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Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Painting 


In Painting, you will begin creating work through the exploration of color theory and application of materials.


Students will begin their painting exploration through color theory and application of materials.  We will practice building up the surface of a painting, experimenting with layering and composition.  As confidence in the use of materials grows, students will draw inspiration from their sketchbooks and the work of professional artists to begin crafting their own unique vision.

Painting students will be introduced to a variety of fundamental techniques, as well as exposed to the dialogue and professional artists shaping contemporary painting today. Combining materials and imagery, they will investigate how to express their feelings, beliefs, and voices to convey a strong message in their art.  We will discuss successes and challenges as a group to build confidence and create a sense of community.

Our class will culminate with an exhibition of our work that stems directly from student experience and interests. 


In the first week of this course, students will begin their investigations with traditional color theory concepts and painting techniques. After learning to uncover the basics of ‘building’ a painting, students will begin to develop a small body of work that represents their own artistic identity, voice and style. During the second week, students will dig deeper into advanced color theory, discussing subject matter and learn how to communicate more abstract themes and narratives.

Projects and topics that will be explored include basic color theory, understanding elements of design and composition, develop observational techniques through still-life, portrait, and landscape, utilize digital photography as a resource and inspiration for painting and learn to discuss work critically through group critique.


Mike Meier is an artist living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. Meier’s work emerges from his past as a musician and illustrator in the underground punk scene of Cleveland, drawing inspiration from dystopian science fiction, neuroscience, and history, his drawings and paintings rely on a multiplicity of ways of seeing to examine the psychic space of the historical present. He currently holds a lecturer position in Drawing, Painting, and Foundations at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he received his BFA in Drawing. He earned his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. His work has been exhibited both locally and nationally, most recently at FORUM Artspace in the solo exhibition Man Out of Time. To view Mike's work, visit his website

Tony Ingrisano is an artist whose work investigates the social and environmental structures that surround us and looks for new ways of visualizing these organizations. Ingrisano has shown in many group and solo exhibitions throughout New York and Cleveland and is represented by Lesley Heller Workspace in New York City. He is an Associate Professor at Cleveland Institute of Art and chair of the Painting Department. To view Tony's work, visit his website