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Continuing Education . Classes

Continuing Education + Community Outreach

Our fall registration is open through Friday, August 28. Please contact our office at ce@cia.edu with any questions.

2D + 3D Asset Development for Animation

Course No. CEAN 200 00
Cost $295 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates September 16 - November 4 (Wednesdays) – 6-9pm

This course will cover a beginner - Intermediate level approach to asset development. This includes 3D modeling props, characters, environments, and we will discuss shape language. Students will be using industry standard applications such as Autodesk Maya and Pixologics Zbrush for 3D modeling and Adobe Photoshop for 2D projects. 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. (Procreate, Medibang or a similar app will suffice for Photoshop. Students will need access to a compatible computer to download, install and run the free trial versions of required applications, as well as a 3-button computer mouse.) This online course is open to students in grades 10-12.

Note: This is an online course.

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 $295 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor Melissa Harris
Dates September 15 - November 3 (Tuesdays) – 6-9pm

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!

Note: This is an online course.

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 $295 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates September 17 - November 5 (Thursdays) – 6-9pm

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.

Note: This is an online course.

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.

Abstract Painting

Course No. CEPT 350 00
Cost $295 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Terry Clark
Dates September 15 - November 3 (Tuesdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Abstract artists have made important contributions to the art world by changing the public perception of what art should represent. This class introduces concepts and techniques used by masters of abstraction. Concepts include color as subject, painting as object, and multiple process applications. Two artists’ artworks and styles will be explored: Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Four weeks for each artist gives students time to develop new techniques and maintain weekly goals. Students will make two paintings inspired by each artist: a small investigation, and a larger more complex finished piece. As an online class, reliable internet connection and photo documentation of all artworks are required for instructor and peer discussions.

*Note: This is an online course.

About the instructor:

Terry J. Clark II earned his MFA in Painting from Kent State University in 2004 and his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2002. Terry’s artwork has been featured at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ingenuity Festival, CSU Art Gallery, and is included in the MetroHealth art collection. Terry has taught studio art classes at both Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Institute of Art since 2008. Terry paints with both acrylic and watercolor paints. He also makes sculpture from found objects. His subject matter inspiration comes from earth science and the natural environment. The concepts of natural light, optics, and color are reoccurring themes found in his artwork.

Advanced Video Editing

Course No. CEPH 325 00
Cost $295 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor Lauren Voss
Dates September 14 - November 2 (Mondays) – 6-9pm

This online course is designed for anyone who is interested in diving deeper into video production within Adobe Premiere Pro CC. We will be looking at how to more efficiently manage your editing workflow, how to create interesting and unique transitions and motion graphics, as well as advanced color correction and color grading. The course will utilize small in class projects that focus on different skill sets and ultimately each student will create a short video of their choice utilizing their favorite new techniques for a final project. This class is for students with some video shooting + editing experience; but you don’t need to be an expert!

*Note: This is an online course.

About the instructor:

Lauren Hilary Voss (CIA ’05) is a Cleveland born and raised video artist, cinematographer and photographer documenting the local music scene and providing services to bands, businesses, and creative professionals. She is the founder and Creative Director of the music video production company, Dark Current Productions. She is also a musician and performs in Arms & Armour.

Artistically Speaking: How to Speak for your Art

Course No. CEFD 135 00
Cost $270 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 14 - November 2 (Mondays) – 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, whether delivered to in-person large audiences or one-on-one in-person or virtual interview situations.

*Note: This is an online course.

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.

Atelier Drawing

Course No. CEDR 220 00
Cost $295 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor Peter Green
Dates September 19 - November 7 (Saturdays) – 1-4pm

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, still lives, and copying master works, students will gain a highly developed eye for value and a technical mastery of the drawing media. All levels welcome. For the online platform, the instructor will provide photos and reference materials to draw from.

Note: This is an online course.

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.

Creating Comics in a Digital Environment

Course No. CEIL 150 00
Cost $295 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Len Peralta
Dates September 15 - November 3 (Tuesdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Students will learn how to create a comic book from script to finish using a Wacom Cintiq touch screen tablet and Photoshop. Lessons will include teaching how to work with a writer, storyboarding out your comic, composing with digital pencils and inks, and coloring techniques. By the conclusion of the course, students will have their own 12-24 page comic to share with the world. Students should have some experience working in Photoshop and access to a digital drawing device outside of class, such as a Wacom tablet or iPad and Apple Pencil. This adult class also welcomes students in grades 10-12.

*Note: This is an online course.

About the instructor:

Len Peralta is an illustrator in the Cleveland area who has worked on projects for companies like Discovery Channel, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Steve Jackson Games, Boom! Comics, Rifftrax and Noggin. Len has illustrated several books including Silly Rhymes for Belligerent Children written by MST3K’s Trace Beaulieu and Super Powered Revenge Christmas, a full graphic novel by Bill Corbett. Since 2012, Len has worked 100% in the digital environment.

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