Continuing Education

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

Early Bird Registration ends April 12

Any class cancelled due to weather or instructor illness will be rescheduled one to two weeks after the conclusion of the class.
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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.

Summer Class Descriptions

SB514C: Welding
This introductory studio course teaches students to manipulate steel into sculptural forms with heat and fire. Instruction in oxy-acetylene and MIG 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.)
May 13 - June 24, 7 sessions
Tuition: $275
Instructor: Brian Nigus

SB582C: Beginning Digital Photography and Darkroom
This is a hands-on beginner’s course about the technical basics of digital photography: how to create, edit and archive digital photographic files. No experience with your camera is necessary! Bring your own Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, and explore techniques applied in the digital darkroom to enhance/edit digital photographs so you can take great looking photographs.
May 13 - June 17, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 12)
Instructor: Scott Taylor

SB600C: Contemporary Painting with Watercolor
Watercolor is a time-honored medium that has been used for centuries by the greatest painters across cultures and styles. This class focuses on exploring the many techniques and approaches to the medium, from realism to abstraction. The unique qualities of watercolor are demonstrated through the techniques of glazing, direct wet into wet painting and masking for expressive and formal effects.
May 13 - June 17, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 12)
Instructor: Paul Mitchell

SB5010: Capture the Immediacy of Drawing
Beginning drawers, and those in need of a fresh perspective on their work, will find the focus of this class inspiring. Based on a combination of exercises, students explore ways to capture the immediacy of drawing by understanding the power behind mark making, how to introduce movement into objects and developing confidence with gesture drawing. Emphasis is placed on creating looser and more expressive drawings. Students are expected to keep an active sketchbook during the course.
May 14 - June 18, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 12)
Instructor: Rachel Sanders

SB538C: Photoshop Artistry
This course emphasizes the application of Adobe Photoshop to strong design communication. Students are introduced to the basic tools and navigation of Photoshop software, and create visual themes as seen in magazine covers, movie posters and CD covers. Instruction includes discussion of Photoshop properties such as layers, type, blending modes, color use, filters and pixel resolution. Course projects begin with an emphasis in basic applications, and progress to more challenging visual solutions and image manipulation. This course provides ample work time during class periods, with both group and individual guidance from the instructor.
May 14 - June 18, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before April 12)
Instructor: Scott Taylor

SB577C: Night Photography
From star gazing over Lake Michigan to the neon lights of the city, students learn to photograph the nocturnal. The class focuses on experimenting with shooting: long exposures and color reciprocity, multiple exposures and flash photography. Prerequisites: Basic camera handling. Must have digital camera with manual contols.
May 15 - June 19, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 12)
Instructor: Paul Calhoun

SB562C: Drawing Urban Perspectives
Working in the Third Ward and Walker’s Point, students learn about the conventions of perspective while looking at our city and responding to its history and complexity in an observational drawing. Class time is divided between drawing “in the field” and in the studio to enable working within the confines of weather and light. No previous experience needed.
May 15 - June 19, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 12)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SB5003A: Creating the Glass Image: Layering & Luminosity
This course investigates the intersections between glass as an     expressive fine art medium and multiple forms of image making.     Students explore the physical processes of fusing and slumping glass, as they practice drawing with frit, stencils, creating photo decals and kiln-cast. Emphasis is on the unique material properties of glass and its ability to effectively communicate and image a way that no other material can; through its luminosity and affinity to layering.
May 15 - June 19, 6 sessions
Tuition: $275
Instructor: Niki Johnson

SB524A: Street Photography
This course helps develop the skilled eye, intuition and independence that is needed to photograph and record the street life in and around Milwaukee. With instructor oversight, students work independently or in small groups at locales such as Wisconsin Avenue, area cafes, diners or barber shops. Instruction includes the basics of making, editing, and presenting images, as well as techniques for capturing candid shots. Prerequisite: Basic camera handling. Must have digital camera with maual controls.
May 10 - June 21 (No Class May 31), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 12)
Instructor: Larry Widen

SB550A: Plein Air Painting
Plein air painting is the unique artistic experience of visually capturing the essence of a place in time. Students experience the visual freedom of painting outdoor landscapes quickly by training the eyes to simplify the subject and construct the imagery on the picture plane. Instruction includes understanding the temperatures and values of colors to create depth, and developing brush handling that removes constraints. Demonstrations, discussion, individual and group instruction, and informal critiques assist students in developing their skills. Some painting experience recommended.
May 10 - June 14 (No Class May 31), 5 sessions
Tuition: $175 ($155 before April 12)
Instructor: Timothy Haglund

SB592A: Adobe Illustrator Basics Applied
This class provides the perfect combination of Illustrator tips and tricks with layout and design must-knows to help create appealing brochures, posters or direct mail pieces with little background. Fully understand the possibilities of Illustrator with step-by-step examples that introduce students to the many tools used to manipulate line, color and text to produce digital drawings and images that relate to real-world applications. Prerequisite: Minimal knowledge of Illustrator required.
May 10 - June 21 (No Class May 31), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before April 12)
Instructor: Tim Bigonia

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 include photographic, block out and digitally created stencils. While learning the 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 10 - June 21 (No Class May 31), 6 sessions
Tuition: $245 ($225 before April 12)
Instructor: Tyanna J. Buie

SB601A: Furniture Building Basics (class runs until 1 p.m.)
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 a customized table-stool-drawer project.
May 10 - June 28 (No Class May 31), 7 sessions
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuition: $275
Instructor: Christopher Thomas

SB598A: Intro to Acrylic: The Extraordinary Ordinary
In this introductory acrylic painting course, students work from simple still life set-ups to produce paintings that uncover extraordinary visual moments within seemingly mundane subject matter. Through looking at the work of painters such as Janet Fish and Giorgio Morandi, this course demonstrates that how one paints is often more important than what one paints. In addition to learning basic color theory and acrylic application techniques, students learn to rigorously observe what they see to capture the subtleties that everyday experience often overlooks.
May 10 - June 21 (No Class May 31), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before April 12)
Instructor: James Pederson

Summer Supply Lists

Supply Lists are Downloadable PDF"s and available mid March

Welding, Supply List
Beginning Digital Photography and Darkroom, Supply List
Contemporary Painting with Watercolor, Supply List
Capture the Immediacy of Drawing, Supply List
Photoshop Artistry, Supply List
Creating the Glass Image: Layering and Luminosity, Supply List
Night Photography, Supply List
Drawing Urban Perspectives, Supply List
Street Photography, Supply List
Plein Air Painting, Supply List
Adobe Illustrator Basics Applied, Supply List
Screen Printing Today, Supply List
Furniture Building Basics, Supply List
Intro to Acrylic: The Extraordianary Ordinary, Supply List

SUMMER 2014 Free Workshop

June 25, 12 - 1 p.m. (E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 20 to save your spot)
SB603B: Digital Publishing: An Introduction to Children's Books for Touch Screen
Presenter: Stacey Williams
Stacey illustrates children's books, with a specialty in interactive storybooks for the iPad. She is the Creative Director (and founder) at Little Bahalia Publishing. Her first children's book, Astrojammies, was one of the first digital storybooks for the iPad, published as a storybook app by Demibooks in 2010. Stacey has since published over a dozen interactive books for children.
Stacey will introduce us to Demibooks Composer Pro, an iPad software for creating book apps. Learn how it can challenge you or your students to become creative designers of interactive media apps. Take a look at how apps are built using interactivity, animation, physics and special effects. This workshop provides a basic overview of the digital publishing landscape: learn the difference between an e-book and an app, between an iPad and an Android, etc. More information on Demibooks Composer Pro can be found at