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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Painting 


In Painting, you will begin creating work through the exploration of 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 our sketchbooks and the work of professional artists to begin crafting our own unique vision.

Combining materials and imagery, students 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 a small body of work that stems directly from student experience and interests.


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.



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. His large-scale paintings and drawings utilize cut paper and visual layouts of roadways, runways, cityscapes and nautical charts to create dynamic, vibrant compositions. He is entering his third year as an associate professor in Cleveland Institute of Art’s Painting Department. Before coming to Cleveland, he lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY. He received an MFA from Pratt Institute in 2008. 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. To view Tony's work, visit his website

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