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Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Wearable Art + Design 

Wearable Art + Design

In this class, you will focus on the art and design of things we wear, and the exciting process of working from ideation to creating a polished, finished piece. 


Jewelry and accessories have the power to transcend the mundane, to offer new and novel experiences, to transform the wearer, to empower and provoke, and to reflect and record the times in which we live. This class will focus on the art and design of things we wear, and the exciting process of working from idea to finished piece. Students will explore personal inspirations, history, design, materials, and digital technologies. By the end of the session, each student will know the full process of creating wearable art and designs in metal, leather, plastics, and a wide range of other options including 3D printing. 

This class will include studio visits from local artists and designers, and students will utilize the Sears think[box], an innovative space on campus that allows for multiple printing technologies. At the end of the program, students will have a cohesive body of work that demonstrates their unique voice and creativity.


The first week of this course will introduce students to the contemporary field of wearable art. Each student will begin brainstorming for their inspiration board that will guide their aesthetic decisions. A demo on creating CAD models will open even more possibilities for product design. The second week will consist of modeling, casting and fabricating individual pieces, as well as setting up to professionally document three-dimensional pieces.

Projects and topics that will be explored include using Rhino software and CNC machines, creating models and patterns, wax casting, basic findings and finishing, creating an inspiration board, developing design vocabulary, researching contemporary artists and careers, documenting three-dimensional work and professional display.


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 application is currently closed.


Matthew Hollern is Professor in Jewelry + Metals at CIA where he has taught for over 25 years. He holds a BS degree in Art and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metals from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and is included in public and private collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Design Museo Helsinki, the Vatican Archives, the Ohio Crafts Museum, and others.

Pamela Argentieri's work has focused on one-of-a-kind studio jewelry and objects. Pamela earned a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art in 1987, and upon graduation, she was awarded the top Gund Scholarship for international travel. She also studied jewelry design at Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. Her work has been acquired for the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Ohio Craft Museum. Pamela has taught classes and workshops at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Kendall College of Art and Design. Her jewelry is sold in galleries throughout the United States. Visit