share this

CIA's application fee waived Nov. 1-Jan. 31
Get started here.
Share This Search
Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College Classes 2014 . Pre-College The Poetry of Painting course 

Pre-College The Poetry of
Painting course

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” —Simondes

Have you ever seen an artwork that made you gasp, lose your breath, laugh, or feel disgust? How can simple artistic materials produce these feelings and emotions? Painting is a skill, but it is also a form of expression, playing with color and image to produce a response from those in its purview.

We will begin our painting investigations with traditional color theory and application of materials. As we explore interactions of color, objects, and shifts in light, we will discuss symbolic subject matter in traditional styles. You will use the sketchbook as a tool for visual journaling while building observational skills. We will uncover the basics of “building” a painting. Layer by layer your paintings become transcriptions of artistic process, design, and the simple human reaction to the formal elements of art.

Our painting conquests will culminate with paintings that explore inspirations and empowerment. The work will present basic human situations with affecting simplicity.


Beth Ryan is a local artist, advocate, and educator of the arts. She received an MA in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University in 2009 and a BA in Painting from Ursuline College in 2003. Before attending graduate school, Beth worked in the nonprofit arts sector, assisting in the development of entrepreneurial training for adult artists. Currently, she teaches art at Holy Name High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Beth’s artwork stems from an interest in combining color trends, formalism, and still imagery into complex and emotional compositions. She exhibits regularly in the Cleveland area.

Click here to learn more about CIA's Painting program.

Read More

Support CIA

Show the world creativity matters: make a gift to the annual fund.

Read More

2015 Fall Exhibitions

See engaging work by two artists starting Oct. 30.

Read More

Cores + Connections

Creating. Connecting. Building better futures.