Drawing and Painting

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

Throughout the year, Continuing Education sponsors the Figure Drawing Co-op, open drawing sessions for anyone interested in drawing from the live nude model. While an MCAD staff member is present to facilitate, there is no instruction provided. / No discounts or coupon codes may be applied to the purchase of a Co-op pass. / View complete policies.

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

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

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

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

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

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

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

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

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

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

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

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

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

Graphic and Web Design

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

This is the third course in the Web Development Basics series. In this course, students expand on their understanding of HTML and CSS, laying a foundation for more advanced development work. Students will build towards professional-grade front-end web development. Topics include: advanced layout and positioning, source control using Git and Github, modular CSS, and basic interactivity with JavaScript. Students complete a large development project for their portfolio. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

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

Drawing and Painting, Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

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

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

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

Illustration and Comic Art

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

Capture a child's imagination with original artwork while learning the tricks of the illustration trade. During this class, students will explore the wide range of children's book illustration, from traditional to contemporary. Students will learn what makes a children's book unique; how to communicate through illustration; and how to conceptualize and storyboard ideas. The instructor will also demonstrate a variety of materials that can be used to illustrate a book.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 4October 23Tuesday6:30–9:30 p.m

Illustration and Comic Art

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

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

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

Drawing and Painting

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

People are drawn to watercolors due to their vibrant, delicate, and luminous qualities. Students in this class will work from observation, photographs, and their imaginations to create translucent works using this versatile medium. Students will learn traditional and non-traditional approaches to watercolor painting, including how to transfer an existing drawing into the base for a painting, and how to execute washes and blends.

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

Drawing and Painting

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

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

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

Graphic and Web Design

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

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

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

Photography and Filmmaking

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

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

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

Illustration and Comic Art

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

Fashion Illustration differs from fashion design in that it is more about conveying a mood or expression of a garment rather than about the actual creation and structure of the piece. In this class, students will begin to learn and understand ways of rendering fashion through the study of various methods of drawing and painting, including drawing from the live model. Students will examine and develop the ability to render the figure as well as the fabrics that adorn.

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

Print, Paper, Bookmaking, New Classes

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

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

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

Graphic and Web Design

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

In this introductory-level course, students will explore how typography is used to communicate effectively within the field of graphic design. While building a basic vocabulary of terms and processes, students will explore different topics ranging from formal usage to typography as art. Class periods will include studio time, discussions, and critiques appropriate to the projects throughout the course.

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

Print, Paper, Bookmaking

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

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

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

Pre-College Studio Intensive

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

Experience an MCAD studio class in a two-day, hands-on intensive, focusing on an introduction to hand-drawn animation, covering basic techniques and concepts. Students will start with traditional pencil and paper techniques, and then will use aspects of Adobe Photoshop and AfterEffects to bring their animations to life. Students will dig into the fundamentals of animation by learning about frame rate and basic animation principles, such as squash and stretch, ease-in/ease-out, anticipation, and more.

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

Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Ages 15-18

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

The portfolio is the single most important component of an art school application, and colleges across the nation are stepping up their requirements for admission. Most require several observational drawings, or drawings made from what we see, rather than from our imagination or a photograph. This studio drawing class is designed to help motivated visual arts students develop exemplary observational drawings for their portfolios.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 29October 27Saturday10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Pre-College Studio Intensive, New Classes

Open to students ages 15–18
Price: $205.00

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

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

Graphic and Web Design

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

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

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

Photography and Filmmaking

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

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

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

Drawing and Painting, New Classes

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

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

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

Illustration and Comic Art

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

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

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

Illustration and Comic Art, New Classes

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

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

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

Illustration and Comic Art

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

This dynamic class will introduce students to illustration materials and techniques, conceptual approaches to image making, and will address practices relating to the business of illustration. Illustration is essential to the success of the editorial, advertising, publishing, and product packaging industries. The creative process will be discussed, from creating initial sketches to undergoing final illustration critiques.

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

New Classes

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

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

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