Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 16 and above
Term: Summer 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. Open to students age 16 and above. / View complete policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 3August 11Monday, Sundayvaried

Drawing and Painting, New Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Ellen Mueller
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $121.00

This workshop is designed as a brief survey of some of the origins, theories, processes, and manifestations of walking as art. Read, watch, and discuss perspectives on walking-based projects. Using this information as a springboard, complete walking exercises, and execute an original walking projects. / Open to students ages 18 and above. / View complete policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 27August 10Saturday1:00-4:00 p.m.

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: David Farr
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $35.00

If you are new to Adobe Lightroom, you will find that 75% of your time is probably spent in the Develop Module. Learn how process and develop photos using the panels, brush tools, film strip, presets, and snapshots within this most important module of Lightroom in one evening. / Open to students ages 16 and above. / View complete policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 1August 1Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Graphic and Web Design

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

Every designer feels like they should refresh their portfolio but it can be difficult to know what to make or where to start. This hands-on workshop will help you identify where you want to go professionally and then to figure out how to expand projects in your current portfolio to meet that goal. By leveraging what you’ve already done you will be able to radically transform your portfolio without the pressure of trying to come up with new projects.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 7August 7Wednesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

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

This course introduces the fundamental language of the web: HyperText Markup Language (HTML). Students will 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
August 26September 29Online - AsynchronousOnline

Drawing and Painting, Online Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Amy Sands
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $1,230.00

See. Examine. Draw. Explore the microscopic world of plants and insects from direct observation through a lens and from rich, scientific, online databases of digitally captured magnifications. In this class, students explore the relationship between art and science through the close examination of botanical and insect life. The observed information is transformed into large- and small-scale drawings in a variety of media. Topics include natural formations of pattern, metamorphosis, artists who integrate science and art, and building a series of related works.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 26December 13Online - AsynchronousOnline

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Taryn Mead
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $1,230.00

In this course students learn how to abstract functional strategies from nature to apply to the process of innovative design. This project-oriented studio course covers core biological principles, astounds students with the wealth of design solutions available in nature, and provides numerous case studies of innovative designs inspired by natural models. Overall, this course provides powerful metaphors and methods for looking to nature as model, mentor, and measure in our designs. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 26December 13Online - AsynchronousOnline

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Curt McNamara
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $1,230.00

We are transitioning from the age of design for the part to the age of design for the whole. Systems thinking, languages of design, and product life cycles are integrated and they form the solid foundation for innovative products. This course provides students with the tools required to succeed in today's dynamic market and a world of uncertainty. Actionable theory is absorbed through market-specific projects. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

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Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 26December 13Online - AsynchronousOnline

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Annelise Capossela
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

As media increasingly moves from print to digital and web-based, limited motion illustration is becoming a staple skill. This introductory course will introduce animation as the artist's and illustrator's tool. Through discussion of motion's uses, settings, and methods of storytelling, gain a proficiency in animating illustrative work - broadening your professional practice and skill set. With guided lesson and studio work time, explore fundamental motion principles and software necessary for creating looping GIFS, animatics, animated logos, and simple shorts.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 30November 3Online - 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 second course in the Web Development Basics series. In this course, build on your 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 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 30November 3Online - AsynchronousOnline

Game Design, Online Classes

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Colin O'Neill
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

Mechanics are the working parts of a game system. Whether on a screen or on a table, all games have rules and logic that make the game fun and challenging. In this course, analyze and implement a wide range of the interactive components of game design. This course takes an in-depth look at what makes a game a game, and how to best approach player interaction for any given concept. Through demonstrations and discussion, explore the vast possibilities to consider as you construct your own game structure. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 30November 3Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Ashby Utting
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

Web Development: PHP and MySQL will take students beyond the what is visible in their web browser's front end displays by exploring and experimenting with the back-end, server-side technologies of PHP and MySQL. Learn how to develop dynamic, programmatic web sites using PHP, discover how to access, display, and work with data contained within MySQL databases, and develop form-focused user experiences that allow you to read and write information into your database. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 30November 3Online - AsynchronousOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Erika Hutchings
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $820.00

This class introduces individuals with little or no design background to the graphic design practice. 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
September 30December 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

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Ashby Utting
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

Web Development: WordPress will acclimate students to developing and designing within the Wordpress content management system. Using contemporary development techniques and workflows, create professional-caliber Wordpress themes. Leverage technologies like PHP, MySQL, SFTP, Docker, and Git to create robust, secure, and scalable Wordpress sites, while also learning how to express your ideas through both design and content.

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

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

Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Avigail Manneberg
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $219.00

The celebrated dioramas, skeletons, and other distinctive features of the natural history exhibits at the Bell-Museum serve as the setting for an intensive drawing course. Students will learn about the gifted artists who created the world-class dioramas as they sketch subjects in their “natural” environments. Students will have the opportunity to develop a deep connection to their chosen subject matter.

This drawing experience, of drawing animals, is very different emotionally from working with traditional still-life in the studio!

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 7September 28Saturday10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

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.

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

Drawing and Painting

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

The Abstract Expressionist movement must have been an exhilarating time to be a painter in the United States. For the first time artists consciously set out to create art that was distinctly American in form and content. They gathered in studios and bars in a heady atmosphere of competition and camaraderie to argue over the new methods and tenets of great painting, vying for just the opportunity to show their work on one end of the spectrum, to a place in art history on the other.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 9November 11Monday6:30–9:30 p.m

Print, Paper, Bookmaking

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

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 9November 11Monday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Heidi Miller
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

Graphic design is a marriage of formal aesthetics and communication. This class focuses on design principles, clear expression of intent, and methodology, allowing students to see projects through from conception to fruition. Putting into practice the concepts and principles of design, students will ideate, research, sketch, develop, and create. Projects, exercises, discussions, lectures, and critique will be used to develop students' visual literacy and professional knowledge. Basic rules of typography, composition, and branding will be explored.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 9November 11Monday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Matthew Luken
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $246.00

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 9October 14Monday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Trevor Carr, Instructor: Jen Evans
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $410.00

Follow a project brief through the process of research, design, and prototyping. Along the way, participate in a decision making and refinement process by considering how people use and respond to the design. Learn how to ensure that accessibility and equity are integrated into the design process from the beginning. Explore how design systems and reusable components lead to thoughtful digital experiences, and how responsiveness, flexibility, and sustainability are fundamental to designing for screens and across platforms.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 9November 11Monday6:30–9:30 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

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 12Tuesday6:30–9:30 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

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Carrie Hartman
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $328.00

Learn how to 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 10October 29Tuesday6:30–9:30 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

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Kevin Bongers
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $246.00

Explore the role prototyping plays in influencing the user experience. Learn about different ways to prototype, from basic paper models through light digital solutions. Learn how to take the prototype code already generated in previous courses and start "light coding" to enhance the motion, bringing it beyond the "out of the box" viewpoint. In addition to creating prototypes, learn how to manage the user testing of prototypes and how to capture and interpret user feedback.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 10October 15Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Neal Peterson
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $164.00

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 11October 2Wednesday6:30–9:30 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

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

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Cameron Browne
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

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

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 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 14Tuesday6:30–9:30 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

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 16Saturday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Kelsey King
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $205.00

In this course students will explore digital painting techniques inspired by traditional painting approaches and processes. Projects and assignments will be focused on painting from observation, working from life, and from photographic reference material. Subject matter will range from still life and landscape to the human figure. This course will focus on painting skills and how they can be used digitally. A brief introduction to Photoshop and basic tools will be covered for those not familiar with the program.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 14October 12Saturday10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Graphic and Web Design

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

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
September 17September 17Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Print, Paper, Bookmaking

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Michelle Lee Lagerroos
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $82.00

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 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 $21 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 21September 28Saturday10:00 a.m.–1:00 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

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

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Katya Oicherman
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $205.00

Surface and pattern are important elements of design and art. The ability to design beautiful and balanced patterns is a valuable addition to the skillset of any art and design practitioner on every level of professional involvement. This studio class offers an opportunity to learn improvisational manual pattern design techniques, develop personal visual language and get to know how patterns are designed for different uses.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 26October 24Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Preston Drum
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.

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: David Farr
Term: Fall 2019
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
September 28September 29Saturday, Sunday9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Drawing and Painting, Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Ages 15-18, Online Classes

Open to students ages 15 and above.
Instructor: Yuta Uchida
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $164.00

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 online drawing class is designed to help motivated visual arts students develop exemplary observational drawings for their portfolios.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 30November 3Online - Asynchronousonline

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, New Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: William G. Franklin
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $164.00

Art evokes emotions. This course builds from the gut reaction derived from an encounter with a work of art to elaborate on a more pure and direct appreciation of it. Aesthetic qualities and non-artistic connections about a work of art are gathered by the students during a museum visit the first day of class. Over the next sessions, students will discuss, challenge, and refine their response concerning direct pleasure [aesthetic and non-artistic], intellectual challenge, and imaginative experiences evoked by the works.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 3October 24Thursday6:30–9:30 p.m

Drawing and Painting

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

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: David Farr
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $240.00

Adobe Lightroom provides both professional and advanced amateur digital photographers with one of the best tools available to manage, adjust, present, and print large volumes of digital photographs. Through the use of demonstrations and hands-on tutorials, students will learn the seven modules that make up the program to become proficient using Lightroom software. By the end of class, they will understand the tools and strategies for creating a digital workflow to manipulate and manage their images.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 12October 13Saturday, Sunday9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Print, Paper, Bookmaking, New Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above
Instructor: Keith Taylor
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $164.00

This short course will teach students how to build a clamshell portfolio box, suitable for the presentation and storage of photographs, prints, books or drawings.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 12October 19Saturday9:30 a.m.–4:00 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

Graphic and Web Design

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

Creative block, self-doubt, and procrastination are often seen as temporary obstacles, but what if they’re actually symptoms of a larger problem? This class begins with the idea that when an artist’s working methods are out of sync with their beliefs, the above problems are not only a symptom, they are an expected outcome. In this one-night workshop, students will examine the stumbling blocks in their creative process, identify when and how they work best (and produce their best work), and see how to get their creative methods and beliefs about creativity in alignment with each other.

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

Professional Development and Liberal Arts

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: Craig Farmer
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $15.00

Enjoy an evening watching clips of films that include art historical references; such as a Rembrandt self-portrait in the latest Mary Poppins film or the Michelangelo painting in Blade Runner 2049.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 25October 25Friday7:00–8:30 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.

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 16 and above
Instructor: David Farr
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $240.00

Through the hands-on use of Photoshop, students will learn the basics of the application: using the tool palette and menus, exploring floating panels and their options in relationship to each tool. Students will be introduced to the Paths, Channels, and Layers floating panels. Much of the work done in Photoshop will revolve around these features, and a fundamental understanding of these concepts are necessary for any user.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
October 26October 27Saturday, Sunday9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art

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

Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Sarah Wieben
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $403.00

This introductory class is tailored to those who have never painted and who are ready to take the plunge. 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
June 3August 5Monday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Cameron Browne
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $403.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 3August 5Monday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Dana Koehler
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $403.00

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
June 4August 6Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Matthew Luken
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $403.00

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
June 4August 6Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Sarah Wieben
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $403.00

With fellow students, collectively examine the concept of abstraction in art while working through a variety of approaches to abstract painting in oils. Instructor-led demonstrations will be geared toward providing both a jumping off point-meant to address how one begins making abstract work, as well as encouraging further development toward creating a personal, unique artistic style of painting and visual language.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 4August 6Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Carrie Hartman
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $322.00

Capture a child's imagination with original artwork while learning the tricks of the illustration trade. During this class, explore a wide range of children's book illustration, from traditional to contemporary. 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. You will be encouraged to experiment with different media and begin to create your own children's books, from the sketch phase to final illustrations.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 5July 24Wednesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Susan Shields
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $363.00

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
June 6August 8Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Joshua Namdev Hardisty
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $363.00

In this introductory-level course, explore how typography is used to communicate effectively within the field of graphic design. While building a basic vocabulary of terms and processes, complete exercises covering 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
June 6August 8Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Print, Paper, Bookmaking

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Mary Leikvold
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $363.00

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
June 6August 8Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Diana Green
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $202.00

The graphic memoir is a specific type of graphic novel. Through a combination of discussion, lecture, handouts, and exploration of existing graphic memoirs, learn to structure and script a story detailing one aspect of your life. An ability to draw and an understanding of the comic form are helpful but the emphasis will be more on writing than about art. During the class, have the opportunity to share work with fellow students and receive valuable feedback.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 8August 5Monday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Print, Paper, Bookmaking

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Mary Leikvold
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $269.00

Learn the basics of the time honored medium of intaglio etching, or hone your printmaking skills and explore new possibilities in intaglio. Begin with basic line etching, and then explore techniques for introducing color and texture into line etchings. There is a wealth of intriguing techniques for experimentation in this class: aquatint provides soft tones; sugar lift etching can afford the etcher a flowing line; chine-collé is a delightful collage technique. You may take on multiple plate etching for full color etched prints.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 13August 10Saturday12:30-4:30 p.m.

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Peter Steineck
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $202.00

This course is a beginner’s guide to Adobe After Effects. Motion graphics is a storytelling platform, a problem-solving tool, as well as playful medium meant to reach a target audience. It is one of the fastest growing fields under the graphic design umbrella and is a successful, cost-effective, and popular communication tool that will enhance any designer's skill set. Using graphic form, typography, image, video and audio students will explore how to effectively communicate through design in time and sequence.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 13August 10Saturday9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Drawing and Painting, New Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Susan Shields
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $202.00

Part art history survey, part studio practice, this course highlights the gravity of gesture in figurative art.  Explore the the topic of the cultural "anatomy" of gesture by researching some prominent art historians such as Kenneth Clark, Jan Bremmer, Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe and Mary Garrard. Stance, gait, proportions, as well as glances and gestures of head and hands will be studied throughout art history. Hone your figurative skills in drawing, painting, and sculpting live models in both classical and modern poses. / Materials fee of $20 in addition to class tuition.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 13August 10Saturday1:00-4:00 p.m.

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Heidi Miller
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $161.00

Visual branding is a critical area of competence for any designer, and a useful area of knowledge for entrepreneurs, marketers, and other professionals. In this class create a cohesive identity system—for a real or fictional company—including a logo, brand assets, and mockups. Through sketching the realization of ideas using the Adobe Creative Cloud products, and structured critiques, the course will explore conceptual literacy, unifying factors in systems design, and the golden rules of logo design. Expect to spend at least 3 hours working outside of class each week.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 17August 7Wednesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Shannon Brunette, Instructor: Chelsea Novotny
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $121.00

Develop and refine your observational drawing practice through close examination and drawing of a variety of plant specimens. During three visits to the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, create studies varying from timed observational contour drawings to fully formed experimentations. Develop and enhance your ability to observe and study the details of a given object. In addition to observational drawing techniques, the instructor will introduce a variety of experimental drawing and painting techniques.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 25August 8Thursday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Ana Llorente
Term: Fall 2019
Price: $1,230.00

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 26December 13Online - AsynchronousOnline

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Elisabeth Workman
Term: Fall 2019
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. 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
August 26December 13Online - AsynchronousOnline

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Alison Nowak
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $403.00

The notebook is a critical tool for the illustrator to record, investigate, and play. Break out of your usual routine and find inspiration from using new materials and the world around. Students will alter an existing book that is provided by the instructor to experiment and explore the notebook as a visual journal. Through a combination of technique demonstrations, sketching field trips around MCAD and the surrounding area, lecture, and individual and group critique, generate ideas in new ways and create new starting points from which to develop work and take creative risks.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 4August 6Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Drawing and Painting

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Susan Shields
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $403.00

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 $14 in addition to tuition.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 5August 7Wednesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Graphic and Web Design

Open to students age 18 and above
Instructor: Trevor Carr, Instructor: Jen Evans
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $403.00

Follow a project brief through the process of research, design, and prototyping. Along the way, participate in a decision making and refinement process by considering how people use and respond to the design. Learn how to ensure that accessibility and equity are integrated into the design process from the beginning. Explore how design systems and reusable components lead to thoughtful digital experiences, and how responsiveness, flexibility, and sustainability are fundamental to designing for screens and across platforms.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 5August 7Wednesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Print, Paper, Bookmaking, New Classes

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Bridget O'Malley
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $202.00

Starts in the paper studio, moves to the printshop and ends at the bindery as you explore different aspects of printmaking. During the first two classes, make unique and colored papers to be printed on. In the printshop, carve images into linoleum blocks, ink them up and print on the newly created handmade paper during week three and four. The last week will be spent binding the prints into sweet little booklets. / Facilities fee of $38 and materials fee of $30 in addition to class tuition.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 10August 7Wednesday6:30-9:30 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students age 16 and above
Instructor: Andi Fink
Term: Summer 2019
Price: $121.00

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

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 23August 6Tuesday6:30-9:30 p.m.