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 Fall Semester

Early Bird Registration ends September 20.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS ONE WEEK BEFORE START OF CLASS
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 will be available as downloadable pdfs in September.

Fall Classes

EVENING CLASSES:
Open Figure Drawing
Beginning Drawing: Techniques and Strategies
Focus on the Features: Charcoal Portraiture

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES: 9 A.M. - NOON
Adobe Photoshop: Intro to Creative Applications (New)
Portrait Photography
Intro to Photogravure
Are You Missing Your Social Marketing Target? (New)
Marketing Online Today (New)
Intro to Picture Book Illustration
Contemporary Painting with Watercolor
Humor in Abstraction with Acrylic
Traditions in Wool
Intro to Woodcarving
Carving Figures in the Round and Relief Carving

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES: 1 - 4 P.M.
The Art of Paper Cutting (New)
Adobe Illustrator: Intro to Creative Applications (New)
Intro to Digital Photography
Street Photography
Figure Drawing
Painting from Nature with Gouache
Intro to Acrylic and Oil Painting
Oil Painting Techniques for Landscape (New)

WEEKDAY EVENING 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 years must have written parental permission to attend.
Tuesdays, 7 – 10 p.m., 10 sessions
Sept. 15 – Nov. 24 (No session on Oct. 13)

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.
Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 – Nov. 23, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SB593C: Focus on the Features: Charcoal Portraiture
Get a thorough grounding in the anatomy of the face and how each feature relates to the structure of the head. Working in charcoal, in-depth exercises drawing the eyes, nose, mouth and ears in frontal, three-quarter, and profile views develop stronger observational drawing skills and result in more confident portrait work. Prerequisite: Basic drawing skills.
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 – Nov. 19, 5 sessions
Tuition : $205 ($180 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES
9 A.M. - NOON
ANY EXCEPTIONS TO TIME ARE NOTED ON INDIVIDUAL CLASSES
SB538A: Photoshop: Intro to Creative Applications
Discover fast, effective and creative ways to use Adobe Photoshop. This introductory course is designed to help you understand the Photoshop interface and supply you with a variety of basic skills so you may generate digital art. By importing images we'll explore techniques on how to develop digital collages, edit photos, repair photographic damage, generate symmetric/asymmetric designs and apply type effects. You'll also learn and develop a digital vocabulary and apply the proper terminology to aspects such as image resolution, file types and technique. At the close of each class session you'll be supplied with exercise files, video tutorials and step-by-step instructions. By the time you finish this fun, hands-on, project-oriented course, you'll be well on your way to crafting digital imagery with this pixel based graphics software. Prerequisites: Mac and digital photography experience is helpful but not necessary.
Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Scott Taylor

SB508A: 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. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Paul Calhoun

SB621A: An Introduction to Photogravure
This 19th century process combines the fine art of printmaking and photography in such a way to produce the finest photographic detail possible of any printmaking technique. Students learn to take digital photographic images and transform them into a traditional photogravure etched in copper in the same way that Edward S. Curtis and Alfred Stieglitz produced their seminal photographic works. As photogravure is very technical, students must come prepared with high resolution (300 dpi or higher) digital photo files and have some experience with photography or printmaking.
Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $265 ($245 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Matthew Presutti

SB627A: Are You Missing Your Social Marketing Target?
Leveraging the power of online marketing to reach audiences far beyond traditional avenues is a necessity for businesses in today's growing digital world. Join creative director, instructor and podcaster, Tim Bigonia, as he details several affordable online tools to help you market yourself, your business or your product in the most efficient manner. Want to learn more? Join Tim for a three-week workshop that gives hands on development of social marketing tools that include Facebook, AWeber and LeadPages.
Oct. 24, 1 session
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuition: $10
Speaker: Tim Bigonia

SB626A: Marketing Online Today
Boost your confidence with effective and efficient online marketing today. Dive deep into Facebook's analytics and understand the best way to target your audience while using best-practice strategies to monitor your investment. Investigate the strengths of AWeber, with its effective ability to provide easy-to-create email newsletters, powerful subscription management, simple sign-up forms, performance tracking and autoresponder abilities. AWeber's database collection and organizational strengths pair perfectly with LeadPages' user-proven, well-designed landing pages and opt-in strategies, and LeadPages' features go well beyond a simple pretty page, as they can integrate with Facebook, Wordpress sites and even text marketing. Develop a powerhouse of online resources in this three-session workshop to help you deliver content, services and product opportunities for your customer.
Nov. 7 – Nov. 21, 3 sessions
Tuition: $110 ($90 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Tim Bigonia

SB536A: Intro to Picture Book Illustration
This information-packed course covers the basic steps involved in creating a picture book and what qualities make a book successful. Participants produce their own six-page counting book which progresses from thumbnails, to sketches, to making a book dummy and then painting final artwork. Instruction also covers how to get a book published, learning about the publishing industry, self-publishing and e-books. Prerequisites: Basic drawing experience.
Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Carol Schwartz

SB600A: Contemporary Painting with Watercolor
Watercolor is a time-honored media that has been utilized for centuries by the greatest painters across cultures and styles. This class will focus on exploring the many techniques and approaches to the medium, from realism to abstraction. The unique qualities of the medium will be demonstrated through the techniques of glazing, direct wet into wet painting, and masking for expressive and formal effects. The multi-media qualities of painting in watercolor will also be examined, looking at the possible inclusion of drawing, printmaking, and photo-transfers into works of art.
Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Paul Mitchell

SB623A: Humor in Abstraction with Acrylic
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.
Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Melissa Dorn-Richards

SB616A: Traditions in Wool
Explore wool's traditional craft techniques and how it can be used in the realm of sculpture. Historical and cultural contexts of wool are discussed, as well as its unique physical properties. Students engage with a hands-on survey of techniques such as wet felting, needle felting, crochet, knitting and how they all apply to three-dimensional applications. Students then choose one or more of these skills to focus on for their final projects. This class is great for beginners or intermediates in fiber, who are looking to expand their ideas and techniques.
Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Claire Hitchcock Tilton

SB584A: Intro to Woodcarving
Instruction covers the basic tools and techniques used in woodcarving to create in-the-round, bas-relief and high-relief objects. 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. Several projects, including a facial study stick, an owl, a boot and an oak leaf are completed during the class.
Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Greg Young

SB5004A: Carving Figures in the Round and Relief Carving
This course is perfect for students with basic carving skills who want to take their work to the next level. Instruction includes pattern layout, a tutorial on high relief carving, how to establish ground, working on levels of depth between scene elements and how to define elements in a scene through undercutting and light source consideration. Students will elect one of two projects to work on, either a Mountain Man Figure or a Perched Eagle. Prerequisite: Basic woodcarving skills.
Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Greg Young

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES: 1 - 4 PM
SB628B: The Art of Paper Cutting
This course explores 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 you will have at least 2-3 finished pieces.
Oct. 31 – Dec. 12 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Kelly Alexander

SB620B: Illustrator: Intro to Creative Applications
This introductory course is designed to help you understand the interface and creative uses for Adobe Illustrator. By working with a variety of drawing and shape building tools you'll be shown how to control and modify this vector based software to create a broad range of eye catching drawings, paintings and shape driven designs. You will also be supplied with all the necessary learning materials such as terminology sheets and step-by-step video tutorials to help you develop your skills. Even if you've never used a computer graphics program before you'll have a lot of fun doing so, as each class session you will be guided through the process at a slow and comfortable learning speed. Prerequisites: Mac experience is helpful but not necessary.
Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Scott Taylor

SB537B: 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. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Grant Gill

SB525B: 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. Days shooting in the field alternate with in-class sessions that focus on editing, class critique and appreciating the rich history of Photojournalism from examination of works by known professionals in the field. Prerequisites: Students must provide their own DSLR camera and have a mastery of the basic functions including upload/ download of files. A working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is recommended but not required. (This is not a photoshop or darkroom class)
Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Paul Calhoun

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. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Joseph Boblick

SB612B: Painting from Nature with Gouache
Discover more about your favorite flora and fauna by researching, observing, drawing and painting with gouache. Learn color mixing and techniques of working with the opaque watercolors called gouache. Whether working in a detailed, realistic style or a looser way, exploring composition, color, value, texture and how to tell a story will help a painting come alive and have a greater impact. Prerequisite: Some painting experience.
Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Carol Schwartz

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. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SB624B: Oil Painting: Techniques for Landscape (New)
This class will cover 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. The class will include instruction 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 will apply those techniques to their own studies. Subjects will include a wide variety of landscapes from traditional observed images to fantastical imagined ones. Students will also have the option to do a self-directed project on which the instructor will consult.
Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Matthew Lee