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CEI has expanded credit options and additional studio time available to allow extended access to MIAD’s facilities and labs. New in 2023, educators can choose to take two 15 hour workshops to diversify learning opportunities and content.  See details below for more information.

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2023 Sessions:

  • Session 1: June 26 – June 30
  • Session 2: July 24 – July 28
  • Session 2A: July 31 – August 4

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 up to four undergraduate or three graduate non-matriculating credits.

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

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SUMMER 2023 CEI Classes

Note: All classes are held in-person at MIAD.

Session 1: June Courses

FYE: First Year Experience This course is closed for registration. 
June 26 – June 30, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: James Barany
Named after MIAD’s degree program for first year students, FYE: First Year Experience is a comprehensive immersion to explore and understand MIAD’s First Year Experience, providing educators with insight to FYE’s objectives, goals, and structure. Course presentations include a full curriculum overview, samples of course assignments from each class, and the evolution of the program to provide context and a framework for discussion about future initiatives.

Designed simply to share MIAD’s FYE curriculum to create an open platform for exploration, this course provides opportunity for educators to identify consistencies and discrepancies to high school curriculum, examine alignments and trajectories, consider challenges and share successes with the intent to support art educators in the preparation and support of their students. The course serves as a collective discussion about the pathway of young creatives from high school and AP art, to admissions expectations and the scholarship award process, to the first year at a college of art and design.

To supplement group discussion, the course implements the structure of MIAD’s Research, Practice and Connection (RPC) course. RPC’s are required electives that allow first year learners to investigate, broaden and connect to personally-inspired ideas and approaches. During the week, educators design their own RPC course and develop artwork, allowing the group to engage in pedagogical-driven dialogue and consider, through a new lens, the depth of creative educational opportunities.

Art History as a Galvanizing Tool for Creativity This course is closed for registration.
June 26 – June 30, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joshua Rutherford
While authenticity is of canonical importance to the world of art, even the greats seek out influence – often from history!  In contrast to conventional textbook methods of teaching art history, this course reframes the discipline as a tool for galvanizing creativity; participants explore ways of incorporating art history into their classrooms to foster inspiration for students and in their personal practice. The first portion of each class focuses on concrete methods for making art history approachable to students; participants work in groups to brainstorm simple lesson plans that can help students understand how concepts like visual analysis and historical context play a role in conceptualizing artworks. After this, our focus shifts toward exploring art history around specific themes, such as Art vs. Design, Public Art, Social Justice, and The Natural World. The last portion of each class is reserved to give participants time to seek influence, conceptualize and execute a project of their own.

Process + Best Practices: Working as a Professional Graphic Designer This course is closed for registration.
June 26 – June 30, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jennie Quinn
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in a design agency? Together with MIAD’s Innovation Center, educators in this course work with the client to visually resolve a graphic design assignment and deliver the final product using industry approaches and best practices. Starting with a creative brief, educators apply real-world agency through research, moodboard and concept development, sketching, digitally executing ideas and presenting final deliverables. At the end of this course, participants walk away with tools and materials to use in their own classrooms while also refining their skills in motivating others to work creatively and collaboratively.

June 26 – June 30, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A dynamic, fast-paced week of discipline-driven workshops, educators select one morning and one afternoon course to fill each day. Focused on providing industry knowledge, exploiting the potential of each subject and project ideas, educators use limited studio time to explore and produce work based on course content.

Morning Workshops
Approaches to Making: Failure! This workshop is closed for registration.
Establishing failure as a core concern in contemporary cultural production, this course questions and locates failure-related gestures, notions, and theories in art making. Topics include Dissatisfaction and Rejection, Experimentation and Process, and Idealism and Doubt.  Educators explore the limitations of material while discussing failure as an educational tool.
Instructor: Brit Krohmer

Social Media in Art Education This workshop is closed for registration.
This course serves as a beginner’s guide to online presence and advocacy in art education. Participants learn how to create an online presence for their class through Twitter, Instagram, and websites. After creating accounts and learning the basics of each platform, participants develop a brand identity for themselves to use for their art class through these social media platforms, ultimately creating pathways for engagement and student participation.
Instructor: Yvonne Lopez

Storyboarding This workshop is closed for registration.
Explore the process of sequential art to create complex scenes and stories for film, animation, video games, and comic books. Using the concepts of shot, sequence, timing, acting, editing, thumbnailing and perspective, students draw scenes and develop an understanding of the elements required to visually tell a dynamic, multi-scene story applicable to many genres.
Instructor: Jon Brown

Figure Drawing for Illustrators This workshop is closed for registration.
Working from live models and using the framework of figure drawing curriculum from MIAD’s Illustration program, this course explores the figure for its expressive and illustrative potential. Utilizing source material, photographs, in-class drawing and our imagination, emphasis is placed on investigating methodologies, processes and techniques to accurately translate the observed world from an illustrator’s point of view.
Instructor: Matthew Lee

Afternoon Workshops
Expressive Drawing This workshop is closed for registration.
Leaving behind realism and proportions, this class explores drawing approaches that identify natural tendencies to each individual. Reducing judgment in mark-making through sensory techniques, collaboration and movement of body, participants engage in class discussions and experiments that help to define playful approaches to utilize in the classroom.
Instructor: Brit Krohmer

Critique Strategies This workshop is closed for registration.
Creating platforms for student voice is an integral component of advocacy. In this course, educators explore strategies for student advocacy by focusing on critique approaches that engage students in their personal growth. Through brief art challenges, participants experience class critiques as models to explore and refine processes such as self-reflection, art analysis, questioning and written responses as relevant to all grade levels.
Instructor: Yvonne Lopez

Product Design 101 This workshop is closed for registration.
Discover inspiring ways to challenge your students to think like designers! Through design thinking processes that include empathy, research, observation and mind-mapping, this course explores specific approaches used by Product Designers to achieve successful designs. During the week, students experiment and learn drawing techniques and prototyping strategies to effectively convey a product idea.
Instructor: Larry Murphy (Murf)

Open Studio This workshop is closed for registration.
Pair this opportunity with a morning workshop to work independently and allow yourself time to create based on the morning course content.  Students are provided a studio and access to software for the week.
*This workshop cannot be paired with the 30 hour course.

Session 2: July Courses

New Strategies for the Contemporary Printmaker This course is closed for registration.
July 24 – July 28, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Matt Presutti
New Strategies is designed for educators to work independently and further develop approaches to printmaking and papermaking processes. Each participant will have the opportunity to explore MIAD’s printmaking lab and determine their focus for the week. Artist talks, studio visits and intermittent demonstrations on basic shop practices and advanced techniques will be organized throughout the week. 

MIAD’s sun-soaked printmaking lab houses fully-equipped studios in papermaking, screenprinting, letterpress, intaglio, relief, and lithography. The lab also features a convenient printmaking supply store for purchasing paper, plates and tools. A detailed list of supplies available for purchase will be sent in the May packet of information. Come join us for this unique chance to work alongside other art educators and self-direct your explorations into your favorite print and papermaking techniques.

Nexus: Personal Narrative, Contemporary Culture, and Art History This course is closed for registration.
July 24 – July 28, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Kate Schaffer
The strongest work any artist can make lies at the nexus of personal narrative, contemporary culture, and art history. Nexus creates space for artists to experiment, learn, and make important strides in their practice by considering how personal narrative, contemporary culture, and art history play a role in their work. Individual discussions with the instructor as well as group critiques supplement substantial studio time and help artists make important decisions about the direction of their work. 

Session 2A: Open Studio
July 31 – August 4, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Open Studio Open Studio is closed for registration.
Open Studio is an opportunity for enrolled participants to extend the CEI experience, work independently and utilize MIAD’s facilities for an additional week of studio time. Educators enrolled in Printmaking are able to continue working in the Printmaking Lab, and all educators will have a studio space for the week. This opportunity is offered at the end of the July session.

Open Studio does not have structured time – students may arrive and depart daily at their convenience, and are not required to stay the entire week – but are expected to work a minimum of 15 hours for the additional credit offered. Depending on enrollment and participant interest, final critique may be offered to conclude the week.

Please note: the total cost for staying in the Res Hall for two weeks is $350.


Please contact Corbett Toomsen, Director of Youth + Community Programs, with questions at 414‑847‑3335 or

Instructor Bios

James Barany
James Barany is a Professor in the First-Year Experience program at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Within FYE, James had taught every required course over the duration of his tenure since 2000. Barany’s creative practice sits between the fields of experimental animation, historical murals and opera performance. Striving for empathy, he attempts to offer a deeper, more poetic examination of self; investigating the continuum of our interwoven experience.

Matt Presutti
Matthew Presutti is an artist born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. His hometown of Athens, Ohio is located about 30 minutes from the Ohio river and is the region that he has always considered to be his home. Its rich history of activism and the natural beauty of its forgotten landscape is the foundation for Presutti’s practice as a print and papermaker as well as the driving force behind his research into environmentally sustainable studio methods. Presutti received his BFA from Ohio University in 2005 and his MFA from the University of South Dakota in 2013. He’s currently living and working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he teaches at the Milwaukee institute of Art & Design as an adjunct faculty member and serves as the printmaking lab technician.

Jennie Quinn
Jennie Quinn is a Milwaukee born and raised creative who specializes in trends, design and branding. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Graphic Design, Jennie has 22 years’ experience as a professional designer and art director. She believes good design is a result of process-driven problem solving and an eye for detail. Jennie has done work for a variety of clients such as Koss Stereophones, La Masa Empanada Bar, MillerCoors, SC Johnson, Sargento and Kraft Heinz. She has a knack for creating the perfect playlist and has never met a room she couldn’t style. Jennie is an adjunct instructor for the Communication Design department and loves helping students refine their process and design skills.

Joshua Rutherford
Joshua Rutherford is an art historian, educator, and advocate for social change. His research in Art History privileges community reception, collective representation, and political activism using methodology rooted in performance studies, affect psychology, and media theory. As an educator, Joshua is passionate about inclusion and strives to create a learning environment in which ideas can be discussed, challenged, and otherwise explored from multiple perspectives. He believes in learning through experience and strives to create projects that help students connect their personal work to the canon of art history. In his free time, he enjoys walking through forests and studying mycology.

Kate Schaffer Bio
Kate E. Schaffer (BS 2006, MLC; MFA 2016, SAIC) currently serves as the First-Year Experience chair and teaches courses in the First Year Experience and Art History, encouraging all students to consider the possibilities the world holds for them. As an artist, Schaffer works at the nexus of feminism, queer theory, and Abstractionist Aesthetics. Her paintings, installations, performances, and writings, explore the fixity and possibility of time and space.

Selected Exhibitions: Constant Practice, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design; Illuminations, The Suburban; Is/Isn’t, Walkers Point Center for the Arts; Body of Work, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design; The Everyday Feminist: Fine China, Ploch Art Gallery; The Everyday Feminist: Doing the Dishes, UW-Madison; The Book Club: What Would We Do with Lynne Tillman?, Frank Juarez Gallery; Small Works, Trestle Gallery; Indiana Green, Arts Mill; The New (re)Public: Nowheres, 314: Ripon College Project Space; Pfister Artist in Residence Finalist Show, Gallery M. Projects: The Everyday Feminist. Founder: 3rdCoast4thWave.

Teacher Credits: Fall, Spring and Summer

Assisting Educators with License Renewal and Professional Development Plans

The Creative Educators Institute awards up to 4 non-matriculating undergraduate credits, or 3 non-matriculating graduate credits, upon successful completion of the intensive summer studio program.

As in previous years, educators can register for a one week course (30 hours of instruction) for 3 undergrad or 2 grad credits ($445 tuition).  Students may also:

  • Register for and additional 15 hours of studio time in week one for an additional credit ($620 tuition)
  • Register for 30 hours of studio time July 31-August 4 for an additional credit ($620 tuition)

Note: students registering for 30 hours of instruction with no additional studio time will have access to the studios, but will not be eligible for the additional credit.

MIAD is a four-year degree-granting college accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Official transcripts may be requested from MIAD’s Registrar’s Office.

Summer Dates and Registration

Scholarship deadline: April 1
Register before April 1 for Scholarship eligibility
Notify Lottery Scholarship recipients: April 10
Registration deadline: May 1
Final payment: June 1

Session 1: June 26 – June 30, 2023

FYE: First Year Experience
Art History as a Tool for Galvanizing Creativity
Process + Best Practices: Working as a Professional Graphic Designer
Morning Workshops options:
Approaches to Making: Failure!
Social Media in Art Education
Figure Drawing for Illustrators

Afternoon Workshop options:
Expressive Drawing
Critique Strategies
Product Design 101
Open Studio

Session 2: July 24 – 28, 2023

New Strategies for the Contemporary Printmaker
Nexus: Personal Narrative, Contemporary Culture and Art History

Session 2A: July 31, 2023 – August 4, 2023

Open Studio

Please note:

Orientation begins at 8 a.m. on Monday morning at the start of each program in June and July.

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Summer CEI: Costs and Credits
Tuition: One Week ($445)
  • No credit
  • 2 graduate
  • 3 undergraduate
Tuition: One Week ($620)
  • 3 graduate
  • 4 undergraduate
Tuition: One Week with Additional Week of Open Studio in July ($620)
  • 3 graduate
  • 4 undergraduate
Optional One Week Residence Hall: $175
Optional Two Week Residence Hall: $350

Overnight parking is available in a surface lot five blocks from MIAD at no extra cost. Meals and supplies are not included.

To accommodate for the scholarship award process, final payments are due on June 1, 2021 for both the June and July programs.

Summer CEI: Scholarship Opportunities

We are pleased to announce MIAD is funding scholarships for the 2023 CEI program! The scholarship application deadline is April 1.

Lottery Scholarship
25 partial-tuition scholarships in variable amounts will be awarded through a random selection process for those who indicate consideration for the Lottery Scholarship.

Lottery applicants will be randomly selected after April 1.  A follow-up email will be sent to the applicants to confirm the awards on April 10.

Please note:
Scholarships do not include the cost of supplies.
Scholarships will not be applied or reimbursed to schools or districts.

From Creative Educators Institute Participants

“I think this was perfect for the teacher/working artist – giving us the opportunity to be able to work in the studio on our own work and receive feedback from peers… I would highly recommend the CEI classes offered through MIAD.” – Chris

“CEI is highly affordable, practical and critical in fostering professional growth in all teachers.” – Doua

“Our instructors were extremely prepared but what I appreciated most was how they read the needs of the group and adjusted their delivery of information accordingly.” – Anonymous

“It was great to be able to take this class remotely, without having to travel. It accommodated the current environment. I will be interested in others online in the future through MIAD. This was very well-run.” – Kat

“Excellent course – can’t believe how much I did and learned in such a condensed and remote format. Highly recommend!” – Martha

“I took this class because I am an artist, and I want and need opportunities to learn and share. I took a class last summer and loved it.” – Pat

“Both instructors were incredibly knowledgeable and fostered our success. Providing a platform for dialogue among classmates was fantastic–I learned what did and did not work for other teachers.” – Anonymous

“The course provided enough depth of material to make me feel more confident in my own production of demonstrations for my virtual classes. The dos and don’ts provided were easy to implement and the instructors were gracious and patient, willing to address and adjust information both to scaffold learning, and in some cases delve deeper. I liked that I could glean information from other teachers in the program and will reach out to a few during the year, not only professionally, but as art fellows.” – Rob


Battle of the Bands: Product Design class showdown

French Renaissance alt rock met space cowboy country from the future in one Product Design class at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Students in Storytelling: Compelling Narrative of the Design Process were tasked with creating a band, complete with newly designed instruments, stage plots and lighting, costumes and even a feature on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary work: Growing Resistance

In the 50th anniversary year at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), the college presents “Growing Resistance: Untold Stories of Milwaukee’s Community Guardians,” an exhibition in the Brooks Stevens Gallery running January 8 – March 2, 2024. Related programs include zine making, a book club, student-guided tours and a story circle with community partners.

Metalwork and molds: MIAD alum on Kohler Residency

Eye-opening and awe-inspiring: this is how Nirmal Raja ’08 (Painting) describes learning to work with liquid metal. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alum recently completed the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Residency in Kohler, Wisconsin.

MIAD Values Recognition Award: Dale Shidler

Dale Shidler, Professor of Communication Design, received the January 2024 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Dale’s nominations highlighted his embodiment of MIAD’s Core Values, especially Integrity, Kindness and Community.

MIAD students, alumni, faculty create work for ThriveOn King

Four Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) community members will contribute to the first floor of the new ThriveOn King community hub on North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. They make up part of the 20 Milwaukee artists who will convey the history and heritage of Bronzeville in this collaborative space.