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Continuing Education . Summer Intensive Workshops 

Summer Intensive Workshops

Join us for a one or two-day workshop designed to give you an immersive exprience in contemporary art-making processes.

Register by Friday, May 15, 2020
Register online or by calling 216.421.7460

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are currently not holding classes on campus, but are hopeful that we'll be able to offer these workshops. If we need to cancel these, we will offer full refunds.

Ceramic Surface Design

CECR 220 00

Saturdays, May 30 + June 6
Two sessions

Cost $130

Where do ideas come from? In this two-part workshop we will talk about how to gather inspiration from our world (color, pattern, texture) and turn it into your own personal visual language on ceramic surfaces. Using porcelain clay tiles students will learn how to stamp, carve, and build relief to create texture. (Students may also bring a leatherhard porcelain piece made ahead of time.) Colored slips, underglazes and slip transfers will be used to build interesting surfaces. In the second class, students will work on their bisque fired tiles and learn to use glazes to further create layered, dynamic surfaces.

Amy Halko is a studio potter with a BFA from Bowling Green State University and MFA from The Ohio State University. She has taught at Southern Methodist University, Eastfield College, and was a visiting artist at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdhezhen, China. In 2006 Amy spent the summer as a resident at The Archie Bray Foundation, an internationally recognized center for the advancement of ceramic art. She is a cofounder of The Dallas Pottery Invitational and Clay Wood Cloth. Amy’s work is in several collections and is shown nationally.

Photographs + Ink

CEPM 145 00

Thursday–Friday, June 4–5
9am–12pm; 1–4pm

Two sessions

Cost: $180

Explore the reproduction of photo-based imagery through various printmaking techniques. Photo-Intaglio will be the main focus, but the course will also include monoprint and image transfer techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to produce artworks that utilize their own personal photo-based imagery.

Stevie Lee Tanner received her BFA in both Painting & Drawing and Printmaking from the University of Akron in 2014, and received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Delaware in 2016. Tanner has exhibited in shows at The Fleisher Center for Works on Paper in Philadelphia, PA, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, and Kunstraum Tapir in Berlin, Germany. She has taught introductory and advanced printmaking at the University of Delaware, in Newark. She currently works full time at the Cleveland Institute of Art as the Technical Specialist + Shop Manager in Printmaking.

Pleated Pattern Origami

CESC 220 00

Friday, June 4
9am–12pm; 1–4pm

One session

Cost: $90

Learn the technique of folding single sheets of paper into eye-catching pleated paper sculptures. Known as the “corrugation method,” this somewhat esoteric style of origami differs in that it follows a system as opposed to step-by-step diagram instructions. Once learned, this technique can be applied to endless variations of seemingly impossible patterns that derive their beauty from the interplay of light and shadow. This improvisational method could be likened to the “jazz” of origami. We will also look at ways the folded forms can be taken further into other realms including but not limited to photography, architecture, science, and technology.

James Peake is an origami focused professional specializing in artistry, education, and the curation of origami exhibitions. A graduate of Oberlin College (2006), James has spent the past 15 years teaching, and sharing origami programming with participants of all ages across NE Ohio and beyond. He is an active member of the international origami community, and runs an online origami supply store ( that offers specialized, high-quality materials and books for folding enthusiasts across North America.

Raku Ceramic Firing

CECR 260 00

Friday–Saturday, June 12–13
Friday: 6–9pm; Saturday: 1–4pm

Two sessions

Cost: $110

Raku is a process of ceramic firing inspired by traditional Japanese practice that often results in amazing iridescent colors. At CIA this means an open fire on our loading dock, teamwork, and a lot of fun. Part one will be an introduction to the fundamentals of raku, and part two will include more advanced techniques, such as alcohol reduction and combustible decoration. Students may bring one item of their own bisque-fired work that is smaller than 10x10 inches if they’d like. All students will get to experiment using pre-made tiles. This (relatively) low-heat firing method means students will get to take their work home that day. 

Alberto Veronica Lopez received his MFA at Syracuse University and his BFA at Kansas City Art Institute. His artwork centers on the various ways that compassion manifests itself—both his own and others. Ceramic objects and series that have been made so far include Daylight Cups, Daily Molds of Kindness, Dinnerware sets, Molds of Daily sympathy sculptures, Ceramic Bread, Trust Gimbals, and Levitation Experiments. His process is one of exploration and analysis of material, community, and education.

Traditional Paper Marbling

CEFM 145 00

Wednesday, June 3
9am–12pm; 1–4pm

One session

Cost: $90

Marbling is the technique of transferring paint suspended on water to another surface, traditionally paper. In this workshop, students will learn the essentials of marbling with acrylic paints: how to set up a marbling station, how to prepare their paper, and how to recreate traditional marbling patterns. This class will also cover the traditional Japanese method of marbling called suminagashi.

Claire Marks, a native of Akron, Ohio, has spent the past several years immersing herself in the mesmerizing world of paper marbling. For her undergraduate thesis at the Cleveland Institute of Art (2015), Marks explored oil-marbling as a medium for expressive, abstract storytelling. Her prints have been exhibited in many northeast Ohio venues including the Morgan Conservatory of Papermaking, Summit Artspace, and the John F. Seiberling Gallery. Marks sells her marbled paper and hand-bound books locally through her business Peaceable Kingdom Books.

For more information:

Jessica Howard
Continuing Education + Community Outreach Coordinator
216.421.7460 | Contact

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Julia Murphy
Assistant Director, Continuing Education + Community Outreach
216.421.7461 | Contact

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