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 27.
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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• Download Printable Registration Form (PDF)
• Supply Lists will be available as downloadable pdfs in September.

Fall Classes

EVENING CLASSES:
Open Figure Drawing
Beginning Drawing: Techniques and Strategies
The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time (New)

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES: 9 A.M. - NOON
Adobe Photoshop Basics Applied
Digital Collage (New)
Intro to Digital Photography
Intro to Woodcarving
Carving Figures in the Round and Relief Carving
Screen Printing Today
Dynamic Cartooning (New)
Painting from Nature with Gouache (New)
Intro to Oil: Process to Product
Painting Like the Masters with Acrylic
Setting Up a Still Life: 2-D and 3-D Drawing (New)
Milwaukee Movie Palaces (New)

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES: 1 - 4 P.M.
A Photographer's Portfolio (New)
Telling a Story with Your Photographs (New)
Creating with Found Materials (New)
Acrylics: Combining Abstraction and Representation (New)
Improvisational Drawing (New)
Figure Drawing
Intro to Picture Book Illustration

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. 16 – Nov. 25 (No session on Oct. 14)

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, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 – Nov. 20, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SB608C: The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Some of America's most enduring comic book heroes have finally made successful transitions to the silver screen, but what took so long? Local theater operator and historian Larry Widen presents a series of fun-filled, fact-packed sessions that trace the obscure and fascinating source material that spawned the DC and Marvel Comic Universes. Learn where Batman, Superman, Captain America and the X-Men came from and follow their epic journeys from static comic panels to jaw-dropping movie spectacles. What did Bob Kane, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Frank Miller do to revolutionize both the comic industry as well as Hollywood's approach to filming their creations? Class participants will also uncover reasons why some comic book movies flop, no matter how many times they get remade. Class requirements: Suspension of disbelief.
Wednes
days, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 – Nov. 19, 6 sessions
Tuition: $110 ($90 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Larry Widen

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

SB555A: Adobe Photoshop Basics Applied
This class provides a fast-track focus on Photoshop tips and tricks with design must-knows to help create more appealing print materials, websites as well as image manipulation with little previous background. Fully understand the possibilities of Photoshop with step-by-step examples that relate to real-world applications. Bolster your current knowledge of Photoshop with a solid foundation of basic design do’s-and-dont’s to create clean, dynamic solutions that look good and communicate successfully. Class will be taught within the Mac OS, however personal laptops are welcome. Prerequisites: Minimal knowledge of Photoshop required.
Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Tim Bigonia

SB605A: Digital Collage
Photography, print media, text, and the digital image offer an immediate and constantly evolving means of communication in contemporary culture. The possibilities of mining this vast archive for purposes of art and design are endless and have been heavily utilized in the visual arts in the 20th and 21st centuries. This class investigates the possibilities of using Adobe Photoshop as the primary tool to explore collage, photomontage, and the concept of “the Cut Up.” The course presents media and theme based projects, lectures, in-class demonstrations, and critiques suitable for the novice as well as the advanced student. Essential skills such as image manipulation, selection tools, and layer masks are explored. Images will be realized by means of a variety of digital imaging and hand-­executed techniques.
Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Paul Mitchell

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 CS5 is necessary, however, students must be conversant in MAC operating system software and have their own SLR digital camera.
Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Paul Calhoun

SB584A: Intro to Woodcarving
This is the perfect class to introduce you to a wonderful new art form. Instruction covers the basic tools and techniques used in woodcarving to create in-the-round, bas-relief and high-relief objects.
Several projects, including a facial study stick, an owl, a boot and an oak leaf are completed during the class.
Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 27)
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 carving figures in the round, adding dynamic elements to work, as well as carving levels of depth and texturing in both bas relief and high relief carving. Prerequisite: Basic woodcarving skills.
Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Greg Young

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 are covered, including the use of mono-types, mono-printing, as well as non-traditional screen-printing techniques. 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.
Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $245 ($225 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Tyanna Buie

SB551A: Dynamic Cartooning
Students are introduced to several visual techniques utilized by professional cartoonists, including original character development, caricature techniques, animation elements, mixed media and cartoon layout strategies. Imagination and visual potential are challenged in this unique class.
Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Adam Setala

SB612A: 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. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Carol Schwartz

SB5002A: Intro to Oil: Process to Product
Students work from simple still life set-ups to produce preliminary studies and sketches, followed by finished paintings informed by their extensive preparatory work. Instruction focuses on direct painting methods with both brushes and palate knives to produce paintings with a sense of visual economy and deliberateness. In addition to learning about color theory, oil paints and media, students learn to break down what they are looking at as they construct their painting to its most essential state.
Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $210 ($195 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: James Pederson

SB591A: Painting Like the Masters with Acrylic
Students select an historical painter from the classical, modern, or contemporary period and create between one and three pieces that are informed by the work of their chosen painter. Students learn the fundamentals of acrylic painting, while applying these skills to historical themes.
Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Brad Fiore

SB609A: Setting Up a Still Life: 2-D and 3-D Drawing
How do you turn everyday surroundings into compelling still-life set-ups? Students learn to construct innovative still-life models from found materials, and then draw these with a variety of tools and media. This process emphasizes the importance of connecting 3-D and 2-D visualization for both drawers and sculptors.
Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Rachel Sanders

 

SB606A: Milwaukee Movie Palaces
In the 1920s, the Hollywood movie studios built lavish, multi-million-dollar cinemas across America, and Milwaukee was no exception. For decades afterwards, the Oriental and Warner theaters were among the city's most popular destinations for film fans. Author and historian Larry Widen has published definitive works on these and many other theaters that once lined Milwaukee's commercial districts. Class participants will trace the beginning of local cinema operations beginning in 1896, the rise of the movie palaces in the 1920s and 30s, and the effect of home television in the 1950s. One of the class sessions will take place entirely in the historic Modjeska theater on Mitchell Street. A rare, behind the scenes tour will include the original basement, the stage, first floor auditorium, second level lofts, projection rooms and the roof.
9:30 - 11 AM
Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $110 ($90 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Larry Widen


SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES
1 - 4 PM

SB613B: A Photographer’s Portfolio
In this intermediate to advanced-level class, photographers develop a portfolio of images reflective of their personal direction. Instruction helps refine and develop compositional skills through field work, lectures, and discussions. Trips to urban and natural environments, as well as studio work, heighten sensitivity to skills required to shoot in a variety of surroundings. Regular group critiques strengthen understanding of the compositional elements that contribute to dynamic photographs. Discussions include compositional tools, aesthetic intentions, and effective editing. A comparative study of historical and contemporary photographers is incorporated into the class. Printing of images is not included in this class. Prerequisites: Intermediate-level camera skills.
Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Paul Calhoun

SB607B: Telling a Story with Your Photographs
Milwaukee writer and photographer Larry Widen has published more than a dozen books that use images to drive the narrative. His new book, "Milwaukee Rock and Roll," relies on 100 carefully sequenced photos to compress six decades of local music concerts into one powerful publication. Class participants will use their own photos as they learn to make picture pages, photo essays, art gallery shows and full-length books. Students who wish to publish their photos will be taught how to arrange and prepare their work for a variety of print and electronic mediums. Class time will be set aside for basic caption writing and using PhotoShop or LightRoom for publication enhancement techniques. Class requirements: Basic photography skills.
Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Larry Widen

 

SB589B: Creating with Found Materials
In this open-medium course, students learn to work with found materials and build works using ideas and methods from various artists of the past century.  Learn how to incorporate these different historical perspectives into your work and interests.  A great class for beginning and intermediate students.

Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Brad Fiore

 

SB611B: Acrylics: Combining Abstraction and Representation
This introductory acrylic course explores the overlap between abstraction and representation in contemporary painting. While abstraction and representation are often thought of as exact opposites, this course challenges students to think of these two modes of painting as different ends of a spectrum. In addition to learning basic color theory, acrylic mixing and application techniques, students learn to rethink the hard-lined distinction between abstraction and representation, and begin to see elements of both in all kinds of paintings, from Renaissance painters to Abstract-Expressionists.

Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $210 ($195 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: James Pederson

 

SB610B: Improvisational Drawing
Work with a wide variety of drawing media in both black/white and color, to explore the immediacy of drawing, and the endless variety of marks that can be made. Learn how to improvise with materials, and push work by exploring what the tools at hand can do. Studying innovative use of materials by artists of the contemporary art world serve as examples and inspiration. This class provides a fresh and exciting outlook on art making.

Oct. 25 – Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Rachel Sanders

 

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. 25 – Dec. 13 (No class Nov. 15 & 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

 

SB536B: 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. Participates produce their own six-page counting book starting with thumbnails, then sketches, making a book dummy and 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.

Nov. 1 – Dec. 13 (No class Nov. 29), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 27)
Instructor: Carol Schwartz