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About Face: Portraits

Course No. CEPT 100 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Melissa Harris
Dates September 10-October 29 (Mondays) – 6:30 - 9:30pm
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
Dates September 13-November 1 (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.

Abstract Painting

Course No. CEPT 350 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Terry Clark
Dates September 13-November 1 (Thursdays) – 6:00-9:00pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Abstract painting is a conscious breakaway from traditional realistic painting. This class introduces concepts and techniques used by the masters of Abstraction. Three different artists will influence the class direction. The artists for the summer session are: Mark Rothko, Bridget Riley, and Roy Lichtenstein. Ideas discussed and practiced in class include: color as subject, painting as object, and multiple process applications. In the studio, we will work together towards our goals. Two paintings are made from each reference artist. The first painting is small in scale, simple, and is considered a study or investigation piece. The second painting is large in scale, complex, and is considered a final or finished piece. All of the paintings aim to visually emulate specific styles. 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 September 12-October 31 (Wednesdays) – 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 September 10-October 29 (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.

Designing Illustrative Type

Course No. CEIL 250 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates September 12-October 31 (Wednesdays) – 6-9pm

This course will explore the expressive connection between type and illustration. Students will begin by learning how to create initial letters from basic geometric forms. From there you'll add illustrative qualities to each letter, and as a final result will design a unique alphabet that will enable you to create customized words and sentences. Each class will have a brief lecture and demo, with the remainder of the class as work time. This course will utilize Adobe Illustrator, and requires a basic understanding of the Adobe Creative suite. Students will do at-home research between classes to get the most out of this course. In-class use of software and computers provided by CIA.

Developing your Visual Voice

Course No. CEFD 210 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates September 13-November 1 (Thursdays) – 6:30-9:30pm

This course will allow new and seasoned artists to develop artwork that helps you communicate your individual point of view and narratives based on your life experiences. With an emphasis on learning from other contemporary artists and pulling content from research topics of interest, students will develop a small body of work that considers both the personal and universal, while exploring psychological, emotional, spiritual or social narratives that are significant to you. Students may come with their medium of choice, whether it be drawing, painting, mixed-media, or small sculptural form, all by approval of the instructor. Working through your thoughts on paper, canvas, or another medium will open you up to realizations about your own point of view and how to communicate a message visually.

Introduction to Printmaking: Screenprinting, Relief and Monotype

Course No. CEPM 120 00
Cost $345 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates September 10-October 29 (Mondays) – 6-9pm

Learn the basics of three unique printmaking processes: screenprinting, relief, and monotype. Fundamental techniques will be covered, including carving and printing linoleum blocks, exposing images to screens, printing, and color mixing. Prints will be created both by hand and with a press. We will also explore mixing these different techniques to create wonderfully layered images. Open to all, this is a great course for anyone interested in making beautiful prints by hand. This course is being offered as a process sampler, allowing students an introductory experience to printmaking, and will also support those students who would like to build upon previous printmaking experiences.

About the instructor:

Anna Tararova was born in Russia and currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. She received an MFA in Printmaking from Ohio University. Anna is a printmaker and papermaker. She completed artist residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop, The Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Morgan Conservatory, and Dundee Contemporary Arts. She is the Gallery and Artist Opportunities coordinator at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation. See her work at AnnaTararova.com

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