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Abstract + Expressive Drawing

Course No. CEDR 315 00
Cost $495 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 6 - August 1 (no class July 4) (Thursday) – 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. Instructor: David Verba

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Advanced Cartooning

Course No. YAIL 400 00
Cost $400 Register Now
Grad Cost $N/A Register Now
Sessions 9
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 10 - 21 (No Class June 19) (Monday-Friday) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Do you know a kid or teen who loves comics and cartoons? In Advanced Cartooning, we’ll explore the more technical side of this medium, both visually and conceptually. We will examine a variety of concepts, such as narrative visual storytelling, character design, world building, story circles AKA the Hero’s Journey, basic anatomy, layout/composition, script writing techniques, and perspective, as well as the history of cartooning and comics, with emphasis on Cleveland’s important role in the legacy. Following along with demonstrations and discussions, students will learn professional standards and practices. Working independently, students will create their own original comic and receive individual feedback throughout the process. This course is perfect for any kids who take comics and cartoons seriously. Instructors: Josh and Rachel Usmani

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Beginning Painting

Course No. CEPT 110 00
Cost $495.00 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 4- July 23 (Tuesday) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

In this introductory painting course, students will learn the fundamental techniques and processes of painting with acrylic paint. Class projects will target basic painting principles and guide students to develop a better understanding of tools and materials, acrylic paint and mediums, basic color theory, and two-dimensional design concepts. Discussions, demonstrations, and handouts will provide students with valuable resources to facilitate good painting practices and artistic growth. Instructor: Susan Danko

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Beginning Sculpture

Course No. CESC 240 00
Cost $495.00 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 5 - July 31 (no class June 19) (Wednesday) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Have you ever wanted to try out a variety of sculpture techniques? In this introductory sculptural course, students will have the opportunity to learn the art of creating sculptural forms using wire, plaster, and mixed media assemblage. Learn essential three-dimensional design principles to solve spatial challenges, covering techniques such as carving, assembling, and modeling. Delve into the core aspects of sculpture, from materials and processes to context, form, scale, structure, and space. Discover the historical significance of sculpture while embracing design elements in the context of this captivating art form. Instructor: Tina Meeks

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Cartooning 101

Course No. YAIL 100 00
Cost $400 Register Now
Grad Cost $N/A Register Now
Sessions 9
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 10 - 21 (No Class June 19) (Monday-Friday) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 5-8. This studio course for young, aspiring cartoonists is designed to introduce and develop a diverse set of skills around this eclectic medium. We will create an original comic book or strip and introduce a variety of concepts, such as narrative visual storytelling, character design, world building, story circles AKA the Hero’s Journey, basic cartoon 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 and comics professionals. Instructors: Josh and Rachel Usmani

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Introduction to 3D Arts

Course No. YASC 125 00
Cost $400 Register Now
Sessions 9
Grades 9-12
Dates June 10 - 21 (No Class June 19) (Monday-Friday) – 1-4pm

Grades 9-12. Have you ever wanted to bring your ideas to life in 3-D? In this course, students will delve into the world of mixed media sculptures and weavings using materials such as plaster, wire, felt, and yarn! Students will learn fundamental techniques in constructing, carving, and molding sculptures. We will use those skills to create a plaster animal mask, ceramic M.C. Escher-inspired optical illusion architecture, sew a plush felt monster, and more! Instructor: Tina Meeks

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Mixed Media Portraits

Course No. YAFD 350 00
Cost $400 Register Now
Sessions 9
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 10 - 21 (No Class June 19) (Monday-Friday) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 9-12. In this class, students will learn the step by step process of making a portrait. We will learn how to photograph and edit photos for reference and various techniques for making a portrait outline. Students will learn realistic drawing skills, such as: shading, values, blending and utilizing multiple media on paper, as well as how mix colors and paint with acrylic paints. To take it a step further, students will learn how to properly photograph and document their work, in order to build a high quality portfolio. Instructor: Kahzar Rublon

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Pen Techniques

Course No. YADR 400 00
Cost $400 Register Now
Grad Cost $N/A Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 10 - 21 (No Class June 19) (Saturday ) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 9-12. Harness the power of the pen in this overview of various pens, and their applications for drawing, journaling, lettering, and comic book inking. From felt tip markers through dip and fountain pens, this course will cover a wide range of tools and techniques that is accessible to all students. Instructor: Aaron Lange

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