Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 16 and above
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $60.00
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 8December 8Monday, Sundayvaried

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $410.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 21February 23Online - AsynchronousOnline

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Deann Garcia
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $410.00

In this class, which serves as an introduction to sustainability, students will learn about and discuss different definitions of sustainability.  Students will learn various methods for measuring sustainability, and will gain an understanding of the three main branches of the sustainability

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 21February 23Online - AsynchronousOnline

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Holly Robbins
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $225.00

The demand for skilled sustainability practitioners has grown exponentially in the past three decades. As businesses, nonprofits, and governments worldwide have adopted sustainability-focused practices, the need for professionals with the expertise to guide them has never been greater.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 21February 23Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Heidi Miller
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $1,230.00

This course incorporates research, ideation, and application within large-scale branding, publications, signage, mapping projects, and identity systems.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 21May 12Thursday6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Murphy Pizza
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $1,230.00

The five senses are the filters through which the physical world enters the artist, but many artists have no idea how they work. This course explores the anatomy, physiology, evolution, and cultural shaping of the sense with history, science, folklore, and art as guides.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 21May 12Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Matthew Luken
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $1,230.00

This course explores the UX Design process and leverages it to bridge the gap between functionality and aesthetics, creating a better experience for users.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 21May 12Online - AsynchronousOnline

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $1,230.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 21May 12Wednesday7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: James Johnson
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $410.00

This course introduces the fundamental language of the web: HyperText Markup Language (HTML).

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 21February 23Online - AsynchronousOnline

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Amy Sands
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $1,230.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 21May 12Online - AsynchronousOnline

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Murphy Pizza
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $1,230.00

This course concerns itself with the great variety and the interdependence of species that live on this planet. Students discuss just how species evolve and grow and how they die and become extinct. Change over time in living organisms is a major theme of this course.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 21May 12Online - AsynchronousOnline

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Maya Hlavacek
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $1,230.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 21May 12Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Ken Korth
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $1,230.00

This course introduces the fundamentals of programming using the language of the web, JavaScript. Students explore topics through a variety of projects, including creating interactive web components and building a simple web application.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
January 21May 12Tuesday7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Deann Garcia
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $410.00

In this 5-week course, students will dive headfirst into the specifics of designing with environmental, social and ecological well-being in mind.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 24April 5Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: James Johnson
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $410.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 24April 5Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Erika Hutchings
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $820.00

This class introduces individuals with little or no design background to the graphic design practice.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 24May 12Wednesday, Online - AsynchronousOnline

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Denise DeLuca
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $50.00

Nature offers boundless inspiration for sustainable design, but how do we access the wealth of biological information available and apply it effectively to design? This course provides an introduction to biomimicry, a discipline that emulates nature's best ideas and blueprints in order to solve human design challenges sustainably.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
April 6May 12Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: James Johnson
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $410.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
April 6May 12Online - AsynchronousOnline

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Deann Garcia
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $410.00

This final 5-week course of the Fundamentals of Sustainable design series will dive deep into politics and governance in relation to sustainable change.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
April 6May 12Online - AsynchronousOnline

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Annelise Capossela
Term: Spring 2020
Price: $410.00

As media increasingly moves from print to digital, motion illustration is becoming an essential skill. This introductory course will explore animation as the artist’s and illustrator’s tool.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
April 6May 12Online - AsynchronousOnline

Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Sarah Wieben
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

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! / No class October 19. / Materials fee of $5 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 7November 16Saturday9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Lafe Smith
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

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./ Open to students ages 16 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 10November 12Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Michael Gaughan
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

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 10November 12Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Sarah Wieben
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

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 MCAD’s expansive light-filled painting studio. Receive feedback on skills, techniques and concept development as you develop a body of work such as abstract, landscape, still-life, or figure painting, and/or resolve unfinished work. Your colleagues will be working on their own projects but will touch base regularly for peer critiques to gain helpful feedback.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 10November 12Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Photography and Filmmaking

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Anna Eveslage
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

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
September 10November 12Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 16 and above
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

Motion in illustration has never been more pervasive. Film, graphic design, and illustration all rely on animation. From animating a compelling icon, showing character and verve in Google doodles, or telling an intricate narrative, artists use time, scenes, and sound to make magical visual art for screen. Learn how to plan out an image using the principles of animation to bring it to life with traditional methods, Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects. / Each student will have access throughout the class to a lab workstation equipped with the latest software.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 11November 13Wednesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Michael Gaughan
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

This class is designed to function as a continuation of an entry level watercolor class such as Introduction to Watercolor. Advanced Watercolor: Mastering the Medium will expand students' beginner level watercolor skills through a rigorous curriculum and one-on-one guidance. Each weekly meeting will include both technical demonstrations of a variety of watercolor techniques, as well as individual critique and instruction.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 11November 13Wednesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Susan Shields
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

Learn the basic elements of drawing, such as line, value, texture, and shape. 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. Engage in multiple experimental drawing techniques using a variety of drawing media. / Materials fee of $11 in addition to course tuition. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 11November 13Wednesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Print, Paper, Bookmaking

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Mary Leikvold
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

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 11November 13Wednesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Aaron DeYoe
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

Do you feel lacking in your knowledge of basic print production? Do you want to learn what the heck a Pantone color is? Print Foundation focuses on helping you form a basic understanding of what it takes to design for print. Using the Adobe Creative Cloud (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. / Each student will have access throughout the class to a lab workstation equipped with the latest software.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 12November 14Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Susan Shields
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

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 12November 14Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

Sculpture and Furniture

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Jerod Jenkins
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 14November 23Saturday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Jonathan Aller
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $328.00

Portraits are one of the most difficult things to paint. Creating a simplified process for portraiture painting allows students to begin a painting with confidence and gives them the freedom to take portraiture into a contemporary format and make it their own. This class will examine portrait painters from different genres and see the evolution of this genre over time. By investigating an assortment of styles that are prevalent in portraiture such as impressionistic, naturalistic, and realism, the class will unpack what makes a successful portrait.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 25November 13Wednesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design, New Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Joshua Namdev Hardisty
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $328.00

Every designer hits a point where they need to do something to shake up their practice a bit, whether its as simple as making a new project outside of their day job or as grand as examining and reworking their creative process. But it can be hard to figure out what to do next especially without external feedback and milestones.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 26November 14Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Preston Drum, Instructor: Forrest Wozniak
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $328.00

This class will delve into the history of sign painting for inspiration as well as examining examples from the contemporary resurgence of the art form. Balancing practical applications with fine art approaches, students will investigate the basic tools and techniques of sign painting to create pieces suitable for hanging in the home, business, or gallery. / Materials fee of $30 in addition to course tuition. / Open to students ages 16 and above. / View complete policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 28November 16Saturday9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Drawing and Painting, New Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Shannon Brunette
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $246.00

This class is geared towards adventurous individuals eager to explore new creative terrain and the art maker who wants to expand their thinking of 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
October 8November 12Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Print, Paper, Bookmaking, New Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Bridget O'Malley
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $164.00

In this fun, hands-on class, students will utilize several different techniques to make large sheets of handmade paper: pouring, dipping and building-up to big. Students will explore all of these options, as well as several pressing and drying methods, adding inclusions into the sheets, playing with color and adding simple watermark imagery to the sheets. Finished sheets of paper can be used for window coverings, large artworks, books and more. / Materials fee of $25 and facilities fee of $36 in addition to course tuition. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 26November 16Saturday10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Alex Mitchell
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

Learn the fundamental skills necessary for creating comics in this intensive course. Gain a working knowledge of crafting and producing comics, learn how to develop your 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. Topics covered will include craft and production, drawing, 2D art principles, narrative structure and concepts, critical thinking, and industry and publishing. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
November 4December 13Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: James Johnson
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

This is the third course in the Web Development Basics series. In this course, expand on your understanding of HTML and CSS, laying a foundation for more advanced development work. Build towards professional-grade front-end web development through topics such as: 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 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
November 4December 13Online - AsynchronousOnline

Illustration and Comic Art, New Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Andi Fink
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $82.00

This introductory course will teach students how to turn their handwriting and basic letterforms into beautiful lettering with a few simple techniques. Students will use materials such as pencil, ink, nibs, watercolor, and more to experiment with shape, color, and composition to start thinking of letters as illustrative shapes.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
November 7November 14Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Joshua Namdev Hardisty
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $35.00

How does a traditional design studio use Silicon Valley ideas like growth hacking and lean development to make posters for art exhibitions? What is Product/Market Fit and how does an art school teacher use it to plan assignments?

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
November 12November 12Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Matthew Luken
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

Utilize User Experience (UX) Design practices to conceptualize a mobile app. Explore a variety of techniques and methodology including, but not limited to, wireframing, prototyping, card sorting, and a variety of testing methods. A deeper examination of prototyping tools and testing methods will lead to a stronger understanding of how UX is used in product development and utilized in a variety of settings, such as mobile apps or UI design. Work through testing, designing an app via wireframes, and both paper and clickable prototyping.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 10November 19Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Jacob Yeates
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

Learn about illustration materials and techniques, and strengthen conceptual approaches to image making. The creative process will be discussed, from creating initial sketches to final illustration critiques. Lectures on contemporary illustrators and trends will help broaden your understanding of the field and its role in editorial, advertising, publishing, and packaging industries. Complete assignments designed to foster an understanding of where, when, and how illustration is used, and develop the skills needed to create successful illustrations.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 11November 13Wednesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Susan Shields
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $205.00

Some people are inspired by the malleability of charcoal on smooth paper, while others may gravitate towards the bold use of the color red. One artist may be intrigued by the motion of a bird in flight, while another marvels at the way light shifts and changes character throughout the day. When the work of a truly remarkable artist is recognized, their signature becomes visible, even when not literally present. What is recognized in such instances is the artist’s “Creative DNA”- a term coined by American dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp, in her book The Creative Habit.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 15November 12Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m