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MIAD offers Adult/Teen courses during the Fall and Spring semesters. Classes are offered on weeknights from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m, Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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Dates and Registration

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS ONE WEEK BEFORE START OF CLASS

Any class cancelled due to weather, instructor illness or other circumstance will be rescheduled one to two weeks after the conclusion of the class. There is no prorating of tuition if the student cannot attend the make up session.

How Do I Choose the Right Class?

“I want to go to art college, but will I be ready?” A common question, and an increasing concern when students have fewer options at their school to develop the necessary skill sets.
MIAD’s Pre-College classes offer a clear path to get prepared for college. We recommend the following incremental approach to develop the skills and confidence you will need:

• Approaches to Drawing: Grades 7 – 8
• Figure Drawing: Grades 9 – 12
• Scholarship Portfolio: Grade 12 (Fall Semester)

It is extremely important, no matter what discipline you are interested in, to have strong observational and figure drawing in your portfolio when you apply for college. Consider the three classes above as your “foundation” classes.

If you have time to explore beyond these, we encourage you to elect a class from the Adult/Teen section, where you can find painting, photography, illustration, graphic design classes and more. These classes are for ages 16 and up.

Fall Classes – Registration Now Open!

Weeknight Classes 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

PC1124C: Academic Approaches and Experimentation with Oil Paint – This class has filled. Please email precollege@miad.edu to be placed on the waitlist.
This course is intended to demystify the techniques utilized in oil paint throughout the centuries and experiment with the many mediums one can add to oil paint for a number of interesting and luminous effects. Through a combination of still life and portraiture experiments, students explore underpaintings and glazing techniques with several traditional and modern painting mediums. The class looks at the processes and techniques of painters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Velasquez, as well as contemporary artists to show the wide range of effects that are achievable with oil paint.
Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 18)
Instructor: Brendan Murphy

PC1129C: Intro to Observational Drawing Techniques (NEW)
Participants in this course learn to construct accurate depictions of three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional plane using a variety of traditional art media. Students explore figure-ground relationships and composition, develop light and shadow, practice accurate measuring, and work to create coherent spatial depictions. The techniques of representational drawing introduced in this course encourage the artist to look closely and find inspiration in the material world around them.
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 – Nov. 30 (No class Nov. 23), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 18)
Instructor: Ethan Krause

SB507C: Open Figure Drawing – Pre-Registration has filled. Walk In spots are available.
This is an opportunity to draw from a live model without instruction. One model provides a variety of quick and sustained poses. Participants can choose to pre-register: $50 for 10 sessions, or pay $6 per session at the door. Students under the age of 18 must have written parental permission to attend.
Sep. 13 – Nov. 15, 10 sessions
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.

Saturday Morning Classes

PC179A: Drawing Light and Shadow
This class is designed for those who love to draw with charcoal and conte. Students learn the range of values possible with charcoal and how changes in light and shadow are used to create form in three-dimensional drawings. While developing intuitive abilities, instruction emphasizes using charcoal to render subjects pictorially. Different types of lighting and use of light as a compositional device are covered. As the course progresses, students begin to introduce limited color into their value-based drawings. Prerequisite: basic drawing or painting skills.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Oct. 29 – Dec. 10 (No class Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 18)
Instructor: Rosalie Beck

PC1049A: Korean Ink Brush Painting
Learn basic techniques of Korean ink brush painting and gain an understanding and appreciation of East Asian art and its aesthetics. In-class demonstrations include basic brush stroke techniques, composition and essential skills needed to paint flowers, birds and iris. These skills are practiced individually and with the instructor. You may bring your own sumi ink stick, brushes or sumi paper, but supplies, including a brush and paper, are available for purchase during class. All levels of experience are welcome.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No class Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 18)
Instructor: Jeesun Johnson

PC111A: Intro to Digital Photo
Students develop competency in the digital darkroom through lessons and projects that teach photography and digital editing skills that result in expressive visual language. No previous experience with Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom is necessary; however, students must have their own DSLR camera. This course includes photography assignments that require some minimal time commitment beyond the scheduled classes. 
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No class Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Sept. 18)
Instructor: Rebecca Kames

PC1018A: Pen and Ink Drawing
Students explore a variety of approaches to the application of ink including the use of nibs, surfaces, pens, brushes and transfers to create two-dimensional images. A variety of subject matter is covered including abstraction, still life, landscape and portraiture. Stippling and cross-hatching are explored to create complex textures and surfaces while brush paintings are used to investigate working in layers.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No class Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 18)
Instructor: Matthew Lee 

PC1131A: Screenprinting Open Studio (NEW)
This class is suitable for those with some beginner-level screenprinting experience as well as more experienced students. During the Open Studio, students are given a refresher on preparing images, exposing screens, and basic printing techniques. The instructor gives more advanced demos on color separations, ink mixing, registration techniques, file prep, and more. Students are welcome to work on their own projects during these sessions.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 10 (No class Nov. 5 or Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $265
Instructor: Rachel Foster

PC1112A: Etching Open Studio – This class has filled. Please email precollege@miad.edu to be placed on the waitlist.
This course is open to beginning-level, as well as advanced etching students. Students prepare, etch and print their own plates through guided demonstrations and work from their own photographs, drawings or designs. Instruction covers techniques such as stage biting to create different line densities and aquatint to create tonal gradient. Two-plate, color and “a la poupee” methods are demonstrated for more advanced students. Closed-toe shoes are required.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No class Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $265
Instructor: Todd Mrozinski

Saturday Afternoon Classes

PC101B: Figure Drawing
Focus on the fundamentals of drawing from the human figure, an exercise that has been an essential component to visual arts training for centuries. Using primarily black-and-white drawing media while working from the nude model, students develop their ability to extract the figure’s gestural expression. Instruction and in-class drawing help improve the students’ understanding of structure, form building, anatomy and composition through demonstration and drawing exercises. Tuition includes model fees. Prerequisite: Basic drawing skills. Students under the age of 18 must submit a Figure Drawing Consent Form to take this course.
Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No class Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Sept. 18)
Instructor: Joe Boblick

PC1132B: Intro to Adobe Photoshop (NEW)
In this course, students learn the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop for graphic design and photo editing. Students explore Photoshop’s tools, applications, and limitations, as well as design practices through course projects. No prior Photoshop experience is necessary. All levels welcome!
Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No class Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Sept. 18)
Instructor: Elias Mittelstadt

PC1133B: Exploring Color: Acrylic Paint and Collage (NEW) – This class has filled. Please email precollege@miad.edu to be placed on the waitlist.
This course introduces students to the intricacies and wonders of color theory. Students explore how certain colors affect us psychologically, physically and hold cultural significance in our daily lives. Participants complete short exercises, as well as more involved mixed-media projects, to aid in the understanding of the physical properties of acrylic paint, various drawing media and collage materials.
Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No class Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 18)
Instructor: Zoë Darling

PC1134B: New Media Journaling: Mindfulness, Decision Making, and Shooting Strategies for Documenting the Everyday (NEW)
Your identity and personal story is writing itself everyday. It’s full of greetings, gestures, and finite moments that are absolutely unique and 100% you. In this course, students simultaneously practice noticing these instances while learning a variety of techniques to capture them on mobile devices. Techniques covered include shooting still images, timelapses, and static videos, as well as capturing screenshots, editing, and making image collages. This course is well-suited to folks who are new and eager to use their phone’s camera to its full potential, as well as experienced photographers and videographers who are seeking fresh inspiration and new community.
Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No class Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Sept. 18)
Instructor: Adam White

PC1050B: Approaches to Watercolor – This class has filled. Please email precollege@miad.edu to be placed on the waitlist.
Students explore a variety of approaches to watercolor through abstraction, landscape, still life, portraiture and illustration. Students work from imagination, photographs and still life to explore processes including alla prima, wet into wet and layering. Students explore methods for flattening watercolors, delve deep into watercolor equipment and spend a day creating watercolor monotypes.
Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 22 – Dec. 3 (No class Nov. 26), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 18)
Instructor: Matthew Lee

Sunday Morning Class

PC1130A: Improvisational Quilting (NEW) 
Open to all skill levels, this class focuses on hand quilted projects ranging in size and ambition. Improvisational Quilting has no rules, but rather each artist is guided to find their own unique style through their piece-work and quilting stitches. The class also offers various approaches to finding new inspiration for your quilt work.
Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 18)
Instructor: Mariah Tate Klemens

 

Scholarships

DPI SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR FALL PRE-COLLEGE COURSES.

Questions?
Contact the Pre-College office at 414‑847‑3330.

COVID-19 Information

The health and safety of the MIAD community, including all guests on campus, will continue to drive our decisions as we navigate and remain flexible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read MIAD’s current policies here.

PreCollege Sponsor

IMPORTANT DATES

Upcoming

May 15, 2022
Summer Pre-College Final Payment Deadline
Pay online

July 10, 2022
Summer 2022 Pre-College Orientation and Residence Hall Move-In

July 11–22, 2022
Core Studio Concepts Program

July 11–29, 2022
Advanced Studio Concepts Program

July 23, 2022
Core Studio Concepts Final Exhibition and Residence Hall Move-Out

July 30, 2022
Advanced Studio Concepts Final Exhibition and Residence Hall Move-Out