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Fall registration will be open from July 12 through August 23. Please contact our office at 216.421.7460 or ce@cia.edu with any questions.

Acrylic Painting: Methods into Practice

Course No. CEPT 230 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 10-October 29 (Tuesdays) – 6:30-9:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Learn how to achieve a variety of painted surface effects using acrylic paint and gel mediums. Each class will cover a different painting technique, and will include a materials demonstration to show you how it’s done. Class projects are designed to put your knowledge into practice, enabling you to create artwork us­ing each new technique as you learn it. Subjects will include: Washing, layering, texturing, stenciling, collaging, transfer techniques, and more.

About the Instructor:

Susan Danko (CIA ’98) and has a successful career as a fine art painter. She is a 2013 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award recipient. Her work is included in prominent art collections including the Cleveland Clinic, the Ohio Arts Council, and First Energy Corporation. Susan is represented by Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland. Examples of her work may be viewed on her website, susandanko.com



Architecture Design

Course No. CEIN 170 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 12-October 31 (Thursdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Through a combination of lectures and hands-on studio projects you will learn a general history of Interior Design, and will be introduced to the basic principles of Architecture, Space Planning, & Sustainability. We will begin with a basic floor plan and progress to material selections and perspective drawings, and through this project will explore the fundamentals of design & space planning, drafting drawings, rendering in Photoshop, , presentation in InDesign, and practicing critiques. Develop imaginative, responsible design solutions to problems created by the physical limitations of the built environment!

About the Instructor:

Jody Amsden (CIA ’07) has worked at several Top 100 interior design firms, including Fitch (Columbus), Interbrand DesignForum (Dayton), MillerZell (Atlanta), and Vocon (Cleveland). In addition to her teaching post at CIA, Jody works working with Fitzgibbons Design as a freelance designer. She is a past recipient of the Albert K. Murray Scholarship for Academic Excellence at CIA.

Atelier Drawing

Course No. CEDR 220 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor Peter Green
Dates September 12-October 31 (Thursdays) – 6:30-9:30pm

Learn classical drawing techniques in the French Academic method. For nearly 200 years, the French Academy produced some of the world’s greatest draftsmen and painters. Learning to study light on form by drawing from plaster casts, live models, and copying master works and anatomy studies, students will gain a highly developed eye for value and a technical mastery of the drawing media. All levels welcome.

About the instructor:

Peter Green is originally from southern Ohio and studied Drawing at Cleveland State and Illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He specializes in figures and portraits, utilizing traditional media and techniques. He has shown his work in galleries nationally and has been featured in various publications. He is a member of the International Guild of Realism and the Portrait Society. He currently teaches Foundation Drawing at CIA.

Beginning Painting

Course No. CEPT 110 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Susan Danko
Dates September 9-October 28 (Mondays) – 6:30 - 9:30pm
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.

About the instructor:

Susan Danko received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1998 and has a successful career as a fine art painter. She is a 2013 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award recipient. Her work is included in prominent art collections including the Cleveland Clinic, the Ohio Arts Council, and First Energy Corporation. Susan is represented by Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland. Examples of her work may be viewed on her website: susandanko.com.

Bizarre + Beautiful: Mixed Media Collage Books

Course No. YAFD 225 00
Cost $225 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 14 - November 9 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 5-8. Artists books come in an incredibly diverse array of shapes and sizes. CIA’s nationally recognized collection of artists' books contains more than 1700 books with materials that range from traditional bound paper to books made of Legos and pie tins! In this class, students will create their own highly personalized hand-bound artists books to tell their own story. Using found objects, natural components like leaves, as well as curated printed material (old books, magazines) and their own drawing and handwriting, students will become familiar with collage techniques and learn to stich their book together when they’re done, with each page focusing on a new topic or idea.

About the Instructor:

Valerie Buynack received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Drawing. She received her MFA from Kent State University in 2017 with a focus in drawing and painting, and has worked as a graduate teaching appointee, and currently works as a foundations drawing instructor at Kent State University.

Black & White Photography

Course No. CEPH 100 00
Cost $365 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 9-October 28 (Mondays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

In this course, you will learn the basics of black and white film photography. We will focus on how to shoot and process 35mm negatives, print contact sheets of negative and individual photos in the darkroom, AND digitally scan your negatives as well. This class will include lectures, demonstrations, on-location shooting assignments & in class feedback. Students will be expected to bring their own camera, film, and photo paper, (CIA will provide darkroom chemicals). The instructor will go over these supply requirements in the first class. This class is ideal for analog photography beginners or anyone who would like a refresher! This adult class also welcomes students in grades 10-12.

About the instructor:

Amber N. Ford is a photographer based in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she currently works full time as the Technical Specialist for the Photography + Video Department. While attending CIA she also explored video and printmaking. Her work generally focuses on race.

Cloisonne Enamel Jewelry

Course No. CEJM 275 00
Cost $370 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 10-October 29 (Tuesdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Enamel offers a wide range of opportunities to work with color, pattern, and textures in the making of one-of-a kind jewelry. Students will learn design and special techniques with a focus on cloisonné enamel, including the development of unique color pallets, bending wires with jigs, proper washing techniques for vivid colors, layering colors, precious metal foils, bezels, and working with sterling silver and other non-ferrous metals to fabricate settings. Copper and bronze materials are provided to each student as part of the class. Sterling and fine silver are also available, at cost, through our on-line store. Beginners through advanced students are encouraged. Advanced students may pursue independent projects one-on-one, with the instructor.

About the Instructor:

Pamela Argentieri grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1987, and also studied jewelry design at Studio Art Center International, in Florence, Italy. Upon graduation she was awarded the Institute's top Gund Scholarship for international travel. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the archives of the Vatican in Rome, as well as many private collections. Pamela Argentieri has been represented in exhibitions and galleries throughout the United States and abroad for more than thirty years.

Comix and Zines

Course No. YAIL 325
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 14 - November 9 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 9-12. This course will teach young artists about the world of independent publishing. Using traditional "tried and true" hands-on techniques as well as digital processes, students will create a complete zine or mini-comic from start to finish. They will hone their ability to develop ideas, design layouts, explore typography and collage techniques, in addition to experimenting with comic book stylings and techniques. This course will be a welcome introduction to the diverse and empowering world of self-publishing.

About the instructor:

Nathan Ward is a cartoonist and illustrator from Cleveland, OH. He has had comics published in The Plain Dealer, Scene Magazine, Maximum Rocknroll, Happiness Comix, and many others. An active musician locally and nationally, his work has been featured on countless flyers and record covers. In 2016, Nathan received a Creative Workforce Fellowship and self-published the first issue of his anthology series, Warpwish Comix. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014.



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