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

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Dates and Registration

Spring 2019 Pre-College Semester: February 23 – March 30

Please visit the Spring Classes tab to see a list of classes and their specific dates/times.


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:

• Drawing for the Portfolio: Grades 9 – 12
• 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.

Spring Classes - Registration Begins Now!

Please note: you will be directed to your classroom upon arrival on the first day of class.


SB507C: Open Figure Drawing
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.
Jan. 22 – Apr. 2, 10 sessions
(No class Mar. 12)
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.


PC102A: Drawing for the Portfolio (Grades 9 – 12)
In this class, the instructor guides students in developing observational drawing and sighting techniques, design/composition skills and creative problem solving. Since a portfolio develops over time, students should expect this class to serve as one of the many steps they take in creating a strong portfolio for admission to a college of art or design.
Feb. 23 – Apr. 6 (No class Mar. 16), 6 sessions
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Brett Henzig

PC198A: Intro to Acrylic Painting
This class provides an introduction to the basic materials, techniques and practices of direct painting. Students may choose to focus their study in oils or acrylic, but acrylic is highly recommended for first-timers. Using a variety of still life as subject matter, students develop an understanding of color application, paint handling, composition and spatial issues, as well as other technical and conceptual concerns. Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

PC1056A: Color Through Observation (NEW)
Whether interested in learning color for the first time or developing an increased understanding of color applications, students use various color strategies and palettes to develop a pastel painting that is relevant to other media preferences. Working from still life, projects begin with simple monochromatic studies and develop into a warm/cool color palette to learn the basic principles and terminology of color. From here, students explore historical approaches to color theory, from the typical Old Master palette (subdued earth colors with contrasts) to experimenting with a full impressionist palette. Effects of warm and cool lighting are also covered. Some drawing experience is helpful.  Pastels included.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Rosalie Beck

PC1057A: Fantasy Art: Themes & Explorations (NEW)
Through exposure to its history, common themes, and utilization in the present-day marketplace, students explore their own approach to the iconography and themes visited so frequently in the genre. Taking inspiration from masters in the Fantasy Art field, media usage and techniques of all types are encouraged, as is the preferred style of the artist: whimsical, realistic, etc. Focus is placed on taking ideas from the concept stage and refining them into finished pieces of art. Take an opportunity to create art that falls outside of conventional reality!
Feb. 23 – Apr. 6 (No class Mar. 16), 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: John Matson

PC111A: Intro to Digital Photography
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.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Rebecca Kames

PC1013A: Korean Ink Brush Painting
Learn basic techniques of Korean ink brush painting from the renowned master painter Mokwon, 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 master. 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.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Mokwon

PC1034A: Fundamentals of Drawing
Developed for the beginner, emphasis is placed on developing vocabulary that provides a foundation for understanding drawing and exploring the formal key elements of two-dimensional composition, such as line and mark-making, form, value, scale, proportion and spatial relationships. Through an exploration of the materials used in black-and-white drawing, students work from observation to develop skills that are applicable to other courses offered in art and design. This course provides a relaxed environment that promotes exploration and growth with one-on-one feedback from the instructor.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Robert Meincke

PC1058A: Introduction to Hand-Built Pottery (NEW)
In this introductory ceramics course, students are exposed to the three basic hand building methods: pinching, coiling, and slab construction, which can be used for sculptural or functional forms. Through exploration of various mark making, carving and glazing techniques, students gain knowledge of how form, composition, and design play a pivotal role in working with clay. No prior ceramics experience is required.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Missy Ziebart

PC1059A: Versatility in Oil Painting (NEW)
Since the early 1400s, artists have used oil paint to record their world and express their emotions. In this class, students explore this extremely versatile medium and the range of its uses. Working from their choice of still life, photo, or landscape, students investigate various techniques including thin transparent glazes and thickly built impasto. Open to all skill levels and experience, this class is for those who are looking to better understand the medium of oil paint, and how to use it to enhance their work.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Todd Mrozinski


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.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Joe Boblick

PC1060B: Fundamentals of Jewelry Design: Fabrication Basics and Direct Casting (NEW)
Students explore basic techniques that can be applied to a home studio setup. Through research and hands-on experience, students gain a greater understanding of the expanding market of artisan jewelry and what it takes to build a working studio for personal experimentation and production. In this course, students are introduced to sterling as a medium and leave with the ability to make hot connections, cast from a model, and apply finishing techniques. Each student ends the course having developed a small capsule collection of jewelry.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Rachel Stenman

PC1041B: Make/Believe: Draw!
There are many ways to draw and describe your experiences, observations, and feelings. This class looks beyond the conventions of observational perspective, and explores other modes that include narration, symbolism, and pattern. Students engage with the schematic, abstract, and expressive possibilities of the mark. Selected artists’ drawings from around the world serve as sources of inspiration for specific drawing exercises.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

PC1061B: DIY Lighting (NEW)
Common lighting tools such as flashlights, desk lamps, glow sticks, and Christmas lights can be used to create amazing photographs. This course introduces students to various DIY lighting solutions that don’t require expensive or professional equipment. Each class period explores different subjects and lighting devices. Students also use editing software to enhance their photos. Students must have their own DSLR camera.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Rebecca Kames

PC1062B: Portraying the Self in Acrylic (NEW)
Students begin by learning to compose the self-portrait using acrylics with washes of paint. Class demos and informal discussion are used to encourage experimentation while studying one’s most reliable model. Students evaluate facial features by blocking-in pigment while gradually building the figure’s specifics. Painting from observation with the use of a mirror, students explore color, light, and inherited narrative when confronting their self-portrait. The last sessions are spent working on a larger canvas/panel, applying the techniques learned in class. All skill levels welcome!
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Ariana Vaeth

PC154B: Screen Printing Today
This course covers a wide range of screen printing techniques using water-based inks. Various methods of creating an image on the screen are covered, including photographic, block out and digitally-created stencils. While learning proper screen preparation and competent use of the equipment, the course focuses on presenting important visual and conceptual problems relevant to the screen printing process.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $245 ($225 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Sommer Ferguson

PC1063B: Drawing Comics from Life (NEW)
Create a series of comics based on experiences from your everyday life. In this class, students learn how to effectively tell a short story through sequential art and the use of text in the illustrated environment, with the goal of completing one single panel, one multi-panel, and one full-page comic. Each week, students are introduced to pieces from the history of comics as they develop their own drawing style. Students should come ready with a topic and a few story ideas (from school or the workplace, life with a pet, traveling, family and friends, etc.). Humor is encouraged!
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Jan. 27)
Instructor: Rose Curley



Spring Supply Lists

Downloadable Supply Lists will be available in January


Drawing for Portfolio (Grades 9-12)
Intro to Acrylic Painting
Color Through Observation (NEW)
Fantasy Art: Themes & Explorations (NEW)
Intro to Digital Photography
Korean Ink Brush Painting
Fundamentals of Drawing
Introduction to Hand-Built Pottery (NEW)
Versatility in Oil Painting (NEW)


Figure Drawing
Fundamentals of Jewelry Design: Fabrication Basics and Direct Casting (NEW)
Make/Believe: Draw!
DIY Lighting (NEW)
Portraying the Self in Acrylic (NEW)
Screen Printing Today
Drawing Comics from Life (NEW)




To apply, please download the following form and submit it to the Pre-College Office.
Downloadable DPI Scholarship Application (Not available this semester)

    Contact the Pre-College office at 414‑847‑3333.