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
Online registration begins first week in September.
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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 Fall Semester

Early Bird Registration ends September 25.
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.
Online registration begins first week in September.
Download Registration Form to mail or Fax
• Supply Lists will be available as downloadable pdfs first week in October.

Fall Supply Lists

Supply lists will be posted first week in October.

EVENING CLASSES
Open Figure Drawing
Explore New Approaches to Painting
Portraits in Pastel
Mixed Media in the Digital Age (New)

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES: 9 A.M. – NOON
Adobe Photoshop: Intro to Creative Applications
Introduction to Digital Photography
Intro to Woodcarving
Welding
Beginning Drawing: Techniques and Strategies
Intro to Pattern Design
Furniture Building Basics
Korean Ink Brush Painting
Printmaking: From Drypoint to Mezzotint (New)

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES: 1 - 4 P.M.
Adobe Illustrator: Intro to Creative Applications
Portrait Photography
Figure Drawing
Intro to Acrylic and Oil Painting
Figure Sculpture

Fall Classes

WEEKNIGHT CLASSES

 SB507C: Open Figure Drawing
This is an opportunity to draw from a live model without instruction. One model provides a variety of quick and sustained poses. Participants can choose to pre-register: $50 for 10 sessions, or pay $6 per session at the door. Students under the age of 18 must have written parental permission to attend.
Tuesdays, 6 – 9 p.m., 10 sessions
Sept. 13 – Nov. 22 (No session on Oct. 11)

SB547C: Portraits in Pastel
This course begins with a discussion of head structure and proportion. Portraits are first executed in charcoal, then limited color, expanding to full color in dry pastels. Color layering, use of toned color backgrounds, pastel techniques and suggested palette combinations are covered. The emphasis is on creating realistic modeled portraits with attention to personal expression. All drawing is from clothed posed figure models. Prerequisite: Basic drawing skills. Tuition includes model fees.
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 25)
Oct. 20 – Dec. 1 (No session on Nov. 24)
Instructor: Rosalie Beck

SB641C: Mixed Media in the Digital Age (New)
This course seeks to explore a variety of techniques that utilize a combination of traditional materials (ink, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, etc.) and digital additions and/or manipulation using Photoshop. Emphasis is on producing original artwork that is truer to the idea of “one-of-kind” than pure Photoshop efforts, while also not so easily giving up the secrets of its creation. Whether starting a piece in the digital realm and finishing it off traditionally, or scanning in elements done in traditional media to give them a final assembly and “polish” via computer skills, students explore fresh alternatives to the use of singular media. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Photoshop.
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 25)
Oct. 20 – Dec. 1 (No session on Nov. 24)
Instructor: John Matson

SB639C: Explore New Approaches to Painting
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.
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 25)
Oct. 20 – Dec. 8 (No session on Nov. 17 and Nov. 24)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES: 9 A.M. - NOON
ANY EXCEPTIONS TO TIME ARE NOTED ON INDIVIDUAL CLASSES

SB503A: 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.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 10 (No class Nov. 19 and Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 25)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SB584A: Intro to Woodcarving
This course is perfect for students with a wide range of carving skills, from beginner to advanced, who want to take their work to the next level. Students learn to understand the characteristics and challenges of wood as it pertains to this subtractive art form, as well as an introduction to the tools used, tool resources and training on safe handling of tools. Through this class, students will build upon and apply skills from one session to the next to realize their own ideas in the wood shop. This course uses hand tools only.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No session on Nov 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 25)
Instructor: Greg Young

SB538A: Adobe Photoshop - Intro to Creative Applications
Discover fast and effective ways to use Photoshop with detailed, step-by-step instructions. Explore the Photoshop environment, and navigate the basic tools that generate shape and symmetry driven designs. Learn techniques for importing and editing images, as well as destructive and non-destructive approaches to editing. Instruction includes how to restore old photographs, eliminate dust and scratches, repair tears, remove wrinkles and alter the properties of color. Prerequisites: Mac and digital photography experience helpful.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No session on Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 25)
Instructor: Scott Taylor

SB638A: Intro to Pattern Design
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. Previous experience with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is suggested.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 10 (No session on Nov. 12 and Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 25)
Instructor: Rissy Fiora

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.” Sorry, no outside lab time is available.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No session on Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $275
Instructor: Delia Lopez

SB537A: Intro to Digital Photography
This course develops competency in the digital darkroom through lessons and projects that teach photography and Photoshop skills that result in expressive visual language. No previous experience with Adobe Photoshop CS6 is necessary, however, students must be conversant in MAC operating system software and have their own SLR digital camera.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No session on Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 25)
Instructor: Paul Calhoun

SB625A: 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.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No session on Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 25)
Instructor: Mokwon

SB640A: Printmaking: From Drypoint to Mezzotint (New)
In this studio course, students explore printmaking through two techniques: drypoint and mezzotint. The drypoint process of drawing and mark-making on a metal plate with various etching tools provides the transferrable technique and experience for students to create mezzotint prints. Students gain a fundamental knowledge of preparing a plate for printing, exploring, drawing and mark-making and inking and printing images from copper plates with the use of a press. Note: Images from plates can be inked and printed multiple times.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No session on Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $245 ($225 before Sept. 25)
Instructor: Jeremy Plunkett

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. Sorry, no outside lab time is available. (class size limited to 9).
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No session on Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $245 ($225 before Sept. 25)
Instructor: Benno Rothschild

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES: 1 - 4 P.M.
ANY EXCEPTIONS TO TIME ARE NOTED ON INDIVIDUAL CLASSES

SB517B: Figure Drawing
This course explores the fundamentals of drawing from the human figure, an exercise that has been an essential part of visual arts training for centuries. Using primarily black and white drawing media while working from the nude model, students develop their ability to extract the figure’s gestural expression. The course also focuses on improving the students’ understanding of structure, form building, anatomy, and composition through demonstration and drawing exercises. Tuition includes model fees.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No session on Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 25)
Instructor: Joseph Boblick

SB508B: Portrait Photography
This class explores the aesthetic and technical aspects of portraiture, reinforcing strong design and composition in photography. Discussion ranges from the use of lighting with strobes, ambient lights and hot lights, to issues of spatial relationships within the composition. Critiques of student work and portfolios are included. Participants are also introduced to slides of historic and modern portraiture. This is not a darkroom course. Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic photography.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No session on Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 25)
Instructor: Paul Calhoun

SB539B: 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 acrylic, 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.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 10 (No class Nov. 19 and Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 25)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SB629B: Figure Sculpture
This course provides beginning and experienced artists the opportunity to learn and practice both technical and expressive ways of sculpting the human form in clay. Working from a nude model, students learn basic human anatomy and essential terracotta clay skills. Participants explore more expressive elements of both clay and figure as they build their knowledge and explore the work of various sculptors for inspiration. Students see their process through to finished, fired works. Tuition includes model fees and some materials.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No session on Nov. 26)
Tuition: $245 ($225 before Sept. 25)
Instructor: Brett Henzig

SB620B: Adobe Illustrator - Intro to Creative Applications
With an introduction to the latest version of Adobe Illustrator CS6, students become comfortable with its interface and explore its creative applications. Learn how to create and modify paths using special drawing tools, and draw and edit geometric objects. Terminology sheets and step-by-step video tutorials are supplied after each class session to reinforce lessons on how to apply fill and stroke attributes, use colors, gradients, and adjust transparency to these objects and paths. Demonstrations are given on how to enter and format type in a design, create eye-catching type effects and use layers so students can manage their artwork.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No session on Nov. 26)
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 25)
Instructor: Scott Taylor