Continuing Education . Classes
Art Explorations Grades 3-4
Delve into the lives and work of prominent artists as you gain inspiration to create your own original artwork. We’ll explore fundamental elements of drawing, painting, and design through the use of pencil, ink, paint, collage, and mixed media. Basic art concepts such as color, shape, texture, and line will also be explored.
Art Explorations Grades 5-6
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!
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
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 the ways of 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.
Do as The Masters Do
This course will focus on studying master artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, David Gilhooly, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh and Andy Warhol. Young Artists will create their own original artwork inspired by these master artists using new techniques and materials. Students will enjoy art history while exploring a range of experimental drawing and painting methods to create their own compositions.
Drawing Beyond the Pencil
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."
Exercise the Creative Mind
Are you creatively inclined and eager to explore multiple artistic connections? Join us and come full-circle in your artistic endeavors. Each class will center around individual or group exercises to help you develop and expand your artistic skills while nurturing your creative expression. We will explore many avenues including: journaling; creative writing; idea-generating and reference-building in sketchbooks; the use of alternative materials to develop and expand new ideas; and the kinesthetic correlation of visual art and the musicality of design, including the harmony and dissonance of color and art elements. We will also examine the therapeutic effect of using art to focus and calm the mind and body with the ultimate goal of learning to let go of expectations and create your best artwork ever! We will travel to various organizations within University Circle to enhance our artistic journey. Please bring a bag lunch.
Explore the amazing technique of hand crochet! We will begin with the basics and by the end of the first class you will be a pro. You may think the fun ends there but now it can truly begin. Absolutely any material can be crocheted as long as it is basically a line and basically flexible. Anything from traditional yarn to that old slinky in your toy chest! Projects can vary from making clothing to large scale collaborations with your friends. We'll also soak up the sun by taking field trips to crochet outdoors, crocheting on and around nature itself. Crocheting is a useful and fundamental skill that can be the start of a whole life of art making. The possibilities are endless, let's get started!!
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Learn about NEXT, CIA's day-long event designed to help students learn more about pursuing a career in art or design.
Experience the life of an art student at CIA through this 2-week residential program.