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Continuing Education . Pre-College Classes 2017 . Biomedical Art 

Biomedical Art

This unique course combines traditional drawing media with digital drawing techniques to illustrate figurative anatomy. 

Through observation, figure drawing, and the use of line, motion, and media, you will learn how the amazing human body moves in space. We will explore human anatomy fundamentals as they relate to the development of artistic skills in figurative proportion and visual expression. You will learn how the skeleton and muscles form the figure; what structures enable motion; and specific methods for improving observational figure drawing.

A series of both artistic anatomy lectures combined with real figure model/ skeleton observation will be the main course content. Throughout our anatomical adventure, we will visually reveal various anatomical layers of the human form utilizing a variety of techniques and materials including colored pencil, charcoal, graphite, and ultimately digital rendering in Photoshop.

Exercise both your artistic creativity and your scientific curiosity as you illustrate the inner workings of the natural world. Biomedical art is an ever-growing field and CIA is proud to offer one of the few biomedical art programs of its kind in the country. Every year for the last four, CIA students have won national awards from the Association of Medical Illustrators


Our 2017 session has ended. Please check back for more info on our 2018 session.


Graffiti HeArt will be working with CIA to provide Pre-College scholarships in 2017. These scholarships will be awarded based on a review of portfolios and a determination of both merit and need. With the mission, “To Inspire Health and Art in the Community,” the local nonprofit focuses on promoting graffiti art and artists through community revitalization projects, funding art education and scholarships for underserved youth in our communities. More information on Graffiti HeArt can be found at

A limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are also available. To apply for a scholarship you must submit a 2016 income tax return of the parent(s) or guardian(s) who claim(s) you as a dependent as well as the parent’s (or guardian’s) spouse’s tax return (if applicable). 


Jennifer Kerbo graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA degree in Biomedical Art. She has taken additional coursework at CWRU School of Medicine and Cleveland State University in the Health Sciences Department. Jennifer is currently contracted as the Lead Artist for a cardiovascular simulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in the Department of Anatomy. She has also begun work on a large-scale educational game focusing on environmental issues and intergenerational learning. 

2017 Pre-College Program

Session 1: July 9-21

Biomedical Art
Foundation in 3D Art + Design


Graphic Design
Industrial Design


Photo + Video

Session 2: July 24-August 5

Architectural Drawing

Digital Painting
Foundation in 2D Art + Design
Game Design
Installation + Multimedia
Print + Ceramics
3D Processes + Wearable Art

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2017 Faculty Exhibition

CIA’s Faculty Exhibition is on view in Reinberger Gallery through October 8.

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