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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: 414‑847‑3330, conted@miad.edu

Registration for the Summer Semester

Registration is now closed for the 2022 Summer Continuing Education semester. Fall 2022 registration will open in August.

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Summer Classes – Registration has closed.

Weeknight Courses

SB786C: Beyond Portraits (NEW)
This course explores several different approaches to portrait photography, including traditional, documentary, lifestyle, environmental, and conceptual portraiture. In addition to practicing the techniques utilized in each type, students learn how to foster connection with their subjects and creatively use space and light to create more impactful images. Students should have a basic understanding of manual camera operations/exposure and have their own DSLR or mirrorless camera with manual shooting capabilities.
Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
May 16 – June 20 (No class May 30), 5 sessions
Tuition: $195 ($175 before April 10)
Instructor: Kat Schleicher

SB757C: Intro to 3D Modeling
By focusing on elements of design, research and building up technical ability within the digital sculpture medium, students learn the fundamental and technical basics of 3D modeling and its purpose in the entertainment industry to create a complex and believable character. Students begin with a general overview of Pixologic’s Zbrush software and various 3D sculpture tools to bring their character to life. Areas covered include importing/exporting, polypaint, texture maps and renders. Open to all levels of experience.
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
May 17 – June 14, 5 sessions
Tuition: $195 ($175 before April 10)
Instructor: Kyle DeGroot

SB787C: Improvisational Drawing (NEW)
This class explores mark making through a variety of drawing tools and mediums. Open to all levels of experience, the course focuses on helping students push beyond their preconceived ideas of how a drawing should turn out and learn how to experiment and play. Through a series of observational drawing exercises, students gain confidence with their work along with a greater appreciation for their surroundings. By the end of the session, students gain the skills needed to approach drawing with confidence and enthusiasm!
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
May 18 – June 15, 5 sessions
Tuition: $180 ($160 before April 10)
Instructor: Rachel Sanders

SB653C: 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.
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
May 19 – June 9, 4 sessions
Tuition: $150 ($130 before April 10)
Instructor: Robert Meincke

SB789C: Print Poetry: Intro to Letterpress Printing (NEW) – This class has filled. Please contact our office to be added to the waitlist.
This beginner-friendly class introduces the endless possibilities of combining ink, type, paper and pressure on MIAD’s antique Vandercook presses. Students learn the basics of typesetting by exploring MIAD’s vast collection of movable type to print their own text-based posters featuring individually chosen quotes, writing and/or poetry. This class is a great fit for graphic designers and writers, or anyone interested in incorporating text in their work! All students leave with their own edition of 11”x17” prints.
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
May 19 – June 9, 4 sessions
Tuition: $170 ($150 before April 10)
Instructor: Rachel Foster

Saturday Morning Classes

SB790A: Mantra: Repetition, Pattern & Abstraction (NEW)
In this class, students engage in mark making through generative exercises in order to find their own painting mantra, a repeated mark, and aid in concentration or meditation. Once individual mantras have been established, students create painted abstractions using line, color and texture, giving appropriate consideration to composition and visual balance. The process is as valuable as the painted products, allowing time for deep thought and mental stillness.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
May 21 – June 18 (No class May 28), 4 sessions
Tuition: $190 ($170 before April 10)
Instructor: Kate Schaffer

SB793A: Cast Metal Sculpture (NEW)
This course is structured to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the process of cast metal. Students produce bonded sand molds to make unique cast metal artworks as well as learn the techniques used to finish metal castings. The material transformation that takes place in the foundry during the process of casting metal can seem like magic; however, success with this process comes from understanding undercuts, drafting, and the proper technique of dividing sculptural form in order to compose two-part rigid molds. Open to all levels of experience, including beginners.
Use of the lab and materials (excluding metal) is included in the tuition cost. Students are able to purchase aluminum ($2.59/lb) or bronze ($5.90/lb) from MIAD’s Sculpture Lab during class.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
May 21 – June 25 (No class May 28), 5 sessions
Tuition: $290
Instructor: Will Pergl

SB791A: Frame Loom Weaving (NEW)
Weaving is having a major moment in the art world! The simple concept of “over-under” has an astounding amount of variety. In this 4-week course, students work in MIAD’s inspiring Textiles Lab, learning and practicing a myriad of techniques on the simple frame loom. Participants work with a variety of materials and receive in-depth demonstrations on warping, weaving and finishing their work. Students leave the class with two or more fully finished pieces of artwork, ready to be hung on the wall. All levels are welcome.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
May 21 – June 18 (No class May 28), 4 sessions
Tuition: $210 ($190 before April 10)
Instructor: Maggie Sasso

SB707A: Figurative Sculpture Drawing
Take your drawing skills to the next level by practicing in the time-honored method of working from figurative sculptural forms. Beginning with a session at MIAD drawing from a plaster cast, emphasis is placed on measuring, proportion, composition and value. The remainder of sessions apply these skills and build upon the figure at various venues across Milwaukee, which may include the Milwaukee Art Museum, cemeteries, churches and parks. Some basic drawing background is helpful.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
May 21 – June 25 (No class May 28), 5 sessions
Tuition: $240 ($220 before April 10)
Instructor: Rosalie Beck

SB792A: Plein Air County Parks (NEW)
Meet off-site at various local parks to explore painting en plein air! Practicing an investigative approach to painting the landscape in oils, students make numerous small studies of local urban green spaces. With a split primary (warm/cool) palette, students learn to use color temperature, simplification and various mark-making techniques to create paintings with naturalistic qualities of light, depth, and a sense of place. Demonstrations of key concepts, tips for working comfortably outdoors, and individual feedback set participants up for future independent plein air excursions.
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – Noon
May 21 – June 18 (No class May 28), 4 sessions
Tuition: $190 ($170 before April 10)
Instructor: Beth Stoddard

SB747A: 2D Animation
This course introduces the concepts of traditional 2D animation and allows students to create animations based on the 12 Principles of Animation first defined by Disney Studios. Students are given an overview of animation processes and introduced to techniques and strategies including: Squash and Stretch, timing, anticipation and staging to help them draw their own characters in motion.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
May 21 – June 18 (No class May 28), 4 sessions
Tuition: $210 ($190 before April 10)
Instructor: Jon Brown

SB773A: Etching Open Studio
This course is open to beginning-level, as well as advanced etching students. Students prepare, etch and print their own plates through guided demonstrations and work from their own photographs, drawings or designs. Instruction 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. Closed-toe shoes are required.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
May 21 – June 25 (No class May 28), 5 sessions
Tuition: $280
Instructor: Todd Mrozinski

SB696A: Gallery Tour MKE
Meet people; view the projects, events and exhibitions that make Milwaukee unique; and explore the Milwaukee creative community by being present in the spaces where art happens. Looking away from our digital screens and being physically present at art events and spaces helps develop a better understanding of Milwaukee’s creative community, and helps weave a narrative about how this community has been formed and transformed over time. Whether you are an artist looking for motivation to get reconnected with the local art community, or someone who is wanting to one day have an art space of your own, this course provides the opportunity to explore these spaces and ask questions.  Each week, we explore a different neighborhood.
Saturdays, Noon – 3:00 p.m.
May 21 – June 18 (No class May 28), 4 sessions
Tuition: $170 ($150 before April 10)
Instructor: Maeve Jackson

SB730A: Mixed Media
In this class, students gain an understanding of how various wet and dry media can work together to create dynamic imagery. In-class demonstrations of multiple materials, transfer techniques and a strong focus on experimentation give way to the opportunity for students to focus on one piece or a series of work. The class highlights attributes of various media such as ink, watercolor, gouache, colored pencils and acrylics while giving students the chance to combine those materials in a variety of ways.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
May 21 – June 18 (No class May 28), 4 sessions
Tuition: $150 ($130 before April 10)
Instructor: Andy Pilarski

SB625A: Korean Ink Brush Painting
Learn basic techniques of Korean ink brush painting 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 instructor. 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.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
May 21 – June 25 (No class May 28), 5 sessions
Tuition: $240 ($220 before April 10)
Instructor: Jeesun Johnson

Weekend Workshops 

SB794A: Gallery Tour MKE (One-day)
A one-day option of Gallery Tour MKE  is available for students unable to attend the 4-week session. This group will visit a different location than the 4-week session. Interested students may sign up for both sessions to tour a total of 5 neighborhoods.
Saturday, June 25 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuition: $65
Instructor: Maeve Jackson

SB738A: Mehndi/Henna Workshop
Mehndi, the art of henna painting on the body, has been practiced for centuries in India, Africa and the Middle East. This 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.
Saturday, June 4 (One-day)
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition (includes henna cones): $65
Instructor: Renee Luna Bebeau

SB776A: Mosaic Mandala Workshop
A mandala is a complex design that is usually circular in form and typically has one identifiable center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms. Designing your own mandala can be both inspirational and therapeutic. In this workshop, students create their own kaleidoscope-like mosaic mandala using an array of colorful vitreous glass, millefiore, and mirror on a 14” base. Demonstration includes mosaic tools and various cutting techniques, as well as composition, form, color, and design. Supplies included.
Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5 (Two-day)
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $195
Instructor: Carrie O’Malley

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