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Continuing Education + Community Outreach

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Abstract + Expressive Drawing

Course No. CEDR 315 00
Cost $495.00 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 6 - August 1 (no class July 4) (Thursday) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Get inspired and draw like you've always wanted! This class will encourage you to see the world and your work with new eyes. Students will work with a variety of drawing tools such as pencils, conte crayons, markers, felt tip pens, pastels, and willow charcoal to learn key techniques and concepts that will develop your appreciation and skills in non-representational drawing. The course will pull inspiration from an eclectic array of sources, including modern artists (Klee, Miro, and Kandinsky), YouTube videos, and avant garde film. Instructor: David Verba

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Advanced Cartooning

Course No. YAIL 400 00
Cost $400 Register Now
Grad Cost $N/A Register Now
Sessions 9
Grades 9-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 10 - 21 (No Class June 19) (Monday-Friday) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Do you know a kid or teen who loves comics and cartoons? In Advanced Cartooning, we’ll explore the more technical side of this medium, both visually and conceptually. We will examine a variety of concepts, such as narrative visual storytelling, character design, world building, story circles AKA the Hero’s Journey, basic anatomy, layout/composition, script writing techniques, and perspective, as well as the history of cartooning and comics, with emphasis on Cleveland’s important role in the legacy. Following along with demonstrations and discussions, students will learn professional standards and practices. Working independently, students will create their own original comic and receive individual feedback throughout the process. This course is perfect for any kids who take comics and cartoons seriously. Instructors: Josh Usmani

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Beginning Painting

Course No. CEPT 110 00
Cost $495.00 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 4- July 23 (Tuesday) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

In this introductory painting course, students will learn the fundamental techniques and processes of painting with acrylic paint. Class projects will target basic painting principles and guide students to develop a better understanding of tools and materials, acrylic paint and mediums, basic color theory, and two-dimensional design concepts. Discussions, demonstrations, and handouts will provide students with valuable resources to facilitate good painting practices and artistic growth. Instructor: Susan Danko

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Beginning Sculpture

Course No. CESC 240 00
Cost $495.00 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 5 - July 31 (no class June 19) (Wednesday) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Have you ever wanted to try out a variety of sculpture techniques? In this introductory sculptural course, students will have the opportunity to learn the art of creating sculptural forms using wire, plaster, and mixed media assemblage. Learn essential three-dimensional design principles to solve spatial challenges, covering techniques such as carving, assembling, and modeling. Delve into the core aspects of sculpture, from materials and processes to context, form, scale, structure, and space. Discover the historical significance of sculpture while embracing design elements in the context of this captivating art form. Instructor: Tina Meeks

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Cartooning 101

Course No. YAIL 100 00
Cost $400.00 Register Now
Sessions 9
Grades 5-8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 10 - 21 (No Class June 19) (Monday-Friday) – 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 5-8. This studio course for young, aspiring cartoonists is designed to introduce and develop a diverse set of skills around this eclectic medium. We will create an original comic book or strip and introduce a variety of concepts, such as narrative visual storytelling, character design, world building, story circles AKA the Hero’s Journey, basic cartoon anatomy, layout/composition, and perspective. While the class is primarily a studio course, lectures will introduce students to the nature and history of cartooning – with a specific focus on Cleveland’s influential cartooning and comics professionals. Instructors: Josh Usmani

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Clay On and Off the Wheel

Course No. CECR 560 00
Cost $595.00 Register Now
Sessions 8
Dates June 8-July 27 (Saturday) – 9:30am-12:30pm

The goal of this course is to explore the endless possibilities in working with clay both on and off the pottery wheel. Together we will go over basic to advanced techniques to achieve your artistic goals. By the end of the course students will have a complex understanding of how to manipulate clay on and off the wheel at all different stages of the making process. We will glaze and fire our work using multiple firing methods. Instructor: Brian Sarama

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Creative Clay Studio

Course No. YACR 350 00
Cost $400.00 Register Now
Sessions 9
Grades 6-12
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 10-21 (No Class June 19) (Monday-Friday) – 1-4pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Grades 6-12. Young artists are welcome in the clay studio at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Explore your imagination by creating sculpture and pottery through the use of this tactile material. You will learn the skills of hand-building and working on the potter's wheel as you develop and translate your ideas into three-dimensional works of art. You will finish off your creations with high temperature (2350° F) glazes that will be fired off in our professional level kilns. High school students have the opportunity to develop their portfolios for high school or college admission. Be prepared to get messy! Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear (old t-shirts and sneakers are best; no open-toed shoes). All skill levels are welcome. Instructor: Elly Arvizu + Wes Cunningham

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Drawing the Figure

Course No. CEDR 340 00
Cost $495.00 Register Now
Sessions 8
Location Cleveland Institute of Art
Dates June 3-July 22 (Mondays) – 6-9pm
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art

Beginners and experienced artists welcome in this class exploring dry media like charcoal, graphite, and chalk pastel to draw the human figure. The techniques of gesture, contour, value, rendering, measurement, and composition will be discussed, with explanations on materials and processes, as well as demonstrations on how to draw the figure every step of the way. Students will be working with human anatomy of the full figure including portrait features. Topics will focus primarily on traditional approaches to drawing with additional consideration for contemporary methods.
Instructor: Jessica Mia Vito

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Summer Pre-College Program

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