Year after year MCAD offers highly regarded art-and-design programming for adults taught by professional working artists. Classes are offered evenings, weekends, or online.
Looking for other types of classes? Browse the full list of CE Classes.
Many adult classes are open to students ages 16 and above.
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. Please note that the models will be masked at all times. Open to students 16 and above.
This introductory class is tailored to those who have never painted or have not used oil paints before and who are ready to take the plunge. Open to students 16 and above.
During this advanced class, students continue to explore and develop their work for a children’s book audience.
This class examines the lives and works, as well as the concepts and methods, of the great women painters of Abstract Expressionism.
This course covers the fundamentals of line, shape, value, texture, gesture, perspective, and many other tricks of the drawing trade. Open to students 16 and above.
Learn to work with watercolors from observation, photographs, and imagination to create translucent works using this versatile medium. Open to students 16 and above.
This is a weekly accountability and professional development cohort, created as a collaborative space for artists and designers to set aside focused time for running a creative practice or business, as well as meet and exchange with other practitioners from across the country.
Discover a personal means of depicting the figure with accuracy, sensitivity, and expression.
Learn the essentials of landscape painting while enjoying all that summer has to offer.
This class is the printmaker's dream come true. It offers intermediate and advanced printmakers the chance to work in an open and collaborative learning community with instruction from a skilled printmaker, using some of the best printmaking facilities in the Midwest.
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. Please note that the models will be masked at all times.
In this course students will learn the basics of digital painting in Adobe Photoshop, including tools, blending techniques, working from grayscale to color, and utilizing different color blending modes. Open to students 16 and above.
Polymergravure is a non-toxic, faster, and environmentally friendlier alternative to the traditional copperplate photogravure process.
This class is a two day intensive focusing on the specific opportunities and challenges that painting the landscape presents, and how to tackle those challenges using digital painting tools and techniques. Open to students 16 and above.
This fun, on-location class offers students at all skill levels an opportunity to sketch together outdoors and at unique urban locales in Minneapolis, while learning the techniques to capture the people, environment, architecture, and nuances of the visual landscape. Open to students 16 and above.
For societies to reach a sustainable future, individuals will need to adjust their behavior to meet the challenge. This course examines the leverage points that can be used to trigger desired changes in behavior.
In this course, students work through some of the more difficult aspects of painting with water-based media and learn skills and techniques used when applying them into illustration.
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