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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

Fall 2019 Pre-College Semester: September 27 – December 14

Please visit the Fall 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.

Fall Classes

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


PC100A or PC100B: Scholarship Portfolio (Grade 12) *Both sections have filled.*
Participants strengthen their portfolios through in- and out-of-class assignments, group collaborations, digital documentation workshops, presentations and weekly discussions to improve critique and communication skills. Students who successfully complete the course receive a $2,500 scholarship, renewable up to four years, to attend MIAD in Fall 2020. This is in addition to any other merit or need-based monies awarded. Parental consent for students under 18 is required for drawing unclothed models.
Sep. 28, 2019 – Dec. 14, 2019
(No class Nov. 30), 11 sessions
Saturdays, 9:00 A.M. – noon or 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Tuition: $445
Instructor: Brett Henzig

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.
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Saturdays, 9:00 A.M. – noon
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Zoe Darling


PC1072C: Representational Drawing (NEW)
Learn to draw what you see with more accuracy, personality and power! This course emphasizes the use of proportion, shape, value, perspective and composition to look more precisely and students come away with a fresh perspective on their surroundings. Still life, self portrait, and trees are explored using a variety of drawing materials and quality drawing papers. 
Oct. 21 – Dec. 2 (No class Nov. 11), 6 sessions
Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Todd Mrozinski

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.
Sept. 10 – Nov. 19 (No class on Oct. 8), 10 sessions
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.

PC1064C: Aspirational Design Concepts (NEW)
Successful design has its own voice, telling a story through aspirational qualities that ignite curiosity in the viewer. Through this interactive course, students gain a fundamental understanding of design concepts through the exploration of packaging design, which translates into lifelong design skills. Together, students build their creative tool box, develop an effective, creative approach and examine the impact of successful design.
Oct. 23 – Dec. 11 (no class on Nov. 6 or Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Katelyn Winski

PC1065C: Introduction to Fiber Arts (NEW)
This class utilizes MIAD’s Textiles Lab to explore a multitude of fiber arts techniques including: crochet, batch dyeing, embroidery, piecing, applique and finishing. Students receive in-depth demonstrations, create samples and finish the course with a soft-good object of their own design. All levels are welcome! If students have a machine of their own, they may bring it in to receive instruction on how to use it. There is also opportunity for advanced students to use this as open studio time.
Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 6 sessions
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Maggie Sasso


PC1046A: Contemporary Mosaics Workshop (NEW)
This informative 2-day weekend workshop is geared towards beginners who want to learn about basic mosaic techniques, tools and materials. Students gain confidence and receive a solid foundation of new skills all in one weekend. The workshop covers cutting techniques, proper adhesives, substrates, design/layout and grouting. A visual mosaic presentation is used to help educate and inspire. Students are introduced to a wide variety of materials and complete one or two projects during the workshop, exploring both traditional and contemporary techniques. All materials, supplies, and use of tools are provided.
Oct. 19 – 20
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Tuition: $185
Instructor:  Carrie O’Malley

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.
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Robert Meincke

PC1066A: Introduction to Calligraphy (NEW)
Western calligraphy is rooted in the beautiful tradition of diversity. In this course, students discover the basic principles of hand lettering that reach back nearly 2,000 years and established our modern alphabet. Students learn to find the similarities in calligraphic writing through weekly projects built upon an understanding of the tools and techniques used to create historic letter forms.  You are invited to be part of a wonderful tradition of royal court scribes, medieval monks, Italian merchant record keepers, and English engravers in the art of beautiful writing. All levels welcome!
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: Tuition: $215
Instructor: Craig Kalbas

PC1019A: Video Editing for Everyone
This course introduces basic video production. Primarily using Adobe Premier, an industry-leading software, students are also introduced to accessible software to gain an understanding of capturing and importing footage, cutting footage and timeline composition, title creation, adding music and enhancing audio and saving video for the web and other distribution. Whether interested in personal or professional applications of videography, students are equipped with the ability to create and edit videos upon completion of the course.
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235
Instructor: Tim Chiappetta

PC1067A: Design a Room – Kitchen (NEW)
Learn about interior design one room at a time! In this course, students explore a kitchen space from floor plans to material finishes. Developed for the beginner, this class places emphasis on the overall feeling of the space in conjunction with practicality. In-class demonstrations of hand-drafting provide the skills to design floor plans, furniture and fixture layouts, as well as interior elevations. Students learn how to design the mood of the space while considering all the components of a kitchen including colors, textures and functions.
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Sarah Hansen

PC1068A: Beginning Etching (NEW)
Learn how to make and print an etching from start to finish. Students prepare, etch and print their own plates though guided demonstrations and work from their own photographs, drawings or designs. Students work at their own pace and can produce up to 4 plates for printing. The class covers techniques such as stage biting to create different line densities and aquatint to create tonal gradient. Students must wear closed-toe shoes.
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235
Instructor: Todd Mrozinski

PC1069A: Pieces and Shapes in Oil Paint (NEW)
As an effective approach to begin oil painting, students explore the ‘pieces and shapes’ method of oil painting. Beginning with applying color in general shapes, students then work to clarify the gaps and details of the composition “piece-by-piece.” Primarily working from still-lifes, students have the option to create a self-portrait in the final days of class. Students with any acrylic or drawing experience are encouraged to register.
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Ariana Vaeth

PC111A: Introduction 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.
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235
Instructor: Daniel McCullough

PC1050A: Approaches to Watercolor
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.
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Matthew Lee

PC1070A: Photography Field Trip!
Photography Field Trip! combines field photography experiences with comprehensive classroom instruction through Powerpoint presentations sent before each trip. The class is for the beginner to intermediate photographer who wants to improve their skills in a variety of environmental settings. By working out in the field, participants have the opportunity to find those moments that are unique to the shooter. Expect a lot of walking, and students must provide their own transportation and entry fees if applicable.  This class will meet at a different location each week, which will be indicated within the supply list provided online.
Oct. 19 – Nov. 23, 6 sessions
Tuition: $235
Instructor: Rebecca Kames

PC1049A: 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.
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Mokwon


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.
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235
Instructor: Matthew Lee

PC1045B: Digital Painting
In the process of scanning traditional drawings and paintings, as well as working with digital tablets, students use Adobe Photoshop to explore the digital tools used create digital paintings. Through the lens of color theory, composition, and mark-making students learn about brush panel techniques, advanced selection, layering options, blending modes, masking and digital output processes. These digital painting techniques synthesize traditional approaches and digital methodologies.  Prerequisite: Basic knowledge using Adobe Photoshop.
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235
Instructor: Scott Taylor

PC1071B: The Ancient Art of Ebru (New)
Come explore Ebru, the ancient art of Turkish paper marbling! During this course, students gain hands-on experience to learn the techniques and preparation of this therapeutic form of art, as well as examining its history and cultural significance. Each week students focus on one or two traditional designs, along with time for personal explorations. Ebru paper is commonly used for bookbinding and calligraphy, or it can be incorporated into collage, scrapbooking, art journaling or can be framed as artwork. No previous experience is required and all skill levels are welcome. All tools and supplies are included in the cost of tuition.
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: $265
Instructor: Vesile Yilmaz

PC198B: Introduction 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.
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

PC1055B: Gallery Tour MKE
Meet people, view the projects, events and exhibitions that make Milwaukee unique, and explore the Milwaukee creative community by being present in the spaces where art happens. Looking away from our digital screens and being physically present at art events and spaces helps develop a better understanding of Milwaukee’s creative community, and helps weave a narrative about how this community has been formed and transformed over time. Whether you are an artist looking for motivation to get reconnected with the local art community, or someone who is wanting to one day have an art space of your own, this course provides the opportunity to explore these spaces and ask questions. No longer will you be able to use the excuse of “not having someone to go with” to keep you from attending art events in the community! 
Oct. 26 – Dec. 7, (No class Nov. 30), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Maeve Jackson


Fall Supply Lists

Approaches to Watercolor Supply List
Aspirational Design Concepts Supply List
Beginning Etching Supply List
Contemporary Mosaics Workshop Supply List
Design a Room – Kitchen Supply List
Digital Painting Supply List
Drawing for the Portfolio Supply List
Figure Drawing Supply List
Fundamentals of Drawing Supply List
Gallery Tour MKE Supply List
Introduction to Acrylic Painting Supply List
Introduction to Calligraphy Supply List
Introduction to Digital Photography Supply List
Introduction to Fiber Arts Supply List
Korean Ink Brush Painting Supply List
Photography Field Trip! Supply List
Pieces and Shapes in Oil Paint Supply List
Representational Drawing Supply List
Scholarship Portfolio Supply List
The Ancient Art of Ebru Supply List
Video Editing for Everyone Supply List



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.