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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 – 4 p.m.

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Dates and Registration

Fall 2018 Pre-College Semester: September 11 – January 26

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

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:

• 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 - Registration Begins Now!

Downloadable Supply Lists will be available in September

WEEKNIGHT CLASSES: 6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.
Fundamentals of Drawing, Supply List
Contemporary Mosaics (New), Supply List
Intro to Traditional Hand-Drawn Animation (New), Supply List

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES: 9 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Scholarship Portfolio (Grade 12), Supply List
Drawing for Portfolio (Grades 9-12), Supply List
Exploration in Mark-Making (New), Supply List
Intro to Digital Photography, Supply List
Korean Brush Painting: Four Noble Ones, Supply List
Approaches to Watercolor (New), Supply List
Relief Printmaking (New), Supply List
Design for Social Media (New),  Supply List
Adobe Photoshop: Intro to Creative Applications,  Supply List
Soap Sculpting (New), Supply List
Intermediate Acrylic Painting (New), Coming Soon

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES: 1 – 4 P.M.
Scholarship Portfolio (Grade 12), Supply List
Pen and Ink Drawing, Supply List
Asian Landscape Brush Painting, Supply List
Figure Drawing, Supply List
Adobe Illustrator: Intro to Creative Applications, Supply List
Intro to Acrylic Painting, Supply List
Gallery Tour MKE (New), Supply List

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

WEEKNIGHT CLASSES – 6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

PC1034C: Fundamentals of Drawing *This class has filled.
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. 17 – Nov. 28, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 21)
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Robert Meincke

PC1046C: Contemporary Mosaics (NEW)      *This class has filled. Please call 414-847-3333 to be placed on the waiting list.
Students learn the use of common mosaic tools, basic mosaic techniques and how to combine different materials and textures effectively to create a contemporary composition. This class guides students towards developing their own original designs and concepts using a variety of materials, including glass, ceramic, mirror, smalti and found objects. Students are encouraged to bring small objects and/or broken or found items for their own use. Additional mosaic materials are included.
Oct. 17 – Nov. 28, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 21)
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuition: $265
Instructor: Carrie O’Malley

PC1047C: Intro to Traditional Hand-Drawn Animation (NEW) *This class has filled. Please call 414-847-3333 to be placed on the waiting list.
Using traditional pencil and paper methods in conjunction with Dragonframe capture software, students gain an understanding of the fundamentals of animation: timing, storyboarding and animation techniques that can be translated to clay, paper, and even digital materials. In addition to technical instruction, students also learn and discuss the narrative motivations behind particular techniques, and are equipped to use animation to artistically express themselves. All levels of experience are welcome. No drawing experience necessary.
Oct. 18 – Nov. 29, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 22)
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Hannah White Hamalian

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES – 9 A.M. – 12 P.M.

PC100A: Scholarship Portfolio (Grade 12) *This section has filled. Please register for the afternoon section.
Participants strengthen their portfolios through in-class 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 2019. 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.
Oct. 20, 2018 – Jan. 26, 2019, 12 sessions
(No class Nov. 24, Dec. 22 and 29)
Tuition: $445
Instructors: Kelly Wendorf and Rachel Hausmann-Schall

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. 20 – Dec. 1, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)

Tuition: $205
Instructor: Brett Henzig

PC1048A: Exploration in Mark-Making (NEW)
Students experiment with a variety of drawing materials, papers, and mark-making techniques to add energy and life to their artwork. Basic drawing skills such as value, composition and proportion are addressed. Students have the option to work from still life, nature and/or photos of subjects that interest them. In each class a different medium and approach is explored and the mark-making methods of artists such as Rembrandt, Seurat and Rothenberg are investigated.
Oct. 20 – Dec. 1, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Todd Mrozinski

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. Note: The final session will occur during the evening to further explore long exposures and night photography.
Oct. 20 – Nov. 29, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Note: Final class will be Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Rebecca Kames

PC1049A: Korean Brush Painting: Four Noble Ones
The Four Noble Ones are four plants: the plum blossom, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum, which have been depicted in traditional ink and wash since the 9th century in East Asia (China, Korea and Japan). They represent the four different seasons and symbolize the four main honorable characters of the noble ones. In this course, students learn basic Korean brush painting techniques and gain an understanding of East Asian Art and its aesthetics. In-class demonstrations include basic brush stroke techniques, composition, and essential skills needed to paint the four different plants.
Oct. 27 – Dec. 8, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Mokwon

PC1050A: Approaches to Watercolor (NEW)
Students explore a variety of approaches to watercolor through abstraction, landscape, still life, portraiture and illustration. Students work from imagination, photographs and 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. 20 – Dec. 1, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Matthew Lee

PC1051A: Relief Printmaking (NEW) – This class is closed for registration.
Relief printmaking is a distinct process that uses positive and negative space to create imagery.  Through a range of mark-making techniques, students learn to build the complexity of an image on a relief block to be printed in multiples.  Students are encouraged to bring in photos of their own choosing to use as reference material for creating their image. This course is for anyone who has a desire to explore techniques and add new skills to their practice, create work to build a portfolio, make many copies of their image to give to others, promote an event or just have fun! All skill levels are welcome.
Oct. 20 – Dec. 1, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $245 
Instructor: Anika Kowalik

PC1052A: Design for Social Media (NEW)
Are you struggling to build a professional business or personal brand on social media? This course is for creators, artists, makers, and thinkers who want more than just likes. Learn how to take advantage of the free business features on Instagram and Facebook to build an authentic online presence. Instruction includes how to define and maintain your brand while creating unique and personal strategies that help you get noticed. 
Oct. 20 – Dec. 1, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Debbie Sajnani 

PC1000A: Adobe Photoshop: Intro to Creative Applications
Discover fast and effective ways to use Photoshop with detailed, step-by-step instructions. Explore the Photoshop environment and navigate the basic tools that generate shape and symmetry driven designs. Learn techniques for importing and editing images, as well as destructive and nondestructive approaches to editing. Instruction includes how to restore old photographs, eliminate dust and scratches, repair tears, remove wrinkles and alter the properties of color. Prerequisites: Mac and digital photography experience are helpful.
Oct. 20 – Dec. 1, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Scott Taylor 

PC1053A: Soap Sculpting (NEW) – This class is closed for registration.
Students focus on creating form within the restrictions of a specific size and shape: a bar of soap. Soap sculpting requires patience and attention to detail, yet the inexpensive nature of a bar of soap allows for mistakes and experimentation. Exploring carving techniques with creativity, the course utilizes the subtractive process of sculpting, covers the basic theory of space, form, and light, and experiments with texture. Soap is a malleable and forgiving medium for beginning sculptors, yet allows for the complexity of form that more advanced artists may be seeking.
Oct. 20 – Dec. 1, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Kate Schaffer

PC1054A: Intermediate Acrylic Painting (NEW) – This class has been closed for registration.
This course builds on skills gained from Intro to Acrylic Painting. With additional time spent working from observation, short exercises complement longer painting times that work with increased complexity in subject and technique. Individual feedback, group discussions and critiques augment the development of the work.  Intro to Acrylic Painting is not a prerequisite, and students may choose to bring paintings they have already begun.
Oct. 20 – Dec. 1, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $205 
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES – 1 – 4 P.M.

PC100B: Scholarship Portfolio (Grade 12)
Participants strengthen their portfolios through in-class 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 2019. 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.
Oct. 20, 2018 – Jan. 26, 2019, 12 sessions
(No class Nov. 24, Dec. 22 and 29)
Tuition: $445
Instructors: Kelly Wendorf and Rachel Hausmann-Schall

PC1018B: 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.
Oct. 20 – Dec. 1, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Matthew Lee

PC1043B: Asian Landscape Brush Painting
The depictions of nature in Asian landscape paintings are not mere representations of the external world.  The term “landscape” means mountains and water, rooted in Taoism, which emphasizes harmony with the natural world.  Through this course, students learn basic techniques of using brush strokes and tones to create mountains, rocks, water and trees. Supplies, including a brush and paper, are available for purchase during class. All levels of experience are welcome.
Oct. 27 – Dec. 8, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $205
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. 20 – Dec. 1, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Brett Henzig

PC1002B: Adobe Illustrator: Intro to Creative Applications
With an introduction to the latest version of Adobe Illustrator CS6, students become comfortable with its interface and explore its creative applications. Students learn to create and modify paths using special drawing tools, and draw and edit geometric objects. Terminology sheets and step-by-step video tutorials are supplied after each class session to reinforce lessons on how to apply fill and stroke attributes, use colors, gradients and adjust transparency to these objects and paths. Demonstrations are given on how to enter and format type in a design, create eye-catching type effects and use layers so students can manage their artwork.
Oct. 20 – Dec. 1, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $225 
Instructor: Scott Taylor

PC198B: 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.
Oct. 20 – Dec. 1, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $205 
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

PC1055B: Gallery Tour MKE (NEW)
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. 20 – Dec. 1, 6 sessions
(No class Nov. 24)
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Maeve Jackson

 

 

Scholarships

DPI SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR FALL 2018.
To apply, please download the following form and submit it to the Pre-College Office.
Downloadable DPI Scholarship Application (Not available this semester)
Questions? 

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