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Teacher Workshops

Spring 2022 Teacher Workshop Registration Open!

Cross curricular programs for K-12 educators

Reconnect with your artistic side and develop new techniques and perspectives that you can take back to the classroom. Earn CEUs or one graduate workshop credit, network with other educators, and enhance your skills in digital arts, craft, design, and fine arts.

Saturday, April 23, 9am to 4pm

Register now for our in-person spring workshops on Saturday, April 23 from 9am to 4pm. Workshops are $65 and lunch is provided!

Register online here, over the phone by calling 216.421.7460, or by completing this registration form and emailing it to, faxing it to 216.754.4089, or mailing it to Continuing Education, Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave, Cleveland OH 44106. Cash, check, credit card, and purchase orders are accepted.

Please note that all teachers participating in the in-person Teacher Workshops must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and adhere to CIA's COVID-19 policies and procedures, including masking and a health assessment upon entering the building.

3D Printing for Educators

Make the most out of your school’s new 3D printers! Learn the basics behind 3D printing in this fun and informative one-day workshop! Learn how to run and troubleshoot common issues with your printer, how to slice a file for printing, and even how to create your own designs for printing using software designed for grades 3 and up!

Instructor: Brian Driscoll grew up on a small sheep farm in rural Ohio. He received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. While at SAIC, he taught numerous drawing and painting classes as well as running the weekly open figure drawing sessions. His work combines traditional drawing, installation and 3D printing processes. He is currently represented by multiple galleries and does freelance 3D design work. His work has been shown nationally and collected internationally.

Ceramic Surface Treatments and Using Templates

Revitalize and deepen your ceramics skills by focusing on surface treatments on forms created by using templates. We’ll cover several different approaches to surface embellishment techniques using readily available commercial ceramic products (underglazes, glazes, wax resist) to create rich and interesting textures. Demonstrations will focus on slip trailing, sgraffito, burnishing, stamping, carving, mono printing, mishima, faceting and more. Participants will explore the classroom application of these processes by using basic template patterns to create tiles, small bowls, and cups for experimenting with these concepts. There will also be a discussion offering new project ideas for the classroom which can be easily adapted for grades K-12. (Finished work will be bisque fired and ready for pick up at a later date.)

Instructor: Lynne Norwood Lofton received her BS in Art Education from Northern Illinois University and after moving to Ohio, attended the Cleveland Institute of Art in the Ceramics program. She has been a ceramic artist and teacher for over 35 years, exhibiting in galleries throughout the Midwest. Lynne founded TerraVista Studios in the Cleveland Arts Quarter, and has been working there ever since.

Curriculum and Fine Art: Delivering quality art to kids while checking the boxes for school

Requirements in districts may vary, but they are a constant. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways of meeting curriculum requirements while still providing content of artistic and cultural substance! Teachers should come to the workshop with details on what curricular requirements they have to meet at their school. 

Instructor: Mark Krieger was born and raised in Cleveland. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his Masters from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. His first year of graduate school was spent in Rome and he returned twice to Italy to spend a year painting, the second year, 1973-74, on a Fulbright Hays Fellowship. In 1976, he moved to Newport, Rhode Island where he worked as a graphic artist. While in Newport, he traveled frequently to New York where he developed the gallery connections at Allan Stone and Touchstone galleries that culminated in a one-man show at Touchstone in 1978. That year he accepted a teaching position at The University of Texas at Austin and in 1980 returned to Cleveland where he took the position at University School that he held until 2012.  His studio is at the 78th Street Studios, Cleveland Ohio.

Figure Drawing: Underneath It All

As an artist, just drawing the figure isn’t enough. Understanding what makes up the structure, the substance, of the form solidifies a good illustration. How does our underlying structure support a believable figure? What are the prominent anatomical markers in the human form? Where are the common mistakes, the assumptions we draw without really looking at the figure? This workshop will address these questions with a figure drawing studio session.

Instructor: Beth Halasz is a medical illustrator and assistant professor in the Life Science/Biomedical Illustration department at Cleveland Institute of Art. She is a graduate of CIA with both a BFA and MFA in medical illustration. Beth is a professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators and a Certified Medical Illustrator. Before her fulltime teaching position at CIA, she was a staff medical illustrator at Cleveland Clinic for 14 years concurrent with an adjunct appointment at CIA in the Life Sciences illustration department.

Lost Wax Casting Exploration

In this workshop, learn the history of casting in art, design, and technology as we will explore the process of lost wax casting. Through demonstrations, we’ll delve into the casting process, from creating wax models and working with investment molds, along with the process of using molten metal to create a finished cast piece in silver or bronze. Lost wax will be available for pick-up after the workshop.

Instructor: Matthew Hollern has received research and professional development grants from the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Lilly Foundation, John and Maxeen Flower Fund, CIA, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture - Creative Workforce Fellowship, and two Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council. His work is included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Design Museum Helsinki - Finland, the Vatican Archive, the Ohio Crafts Museum, the Cleveland Art Association, and others. He is the Chair of CIA’s Jewelry + Metals Department.

Narrative Visual Storytelling

Narrative visual storytelling (AKA comics or cartoons) can be a powerful tool for students to express complex emotions and ideas through dynamic characters, vast new worlds, and original stories. Additionally, this powerful communication tool uniquely shows a passage of time through a series of panels and combines imagery with text, making it an ideal storytelling medium. Plus, it’s something kids love already!

Instructor: Josh Usmani is an artist, writer, instructor, and curator. Josh teaches kids art and cartooning classes with organizations like CIA, Campus International School, Cleveland School of the Arts, and Orange Art Center. Josh graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in studio art (Painting) in 2013. His comic and cartoon-inspired artwork has been featured in several solo shows and more than 100 group exhibitions, including as the main promotional image for an exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London, as well as featured in several art books. Previously, Josh has been Visual Arts Editor of Cleveland Scene Magazine and co-director of PopEye Gallery at 78th Street Studios. His work can be viewed at Artspace, and the John F. Seiberling Gallery. Marks sells her marbled paper and hand-bound books locally through her business Peaceable Kingdom Books.

Register for workshops by April 8!

For more information:

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