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2020 Sessions:

  • June 22 – 26
  • July 27 – 31


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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

All classes run Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Open Studio, Monday-Thursday, 4:00 – 9:00 P.M.

Understanding Typography
Instructor: Shawn Simmons 
June 22 – June 26
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.


Digital Media Production
Instructor: Kyle James
June 22 – June 26
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.


Studio Sessions
Instrutor: Kate Schaffer
June 22 – June 26
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.


Printmaking Studio + Papermaking
Instructor: Matthew Presutti
July 27 – 31
This self-directed course is an opportunity for personal explorations into a contemporary print practice based on your interests as a printmaker, educator and artist. Each participant has complete access to MIAD’s expansive printmaking lab that encompasses a wide variety of techniques and equipment. Use this studio course to combine printmaking techniques or advance your investigation in specific areas such as Papermaking, Screenprinting, Letterpress, Intaglio & Relief, Lithography, photographic techniques and alternative processes. Optional demonstrations on papermaking, specialty techniques, related equipment and supplies are offered throughout the week. Participants need no prior knowledge on papermaking techniques. Come prepared to indulge in printmaking, papermaking, or both!


Photoshop: Digital Composting, Digital Painting & Animation
Instructor: Scott Taylor
July 27 – July 31
Explore a wide range of introductory digital concepts using Adobe Photoshop by examining a variety of its powerful drawing and painting tools in steady progression. Beginning with Layer Compositing to become acclimated with Photoshop’s interface and gain experience working with layers and masks, students delve into Digital Painting to gain experience with a variety of tools and methods to expand creative possibilities.  Finally, using Cintiq Monitory technology, students hybridize learned techniques to generate Digital Animation with creative ease and inventiveness. The course provides ample work time during class sessions to supplement group lessons and individual feedback. Some Photoshop experience is helpful but not necessary.


Emerging Technologies: Integrated Methods
Instructor: Ben Dembroski
July 27 – July 31
Whether new to emerging technologies, or arriving with access and experience working in an established “Maker Space” lab, Integrated Technologies explores how these spaces are relevant to what is already being done in the classroom in effort to foster student engagement. While gaining hands-on experience with 3D printers, virtual and augmented reality, laser cutting and etching, and digital cutting, students explore their use with more ‘traditional’ forms of making and focus on how Maker Spaces can bolster the effectiveness of project-based learning that employs a wide range of these technologies.  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. For those with experience using these technologies, class discussions provide an opportunity to explore broader pedagogical approaches that can help cultivate success in the classroom.




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
CEI736A: Understanding Typography
CEI737A: Digital Media Production
CEI738A: Studio Sessions

July 27 – July 31
CEI739A: Printmaking Studio + Papermaking
CEI740A: Photoshop: Digital Composting, Digital Painting & Animation
CEI741A: Emerging Technologies: Integrated Methods

All classes run Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Open Studio, Monday-Thursday, 4:00 – 9:00 P.M.

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Summer CEI: Costs and Credits

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Tuition: $415 ($395 before April 1)
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.

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.”