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Pleated Paper Sculpting

Course No. CEFM 275 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 20 - November 8 (Wednesdays) – 6:30 - 9:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

In recent decades, the age-old art of paper folding has taken on a number new and interesting forms that deviate from its traditional, Japanese roots. Abstract and geometric based origami such as tessellations and corrugation folding yield stunning results, made all the more impressive considering they can be crafted simply from folding a single, un-cut sheet of material. The intricacy of such designs can range from simple to highly complex. This course will delve into the non-representational realm of folding, leaving students with experience in: basic tessellation folding; advanced pleating methods, and the creation of elegant spiral forms with paper. We will also examine different ways these techniques can be applied as design elements in other mediums such as installation art, architecture, photography, book making, and much more.

About the instructor:

James W. Peake, Oberlin College graduate, is an artist, educator and community organizer who lives and works in Oberlin, Ohio. As Education Director for the non-profit FAVA (Firelands Association for the Visual Arts), James is involved in the organization of numerous art courses for students of all ages throughout Lorain County. He assists with the implementation of the Big Parade, the Oberlin Chalk Walk, and the FAVA Folding Festival. James founded the FAVA Folding Festival, which includes a gallery exhibition featuring elite origami artists from around the globe, and free public workshops. As an active member of the international folding community, James regularly attends origami conferences throughout the world. His collaborative efforts include extensive work with the Allen Memorial Art Museum, the Oberlin Public Library (OPL), and Oberlin College.

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 September 23 - November 18 (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.

Professional Practices for Developing Artists

Course No. CEFD 230 00
Cost $300 Register Now
Sessions 6
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 19 - October 24 (Tuesdays) – 6:30–8:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

You’re making your art… but now what? What does it take to go from casual maker to working artist? For many, the transition of getting your artwork out in public is daunting. This course, for everyone from recent grads to recent retirees, will teach the developing artist how to present and promote their work, get involved in the art community, and understand what it means to be a working artist today. Mary Urbas will share her 38 years of experience on both sides of the business of art as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, consultant, as well as an exhibited fiber artist.

About the instructor:

Mary Urbas has 38 years of experience in the professional art world as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, consultant, and exhibiting fiber artist, bringing a real world perspective to both sides of the business and marketing of art. Mary received her BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art ‘80 with a major in Textile Design and Silk Screen Printing, with minors in Weaving and Printmaking. She was the Gallery Manager at Sylvia Ullman’s American Crafts Gallery in Cleveland, for 17 years. In 1997 she opened The Gallery in Chagrin Falls which featured contemporary fine art + crafts. Later Mary became the Gallery Curator and Assistant Director at the Valley Art Center in 2001, where she taught adults and children, before becoming the Gallery Coordinator and Exhibition Curator at Lakeland Community College, a position she has held for 10 years.

Sculpting the Figure

Course No. CESC 160 00
Cost $375 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 20 - November 8 (Wednesdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

In this class, students will learn techniques for accurately representing the human figure in three dimensions. Sculpting from a live model, we will improve our understanding of proportion and anatomy while also integrating elements from the imagination. We will work on conveying specific actions and emotions by defining the figure’s gesture and expression. These studies will be sculpted in oil clay. However, the difference between oil and water based ceramic clay will be addressed, along with a brief overview of mold making and casting.

About the instructor:

Suzanne Head received a BFA in drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a Post-Baccalaurite in figurative painting from the Laguna College of Art and Design. Her work has shown at the Society of Illustrators Museum in Manhattan, New York, and she was commissioned by Copic Marker to create a tutorial for her large-scale drawing process. She has a featured article in the Summer 2016 CAN Journal, and was interviewed about her work on a segment of Kickin’ it with Kenny on Fox 8 News. Suzanne has primarily focused on representational drawing and sculpture, and pursues a wide range of mediums. http://www.suzannehead.com/about

Steel Fabrication: MIG Welding

Course No. CESC 150 00
Cost $400 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates September 21 - November 9 (Thursdays) – 6:00-9:00pm

This course will function as an introductory level overview of basic MIG welding and steel fabrication techniques. The first 3 weeks of the class will focus on fundamental projects where students will become familiar with the processes and tools for working with steel. In the final 5 weeks students will work on an individual project that they propose based on the principals and techniques covered. Functional and purely sculptural works are all encouraged, come ready to work.

About the instructor:

Daniel Roth graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2015 with a BFA in Sculpture. For his BFA Daniel made a series of large interactive steel sculptures that move with touch. Daniel exhibits his work locally and is now working as a Technical Specialist in the Fabrication Studios at CIA.

Watercolor Landscapes

Course No. CEPT 375 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Terry Clark
Dates September 20 - November 8 (Wednesdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Watercolor landscapes will introduce the foundations of working with watercolor paints in the studio environment. Watercolor painting makes use of transparent washes and in doing so allows for a bright image. A painting made with watercolor paints uses the white paper as a mirror to reflect and capture a luminous quality. Topics discussed and demonstrated in class are color theory, paint application, painting techniques, and paint manipulation. Each example will incorporate a new color theory lesson and a painting technique. You will be shown how to paint elements found in the landscape such as skies, rural and cosmopolitan environments, trees, and water. Many small quick paintings and fast dry time permits for a wide range of tricks and topics to explore. Almost all paintings are guided with a step by step process from beginning to end. Both group and individual attention will aid in your painting’s focus and direction. The beginner and novice painter will be encouraged.

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.

Wheel Throwing: Beginning + Advanced

Course No. CECR 200 00
Cost $345 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 19 - November 7 (Tuesdays) – 6 - 9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel! Students can choose from rustic stoneware clay or smooth white porcelain. Beginners will learn to make basic forms like cylinders, bowls, and mugs on the wheel. Using colored slips and glaze, inlay, texture, and carving you will learn various ways to finish your creations. Students with throwing experience will get one-on-one instruction and help in developing their own personal projects. Feel free to bring sketches, drawings, or any inspiration for your projects. You will need basic pottery tools, an apron, a towel, and plastic to cover your pots (dry cleaning bags are best). Clay and tools are available in class for purchase.

About the instructor:

Amy Halko is a studio potter, recently settling in Cleveland, Ohio. With a BFA from Bowling Green State University and MFA from The Ohio State University, she has taught at Southern Methodist University, Eastfield College, community education classes, a number of workshops, and was a visiting artist at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdhezhen, China. In 2006 Amy spent the summer as a resident at The Archie Bray Foundation, an internationally recognized center for the advancement of ceramic art. She is a cofounder of The Dallas Pottery Invitational and Clay Wood Cloth. Amy’s work is in several collections and is shown nationally. http://amyhalko.com

Young Artists Jewelry + Metalsmithing

Course No. YAJM 100 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 23 - November 18 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Learn the fundamental skills needed to create jewelry and small metalwork. You'll use copper and brass to create samples in sawing, filing, stamping, casting, soldering, and finishing. A final project will be worked on throughout the class and completed by the end of the class. Projects could include bracelets, earrings, rings, necklaces, or small metal sculptures. These can be made in sterling silver at an extra cost, if desired. Open to beginners as well as intermediate students. More advanced students will be encouraged to work on independent projects. Most materials are included in the cost of the class.

About the instructor:

Sydney Givens is pursuing a BFA in Jewelry + Metals at CIA. She has co-chaired the Student Holiday Sale, assisted with a Pre-College course, exhibited at the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, and participated in CIA’s annual fashion show. Sydney currently works at Sands Company Jewelers. Before she moved to Cleveland, she helped teach children’s art classes at the Carnegie Museum of Art and served as a personal assistant to Pittsburgh jeweler Diane Wilson. Her primary areas of interest are sculptural jewelry and functional objects that involve raw materials, geometric forms, and experimental processes.

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