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 Enrollment is limited and some classes fill quickly. Register early to get the class you want.

Enrollment is limited and some classes fill quickly. Register early to get the class you want.

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June 1, Registration/Final Payment Deadline (no refunds after June 1).
Registration remains open for any class that has not filled.

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

Click HEREfor CEI Handbook with helpful information you need to know. (The 2018 CEI Handbook will be available in December)
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SUMMER 2018 CEI Classes

June 18 – June 22
Sketchbook: Gathering Inspiration for the Classroom & Beyond
Instructor: Zoe Darling
The main objective of Sketchbook: Gathering Inspiration for the Classroom & Beyond is to connect anew with the multifaceted creative force that is the sketchbook. Graphic journalism is introduced as a means to engage in meaningful modes of observation, collecting inspiration and ultimately illustrating personal narratives. Participants engage in discussions about how the sketchbook can be most effectively used in the classroom, and within their own personal studio practice. Numerous resources are made available, including specific sketchbook prompts and exercises, as well as guidelines for extended studio projects, based on what has been collected within the sketchbook.

June 18 – June 22
Advanced Studio Development: Printmaking

Instructor: Matt Presutti
This is a great opportunity to continue 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. Demonstrations on specialty techniques, related equipment and supplies are offered throughout the week, and are optional. Discussions to extract ideas, goals and requested demonstrations occur during the first morning. Please come prepared to discuss your goals and ideas. You should be prepared 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.

June 18 – June 22
Adobe Photoshop: Applying the Basics

Instructor: Scott Taylor
This course emphasizes the application of Adobe Photoshop basics relevant to design communication. Students are introduced to the basic tools and navigation of Photoshop software and create visual themes as seen in magazine covers, movie posters and CD covers. Instruction includes discussion of Photoshop properties such as layers, type, blending modes, color use, filters and pixel resolution.

Course projects begin with an emphasis in basic applications, and progress to more challenging visual solutions and image manipulation. This course provides ample work time during class periods with both group and individual guidance from the instructor.

July 23 – July 27
Adobe Illustrator: From the Beginning

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.

July 23 – July 27
Emerging Technologies: Make!

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.

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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 18 – June 22
CEI724A: Sketchbook: Gathering Inspiration for the Classroom & Beyond
CEI723A: Advanced Studio Development: Printmaking
CEI725A: Adobe Photoshop: Applying the Basics

July 23 – July 27
CEI726A: Adobe Illustrator: From the Beginning
CEI727A: Emerging Technologies: Make!

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.”