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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

Classes Currently Open for Registration

Scholarship Portfolio Classes (Grade 12)
MIAD is offering a new section of Scholarship Portfolio Classes this fall! Please visit miad.edu/spc to view course offerings.

PC1115A: Mosaic Mandalas (NEW)
A mandala is a complex design that is usually circular in form and typically has one identifiable center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms. Designing your own mandala can be both inspirational and therapeutic. In this workshop, students create their own kaleidoscope-like mosaic mandala using an array of colorful vitreous glass, millefiore, and mirror on a 14” base. Demonstration includes mosaic tools and various cutting techniques, as well as composition, form, color, and design. Supplies included.
Saturday, Nov. 13 & Sunday, Nov. 14, 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Tuition: $185
Instructor: Carrie O’Malley

Pre-College Only Classes – Closed for Registration

PC1103A: Approaches to Drawing (Grades 7 – 8) – Closed for Registration
Approaches to Drawing is a great opportunity for younger artists to bolster developing 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.
Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Saturdays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Tuition: $145
Instructor: Mariah Tate Klemens

PC1104A: Illustration for Media (Grades 9 – 12) – Closed for Registration
Over the course of this Pre-College class, high school students explore the necessary steps needed to create illustrations for a variety of media including books, magazines, newspapers and comic books. These steps may include thumbnails, sketches, final projects and learning how to work with clients throughout the process. Instruction also covers different approaches to image placement and spatial composition required for printing.
Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Lauren Elwing

In-Person Weeknight Classes 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Closed for Registration

PC1097C: Introduction to Adobe: Digital Practices – This class has filled. Please contact our office to be added to the waitlist.
Designed to explore and integrate the basics of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, Digital Practices allows students to expand their creative potential using photography and various digital imagery techniques.  Ranging from playful to serious approaches, instruction includes concepts surrounding image quality, manipulation, editing and collage, along with incorporating design elements such as shapes, pattern and typography to provide a foundation for completing a wide variety of digital imagery.  No prior knowledge of computer graphics software is required.  Students will be provided access to software, but will need a computer to run the software.
Oct. 18 – Nov. 29 (No class Nov. 22), 6 sessions
Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Jody Campbell

PC1105C: Portrait Painting in Acrylic (NEW) – This class has filled. Please contact our office to be added to the waitlist.
Students learn to build a successful portrait painting using acrylics. Techniques covered include mark-making, paint-mixing, impasto, acrylic medium for texture and body, and shape-finding to define form, volume and proportions. Source material derives from a combination of observational study and photographs. While the course highlights technical aspects, students learn how to create a convincing portrait that captures its subject beyond purely technical considerations.
Oct. 18 – Nov. 29 (No class Nov. 22), 6 sessions
Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Brendan Murphy

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. 14 – Nov. 16, 10 sessions
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

PC1106C: Contemporary Calligraphy (NEW) – Closed for Registration
Contemporary calligraphy is rooted in history and yet is inherently modern. From wedding invitations to decorative signs, calligraphy continues to adapt and inspire. Through practical instruction, observation, and experimentation, students in this course explore modern calligraphic techniques based on historical letter forms in order to create their own contemporary hand-style.
Oct. 19 – Nov. 30 (No class Nov. 23), 6 sessions
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Craig Kalbas

PC1107C: Digital Painting: Concept Art (NEW) – Closed for Registration
Students learn how to create realistic concept art and explore its purpose within the entertainment industry. Focusing on digital concept art, illustrations and tricks that expedite the creative concept art process, this class covers areas including technical illustration, elements of design, research and the use of Adobe Photoshop.
Oct. 20 – Dec. 1 (No class Nov. 24), 6 sessions
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Kyle DeGroot

PC1108C: Painting for Beginners – Closed for Registration
Introducing three modes of painting including acrylic, gouache and watercolor, this course covers the basics of color theory. Participants complete short exercises as well as more involved painting projects, to aid in their understanding of the physical properties each mode of painting has to offer.  Painting for Beginners helps students make connections between their chosen subject matter and selecting a mode of painting that will strengthen their content.
Oct. 20 – Dec. 1 (No class Nov. 24)
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Zoë Darling

PC111C: Intro to Digital Photo – Closed for Registration
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. 21 – Dec. 2 (No class Nov. 25), 6 sessions
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Sept. 19)
Instructor: Daniel McCullough

In-Person Saturday Morning Classes 9:00 a.m. – Noon – Closed for Registration

PC1065A: Introduction to Fiber Arts – Closed for Registration
This class utilizes MIAD’s Textiles Lab to explore a multitude of fiber arts techniques including: crochet, rope and tassel making, frame loom weaving, basic fabric patterning and machine stitching to create a three-dimensional form. Students receive in-depth demonstrations and inspiring materials, 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. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Maggie Sasso

PC1050A: Approaches to Watercolor – Closed for Registration
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. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Matthew Lee

PC1109A: Wanderlust: The Photographic Walk (NEW) – Closed for Registration
Get out, be active, wander, and learn how to use photography as a process of meditation and active seeing! This course covers approaches in content, composition and basic camera technique to emphasize development of narrative storytelling, approaches to defining space and mediating the act of walking with the process of art-making. Terrain will vary and students should be prepared to walk over the entire duration of the class. Students spend every other week of the class in the studio, editing and sequencing photographs made the week before.
Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Grant Gill

PC1020A: Lifelike Florals in Pastel – Closed for Registration
This course covers basic tonal and color mixing in dry pastels with an emphasis on creating vibrant floral motifs which sparkle with life. Students work from simple still life (fruit) the first day then progress to floral studies from life for the following 5 sessions.The course will emphasize using differing color approaches,  color palettes and different colored pastel papers.  Short demos and source materials supplement individual instruction and guidance. Some basic drawing background is helpful.
Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 19)
Instructor: Rosalie Beck

PC1110A: Intro to Ceramic Practices (NEW) – This class has filled. Please contact our office to be added to the waitlist.
This course, suitable for any level of ceramic experience, explores techniques and strategies that go beyond the ceramic studio. In addition to creating a number of ceramic pieces, students experiment with non-traditional tools and work spaces. Instruction covers a range of versatile hand-building and finishing methods, properties of ceramic materials, and ways to integrate clay work into life and other disciplines.
Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Sept. 19)
Instructor: Renee LeMieux

PC1111A: Expressive Portraiture Drawing (NEW) – Closed for Registration
People are naturally interested in faces. Human facial expressions tell a story that can support or contradict what is being spoken aloud. In learning how the muscles of the face move and how expressions are created, we are able to clearly and accurately illustrate the character of our subjects. During each session, students explore a variety of drawing techniques and media to achieve accurate, expressive portraits.
Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: David Beyer

PC1083A: Intro to Darkroom & Analog Photography – Closed for Registration
In this course, students explore a variety of analog photographic processes in the darkroom, from developing film to printing cameraless images. While developing a technical understanding of photography, students engage with photography’s physical and handmade processes resulting in expressive visual language. The class focuses on 35mm format; however, students have the opportunity to learn larger formats if desired. No previous experience with photography or darkroom is needed, but students must have their own 35mm point-and-shoot or SLR camera. Supplies and lab fees are included in the cost of the course. Students must provide their own film.
Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $280
Instructor: Daniel McCullough 

PC1049A: Asian Momentary Ink Brush Art – Closed for Registration
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.
Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Jeesun Johnson

PC1112A: Etching Open Studio (NEW) – 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.
8:00 a.m. – Noon, Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $245
Instructor: Todd Mrozinski

In-Person Saturday Afternoon Classes 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Closed for Registration

PC101B: Figure Drawing – This class has filled. Please contact our office to be added to the waitlist.
In this course, students consider the figure within space and context as the basis for the development of their compositional skills and understanding. Using portraiture to investigate the form of the human body and developing an awareness of anatomical structures, students learn to structure the space of the “stage” the figure is presented in. 
Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Joe Boblick


PC1113B: Intro to Interior Design (NEW) – This class is closed for registration.
This introductory course focuses on the process of design applied to interior spaces. Students build an awareness of core principles—scale, proportion, light, circulation and progression—as a means to create visual harmony. Through exercises and a final project, students learn to apply the basic principles of visual design to interiors, and to better understand how form and function can be translated into practical designs for livable interior spaces.
Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Jennifer Pelzek

PC1011B: Beginning Drawing: Techniques and Strategies – Closed for Registration
This class introduces the basics of drawing and engages students with a variety of drawing tools and techniques that advance them to the next level of drawing competency. Through experimentation, students develop their mechanical skills and observational ability, as well as strategies to continue their explorations.
Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

PC1018B: Pen and Ink Drawing – Closed for Registration
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. 23 – Dec. 4 (No class Nov. 27), 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sep. 19)
Instructor: Matthew Lee

Workshops – Closed for Registration

PC1114A: Art Conservation & Preservation (NEW) – Closed for Registration
Join Conservation Technician, Tim Ladwig, for a two-hour demonstration on preserving artwork. Focusing on works on paper, topics include proper storage, matting, and flattening cockled or warped artwork. No supplies required.
Saturday, Oct. 23, 10:00 A.M. – Noon
Tuition: $45
Instructor: Tim Ladwig

 

Scholarships

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

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

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