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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College Classes 2017 . Digital Painting 

Digital Painting

Learn how to create digital paintings and drawings from a fine art perspective. 

This course offers digital painting as a means of visual communication and self-expression, through digital painting from life and the imagination. We will explore how digital art intersects with traditional techniques, including Renaissance approaches that employ underpainting and transparent layers. We’ll learn how to combine digital painting with photographic images and other materials and meld these varied materials into a unified composition.

We’ll explore spontaneous mobile painting with the iPad and more sophisticated techniques using desktop computers, Photoshop, and Wacom drawing tablets. We’ll create projects that explore the idea of developing a distinctive style and a personal voice as an artist. We’ll discuss what it takes to develop a consistent and distinctive body of work as a digital artist. With digital technology, everything is paint. Learn how to create digitally painted images as well as manipulate and combine a wide range of materials using powerful digital tools.

No supplies, devices or software needed! Everything is provided!


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). 


Gerry Shamray is best known for his sketchy life-like drawings of Harvey Pekar in the comic book “American Splendor” that was later turned into a hit movie starring Paul Giamatti. He’s also worked with legendary comic strip artist/writer Tom Batiuk (“Crankshaft,” “Funky Winkerbean”) on the nationally syndicated strip, “John Darling.” While working in the newspaper business as an artist and writer, Gerry has garnered 25 national and statewide awards and even earned a local Emmy during his stint at the Cleveland PBS station.

To see Gerry's work, visit

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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Support CIA

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

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2017 Faculty Exhibition

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

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