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Advanced Cartooning

Course No. YAIL 400
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 8-12
Instructor Josh Usmani
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 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.

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 joshusmani.com.

Anatomy for the Artist

Course No. YADR 250 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the topical anatomy of the human figure through direct observation of the model. Students will gain an understanding of how surface anatomy builds the figure and what underlying structures create the solid forms of the human body. We will draw from the model using traditional drawing techniques, learning about body proportions, value, line, and form. Everything from quick and expressive gesture drawings to detailed anatomy illustrations will be covered! This class is great for high school students developing their portfolio, and anyone who wants to improve their observational drawing skills.

About the instructor:

Beth Halasz is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art with a MFA in Medical Illustration. She is a certified medical illustrator and previously worked for the Cleveland Clinic as a medical illustrator. She has worked for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History as a casting technician for the casting lab in physical anthropology, the Health Museum of Cleveland in exhibits and maintains her freelance medical illustration business. Outside clients include Horse Illustrated, Kendall-Hunt publishing, University Hospital, and others.

Anatomy for the Artist

Course No. YADR 250 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the topical anatomy of the human figure through direct observation of the model. Students will gain an understanding of how surface anatomy builds the figure and what underlying structures create the solid forms of the human body. We will draw from the model using traditional drawing techniques, learning about body proportions, value, line, and form. Everything from quick and expressive gesture drawings to detailed anatomy illustrations will be covered! This class is great for high school students developing their portfolio, and anyone who wants to improve their observational drawing skills.

About the instructor:

Beth Halasz is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art with a MFA in Medical Illustration. She is a certified medical illustrator and previously worked for the Cleveland Clinic as a medical illustrator. She has worked for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History as a casting technician for the casting lab in physical anthropology, the Health Museum of Cleveland in exhibits and maintains her freelance medical illustration business. Outside clients include Horse Illustrated, Kendall-Hunt publishing, University Hospital, and others.

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 February 10 - March 31 (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.

Cartooning 101

Course No. YAIL 100 00
Cost $225 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Josh Usmani
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 9:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Cartooning 101 is a studio course for young, aspiring cartoonists, designed to introduce and develop a diverse set of skills around this eclectic medium. Students will work individually and collaboratively to develop their own characters and stories. We will explore a variety of media – including colored pencil, watercolor, markers, pen and ink and scratchboard. While the class is primarily a studio course, lectures will introduce students to the nature and history of cartooning – with a specific focus on Cleveland’s influential cartooning professionals.

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.

Creative Clay Studio

Course No. YACR 350 00
Cost $250 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 6-10
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 14pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Young artists are welcome in the clay studio at the 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. High school students have the opportunity to develop their portfolios for high school or college admission. 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.

About the instructor:

Eleni DiMaio is a ceramic artist living and working in Cleveland Ohio. Originally from Rhode Island, DiMaio graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art and fell in love with Cleveland and has lived here eleven years now. During her time at CIA she received a Viktor Schreckengost award for excellence in ceramics. She is a member of the Northern Ohio Clay Guild as well as Brick Ceramics in Collinwood. Her current work is attempting to draw attention to the beauty of ceramic materials by creating jewelry and housewares that are simple, graceful, and strong.



Emerging Artists

Course No. YAFD 125 00
Cost $225 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 6-9
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Jody Amsden
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

A fun overview course designed to allow each student to explore a variety of media, techniques, and methods. Projects focus on introducing and developing the elements of art (line, form, color, value, texture) and principles of design (balance, variety, harmony). We will examine some of the masters in painting as well as architecture. Projects will include engraving, Picasso-style self-portraits, and Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie-style windows. Students will experiment and create Tessellation prints and we will develop personal artist statements and learn of their importance. Students will be encouraged to use their imagination to allow creativity to emerge. Understanding and appreciation of self and others through art history, culture, and heritage is emphasized. Students will have the opportunity to make personal choices about the creation of their art.

About the instructor:

Jody Amsden earned a BFA in Architectural Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007, and she has worked at several Top 100 interior design firms, including Fitch (Columbus), Interbrand DesignForum (Dayton), MillerZell (Atlanta), and Vocon (Cleveland). Combining an enthusiasm for art and an affinity for young artists, this marks her second summer as an instructor in CIA's Pre-College Program. In addition to her teaching post at CIA, Jody is currently working with Fitzgibbons Design as a freelance designer. She is a past recipient of the Albert K. Murray Scholarship for Academic Excellence at CIA.

Face Value: Portraits

Course No. YAPT 400 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Melissa Harris
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 14pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

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.

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.

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