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Continuing Education . Classes

Continuing Education + Community Outreach

Business of Art

Course No. CEFD 230 00
Cost $300 Register Now
Sessions 6
Room 112
Dates June 7 - July 26 (Tuesdays) – 6:308:30pm

This course is designed as a first-step towards helping the developing as well as established 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.

Cartooning 101

Course No. YAIL 100 00
Cost $175 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 5-8
Room 300
Instructor Josh Usmani
Dates June 13-24 (Monday-Friday) – 1-3:30pm

This class will be great for beginning and intermediate levels. Learn how to develop cartoon characters from a variety of sources. We will explore how to create cartoons beyond the character and learn a full range of techniques around this diverse genre. We will utilize lots of mediums including colored pencils, watercolor, pen and ink, and scratchboard. Group critiques and guest artists will enhance our cartooning adventure!

CNC for All Levels

Course No. CESC 125 00
Cost $425 Register Now
Sessions 5
Room 203
Dates July 12 - August 9 + July 14 - August 11 (Tuesdays + Thursdays) – 6-9pm

Students will create a finished 3D work, gain experience in creating Adobe Illustrator files, and explore processes in greater depth. Students will design projects in Adobe Illustrator, learn how to convert the files on the computer, and prepare and cut the files on the Shopbot CNC. Class demonstrations will include an introduction to the drag knife attachment.

Creative Clay Studio

Course No. YACR 350 00
Cost $275 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 6-10
Room 402
Dates June 13-24 (Saturdays) – 14pm

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 + Sketchercises

Course No. CEDR 130 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Room 202
Instructor Melissa Harris
Dates June 7 - July 26 (Tuesdays) – 6:30-9:30pm

The ritual of sketching as a drawing exercise is important to all artists. Students will explore turning sketches into finished drawings through narrative themes in this introductory drawing course. Peer discussion through critiques after each assignment will guide students to develop their themes, ideas and creative voice. Open to high school students and adults.

Drawing Beyond the Pencil

Course No. YAFD 215 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 5-8
Room 202
Instructor Candice Dangerfield
Dates June 13-24 (Monday-Friday) – 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? With class discussions, 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."

Enamel + Etching

Course No. CEJM 170 00
Cost $370 Register Now
Sessions 8
Room 409G
Dates June 6 - August 1 (No class July 4) (Mondays) – 6 - 9pm

This class will focus on images in enamel. We will begin with basic techniques including drawing, painting, and templates, and image transfer techniques. Enameling is the process of fusing powdered glass to metal, which yields a permanent image on metal. Enamel offers an exceptional range of colors and surfaces, transparent and opaque. This class is open to beginning and advanced students. Bring a sketchbook, your favorite tools, and your creativity!

Face Value: Portraits

Course No. YAPT 400 00
Cost $310 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 9-12
Room 200
Instructor Melissa Harris
Dates June 13-24 (Monday-Friday) – 14pm

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.

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Pre-College Application

  • Completed applications for tuition assistance due May 5
  • Applications due June 1


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