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Continuing Education . Classes

Continuing Education + Community Outreach

Thank you for your interest in our Continuing Education classes. Registration for our 2019 summer classes is open through Friday, May 17.

About Face: Portraits

Course No. CEPT 100 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Melissa Harris
Dates June 15-August 3 (Saturdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

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!

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 $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 10 - July 29 (Mondays) – 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.

Beginning Painting

Course No. CEPT 110 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Susan Danko
Dates June 11 - July 30 (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.

Intro to Figure Drawing

Course No. CEDR 330
Cost $170 Register Now
Sessions 4
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Peter Green
Dates June 12 - July 3 (Wednesdays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Figure or life drawing is the traditional practice of drawing from a live nude model. In this course you’ll learn about the proportions of human anatomy, how to make sight measurements, and about different drawing techniques for rendering the human form realistically. Each class will include demos and close instruction, but will allow for lots of direct practice: from quick gesture warm ups to extended poses. When the course ends, continue your practice at Wednesday night pay-as-you-go Life Drawing, from 7-9pm!

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.

Painting from Life

Course No. CEPT 225
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Lorri Ott
Dates June 10 - July 29 (Mondays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Learn the art of observational painting; painting with acrylics directly from life. In this course we will focus on using sight measurements, building a painting from using structural components, and mixing accurate colors based on subjects in the room. Projects will include object studies, still lives, and live models. This course also emphasizes extending acrylics to take our paintings to the next level. Learn to use acrylic mediums to extend the dry time, allowing you to work in to your painting; and develop deep colors and layers in your painting, so you can most accurately portray the world around you. This course is great for students with drawing or painting experience.

About the instructor:

Laurie Ott is an artist and adjunct professor who currently lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. She received a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting (summa cum laude) from Kent State University in 2004. Beginning spring semester 2005, Ott has taught drawing and painting (Kent State) and material color (CIA) as an adjunct professor. Lorri Ott has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her work resides in both private and public collections. Ott has an active studio practice: She continues (2003 to the present) to experiment with water-clear resin and industrial pigments, constructing physical objects that function optically as well as sculpturally, engaging both vision and touch.

Watercolor Landscapes

Course No. CEPT 375 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Terry Clark
Dates June 13 - August 8 (no class July 4) (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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