Pre-College Weekend Classes

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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.

Spring 2017 High School Semester: Feb. 25 - Apr. 1
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.

Spring Classes - Registration Begins Now!

Downloadable Supply Lists Available in December

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES: 9 A.M. – NOON
Drawing for Portfolio (Grades 9-12), Supply List
Adobe Photoshop: Intro to Creative Applications, Supply List
Video Editing for Everyone (New), Supply List
Introduction to Digital Photography, Supply List
Fundamentals in Mold Making (New), Supply List
Oil Painting: Techniques for Representation, Supply List
Korean Ink Brush Painting, Supply List
Drawing Light and Shadow, Supply List
Modern Calligraphy (New), Supply List Class has filled
Handloom Construction and Weaving from Paintings (New), Supply List

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES: 1 - 4 P.M.
Screen Printing Today, Supply List
Pen and Ink Drawing (New), Supply List
Figure Drawing, Supply List
Adobe Illustrator: Intro to Creative Applications, Supply List
Intro to Acrylic and Oil Painting, Supply List
InDesign Basics, Supply List
Lifelike Florals in Pastel (New), Supply List

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES

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
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205
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.
Feb. 25 - Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Scott Taylor

PC1019A: Video Editing for Everyone (New)
This course introduces basic video production. Students use Adobe Premier, an industry-leading software, to gain an understanding of capturing and importing footage, cutting footage and timeline composition, title creation, adding music and enhancing audio and saving video for the web and other distribution. Whether interested in personal or professional applications of videography, students are equipped with the ability to create and edit videos upon completion of the course.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Tim Chiappetta

PC111A: 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 have their own SLR digital camera.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Paul Calhoun

PC1021A: Fundamentals in Mold Making (New)
Explore the process of creating both singular and multiple objects through the mold making process. Demonstrations using non-toxic materials such as wax, clay and plaster are provided through accessible methods, giving a solid foundation to continue mold making once the course has been completed. This course allows for flexibility in both the casting processes and the objects to be cast.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Joseph Boblick

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 includes 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.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Matthew Lee

PC1013A Korean Brush Painting
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. 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.
Mar. 18 – Apr. 29 (no class on Apr. 15), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Mokwon

PC179A: Drawing Light and Shadow
This class is designed for those who love to draw with charcoal and pastel. Students learn the range of values possible with charcoal 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. Different types of lighting and use of light as a compositional device are covered. As the course progresses students begin to introduce color into their value-based drawings. Prerequisite: Basic drawing or painting skills.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Rosalie Beck

PC1017A: Modern Calligraphy (New) Class has filled
Students explore the application of expressive, hand-rendered lettering paired with compelling messaging. Topics include a brief history of typography, the practice of basic essential stroke making, establishing a compelling concept to render and using a variety of calligraphic tools to create dramatically different looks. Practical uses of hand lettering for a finished typographic piece include special event invitations, engaging signage, inspirational posters, book covers and logo creation. This class is ideal for lovers of typography, those who wish to infuse their written work with deeper meaning and artists who crave a new challenge with an evolving medium.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Michael Marten

PC1022A: Handloom Construction and Weaving from Paintings (New)
This course provides beginning and experienced artists the opportunity to learn to create weavings based on painted compositions. Students construct a handloom from wood, nails and yarn; select an appropriate painted image to base their compositions from; and weave that idea into a finished textile. Participants explore construction techniques and weaving materials, and are exposed to both historical and contemporary examples of artists working in the field. Tuition includes some materials.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Katy Cowan

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES

PC154B: 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 photographic, block out and digitally-created stencils. While learning 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.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $245
Instructor: Zoe Darling

PC1018B: Pen and Ink Drawing (New)
Students explore a variety of approaches to the application of ink including the use of nibs, surfaces, pens, brushes, and transfers to create two-dimensional images. A variety of subject matter is covered including abstraction, still life, landscape, and portraiture. Stippling and cross-hatching is explored to create complex textures and surfaces while brush paintings are used to investigate working in layers.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Matthew Lee

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.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Joseph Boblick

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.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Scott Taylor

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.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

PC131B: InDesign Basics
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 enabled to create clean, dynamic solutions that look good and communicate successfully. Class is taught within the Mac OS, however personal laptops are welcome. Prerequisite: Minimal knowledge of InDesign required.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Jody Campbell

PC1020B: Lifelike Florals in Pastel (New)
This course covers basic tonal and color mixing in dry pastels with an emphasis on creating vibrant floral motifs which sparkle with life. Students work from simple still life (fruit) the first day then progress to floral studies from life for the following 5 sessions. Short demos and source materials supplement individual instruction and guidance. Some basic drawing background is helpful.
Feb. 25 – Apr. 1, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Rosalie Beck

Scholarships

LIMITED DPI SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SPRING 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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