Fine Arts

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Price: $50.00

Throughout the year, Continuing Education sponsors open drawing sessions for anyone interested in drawing from the live nude model. While an MCAD staff member is present to facilitate, there is no instruction provided.
 
Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22May 7Monday, SundayVaried Times

Fine Arts

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Michelle Lee Lagerroos
Price: $78.00

Making monotypes is work that's so engaging it feels like play! In this short workshop, students will create images on plexiglass using ink, stencils, found objects, and whatever comes to hand and mind. With the magic of presses and serendipity, students will create at least two unique images. This class is perfect for beginners or for artists experienced in any medium who need play time to refresh their vision and generate new ideas.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
April 1April 8Saturday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Photography and Filmmaking

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Zoey Melf
Price: $130.00

The Wetplate Collodion process is the second oldest commercially successful photographic process; its heyday lasted from 1851 until the end of the 19th century. The technique was highly successful worldwide, and enjoyed an especially vibrant life in the United States. The process was long dormant, but has experienced a renaissance in the past few decades. This hands-on workshop will focus on the Tintype version of the Wetplate Collodion process. A Tintype is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a photographic emulsion.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
April 1April 8Saturday10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Design and Digital Media Online

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Ashby Utting
Price: $390.00

This is the third course in the Web Development Basics series. In this course, students expand on their understanding of HTML and CSS, laying a foundation for more advanced development work. Students will build towards professional-grade front-end web development. Topics include: advanced layout and positioning, source control using Git and Github, modular CSS, and basic interactivity with JavaScript. Students complete a large development project for their portfolio.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
April 3May 9Online - AsynchronousOnline

Creativity and the Humanities Online, Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Price: $390.00

It is often assumed that only professional artists and illustrators can draw well. However, if concerns about artistic quality are eliminated, drawing or sketching can become a powerful communication tool. For example, a quick sketch may more effectively communicate complicated ideas than a one-thousand word document. Designers and non-artists in every discipline and profession use quick sketching under numerous circumstances and for a variety of purposes, such as brainstorming, idea creation and recording, problem solving, selling ideas and communicating visually with clients.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
April 3May 9Online - AsynchronousOnline

Design and Digital Media, Brand New Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Joshua Namdev Hardisty
Price: $30.00

Inspired by Brian Enos' Oblique Strategies and other creative games, Design Roulette will push you out of your comfort zone by randomly assigning subject matter and timeframes. Youll start with brutally simple methods like tearing construction paper, move to collage and by the end of the night youll be making type lay-outs in Adobe Illustrator or InDesign. If you didnt think you could illustrate an idea in 10 seconds or make the Hobo typeface look good, youll find out otherwise. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
April 6April 6Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6-9
Instructor: Jane Meyer
Price: $295.00

If you love cats, this camp is pawsitively purrfect! Inspiration for our creations will come from famous artists such as Theophile Steinlen, Andy Warhol, Wanda Gag, Paul Klee, Clare Turlay Newberry, and a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art to see works that feature felines. Fat cats, crazy cats, curious cats...we will make them all using drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture techniques. We will create both from observation and our imaginations.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 19June 23Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15

Open to students ages 12-15
Instructor: Jim Keefe
Price: $245.00

Students in this class will learn about the expansive and diverse world of comic book stories and drawing styles, while learning the fundamental aspects of comic book creation and design. They will create original characters and story-lines and be introduced to the techniques, materials, and disciplines used to create professional comic art. Students will also learn the following skills: Page layout; penciling; lettering; and inking. / There will be no class on 7/3. / Open to students ages 12-15. / View complete policies here.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 19July 12Monday, Wednesday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Art Educator Workshops

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: David Farr
Price: $275.00

This class will focus on the creative possibilities within digital photography. For most teachers, updating skill sets can be a challenge, both technically and creatively, with the evolving state of hardware, software, and students' growing abilities. IIn this workshop, participants will explore the advances made within the two main digital imaging programs: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, as well as develop creative and engaging assignments for a wide range of high school classrooms.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 19June 23Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15

Open to students ages 12-15
Instructor: Sam Hoolihan
Price: $175.00

Photography is an ever expanding and multi-faceted medium. Some early methods have been used for over one hundred years, and are still used today! In this class students will experiment with alternative techniques such as cyanotypes, photograms, photomontage, and creating photographs on different surfaces (such as fabric, wood, and more). These processes only require the right mix of chemistry, sunlight, and objects to work! This hands-on class will focus on experimentation, creative thinking, and one's own development of photographic expression.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 19June 23Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday1:00-4:00 p.m.

Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Ages 15-18

Open to students ages 15-18
Instructor: Preston Drum
Price: $245.00

The portfolio is the single most important component of an art school application, and colleges across the nation are stepping up their requirements for admission. Most require several observational drawings, or drawings made from what we see, rather than from our imagination or a photograph. This studio drawing class is designed to help motivated visual arts students develop exemplary observational drawings for their portfolios.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 19July 12Monday, Wednesday1:00-4:00 p.m.

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18

Open to students ages 15-18
Instructor: Jim Keefe
Price: $245.00

Have you thought about making your own comic, but weren't sure how to begin? In this class, students will examine the skills and concepts necessary to become successful comic artists. They will look at how comics have changed over the years and discover how truly diverse comic genres can be. Whether you love superheroes or real-life stories, you will be introduced to the tools and foundations of storytelling that will help you develop your own personal mini-comic to share with your classmates. / Basic drawing skills are strongly recommended. / There will be no class on 7/3.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 19July 12Monday, Wednesday1:00-4:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9-12
Instructor: Anne Sugnet
Price: $295.00

What's your favorite animal? A panda? A puppy? A puma? Inspired by ancient cave paintings (of panthers, bears, hyenas, and rhinoceroses); intricately colored Mexican animal sculptures from Oaxaca; and contemporary animal portraits; we'll spend the week learning and making art about animals. We'll make cool sculptures using scrap wood, sticks, and bark, and create some crazily-colorful paintings using inventive materials and techniques.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 19June 23Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Art Educator Workshops

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Bridget O'Malley
Price: $275.00

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, relief printing, and monotype printmaking techniques. Learn intaglio processes on copper and plexiglass plates, including drypoint and etching; experiment with embossing, chine-coll, and experimental plate printing; and discover the monotype process, including how to print by hand and with a press.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 19June 23Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18

Open to students ages 15-18
Instructor: Carey Dean
Price: $245.00

This beginning painting class is designed to give the motivated visual arts student an overview of painting fundamentals. Students in this course will learn basic color theory and applications, a variety of painting approaches and techniques as well as exposure to artists from past to present. Instruction will include painting demonstrations, in-class discussions and one-on-one assistance and encouragement.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 20July 13Tuesday, Thursday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18

Open to students ages 15-18
Instructor: Kate Thomas
Price: $245.00

You may love funky t-shirts, posters, magazines, and other graphic materials, but may not quite understand how they are made. This class is the perfect introduction for teens interested in learning more about graphic design. Students will explore image-making, basic typography, and the integration of the two through a series of fun and fast-paced assignments and exercises. All projects will address form, composition, hierarchy, and creativity.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 20July 13Tuesday, Thursday1:00-4:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15

Open to students ages 12-15
Instructor: Carey Dean
Price: $245.00

Students in this class will have fun while learning the challenging skill of drawing from observation. Short drawing exercises will give students the confidence and ability to tackle more finished works of art. Lessons will incorporate a variety of materials and genres such as still life, portraiture, and landscape. For inspiration, students will view and discuss drawings by well-known artists through in-class discussions and mini-field trips next door to the Minneapolis Institute of Art to see firsthand the works of artists covered in the lessons.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 20July 13Tuesday, Thursday1:00-4:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9-12
Instructor: Anne Sugnet
Price: $295.00

Do you like to paint and experiment with colors, shapes, and textures? Join us for a fun week of exploring paint and painting processes. We'll go beyond the brush to pour, layer, glaze, squeegee, sponge, scrape, dot, and stamp with paint! We'll make luminous, colorful paintings with interesting layers, visual rhythms, and varied textures, letting our processes guide us. We'll even perform some cool experiments using paint, including combining it with bubbles!

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 26June 30Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Art Educator Workshops

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Holly Thorstad
Price: $275.00

Bring your imagination to life in Animation for Art Educators! This course is designed to get art teachers back into the studio and provide some ideas for new lessons to take back into the classroom. Multiple forms of animation will be explored, including no-tech, low-tech, and high-technology options. Students will create their own finished animations that include flip books, zoetropes, stop motion animation, and even some computer generated animation.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 26June 30Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15

Open to students ages 12-15
Instructor: Pamela Carberry
Price: $175.00

This class will introduce teens to the expansive world of printmaking. Artists have been using printmaking processes to create beautiful works of art for centuries, but it is not necessary to be a master printer to follow in their footsteps. MCAD's professional printshop will be open for exploration this summer. Working one-on-one with our instructor, students will discover how printmaking can be molded to express their individual artistic visions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 26June 30Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Art Educator Workshops

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Shannon Brunette
Price: $275.00

This class is geared towards adventurous individuals eager to explore new creative terrain and the art educator who wants to expand their way of thinking about drawing. The class will consider the criteria for successful experimental work and look at contemporary artists using experimental drawing as their primary artistic practice. Drawing will be considered as a mode of discovery and creativity. Experimentation will be key to exploring the parameters of drawing.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 26June 30Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6-9
Instructor: Jane Meyer
Price: $295.00

Before there were museums, a few fortunate people collected treasures from nature, historical artifacts, and art objects for their own amusement. This week, you'll construct your own compartmental chest and fill it with treasures that you create! Students will make their cabinet a uniquely personal, three-dimensional, and interactive self-portrait. We'll look at many cool examples of cabinets of curiosities from the past, as well as contemporary artists' versions. We'll use a variety of materials, such as wood, paint, papers, found objects, wire, cardboard, and much more.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 26June 30Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15

Open to students ages 12-15
Instructor: Erik Johnson
Price: $175.00

Since the days of MTV, music videos have grown into short films that bridge together the energy of music with visual narratives. In this dynamic and engaging class, students will learn and practice the three aspects of music video production: pre-production with visual storyboarding, production with cinematography, lighting and directing and post-production using Adobe Premiere Pro editing software. Each of these three steps will provide students with hands-on experience covering all the roles of a music video production team. / Materials fee of $25 in addition to class tuition.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 26June 30Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday1:00-4:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9-12
Instructor: Jonathan Maki
Price: $177.00

Let's bug out and make some art inspired by insects and aliens! What if insects were what we saw when we went to alien planets? What if aliens were the insects we see everyday? If you were to create an insect or an alien, what abilities would it have? Would it create something sweet like honey? Or would it bite us like a mosquito? In this class artists will be able to explore these ideas through learning about insects anatomy and how they live.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 5July 7Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6-9
Instructor: Mary Henry
Price: $177.00

A line is a dot that went on a walk... but in this drawing inspired camp, we'll take our dot out to run a marathon! During this 3-day extravaganza, we'll look at straight, curvy, zigzagged, and wiggly lines, and at how we can create both realistic and abstract artworks using this very important element of art. We'll experiment using a variety of fun art materials, like graphite, pens, and paint while drawing creative and imaginative compositions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 5July 7Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18

Open to students ages 15-18
Instructor: Katie Nelson
Price: $175.00

This class will offer an introduction to stop-motion animation, covering frame by frame techniques and basic concepts of this traditional and very hands-on style of animation. The instructor will share behind the scenes videos of animations that use stop-motion animation techniques. Students will dig into the fundamentals of animation by learning about frame rate and basic animation principles, such as squash and stretch, ease-in/ease-out, anticipation, and more.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 10July 14Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6-9
Instructor: Mary Henry
Price: $295.00

Do you like to play with your food? Want to make art inspired by food? During this camp we will explore artists obsessed with food and discover ways in which artists use food as their inspiration. Students will get inspired by the detailed artwork of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, use real fruits and veggies to make patterns and prints, and make our favorite foods larger than life! Materials used will be graphite, oil pastel, paint and sculptural materials. The focus this week will be on problem solving, shape and form, color, value, and texture.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 10July 14Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18

Open to students ages 15-18
Instructor: Michael Gaughan
Price: $175.00

Many painting experts believe that learning the techniques of watercolor as a foundation to painting can give a student much deeper understanding, versatility, and, ultimately, success later on when dealing with opaque mediums such as oil or acrylic. This high school level watercolor class is specifically tailored to meet the needs of teen artists. The curriculum is written with the mindset that watercolor can be both an extension of drawing, and a foundation for other painting mediums.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 10July 14Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday1:00-4:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15

Open to students ages 12-15
Instructor: Bridget O'Malley
Price: $350.00

Students in this class will enjoy learning how to make their own paper and hand bind their own journals and sketchbooks. This multi-faceted class will jumpstart budding printers, papermakers, and bookbinders! Students will make piles of handmade paper to dye, bind into books, and use for printmaking. By the end, each student will have made a half dozen or more book structures (traditional and sculptural).

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 10July 14Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18

Open to students ages 15-18
Instructor: Michael Gaughan
Price: $675.00

This class focuses on the majors of drawing and painting. Students will work in MCAD's professional and expansive drawing and painting classrooms to hone their skills and define their creative vision. Using traditional drawing and painting media, teens will get the chance to explore the wide range of techniques used by fine artists today. Participants will work from observation to add advanced work to their portfolios. / Students will have a 30 minute campus-based unsupervised lunch. / Materials fee of $100 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 15-18.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 17July 21Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9-12
Instructor: Anne Sugnet
Price: $295.00

Join us for a super fun week as we play with ideas about fashion, expressing ourselves, and our ideas of what's interesting, cool, and stylish. We'll make artistic outfits--using paper, paint, cardboard, and found objects. Instead of fabric, we'll be creating with our own hand-painted paper, chock-full of our own colorful patterns. What will your wearable creation look like? Will it be layered or flowing? Colorful or muted? What would make your heart sing?

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 17July 21Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9-12
Instructor: Jonathan Maki
Price: $295.00

Eeek! They're after us! In this fun and (not so) scary class, students will be able to design and create their own monsters using sculptural techniques as well as drawing, painting, and collage. Besides sculpting monsters we'll also explore and learn the use of scale in art by creating monster paintings in juxtaposition with what we learn about cityscape painting techniques. We'll talk about artists such as Noriyoshi Ohrai, Jim Henson, and other monster artists for movies and tv shows.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 17July 21Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15

Open to students ages 12-15
Instructor: Caitlin Skaalrud
Price: $280.00

Build on the Comic Book Creation I class with this follow-up class! Students will take what they learned and apply it by looking deeper into the diverse world of comics and exciting, alternative formats of storytelling. By working through speed sketching exercises and relevant assignments, students will learn how to produce comics at a faster pace, allowing them to create even more original characters and storylines to match their quick imaginations.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 17August 9Monday, Wednesday1:00-4:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6-9
Instructor: Jane Meyer
Price: $295.00

Make a marvelous model! Make a wonderful world! This week we will take three-dimensional landscape modeling to new heights. We'll begin by building up an armature that we'll cover in plaster. Then we'll add paint and details of the natural world, like trees, lakes, rivers, and animals. We will populate our world with human figures and human-made structures like buildings, roads, and bridges. Make yours ultra-realistic and detailed or get creative by putting an imaginative spin on it!

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 17July 21Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15

Open to students ages 12-15
Instructor: Sarah Wieben
Price: $280.00

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 composition, measuring and color theory will be introduced. In addition to studio work, students will be exposed to various painting styles and histories through lectures and a visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The class will be introduced to terms commonly used to discuss art, and will learn the value of group critique. Teen painters will use water-based paint.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 17August 9Monday, Wednesday1:00-4:00 p.m.

Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Ages 15-18

Open to students ages 15-18
Instructor: Pamela Carberry
Price: $280.00

The portfolio is the single most important component of an art school application, and colleges across the nation are stepping up their requirements for admission. Most require several observational drawings, or drawings made from what we see, rather than from our imagination or a photograph. This studio drawing class is designed to help motivated visual arts students develop exemplary observational drawings for their portfolios.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 18August 10Tuesday, Thursday1:00-4:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9-12
Instructor: Jonathan Maki
Price: $295.00

Something fishy is going on around here! In this amazing class, students will dive into drawing, painting, and sculpting all they know about life underwater. We'll start out this week looking at artworks by artists such as Robert Wyland, Hokusai, and Matisse who all created fantastic underwater worlds. We'll visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art to get inspiration for our bubbly works. We'll make observational drawings of sea life, and sculpt our own sea creatures using fabric, paper mache, and other fun and funky materials.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 24July 28Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6-9
Instructor: Mary Henry
Price: $295.00

Create mysterious and magical suspended and standing forms inspired by animals and plants of the natural world. Students will sculpt and build with branches, twigs, leather, and found objects. We'll look at the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy and other environmental artists. Start collecting branches, twigs, and driftwood to bring to class on the first day. Students will focus on balance, texture, imagination, color, and exaggeration. Students will create their own forest diorama in this class and will also go to the Minneapolis Institute of Art for inspiration.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 24July 28Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18

Open to students ages 15-18
Instructor: Cameron Browne
Price: $675.00

In this week-long Intensive, high school students will explore the majors of graphic design and illustration. Graphic design and illustration are used in tandem to convey concepts and communicate ideas. Students who excel in both areas of study are some of the most sought-after in the design world. Using traditional methods along with the latest software, teens will get the chance to work on real-world projects similar to those given to designers and illustrators today. Participants will also work hands-on to create work that will add depth and variety to their portfolios.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 24July 28Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18

Open to students ages 15-18
Instructor: Erik Johnson
Price: $675.00

This intensive focuses on the Media Arts division, highlighting the majors of Photography and Filmmaking. Students will work in MCAD studios and labs to hone their technical skills and define their point of view. Participants will create advanced projects in both digital photography and filmmaking and build their media arts portfolios using the same state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that MCAD degree-seeking students use. / Students will have a 30 minute campus-based unsupervised lunch. / Materials fee of $5 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 15-18.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 31August 4Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15

Open to students ages 12-15
Instructor: Neal Peterson
Price: $175.00

Graphic Design has long been used to visualize music. From album covers to gig posters, these works of art are more than just a marketing piece for musicians, they represent the sound and emotion of a recording or concert. Students in this introductory-level course will explore typography and image-making with Adobe Photoshop to create an album cover based on their favorite band or musician. The class will also include a history of album cover design, a sampling of gig posters, and creative activities intended to link the audible and visual. / Open to students ages 12-15.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 31August 4Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6-9
Instructor: Mary Henry
Price: $295.00

Paper is important in many different forms of art. Paper can be drawn or painted on, folded and altered into a new creation, and cut and pasted to create new compositions. In this camp we'll explore a variety of artworks using paper as our canvas and our building material. We'll take inspiration from Japanese origami, collage makers, and paper artists to create our own paper focused creations. Emphasis will be on innovation, detail, form, composition, and balance.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 31August 4Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9-12
Instructor: Jonathan Maki
Price: $295.00

Let's face it, making portraits is lots of fun! In this exciting week, our young artists will explore what it takes to create a realistic portrait. We'll learn about spacing special features, how to draw realistic looking eyes, and different head shapes. We'll practice drawing using what we learned. Then we'll take it further by applying these ideas into creating sculptural relief portraits out of different mysterious materials! We'll learn from artists such as Frida Kahlo, Chuck Close, and Maurice Blanchot. We'll go to the Minneapolis Institute of Art for more inspiration, as well.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 31August 4Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6-9
Instructor: Mary Henry
Price: $295.00

Builders, dreamers, and young artists will draw and then construct their own tree house, temple, or tower influenced by merging nomadic and contemporary culture. Our materials will include branches, twigs, scrap wood, wire, leather, cardboard, metal, twine, and paint. Students will explore various methods of tying, twisting, and attaching elements and will brainstorm solutions to create fanciful structures, with mass, and height.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 7August 11Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18

Open to students ages 15-18
Instructor: Caitlin Skaalrud , Instructor: Katie Nelson
Price: $675.00

In this weeklong intensive, high school students will explore the majors of comic art and animation. Comic art and animation share a common language and techniques, but each offer unique artistic opportunities and challenges. Students will engage in hands-on demonstrations, assignments, and participate in class discussions designed to hone their skills, ideas, and critical thinking skills.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 7August 11Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9-12
Instructor: Jonathan Maki
Price: $295.00

In this class, we will learn tricks for making our own comic art . Throughout the week, we will explore drawing techniques for creating cartoon facial features, as well as techniques for drawing cartoon characters in motion. We will create nearly life-size cartoon characters as well as our own comic strips, while exploring different art media and playing with different materials. We will learn about comic artists that range from Dr. Seuss to Disney. The week will incorporate a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art to see where comic artists and cartoonists go to get inspiration.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 7August 11Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18, Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Ages 15-18

Open to students ages 15-18
Instructor: Scott Hochhalter
Price: $175.00

The life of an artist is one of ongoing idea and skill development, full of practice, play, and continued refinement. The goal of this class is to expand critique skills, flesh out ideas, make additions and edits to one's portfolio, and gain valuable knowledge about the work of contemporary artists. Critiques and lectures will help high school students think about where ideas can come from for their artwork and how to successfully articulate them to others.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 7August 11Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Design and Digital Media

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Price: $1,170.00

This course explores the integration of graphic form, typography, and message enhanced through the manipulation of movement, time, sequence, and sound. These techniques are studied as integral components to the design process, resulting in compelling motion graphic narrations, classroom demonstrations, critiques, and screenings enable students to develop digital movies that service a wide range of applications in broadcast narrowcast, and other film and video based communications. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 21May 9Saturday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Cameron Browne
Price: $390.00

This dynamic class will introduce students to illustration materials and techniques, conceptual approaches to image making, and will address practices relating to the business of illustration. Illustration is essential to the success of the editorial, advertising, publishing, and product packaging industries. The creative process will be discussed, from creating initial sketches to undergoing final illustration critiques.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 6April 10Monday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fine Arts

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Joshua Norton
Price: $390.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 6April 10Monday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Creativity and the Humanities, Brand New Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Caitlin Skaalrud
Price: $390.00

Independent Publishing is a class for any writer, artist, or creative looking for advice on self-publishing, feedback on zines and book-making processes, and alternative avenues for getting work out there. Have a memoir youd like to publish, but want to publish yourself? Want to make zines about current events or personal expression? Want to learn to package e-books and PDFs for the internet? This course outlines the current methods of self-publishing.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 6April 10Monday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fine Arts

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Sarah Wieben
Price: $390.00

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, demonstrations, 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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 6April 10Monday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fine Arts

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Sarah Wieben
Price: $390.00

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 onto 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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 7April 11Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Design and Digital Media, Brand New Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Lindsay Nohl
Price: $156.00

There has been an overwhelming resurgence of traditional media-inspired designs for fashion, home, and apparel. This workshop will provide participants with a wide variety of techniques for creating complex-seeming pattern types such as tessellations, chinoiseries, paisley patterns, and organic botanicals. We'll discuss classic repeating techniques of designers like William Morris and Josef Frank, as well as dissect more contemporary methods of creating pattern by hand.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 7February 28Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Design and Digital Media

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Kate Thomas
Price: $117.00

This class, designed for those interested in hand-lettering, will teach students the basics of modern calligraphy: Writing posture, ink control, and composition. This relaxed studio class will focus on modern calligraphy, meaning that students will experiment with ways to embellish and compose their natural handwriting rather than striving for traditional uniform standards.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 7February 21Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Design and Digital Media

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Neal Peterson
Price: $390.00

Graphic design is everywhere. From t-shirts to posters and logos to websites, graphic design is used to visually communicate an idea, a message, or a statement. Students in this class will explore graphic design theory and learn to put into practice the concepts and principles of design. Hands-on, in-class exercises, and real world, structured assignments will immerse students in the elements of graphic design, including typography, layout, color, and graphic form.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 7April 11Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Design and Digital Media

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Neal Peterson
Price: $390.00

In this introductory-level course, students will explore how typography is used to communicate effectively within the field of graphic design. While building a basic vocabulary of terms and processes, students will explore different topics ranging from formal usage to typography as art. Class periods will include studio time, discussions, and critiques appropriate to the projects throughout the course.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 8April 12Wednesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fine Arts

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Sarah Wieben
Price: $390.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 8April 12Wednesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fine Arts

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Joshua Norton
Price: $390.00

This class is designed for printmakers interested in exploring and refining their creative and technical skills. No beginning instruction will be offered; the class is intended for intermediate and advanced students only. Students may work in any of the following processes, but must be proficient in at least one: screenprinting, relief, intaglio, lithography and/or digital printmaking.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 9April 13Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Photography and Filmmaking, Brand New Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Anna Eveslage
Price: $390.00

The photographic essay has long been a rich and diverse medium. From W. Eugene Smiths portrait of a Country Doctor in Life Magazine to the fantastic worlds fabricated in Kahn and Selesnicks City of Salt, the works are as varied as the artists who create them. This course will delve into the narrative potential of combining photographic imagery with text or sound through sequence or time. Students will have the opportunity to explore the medium through historical and contemporary examples while developing a project of their own creation.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 9April 13Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fine Arts

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Susan Shields
Price: $390.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 9April 13Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fine Arts, Brand New Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Cameron Browne
Price: $390.00

This course aims for students to create conceptual drawings with experimental and playful methods of observation. Students will create work while expanding on their current understanding of drawing using non traditional materials, abstract drawing methods, and new media. Projects include mapping of the senses, collaborative drawing and observation, and creating drawing machines. Historical and contemporary examples of non linear drawing will support class material. / Materials fee of $10 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 9April 13Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Design and Digital Media

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: David Farr
Price: $240.00

This advanced class will explore the features of Adobe InDesign for use in making complex documents such as newsletters, books, or magazines.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 11February 12Saturday, Sunday9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Fine Arts

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Anders Nienstaedt
Price: $390.00

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 MCAD's wood shop. Class discussions will focus on materials, tools, design and techniques that will aid in the conceptualization and completion of a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture. The 3D shop will be open for students to work on their projects on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 11April 15Saturday9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Fine Arts

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Michael Gaughan
Price: $390.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 15April 19Wednesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Photography and Filmmaking

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Erik Johnson
Price: $240.00

Stories shape our culture and define who we are and motion pictures (film and video) are more prevalent today than ever before. Digital video can be an effective medium for delivering, shaping, and sharing stories. This class will provide a hands-on experience with digital storytelling and is perfect for anyone interested in a challenging but fun introduction to video production and editing utilizing Adobe Premiere Pro nonlinear video editing software. Motion picture and sound will be incorporated to produce a digital masterpiece.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 18February 19Saturday, Sunday9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Carrie Hartman
Price: $312.00

Capture a child's imagination with original artwork while learning the tricks of the illustration trade. During this class, students will explore the wide range of children's book illustration, from traditional to contemporary. Students will learn what makes a children's book unique; how to communicate through illustration; and how to conceptualize and storyboard ideas. The instructor will also demonstrate a variety of materials that can be used to illustrate a book.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 21April 11Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Design and Digital Media

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Price: $234.00

Visual novels are similar to graphic novels or comic books, except they are digital and interactive, much like a choose-your-own-adventure video game with different endings stemming from a reader's choices. This course will familiarize students with ideas and tools necessary for creating an interactive digital fiction game with an original story, characters, locations, dialogue, and a variety of endings. The course will focus on a variety of traditional drawing techniques as well as digital media, including Adobe Photoshop and Tyranobuilder Visual Novel Studio.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 23March 30Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Design and Digital Media

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Joshua Namdev Hardisty
Price: $30.00

Starting a new creative project is scary. There is no shortage of excuses (many quite reasonable) as to why you shouldn't start something today: not enough free time, you haven't researched it thoroughly, you don't have time, the new season of Game of Thrones finally came in; you don't have the right tools, or you can't afford the right tools. Or, maybe, you don't have a good enough idea yet. For those brave enough to start, there's another problem: you're terrible. You might be having fun but you're frustrated by the fact that you're not as good as you'd like to be.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 23February 23Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art, Brand New Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Carrie Hartman
Price: $312.00

In this advanced class, student's will continue to explore and develop their illustration work for the picture book and children's market. Further study of stronger character design and development will be pursued while integrating that into one's visual storytelling narratives. Assignments will be given to further each student's individual work toward assembling a full portfolio of work for this industry. Both narrative assignments and more commercial based projects will be assigned. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 23April 13Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Brand New Classes, Design and Digital Media

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Kate Thomas
Price: $39.00

During this one-day course students will learn how to scan high resolution images of lettering and then will then use Adobe Photoshop to edit out any imperfections. The instructor, who also teaches our popular Calligraphy class, has developed a simplified method for editing text in order to sell work online. Students will learn easy techniques for removing background textures, editing out blemishes, and re-composing individual words and letters while preserving the texture of ink on paper.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 25February 25Saturday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Design and Digital Media

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: John P. Corrigan
Price: $215.00

Designing with the Everyday: Digital Content Generation is a three-day hands-on workshop exploring the creative potentials of DIY design tools to generate creative content for self-publication. Students in this course will use online apps and open source tools outside the Adobe Creative Suite, such as: iFontMaker/FontStruct, Google Photos, Instagram/Prisma, Paper by Fiftythree, and Blurb, to create and manipulate illustration, typography, and photography.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 25March 11Saturday9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Photography and Filmmaking, Brand New Classes, Fine Arts

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Price: $234.00

Polymergravure is non-toxic, faster, and environmentally friendlier alternative to the traditional copperplate photogravure process. Students will create a black-and-white etched image generated from a photographic transparency and printed on an etching press. Create prints that have the gravity and feel of a 19th century photogravure with the ease of 21st century printing technology!

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 28April 4Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Creativity and the Humanities, Brand New Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Shannon Brunette
Price: $39.00

Preparing An Artist's Proposal is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to research and writing techniques for artists. Through lecture, discussion, collaboration, and sharing, students will explore creative ways to advance their art practice from residency opportunities to grants and fellowships. The workshop will look at the specifics of requests for proposals; including how to review all aspects of a given application process and guidelines provided by the organization leading the call for proposals.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 28February 28Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Design and Digital Media, Brand New Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Holly Thorstad
Price: $156.00

This class will offer an introduction to the basics of digital hand-drawn animation. Students will dig into the fundamentals of animation by learning about frame rate and basic animation principles, such as squash and stretch, ease-in/ease-out, anticipation, and more. Students will bring a ball to life by making it bounce and, by the end of class, will have filmed and edited a short animation in a small group with other students, complete with a title sequence. Students will have an opportunity to watch all the animations together at the end of class and take home copies of finished work.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 4March 25Saturday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fine Arts, Brand New Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Diana Eicher
Price: $156.00

Have you always wanted to learn how to create unique sheets of paper with your own printed imagery? This class will teach students the processes of handmade paper and relief printmaking. In MCAD's papermaking studio, they will learn how to make Western style paper using basic colors and fibers such as abaca and cotton. Emphasis will be on sheet formation. From there the class will move to the printmaking studio, where students will learn the process of carving wood to create their own relief prints.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 4March 25Saturday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Design and Digital Media

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Kate Thomas
Price: $234.00

During this six-week course, students are introduced to Adobe Illustrator, a powerful vector image creation program, which is a staple for professional designers everywhere. After becoming familiar with Illustrator's user interface, students will go on to learn step-by-step how simple it is to create complex vector shapes using the tools available within Illustrator.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 6April 10Monday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Photography and Filmmaking, Brand New Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Anna Eveslage
Price: $234.00

This technically-focused class will explore techniques to creating successful environmental portraits in a variety of settings. Using both fabricated and found sets and locations, we will explore how to use the environment to enhance the meaning and personality of portraits. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with available lighting, external photographic lighting, and a balance of both to control mood and atmosphere. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Mac OS X and Adobe Photoshop.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 7April 11Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fine Arts

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Shannon Brunette
Price: $195.00

Drawing Through Experience is a way to explore and develop your personal drawing practice, which will inform and inspire the creative process no matter your profession or experience level. This course is a way to see the city around you as inspiration, to get out of your studio, to pick up a sketchbook for the first time, and to expand your vision while immersing yourself in the creative process.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 7April 4Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Design and Digital Media, Brand New Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Joshua Namdev Hardisty
Price: $30.00

Learn a foolproof method for generating ideas—the Bedno Matrix—and put it into action through the creation of hand-made design concepts. In this fast and fun workshop, youll work through a real project, getting research and ideation tips, learning how to combine ideas for unexpected results, and create working prototypes with your bare hands. By the end you'll have new ways of working and developing ideas that can be easily translated into traditional design workflows. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 9March 9Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Diana Green
Price: $195.00

Students in this class will learn various approaches to, and strategies of, comic book writing. The script is the bridge between writer, artist, editor, and publisher. Students will learn to script for both themselves, and for editors, in a variety of formats and house styles. Creation of scripts for different companies and for online publication will be discussed. Each student will completely script the following: Outline or abstract; character descriptions and histories; final script; and submission proposal.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 15April 12Wednesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Photography and Filmmaking

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Price: $195.00

Photos and videos taken by camera traps not only allow scientists to study rarely seen species, but they can also provide wildlife photographers and videographers with the means to create mesmerizing images of animals.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 18April 15Saturday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Design and Digital Media, Brand New Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Lindsay Nohl
Price: $156.00

This four-week class will challenge individuals looking to expand their knowledge of taking pattern designs from paper-to-print. Students will learn techniques for creating repeating patterns in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. We will be discussing methods for designing for color separations, working with color ways in our artwork, and discussing some of the industry standards for creating patterns for printing on fabric and paper.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 23April 13Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fine Arts

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Bridget O'Malley
Price: $117.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 25April 8Saturday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art, Design and Digital Media Online

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Caitlin Skaalrud
Price: $390.00

Comics Crash Course is a primer of the fundamental skills necessary for creating comics. Students will be guided to a working knowledge of crafting and producing comics, as well as mentored on how to develop their own creative voice. Weekly readings, technical demonstrations, and critiques of smaller assignments will supplement the completion of a short form comic over the five weeks.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
April 3May 9Online - AsynchronousOnline

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9-12
Instructor: Anne Sugnet
Price: $295.00

Improving your drawing skills can help you to better express yourself and bring your ideas to life! This week, we'll learn and practice key drawing techniques, such as contour and gesture drawing, and we'll work on fun projects that use these skills. Come make exciting traditional and off-the-wall drawings, using heaping doses of imagination and interesting materials. We'll also play some lively drawing games and take a field trip to the nearby Minneapolis Institute of Art to check out some cool drawings. 

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 10July 14Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15

Open to students ages 12-15
Instructor: Michael Gaughan
Price: $175.00

This class will focus on the expressive side of drawing in its many forms. Using charcoal, graphite, and ink, students will work on collaborative projects and abstract drawing exercises as they learn scale, value, mark making, shape, and composition's role in the perception of a piece of art. The instructor will also address the ability of drawing to tell a story through discussions, demonstrations, and assignments. Students will view and discuss work by artists who have used drawing as a means to express emotions and ideas.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 10July 14Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9-12
Instructor: Anne Sugnet
Price: $295.00

Join us for a super fun week as we play with ideas about fashion, expressing ourselves, and our ideas of what's interesting, cool, and stylish. We'll make artistic outfits--using paper, paint, cardboard, and found objects. Instead of fabric, we'll be creating with our own hand-painted paper, chock-full of our own colorful patterns. What will your wearable creation look like? Will it be layered or flowing? Colorful or muted? What would make your heart sing?

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 7August 11Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.