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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.

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.

Soft Pastels: The Complete Course

Course No. CEDR 165 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Instructor José Paul Sacaridiz
Dates February 5 - March 26 (Tuesdays) – 6:00-9:00pm

Learn to draw and paint with soft pastels! Through demonstrations and experimentation, students will explore the applications, flexibility, and sheer excitement of this intensely beautiful color medium. The class begins focusing on approaches used by other artists, then moving on to executing small black and white line studies of landscape or still-life images. Following step-by-step instructions, students will move on to the finished pastel painting, and will complete four paintings over the 8-week course. Prior experience with drawing, while not essential, would prove helpful.

About the instructor:

Jose Sacaradiz studied at Pratt Institute in New York and the National Academy of Fine Arts in Florence Italy. He received his BA with a duel major in both Painting and Creative Writing from the State University of New York. After serving as Senior Creative Director of Scholastic Inc. he was invited to the Masters of Creative Arts program at Bennington College and subsequently traveled to Lima Peru, where he taught art throughout the country. Faculty positions have included the Illinois Mclean Arts Center, Vermont Center for the Arts, and the Peninsula Arts Academy. José maintains a working studio where he teaches special needs populations, private students, and workshop intensives. His last exhibition in January, 2018 at Pegs Foundation in North East Ohio featured forty-four new oil paintings and pastels completed over the past two years.

Studio Painting in Acrylic

Course No. CEPT 425 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates February 4 - March 25 (Mondays) – 6:30-9:30pm

This painting course will help guide you toward developing individual ideas within your own personal work, while broadening your painting vocabulary and skills. Demonstrations will be provided to outline concepts and techniques that may be utilized as you create your paintings. Group and individual critiques will provide additional input and guidance in conveying your ideas and making strong independent work. Developing the ability to work at an independent level will be our goal.

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

Watercolor Landscapes

Course No. CEPT 375 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Terry Clark
Dates February 7 - March 28 (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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