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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Foundation in 3D Art + Design 

Foundation in 3D Art + Design

Get a look at some of the practices explored during CIA’s Foundation year while enhancing your portfolio through an exploration of three-dimensional form.


This introductory course will cover a variety of traditional and nontraditional sculptural processes and materials, including additive and reductive carving, foam and plaster modeling, wire armature construction and surface treatment. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles of 3D design, including size, scale, proportion, balance and weight.

Working representationally or abstractly, you will create a finished. You will learn to use state-of-the-art equipment in our fabrication studios, gain a better understanding of the history of sculpture, and explore the fundamental concepts and theories of 3D artwork that will help push your work to the next level.


Projects and topics that will be explored include ideation for a large-scale sculpture, foam carving and shaping, plaster molds and carving, applying surface treatment with hue, color and luster, and professional display/installation of a finished piece.


We are accepting online applications through May 1, 2019. View the checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your application. Questions? Email us at or call 216.421.7460.

Our 2019 appliction is currently closed.


Zak Smoker received his BFA in Sculpture + Expanded Media from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011and his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Zak currently works as a technical specialist in the fabrication studios at the Cleveland Institute of Art and is a practicing artist in the greater Cleveland area.