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pc-figure-webMIAD’s Adult Learning program hosted a Creative Pathways Series this September, open to adults and teenagers who interested in art and design.

Jill Kunsmann, Director of Pre-College and Adult Learning, said the September Creative Pathways Series was “a ‘back to basics’ on promotion and networking. Whether you are a freelance artist or a small business, there was much to learn from the four highly regarded professionals who are presenting.”

180_9_15_Shana_McCaw__Brent_BudsbergThe series opened with MIAD faculty member Shana McCaw on Saturday, September 15. McCaw has collaborated with artist Brent Budsberg since 2001 on sculpture and photography, among other mediums, exhibiting widely in solo and group shows. The talk, Creating an Artist Trajectory for Success, focused on finding and fostering relationships with exhibition venues, art professionals, writers, curators and other artists, and why these skills are necessary for successful artists.

9_22_Carol_SchwartzCarol Schwartz, a MIAD faculty member and freelance illustrator, gave a talk on Saturday, September 22. Her talk, The Freelance Artist, featured examples from her published illustrations and a discussion on techniques, attention to detail and the importance of research. Schwartz also provided insight on how to get published, networking and collaborating, and flexibility.

The final talk of the series, Direct Marketing to Your Audience, on Saturday, September 29, featured Leanne Bentley Herman and Eric Friedle. Bentley Herman is the general manager/postal affairs director, and Friedle is the president of Publisher’s Diversified Mail Service, Inc. Together, Friedle and Bentley Herman discussed navigating the components of a successful marketing campaign, including using appropriate technology solutions, and how to minimize total print cost while integrating mail piece designs and the customer’s objective.

The Creative Pathway Series are held from 10 – 11:30 a.m., and each discussion is $10. Click here to register online.

The Adult Learning program also offered new classes this fall for adults and teenagers. New classes included:

  • Show Business: Preparing for a Photographic Exhibit – taught by Paul Calhoun, a central theme determined in class serves as the focus for a group exhibition to be on view online and in the City of Milwaukee.
  • Illustrating Birds in the Style of Audubon – Carol Schwartz will lead this class in observing, drawing and painting the MIAD bird collection, donated by the Milwaukee Public Museum.
  • Figure Painting in Wet Media – Janet Bruhn teaches this course, in which students use india ink and watercolor, as well as collage processes, to capture the behavior of the body.

The deadline to register for an Adult Learning class is one week before the start of class. Registration information and class times are available online.

Top image: Student figure drawing
Second image: Shana McCaw (right)
Third image: Carol Schwartz

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