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Continuing Education

The 2020 Summer Continuing Education classes have been canceled, effective April 13th. All students enrolled will receive a full tuition refund. We are currently planning for the Fall semester, with online registration to begin in August. Contact with questions.

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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: 414‑847‑3333,

Registration for the Summer Semester

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.
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Summer Classes

Please note: you will be directed to your classroom upon arrival on the first day of class.


SB700C: Versatility in Oil Painting
Since the early 1400s, artists have used oil paint to record their world and express their emotions. In this class, students explore this extremely versatile medium and the range of its uses. Working from their choice of still life, photo or landscape, students investigate various techniques including thin transparent glazes and thickly built impasto. Open to all skill levels and experience, this class is for those who are looking to better understand the medium of oil paint, and how to use it to enhance their work.
May 4 – June 15 (No class May 25), 6 sessions
Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuition: $215 ($190 before April 5)
Instructor: Todd Mrozinski

SB734C: Introduction to Storyboarding (NEW)
This class is designed to teach students how to visually represent sequences in a coherent, easy-to-understand manner. Students learn the basics of storytelling, perspective and shot choices and the rules of shooting cinematically. Using the thumbnail technique, students are encouraged to sketch through multiple ideas quickly and collaboratively, resulting in polished storyboard sequences that can be used in a variety of mediums.
May 5 – June 9, 6 sessions
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuition: $215 ($190 before April 5)
Instructor: Jon Brown

SB739C: Introduction to Effective Presentation Design in Microsoft PowerPoint
Learn how to craft beautiful and engaging presentation designs that will effectively communicate your message. Students in this class receive a comprehensive introduction to the Microsoft PowerPoint software. This software overview includes topics such as: the customization of toolbars and workspace appearance, software features and capabilities and the customization of presentation Themes and Master Pages for efficient design. The course covers strategies for crafting clarity of message through effective presentation design, including: graphic layout, pacing of content, basic typographic principles and the use of animation within the PowerPoint software. Some experience with Microsoft PowerPoint is helpful.
May 5 – June 9, 6 sessions
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuition: $235 ($215 before April 5)
Instructor: Megan Lequesne

SB736C: Introduction to Sculpture (NEW)
Designed for students of all levels who wish to explore three-dimensional art, this course will provide an overview of contemporary sculptural practice, exploring the relationship between idea and form. Students will be instructed in traditional processes such as fabric, inflatables, cardboard, and plaster. Class discussions will focus on materials, design, and techniques that will aid in the conceptualization and completion of one-of-a-kind sculptures.
May 6 – June 10, 6 sessions
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuition: $235 ($215 before April 5)
Instructor: Brit Krohmer

SB509C: Drawing Light and Shadow
This class is designed for those who love to draw with charcoal and conte. 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 limited color into their value-based drawings. Prerequisite: basic drawing or painting skills.
May 7 – June 11, 6 sessions
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuition: $215 ($190 before April 5)
Instructor: Rosalie Beck

SB712C: Fundamentals of UX and UI Design
In this class, students explore and apply the fundamentals of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) principles, workflow and prototyping using Adobe’s XD software. Throughout the course, students learn the concepts of human-centered design as well as how to apply that knowledge to each step of the design process through careful consideration and testing of usability, flow, intuitiveness and ease of access within a digital platform. From persona building and user flow charts , to wireframing, usability testing and a polished prototype, this class walks you through the full UI/UX lifecycle.
May 7 – June June 11, 6 sessions
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuition: $235 ($215 before April 5)
Instructor: Jody Campbell


SB738A: Mehndi/Henna Workshop (NEW)
Mehndi, the art of henna painting on the body has been practiced for centuries in India, Africa and the Middle East. This all day workshop offers students a background in the history of henna, information about mixing henna paste and the design aspect of the practice as well as how to achieve a dark, long lasting henna stain. Students learn application techniques and tricks as they first practice on paper and then move on to applying the paste on themselves or others. Students are guided through the entire process as they acquaint themselves with this ancient art. No experience necessary.
May 9, One-day workshop
Saturday, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Tuition: $65
Instructor: Renee Luna Bebeau

SB733A: Introduction to Smalti Mosaic (NEW)
Originally developed for Byzantine mosaic work, smalti is an opaque glass material with highly reflective qualities that comes in a wide range of colors. Made from molten glass poured into flat slabs, cooled and cut into individual pieces, smalti varies in thickness, shape, size and color. This workshop begins with a brief history of smalti, a presentation of how it is produced and examples of both ancient and modern smalti mosaic artworks. Students are introduced to ancient and contemporary cutting techniques, color and adhesives and create their own mosaic piece to hang on the wall. Beginning and continuing mosaic students are welcome! All materials are provided.
June 6 & 7, Two-Day Workshop
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Tuition: $195
Instructor: Carrie O’Malley


SB735A: Portrait Illustration (NEW)
Have you always wanted to tell the stories of our time by illustrating the people shaping it? In this class, students explore a variety of approaches to portrait illustration that reveal the character and/or story of their subject. Sessions are spent looking at inspirational contemporary work, discussing research techniques and experimenting with different styles using a variety of traditional materials. This class is a perfect way to imaginatively comment on and engage with the personalities forming our cultural landscape!
May 9 – June 20 (No class May 23), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before April 5)
Instructor: David Beyer

SB625A: Korean Ink 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.
May 9 – June 20 (No class May 23), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before April 5)
Instructor: Mokwon

SB731A: Intro to Dark Room and Analog Photography
In this course, students explore a variety of analog photographic processes in the darkroom, from developing film to printing cameraless images. While developing a technical understanding of photography, students engage with photography’s physical and handmade processes resulting in expressive visual language. The class focuses on 35mm format; however, students have the opportunity to learn larger formats if desired. No previous experience with photography or darkroom is needed, but students must have their own 35mm point-and-shoot or SLR camera. Supplies and lab fees are included in the cost of the course. Students must provide their own film.
May 9 – June 20 (No class May 23), 6 sessions
Tuition: $280
Instructor: Daniel McCullough

SB539A: Intro to Acrylic Painting
This class provides an introduction to the basic materials, techniques and practices of direct painting. Students may 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 techniques and conceptual concerns.
May 9 – June 27 (No class May 23 or June 20), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before April 5)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SB717A: Etching and Aquatint
Learn how to make and print an etching from start to finish. Students prepare, etch and print their own plates though guided demonstrations and work from their own photographs, drawings or designs. Students work at their own pace and can produce up to 4 plates for printing. The class covers techniques such as stage biting to create different line densities and aquatint to create tonal gradient. Two plate, color and “a la poupee” methods are demonstrated for more advanced students. Students must wear closed-toe shoes
May 9 – June 20 (No class May 23), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235
Instructor: Todd Mrozinski

SB717B: Etching and Aquatint: Extended Studio
Students in the Etching and Aquatint class may stay for an additional 3 hours of extended studio time after class. Tuition includes the Etching and Aquatint course and additional studio time.
May 9 – June 20 (No class May 23), 6 sessions
9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Tuition: $285
Instructor: Todd Mrozinski

SB653A: Fundamentals of Drawing
Developed for the beginner, emphasis is placed on developing vocabulary that provides a foundation of understanding drawing and exploring the formal key elements of two-dimensional composition, such as line and mark-making, form, value, scale, proportion and spatial relationships. Through an exploration of the materials used in black-and-white drawing, students work from observation to develop skills that are applicable to other courses offered in art and design. This course provides a relaxed environment that promotes exploration and growth with one-on-one feedback from the instructor.
May 9 – June 20 (No class May 23), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before April 5)
Instructor: Zina Mussmann

SB601A: Furniture Building Basics
This course introduces students to the basics of furniture building and includes best practices for safe use of hand and power tools. Instruction includes an introduction to materials, wood selection and consideration of grain patterns. Students learn to make the most of simple effective joinery as they work on designing, planning and building a small table using quality domestic hardwoods. Maximum top size: 24” x 48”. No outside lab time is available.
Saturdays, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
May 9 – June 27 (No class May 23), 7 sessions
Tuition: $295
Instructor: Lisa Brobst

SB740A: Mild Steel Forming and Fabrication (NEW)
This class is an opportunity to get your feet warm with an introduction to steel fabrication including: forging and cold forming, welding, basic machining, alongside design and layout techniques. The course looks at architectural elements and fine art tactics from Milwaukee and abroad. Students are asked to come prepared with three rough concepts, moderately scaled, from which we will select one to develop into a finished work of art. All levels of experience are welcome.
May 9 – June 27 (No class May 23), 7 sessions
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Mira Rychner

SB737A: Expressive Drawing (NEW)
This course is designed for experimentation, exploration, and improvisation with traditional drawing techniques and utilizes classical visual forms such as still-life, landscape, and figures as well as non-representational approaches. Students undertake a series of studio-based drawing exercises that expand the knowledge of the diverse approaches of mark-making found in contemporary art. A variety of media is covered including charcoal and ink.
May 9 – June 20 (No class May 23), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before April 5)
Instructor: Brit Krohmer

SB537A: Intro to Digital Photography
Students develop competency in the digital darkroom through lessons and projects that teach photography and digital editing skills that result in expressive visual language. No previous experience with Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom is necessary; however, students must have their own DSLR camera. This course includes photography assignments that require some minimal time commitment beyond the scheduled classes.
May 9 – June 20 (No class May 23), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before April 5)
Instructor: Rebecca Kames