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.
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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.
Join us for a fun community event creating valentine cards to share with family and friends.
In this class, students are introduced to basic elements of drawing, such as line, value, texture, and shape. Study perspective and build skills for the successful transference of three-dimensional observation to a two-dimensional picture plane.
Enter the world of infographics and learn about the growing field of information design.
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.
A continuation of Figure Painting 1, expanding students' knowledge of painting the human figure.
Get started in Maya software, the leading application for the production of visual effects for film, television, and video games.
In the User Experience (UX) Design Basics Workshop, explore user experience in the digital and physical design worlds.
Explore different creative ways to represent the Minnesota landscape using watercolor.
Learn the basics of painting with gouache, a versatile opaque water based medium.
The act of drawing from the live human form can feel intimidating. The key to success lies in a sound understanding of the creative problem-solving process, in combination with an acknowledgment and recognition of one's own "creative DNA."
This class focuses on the process of how to work on a full 32 page children's picture book manuscript.
This class is ideal for those who work in both print and on the web. Through concise, straightforward instruction, learn how to get started with Adobe Illustrator and how to work toward the creation of images and text with more sophisticated tools and techniques.
This is a weekly accountability and professional development cohort, created as a collaborative space for artists and designers working remotely 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.
Explore the basics of contemporary furniture design and fabrication in this self-driven class.
This course builds on the introductory skills learned in Portraiture in Painting 1.
Digital Comic Art is a course exploring the skills and foundational knowledge to create fully digital comics.
This class introduces individuals with little or no design background to the graphic design practice.
This is the second course in the Web Development course series. In this course, students build on their understanding of HTML, and use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to create well crafted web pages.
Learn the basics of using Procreate for the iPad and discover what this digital platform can lend to an existing practice, both physical and digital artwork.
Explore many of the high-end features within Adobe InDesign that assist students in creating documents, preparing text and design layouts through preflighting and packaging their documents for printing.
Develop and refine an observational drawing practice through close examination and drawing of a variety of plant specimens.
User Experience (UX) Concepts and Mobile-first Design focuses on utilizing human-centered design UX concepts to create mobile-first designs. Students navigate through the phases of the UX lifecycle (discovery, define, design, and evaluate) to meet the needs of their user audience.
Learn the basics of this time honored medium, or hone your existing etching skills and explore new possibilities and methods.
Explore the rich history and contemporary applications of woodcut printing.
Visual branding is a critical area of competence for any designer, and a useful area of knowledge for entrepreneurs, marketers, and other professionals.
Adobe Premiere Pro is a video editing software for creating videos fast.
This class is a quick and accessible photography workshop for everyone–no previous experience required.
Nature offers boundless inspiration for sustainable design, but how does one 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 to solve human design challenges sustainably.
Using flowers and plants as subject matter, create watercolor paintings that are vibrant, delicate, and luminous.
As one of the most well-known desktop graphics applications for the desktop, Adobe Photoshop is now available on the iPad for creative professionals in the graphic design and illustrative communities.
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.
This is the third course in the Web Development course series. Students build towards professional-grade front-end web development.
Over the years the Procreate app has become more and more sophisticated and an industry standard for digital illustration and graphic design.
Tapestry weaving has been practiced across cultures for over two thousand years and has been recently revived as a contemporary art form. A weft-faced handwoven textile, these weavings can be created using inexpensive tools and simple weaving techniques - making it an accessible art form for many.
Explore the art of collage through an examination of the medium's history and an exploration of smaller scale collage technique.
Get started in building professional materials for applying to grants and other art-related opportunities.
Explore the diverse world of alternative comics creation and production.
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.
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.
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