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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 February 4 - March 24 (Tuesdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Curious about animation? Learn the techniques and challenges of creating 2D and 3D assets for digital animation production. 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 encounter, develop high quality portfolio piece, and gain a new understanding of industry expectations.

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.

2D to 3D Design

Course No. YAID 120 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates February 8 - April 11 (No class Feb 15 or March 21) (Saturdays) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 9-12. 2D to 3D Design is about creating products and concept designs while considering visual communication, form, ergonomics, and ingenuity. This course introduces students to the development process of product or industrial design and concept drawings. Using sketched ideas and paper/pencil mockups as a base , the class will learn how to design their own shoes, cars, buildings, and more. From there, students can develop their skills and learn to create digital renderings of their ideas using Wacom tablets and Adobe Photoshop software, and finally, creating CGI 3D models using Google SketchUp. This class serves as an introduction to the design process, and will prepare students for a future of 3D printing and prototyping.

About the Instructor:

Nick Maraldo was born in Cleveland and studied at Columbus College of Art + Design and China Academy of Art. For 5 years, he has taught all ages in China with his most recent position being the Head of Western Art Department at the Ganlanshu Beijing Studies University.

Abstract + Experimental Drawing

Course No. CEDR 315 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates February 6 - March 26 (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.

Adobe Illustrator: Alphabet Design

Course No. CEIL 250 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates February 5 - March 25 (Wednesdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

This course will explore the expressive connection between type and illustration, using vector graphics as our medium. We will start learning the basic of Adobe Illustrator and class by class will transition from creating basic letters into creating a unique illustrated alphabet. Each class will have a brief lecture and demo, with the remainder of the class as work time. This adult class is also open to students in grades 9-12. In-class use of software and computers provided by CIA.

About the Instructor:

Leandro Castelao graduated from the University of Buenos Aires as a Graphic Designer Castelao’s work has been recognized by Communication Arts and American Illustration, and has won him a nomination in the 2014 Latin Grammy’s for best package design. He works in a variety of disciplines including graphic design, illustration, branding, advertisement, infographics, typography and murals.

Architectural Design

Course No. CEIN 170 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates February 6 - March 26 (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
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Peter Green
Dates February 3 - March 23 (Mondays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

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 February 3 - March 23 (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.

Ceramics: Pattern + Repetition

Course No. YACR 400 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates February 8 - April 11 (No class Feb 15 or March 21) (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 9-12. In ceramics, pattern can refer to a repetitive surface design, but also to the template that you follow in order to create identical 3-dimensional objects. In this course, we will explore both definitions. Students will learn to create patterns used to construct forms then produce this form in multiples. Producing multiples of items will encourage students to focus on process and craftsmanship. Projects will include clay stamp making, tile press molds, coasters, trivets and lidded containers. This class is open to all levels of ceramic knowledge.

About the Instructor:

Eleni DiMaio is a ceramic artist living and working in Cleveland Ohio. Originally from Rhode Island, DiMaio graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art and fell in love with Cleveland and has lived here eleven years now. During her time at CIA she received a Viktor Schreckengost award for excellence in ceramics. She is a member of the Northern Ohio Clay Guild as well as Brick Ceramics in Collinwood. Her current work is attempting to draw attention to the beauty of ceramic materials by creating jewelry and housewares that are simple, graceful, and strong.

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