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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 September 15-November 10 (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.

Intro to Digital Art

Course No. YAIL 300 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Dates September 15-November 10 (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.

Jewelry + Metal Design

Course No. YAJM 100 00
Cost $285 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Instructor Sydney Givens '18
Dates September 15-November 10 (Saturdays) – 1pm-4pm

Grades 9-12. Learn the fundamental skills needed to create jewelry and small metalwork. You'll use copper and brass to create samples in sawing, filing, stamping, casting, soldering, and finishing. Students will propose a final project which will be completed by the end of the class. Projects could include bracelets, earrings, rings, necklaces, or small metal sculptures. These can be made in sterling silver at an extra cost, if desired. Open to beginners as well as intermediate students. More advanced students will be encouraged to work on independent projects. Most materials are included in the cost of the class, additional materials may be purchased through the instructor.

Making Your Mark with Nature

Course No. YAFD 145 00
Cost $225 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 15-November 10 (Saturdays) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 5-8. Learn to use found objects in nature such as foliage, grasses, leaves, and other botanicals to develop your visual expression and sense of self! Nature has many templates to explore, and using tools from the outdoors, students will explore authentic and unique mark making. Students will share and add each week to their artists journals, venture outside (weather permitting!), and will complete a final projects of abstract self-portraits.

Painterly Pressless Printmaking

Course No. YAPM 300 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 9-12
Dates September 15-November 10 (Saturdays) – 1-4pm

Grades 9-12. This course involves the study, experimentation, and production of multimedia art pieces incorporating painterly printmaking processes. Students will investigate hands on printmaking techniques that do not require the use of a printing press. A main aspect of this course is conceptual development through the process of play and critical discussion. Come ready to experiment!

Portfolio Preparation: Drawing from Life

Course No. YADR 700 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 10-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Instructor Eddie Mitchell
Dates September 15-November 10 (Saturdays) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 10-12. This course will guide you through the basics of observational drawing to create polished and finished pieces that you can add to your portfolio. You’ll utilize different drawing materials and processes, from portraits, to figure drawing, to contour drawing. We will also practice critiquing our work in a constructive, fun and informative way. The goal of this course is to help you reach a higher level of skill in the creation of your own artwork. Students under 18 years old will need parent permission for the figure drawing session.

About the instructor:

Eddie Mitchell received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in painting and drawing in 1987 with a top traveling scholarship award. Eddie has taught art classes at Lakeland Community College for the past 22 years. At CIA, he has facilitated the evening life drawing classes, taught the Pre-College summer program, and the Portfolio Preparation class since 2009. He has maintained a full-time studio for the past 28 years. His work is represented in several galleries across the country. Eddie has been in over 150 art shows, created numerous commissioned pieces for public locations, and has sold over 1,000 paintings.

Sewing for Beginners

Course No. YAFM 210 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates September 15-November 10 (Saturdays) – 6pm - 9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 9-12. In this course you will learn the basics of hand sewing and machine sewing. Students will practice basic techniques by first making alterations to old clothes, turning something worn into something new by adding or subtracting elements. We will review pattern making by creating a unique stuffed animal or plush, then by creating a new piece of clothing from a pattern. At the end of the class you will take the knowledge that you have gained and come up with one final project that combines all of the techniques and processes you've learned. No prior sewing knowledge necessary, come with sketches and ideas, and plan to bring clothes to alter!

Stop Motion Animation

Course No. YADA 175 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Grades 8-12
Instructor Adri Nerone
Dates September 15-November 10 (Saturdays) – 9:30am - 12:30pm

Grades 8-12. Students will learn the basics of creating their own short stop motion animation, including film language, shot types, storyboarding, shooting an animation, and editing. To get inspired we’ll watch a variety of different types of stop motion animations in class. Each student will then construct a set and characters out of mixed media, clay and armatures. Students will work in our computer lab with Adobe Premier to add sound and other special effects to their piece. At the end of class each student will have a finished animation saved on a flash drive to take home. Students must bring their own digital camera and tripod to class. No previous knowledge of Adobe Premier necessary. Software and computers provided by CIA.

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