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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.

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.

Conceptual Drawing

Course No. CEDR 310 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates September 19 - November 7 (Tuesdays) – 6-9pm

Take your drawing skills to a different level by using found images as a springboard to allow your creativity to emerge. Alter found images by using different drawing material to work into, enhance, and transform photographs, advertisements, reproductions etc, into personal visions and narratives. Have fun developing your drawing skills using subtle or dramatic enhancements or alterations that will result in creating surprising and unique new images.

About the instructor:

David Verba is a 1980 graduate of CIA with a BFA in Drawing and an MFA in Painting from Kent State University. Currently he teaches at North Seattle College in their Continuing Education program. Classes taught by David include Drawing: Outdoor Landscapes, Modern Art History, and Experimental Self Expression in Acrylic Painting. http://davidverbagallery.com

Drawing: Conte + Charcoal

Course No. CEDR 250 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 20 - November 8 (Wednesdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Working with conté and charcoal are a great ways for any aspiring artist to learn, practice and master new and exciting ways of seeing and drawing. Charcoal (yes burnt wood), comes in one color, black, and three basic forms: pencil, vine, and stick. All can be used together to create bold, spontaneous and dramatic effects, soft blending, and delicate lines. By comparison, conté crayon, is usually made in black, red, brown and white and used in any combination of these colors. Conté crayon, unlike charcoal, has a light oil content, making it harder and detail more easily achievable. In this class you’ll learn how to use both separately and together. We’ll cover materials, techniques, papers, effects, and all levels of drawing skills from basics to refined. Both of these mediums are simple to use, highly affordable and convenient. Take them with you anywhere you go for a quick sketch to a finished drawing. This exciting fast paced class is open to both students (grades 10-12) and adults.

About the instructor: José Paul Sacaridiz studied Drawing and Painting at Pratt Institute in New York and the National Academy of Fine Arts in Florence Italy. He received his BA with a dual major in both Painting and Creative Writing from The State University of New York. After serving for many years as Senior Creative Director of Scholastic Inc., NY, he turned to academia full-time, teaching as an adjunct instructor of art and design. José maintains a full-time studio for the teaching of private students, special needs populations, and workshop intensives. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions throughout the Northeast and Midwest in corporate, academic, and private gallery venues. José’s work can be viewed on line at http://josesacaridiz.com.

Oil Pastels: Two Mediums in One Hand

Course No. CEPT 200 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 19 - November 7 (Tuesdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Few mediums provide the student with the broad range of options of drawing and painting, as do oil pastels. Developed for Picasso, the spontaneity, strength and color one imagines are almost effortlessly translated onto paper or canvas. You will then learn how to dilute these marks into areas of both opaque and transparent passages of paint. In addition to the basics of design, form, composition, and color, you will learn to apply layer upon layer, to mix directly on your surface and etch into your work. Many other techniques are available for you to master with this exciting medium.

About the instructor:

José Paul Sacaridiz studied Drawing and Painting at Pratt Institute in New York and the National Academy of Fine Arts in Florence Italy. He received his BA with a dual major in both Painting and Creative Writing from The State University of New York. After serving for many years as Senior Creative Director of Scholastic Inc., NY, he turned to academia full-time, teaching as an adjunct instructor of art and design. José maintains a full-time studio for the teaching of private students, special needs populations, and workshop intensives. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions throughout the Northeast and Midwest in corporate, academic, and private gallery venues. José’s work can be viewed on line at http://josesacaridiz.com.

Oil Pastels: Two Mediums in One Hand

Course No. CEPT 200 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 19 - November 7 (Tuesdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Few mediums provide the student with the broad range of options of drawing and painting, as do oil pastels. Developed for Picasso, the spontaneity, strength and color one imagines are almost effortlessly translated onto paper or canvas. You will then learn how to dilute these marks into areas of both opaque and transparent passages of paint. In addition to the basics of design, form, composition, and color, you will learn to apply layer upon layer, to mix directly on your surface and etch into your work. Many other techniques are available for you to master with this exciting medium.

About the instructor:

José Paul Sacaridiz studied Drawing and Painting at Pratt Institute in New York and the National Academy of Fine Arts in Florence Italy. He received his BA with a dual major in both Painting and Creative Writing from The State University of New York. After serving for many years as Senior Creative Director of Scholastic Inc., NY, he turned to academia full-time, teaching as an adjunct instructor of art and design. José maintains a full-time studio for the teaching of private students, special needs populations, and workshop intensives. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions throughout the Northeast and Midwest in corporate, academic, and private gallery venues. José’s work can be viewed on line at http://josesacaridiz.com.

Painting Patterns and Forms from Nature

Course No. CEPT 315 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Susan Danko
Dates September 21 - November 9 (Thursdays) – 6:30 - 9:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

In this acrylic painting course you will work from elements found in nature to create paintings that are inspired by their patterns and forms. You will come to more fully understand and appreciate the unique beauty of your subjects as you paint them in an array of styles ranging from realism to abstraction. Demonstrations will be provided to guide you in the use of acrylic paint and mediums to achieve a variety of effects that may be used in your paintings. This course is open to all levels of experience. Creative experimentation with materials and techniques is encouraged.

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.

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