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Abstract + Experimental Drawing

Course No. CEDR 315 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates February 7 - March 28 (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.

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 $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Terry Clark
Dates February 5 - March 26 (Tuesdays) – 6:00-9:00pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

The art historical development of abstract painting was a conscious breakaway from traditional realistic painting. Since then, many abstract artists have made important contributions to the art world, changing the public perception of what art should represent. The personal approach to art making is a newer idea within visual art history. This class introduces concepts and techniques used by masters of abstraction. Three artists’ work will be explored: Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock, and Josef Albers. Ideas discussed and practiced in class include: color as subject, painting as object, and multiple process applications. Students will make two paintings inspired by each artist, a small study, and a final painting that is large in scale, complex, and is considered a final or finished piece. Acrylic paint application and color mixing will be presented through instructor demonstrations.

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.

Atelier Drawing

Course No. CEDR 220 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor Peter Green
Dates February 4 - March 25 (Mondays) – 6-9pm

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.

Basics in Fiber Art

Course No. CEFM 135 00
Cost $345 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates February 7 - March 28 (Thursdays) – 6-9pm

This class will focus on passing down the long-loved craft of using yarn in different fiber art techniques. Students will learn basics in knitting, crochet, macramé, and weaving. We will start the session off by learning the simple stitches of knitting and purling in the form of a scarf. A variety of patterns based on desired difficulty level will be provided for each student. In the next project, students will learn the advantages of using crochet for more sculptural pieces and the foundations of creating a hat. In later projects, we will work on the art of knotting in macramé and the simple structure of weaving.

About the instructor:

Carmen Romine graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2010 with a BFA in Fiber and Material Studies. Her work focuses on sustainability and is inspired by memories of the surrounding rural landscape of where she grew up. Carmen has exhibited work in several galleries throughout northeast Ohio and has been featured in the arts section of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She's taught a variety of different art forms and enjoys passing down her knowledge and love of art.

Beginning Painting

Course No. CEPT 110 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Susan Danko
Dates February 5 - March 26 (Tuesdays) – 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.

Black & White Photography

Course No. CEPH 100 00
Cost $365 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor Amber N. Ford
Dates February 7 - March 28 (Thursdays) – 6-9pm

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.

Ceramics and Nature

Course No. YACR 400 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Dates February 9 - March 30 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm

Grades 9-12. Working in stoneware clay, high school students of all levels will learn the basics of hand building and wheel throwing in this course centered on the theme of botanicals. Students will be encouraged to design functional or more sculptural ceramic pieces that can be used to grow plants, may incorporate plant themes, or are for enjoying in an outdoor setting. Through demos and experimentation, students will also get to explore traditional and non-traditional glazes. We will be touching on subjects such as gargoyles and gnomes!

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.

Creating Comics in a Digital Environment

Course No. CEIL 150 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor Len Peralta
Dates February 4 - March 25 (Mondays) – 6-9pm

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.

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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