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

Advanced Cartooning

Course No. YAIL 400
Cost $365 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 8-12
Instructor Josh Usmani
Dates June 10 - June 21 (Monday-Friday) – 9:30am-12:30pm

Grades 8-12. Do you know a kid who loves comics and cartoons? In this course, we’ll examine the more technical side of cartooning – both visually and conceptually. We will explore the history of cartooning – with emphasis on Cleveland’s role in the legacy. Students will learn professional standards and practices. We will work individually and collaborate in groups. This advanced cartooning class is meant for any kids who take comics seriously.

About the instructor:

Josh Usmani graduated with a BA in Painting from Cleveland State University in 2013. Before graduation, his work had already been featured in over 100 local and regional exhibitions. He is the Visual Arts Editor at Cleveland Scene Magazine, as well as co-director of Popeye Gallery at Survival Kit at 78th Street Studios. He also teaches cartooning classes for an after-school program at Campus International School. His artwork is represented by Tregoning & Company in Cleveland. View his work at joshusmani.com.

Cartooning 101

Course No. YAIL 100 00
Cost $255 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Josh Usmani
Dates June 10 - June 21 (Monday-Friday) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

YAIL 100 Cartooning 101 is now full and closed for enrollment.

Grades 5-8. Cartooning 101 is a studio course for young, aspiring cartoonists, designed to introduce and develop a diverse set of skills around this eclectic medium. Students will work individually and collaboratively to develop their own characters and stories. We will explore a variety of media – including colored pencil, watercolor, markers, pen and ink and scratchboard. While the class is primarily a studio course, lectures will introduce students to the nature and history of cartooning – with a specific focus on Cleveland’s influential cartooning professionals.

About the instructor:

Josh Usmani graduated with a BA in Painting from Cleveland State University in 2013. Before graduation, his work had already been featured in over 100 local and regional exhibitions. He is the Visual Arts Editor at Cleveland Scene Magazine, as well as co-director of Popeye Gallery at Survival Kit at 78th Street Studios. He also teaches cartooning classes for an after-school program at Campus International School. His artwork is represented by Tregoning & Company in Cleveland. View his work at http://joshusmani.com.

Comix and Zines

Course No. YAIL 325
Cost $365 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 10 - June 21 (Monday-Friday) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 9-12. This course will teach young artists about the world of independent publishing. Using traditional "tried and true" hands-on techniques as well as digital processes, students will create a complete zine or mini-comic from start to finish. They will hone their ability to develop ideas, design layouts, explore typography and collage techniques, in addition to experimenting with comic book stylings and techniques. This course will be a welcome introduction to the diverse and empowering world of self-publishing.

About the instructor:

Nathan Ward is a cartoonist and illustrator from Cleveland, OH. He has had comics published in The Plain Dealer, Scene Magazine, Maximum Rocknroll, Happiness Comix, and many others. An active musician locally and nationally, his work has been featured on countless flyers and record covers. In 2016, Nathan received a Creative Workforce Fellowship and self-published the first issue of his anthology series, Warpwish Comix. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014.



Comix and Zines

Course No. YAIL 325
Cost $365 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 10 - June 21 (Monday-Friday) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 9-12. This course will teach young artists about the world of independent publishing. Using traditional "tried and true" hands-on techniques as well as digital processes, students will create a complete zine or mini-comic from start to finish. They will hone their ability to develop ideas, design layouts, explore typography and collage techniques, in addition to experimenting with comic book stylings and techniques. This course will be a welcome introduction to the diverse and empowering world of self-publishing.

About the instructor:

Nathan Ward is a cartoonist and illustrator from Cleveland, OH. He has had comics published in The Plain Dealer, Scene Magazine, Maximum Rocknroll, Happiness Comix, and many others. An active musician locally and nationally, his work has been featured on countless flyers and record covers. In 2016, Nathan received a Creative Workforce Fellowship and self-published the first issue of his anthology series, Warpwish Comix. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014.



Contemporary Sculpture

Course No. YASC 350
Cost $365 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 10 - June 21 (Monday-Friday) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 9-12. In this fun, hands-on course, students will explore a variety of non-traditional sculpture media, techniques and methods. Students will develop projects that explore how the elements of art (line, shape, form, space, value, texture, color) and principles of design (variety, harmony, balance/symmetry, etc.) function in a 3-D context. Through creative problem solving with non-traditional materials ranging from wire and foam core to everyday materials, students will learn that a strong and interesting composition can be made using any materials! Students will have the chance to choose between abstract and representational forms. No art making experience necessary!

About the instructor:

Ellen Gallup is a painter, collage and installation artist based who earned her BA in Studio Art, focusing on painting and printmaking, from the University of Virginia in 2004, and her MFA in Studio Art from American University in 2007. Ellen enjoys teaching students of all ages, from pre-schoolers to K-12 after school classes to college students to retirees. Ellen has taught at Cleveland State, Tri-C, American University, Northern Virginia Community College, and Howard Community College. Ellen is a Cleveland native who lived away in Charlottesville, VA and Washington, DC for 17 years, and she's happy to have recently returned to the area!

Create Unique Fabric

Course No. YAFM 135 00
Cost $285 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Mary Urbas
Dates June 10 - June 21 (Monday-Friday) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 5-8. This class will give students hands-on experience in the different methods and techniques of applying image, color, and other surface embellishments to fabric. The finished cloth can be incorporated into fashion accessories, your favorite new wardrobe piece, or a unique piece of art to hang in your room. Explore a wide range of ways to create pattern on fabric, using dye, paint and a mixture of printing processes. Use the silkscreen as a drawing and printing tool. Experiment with hand-cut stencils, and learn how to transfer your ideas and designs onto a t-shirt, tote bag, bandana, and paper. Please bring a blank t-shirt that you’d like to turn into a unique piece of art! Other fabric and supplies will be provided.

About the Instructor:

Mary Urbas (CIA ’80) received her BFA in Textile Design + Silk Screen Printing. Mary is a gallery owner, curator, teacher, consultant, and exhibiting fiber artist, bringing a real world perspective to both sides of the business and marketing of art. In 1997 she opened The Gallery in Chagrin Falls which featured contemporary fine art + crafts. Later Mary became the Gallery Curator and Assistant Director at the Valley Art Center in 2001, where she taught adults and children, before becoming the Gallery Coordinator and Exhibition Curator at Lakeland Community College, a position she has held for 13 years.

Creative Clay Studio

Course No. YACR 350 00
Cost $255 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 10 - June 21 (Monday-Friday) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

YACR 350 Creative Clay Studio is now full and closed for enrollment.

Grades 5-8. Explore your imagination by creating sculpture and pottery through the use of this tactile material. You will learn the skills of hand-building and working on the potter's wheel as you develop and translate your ideas into three-dimensional works of art. You will finish off your creations with high temperature (2350° F) glazes that will be fired off in our professional level kilns. High school students have the opportunity to develop their portfolios for high school or college admission. Be prepared to get messy! Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear (old t-shirts and sneakers are best; no open-toed shoes). All skill levels are welcome.

About the instructor:

Molly Johnson is a ceramic artist recently relocated back to Cleveland. She received her BFA with a focus in ceramics from Kent State University. Prior to returning to Ohio, she taught adult and youth courses in ceramics at the Indianapolis Art Center. She also has experience working in a production pottery in the mountains of North Carolina. She maintains a studio practice in which she balances between producing both functional and sculptural work. Her sculptural work is exhibited nationally. Examples can be found at mollyjohnsonceramics.com

Emerging Artists

Course No. YAFD 125 00
Cost $255 Register Now
Sessions 10
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Jody Amsden
Dates June 10 - June 21 (Monday-Friday) – 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.

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