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Continuing Education + Community Outreach

2D Conceptual Portfolio

Course No. YAFD 500 00
Cost $375 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 10-12
Room 302
Instructor David King
Dates June 13-24 (Monday-Friday) – 1-4pm

Create a unique body of work in drawing, painting or both. The goal of this class is to help students create a cohesive body of work driven by their own concepts. Art and design universities are looking for creativity as well as skill. Add a few pieces to your portfolio for college admission that showcase your artistic identity and talent. This course is ideal for students who have taken Portfolio Preparation or for those with intermediate-advanced skill.

Art Explorations

Course No. YAFD 120 00
Cost $175 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 4-6
Room 400E
Instructor Stephanie Miller-Davis
Dates June 13-24 (Monday-Friday) – 1-3:30pm

Students will enjoy exploring endless possibilities for self-expression in many two- and three-dimensional media including drawing, painting, clay, printmaking, handmade books, sculpture, 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!

Art Foundations for the Aspiring Superhero

Course No. YAIL 500 00
Cost $250 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 8-12
Room 306
Instructor Josh Usmani
Dates June 13-24 (Monday-Friday) – 9:30am-12:30pm

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.

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!

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 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."

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.

Glassblowing for Young Artists

Course No. YAGL 100 00
Cost $375 Register Now
Sessions 5
Grades 9-12
Room 403
Instructor Zachary Gorell
Dates June 13-17 (Monday-Friday) – 9:30am-3:30pm

This introductory-level glassblowing class will teach you the basics of manipulating hot glass. Starting with the bubble, you will learn ways to develop blown forms out of glass. We will use basic functional shapes like cups, vases, and ornaments as building blocks to gain an understanding of how glassblowing works. Each class we 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. Bring water to stay hydrated. Please bring a bag lunch.

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Pre-College Application

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