Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 16 and above
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $50.00

Throughout the year, Continuing Education sponsors the Figure Drawing Co-op, 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. / No discounts or coupon codes may be applied to the purchase of a Co-op pass. / View complete policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 9December 9Monday, SundayVaried

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Amy Sands
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $1,209.00

In this course students investigate the most essential aspects of human anatomy pertinent to the artist. The course progresses from examining anatomical artworks in art history to researching current anatomical references as a basis for image exploration. The importance of accurately depicting the human form is stressed through technical studies of skeletal and muscular structures in a sketchbook format. Online resources are an active part of the course in learning terminology and functions of mechanical structure of the human form.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22May 14Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $1,209.00

This course introduces the fundamentals of programming using the language of the web, JavaScript. Students will explore topics through a variety of projects, including developing a web-based game, creating interactive web components, and building a simple web application. The course builds towards a student-selected final programming project. Topics include: program and data structures, objects and arrays, functions, bugs and error handling, the Document Object Model (DOM), event handling, drawing using HTML5 canvas, data fetching, and using common libraries and tools.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22May 14Tuesday, Online - Asynchronous6:00-7:30 p.m.

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $403.00

Choosing the right color for a product, website, or brand identity program might at first seem like a frivolous concern, but research has shown that the reaction to color is emotionally based, and it has a direct impact on consumer choice. Color is one of the most powerful selling tools available to the designer and marketing professional. It is important to know from a commercial aspect the way color can spell success or failure for a package, poster, logo, display, or digital or retail store environment. This course is designed to expose students to the realm of color marketing.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22February 24Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Ramon Tejada
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $1,209.00

This course covers research, ideation, and application related to large-scale projects in branding, publications, signage, mapping, and identity systems and includes work experience with outside professionals to explore real-world needs. Students investigate conceptual possibilities utilizing research, knowledge of historical and contemporary perspectives, experimental strategies using hand tools and digital software, and personalized design methodologies. Students are challenged to develop original solutions and promote their own visual sensibilities.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22May 14Thursday, Online - Asynchronous6:00-7:00 p.m.

Online Classes, Drawing and Painting, Professional Development and Liberal Arts

Open to students ages 18 and above
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $1,209.00

In the online Master Critique class, high profile professionals conduct critique sessions drawing from their area of expertise. This is an opportunity to participate in a critique experience with practitioners who are unable to come to campus from locations outside of the Twin Cities. Expect critical dialogue, discussions of how studio work is related to historic and contemporary issues, technical and process advice, and self-discovery. Students submit a running visual progress report on a semester-long studio project as well as additional pop-up assignments assigned by the instructor.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22May 14Online - AsynchronousOnline

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Deann Garcia
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $1,209.00

In this foundational course students are introduced to hands-on and holistic approaches to sustainability. This course covers current sustainability frameworks, principles, and materials assessments, as well as the history and logic behind them, providing students with useful research tools to apply to the ever-changing demands of sustainable design, business, development, and policy-making. / Open to students age 18 and above. / View complete policies here.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22May 14Online - AsynchronousOnline

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Wendy Jedlička
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $1,209.00

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22May 14Online - AsynchronousAsynchronous

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $1,209.00

Economic, environmental, and ethical crises present leaders with new and complex challenges. Effective, resilient, and agile leaders employ a diversity of skills, experience, and resources to respond to humanity's greatest challenges with creative, innovative, and humane solutions. Students build their capacities to become creative leaders and to work constructively as part of dynamic and collaborative teams through the integration of an ecological perspective for their work, organizations, communities, and the planet. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22May 14Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: James Johnson
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $99.00

This course introduces the fundamental language of the web: HyperText Markup Language (HTML). We explore how the web works, tags, links, images, lists, tables, forms, web standards (old, new, and evolving), directory structure, wireframing, web development best practices, and lay the foundation for further web development in the next course, Web Development Basics: CSS. This five week online course is a blend of tutorials, readings, development projects, and online discussion. The class is geared toward the beginning to intermediate web developer or designer.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22February 24Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Erika Hutchings
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $806.00

This class introduces individuals with little or no design background to the graphic design practice. Students work both on and off the computer to complete assignments that explore basic 2D communication principles integrating color, shape, texture, typography, and photography to build a visual language. Essential skills in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator that support the task of each assignment will be taught through weekly tutorials.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 25May 14Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Robert Algeo
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $403.00

This is the second course in the Web Development Basics series. In this course, students build on their understanding of HTML, and use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to create well crafted web pages. Topics include: CSS selectors and properties, fonts and typographic treatment, colors, divs and spans, floats, layout, and positioning. This five week online course is a blend of tutorials, readings, development projects, and online discussion. The class is geared toward the beginning to intermediate web developer or designer. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 25April 7Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: David Farr
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $130.00

If you are new to Adobe Lightroom, you will find that 75% of your time is probably spent in the Develop Module. In this single-evening online workshop, learn how to process and develop photos using the panels, brush tools, film strip, presets, and snapshots within this most important module of Lightroom. / Open to students ages 16 and above. / View complete policies hereThis course will meet online on Wednesday, March 20 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. (CST). There will be no campus-based meeting.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 20March 20Wednesday, Online - Asynchronous6:30-9:30 p.m.

Drawing and Painting, Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Alex Mitchell
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $403.00

Artists, designers, and non-artists alike utilize the "napkin sketch"—simple drawings that capture the essence of an idea, illustrate a prototype, or sell a client on the value of your services. This kind of drawing can also facilitate brainstorming, idea creation, and problem-solving both alone or in a collaborative environment. This course will teach students a simple but structured methodology to create simple visual aids, with an eye towards use in entrepreneurial or professional settings. The class will explore how to make a sketch that’s worth a thousand words.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
April 8May 14Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Robert Algeo
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $403.00

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. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
April 8May 14Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Heidi Miller
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $1,209.00

Because the outlines of the profession continually change, the graphic designer must know how to integrate an understanding of visual literacy with broad-based cultural knowledge. This seminar examines the theoretical basis of graphic design, defining basic concepts and vocabulary used within the profession, such as information architecture, pattern-recognition, grids, proportion, rhythm, sequence, and gestalt.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 27December 14Monday, Wednesday6:30–9:00 p.m.

Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Michael Gaughan
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

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
September 4November 6Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Matthew Luken
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

In this course students will utilize User Experience (UX) Design practices to conceptualize a mobile app. Students will work through testing, designing an app via wireframes, and both paper and clickable prototyping. The outcome of this class will be a case study on a mobile app suitable for a portfolio. This course is ideally suited to those who have taken the Introduction to User Experience Design class or already have a basic understanding of UX concepts.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 4November 6Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Lafe Smith
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

Characters are essential to making a successful story. In this ten-week course, students will observe and discuss ways in which creators establish characters in visual media, including film, animation, comics, and games. The course will feature some lecture, discussion of character development examples, writing, reference and drawing exercises, and sharing student work. Production of a final character portfolio will include a brief written narrative and illustrations.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 4November 6Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Carrie Hartman
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $322.00

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
September 4October 23Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Sarah Wieben
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

This class is an introduction to the key techniques and objectives of painting portraits. Many beginning painters start out learning the fundamentals of painting through working from the still life, but soon have a desire to move on to more challenging subjects, such as painting people. The first step in a successful figure painting is the ability to paint a portrait.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 4November 6Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Susan Shields
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

In this class, students will be introduced to basic elements of drawing, such as line, value, texture, and shape. Students will study perspective and build skills for the successful transference of three-dimensional observation to a two-dimensional picture plane. Emphasis will be placed on observational drawing of large still lifes, live models, and small organic specimens and objects. Students will engage in multiple experimental drawing techniques using a variety of drawing media. / Materials fee of $5 in addition to course tuition. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 5November 7Wednesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Photography and Filmmaking, New Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Caroline Solomon
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $202.00

This course is an introduction to fully utilizing the 4x5 large format camera. Emphasis is on learning how to use the unique movements of the camera to manipulate the image. Instruction will include presentations and demonstrations as well as hands-on use of the camera in the studio. The assignments will be directed towards exploring different ways to use the camera. Students who take this course should be familiar with shutter speed, aperture, and exposures using manual controls on any camera.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 5October 3Wednesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design, New Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Aaron DeYoe
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

Do you feel lacking in your knowledge of basic print production? Do you want to learn what the heck a Pantone color is? Print Production for Graphic Designers focuses on helping you form a basic understanding of what it takes to design for print. Using the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator), you will learn the various aspects of prepress and print production such as color management, bleeds, image resolution, preflighting, proofing methods, and RGB vs. CMYK vs. Pantone usage.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 5November 7Wednesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Neal Peterson
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $161.00

Maps are more than just tools to get from point A to B, they can also be amazing works of art. Students in this class will explore how artists and designers are using unique media that challenges the traditional idea of cartography. In this class, students will explore and discuss new methods of map-making including photo collage, art installation, video projection, psychogeography, infographics, sound art, and geo-tagging. Upon choosing a topic, each student will create their own map using the medium of their choice or develop a plan for an extensive longer-term project.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 5September 26Wednesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Michael Gaughan
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

This 10-week class is designed to function as a continuation of the beginning level watercolor class, Watercolor Blast. Students will expand upon the skills and experiences previously gained and the class will engage the dedicated watercolor student with a rigorous curriculum with one-on-one guidance. On a weekly basis, this class pushes each artist to achieve their own personal next level. By providing a balance between technical sequences and individualized demos, this class cares for the watercolor artist as holistic healthy being.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 5November 7Wednesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Susan Shields
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

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
September 6November 8Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

Print, Paper, Bookmaking

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Mary Leikvold
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

If you love printmaking you’ll love this class. Open Edition offers intermediate and advanced printmakers the chance to work in an open and collaborative learning community with instruction from a skilled printmaker -- using some of the best printmaking facilities in the Midwest. Selected demos are offered, along with individual tutorials as needed. Sessions will also include informal dialogues, large and small group critiques and studio time. The learning environment is collaborative and relaxed.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 6November 8Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Melodee Strong
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $202.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 6October 4Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

Photography and Filmmaking

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Anna Eveslage
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

In this introductory level course, students will explore the foundations of digital SLR photography. Perfect for students who would like to learn more about best practices in digital photography, this course will cover the basics of capture including manual exposure as well as lens choice and composition. Students will also have the opportunity to explore file management and basic post-processing techniques using Adobe Lightroom and Bridge. Most coursework will be conducted through in-class demos and activities, but students will also be encouraged to shoot independently outside of class.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 6November 8Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Sarah Wieben
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $269.00

This class includes all the traditional elements of landscape, but takes the study a step further.  We will take our easels outside to set up in the natural and beautiful environment of our many local parks and recreation areas to make oil sketches, take photographs and collect visual information. Once we have gathered this source material, we will take it, and our memories of the real world, our sense of the places and elements that inspired us while in the field, to the studio and use all this information to make exciting and compelling abstract landscapes.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 8September 29Saturday9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Print, Paper, Bookmaking, New Classes

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Dana LeMoine
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

Have you always wanted to learn about printmaking, but never knew where to begin? Printmaking Foundations is the perfect course for you! It is an introductory course that will cover the basics of three of the most popular and exciting forms of printmaking: monoprinting, relief printing, and intaglio. Students who complete this course will have the tools they need to work safely and successfully in MCAD’s printshop and be qualified to take Open Edition as well as other advanced printmaking courses MCAD offers. Please note: screenprinting will not be covered in this course.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 8November 10Saturday9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Sculpture and Furniture

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Meagan Miller
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

Students in this self-driven class will explore 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 when other classes are not in session.  The shop is open for use during open shop hours when other classes are not in session.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 8November 10Saturday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Carrie Hartman
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $322.00

In this advanced class, students 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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 10October 29Monday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Sarah Wieben
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 10November 12Monday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design, New Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Debra Lawton
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

This course will concentrate on designing high fidelity prototypes for web or mobile application. The focus will be on developing the design aspects of a concept already developed and how design has an effect on the user’s experience. Discussion and lecture will cover discovery of digital design principles including layout, type, color and iconography. Students will enhance their designs, receive critiques on their design, test with consumers via usability studies, and use the iterative design process in creating a high fidelity prototype.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 10November 12Monday6:30–9:30 p.m

Print, Paper, Bookmaking

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Zach Cramer
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $242.00

Relief printmaking methods have a rich history, and through this course students will learn details of that history while developing skills through hands-on exercises. During the course, students will focus on woodblock relief processes, and will complete three projects to gain proficiency with the materials. The course will be administered through slide presentations, process demonstrations, and peer/individual critiques in small groups. This course will begin with basic one color woodcut methods. Students will be shown examples of many different carving techniques.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 10October 15Monday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Matthew Luken
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $242.00

Introduction to User Experience (UX) Design will focus on the process of creating designs that take into consideration the user’s needs along with content and a client’s wants in order to create a product that is successful. This instructor will lead discussions on the importance of preliminary research, testing during the process of developing a design, and how to test and analyze existing designs. Students will conduct testing sessions to help grasp the idea and simplicity of thinking about the end user first.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 10October 15Monday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Neal Peterson
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

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
September 10November 12Monday6:30–9:30 p.m

Print, Paper, Bookmaking

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Michelle Lee Lagerroos
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $81.00

Making monotypes is work that's so engaging it feels like play! In this short class, 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 each 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. Nontoxic, water-based inks will be used. / Materials fee of $25 and facilities fee of $25 in addition to class tuition.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 16September 23Sunday9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Ages 15-18

Open to students age 15–18
Instructor: Michael Gaughan
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $161.00

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
September 29October 27Saturday10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Pre-College Studio Intensive, New Classes

Open to students ages 15–18
Price: $205.00

Experience an MCAD studio class in a two-day, hands-on intensive, focusing on developing narrative skills; drawing techniques including lettering, character design, and expressive figure drawing; and establishing basic knowledge in order to pursue comic creation in the future.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 29September 30Saturday, Sunday9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Pre-College Studio Intensive

Open to students ages 15–18
Instructor: Katie Nelson
Price: $205.00

Experience an MCAD studio class in a two-day, hands-on intensive, focusing on an introduction to hand-drawn animation, covering basic techniques and concepts. Students will start with traditional pencil and paper techniques, and then will use aspects of Adobe Photoshop and AfterEffects to bring their animations to life. 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
September 29September 30Saturday, Sunday9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Graphic and Web Design

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Erin Rufledt
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $202.00

Design thinking is a creative, human-centered approach to solving complex problems. It is a technique and approach that anyone can learn and use. It’s about focusing on the people you’re designing for, asking questions, and experimenting with simple prototypes to come up with radically new solutions. In this course, we’ll explore the tools and mindsets of design thinking — things like empathy, idea generation, and rapid prototyping — and apply them to real-world problems. The course is run workshop-style, combining short lectures with lots of hands-on activities in small groups.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 3October 31Wednesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: David Farr
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $240.00

Whether you are new to page-layout software or are a graphics professional familiar with QuarkXPress or Apple's Pages software, this introductory class will provide the groundwork for creating print-ready documents of professional quality using the Adobe page-layout program, Adobe InDesign. Students start by exploring InDesign's work area: the tools, menu commands, and palettes before learning the basics of the application: setting up documents; formatting text and manipulating objects; defining colors; and using swatches.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 6October 7Saturday, Sunday9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Drawing and Painting, New Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Shannon Brunette
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $202.00

This class is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to the tools, techniques, and the creative possibilities of mixed media works on paper, using primarily gouache paint. Gouache is a popular water-based medium used in contemporary painting, illustration, and design. Like watercolor, gouache can be challenging to those new to the medium. In this course, we will work through some of the more difficult aspects of painting with gouache to consider techniques used when applying gouache to mixed media drawings and paintings.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 9November 6Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Photography and Filmmaking

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Anna Eveslage
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $202.00

Used by contemporary artists as a means to explore identity, the photographic portrait has moved away from its commercial roots. People make portraits of their friends and family members not just as a historical record of the individual, but also to push the boundaries of what a photograph can say about its subject. During this class, students will explore the world of contemporary portrait photography. They will be encouraged to practice formulating ideas prior to photographing, while also learning how to constructively critique one another's work.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 10November 7Wednesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Sustainable Design

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Denise DeLuca
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $20.00

Biomimicry, or “Innovation Inspired by Nature”, provides designers with the opportunity to look at nature -- and your design challenges -- in entirely new ways.  It inspires cross-disciplinary collaboration and co-creation, empathy and emergent thinking, using all of your senses and different parts of your brain, curiosity and exploration.  Working with nature sparks a sense of wonder and curiosity (biophilia); perspectives shift and novel solutions to challenging problems emerge.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 11October 11Thursday7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art, New Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Melodee Strong
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $202.00

Water-based media are heavily used in contemporary illustration and design. Watercolor, gouache, and acrylics can be challenging to those new to the media and their distinct characteristics. In this course, we will work through some of the more difficult aspects of painting with water-based media and cover skills and techniques used when applying them into an illustration. Weekly illustration assignments will be given to provide time to practice and apply using techniques demonstrated in class.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 11November 8Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting, New Classes

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Susan Shields
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $202.00

In this Special Topics class, students will be exploring color through drawing, using a variety of different media. Color theory will inform process, as artists work with pencils, soft and oil pastels, inks and pens. Individual voices will be fostered and encouraged; subject matter will vary according to personal interest. / Materials fee of $5 in addition to course tuition. / Open to students ages 16 and above. / View complete policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 13November 10Saturday1:00–4:00 p.m.

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, New Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Aaron DeYoe
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $202.00

This class will provide valuable insights and information to ramp up your freelance career. From working with an agency to getting your own clients, Foundations for Freelancing will arm you with the tools, tips, and insights to forge your own path in today’s “gig” economy. This course will include lectures, visiting artist talks, and demonstrations. Topics covered will include: finding (and maintaining) clients, personal marketing, finances, taxes, contracts, software, and more.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 15November 12Monday6:30–9:30 p.m

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Andi Fink
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $121.00

In this class, designed for those interested in hand-lettering, students will learn the basics of modern calligraphy: writing posture, ink control, and composition.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 25November 8Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design, New Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: David Farr
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $240.00

Photoshop provides the user with amazing image-editing flexibility. Many mobile apps such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat now mimic its basic functions like lightening and darkening photos, applying special effect filters, and adding additional graphics into those images. For those who would wish to go beyond these basic features, this workshop is for you.

Some of the topics we will cover are corrective filtering, unsharp masking, lens correction, and vanishing point. Learning actions and batch processing will save hours of time.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
November 10November 11Saturday, Sunday9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Elisabeth Workman
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $1,209.00

This course investigates the aesthetic issues at the heart of writing as an art in itself. Course topics illuminate the kind of thinking that guides and inspires and require students to develop presentations and to explore creatively. Students engage in deep investigations into the nature of communication and inquiries about the role of language. The class may include trips to and possibly participation in local events to enhance the classroom experience and students’ understanding of the creative writing process.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22May 14Online - AsynchronousOnline

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Kjel Johnson
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $1,209.00

This course examines through various lenses the ways in which contemporary events circulate in the news, from hard_-copy newspapers to online blogs, from trained journalists to eyewitness observers, and from social media venues to emerging media forms. Individuals in this course engage deeply with the local, national, and international news and explore the many sides to contemporary issues, covering a range of events, topics, and regions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22May 14Online - AsynchronousOnline

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $1,209.00

This course covers the entire process of coloring a comic book, from color design to print, using a computer. The goal of the course is to gain a working knowledge of a variety of techniques in order to complete a project from ideation to the final state. Topics covered include: scanning artwork, use of color as a storytelling tool, CMYK vs. RGB in the color workflow, and how to "paint" using the computer—including step-by-step instruction, a survey of computer tools, color separation and its use to make the finished product look the best possible even on poor quality paper, and more.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22May 14Wednesday, Online - Asynchronous7:00-8:00 p.m.

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Jen Caruso
Term: Spring 2019
Price: $1,209.00

Philosophy is based on a desire to understand history, the world around us, and the human condition. By studying these ideas, students can begin to develop contemporary questions about their world and interests. This class examines the history of philosophy and current philosophies, both Western and non-Western. Students propose philosophical and historical questions to better understand themselves and the arts in the twenty-first century. Class sessions are a mix of lecture and discussion. This course fills a Histories, Places and Philosophies requirement for Humanities and Sciences.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 22May 14Online - AsynchronousOnline

Illustration and Comic Art, New Classes

Open to students age 16 and above
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $202.00

There is magic in making your drawings move. Learn how to combine illustration techniques and methods of animation to tell a story, communicate a concept, or embellish an image. Illustration combined with motion has never been more pervasive in film, advertising, and publications. This course is a great opportunity to learn the basics of animation in Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects, as well as develop techniques for traditional and digital illustration for screen.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 4October 2Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, New Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Joshua Namdev Hardisty
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $202.00

What if it were possible to guarantee positive outcomes on every design project you worked on? What would it mean if you could walk into every meeting knowing that no matter what the project was you have a way of delivering without fear of creative block or needing to rely on the tried and true? That’s what you’ll learn how to do in this class.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 6October 4Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students age 16 and above
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $403.00

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
September 6November 8Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

New Classes

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Meg Dolan
Term: Fall 2018
Price: $282.00

Propaganda has increasingly become a buzzword in our current political climate.  But propaganda has taken many forms since the term first emerged with the establishment of the Congregation de Propaganda Fide by Pope Gregory XV in 1622, and has since shifted as much in definition and connotation as it has in message and form. This art history course will trace the evolution of visual propaganda in conjunction with innovations in the visual arts.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 27November 8Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m