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Continuing Education + Community Outreach

Fall registration will be open from July 12 through August 23. Please contact our office at 216.421.7460 or ce@cia.edu with any questions.

Bizarre + Beautiful: Mixed Media Collage Books

Course No. YAFD 225 00
Cost $225 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 14 - November 9 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 5-8. Artists books come in an incredibly diverse array of shapes and sizes. CIA’s nationally recognized collection of artists' books contains more than 1700 books with materials that range from traditional bound paper to books made of Legos and pie tins! In this class, students will create their own highly personalized hand-bound artists books to tell their own story. Using found objects, natural components like leaves, as well as curated printed material (old books, magazines) and their own drawing and handwriting, students will become familiar with collage techniques and learn to stich their book together when they’re done, with each page focusing on a new topic or idea.

About the Instructor:

Valerie Buynack received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Drawing. She received her MFA from Kent State University in 2017 with a focus in drawing and painting, and has worked as a graduate teaching appointee, and currently works as a foundations drawing instructor at Kent State University.

Comix and Zines

Course No. YAIL 325
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 14 - November 9 (Saturdays) – 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 $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 14 - November 9 (Saturdays) – 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 paper, wire and foam core to everyday and found 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!

Digital Cartooning 9-12th Grade

Course No. YAIL 350 01
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Dates September 14 - November 9 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm

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.

Digital Illustration

Course No. YAIL 300 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Len Peralta
Dates September 14 - November 9 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

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.

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 September 14 - November 9 (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 7-10
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Melissa Harris
Dates September 14 - November 9 (Saturdays) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 7-10. 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.

Intro to Drawing from Nature

Course No. YADR 110 00
Cost $225 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Candice Dangerfield
Dates September 14 - November 9 (Saturdays) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 5-8. Experiment with drawing using diverse tools such as graphite, conte, charcoal pencils (and sticks), hard and soft pastels, pen and ink (and more)! Students will explore different techniques such as pointillism, crosshatching, and modeling using smudge sticks and erasers. With an emphasis on “drawing from nature” students will practice observational drawing (from real objects), and will explore subjects at a museum field trip in University Circle. This class will go over the art principles of perspective, values, light and shadow and composition. Feel confident knowing that once these basic skills are established, the sky is the limit.

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.

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