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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Drawing is a skill that anyone can learn! Developing the ability to draw from observation trains the eye and hand and opens a world of creative possibilities. This class is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to the techniques, tools, and vocabulary associated with drawing as a medium. Students will learn the basic elements of drawing, such as line, value, texture, and shape, while also being conscious of the overall composition of the piece. Perspective and a multitude of visual measuring techniques will be explored as strategies for seeing and drawing.

Monday
Feb 8 - Apr 11
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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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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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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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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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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