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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Foundation in Drawing 

Foundation in Drawing

We invite you to take a creative leap this summer and learn to think on your feet.

Enhance your portfolio by looking at the world from a new perspective.

This class will cover the fundamental elements of drawing while focusing on creative problem-solving. The primary goal is to enhance your prospects for building a better portfolio by strengthening your observational skills and rendering techniques. Throughout the course, you’ll experiment with a multitude of drawing materials to build your artistic repertoire. 

Daily demos and a wide variety of projects will help you gain a greater understanding of the creative process, from initial sketches and layouts to the finishing details. Your time will be spent exploring and creating art in areas such as life drawing, landscape studies, and figurative work. Throughout the session we will have group critiques to discuss creative possibilities and unique solutions to design problems.


We are accepting online applications through May 1. View the checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your application. Questions? Email us at or call 216.421.7460.


A limited number of partial ($250-$1,000) scholarships are offered through the Continuing Education department. CIA partners with Graffiti HeART to also provide scholarships. Students applying for scholarships should submit their family’s 2017 tax return and a personal statement with their application. Award decisions are based on financial need and portfolio strength.



Eddie Mitchell received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in painting and drawing in 1987. While having maintained a full-time studio for the past 27 years, Eddie has taught art classes at CIA for Continuing Education evening classes and Pre-College, as well as Lakeland Community College. His work is represented in 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.

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