Illustrators can wear many hats but the common thread that links us is our desire to tell stories in the work we create.
Whether an assignment is for a children’s book illustration, storyboards for film or television, editorial illustration or character development for animation, illustrators create the visual narrative for the viewer’s experience. Because all of these avenues for storytelling solve a visual problem driven by someone else, illustration is considered an applied art. More often than not, we create work to satisfy a client’s need and apply the artwork to a specific purpose. Classroom assignments will mimic real-life job situations and cover a variety of topics.
You will explore the illustration creative process including brainstorming, concept sketching, final comprehensive stage, and finishing the artwork. During the first week you will sample many different avenues of illustration and develop core skills and design principles that will be applied to finished artwork during the second week. Presentations and critiques throughout will help you present ideas and gain the experience necessary to selling a concept. This course is designed to help you find your creative voice, execute advanced-level artwork, and discover the diverse field of illustration.
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 graffitiheart.org.
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).
Suzanne McGinness completed her BFA in Illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007. She received a master of arts in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, England in 2009. Suzanne is the author and illustrator of the children’s book My Bear Griz, a White Raven Winner of 2012. Suzanne currently works as a children’s book illustrator and as an adjunct faculty member for the Illustration Department at CIA. To view Suzanne's work visit suzannemcg.com.
Lincoln Adams is an alumnus of the Cleveland Institute of Art who has worked for 16 years as an illustrator, storyboard artist and designer. His projects have included magazines, television commercial storyboards, character design, book covers, and greeting cards. Lincoln was selected to the 47th Annual Society of Illustrators West Show in Los Angeles. Recently, he has finished work on the popular animated shows: Dreamworks’ Veggie Tales, Disney’s Doc McStuffins and Slugterra and Mattel’s Monster High and Max Steel. Additionally, he teaches at CIA as a Visiting Professor in the Illustration and Animation Departments and in the Continuing Education Department. To view Lincoln's work visit his website.
Foundation in 3D Art + Design
Photo + Video
Foundation in 2D Art + Design
Installation + Multimedia
Print + Ceramics
3D Processes + Wearable Art