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.

This introductory class is tailored to those who have never painted and who are ready to take the plunge. Students will use oil paint to learn basic techniques of this expansive medium. The fundamental elements of color, color theory, design, form, and content will be explored through studio work and slide lectures. This is a welcoming and engaging studio-based class; come ready to paint on the first night! / Materials fee of $5 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Monday
Feb 8 - Apr 11
6:30–9:30 p.m.
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This is a self-driven class that explores the basics of contemporary furniture design and fabrication. Each student will be able to design and construct a piece of furniture using MCADs wood shop. Class discussions will focus on materials, tools, design and techniques that will aid in the completion of a one of kind piece of furniture. Shop experience is not required, but is helpful. / Students will have access to the 3D Shop when other classes are not in session (other than Saturdays from 12-5 p.m.) / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Saturday
Feb 13 - Apr 16
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
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This class, designed for those interested in hand-lettering, will teach students the basics of modern calligraphy: writing posture, ink control, and composition. 

Tuesday
Feb 23 - Mar 8
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Drawing from the Collection is a way to explore and develop your research-based drawing practice, which will inform and inspire the creative process no matter your profession or experience level. The class will help refine how you see and will allow you to explore, learn from, and inspire your practice. Students in this class will explore unique collections in the Twin Cities through observational drawing on location. Beyond the still life, students will have the opportunity to create studies of a variety of objects and ephemera.

Tuesday
Feb 9 - Mar 15
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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This class is designed to provide students with the fundamental tools necessary to render the challenging, yet infinitely rewarding subject of the human figure in oil paint. Students will begin by identifying the gesture in short poses, then progress on to exploring anatomy and the underlying structures of the figure. They will then approach planar modeling and how to seek out color relationships via color temperature zones. In doing so, they will transition from simple gestures towards creating a compelling likeness of the model.

Wednesday
Feb 10 - Apr 13
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Fashion Illustration differs from fashion design in that it is more about conveying a mood or expression of a garment rather than about the actual creation and structure of the piece. In this class, students will begin to learn and understand ways of rendering fashion through the study of various methods of drawing and painting, including drawing from the live model. Students will examine and develop the ability to render the figure as well as the fabrics that adorn.

Thursday
Feb 11 - Mar 17
6:30-9:30 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 dialogue, large and small group critiques, and studio time. The learning environment is collaborative and relaxed.

Thursday
Feb 11 - Apr 14
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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A brand new offering, this class is designed to be an opportunity for students to explore their own individual creative goals with the support of an experienced instructor while working in MCADs expansive light-filled painting studio. Receive feedback on skills and technique and help with concept development as you develop a body of work such as abstract, landscape, still-life, or figure painting, and/or resolve unfinished work. Your colleagues will be working on their own projects but will touch base regularly for peer critiques to gain helpful feedback.

Tuesday
Feb 9 - Apr 12
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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People are drawn to watercolors due to their vibrant, delicate, and luminous qualities. Students in this class will work from observation, photographs, and their imaginations to create translucent works using this versatile medium. Students will learn traditional and non-traditional approaches to watercolor painting, including how to transfer an existing drawing into the base for a painting, and how to execute washes and blends.

Wednesday
Feb 10 - Mar 30
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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