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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.

Encaustics: Painting with Hot Wax

Course No. CEPT 430 00
Cost $375 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor José Paul Sacaridiz
Dates February 5- March 26 (Mondays) – 6-9pm

This exciting class will introduce you to the limitless creativity and techniques of painting with color in hot wax. The Greeks practiced encaustic painting as early as the 5th century BC for use in portraiture and decoration. It is still widely used today by such modern masters as Jasper Johns, Lynda Benglis, Robert Morris, and Robert Rauschenberg to name just a few. We will focus on the techniques for applying colors, materials and mediums to your work, as well as how they may be combined to achieve many unexpected and exciting effects. You will use various tools from brushes and knives to heat guns for working the surface of your painting. Explore the use of both opaque and transparent colors to maximize layering effects, as well as the cross-disciplinary possibilities of combining collage and even found objects into your work.

About the instructor:




José Paul Sacaridiz studied Drawing and Painting at Pratt Institute in New York and the National Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. He received his BA with a dual major in both Painting and Creative Writing from The State University of New York. After serving for many years as Senior Creative Director of Scholastic Inc., NY, he turned to academia full-time, teaching as an adjunct instructor of art and design. José maintains a full-time studio for the teaching of private students, special needs populations, and workshop intensives. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions throughout the Northeast and Midwest in corporate, academic, and private gallery venues. José’s work can be viewed at josesacaridiz.com.




Experimental Projects in Ceramics

Course No. CECR 700 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates February 7 - April 4 (Wednesdays) – 6 - 9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Have you ever wanted to try out handbuilding techniques in your clay studio? Or are you eyeing an experimental glaze combination, or want to get reps in on the wheel? In this course ceramic students will have the opportunity to focus on a specific project or technique, with guidance from an instructor. As a material, clay provides endless possibilities for exploration; this is the perfect place to test those methods and create something truly unique. Propose a project to develop throughout the course using the resourceful, open-studio environment of the CIA ceramics facilities. Please bring in sketches of your proposed project and inspirations on the first day of class. Please bring dry cleaning or garbage bags for covering your works in progress. Clay and tools are available in class for purchase.

About the instructor:

Lynne Norwood Lofton received her BS in Art Education from Northern Illinois University and after moving to Ohio, attended the Cleveland Institute of Art in the Ceramics program. She has been a ceramic artist and teacher for over 35 years, exhibiting in galleries throughout the Midwest. Sixteen years ago, Lynne founded TerraVista Studios in the Cleveland Arts Quarter, and has been working there ever since.

Exploring Bent Forms in Wood

Course No. CESC 210 00
Cost $370 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor Annie Clark
Dates February 5- March 26 (Mondays) – 6-9pm

In this class, students will learn about the properties of solid woods and plywoods and how they can be manipulated through steam bending and bent lamination. We will use these processes along with basic woodworking techniques to make a kitchen utensil and a hanging wall shelf. CIA’s woodshop and fabrication studios offer unique resources and extensive facilities, normally only available to CIA students. Learn new processes in the wood shop with a CIA Fab Studio staff member!

About the instructor:

Annie Clark received her BFA from Herron School of Art and Design in Furniture Design/Woodworking in spring of 2016. She has been the recipient of a Windgate Fellowship Award which led her to studying wooden boat making under boat builder Josh Swan. She currently works as a Technical Specialist in the Fabrication Studios at Cleveland Institute of Art. Her most recent work explores bent and coopered wood furniture forms.

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.

Glassblowing for All Levels

Course No. CEGL 100 00
Cost $275 Register Now
Sessions 5
Dates February 8 - March 8 (Thursdays) – 6-9pm

Students of all levels, join us in the Glass Studio on Thursdays! Beginners starting with the bubble, will learn ways to develop blown forms out of glass, while advanced/intermediate students explore more specific forms and ideas. Each class 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.

About the instructor:

Shayna Pentecost began her journey with glass at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She continued her studies at the Penland School of Crafts and the Corning Museum of Glass with teachers such as Pino Signeretto, Ruth King, Paul Marioni, and many others. From there Shayna apprenticed with William and Katherine Bernstien (Glass), Harvey Littleton (vitreography) and Richard Ritter (glass). Now living in Cleveland, she is a studio artist creating work and teaching at Superior Hot Glass.

Intermediate Oil Pastels

Course No. CEDR 320 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates February 8 - March 29 (Thursdays) – 6-9pm

Explore the unlimited potential beyond the basics of learning oil pastels. This new course designed for intermediate level students will expose you to the latest innovative ideas, as well as unique experiential approaches developed by today’s contemporary artists. Explore the use of painting with melted oil, handling modern pigments such as metallics, iridescents and fluorescents, that don't fit the color wheel, unusual surfaces, integrating calligraphy, layered collage found objects and surprising mediums. You’ll quickly become inspired to test the enormous possibilities of what was once thought to be a non-mixable medium.

About the instructor:

José Paul Sacaridiz studied Drawing and Painting at Pratt Institute in New York and the National Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. He received his BA with a dual major in both Painting and Creative Writing from The State University of New York. After serving for many years as Senior Creative Director of Scholastic Inc., NY, he turned to academia full-time, teaching as an adjunct instructor of art and design. José maintains a full-time studio for the teaching of private students, special needs populations, and workshop intensives. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions throughout the Northeast and Midwest in corporate, academic, and private gallery venues. José’s work can be viewed at josesacaridiz.com.

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.

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