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 class is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to research and strategic planning techniques for artists. This instructor will address questions such as: What makes a compelling artist statement? How do you write a residency proposal? Through lecture, discussion, collaboration, and sharing, students will explore creative ways to advance and promote their art practice from residency opportunities to using social media for promotional purposes.

Saturday
Apr 2 - Apr 9
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Have you always wanted to learn to screenprint? Would you love to make apparel with your unique designs? Print your own shirts? You can! Learn the basics of screenprinting in this 3-hour workshop. You'll leave with a basic understanding of screenprinting and a unique print or two of your own. / Materials fee of $6 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students 11-14 years old.

What to bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook. Ideas for both a simple stencil design and a simple design that you can draw by hand.

Sunday
Mar 13 - Mar 13
1:00 p.m.-4:00 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 Art.

Thursday
Feb 11 - Apr 14
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Throughout the year, Continuing Education sponsors the Figure Drawing Co-op, an open session for anyone interested in drawing from the live nude model.

While an MCAD staff member is present to facilitate, there is no instruction provided. / No discounts or coupon codes may be applied to the purchase of a Co-op pass.

Spring Schedule:  

January 24-May 9

Sundays, 1:00-5:00 p.m. / Mondays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

/ Drawing horses and easels are available.

Monday, Sunday
Jan 24 - May 9
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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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Learn the basics of the time honored medium of intalgio etching. After learning basic line etching, students will go further and explore ways to introduce beautiful color and texture into the line etchings. There is a wealth of intriguing techniques for students to experiment within this class. Aquatint provides soft tones. Sugarlift etching can afford the etcher a flowing line. Chine-coll is a technique of collaging colored paper into a print to provide instant color. Students may take on multiple plate etching for beautiful full color etched prints.

Saturday
Feb 13 - Mar 19
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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This class is designed as a fun and exciting path to lead younger artists toward a better understanding of the basic concepts, techniques, and materials used in contemporary painting. Formal elements such as line, shape, value, texture, and color will be introduced, as well as issues dealing with content and meaning, or how to decide what to paint. Students will learn how to translate ideas from memory, sketches, and found materials into finished paintings.

Saturday
Feb 20 - Mar 19
1:00-4:00 p.m.
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This course introduces soft sculpture and the metaphoric power and possibilities it offers for contemporary artistic expression. Developing their creative voice, participants reimagine a hard object through soft materials, working towards a large-scale final project. Participants will explore the design process through research, sketching, experimentation, and in-class critiques. Demonstrations will include a range of techniques, including: hand sewing, flat patterning, armatures for soft forms, and surface treatments such as embroidery, applique, wrapping, and painting.

Saturday
Feb 27 - Apr 16
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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While it may sound like a complicated process left to big factory operations, papermaking is something at which even those without studio experience can excel. This class is a start-to-finish primer on the beautiful art of Japanese papermaking known as Wa-Shi. The class will cover fiber preparation (cooking, cleaning, and hand beating); sheet formation; pressing; drying; and even surface decoration. The finished pieces will range from strong and nearly translucent to more decorative pieces that incorporate layers and inclusions.

Saturday
Feb 20 - Mar 12
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Making monotypes is work that's so engaging it feels like play. In this class students learn how to combine printmaking processes with the spontaneity of collage, painting and drawing to create surprisingly vivid and inventive imagery. Participants create images on plexiglass using ink, stencils, found objects and whatever comes to hand and mind. Using the printing presses the students transfer their images onto paper, modify the original images and print them again. The prints are one-of-a-kind but the process builds on itself and reveals more and more possibilities.

Saturday
Mar 26 - Apr 2
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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