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Graphic Design

Course No. YAG500.01
Cost $330 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates September22-November17 No class Oct. 20 (Saturday) – 9:30am-12pm
Faculty Elizabeth Halasz

Are you interested in magazine design? Would you like to create an eight- to sixteen-page magazine about your favorite subject, hobby, sport, or fashion? We Ôll explore all types of magazines and create one using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (graphic design software). You Ôll create advertisements, features, and use your own photography and research to develop a unique individual publication. We Ôll post your finished magazine online at for all of your friends and family to read. Take a look at a whole new world of digital publishing. Issuu (an online world of publications) is the leading digital publishing platform delivering exceptional reading experiences of magazines, catalogs, and newspapers. No previous experience required.

Mixed Media: Paper, Canvas + Cloth

Course No. YAF410.00
Sessions 5
Dates September22-October 27 No class Oct. 20 (Saturday) – 9-11am

Learn about mixed media through the exploration of a variety of materials and projects. We will create a mini-album using different papers and embellishments, as well as create a paper-mache art project and a shadow box scene. We Ôll also paint on canvas and experiment with fabric and stitching.

Painting with Fire

Course No. YAE500.01
Cost $310 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates September22-November17 No class Oct. 20 (Saturday) – 9:30am-12pm

Experience the intriguing process of fusing glass on metal via enamel. Enamel is ground glass in an unlimited range of color that is fused to metal in a kiln. The process of enamel is instantly gratifying and produces results with saturated permanent color. You Ôll learn the various skills for creating art and objects that will range from work for the wall to jewelry, accessories, and more. Throughout the course you will complete pieces in one class, up to a few weeks. You will revel in the beauty of this unique form of art. Come with ideas and you Ôll leave with some very cool creations!

Portfolio Preparation

Course No. YAD900.01
Cost $390 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates September22-November17 No class Oct. 20 (Saturday) – 9am-12pm
Faculty David Schumick

This course will provide high school artists with information and assignments that will yield greater understanding of their role in the visual arts. An overview of creative ideation, compositional elements, and technical realization will be emphasized. In conjunction with the assigned work, you will engage in critiques at appropriate intervals. Emphasis on professional practices will be observed. The goal of this course is to help bring your observation and production skills to a higher level of competency. Work will be required inside and outside of the classroom. Parent permission is required for life drawing because of nude models.


Course No. YAA900.01
Cost $310 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates September22-November17 No class Oct. 20 (Saturday) – 12:30-3pm

Mirror, mirror on the wall Đ who is the fairest of them all? You Ôll look at your reflection in a whole new light! We will use acrylic paint to study the art of portraiture. We will sketch from models, study facial anatomy, and also focus on expressive forms of interpretation.

Pottery: Form, Glaze, Fire

Course No. YAC600.01
Cost $275 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates September22-November17 No class Oct. 20 (Saturday) – 1-4pm

Explore pottery-making methods to create functional wares like dishes, bowls, vases, mugs, and tiles all with your own personal touch since they will be made by your hands. Press, pinch, throw, stamp, carve, and form clay into pots that you will decorate with glazes and we will fire in our studio Ôs kilns. The ceramics studio at CIA is fully outfitted with pottery wheels, handbuilding tools, and functional glazes to suit every level of young artists.

Sculpting for Fun!

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Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates September22-November17 No class Oct. 20 (Saturday) – 9:30am-12pm

We will utilize self-hardening clay to learn about the Italian technique of sgraffito. We will explore subtractive techniques as well as additive techniques to create both two- and three-dimensional sculptures. You will continue your journey into the wonderful world of sculpture as you create a bas-relief after the style of the Ancient Mayan Glyphs, and create an in-the-round Super Hero after the style of folk artist Josefina Aguilar.

Studio Foundations I

Course No. YAQ800.01
Sessions 8
Dates September22-November17 No class Oct. 20 (Saturday) – 9am-12pm

In this introduction to drawing and painting in the studio environment, exposure to basic concepts and materials will offer you a strong foundation on which to build. The essential tools of an artist are the pencil and brush. You Ôll use both, separately and combined, to generate multiple exercises and images. The elements and principles of color, perspective, shape, shading, and pattern are explored through projects. All of the projects will be guided by individual and written instructions. Every new challenge and concept will promote both your artistic confidence and vocabulary.

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