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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Summer Intensive Workshops 

Summer in the Studio

Spend a week in the studio for one of our intensive workshops. You’ll get an immersive experience learning new creative processes and techniques, while using CIA’s state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Each workshop is led by an internationally recognized visiting artist.

The cost per workshop is $650 and includes instructional supplies and the use of studio space and the facilities. Workshops are scheduled from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, with some evening studio time available. Registration open now through May 17. Sign up online today.

Artists’ Books: Inside & Out

June 3–7, 2019

In this process-based intensive, students will make artists books and explore this form as a repository for images, text, and ideas. Students will work with folded and sewn structures, as well as unconventional pages that draw from fiber techniques. Mark-making techniques on and off the press for the inside and outside of books will help create content from cover to cover. Participants will leave with an armful of books, samples of techniques, and a broad base of technical knowledge and confidence to continue making books anywhere.

Aimee Lee is an artist, papermaker, writer, and the leading hanji researcher and practitioner in North America. She received a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and master of fine arts degree from Columbia College in Chicago. Her Fulbright research on Korean paper led to her award-winning book, Hanji Unfurled, and the first U.S. hanji studio, which is located in Cleveland. She teaches, lectures, exhibits, and is collected internationally. View Aimee's work at

This workshop is closed for enrollment.

Glassblowing Dynamics Through the Cane Lens

June 3–7, 2019

The class will be a survey of the cane making process, one of the most stunning techniques for color and design in glass making. The process of cane production is a helpful way of understanding the natural properties of glass in the molten state. Students will start with very basic techniques and build towards more elaborate compositions. As a group, we will study and discuss historical examples of this technique and use the hot and cold shops to create elaborate compositions. Students should be prepared to draw their ideas, ask a lot of questions and have a great time.

Matthew Urban began his career at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. As an industrial student, he received a scholarship to the Corning Museum of Glass to study with Maestro Gianni Toso and decided to make glassmaking his life. In the past 10 years, he has been a production assistant for Michael Schunke at Nine Iron Studio and Tom Farbanish at Certified Glass, an artist in resident, instructor and gaffer with the Corning Museum of Glass, and a staff member at Pilchuck Glass School. He has studied and worked with numerous master glassmakers from around the world, including many from Murano, Italy. These interactions have had a profound impact on his approach to glassmaking and appreciation for the history of glass. In 2007, he completed his master’s degree at Illinois State University in Glass/Sculpture. In 2010, he finished building his artist studio, which has an ultra-low carbon footprint. He also uses 100% recycled glass for all of his designs and sculpture.

This workshop is closed for enrollment.

Figurative Foundations in Glass

June 3–7, 2019

This workshop will cover the basic skills needed to make figurative art using the flameworking torch. Students will learn to sculpt the human form through a series of step by step exercises. Special attention will be given to working on the gesture and expression of each figure. 

Carmen Lozar completed her undergraduate work in crafts at the University of Illinois and received her master’s degree from Alfred University in New York.  She shows her work throughout the United States and is represented by Ken Saunders Gallery in Chicago. She loves to travel and share what she knows about working at the torch and has recently taught in Turkey, Italy, and New Zealand. She lives in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois where she maintains a studio and is a member of the art faculty in the Ames School of Art at Illinois Wesleyan University. View more of Carmen's work at


Registration now open, sign up online here.