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

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. This course may use a website for figure drawing assignments that will allow access to professional nude models.

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

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

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, Online Classes, Drawing and Painting

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 6July 9Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00–11:00 a.m. (Central Time)

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes, New Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $246.00

Over the years the Procreate app has become more and more sophisticated and an industry standard for digital illustration and graphic design. This course will cover the basics of drawing with Procreate on ipad.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 7August 11Wednesday, Online6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: T. J. Reinartz
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $410.00

This course provides an introduction to programming and creative code using the popular and accessible P5.js library. Through weekly readings, exercises, tutorials, and practice students explore and create mini projects from concepts that build from week to week, including using repetition to create patterns; logic to create interactivity; and techniques that use advanced data structures to store data. By the end of the course, students have some essential skills needed to begin programming their own ideas and projects.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12August 13Wednesday, Online6:30–7:30 p.m. (Central Time)

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

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)

Art Educator Workshops, Drawing and Painting, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Jonathan Aller
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $250.00

This workshop is designed for art educators that are looking to step deeper into the painting process and venture into a naturalistic way of painting, while acquiring curriculum ideas for the classroom. Discover how applicable the traditional methods of painting are in the contemporary art world and redefine what painting is today by pushing the limits of the artist and their tools. This workshop will explore various traditional and non-traditional media.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12July 16Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Online9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18, Animation, Online Classes

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)

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Alanna Stapleton
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $410.00

This course is one of three 5-week modules that comprise the Teaching Art and Design Online certificate (please note that the third module will be offered in the fall). This course is designed as a short introduction to facilitating the creative process online through reading, writing, discussion, and micro-teaching (assignment design). Students will be introduced to scaffolding, chunking, rubrics, universal design for learning, online tools for interactivity, online demonstrations, and assignment design.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12August 13Tuesday, Online6:00-8:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Art Educator Workshops, Drawing and Painting, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Shannon Brunette
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $250.00

This workshop is geared towards adventurous individuals eager to explore new creative terrain and the art educator who wants to expand the way they think about drawing and mixed media. The class will consider the criteria for successful experimental work and will look at contemporary artists using experimental drawing and mixed media as their primary artistic practice. Experimentation will be key to exploring the parameters of drawing as we push the boundaries of mark making.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12July 16Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Online9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Chelsea Novotny
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $205.00

Water-based media is heavily used in contemporary illustration and design. Watercolor, ink, gouache, and acrylic can be challenging to those new to the media. Each of these media have their own distinct characteristics but also share some similarities. In this course, students will work through some of the more difficult aspects of painting with water-based media and will learn skills and techniques used when applying them into illustration. Students will have the freedom to explore artistic interests within large concepts.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12August 9Monday, Online6:30–8:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Art Educator Workshops, Animation, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Edie McDonald
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $250.00

Bring your imagination to life in Animation for Art Educators! This course is designed to get art teachers back into the studio and generate ideas for new lessons to take back to the classroom. Multiple approaches to animation will be explored with an emphasis on affordable low cost animation options. Students will create and share out their own animations including; zoetropes, flip books and stop motion animation.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12July 16Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Online9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Joslenne Peña
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $410.00

This is the second course in the Web Development Basics series. In this course, students build on their understanding of HTML, and use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to create well crafted web pages. 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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 12August 13OnlineOnline

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

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)

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

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)

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

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

Knowing how to correctly use style sheets and master pages within Adobe InDesign saves time, reduces errors, and is a must when creating long documents. This class will concentrate on these advanced features in demonstrating how to create a multiple page book or magazine layout. / 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
July 13July 15Tuesday, Thursday, Online6:00–7:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Drawing and Painting, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Susan Shields
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $205.00

This class will examine the genre of portraiture across art history, as it provides an introduction to multiple and varied ways to approach the portrait in the studio. Students in this class will learn how to achieve accuracy with regards to proportion, and how to document a degree of "likeness" of the sitter. The instructor will teach students how to succeed at capturing the subject's essence through the use of gesture, shadow-shapes, skull studies, and structural shapes, using various mediums.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 13August 10Tuesday, Online6:30–8:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Print, Paper, Bookmaking, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Dana LeMoine
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $35.00

Coptic stitch is a non-adhesive binding structure that allows students to build up a large block of pages to create something like a journal. This binding uses stitches to create the spine, and in this class that spine will be left open to showcase the beautiful handwork. One of the main reasons this binding form is so popular is because it allows the book to open completely with no wasted space. / Open to students ages 16 and above. View complete policies.

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

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

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, Online Classes

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, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12, Online Classes

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)

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Ellen Mueller
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $246.00

In this 3-week workshop, students learn best practices for group critique, and practice critiquing one another's work. All makers, media, and creative practices are welcome. Students learn reasons behind conducting critique, how to cultivate a growth mindset, methods for crafting a group agreement, how to effectively give and receive feedback, and ways to navigate sensitive conversations. This class is aimed at people who have completed a bachelor's degree, especially those who might be considering graduate study at some point in the future. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 26August 13Tuesday, Online6:30–8:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: David Farr
Term: Summer 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
July 27July 29Tuesday, Thursday, Online6:00–7:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Ellen Mueller
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $123.00

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, students will complete their own walking exercises, and execute original walking-based projects. The course will focus on the following three topics: embodiment, memory, and place. / Open to students ages 18 and above. View complete policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
July 31August 14Saturday, Online1:00–4:00 p.m. (Central Time)

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

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, Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

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

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)

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Andi Fink
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $82.00

This introductory workshop will outline the basics of creating illustrated letterforms and simple but effective typographic composition. Class sessions will be composed of group demonstrations covering basic letter anatomy, stylistic exploration, composition, techniques, and tools. There will be structured time for students to ask questions and receive feedback.  There will also be opportunities for individual student and instructor meetings to further discussion and feedback. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 5August 12Thursday, Online6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Print, Paper, Bookmaking, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Dana LeMoine
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $35.00

Being able to put artwork into a bound form is a valuable tool for many artists. Whether a sequential series, a collection of similar works, or just to keep work safe, there are many reasons artists have done this throughout time. Although there are many ways to bind artwork, a single-signature is a simple form that is easy to work with and does not require a large amount of artwork to feel complete. The hard cover over the binding is a great way to keep artwork clean, damage free, and ready to share or ship if necessary.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 12August 12Thursday, Online6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Maya Hlavacek
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $1,260.00

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 23December 10OnlineOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Ana Llorente
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $1,260.00

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 23December 10Online7:00–8:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $420.00

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
August 23September 26OnlineOnline

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Billy Almon
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $1,260.00

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 23December 10OnlineOnline

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Kjel Johnson
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $1,260.00

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

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 23December 10OnlineOnline

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Curt McNamara
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $1,260.00

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. View complete policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 23December 10OnlineOnline

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Alanna Stapleton
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $420.00

This course is one of three 5-week modules that comprise the Teaching Art and Design Online certificate. This course is designed as a short introduction to essentials of online course design through reading, writing, discussion, and micro-course design. Students will be introduced to objective writing, alignment maps, accessibility, interactivity, universal design for learning, faculty presence, communication tactics, and discussion boards.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 23September 26Tuesday, Online6:00–8:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Alanna Stapleton
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $420.00

This course is one of three 5-week modules that comprise the Teaching Art and Design Online certificate. This course is designed as a short introduction to facilitating the creative process online through reading, writing, discussion, and micro-teaching (assignment design). Students will be introduced to scaffolding, chunking, rubrics, universal design for learning, online tools for interactivity, online demonstrations, and assignment design.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 27October 31Tuesday, Online6:00–8:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Brian Britigan
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $420.00

This course provides students with a behind-the-scenes look at how contemporary illustrators create work for books, magazines, and online publications. Step-by-step instruction demonstrates the process of turning text into visual concepts and rough sketches into finished illustrations. Using projects and exercises mirroring real-world illustration assignments, students will tackle narrative, conceptual, and aesthetic challenges to create clear and effective images.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 27October 31Tuesday, Online7:00–8:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $420.00

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

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 27October 31OnlineOnline

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Annelise Capossela
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $420.00

As media increasingly moves from print to digital, motion illustration is becoming an essential skill. This introductory course will explore animation as the artist’s and illustrator’s tool. With guided lessons and studio work time, students will explore fundamental motion principles and tools necessary for creating looping GIFS, animatics, animated logos, and simple shorts. Through discussions and the study of examples—both commercial and lesser known work—students will explore various methods of storytelling.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 27October 31OnlineOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Erika Hutchings
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $840.00

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

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 27December 10Monday, Online5:00–6:30 p.m. (Online)

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $420.00

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.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 27October 31OnlineOnline

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Lafe Smith
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $840.00

Concept Art is an essential part of development for visual storytelling. Found in the early stages of film, animation, and game projects, this previsualization tool allows creators to imagine and explore cinematic moments through engaging illustrations. Through examination of influences, terminology, and techniques, students will select methods to create a suite of pre-production art emphasizing key story beats, characters, props, and environments.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
September 27December 10Tuesday, Online7:00–8:30 p.m. (Central Time)

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

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

The portfolio is an important component of an art school application. Most colleges require that portfolios include 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 will 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
November 1December 10OnlineOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $420.00

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. Students will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software throughout the course. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
November 1December 10OnlineOnline

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Alanna Stapleton
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $420.00

This course is one of three 5-week modules that comprise the Teaching Art and Design Online professional development certificate. This course is designed as a short introduction to essentials of online course design through reading, writing, discussion, and micro-course design. We will be introduced to objective writing, alignment maps, accessibility, interactivity, universal design for learning, faculty presence, communication tactics, and discussion boards.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
November 1December 10Tuesday, Online6:00–8:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Drawing and Painting, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $1,230.00

The visual journal can be a place of exploration that is portable, economical, and inter/cross-disciplinary. In this course, students create daily journal entries that can include but are not limited to drawings, paintings, collages, digital renderings and photography, paper engineering, and written observations. Each journal's overall form can be conventional or that of an artist's book, website, or blog.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 7August 13OnlineOnline

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Alex Mitchell
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $410.00

Students in Comics Crash Course will learn the fundamental skills necessary for creating comics. Students will be guided to a working knowledge of crafting and producing comics, and will be mentored on how to develop their 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
June 7July 11OnlineOnline

Drawing and Painting, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Amy Sands
Term: Summer 2021
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
June 7August 13OnlineOnline

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes, New Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Trisha Bauman
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $328.00

This interactive course is designed for those looking to develop and launch their own startup as well as for independent professionals seeking to scale their existing business practice. From initial ideation and concepting to go-to-market strategy and growth, participants will learn the essential steps to developing and building their own branded enterprise. The course will draw from industry best practices in market research, business plan development, financing, team development, product-market fit, branding, positioning, marketing communications, and sales.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 7August 2Monday, Online6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Savana Naini
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $1,230.00

Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes. Psychologists use scientific methods to study the behavior and the mental activity of humans and animals. Psychologists search for the causes of behavior both within an organism (biology) and within the environment (experiences). This course introduces students to the broad discipline of psychology, focusing on theories and research explaining behavior.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 7August 13OnlineOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Joslenne Peña
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $410.00

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
June 7July 11OnlineOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Erika Hutchings
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $820.00

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

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 7August 13Monday, Online5:00–6:30 p.m. (Online)

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Neal Peterson
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $164.00

This class is geared towards students pursuing graphic design, professionals looking to fine-tune their skills, or hobbyists with a passion for type. In this 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 exercise different topics ranging from formal usage to typography as art.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 7June 28Monday, Online6:30–8:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Dana Koehler
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $410.00

Through projects, discussions, and lectures, students acquire a thorough understanding of all aspects of digital illustration. Demonstrations of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign are provided. In addition, students learn about the latest tools and file preparation standards for production, including file formats, color palettes, and image resolution. Assignments have an emphasis on technical achievement and presentation. / Each student will have access throughout the class to Adobe Creative Cloud software. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 8August 10Tuesday, Online6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Drawing and Painting, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Kelsey King
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $205.00

In this course students will explore different digital painting techniques including a variety of blending techniques, working from grayscale to color, and utilizing different color blending modes. All paintings will be based on observation, and each week will focus on a different subject matter including still life, landscapes, figures and portraits. Lectures will focus on painting skills needed for each of these subjects and how those skills can be applied digitally. A brief introduction to Photoshop and basic tools will be covered for those not familiar with the program.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 8July 6Tuesday, Online6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

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

Retouching and color-correcting images are two tasks beginning users are always anxious to learn as soon as possible. This class will present the most-used tools and techniques to do these tasks quickly with a high degree of ease and precision. / 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
June 8June 10Tuesday, Thursday, Online6:00–7:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Drawing and Painting, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Susan Shields
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $410.00

This class will cover the fundamentals of line, shape, value, texture, gesture, perspective, and many other tricks of the drawing trade. Developed specifically for the remote learning environment, the course includes clear, step-by-step demonstrations and instructions. Some art history topics, which directly relate to drawing, will also be covered in this course. / Open to students ages 18 and above. View complete policies.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 9August 11Wednesday, Online6:30–8:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Drawing and Painting, Online Classes

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

This course will give students tools to enhance storytelling within figurative painting. Students will investigate narrative figure painting by studying historical and contemporary paintings in order to develop new strategies in their own paintings. Through discussions and brief writings students will learn to define their own allegorical and conceptual goals. The instructor will address how students can push their painting approaches with subtractive and additive processes, color, and new visual hierarchies in order to create evocative visual narratives.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 10July 8Thursday, Online6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Illustration and Comic Art, Online Classes

Open to students ages 16 and above.
Instructor: Diana Green
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $205.00

The graphic memoir is a specific type of illustrated narrative designed to share a personal story. 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, students will have the opportunity to share work with one another and receive valuable feedback from their peers and from the instructor. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 10July 8Thursday, Online6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12, Online Classes, Animation

Open to students ages 6–12
Instructor: Edie McDonald
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)

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Alex Brown
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $656.00

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 14August 9Monday, Wednesday, Online6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Matthew Luken
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $656.00

User Experience (UX) Concepts and Mobile Apps will focus on the process of utilizing sound UX concepts and techniques in order to plan and create a design for a mobile app. With a focus on the end user, students will gain an understanding of the importance of preliminary research, and then will move on to explore a variety of UX techniques and methodologies including, but not limited to, wireframing, prototyping, journey mapping, digital project reporting, user type definition/personas, card sorting, and a variety of testing methods.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 14August 9Monday, Wednesday, Online6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15, Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18, Print, Paper, Bookmaking, Online Classes

Open to students ages 12–18.
Instructor: Kara Gregory
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $210.00

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, Friday1:00–4:30 p.m. (Central Time)

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

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)

Product Design, Online Classes, Art Educator Workshops

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Melanie Mozingo
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $250.00

In this workshop geared towards educators, participants will learn interactive product design skills and how they are applied in the commercial world. The goal of this course is to bring together form and function to learn and create 2D and 3D products that are designed by creatively combining materials and digital media. The course will begin with research, ideation, and learning about the product design and development process. Prototyping categories will be explored, many inspired by IDEO and other industry leaders.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 21June 25Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Online9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Dawn Pankonien
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $1,260.00

By examining myth/ritual and its symbolization process, this course explores the significance of myth—spanning from the ancient Greek stories to modern comics. Anthropological and psychological theories on the origins of mythology are emphasized. Class material utilizes cross-cultural as well as comparative examples from contemporary fine arts and popular culture. Class sessions are a mix of lecture and discussion. This course fulfills the Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning requirement for Humanities and Sciences. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
August 23December 10OnlineOnline

Graphic and Web Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $1,260.00

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 23December 10Online7:00–8:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Professional Development and Liberal Arts, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Maya Hlavacek
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $1,260.00

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 23December 10OnlineOnline

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Asheen Phansey
Term: Fall 2021
Price: $1,260.00

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 23December 10OnlineOnline

Sustainable Design, Online Classes

Open to students ages 18 and above.
Instructor: Denise DeLuca
Term: Summer 2021
Price: $50.00

Nature offers boundless inspiration for sustainable design, but how do we access the wealth of biological information available and apply it effectively to design? This course provides an introduction to biomimicry, a discipline that emulates nature's best ideas and blueprints in order to solve human design challenges sustainably. Each week is composed of three lessons that follows these main themes: Biomimicry Basics, Observing Nature, and Biomimic’s Design Studio. A typical lesson includes an introduction to the topic, readings, and an (ungraded) assignment.

Date StartDate EndDays of WeekTime
June 7July 11OnlineOnline

Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9, Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12, Online Classes, Drawing and Painting

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)