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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) – 1–4pm
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.

Intro to Digital Art

Course No. YAIL 300 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 1-4pm

This course focuses on the fundamentals of digital art by teaching the basics of working in a digital environment. Students will learn to navigate Photoshop as a drawing tool, learn how to create brushes and tools to help speed up their workflow and also create several digital projects to practice their skillset. Computers and software are provided, and a general knowledge of Photoshop is encouraged.

About the instructor:

Len Peralta is an illustrator in the Cleveland area who has worked on projects for companies like Discovery Channel, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Steve Jackson Games, Boom! Comics, Rifftrax and Noggin. Len has illustrated several books including Silly Rhymes for Belligerent Children written by MST3K’s Trace Beaulieu and Super Powered Revenge Christmas, a full graphic novel by Bill Corbett. Since 2012, Len has worked 100% in the digital environment.

Portfolio Preparation

Course No. YADR 700 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 10-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Eddie Mitchell
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 9:30am–12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

This course will help you to put together a stronger portfolio needed in applying to art colleges, and show you what an art college is actually looking for in your portfolio. It also provides the fabulous benefits of improving your drawing skills as you experiment with different drawing materials. Besides enjoying the classroom explorations and drawings assigned outside the classroom, you will get to engage in the occasional critique in a fun and informative way. The goal of this course is to help you reach a higher level of skill in the creation of your own artwork. Parent permission is required for life drawing because of nude models.

About the instructor:

Eddie Mitchell received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in painting and drawing in 1987 with a top traveling scholarship award. Eddie has taught art classes at Lakeland Community College for the past 22 years. At CIA, he has facilitated the evening life drawing classes, taught the Pre-College summer program, and the Portfolio Preparation class since 2009. He has maintained a full-time studio for the past 28 years. His work is represented in several galleries across the country. Eddie has been in over 150 art shows, created numerous commissioned pieces for public locations, and has sold over 1,000 paintings.

Studio Foundations

Course No. YAFD 135 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Instructor Terry Clark
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 1–4pm

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’ll 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.

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.

Young Artists Blacksmithing

Course No. YASC 150 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 10-12
Instructor Steve Smolinski
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm

Light a fire and swing a hammer. Learn how to forge steel! Students will learn the essentials of blacksmithing. Using our gas forge, we will learn how to heat and forge steel using the processes of upsetting, tapering, fullering, forming scrolls, and ornamental twists. We will also cover several techniques for forming steel without heat. Students will then get to make one functional piece and one decorative/nonfunctioanl piece of iron work. Come willing to learn and we will make the anvil ring.

About the instructor:

Steve Smolinski graduated from Northern Michigan University School of Art & Design in 2013 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting. It was there that he learned the skills of Blacksmithing from Dale Wedig, professor of Jewelry and Metals. Steve also studied in the MFA programs at Herron School of Art from 2013-2015. His works focus on human interaction and developing personal relationships through the act of repair and mending. Steve exhibits work throughout the Midwestern United States and is currently working as a Technical Specialist in the Fabrication Studios at CIA.

Young Artists Blacksmithing

Course No. YASC 150 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 10-12
Instructor Steve Smolinski
Dates February 10 - March 31 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm

Light a fire and swing a hammer. Learn how to forge steel! Students will learn the essentials of blacksmithing. Using our gas forge, we will learn how to heat and forge steel using the processes of upsetting, tapering, fullering, forming scrolls, and ornamental twists. We will also cover several techniques for forming steel without heat. Students will then get to make one functional piece and one decorative/nonfunctioanl piece of iron work. Come willing to learn and we will make the anvil ring.

About the instructor:

Steve Smolinski graduated from Northern Michigan University School of Art & Design in 2013 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting. It was there that he learned the skills of Blacksmithing from Dale Wedig, professor of Jewelry and Metals. Steve also studied in the MFA programs at Herron School of Art from 2013-2015. His works focus on human interaction and developing personal relationships through the act of repair and mending. Steve exhibits work throughout the Midwestern United States and is currently working as a Technical Specialist in the Fabrication Studios at CIA.

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