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Registration is now open for Summer 2019.

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2019 Sessions:

  • June 17 – 21
  • June 24 – 28
  • July 22 – 26


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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 2019 CEI Classes

June 17 – June 21
Eco-Dyeing and Illumination in Book Art
Instructor: Leslie Fedorchuk
Whether interested in developing ideas and projects for the classroom or studio, this course highlights two typically independent processes that can be combined to explore book art. As a part of the growing movement in the arts to work sustainably, students explore natural dyeing techniques on paper instead of fabric to create various backgrounds for the book pages. Once created, students experiment with illuminating the pages. Illumination is derived from the Latin word illuminare, meaning “light up,” and is a historical process intended to add light and focus to any page. Students incorporate traditional gold-leafing techniques as well as alternative ways to illuminate pages. Class discussions provide context for sustainable approaches and applications relevant to the dynamic field of book art.

June 17 – June 21
The Constructed Image – This class has been closed for registration.

Instructor: Naomi Shersty
Designed to introduce a variety of accessible methods that photographers employ to construct images, this course puts each photographer in the director’s chair through a variety of creative exercises.  Beginning with flatbed scanning, students utilize digital manipulation to alter reality and create camera-less composite images. Next, students move into the studio and hit the streets to explore DIY lighting methods and construct images through the lens. These exercises include, but are not limited to, photographic staging approaches such as the “decisive moment,” imaginative still lifes and single-frame narratives. Finally, students experience how fine art inkjet printing, on a variety of Epson and non-fine art papers, can further the construction of a photograph. Students need access to a DSLR during the course.

June 17 – June 21
Photoshop Animation: Basics in Hand-Drawn to Rotoscope

Instructor: Scott Taylor
This course teaches the basics in animation principles and how to apply them using a variety of Photoshop drawing tools. First, students practice generating hand-drawn sketches using Cintiq Monitory technology as they explore the basic principles in animation— think: bringing life to a dancing robot or supplying a zombie-like trance to a sleepwalking pillow. The course transitions into creating a realistic animation by tracing on top of a video, a method of animation known as Rotoscope. This approach creates a more fluid sense of motion yet gives room for creative inventiveness when using color or adding new substance to the overall animation sequence. The course provides ample work time during class periods with both group and individual guidance from the instructor.

June 24 – June 28
Adobe Illustrator: A Platform for Creative Approaches

Instructor: Scott Taylor
Learn the Adobe Illustrator interface and its creative uses. Working with a variety of tools, create, control and modify vector-based images to invent a broad range of eye-catching drawings, paintings and graphic-based designs. Students are supplied with all the necessary learning materials, such as terminology sheets and step-by-step video tutorials to help develop and maintain skills beyond the classroom experience.

June 24 – June 28
Advanced Printmaking: Explorations in Multiples

Instructor: Matthew Presutti
This is a great opportunity to continue to work in silkscreen, intaglio or lithography in outstanding facilities. Combine printmaking techniques or advance your investigation in the printmaking area of your choice. Share your ideas and knowledge with other educators in group critique sessions. Optional demonstrations on specialty techniques, related equipment, and supplies are offered throughout the week. Discussions to extract ideas, goals and requested demonstrations occur during the first morning. Please come prepared to discuss your goals and ideas, and to work on a printmaking method you are already familiar with until the requested demonstration can be provided. MIAD’s intaglio lab has etching facilities for copper and steel.

Please note: The Residence Hall has filled to capacity for the July session of CEI. As of June 6th we can no longer accept registrations for those needing to stay in the Res Hall (during the July session only).

July 22 – July 26
Emerging Technologies: Strategic Thinking

Instructor: Ben Dembroski
“Maker Spaces” are popping up everywhere. They are often lauded as an effective means to increase student engagement with STEAM curricula through the use of exciting new technologies. They certainly can, and often do, operate that way. However, getting the technology in place is only the beginning. Showing students, staff and faculty how these spaces are relevant to what they are already doing in the classroom can be a challenge. This course expands your understanding of how “Maker Spaces” can bolster the effectiveness of project-based learning employing a wide range of emerging technologies. Get hands-on experience with 3D printers, virtual and augmented reality, laser cutting and etching, and digital cutting, and use them with more ‘traditional’ forms of making.  Class projects explore how these tools can interconnect, providing a robust starting point for digital making projects in any classroom, within a wide range of operating budgets. Class discussions cover the logistics of using these tools, and broader pedagogical approaches that can help foster success.

July 22 – July 26
Amplify: Studio + Salon

Instructor: Kate Schaffer
am•pli•fy verb 1. to increase the volume of, 2. cause to become more marked or intense.

Focusing on process, this studio course provides time and strategies for artists to amplify their art. 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 with the group provide feedback to artists as well as demonstrate techniques to use in the classroom. Bring in-progress work or a sketchbook of ideas to amplify your work 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.

July 22 – July 26
Intro to Graphic Design: Communicating Meaning with Type and Image

Instructor: Shawn Simmons
As teachers and artists, we spend our careers generating and executing ideas, but how can we share them with others? How do we teach our students to do the same? By using skills in graphic design, we can effectively communicate our ideas to a greater audience, and even push them further.

All effective graphic design — posters, books, websites, etc. — starts with a combination of three things: knowledge of design principles, an understanding of typography, and an ability to sketch ideas and then recreate them digitally. In this introduction to graphic design, you learn the foundations of all three, while exploring how to best communicate your intended meaning and ideas. The class allows you to practice joining image and typography in a variety of formats, using Adobe Creative Cloud software, in ways that you can use both in your practice and in your classroom. Software experience is not required; however, students must have basic computer skills.

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Please call 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 17 – June 21
CEI728A: Eco-Dyeing and Illumination in Book Art
CEI729A: The Constructed Image
CEI730A: Photoshop Animation: Basics in Hand-Drawn to Rotoscope

June 24 – June 28
CEI731A: Adobe Illustrator: A Platform for Creative Approaches
CEI732A: Advanced Printmaking: Explorations in Multiples

July 22 – July 26
CEI735A: Emerging Technologies: Strategic Thinking
CEI733A: Amplify: Studio + Salon
CEI734A: Intro to Graphic Design: Communicating Meaning with Type and Image

All classes run Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Open Studio, Monday-Thursday, 4:00 p.m.-9 p.m.

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Summer CEI: Costs and Credits

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Tuition: $415 
Room: $175 (Optional)
Overnight Parking available at no extra cost in parking lot that is located five blocks from MIAD)
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This summer MIAD’s fully air conditioned apartment-style suites will meet your residential needs. Located directly across from MIAD’s instructional building.
Students earn 3 non-matriculating undergrad credits, or 2 non-matriculating graduate credits. NO EXTRA COST FOR TEACHER CREDITS! Registration and Final Payment Deadline is June 1. No refunds after the registration deadline.


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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.”