Creativity and the Humanities Online

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.

The primary objective in fast sketching is to simply capture the essence of an idea, provide a prototype, or show a client how things will work. A stroke, a line, a dash of color, or a poignant comment can make a huge difference in how an idea, wireframe, or plan is received. During this class, students will learn the importance of becoming a visual thinker and how to create an effective quick sketch. In this class students will explore the many creative facets of the quick sketch and learn to develop an individualized style and method. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

For required texts and materials, please check the Art Cellar.

Register Before: September 27

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

2D 3206 20 FA17
Date Start: 
Monday, October 2, 2017
Date End: 
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students 18 and over
Days of Week: 
Online - Asynchronous