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Continuing Education . Classes

Continuing Education + Community Outreach

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.

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.

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.

Design and Illustrate Your Picture Book

Course No. CEIL 210 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates February 3 - March 23 (Mondays) – 6pm - 9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Do you have a story you want to illustrate? In this class we will focus on every aspect of developing your picture book. You will bring your character/concept to life, learn to allow the illustrations to communicate to your reader, create fun and interesting page layouts, and ultimately come out with a page-turning “dummy" or sample book. Come to class with your story, it doesn’t matter if your story is polished or rough. The goal of this class is to understand how to develop your narrative into a coheisve and intriging piece of work, where words, images and page layout all work together in harmony to make your story come alive in the mind of your reader. Students will have the option to do layout and some illustration work using the Adobe suite.

About the Instructor:

Wendy Fedan is a professional freelance designer and illustrator with a passion for writing and illustrating books. It is also Wendy’s passion to help others bring their own creativity alive, and to encourage others to share their wonderful stories and ideas to the world. She has published four of her own illustrated books independently and has helped others to independently publish theirs as well. Wendy has 25 years collected experience working in the creative field as a product designer, illustrator and caricature artist. She lives in Amherst, OH with her husband David (also a CIA alumnus) and their two young kids.

Watercolor Landscapes

Course No. CEPT 375 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Terry Clark
Dates February 6 - March 26 (Thursdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Watercolor landscapes will introduce the foundations of working with watercolor paints in the studio environment. Watercolor painting makes use of transparent washes and in doing so allows for a bright image. A painting made with watercolor paints uses the white paper as a mirror to reflect and capture a luminous quality. Topics discussed and demonstrated in class are color theory, paint application, painting techniques, and paint manipulation. Each example will incorporate a new color theory lesson and a painting technique. You will be shown how to paint elements found in the landscape such as skies, rural and cosmopolitan environments, trees, and water. Many small quick paintings and fast dry time permits for a wide range of tricks and topics to explore. Almost all paintings are guided with a step by step process from beginning to end. Both group and individual attention will aid in your painting’s focus and direction. The beginner and novice painter will be encouraged.

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.

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