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2021 Sessions:

  • June 21 – 25
  • July 26 – 30


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.

Courses are offered as either in-person or online formats. As we continue to monitor the pandemic, it is our goal to retain the opportunity for in-person programming for Summer 2021 in a thoughtful, responsible manner.

For in-person courses, we anticipate a mask requirement, elevated cleaning measures and approaches to maintain proper social distancing protocols. Therefore, with limited seating, we encourage participants to register early.

In the event that we are not allowed to host in-person programming due to COVID-19, courses will be converted to an online format if possible, and students will have the opportunity to receive a full refund, including deposit, if they do not want to participate in an online format. Final decisions regarding the need to be converted to an online format will be communicated as early as possible, but no later than May 1.


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


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SUMMER 2021 CEI Classes

Note: All classes are held in-person at MIAD unless indicated as an online course only.

June Courses

(re)Emerging Technologies: Integrating the Cutting Edge with the Traditional
Instructors: Kayle Karbowski & Ben Dembroski
June 21 – 25

In the past few years, we have seen a steady increase in student interest to use emerging technologies in the production of art and design works. Often, these technologies are perceived as being separate from traditional methods and tools. This course introduces strategies and techniques to break down these barriers, and use these tools in an effective, integrated manner that reflects the full potential and expansive nature of these technologies.

Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with 3D printers, Virtual Reality, Laser Cutting and Etching, Digital Duplicators, and Vinyl Cutting. Emphasis is placed on how these technologies interact with more “traditional” forms of making such as mold making, sculpting, printmaking, drawing, and painting to enhance art and design practice. Class projects provide a robust starting point for digital making projects in any classroom, within a wide range of operating budgets, while class discussions cover the logistics of using these tools, and broader pedagogical approaches that help foster success.


Process Making at MIAD
Instructor: Kate Schaffer
June 21 – 25

“Process guarantees success. A good process produces good results.” – Renowned football coach, Nick Saban

Process thinking, by emphasizing time and effort over results, shifts the focus of any endeavor to something within one’s control. Process Making focuses on creating and maintaining sustainable artmaking processes that yield significant artistic results. 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.


Digital Media Production
Instructor: Kyle James
June 21 – 25

When viewing digital content online, what grabs our attention? What does the content communicate? What does the content say about its brand? In this course, students experiment with concepts and software to apply the digital media production techniques often encountered in commercial settings like TV commercials, movies and social media. Using royalty-free video footage, students are introduced to digital animation (combining video with hand-drawn animation in Adobe Photoshop), motion graphics (blending kinetic typography with video in Adobe After Effects), and video editing (assembling sound, text and image using Adobe Premiere). Applications beyond the Adobe suite supplement course discussions and further contextualize methods of communicating ideas through efficient and attention-grabbing visuals.


Exploring Justice Through Art & Design (Online Course)
Instructor: Richard Anderson-Martinez
June 21 – 25

In a divided nation, where conversations around even the seemingly menial can get out of hand, and where folks are more vocal about their needs and wants more than ever, it can be difficult to make sense of it all and keep focus on the vision of justice for all people. Through art and design practice, we can engage with our students and give them platforms to further understand, contextualize, and express their voices and empower them to share their generations’ vision of justice. Inclusive of all art and design practices, this online course focuses on creating two works which compel conversation, action, and change. Individual discussions with the co-instructors are supplemented by ample studio time. Participants exchange ideas that encourage discussion around issues of equity and justice, create works which uplift and validate, and engage in dialogue with others throughout the week.


July Courses

Process Making (Online Course)
Instructor: Kate Schaffer
July 26 – 30

“Process guarantees success. A good process produces good results.” – Renowned football coach, Nick Saban

Process thinking, by emphasizing time and effort over results, shifts the focus of any endeavor to something within one’s control. Process Making focuses on creating and maintaining sustainable artmaking processes that yield significant artistic results. 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.


Understanding Typography
Instructor: Shawn Simmons
July 26 – 30

Typography is everywhere, and yet the most effective type is designed so well that you don’t even notice it. Type can instruct, inform, clarify and influence, and picking the right type size, treatment and appearance in your designs is critical to communicating successfully. In this class, through a combination of hands-on sketching and exploration and digital exercises using the Adobe Creative Suite, students analyze typographic form, experiment with meaning and materials, practice hierarchy and layout of type-dominant designs and can even dabble in making their own typeface. This is a chance to delve into the intricacies of typography by studying the choices, rules and strategies to make the type in your designs stand out for all the right reasons.


Printmaking Studio & Papermaking
Instructor: Matthew Presutti
July 26 – 30

This self-directed course is an opportunity for explorations into a contemporary print practice based on your interests as a printmaker, educator and artist. Each participant will have unfettered access to MIAD’s printmaking lab that houses a wide variety of equipment and processes. Use this studio course to combine printmaking techniques in new and interesting ways or to simply advance an investigation into a specific area such as Papermaking, Screenprinting, Letterpress, Intaglio, Relief, Stone Lithography, Photopolymer or Photolithography. Optional demonstrations on papermaking, specialty techniques, related equipment best practices and opportunities to purchase supplies will be offered throughout the week. Participants need no prior papermaking experience to participate in forming sheets or processing fiber. Come prepared to indulge in printmaking, papermaking or both!




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

Instructor Bios

Richard Anderson-Martinez
Richard Anderson-Martinez is the Director of Inclusivity at MIAD, where he oversees the
College’s efforts toward equity and inclusion. Born in Racine, Richard received his Bachelors degree from UW-Parkside and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from UW-La Crosse. Previous positions in higher education led him to southern Maine where he developed a co-curricular certificate in cultural humility, taught service courses with travel to Central America, and lectured to future health professionals on inclusive patient care. Now back home, Richard is an agitator for liberation and works with students and colleagues to build capacity for change.

Ben Dembroski
Ben Dembroski, visual artist and technologist, received a BFA in Sculpture from MIAD in 2001 and a MFA from Scotland’s Glasgow School of Art in 2004. Ben stayed overseas for nearly a decade working as an internationally exhibiting artist and software developer. In 2014, he returned to MIAD as the Sculpture Lab Technician and in 2015 spearheaded the formation of MIAD’s
openlab – a new space that explores how emerging technologies can be used in art and design. Ben works in a variety of sculptural methods, computer programming, physical computing, and lens-based image making to create robotic installations that address the topics of labor, intellectual property, and how society is affected by our use of digital technologies. He’s primarily interested in how digital information works as material and interfaces with the physical world. If you let him touch your computer, he may try to break it.

Kyle James
A Milwaukee native, Kyle James graduated from MIAD with a focus in Time-Based Media & Communication Design. He currently works full-time at MIAD as the Digital Media Production Lab Tech and part-time as an instructor. As an artist, designer and filmmaker, his work spans feature films, TV commercials and award-winning short films. His work has been seen on Netflix, Amazon and in international film festivals. His latest animated short film, THE ALLIGATOR HUNTER, traveled internationally to over a dozen film festivals and was awarded “Audience Favorite” in London. His current animated feature film project, RAWSPACE, received the Brico Forward Fund grant in both 2015 and 2016.

Kayle Karbowski
Kayle Karbowski is an art witch, educator and organizer based in Milwaukee, WI – the land of the Ho-Chunk, Potawatomi, Menominee, Oneida and Ojibwe nations. She received her BFA from MIAD in 2015 and is currently the steward of psycho-spiritual consultancy and techno-apothecary, Other Dust. Karbowski’s work has been featured both nationally and internationally, and embraces liminality, otherness and cyclical exploration framed through a queer feminist lens. Her interests have led her to a range of output throughout her career including video, sculpture, performance, fashion, education, zines, gifs, coding, 3D modeling, and social practice. Karbowski was a recipient of the Mary L Nohl Suitcase Export Fund Award in 2016 and has participated in several residencies, including the MASS Gallery in Austin, TX (2016) and The Future in Minneapolis, MN (Dec 2018).

Matthew Presutti
Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Matthew received his BFA from Ohio University and MFA in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota. Currently based out of Wisconsin, he teaches at MIAD as an adjunct faculty member and serves as the technician for the printmaking lab. Presutti is the founder of HOAX, a non-commercial research exhibition space & print shop located in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee. He is currently researching raw fiber papermaking with Wisconsin grown Hemp courtesy of the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

Kate Schaffer
Kate Schaffer (BS 2006, MLC; MFA 2016, SAIC) is a Milwaukee artist working 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. Schaffer is the Chair of First Year Experience at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design where she encourages students to consider the possibilities the world holds for them.

Shawn Simmons
Shawn Simmons is a professor of Communication Design at MIAD. With an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design, she has developed and taught classes ranging from foundational design to senior thesis. She has designed for a variety of clients, from Snap-on Tools to Jo Snow Syrup; she has participated in numerous conferences, workshops and lectures throughout North America, and her book art can be seen in both private collections and in libraries, including Yale University and Cleveland Public Library.

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 21 – June 25

  • CEI743A: (re)Emerging Technologies: Integrating the Cutting Edge with the Traditional
  • CEI744A: Process Making at MIAD
  • CEI737A: Digital Media Production
  • CEI745A: Exploring Justice Through Art & Design (Online Course)


July 26 – July 30

  • CEI744B: Process Making (Online Course)
  • CEI736A: Understanding Typography
  • CEI746A: Printmaking Studio & Papermaking

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Summer CEI: Costs and Credits

Tuition: $415
Residence Hall: $175 (optional)
Overnight parking is available in a surface lot five blocks from MIAD at no extra cost. Meals and supplies are not included.


Summer CEI: Scholarship Opportunities

We are pleased to announce MIAD is funding scholarships for the 2021 CEI program! The scholarship application deadline is April 1. There are two scholarship opportunities.

Full Scholarship
This competitive scholarship opportunity awards 5 full scholarships (includes tuition and the option to stay in the residence hall at no cost) to those that complete the Full Scholarship Application. Considerations by the committee are based on statement, samples of your work and samples of your student work.

Full Scholarship selections will be made on Wednesday, April 7 and the results will be shared with all applicants on Friday, April 9. Full Scholarship applicants not awarded a full-tuition scholarship will automatically be eligible for the Lottery Scholarship.

* Please note: A full scholarship covers all costs associated with one course. There is a maximum award of one scholarship per student.


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 (this can be done on the Online Registration Form).

Lottery applicants will be randomly selected Saturday, April 10 at 10 a.m. All scholarship applicants are invited to join us online for the selection! Attendance is not mandatory. A follow-up email will be sent to all applicants to confirm the awards on April 12.

Scholarships do not include the cost of supplies.


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