Art Educator Workshop: Experimental Drawing and Mixed Media (Section 1) (Online)

This workshop is geared towards adventurous individuals eager to explore new creative terrain and the art educator who wants to expand the way they think about drawing and mixed media. The class will consider the criteria for successful experimental work and will look at contemporary artists using experimental drawing and mixed media as their primary artistic practice. Experimentation will be key to exploring the parameters of drawing as the class pushes the boundaries of mark making. Working from observation to the abstract, students will engage a range of processes using traditional tools and materials in non-traditional ways, as well as using unconventional materials as a means to examine the possibilities of mark-making, space, and surfaces. Spontaneity and improvisation will be emphasized as methods of exploration in the creation of mixed media drawings as well as ephemeral works; including collage, image transfer, artists’ books, monoprints, and more. Emphasis will be placed on examining the relationship between how drawings are made and what they potentially express. To participate in this course, students will need to set-up a space in their home as a dedicated studio to work in over the week. / This class will have a one-hour lunch break each day. / Graduate credit is available. / Open to students ages 18 and above. View complete policies.

This online course will be synchronous, meaning students will meet together online. Class meetings will be conducted via Zoom and will include lectures, demonstrations, discussions, exercises, work time, critiques, and time to ask questions and share resources. 

Prerequisites: Previous drawing or painting experience.

Required hardware: A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work. 

Required supplies for first class: Pen or pencil, notebook or sketchbook; supply list. Supplies will cost approximately $25-100, depending on what students already have.

Art Educator Workshops are not eligible for the early or multiple class registration discounts. 

Register Before: June 16
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

AEW 6020 01 SU21
Date Start: 
Monday, June 21, 2021
Date End: 
Friday, June 25, 2021
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Age Group: 
Art Educators
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Art Educator Workshops
Drawing and Painting
Online Classes
Previous drawing or painting experience.