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 16.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS ONE WEEK BEFORE START OF CLASS
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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• Supply Lists will be available as downloadable pdfs in April

Summer Classes

WEEKNIGHT 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.
Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
May 11 – June 15, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Scott Taylor

SB636C: Letterpress Printing for Beginners (New)
Using a Vandercrook Proof Press, students learn the basics of typesetting, form-building, linoleum block carving and design. Introduction to these skills develops over two projects. The first project is a guided poster using lead and wood type and simple linoleum block carvings. The second project, of the student’s choice, uses these skills, while incorporating more advanced carving, typesetting and printing techniques with assistance from the instructor.
Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
May 11 – June 15, 6 sessions
Tuition: $245
Instructor: Nathan Adam Beadel

SB639C: Explore New Approaches to Painting (New)
Instruction includes a solid foundation in color theory, palette usage, painting techniques and composition, which students use to explore a variety of approaches to painting. Observational, geometric abstraction, intuitive abstraction and figurative styles are introduced, and through experimentation, help broaden the painting repertoire for beginning and intermediate students.
Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
May 11 – June 15, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SB628C: The Art of Paper Cutting
Explore the process of paper cutting and how to prepare designs with multiple layers, colors and textures. Learn what kind of paper to use, and develop narrative imagery. By the end of the course, students should have at least 2 - 3 finished pieces.
Thursdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
May 12 – June 16, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Kelly Alexander

SB637C: Working in Series (New)
Explore working in a series. Through class discussions, critiques and work sessions, you gain confidence in your ability to create works that are cohesive and unified. You will choose which medium to work in, continuing to hone your skills and studio practice as you move through your series. This class will encourage you to investigate ideas more thoroughly, trying out different solutions and multiple possibilities. This exploration will provide you with a never-ending fountain of ideas to pull from as you document your ideas and process in your sketchbook.
Thursdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
May 12 – June 16, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Melissa Dorn Richards

SB503C: Beginning Drawing Techniques and Strategies
This class introduces the basics of drawing and engages students with a variety of drawing tools and techniques that advance them to the next level of drawing competency. Through experimentation, students develop their mechanical skill and observational ability, as well as strategies to continue their exploration.
Thursdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
May 12 – June 16, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES

SB537A: Introduction to Digital Photography
Develop a competency in the digital darkroom through lessons and projects that teach photography and Photoshop skills, and result in expressive visual language. No previous experience with Adobe Photoshop CS6 is necessary. Students must be conversant in MAC operating system software and have their own SLR digital camera.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon
May 14 – June 25, 6 sessions
No class on May 28
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Paul Calhoun

SB638A: Intro to Pattern Design (New)
Students explore ways to design engaging repeat patterns with their art. Hand-sketched, painted or digitally created motifs come to life in pattern form. Building off of existing Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop skills, participants learn to create a collection of patterns for end uses such as printed fabric, desktop and phone backgrounds, wrapping paper, stationary and accessories.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon
May 14 – June 25, 6 sessions
No class on May 28
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Rissy Fiora

SB625A: Korean Ink 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. Students may bring their 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.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon
July 9 – July 30, 4 sessions
Tuition: $175
Instructor: Mokwon

SB515A: InDesign Basics
This class provides the perfect combination of InDesign tips and tricks with layout and design must-knows to help create appealing brochures, posters or direct mail pieces with little or no previous background. Fully understand the possibilities of InDesign with step-by-step examples that relate to real-world applications. Combined with a solid foundation of basic design dos-and-don’ts, the student is armed to create clean, dynamic solutions that look good and communicate successfully. Class will be taught within the Mac OS, however personal laptops are welcome.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – noon
May 14 – June 25, 6 sessions
No class on May 28
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Scott Taylor

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 x 28 inches.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
May 14 – July 9, 7 sessions
No class on May 28 and July 2
Tuition: $275
Mark Tomaszewski

SB514A: Welding (Class has filled. Call 414-847-3333 to be put on a wait list.)
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. Lab fee is included in tuition.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon
May 14 – June 25, 6 sessions
No class on May 28
Tuition: $245
Instructor: Ben Dembroski