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MIAD offers Adult/Teen courses during the Fall and Spring semesters. Classes on Saturdays are from 9:00 a.m. - noon or 1 - 4 p.m.

Fall 2017 High School Semester: Oct. 21 - Dec. 9
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: One week before the start date of class.
Register Online
Downloadable Registration Form

Dates and Registration

Morning sessions (A): 9 a.m.-noon, Afternoon sessions (B): 1-4 p.m.
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.

How Do I Choose the Right Class?

"I want to go to art college, but will I be ready?" A common question, and an increasing concern when students have fewer options at their school to develop the necessary skill sets.
MIAD's Pre-College classes offer a clear path to get prepared for college. We recommend the following incremental approach to develop the skills and confidence you will need:

Drawing for the Portfolio: Grades 9 - 11
Figure Drawing: Grades 10 - 12
Scholarship Portfolio: Grade 12 (Fall Semester)

It is extremely important, no matter what discipline you are interested in, to have strong observational and figure drawing in your portfolio when you apply for college. Consider the three classes above as your "foundation" classes.

If you have time to explore beyond these, we encourage you to elect a class from the Adult/Teen section, where you can find painting, photography, illustration, graphic design classes and more. These classes are for ages 16 and up.

Fall Classes - Registration Begins Now!

Downloadable Supply Lists Available in September

THURSDAY EVENING CLASSES: 6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.
Beginning Drawing: Techniques and Strategies, Supply List
Build Your Brand: Developing a Visual Identity (New), Supply List

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES: 9 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Scholarship Portfolio (Grade 12), Supply List
Drawing for Portfolio (Grades 9-12), Supply List
Adobe Photoshop: Intro to Creative Applications, Supply List
Beginning Korean Ink Brush Painting, Supply List
Introduction to Mosaic (New), Supply List
Introduction to Digital Photography, Supply List
Bookbinding: My Book My Way! (New), Supply List
Illustration from Nature (New),  Supply List
Wrapping Paper Design: Get Wrapped! (New),  Supply List
Oil Painting: Techniques for Representation, Supply List
Relief Woodcarving: Carving a Scene (New), Supply List

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES: 1 - 4 P.M.
Scholarship Portfolio (Grade 12), Supply List
Figure Drawing, Supply List
Hygge Sketchbook (New), Supply List
Intro to Acrylic and Oil, Supply List
Adobe Illustrator: Intro to Creative Applications, Supply List
Advanced Korean Ink Brush Painting, Supply List
Perspective Drawing (New), Supply List
Printed T-Shirts (New), Supply List

THURSDAY EVENING CLASSES - 6:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.

PC1011C: 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 explorations.
Oct. 19 – Nov. 30, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 23
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

PC1023C: Building Your Brand: Developing a Visual Identity (NEW)
Do you have a vision for your brand? This course introduces students to the design fundamentals necessary in creating a visual identity. Students develop a logo, build a color palette, select a typeface and choose imagery styles that best express the point of view and messaging of their brand. At the conclusion of the course, each student has a visual identity for their brand, and an inspirational brand board that can be used to further create a cohesive look for their brand going forward. No prior design experience necessary. Instruction also includes Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop basics.
Oct. 19 – Nov. 30, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 23
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Jennie Quinn

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES - 9 A.M. - 12 P.M.

PC100A: Scholarship Portfolio (Grade 12)
Participants build their portfolios’ strengths in- and out-of-class assignments, group collaborations, digital documentation workshops, presentations and weekly discussions to improve critique and communication skills. Students who successfully complete the course earn a $2,500 scholarship, renewable for up to four years, to attend MIAD in Fall 2018. This is in addition to any other merit or need-based monies awarded. Parental consent for students under 18 is required for drawing unclothed models.
Oct. 21, 2017 – Jan. 27, 2018, 12 sessions
No class on Nov. 25, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30
Tuition: $435
Instructor: Kelly Alexander and Anne Burnett

PC102A: Drawing for the Portfolio (Grades 9-12)
In this class, the instructor guides students in developing observational drawing and sighting techniques, design/composition skills and creative problem solving. Since a portfolio develops over time, students should expect this class to serve as one of the many steps they take in creating a strong portfolio for admission to a school of art or design.
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Zoe Darling

PC1000A: 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. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Scott Taylor

PC1013A: Beginning Korean Ink Brush Painting
Learn basic techniques of Korean ink brush painting from renowned master painter Mokwon, and gain an understanding and appreciation of East Asian art and its aesthetics from renowned master painter Mokwon. In-class demonstrations include basic brush stroke techniques, composition and essential skills needed to paint flowers, birds and iris. Supplies, including a brush and paper are available for purchase during class.
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Mokwon

PC1024A: Introduction to Mosaic (NEW)
Mosaic is a stunning decorative art form with endless possibilities. This course is designed for beginners who want to learn about basic techniques, tools and materials involved in creating mosaic art. This informative class covers mosaic art throughout the ages, design/layout, proper adhesives, substrates, cutting techniques and grouting. Students are introduced to a wide variety of materials and complete a 15”x15” glass mosaic during the class. Exploration of both traditional and contemporary techniques are discussed. All tools and supplies are included.
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $265 ($245 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Carrie O'Malley

PC111A: Intro to Digital Photography
This course develops competency in the digital darkroom through lessons and projects that teach photography and digital editing skills resulting in expressive visual language. No previous experience with Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom is necessary, however students must have their own DSLR digital camera. This course includes photography assignments that require some minimal time commitment beyond the scheduled classes.
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Rebecca Kames

PC1025A: Bookbinding: My Book, My Way! (NEW)
If you have ever been frustrated by the limited options for purchasing a personal journal or sketchbook, this course is for you. Students learn the fundamentals of book construction to create their own personalized books, including the basics of non-adhesive and adhesive binding in both the Eastern and Western traditions of book making. Emphasis is placed on creating sketchbooks and journals with materials and equipment that are easily available so students can continue creating books upon completion of the course.
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Susan Kwas

PC1026A: Illustration from Nature (NEW)
Illustration is diverse and may take many forms, with one common unifier: to visually communicate a message. Working within set parameters, the illustrator is a relentless problem-solver in pursuit of effective communication. As an introduction to professional practices, students explore themes of adaptations in nature to engage in demonstrations and discussions, explore new media and learn processes which provide a foundation in problem-solving and ideation strategies unique to illustration. This course is intended to precede a series of illustration-based courses for future semesters.
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Brianna Barnes

PC1027A: Wrapping Paper Design: Get Wrapped! (NEW)
“Get Wrapped!” focuses on creating a collection of repeat patterns to be used as gift wrap using students’ own hand-painted and drawn artwork. Lessons enable students to make at least three patterns that are designed to coordinate together to complete the collection. Photoshop is used to manipulate scanned artwork during the design process and some proficiency is required. Final designs are sent to be printed on wrapping paper, and the course concludes with a wrapping workshop focusing on special gift presentation.
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Rissy Fiora

PC1015A: Oil Painting: Techniques for Representation
This class provides both beginning and intermediate oil painters with a variety of techniques, approaches and concepts for the medium. Subject matter may include abstraction, still life, landscape and portraiture. Individual demos cover paint application, surfaces, mediums, varnishing and the use of paints to create three dimensional and luminous effects. In atelier fashion, students watch the instructor paint, and then apply what they have learned to their own work. Students also have the option to propose a self-directed project to work on throughout the course on which the instructor will consult.
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Matthew Lee

PC1028A: Relief Woodcarving: Carving a Scene (NEW)
Images of scenery engage our imagination, but they can also have a personal connection to place, time and memory with special meaning. Fitting within an array of woodcarving courses taught by Greg Young, this course focuses on carving a scene, whether imagined or real. Students begin by laying out a pattern of a scene, then learn how to carve the levels of depth and undercut the elements in the carving to make them appear three-dimensional. Students also learn how to texture the background of the scene to provide added depth. No previous experience in woodcarving is required.
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Greg Young

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES - 1 - 4 P.M.

PC101B: Figure Drawing
This course explores the fundamentals of drawing from the human figure, an exercise that has been an essential component to 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. Prerequisite: Basic drawing skills.  Pre-College students must submit a Figure Drawing Consent Form to take this course. 
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Joseph Boblick

PC1030B: Hygge Sketchbook (NEW)
The Oxford English dictionary defines the Danish word “hygge” as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Many people regard a sketchbook practice as drawing from nature, recording urban life or documenting travel adventures. In this course, following hygge qualities, students are provided a number of sketchbook prompts designed to learn the pleasures of keeping a sketchbook to increase a feeling of contentment and thoughtfulness as a rest stop from the demands of a busy life. All skill levels are encouraged to take this course.
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Susan Kwas

PC198B: 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. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 18 and Nov. 25
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

PC1002B: 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. Students learn 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. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Scott Taylor

PC1031B: Advanced Korean Ink Brush Painting
Expanding upon skills acquired in Korean Brush Painting, this course provides the opportunity to explore focused topics and challenges with Instructor Mokwon. Prerequisite: Students enrolled in this course must have completed Beginning Korean Brush Painting.
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Mokwon

PC1032B: Perspective Drawing (NEW)
Perspective is a drawing method used to depict three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface using a series of visual rules. It has been employed since the Renaissance in architecture, painting, drawing, printmaking, engineering and design. In this course, perspective is taught through a series of projects, each building on the previous to provide students a dynamic skill set that can be applied to a broad range of subjects. Although we begin with perspective in its simplest terms, some drawing experience is recommended.
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: Matthew Lee

PC1033B: Printed T-Shirts (NEW)
“Printed T-Shirts” allows students to create unique t-shirt designs using a screen and acrylic inks for printing on fabric. Professional-grade printed t-shirts require special equipment and chemicals. Here, students learn an accessible screenprinting process to put their own designs and ideas on fabric, which may allow for exploring and applying on other cloth-based items. Screens and inks are provided, but students are to provide their own t-shirts and are encouraged to purchase their own specialty screens (see Supply List online).
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 6 sessions
No class on Nov. 25
Tuition: $245 ($205 before Sept. 24)
Instructor: LaNia Sproles

Scholarships

LIMITED DPI SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR FALL 2017 ON A FIRST COME BASIS.
To apply, please download the following form and submit it to the Pre-College Office.
Downloadable DPI Scholarship Application
Questions? 

    Contact the Pre-College office at 414.847.3330.
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