Fine Arts

Beginning to intermediate level classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, paper, furniture, and more. Experiment freely in our facilities and under the guidance of our instructors.

Experiential Drawing is a way to explore and develop a personal drawing practice, which will inform and inspire the creative process no matter someones profession or experience level. Students in this class will draw from a variety of sources from observation to memory to imagination. Spontaneity and improvisation are the methods of exploration in the creation of mixed media drawings as well as ephemeral works. Emphasis will be placed on examining the relationship between how drawings are made and what they potentially express.

Tuesday
Sep 8 - Oct 6
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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The act of drawing from the live human form can feel intimidating. The key to success lies in a sound understanding of the creative problem-solving process, in combination with an acknowledgment and recognition of one's own "creative DNA." To aid in these endeavors, this class balances studio exercises with supplemental discussions, presentations, readings, and a field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Thursday
Sep 10 - Nov 12
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Indigo blue has been used for thousands of years and still is fully intact on archaeological textiles. The bonding of the pigment onto fiber is incredibly strong and has caught the eyes of many cultures due to its complex and captivating chemistry. This two night workshop will go over indigo dying history and the processes involved with creating, maintaining and utilizing a naturally fermenting indigo vat. Students will dye cotton and silk swatch samples and learn resist mark making techniques such as shibori, itajime, and painting/printing designs.

Tuesday, Thursday
Sep 15 - Sep 17
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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In this fun, hands-on workshop, students will learn how to combine printmaking with the spontaneity of collage, painting, and drawing to create inventive and surprising imagery.

Saturday
Sep 19 - Sep 19
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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If you love printmaking, you'll love this class. It offers intermediate and advanced printmakers the chance to work in an open and collaborative learning community with instruction from a skilled printmaker, while using some of the best printmaking facilities in the Midwest. Select demonstrations will be offered along with individual tutorials, as needed. Sessions will also include informal dialogues, large and small group critiques, and studio time. The learning environment is collaborative and relaxed.

Thursday
Sep 10 - Nov 12
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Paper can be created and modified into amazing three-dimensional sculptural structures. Working in MCADs Papermaking Studio, students in this class will be introduced to techniques for working with both Eastern and Western fibers to make three-dimensional work. Students will have access to fibers including cotton, abaca, and flax and will learn to use plaster molds to create paper forms and volumes, as well as flexible molds which can be used to manipulate paper into a variety of shapes.

Saturday
Oct 10 - Oct 24
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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This intensive drawing workshop is designed to help motivated high school students, adults, and transfer visual arts students develop exemplary drawings for their portfolios. Students will work with still life and figurative subject matter as they explore the fundamentals of a good drawing: Composition, structure, value, line, and expression. In addition, students will gain knowledge of a larger "art vocabulary" for critique and discussion.

Wednesday
Oct 21 - Oct 28
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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This class is an introduction to the key techniques and objectives of portraiture. Many beginning painters start out learning the fundamentals of painting through working from the still life, but soon have a desire to move on to more challenging subjects, such as painting people. The first step in a successful figure painting is the ability to paint a portrait.

Tuesday
Sep 8 - Nov 10
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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This class is geared towards adventurous individuals eager to explore new creative terrain and the art educator who wants to expand their thinking of drawing. The class will consider the criteria for successful experimental work and look at contemporary artists using experimental drawing as their primary artistic practice.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Jun 15 - Jun 19
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch)
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Produce your own prints in MCAD's beautiful and expansive printmaking studio and spend a week of your own studio time on technical investigation and personal exploration. This week-long workshop for art educators will include demonstrations of intaglio, embossing, collagraph, and monotype printmaking techniques.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Jun 22 - Jun 26
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch)
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