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Continuing Education + Community Outreach

Spring registration will be open Friday, October 25 through Friday, January 17. Please contact our office at 216.421.7460 or ce@cia.edu with any questions.

2D + 3D Asset Development for Animation

Course No. CEAN 200 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 9 - July 28 (Tuesdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Curious about 3D modeling, environment design or character concepts? Learn the techniques and challenges of creating 2D and 3D assets for animation, games, and pre-visualization. Students will not only learn to use software relating to industry standards (Zbrush, Photoshop, Maya, and more), but will learn to view the matter from new perspectives. The overall goal of this course is for students to learn a consistent workflow for each project they choose to encounter, develop high quality portfolio pieces, and gain a new understanding of industry expectations. This adult class is also open to students in grades 10-12.

About the Instructor:

Zachary Owens (CIA ’18) is a Cleveland native and a graduate from the Animation program at Cleveland Institute of Art. Beginning with a background in Illustration, his work became more focused as an Animator, and soon after as a 3D Modeler. Currently, he works as a CGI Contract Artist for a studio that creates architectural assets for clients/companies.

About Face: Portraits

Course No. CEPT 100 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Melissa Harris
Dates June 9 - July 28 (Tuesdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

This course is an exploration in the history and art of portraiture. Learn to open your eye and steady your hand! In this course focus on rendering skills, while also exploring creative ways to interpret personality and expression. From realistic model drawing/painting to more abstracted methods of representation, this course is great for both practice and trying new things. All levels from beginners to portraitists are welcome!

About the instructor:

Melissa Harris has taught for CIA’s Continuing Education program for 6 years now. Graduating from Cleveland State University with a BA in Studio Arts, Melissa continues to stay active in the Cleveland art scene. She has shown her work in galleries throughout the Cleveland area, including Doubting Thomas, Serefino, Walleye, and the gallery at Cleveland State. Her work has also hung at many establishments throughout the area including La Cav du Vin in Coventry and the Lyndhurst Courthouse. She continues to work out of her home studio where she also provides private lessons.

Abstract + Experimental Drawing

Course No. CEDR 315 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 11 - July 30 (Thursdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Get inspired and draw like you've always wanted. This class will encourage you to see the world and your work with new eyes. Students will work with a variety of drawing tools such as pencils, conte crayons, markers, felt tip pens, pastels, and willow charcoal to learn key techniques and concepts that will develop your appreciation and skills in non-representational drawing. The course will pull inspiration from an eclectic array of sources, including modern artists (Klee, Miro, and Kandinsky), YouTube videos, and avant garde film.

About the instructor:

David Verba is a 1980 graduate of CIA with a BFA in Drawing and an MFA in Painting from Kent State University. Before returning to Cleveland Verba previously worked at North Seattle College in their Continuing Education program. Classes taught by David include Drawing: Outdoor Landscapes, Modern Art History, and Experimental Self Expression in Acrylic Painting.

Advanced Cartooning

Course No. YAIL 400
Cost $365 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 8-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Josh Usmani
Dates June 8 - June 19 (Monday-Friday) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 9-12. Do you know a kid who loves comics and cartoons? In this course, we’ll examine the more technical side of cartooning, both visually and conceptually. We will explore a variety of concepts, such as narrative visual storytelling, character design, world building, story circles AKA the Hero’s Journey, basic anatomy, layout/composition and perspective, as well as the history of cartooning, with emphasis on Cleveland’s important role in the legacy. Students will learn professional standards and practices. We will work individually and collaborate in groups. This advanced cartooning class is meant for any kids who take comics and cartoons seriously.

About the instructor:

Josh Usmani graduated with a BA in Painting from Cleveland State University in 2013. Before graduation, his work had already been featured in over 100 local and regional exhibitions. He is the Visual Arts Editor at Cleveland Scene Magazine, as well as co-director of Popeye Gallery at Survival Kit at 78th Street Studios. He also teaches cartooning classes for an after-school program at Campus International School. His artwork is represented by Tregoning & Company in Cleveland. View his work at joshusmani.com.

Artistically Speaking: How to Speak for your Art

Course No. CEFD 135 00
Cost $300 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 11 - July 30 (Thursdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Whether you are trying to pitch your work to Art Directors, galleries, or trying to sell your work to the public, this course is designed to help lessen fears and enhance communication skills through the unconventional use of acting and improvisational exercises. In a fun and relaxed environment, you will learn how to sharpen not only technical skills (i.e., volume, articulation, vocal variety, etc.), but how to intensify audience engagement via increased emotional connection to your message. This course is aimed at artists, but is relevant and open to all who find public speaking a challenge and want to improve their communication skills.

About the Instructor:

Sheila Heiman is a comedy actor with 40 years experience including improv, voice activing, and teaching. She’s performed locally at the Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater Festival, and Cain Park. Sheila worked for 20 years at Beachwood High School, teaching Speech and Improvisational Comedy, and served as Director of Theater. Sheila received B.A. from The University of Michigan in Speech Communications and Theatre, her M.A. in Theatre from Purdue University and her Speech and Drama teaching certification from Baldwin-Wallace University.

Cartooning 101

Course No. YAIL 100 00
Cost $255 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Josh Usmani
Dates June 8 - June 19 (Monday-Friday) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Cartooning 101 is a studio course for young, aspiring cartoonists, designed to introduce and develop a diverse set of skills around this eclectic medium. Students will work individually and collaboratively to develop their own characters and stories. We will explore a variety of concepts, such as narrative visual storytelling, character design, world building, story circles AKA the Hero’s Journey, basic anatomy, layout/composition and perspective. While the class is primarily a studio course, lectures will introduce students to the nature and history of cartooning – with a specific focus on Cleveland’s influential cartooning professionals.

About the instructor:

Josh Usmani graduated with a BA in Painting from Cleveland State University in 2013. Before graduation, his work had already been featured in over 100 local and regional exhibitions. He is the Visual Arts Editor at Cleveland Scene Magazine, as well as co-director of Popeye Gallery at Survival Kit at 78th Street Studios. He also teaches cartooning classes for an after-school program at Campus International School. His artwork is represented by Tregoning & Company in Cleveland. View his work at http://joshusmani.com.

Ceramic Surface Design

Course No. CECR 220 00
Cost $130 Register Now
Sessions 2
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates May 30 + June 6 (Saturdays) – 9am-1pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Summer Workshop

Where do ideas come from? In this two-part workshop we will talk about how to gather inspiration from our world (color, pattern, texture) and turn it into your own personal visual language on ceramic surfaces. Using porcelain clay tiles students will learn how to stamp, carve, and build relief to create texture. (Students may also bring a leatherhard porcelain piece made ahead of time.) Colored slips, underglazes and slip transfers will be used to build interesting surfaces. In the second class, students will work on their bisque fired tiles and learn to use glazes to further create layered, dynamic surfaces.

Creative Clay Studio

Course No. YACR 350 00
Cost $285 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 8 - June 19 (Monday-Friday) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 5-8. Explore your imagination by creating sculpture and pottery through the use of this tactile material. You will learn the skills of hand-building and working on the potter's wheel as you develop and translate your ideas into three-dimensional works of art. You will finish off your creations with high temperature (2350° F) glazes that will be fired off in our professional level kilns. High school students have the opportunity to develop their portfolios for high school or college admission. Be prepared to get messy! Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear (old t-shirts and sneakers are best; no open-toed shoes). All skill levels are welcome.

About the instructor:

Molly Johnson is a ceramic artist recently relocated back to Cleveland. She received her BFA with a focus in ceramics from Kent State University. Prior to returning to Ohio, she taught adult and youth courses in ceramics at the Indianapolis Art Center. She also has experience working in a production pottery in the mountains of North Carolina. She maintains a studio practice in which she balances between producing both functional and sculptural work. Her sculptural work is exhibited nationally. Examples can be found at mollyjohnsonceramics.com

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