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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.

Spring Classes – Registration Now Open!

Pre-College Only Classes

PC1103A: Approaches to Drawing (Grades 7 – 8)
Approaches to Drawing is a great opportunity for younger artists to bolster their drawing techniques through playful and academic approaches. Students focus on both observational drawing and abstract/expressive mark-making, as well as storytelling through comics. Each class introduces new approaches to drawing so students can refine existing skills and acquire new ones in class, and practice what interests them outside of class without the pressure of homework. Supplies are included in the cost of tuition.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Feb. 19 – Mar. 26, 6 sessions
Tuition (includes supplies): $215 ($190 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Abrahm Guthrie Potter

PC1128B: Approaches to Painting (Grades 7 – 8)
Approaches to Painting is a chance for younger artists to explore and advance their understanding of color and shape using a variety of techniques. Each week, students investigate new subject matter from photos and observed objects, building on lessons from previous weeks. This is a great opportunity for young artists to learn about art, art history and paint in a fun and expressive environment with no homework.
Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 19 – Mar. 26, 6 sessions
Tuition (includes supplies): $215 ($190 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Abrahm Guthrie Potter

PC102A: Drawing for the Portfolio (Grades 9 – 12) – This class has filled. Please contact our office to be added to the waitlist.
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.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Feb. 19 – Apr. 2 (No class Mar. 12), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Brit Krohmer

Weeknight Classes 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

PC1116C: Fundamentals of UX and UI Design
In this class, students explore and apply the fundamentals of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) principles, workflow and prototyping using Adobe’s XD software. Throughout the course, students learn the concepts of human-centered design as well as how to apply that knowledge to each step of the design process through careful consideration and testing of usability, flow, intuitiveness and ease of access within a digital platform. From persona building and user flow charts, to wireframing, usability testing and a polished prototype, this class walks students through the full UI/UX lifecycle.
Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Feb. 21 – Mar. 28, 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Jody Campbell

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.
Jan. 25 – Mar. 29, 10 sessions
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

PC1117C: Comic Strips (NEW)
Learn how to translate your ideas into comics for print or the web! This course explores the beginnings of modern cartooning and the formal elements of comics themselves before getting into character design, scripting, exaggeration, hyperbole, caricature, pacing and timing. Students are introduced to the traditional approaches of laying out strips, drawing, lettering and coloring to develop their own original comic strips!
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: David Beyer

PC1118C: Drawing and Painting the Elements (NEW)
Introduced to a variety of drawing and painting techniques, students explore and depict elements of nature including trees, water, fire and the sky. Subject matter includes images of nature projected onto the wall for students to reference as they work. Students are encouraged to explore scale and mark-making to better understand and connect with the elements through close observation and material exploration. Some supplies included. See supply list for details.
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Todd Mrozinski

PC1119C: Intro to Hand Rendered Typography (NEW)
Hand rendered typography is a technique that offers personality and impact when utilized in designs and illustrations. This course is an introduction to creating hand rendered letterforms and working with them digitally. Students begin by designing their letters on paper, then learn how to vectorize them and work them into compositions. Over the six weeks, students practice different rendering techniques, finish the class with a hand rendered alphabet, and develop the skills necessary to apply it to their work.
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 30, 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Cera Propper

PC1092C: Acrylic Painting Basics
Designed for beginners, this course teaches students how to get started painting in acrylics. The class covers: the difference between acrylic and oil paints, how to use acrylic paints to the best effect, basic primary color palettes and mixing, color theory, basic tools and equipment and the correct use of value in painting. The instructor provides one-on-one feedback as students develop their paintings.
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Feb. 24 – Mar. 31
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Robert Meincke

Saturday Morning Classes 9:00 a.m. – Noon

PC1120A: Found Images: Photos as Screen Prints (NEW) – This class has filled. Please contact our office to be added to the waitlist.
This introductory course covers the entire process of turning digital photographs into hand-pulled, screen printed posters. Students learn how to prepare digital images to create screens using a simple halftone technique, and use their screens to learn the art of printmaking using ink and paper. Each participant can expect to create their own edition of 5-10 prints. This class is perfect for photographers interested in new methods, or anyone wanting to experience a basic introduction to screen printing tools and techniques!
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Feb. 19 – Mar. 26, 6 sessions
Tuition: $245 ($225 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Rachel Foster

PC137A: Portraits in Pastel
This course begins with a discussion of head structure and proportion. Portraits are first executed in charcoal, then with limited color, and expanding to full color in dry pastels. Color layering, use of toned color backgrounds, pastel techniques and suggested palette combinations are covered. The emphasis is on creating realistic modeled portraits with attention to personal expression. All drawing is from clothed posed figure models. Prerequisite: Basic drawing skills.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Feb. 19 – Mar. 26, 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Rosalie Beck

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. 
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Feb. 19 – Mar. 26, 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Daniel McCullough

PC1121A: Drawing: Light and Shadow (NEW)
Since the Renaissance artists have employed chiaroscuro (changes in light and dark) to create a three-dimensional effect. In this course students study and record how light and shadow are used to build volume and create depth. Drawing exercises are used to improve your ability to see subject matter with awareness of changes in value. Students work with a variety of techniques and use an assortment of media including charcoal, marker, and watercolor wash to render still-life, cityscape, and the (clothed) human figure.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Feb. 19 – Mar. 26, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Tim Ladwig

PC1122A: Introduction to Stained Glass Design (NEW) – This class has filled. Please contact our office to be added to the waitlist.
Join a self-taught, Milwaukee-based stained glass artist as you take your first steps into the delicate world of stained glass design! Students learn about the process from start to finish, and design their own stained glass suncatcher created with the elegant Tiffany technique. Instruction includes creating a design template, scoring and breaking glass, grinding glass edges, soldering with lead-free solder, and waxing the finished piece. Students come away with a solid foundation in stained glass work, as well as their first original handcrafted design.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Feb. 19 – Mar. 26, 6 sessions
Tuition (includes glass): $215
Instructor: Hanna Hobson

PC1112A: Etching Open Studio – This class has filled. Please contact our office to be added to 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, 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Feb. 19 – Mar. 26, 6 sessions
Tuition: $245
Instructor: Todd Mrozinski

Saturday Afternoon Classes 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

PC1123B: Introduction to Basic Video Production (NEW)
This introductory video course covers the basic fundamentals of a moving image workflow.  Beginning with an introduction to technical elements of composition and camera operation, the course then moves into basic studio and post production techniques using Adobe Creative Suite. This course offers a beginner-friendly approach to shooting and editing your own video projects. Software is provided, but students must bring their own camera.
Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 19 – Mar. 26, 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Takahiro Suzuki

PC1074B: Illustrating Tarot Cards
Tarot Decks contain imagery that is meant to inspire and provide guidance through life’s spiritual journey. Specific visual themes are often used by deck authors and publishers to appeal to a wider range of audiences. Through the use of clever storytelling and symbolism, students Tarot Cards with their own choice of theme. Create some lasting and highly personal pieces, using your preferred media. No prior knowledge of Tarot Cards required.
Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 19 – Mar. 26, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: John Matson

PC1125B: Introduction to Fusion 360 and 3D Printing (NEW)
In this course, students learn the fundamentals of CAD design for 3D printing. Fusion 360, a free CAD program, is taught during class as a tool for translating an idea or sketch into a printable form. Students explore the applications and limitations of 3D printing as they pursue and are guided through projects. No prior CAD or 3D printing experience is necessary. All levels welcome!
Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 19 – Mar. 26, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Elias Mittelstadt

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.
Feb. 19 – Mar. 26, 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Joe Boblick

PC1124B: ​​Academic Approaches and Experimentation with Oil Paint (NEW) – This class has filled. Please contact our office to be added to 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.
Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 19 – Mar. 26
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Jan. 16)
Instructor: Brendan Murphy

Weekend Workshops

PC1126A: Creative Collage Workshop – This class has filled. Please contact our office to be added to the waitlist.
Explore the art of collage while using original materials created during the workshop with a variety of media. The inclusion of meaningful paper memorabilia is also encouraged, including photographs, images of meaningful places, personal artwork, family recipes, nostalgic product labels or logos and favorite fabrics. Gather and come ready to explore!
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Feb. 19 & Feb. 20, 2 sessions
Tuition: $85
Instructor: Pat Hidson

PC1127A: Creating Calm: Mindfulness, Awareness and Identity through an Expressive Arts Practice – This class has filled. Please contact our office to be added to the waitlist.
Are you looking for a way to develop a creative arts practice and explore how art can help you slow down, get centered and get in touch with yourself? Art therapy is an experiential form of wellness and personal care, focused on the belief that the process of creating is therapeutic, healing and beneficial. This workshop introduces students to how to use art and guided imagery meditation to create calm and find new ways of self-expression. Students don’t need to already feel that they are creative to participate—this process is for everyone! Suspend judgment, give yourself permission to play and enjoy tapping into this experience focused on wellness and personal care.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 5, 1 session
Tuition: $65
Instructor: Hannah Schmidt

 

Scholarships

DPI SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR SPRING 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.

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