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2020 Sessions:

  • June 22 – 26 (Full)
  • July 27 – 31 (Full)


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MIAD’s Summer Creative Educators Institute is an intense, immersive, and exciting exploration that recharges your creativity and reminds you of what it feels like to be an artist and a student. Network with other educators, develop a professional portfolio, generate curricular ideas for classroom projects, and get the credit you deserve! Earn three undergraduate or two graduate non-matriculating credits.

Questions? Contact Corbett Toomsen at 414‑847‑3335 or

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SUMMER 2020 CEI Classes

Teaching Art in the Digital Environment (Full)
Instructor: Brooklyn Henke
July 27 – July 31
As a response to the recent and abrupt global shift to online teaching, MIAD invites art educators to come together in an online seminar to reflect, assess, analyze, brainstorm, and share ideas on teaching and learning in the digital environment. This course provides a platform to discuss what worked and what didn’t; to learn about different methods for reaching a broad range of learners; to provide a soundboard for development of online curriculum; and to test out theories and ideas. This class offers a unique opportunity to compare notes and discuss methods of keeping students safely engaged, excited, and creative through the virtual realm.

Studio Sessions
Instructor: Kate Schaffer
June 22 – June 26 (Full)
Studio Sessions focuses on creating and maintaining sustainable art-making processes. Catering to painting, drawing, or interdisciplinary practices, artists are encouraged to make as much art as possible over the course of the week. Individual discussions with the instructor as well as salon sessions supplement extended swathes of studio time. Bring in-progress work or a sketchbook of ideas and jumpstart your making by focusing time and energy on it. Because maintaining a studio practice within the busy schedule of a full-time educator is difficult, we will discuss working tips and techniques to stay engaged with art despite the demands of teaching.


Please contact Corbett Toomsen, Director of Pre-College and Continuing Education, with questions at 414‑847‑3335 or

Teacher Credits: Fall, Spring and Summer

Assisting Educators with License Renewal Credits CEI2012
MIAD is approved by the WI Dept. of Public Instruction to award non-matriculating credits for the purpose of teacher license renewal.


MIAD is a 4-year degree granting college accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges (NCA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Official transcripts may be requested from MIAD’s Registrar’s Office. Credits are awarded based on NASAD recommended equivalencies.

  • Creative Educators Institute awards 3 non-matriculating undergraduate credits, or 2 non-matriculating graduate credits, for successful completion of the intensive summer studio program.
  • Professional Developer and Skill Builder Classes award non-matriculating credit based on 22.5 hours = 1 credit.

Professional Development Plan
The Creative Educators Institute is specifically designed to clearly connect to all 10 of the WI State Teacher Standards. Most importantly:

  • Knowledge and skills gained in studios and workshops are easily transferable to the High School curriculum.
  • Documentation for Professional Development goals is clearly provided through Educators’ Exchange (an online resource for lesson plans, projects and workshop ideas), professionally applicable social media skills, portfolio development and a body of work that showcases teacher acquisition of skill and conceptual development.
Summer Dates and Registration

June 22 – June 26
CEI738A: Studio Sessions (Full)

July 27 – July 31
CEI742A: Teaching Art in the Digital Environment (Full)

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Summer CEI: Costs and Credits

CEI ComputerDrawing
Tuition: $295


From Creative Educators Institute Participants

“The program exceeded my expectations.”

“Discussions were invigorating and enlightening.”

“The instructor was amazing and inspired me to improve my own teaching!”

“This was by far the best value for the investment I have ever experienced. The faculty and staff were awesome. I was so pleased with their commitment to our learning. Thank you so much!”

“I loved the offer of inexpensive housing! My time is so limited, it’s great to get a course done in one week. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with other art teachers throughout the week on an informational basis.”