School Year Classes, Online Classes, Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 9–12.
Instructor: Alissa McCourt
Term: Spring 2021
Price: $150.00

Using charcoal, graphite, and ink, students will focus on the expressive side of drawing through collaborative projects and abstract drawing exercises. Students will begin learning foundational skills and concepts, such as scale, value, mark making, shape, and the role of composition in the perception of a piece of art. The instructor will expand beyond the traditional and address how drawing can be used to tell stories and express emotions and ideas.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 6March 27Saturday, Online10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: David Farr
Term: Spring 2021
Price: $35.00

If you are new to Adobe Lightroom, you will find that much of your time is spent in the Develop Module. Learn how to process and develop photos using the panels, brush tools, film strip, and presets within this most important module of Lightroom. / Each student will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software throughout the class. / Open to students ages 16 and above. / View complete policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 13March 14Saturday, Sunday, Online10:00–11:30 a.m. (Central Time)

Drawing and Painting, Online Classes, New Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Anika Schneider
Term: Spring 2021
Price: $205.00

This course will guide students in using a multimedia approach to narrative art making. Explore collage, paper folding, and mark making to create narrative art. Projects will employ strategies of “thinking less and making more” in order to expand both the materials and making techniques of students and the narratives that drive their artwork. In addition to art-making, there will be  discussion sessions to identify narrative themes and interest present in student projects. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
March 18April 15Thursday, Online6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Andi Fink
Term: Spring 2021
Price: $123.00

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
March 30April 13Tuesday, Online6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Drawing and Painting, Online Classes, New Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Christopher E. Harrison
Term: Spring 2021
Price: $82.00

Explore the art of collage through an examination of the medium’s history and an exploration of smaller scale collage technique.  Students will experiment with different collage techniques like chine colle and decoupage while using found objects, fabric, and mark making tools. Chine colle is an image transfer technique that creates unique images and textures that become significant elements in collage work.  

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
April 3April 10Saturday, Online1:00–4:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15, Print, Paper, Bookmaking

Open to students ages 12–15.
Instructor: Kara Gregory
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $225.00

In this course, students move away from computer based processes and learn to use low-tech, down and dirty screenprinting techniques that can be replicated at home with relatively little equipment and fast clean-up. Students discover the exciting creative medium that is screenprinting. Students learn how to create stencils for screenprinting to print posters and t-shirts while learning about positive and negative space.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 14June 17Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday1:00–4:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18, Pre-College Studio Intensive, Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 15–18.
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $450.00

In this week-long Intensive, high school students explore the major of graphic design. Using traditional methods along with the latest software, teens get the chance to work on real-world projects similar to those given to designers and illustrators today. Participants also work hands-on to create work that adds depth and variety to their portfolios. / Students will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software throughout the class. / Open to students ages 15–18. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 14June 17Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 6–12
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $125.00

Bring your imagination to life, create, produce and direct your own Stop Motion film! Learn stop motion animation techniques, develop characters, sets, storyboards, and stories in this week long class. Students learn to set up an animation station at home and are guided through the creative process of producing a short animation film. / Open to students ages 6–12. Younger students may need assistance from an adult. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 14June 17Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday9:00–11:00 a.m. (Central Time)

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15, Print, Paper, Bookmaking

Open to students ages 12–15.
Instructor: Bridget O'Malley
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $180.00

Students in this class enjoy learning how to hand bind their own journals and sketchbooks. Students will learn a variety of folded structures (accordion fold, petal fold, secret mystery page, and blizzard books) and more complex bindings, multi-section sewn books. By the end, each student will make a half dozen or more book structures, both traditional and sculptural. / No previous experience required. / Open to students ages 12–15. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 14June 17Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday1:00–4:00 p.m.

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

Open to students ages 15–18.
Instructor: Michael Gaughan
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $360.00

The portfolio is the single most important component of an art school application. Most colleges require several observational drawings, or drawings made from what can be seen, rather than from the imagination or a photograph. This studio drawing class is designed to help motivated visual arts students develop exemplary observational drawings for their portfolios. Students work with still life, landscape, interior, and figurative subject matter as they explore the fundamentals of a good drawing: composition; structure; value; line; and expression.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 14June 24Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday1:00–4:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15, Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 12–15.
Instructor: Roshan Ganu
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $360.00

Learn about the expansive and diverse world of comic book stories and narrative styles while learning the fundamental aspects of story building and comic book layout. Students will create original characters and storylines and be introduced to the techniques, materials, and disciplines used to create professional comic art and picture books. Students will also learn the following skills: storyboarding; lettering; and inking. / Open to students ages 12–15. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 15July 8Tuesday, Thursday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18, Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 15–18.
Instructor: Susan Shields
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $225.00

In this class students learn to "draw what they see," as they begin to transfer their observations to a two-dimensional picture plane. The instructor will demonstrate how to apply the art elements of line and shape to this process, and will explain how and why it works. Other elements of art such as value (light/darkness) and texture will be added to students’ repertoires, as their skills expand. /  Open to students ages 15–18. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 21June 25Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday1:00–4:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6–9
Instructor: Jane Meyer
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $200.00

In this class, students make art focusing on the subject of YOU! Students will not just be focusing on what they look like, but create art to tell a bigger story about their style, hobbies, pets, favorite places, and more. Students will learn both 2-D and 3-D techniques, while using a wide variety of materials to create both from observation and their imaginations. Students learn from famous self-portrait artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Chuck Close, and Kehinde Wiley. / Open to students ages 6–9. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 21June 25Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 6–12
Instructor: Alissa McCourt
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $125.00

Using charcoal, graphite, and ink, students will focus on the expressive side of drawing through collaborative projects and abstract drawing exercises. Students will begin learning foundational skills and concepts, such as scale, value, mark making, shape, and the role of composition in the perception of a piece of art. The instructor will expand beyond the traditional and address how drawing can be used to tell stories and express emotions and ideas.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 21June 25Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00–11:00 a.m. (Central Time)

Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18, Pre-College Studio Intensive, Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 15–18.
Instructor: Brian Britigan
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $450.00

In this week-long intensive, high school students explore the major of illustration through both online and on-campus activities. Bridging the gap between artistic expression and real-world applications, students learn the methods that contemporary illustrators use to create eye-catching images for books, magazines, posters, and products. Assignments and in-class activities focus on visual storytelling, working collaboratively, and channeling creativity on a deadline.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 21June 25Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9–12
Instructor: Jonathan Maki
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $200.00

Let's face it, making portraits is lots of fun! In this exciting week, students will explore what it takes to create a realistic portrait. We'll learn about spacing facial features, how to draw realistic looking eyes, and different head shapes. We'll practice drawing using the new skills and dive deeper by applying these ideas into creating sculptural relief portraits out of different mysterious materials! We'll learn from artists such as Frida Kahlo, Chuck Close, and Kara Walker. If possible we'll go to the Minneapolis Institute of Art for more inspiration, as well.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 21June 25Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Family Workshops, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9, Photography and Filmmaking

Open to students ages 6–12
Instructor: Mary Henry
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $125.00

Explore the fun of photography in this weekend camp! Adults and kids will work together to learn the basics of photography while taking pictures of the world around them on a phone camera. Students will focus on composition, portraiture and humor in photography. Editing tips will also be given within the phone’s photo app capacity. Students will share their photography at the end of the weekend. / Open to students ages 6–12 and their families/caregivers. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. Tuition is per family.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 26June 27Saturday, Sunday10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 6–12
Instructor: Jane Meyer
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $125.00

All creatures big and small will be the theme of this week’s online art camp. We'll look at many cool examples of animal art by Franz Marc, Albrecht Durer, Eric Carle, Wang Yani, and Rosa Bonheur. We'll work from both imagination and observation to draw, paint, collage, and sculpt our furry, feathered, and fishy friends. Key concepts will be shapes, texture, and color mixing. / Open to students ages 6–12. Younger students may need assistance from an adult. / MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 28July 2Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00–11:00 a.m. (Central Time)

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6–9
Instructor: Alissa McCourt
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $200.00

This course empowers artists to investigate the power of storytelling through drawing and mixed media. Artists will engage in different strategies and methods of storytelling, from personal narrative to absurdist imaginings, to comics. Through short writing activities, games, and collaboration, artists will take ownership of their learning journeys and make choices to develop their own unique style. Using a variety of drawing and collage materials, artists will build skills and investigate new possibilities in creative expression. / Open to students ages 6–9.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 28July 2Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18, Pre-College Studio Intensive, Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 15–18.
Instructor: Anika Schneider
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $450.00

This class focuses on the major of painting. Students work both online and in MCAD's professional and expansive painting classroom to hone their skills and define their creative vision. Using traditional painting media, teens get the chance to explore the wide range of techniques used by fine artists today. Participants work from observation to add advanced work to their portfolios. Open to students ages 15–18. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 28July 2Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9–12
Instructor: Chelsea Novotny
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $200.00

Discover the wonders of the natural world. Create connections between the five senses, the environment, and hands on art making. Students in this class get creative with inspiration from nature. Students learn how to incorporate natural materials into drawing, painting, and sculpture. Students use leaves, twigs, and grasses for textural elements in their art. Together they discover the ways in which nature is embedded into the artistic process, materials, and their lives. Class time is spent on discussions, demonstrations, outdoor activities, experimentation, and art-making.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 28July 2Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15, Animation

Open to students ages 12–15.
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $225.00

Bring your imagination to life, create, produce and direct your own Stop Motion film! Learn stop motion animation techniques, develop characters, sets, storyboards and stories in this week long class. Students learn to set-up an animation station at home and are guided through the creative process of producing a short animation film. / Open to students ages 12–15. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete registration policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 28July 2Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15, Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 12–15.
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $225.00

Have fun while learning the challenging skill of drawing from observation. In this class short drawing exercises give students the confidence and ability to tackle more finished works of art. Lessons incorporate a variety of materials and genres such as still life, portraiture, and landscape. For inspiration, students will view and discuss drawings by well-known artists and move outdoors for nature drawing if weather permits. / Open to students ages 12–15. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 28July 2Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday1:00–4:00 p.m.

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

Open to students ages 15 and above.
Instructor: Lynda Monick-Isenberg
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $360.00

The portfolio is the single most important component of an art school application. Most colleges 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. Students work with still life, landscape, interior, and figurative subject matter as they explore the fundamentals of a drawing: composition, line, structure, value, and expression.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 5August 8OnlineOnline

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 6–12
Instructor: Anne Sugnet
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $125.00

Bring your ideas to life while learning new drawing techniques and skills. Dive deeply into the thrilling world of drawing, taking inspiration from artists contemporary to classical. Students will learn and practice the essentials of drawing; line, shape, value, proportion, and composition to make exciting drawing projects large and small. This class will also explore and experiment with a variety of drawing materials, such as pencils, colored pencils, drawing markers, watercolors and charcoal, along with a couple of non-traditional drawing materials. / Open to students ages 6–12.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 5July 9Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00–11:00 a.m. (Central Time)

Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18, Animation

Open to students ages 15–18.
Instructor: Katie Maren Nelson
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $225.00

This class is an introduction to stop-motion animation, covering frame by frame techniques and basic concepts of this traditional and very hands-on style of animation. This is an eye opening experience into a classic technique. The instructor shares behind-the-scenes videos of animations that use stop-motion animation techniques. Students 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
July 12July 16Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15, Photography and Filmmaking

Open to students ages 12–15.
Instructor: Sam Hoolihan
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $225.00

From still lifes to selfies, portraits to panoramas, photography requires a trained eye and technical skills. Pick up tips and tricks from an experienced photographer. Students will experiment with tools, techniques, and materials with guidance and inspiration from photographers from different time periods. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re a seasoned shutterbug, be inspired by traditional and contemporary photo professionals, creative thinking, and your own photographic expression. / Open to students ages 12–15.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12July 16Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday1:00–4:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9–12
Instructor: Brenda Butler
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $200.00

Students in this class learn a traditional paper construction technique each day--origami, pop-up, cutting, and folding paper templates. Students watch short videos of paper artists working and view photographic examples of unique paper sculptures. Students may wish to work large or small. They may choose to create architectural sculptures based on the human made world using geometric forms or design and create organic work inspired by the natural world. Students are encouraged to think about paper sculpture as a stand-alone work of art and as wearable art, like costume or jewelry.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12July 16Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18, Pre-College Studio Intensive, Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 15–18.
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $450.00

In this one-week studio intensive, participants are taught the necessary skills to develop short form comics. The class covers storytelling, character and environment development, penciling, inking, and production. The final goal will be a mini-comic anthology of the student’s work. / Students will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software throughout the class. / Open to students ages 15–18. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12July 16Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 6–12
Instructor: Jonathan Maki
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $125.00

Students will explore all things that fly and flutter, from insects to dragons to planes. Students will study art from medieval times, as well as artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Rene Magritte. They'll paint and draw amazing worlds that play with the illusion of movement. Students will learn assemblage techniques to construct and experiment with art that can fly. / Open to students ages 6–12. Younger students may need assistance from an adult. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12July 16Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00–11:00 a.m. (Central Time)

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6–9
Instructor: Jane Meyer
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $200.00

Fairies, unicorns, sea monsters, mermaids, dragons, and fantasy fauna that have not yet been discovered will be the focus of this fun class! Students exercise their amazing imaginations while they draw, paint and sculpt imaginary creatures. For inspiration, the class explores medieval tapestries, illustrations by Maurice Sendak, and Chinese ink paintings. We focus on texture (both visual and actual), color, and form to make our fantasy creatures seem real. / Open to students ages 6–9. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12July 16Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18, Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 15–18.
Instructor: Chelsea Novotny
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $225.00

Many painting experts believe that learning the techniques of watercolor as a foundation to painting can give students a much deeper understanding when working with opaque oil or acrylic paints. This high school level watercolor class is specifically tailored to meet the interests of teen artists, with the mindset that watercolor can be both an extension of drawing and a foundation for other painting mediums. Students learn essential skills needed to gain a full understanding of watercolor painting, including control, familiarity, and experimentation with the medium.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12July 16Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday1:00–4:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15, Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 12–15.
Instructor: Rachael Bonebright
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $225.00

Students in this class explore the diverse concepts, mediums, and formats in mainstream and indie comics. Comic art traditionally tells a sequential story; design, drawings, and writing are put together in a specific order for the purpose of graphic storytelling. More and more, artists are pushing the boundaries of traditional comics by questioning the structural characteristics of comic books and narration. In this class, students focus on exploring, experimenting and developing a personal method of creating and storytelling.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12July 16Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday1:00–4:00 p.m.

Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18, Illustration and Comic Art

Open to students ages 15–18.
Instructor: Lafe Smith
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $360.00

Characters are essential to making a successful story. Students in this class observe and discuss ways in which artists and authors establish characters in visual media, including film, animation, comics, and games. The class features discussion of character development, writing and drawing exercises, and incorporates visual and informational research. Students learn different methods of character design through style, materials and storytelling methods, creating illustrations from sketch to finish.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 13August 5Tuesday, Thursday1:00–4:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6–9
Instructor: Jane Meyer
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $200.00

Have you marveled at the mountains of Mars, fawned over the flower fields in fairyland, or wondered at the wacky waves of the waterworld? Have you ever imagined faraway places no one has seen? Well, in this class you get to create those places in paint and other colorful media. We will take some inspiration from Paul Gaugain, Charles Burchfield, and Yves Tanguy. The focus is on color mixing, showing the illusion of form and space on a 2-dimensional surface, and imagination. / Open to students ages 6–9. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 19July 23Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9–12
Instructor: Jonathan Maki
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $200.00

Students will get hooked while diving into drawing, painting, and sculpting, while learning about life underwater. The class will start the week by looking at artworks by artists such as Robert Wyland, Hokusai, and Henri Matisse who all created fantastic underwater worlds. If possible, students will visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art to get inspiration for their bubbly works. The class will make observational drawings of sea life, paint swimmers, and sculpt our own sea creatures using fabric, embossing metal, and other fun and funky materials. / Open to students ages 9–12.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 19July 23Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 6–12
Instructor: Anne Sugnet
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $125.00

Do you like absurdity and like to laugh? This week will tickle funny bones and light up imaginations. As artists and storytellers we’ll get to make the impossible happen! We will take inspiration from Surrealist artworks and author-illustrators like Dr. Seuss, Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus) and Minnesota based author Peter Pearson, who wrote and illustrated the fantastically wacky, How to Eat an Airplane.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 19July 23Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00–11:00 a.m. (Central Time)

Family Workshops, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6–12 and their families.
Instructor: Mary Henry
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $125.00

Get ready to explore the outdoors in this environmental themed art camp! Adults and kids willl take inspiration from the natural spaces nearby to create nature based art. Learn about observational drawing, study patterns that exist in nature, and create sculptures from natural objects. Students will create a nature journal to record their observations over the weekend. / Open to students ages 6–12 and their families/caregivers. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. Tuition is per family.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 24July 25Saturday, Sunday10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6–9
Instructor: Alonzo Pantoja
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $200.00

Imagine, create, and explore the wonderful art of puppet making with the use of felt, basic hand sewing techniques, and color to assemble and personalize hand puppets. Projects for this class will include drawing sketches of puppets students want to create, creating different accessories (hats, glasses, pins, etc) for the puppets, making an illustration book of the puppets’ story. / Open to students ages 6–9. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete registration policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 26July 30Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 6–12
Instructor: Anne Sugnet
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $125.00

Students will explore color through painting and other complementary media, inspired by the wonder of nature's myriad color and patterns. Throughout the week, skills related to painting, drawing, color-mixing and color-blending will be taught, with an emphasis on the joy and discovery of hands-on experimentation.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 26July 30Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00–11:00 a.m. (Central Time)

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9–12
Instructor: Melanie Mozingo
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $250.00

Through this class co-offered by MCAD and the Bakken Museum, students will learn and apply the design thinking process to design, develop and effectively prototype a product to solve a real world problem. Experiential and hands-on learning activities will empower students to become innovative thinkers and problem solvers. Students and educators will brainstorm, conduct research, create prototypes and explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional design solutions. With their new knowledge, students will plan, build and test with guidance.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 26July 30Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 9–12
Instructor: Brenda Butler
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $200.00

This class will focus on soft sculpture creatures! Young artists will invent their own beasties and create them as soft sculpture. The focus of this class will be stitching and sewing construction. Students will design creatures, draw pattern templates, cut, stitch, stuff, and embellish. Each day simple sewing techniques will be introduced to students, from simple to complex stitches and embroidery. Time is given in class to design beasties and students are supported in translating their two-dimensional designs into three-dimensional soft sculptures.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 2August 6Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15, Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 12–15.
Instructor: Erin Sandsmark
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $225.00

This class is designed as a fun and exciting path to lead younger artists toward a better understanding of the basic concepts, techniques, and materials used in contemporary painting. Formal elements such as composition, measuring, and color theory are introduced. In addition to independent studio work, students will be introduced to various painting styles, art history, terms commonly used to discuss art and learn the value of group critiques. This class uses water-based acrylic paint. / Open to students ages 12–15.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 2August 6Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday1:00–4:00 p.m.

Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18, Graphic and Web Design

Open to students ages 15–18.
Instructor: Robert Algeo
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $225.00

Learn about the history and foundations of web design, and explore how to actually implement those designs through web development. Students gain both conceptual knowledge, like information architecture, graphic design, and principles of typography, as well as learn concrete technical skills like file management, code editing and usability testing. Throughout the course students learn not just what a well-designed site looks like, but how to use the actual development technologies needed to bring those designs to life as functional websites.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 2August 6Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday1:00–4:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15, Drawing and Painting

Open to students ages 12–15.
Instructor: Alissa McCourt
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $225.00

Using charcoal, graphite, and ink, students in this class focus on the expressive side of drawing through collaborative projects and abstract drawing exercises as they learn scale, value, mark making, shape, and the role of composition in the perception of a piece of art. The instructor addresses how drawing can be used to tell stories through discussions, demonstrations, and assignments. Students view and discuss work by artists who have used drawing as a means to express emotions and ideas.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 2August 6Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18, Pre-College Studio Intensive, Animation

Open to students ages 15–18.
Instructor: Katie Maren Nelson
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $450.00

In this weeklong intensive, high school students explore the animation major. In this class, students engage in demonstrations and lectures while working independently on assignments designed to hone their skills, ideas, and critical thinking skills. This class offers an introduction to hand-drawn animation, covering basic techniques and concepts. Students use aspects of Adobe Photoshop and After Effects to bring their animations to life.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 2August 6Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12

Open to students ages 6–12
Instructor: Anne Sugnet
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $125.00

Join us for this thrilling week! Each morning, an Interpretive Naturalist from The University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center will introduce one or two live raptors (or birds of prey) for us to observe, learn about, and draw. Raptors are carnivorous birds and have existed in some form for 50 to 75 million years. Wow!

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 2August 6Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00–11:00 a.m. (Central Time)

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9

Open to students ages 6–9
Instructor: Alonzo Pantoja
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $200.00

Have fun exploring and learning about the art of Piñatas.This class will use a variety of materials such as paper, cardboard, paint, and yarn to construct a one of a kind Piñata. Projects for this class will include drawing sketches of the Piñatas students want to create, assembling three dimensional sculptures using Piñata making techniques (painting, staining paper, glueing, taping, etc), and consideration for what to put inside. Students will also learn a brief history of Piñatas. / Open to students ages 6–9.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 2August 6Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Lafe Smith
Term: Spring 2021
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 of student work. Production of a final character portfolio will include a brief written narrative and illustrations. / Each student will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software throughout the class.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
February 9April 13Tuesday, Online7:00–8:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Drawing and Painting, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Michael Gaughan
Term: Spring 2021
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
February 10April 14Wednesday, Online6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)

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

Open to students ages 15 and above.
Instructor: Avigail Manneberg
Term: Spring 2021
Price: $300.00

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
February 22April 4OnlineOnline