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

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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 11.
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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• Supply Lists are available as downloadable pdfs on this webpage.

Summer Classes and Supply Lists

Supply lists are downloadable pdfs.
Beginning Drawing: Techniques and Strategies, Supply List
Contemporary Painting with Watercolor, Supply List
Night Photography, Supply List
Beginning Writer's Workshop, Supply List
Oil Painting: The Revival of Brushwork and Representation, Supply List
Drawing Urban Perspectives, Supply List
Acrylic: Humor in Abstraction, Supply List

Drawing Light and Shadow, Supply List
Korean Ink Brush Painting, Supply List
InDesign Basics Applied, Supply List
Street Photography, Supply List
Screen Printing Today, Supply List
Furniture Building Basics, Suppy List

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.
Tuesdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
May 12 – June 16, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Apr. 11)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

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.
Tuesdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
May 12 – June 16, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Apr. 11)
Instructor: Paul Mitchell

SB577C: Night Photography
From star gazing over Lake Michigan to the neon lights of the city, students learn to photograph the nocturnal. Regular field trips give opportunities to experiment with shooting: long exposures and color reciprocity and multiple exposures. Prerequisites: Basic camera handling. Must have digital camera with manual controls.
Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
May 13 – June 17, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Apr. 11)
Instructor: Paul Calhoun

SB617C: Beginning Writer's Workshop (New)
This class is designed for students of any age who've always wanted to write a book or an article AND see it in print. Participants learn how to choose a topic, interview a personality, create a document for publication, the way to approach a publisher, proven self-marketing techniques, self-publishing do's and don'ts, and more. Class instructor Larry Widen is the author of a dozen books including Milwaukee Movie Palaces, Silver Screens, Milwaukee Rock and Roll, and Job Man: 25 Years in Professional Wrestling. He has interviewed Alice Cooper, Gregg Allman, B.B.King, Bonnie Raitt and many others for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
May 13 – June 17, 6 sessions,
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Apr. 11)
Instructor: Larry Widen

SB624C: Oil Painting: The Revival of Brushwork and Representation (New)
This class covers several oil painting techniques specific to brushes, mediums, and paints that have fallen into disuse in the wake of the artistic rebellions of the 20th Century. Instruction is given on paint application, mixing mediums, varnishing, and the proper use of lead-based whites to produce luminous effects. In atelier fashion, students will observe the instructor painting and then apply those techniques to their own studies. Subjects will include canonical genres like landscape and still life. Students will then apply what they have learned to subjects of their own choosing.
Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
May 13 – June 17, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Apr. 11)
Instructor: Matthew Warren Lee

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.
Thursdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
May 14 – June 18, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Apr. 11)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SB623C: Acrylic: Humor in Abstraction (New)
Explore the humor and emotion that infuses the work of contemporary artists, and create your own abstract acrylic paintings that investigate the unexpected and whimsical of your surroundings. Basic instruction covers color theory, the use and purpose of a sketchbook and handling acrylic paint. Through class discussions, critiques and work sessions, you gain confidence in working with acrylic paint and learn ways to create an abstract representation of an abstract concept. This exploration should provide you with a never-ending fountain of ideas to pull from as inspiration for your work.
Thursdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
May 14 – June 18, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Apr. 11)
Instructor: Melissa Dorn Richards

9 A.M. – NOON/1 P.M.
SB509A: Drawing Light and Shadow
This class is designed for those who love to draw with charcoal. Students learn the range of values possible with charcoal and white chalk, and how changes in light and shadow are used to create form in three-dimensional drawings. While developing intuitive abilities, instruction emphasizes using charcoal to render subjects pictorially. Prerequisite: Basic drawing or painting skills.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon
May 9 – June 20, 5 sessions
No class May 23 and June 13
Tuition: $170 ($145 before Apr. 11)
Instructor: Corbett Toomsen

SB625A: Korean Ink Brush Painting (New)
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 in this two-day workshop. 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.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 27 and July 11, 2 sessions
No class July 4
Tuition: $115 ($95 before Apr. 11)
Instructor: Mokwon

SB515A: InDesign Basics Applied
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. Prerequisite: Minimal knowledge of InDesign required.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon
May 9 – June 20, 5 sessions
No class May 23 and June 13
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Apr. 11)
Instructor: Tim Bigonia

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 bring your own camera. (This is not a photoshop or darkroom class)
May 9 – June 27, 6 sessions
No class May 23 and June 13
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Apr. 11)
Instructor: Larry Widen

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 9 – June 27, 6 sessions
No class May 23 and June 13
Tuition: $245 ($225 before Apr. 11)
Instructor: Tyanna Buie

SB601A: Furniture Building Basics (New)
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".
May 9 – July 11, 7 sessions
No Class May 23, June 13 and July 4
Tuition: $275
Instructor: Christopher J. Thomas