Continuing Education

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Bringing creative minds together for professional development and personal enrichment.
New trends, technology and challenges need new ideas, skill sets and relationships. MIAD's Continuing Education helps meet these challenges through innovative programming that fosters:
• Interdisciplinary thought and practices
• Re-envisioning of personal and professional creativity
• Collaborative cultural and business relationships that enhance exceptional learning opportunities
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Choosing the Right Ability Level

Beginning or Introductory Classes develop basic skill sets in a variety of disciplines that span fine arts, design and related technologies and have no prerequisites. The foundation built through introductory-level instruction:
• Teaches basic competency levels
• Enhances and regenerates creative development
• Establishes a pathway to higher levels of learning
Intermediate and Advanced Classes have the prerequisites listed which are considered the minimum knowledge needed to participate effectively in a class that is designed to:
• Explore subject areas in depth
• Assist participants to develop a body of work
• Promote interdisciplinary practices
• Encourage conceptual development
• Provide art/design historical context
• Conduct regular critique sessions
• Develop portfolio-ready pieces
• Promote professional networking opportunities
Questions about these programs? Contact MIAD Continuing Education: 414-847-3330, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dates and Registration for Summer Semester

Early Bird Registration ends April 9.
Any class cancelled due to weather, instructor illness or other circumstance will be rescheduled one to two weeks after the conclusion of the class. There is no prorating of tuition if the student cannot attend the make up session.
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Summer Supply Lists

Downloadable Supply Lists available in April

Night Photography, Supply List
Contemporary Drawing Strategies, Supply List
Explore the Luminosity of Watercolor, Supply List
Intro to Acrylic and Oil Painting, Supply List

Advanced Pattern Making: Printed Fabric (New), Supply List
Natural Light Photoraphy, Supply List
Landscape Drawing in Pastel (New), Supply List
Korean Ink Brush Painting, Supply List
Fundamentals of Drawing (New), Supply List
Screen Printing Today, Supply List
Furniture Building Basics, Supply List
Welding, Supply List
Digital Arts (New), Supply List

Advanced Korean Ink Brush Painting, Supply List

Summer Classes


SB577C: Night Photography
From star gazing over Lake Michigan to the neon lights of the city, students learn how to photograph the nocturnal. Regular field trips give opportunities to experiment with shooting: long exposures, multiple exposures, and color reciprocity. Prerequisites: basic camera handling; must have a digital camera with manual controls and a tripod.
May 10 - June 14, 6 sessions
Wednesdays: 7 – 10 p.m.
Tuition: $225 ($205 before April 9)
Instructor: Scott Taylor

SB632C: Contemporary Drawing Strategies
In this class, students learn the drawing techniques and strategies of modern artists. Starting with the Cubist movement, participants look to the work of Picasso and Braque, and learn how to draw from observation and combine drawings into a multiple perspective piece. From there, students view the work of Photo-Realist artist Chuck Close, and learn how to use the grid as a guide to 2D space. Instruction focuses on line quality, value, and form; includes informal and formal critiques as well as individual feedback.
May 10 - June 14, 6 sessions
Wednesdays: 6 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 9)
Instructor: Robert Meincke

SB596C: Explore the Luminosity of Watercolor
This course covers basic tonal and color mixing in watercolor, wet on dry technique, and various approaches to wet on wet. Instruction progresses from simple exercises in the first week, to painting simple still life arrangements in weeks 2 and 3, floral painting in weeks 4 to 5, and landscape (from photo references) in weeks 5 to 6. No experience in watercolor or painting necessary, but some background is useful.
May 10 - June 21, 6 sessions
No class June 14
Wednesdays: 6 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 9)
Instructor: Rosalie Beck

SB539C: Intro to Acrylic and Oil Painting
This class provides an introduction to the basic materials, techniques, and practices of direct painting. Students choose to focus their study in oils or acrylics, but acrylic is highly recommended for first-timers. Using a variety of still life as subject matter, students develop an understanding of color application, paint handling, composition and spatial issues, as well as other technical and conceptual concerns.
May 11 - June 15, 6 sessions
Thursdays: 6 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 9)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson


SB651A: Advanced Pattern Design: Printed Fabric (New)
This course explores the theory of pattern design around individual artistic interests. Through a collection of pattern designs, students consider possible end uses while creating their own unique designs. Using Adobe Photoshop, advanced techniques are demonstrated that focus on developing patterns for printing. At the conclusion of the course, each student is assisted with digitally printing their selected pattern designs. Discussions regarding the various printing methods and technical aspects of textile design augment the course projects and provide a foundation for future, self-directed projects. Students must have previous experience using Adobe Photoshop.
May 13 - June 24, 6 sessions
No class on May 27
Tuition: $225 ($205 before April 9)
Instructor: Rissy Fiora

SB615A: Natural Light Photography
How much does artificial light dictate our photographs? The course’s main premise focuses around the beauty of natural light, and our ability as photographers to find it. Students are restricted to using solely natural light to challenge the way they see the world. The subtle changes of daylight, reflections and refracted light are all tools that students have to work with. Furthermore, students explore how natural light effects themes of narrative, emotion and self-portrait.
May 13 - June 24, 6 sessions
No class on May 27
Tuition: $225 ($205 before April 9)
Instructor: Paul Calhoun

SB652A: Landscape Drawing in Pastel (NEW)
Explore and interpret the green spaces, riverfront, and urban views of Milwaukee’s Third Ward in dry pastels. The course covers basic instruction in tonal and color mixing with pastels as well as instruction on how to deal with depicting deep space, simplifying textures and utilizing light and shadow in compositions. Students meet in the studio, then work from life in the surrounding environments.
May 13 - July 1, 6 sessions
No class on May 27 and June 17
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 9)
Instructor: Rosalie Beck

SB625A: Beginning Korean Brush Painting
Learn basic techniques of Korean ink brush painting from the renowned master painter Mokwon, and gain an understanding and appreciation of East Asian art and its aesthetics. In-class demonstrations include basic brush stroke techniques, composition, and essential skills needed to paint flowers, birds, and iris. These skills are practiced individually, and with the master. You may bring your own sumi ink stick, brushes or sumi paper, but supplies, including a brush and paper, are available for purchase during class. All levels of experience are welcome.
June 24 - July 29, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 9)
Instructor: Mokwon

SB653A: Fundamentals of Drawing (NEW)
Developed for the beginner, emphasis is placed on developing vocabulary that provides a foundation for understanding drawing and exploring the formal key elements of two-dimensional composition, such as line and mark-making, form, value, scale, proportion, and spatial relationships. Through an exploration of the materials used in black-and-white drawing, students work from observation to develop skills that are applicable to other courses offered in art and design. This course provides a relaxed environment that promotes exploration and growth with one-on-one feedback from the instructor.
May 13 - June 24, 6 sessions
No class on May 27
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 9)
Instructor: Robert Meincke

SB565A: Screen Printing Today
This course covers a wide range of screen printing techniques using water-based inks. Various methods of creating an image on the screen are covered, including photographic, block out and digitally-created stencils. While learning proper screen preparation and competent use of the equipment, the course focuses on presenting important visual and conceptual problems relevant to the screen printing process.
May 13 - June 24, 6 sessions
No class on May 27
Tuition: $245 ($225 before April 9)
Instructor: Zoe Darling

SB601A: Furniture Building Basics
This course introduces students to the basics of furniture building, and includes best practices and safe use of hand and power tools. Instruction includes introduction to materials, hardware, wood selection, and consideration of grain patterns. Students learn simple, effective joinery as they work on designing, planning and building a small table using quality domestic hardwoods. Maximum top size 18” by 28.” No outside lab time is available.
April 29 - June 24, 8 sessions
No class on May 27
Tuition: $360
Instructor: Delia Lopez

SB514A: Welding
This introductory studio course teaches students to manipulate steel into sculptural forms with heat and fire. Instruction in oxy-acetylene welding includes basic cutting and welding processes, as well as important safety procedures. One-on-one demonstration, discussion and informal critiques focus on individual problem solving. No outside lab time is available.
May 13 - June 24, 6 sessions
No class on May 27
Tuition: $245
Instructor: Bruce Humphries

SB654A: Digital Arts (NEW)
Collage is a creative process that requires a sense of spontaneity, calculated decisions and whimsical tendencies. This course is designed to explore digital collage using the latest version of Adobe Photoshop CC. Introducing a variety of image-editing techniques, students explore conventional and alternative collage/ photomontage techniques through the digital envelope. Students are introduced to a variety of resources to create their images, from online free photo stock websites, using their own images, using found objects, and scanning images from old magazines or old vintage prints. Prerequisite; Basic to intermediate skills with Adobe Photoshop.
May 13 - June 24, 6 sessions
No class on May 27
Tuition: $225 ($205 before April 9)
Instructor: Scott Taylor


SB650B: Advanced Korean Brush Painting
Expanding upon skills acquired in Korean Brush Painting, this course provides the opportunity to explore focused topics and challenges with Instructor Mokwon. Prerequisite: students enrolled in this course must have completed Beginning Korean Brush Painting.
June 24 - July 29
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 9)
Instructor: Mokwon