchbooks using the foundation of drawing and essential elements of visual art to practice, plan, and communicate creative ideas. What is the difference between looking and seeing? Through inspirational field trips to University Circle institutions like the Cleveland Museum of Art and class discussion, we will address this question as essential to the creative processes of the visual artist. Students of all skill levels are welcome to explore a variety of media and techniques to create artwork beyond the boundaries of what we commonly known as "drawing." This class is suitable for beginners as well as intermediate levels. Modified projects will provide repeat students a new experience every time.

Encaustics: Painting with Hot Wax

Course No. CEPT 430 00
Cost $375 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor José Paul Sacaridiz
Dates February 6 - March 27 (Mondays) – 6-9pm

This new class will introduce you to the limitless creativity and techniques of painting with color in hot wax. The Greeks practiced encaustic painting as early as the 5th century BC for use in portraiture and decoration. It is still widely used today by such modern masters as Jasper Johns, Lynda Benglis, Robert Morris, and Robert Rauschenberg. We will focus on the composition of basic colors, materials and mediums, as well as how they may be applied to achieve many diverse effects. You will lean to use various tools from brushes to knives for working the surface of your painting. Explore the selection of opaque and transparent colors to maximize layering effects, as well as the cross disciplinary possibilities of combining collage and even found object material into your work.

Face Value: Portraits

Course No. YAPT 400 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Instructor Melissa Harris
Dates February 11 – April 1 (Saturdays) – 1–4pm

Try your hand…at the face! This fun and creative portraiture course not only focuses on the foundations of realistic representation, you will also learn to add your own expression and style through drawing and painting original portraits. Let’s find out what your imagination adds to a face you can already see! Great for all levels.

Glassblowing for All Levels

Course No. CEGL 100 01
Cost $260 Register Now
Sessions 5
Dates February 9–March 9 (Thursdays) – 6:30 - 9:30pm

Students of all levels, join us in the Glass Studio on Thursdays! Beginners starting with the bubble, will learn ways to develop blown forms out of glass, while advanced/intermediate students explore more specific forms and ideas. Each class will add a different type of blown form to try; however, you will be encouraged to bring ideas of shapes and forms that you would like to blow. Wear natural fiber clothing (jeans and long sleeves recommended), close toe shoes and safety glasses.

Independent Projects in Ceramics

Course No. CECR 700 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates February 8 – March 29 (Wednesdays) – 6-9pm

In this course, intermediate and advanced students will have the opportunity to work on an independent ceramics project with guidance from a technical specialist. Propose a project to develop throughout this course using the structured, resourceful, open-studio environment of the CIA ceramics facilities. This course is intended for the ceramics student capable of working independently in consultation with a technical assistant. All studio work must take place during class time. Please bring a proposed project and timeline the first day of class, as well as plastic for covering works in progress. Materials available for purchase through department.

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  • Applications can be submitted February 1 - April 15, 2017
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