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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.

Digital Cartooning 5-8th Grade

Course No. YAIL 350 00
Cost $225 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 5-8
Dates February 9 - March 30 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm

Grades 5-8. Looking to develop your digital art and cartooning skills in a fun, supportive and collaborative environment? Digital Cartooning is a studio course designed to introduce young, aspiring cartoonists to professional digital tools, such as: iMacs, Adobe Creative Cloud and Wacom drawing tablets. This unique class offers students the opportunity to improve both narrative storytelling and digital art and design skills. Intro to Digital Cartooning is designed to build upon the lessons of Cartooning 101 and Advanced Cartooning, but there is no prerequisite to this course and students don’t need any prior Mac or Photoshop experience. However students should have a strong foundation of drawing skills.

About the instructors:

Rachel Latina is a lifelong Clevelander and a seasoned veteran of the local arts community. Her paintings have been featured in individual and group exhibitions throughout Northeast Ohio for the past ten years. A multidisciplinary artist, Latina also has ten years-worth of experience as a senior graphic designer, but currently splits her time between a digital and traditional studio practice and freelancing as a graphic designer for various clients. Both her traditional and digital paintings feature dynamic portraiture of strong, unique female subjects, with a healthy dose of American pop culture and Japanese street fashion. A collection of her diverse work can be viewed at rachellatina.com.

Josh Usmani is an artist, writer, instructor and curator. Josh has been teaching kids art and cartooning classes for three years at venues such as the Cleveland Institute of Art, Campus International School, Orange Art Center and Shore Cultural Centre. His comic and cartoon-inspired artwork has been featured in more than 100 group exhibitions, as well as several solo shows. His work is represented locally by Tregoning & Company, a charter member of the Ohio Art Dealers Association. He is currently working on his next solo show in Cleveland, scheduled for October 2018. Previously, Josh has been Visual Arts Editor of Cleveland Scene Magazine and co-director of PopEye Gallery at 78th Street Studios. More of his work can be viewed at Joshusmani.com.

Digital Cartooning 9-12th Grade

Course No. YAIL 350 01
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Dates February 9 - March 30 (Saturdays) – 1-4pm

Grades 9-12. Looking to develop your digital art and cartooning skills in a fun, supportive and collaborative environment? Digital Cartooning is a studio course designed to introduce young, aspiring cartoonists to professional digital tools, such as: iMacs, Adobe Creative Cloud and Wacom drawing tablets. Students will create and develop an original comic book or strip from start-to-finish entirely on a computer. This unique class offers students the opportunity to improve both narrative storytelling and digital art and design skills. Digital Cartooning is designed to build upon the lessons of Cartooning 101 and Advanced Cartooning, but there is no prerequisite to this course. However, students should have a strong foundation of drawing skills. Software and computers provided by CIA.

About the instructors:

Rachel Latina is a lifelong Clevelander and a seasoned veteran of the local arts community. Her paintings have been featured in individual and group exhibitions throughout Northeast Ohio for the past ten years. A multidisciplinary artist, Latina also has ten years-worth of experience as a senior graphic designer, but currently splits her time between a digital and traditional studio practice and freelancing as a graphic designer for various clients. Both her traditional and digital paintings feature dynamic portraiture of strong, unique female subjects, with a healthy dose of American pop culture and Japanese street fashion. A collection of her diverse work can be viewed at rachellatina.com.

Josh Usmani is an artist, writer, instructor and curator. Josh has been teaching kids art and cartooning classes for three years at venues such as the Cleveland Institute of Art, Campus International School, Orange Art Center and Shore Cultural Centre. His comic and cartoon-inspired artwork has been featured in more than 100 group exhibitions, as well as several solo shows. His work is represented locally by Tregoning & Company, a charter member of the Ohio Art Dealers Association. He is currently working on his next solo show in Cleveland, scheduled for October 2018. Previously, Josh has been Visual Arts Editor of Cleveland Scene Magazine and co-director of PopEye Gallery at 78th Street Studios. More of his work can be viewed at Joshusmani.com.

Drawing Beyond the Pencil

Course No. YAFD 215 00
Cost $225 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Candice Dangerfield
Dates February 9 - March 30 (Saturdays) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 5-8. Sharpen your drawing skills and expand your artistic horizons using a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials. You will take your drawing abilities to a whole new level with projects designed to expand the application of fundamental drawing practices in new ways. We will establish the importance of keeping sketchbooks to practice, plan, and communicate creative ideas. Through inspirational field trips to University Circle institutions like the Cleveland Museum of Art and class discussion, we will address the question of looking versus seeing as essential to the creative processes of the visual artist. Students of all skill levels are welcome to explore a variety of media and techniques to create artwork beyond the boundaries of what we commonly known as "drawing." Modified projects will provide repeat students a new experience every time.

About the instructor:

Candice Dangerfield teaches individual and small group classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, at her studio in Elyria, and the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has a BFA in Drawing & Painting from BGSU, foundations from CIA, and Art Education licensure from Notre Dame College in Ohio. Candice's artwork has been recognized regionally and nationally. Most recently awarded “Best in Show” in Shaker Heights, her other exhibitions include: the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and The Corcoran Museum in Washington, D.C.

Emerging Artists

Course No. YAFD 125 00
Cost $225 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Jody Amsden
Dates February 9 - March 30 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 5-8. A fun overview course designed to allow each student to explore a variety of media, techniques and methods. Projects focus on introducing and developing the elements of art (line, form, color, value, texture) and principles of design (balance, variety, harmony). We will examine some of the masters in painting as well as architecture. Projects will include engraving, Picasso-style self portraits, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie-style windows. Students will learn about the importance of creating an artist statement for their work. Understanding and appreciation of self and others through art, history, culture and heritage is emphasized. Students will have the opportunity to make personal choices about the creation of their art.

About the instructor:

Jody Amsden earned a BFA in Architectural Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007, and she has worked at several Top 100 interior design firms, including Fitch (Columbus), Interbrand DesignForum (Dayton), MillerZell (Atlanta), and Vocon (Cleveland). Combining an enthusiasm for art and an affinity for young artists, this marks her second summer as an instructor in CIA's Pre-College Program. In addition to her teaching post at CIA, Jody is currently working with Fitzgibbons Design as a freelance designer. She is a past recipient of the Albert K. Murray Scholarship for Academic Excellence at CIA.

Face Value: Portraits

Course No. YAPT 400 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Melissa Harris
Dates February 9 - March 30 (Saturdays) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 9-12. Try your hand…at the face! This fun and creative portraiture course not only focuses on the foundations of realistic representation; you will also learn to add your own expression and style through drawing and painting original portraits. Let’s find out what your imagination adds to a face you can already see! Great for all levels.

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.

Independent Portfolio Projects

Course No. YAFD 500 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Instructor Zak Smoker
Dates February 9 - March 30 (Saturdays) – 9:30am - 12:30pm

Grades 9-12. With an emphasis on observational drawing, students will continue to develop their rendering skill while exploring what it means to communicate through image and object. Students in this course will learn to define the relationship between subject, form, and content (the three essential components of any art work) through visits to the CMA and MOCA, and through discussion of their own work. They will learn about criteria that institutions of higher learning, galleries, and employers expect to see in a portfolio, and will complete the class with a series of drawings that are portfolio-ready. Based on the themes and direction of their own work, students will receive individual guidance and develop their own final project to complete the course.

About the instructor:

Zak Smoker graduated from with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011, and earned an MFA in Sculpture from Washington University, St. Louis in 2013. Zak exhibits his work locally and nationally. He works as a technical specialist in the Fabrication Studios at CIA.

Intro to Digital Art

Course No. YAIL 300 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Instructor Len Peralta
Dates February 9 - March 30 (Saturdays) – 1-4pm

Grades 9-12. This course focuses on the fundamentals of digital art by teaching the basics of working in a digital environment. Students will learn to navigate Photoshop as a drawing tool, learn how to create brushes and tools to help speed up their workflow and also create several digital projects to practice their skillset. Computers and software are provided, and a general knowledge of Photoshop is encouraged.

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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