MCAD’s Pre-College classes offer high-school students the chance to learn from professional artists and earn college credits at one of the top art and design colleges in the Midwest. Single- and multi-week classes include drawing, graphic design, painting, illustration, portfolio preparation, and more, giving young artists exposure to tools and skills necessary to succeed in high school and college.
Many adult classes are open to students ages 16 and above. The list of classes below includes adult classes open to students ages 16 and over.
Throughout the year, Continuing Education sponsors the Figure Drawing Co-op, open drawing sessions for anyone interested in drawing from the live nude model.
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.
Explore different creative ways to represent the Minnesota landscape using watercolor.
Learn the basics of painting with gouache, a versatile opaque water based medium.
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.
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.
Explore the rich history and contemporary applications of woodcut printing.
Observational Drawing is a drawing course designed to prepare students for advanced study in all art majors.
Experience an MCAD studio class in a two-day, hands-on intensive.
In this two day workshop students develop an understanding of illustration as a communicative and collaborative art form, working with and alongside other arts or elements to express narrative.
This class is a quick and accessible photography workshop for everyone–no previous experience required.
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.
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.
In this weeklong intensive, high school students focus on the studio practice of painting. Ages 15-18
This studio drawing class is designed to help motivated visual arts students develop exemplary observational drawings for their portfolios. Ages 15-18
In this week-long Intensive, high school students explore the major of graphic design. Ages 15-18
In this week-long intensive, high school students explore the major of comic art. Ages 15-18
In this week-long intensive, high school students explore the major of illustration. Ages 15-18
This online drawing class is designed to help motivated visual arts students develop exemplary observational drawings for their portfolios. Ages 15-18
In this weeklong intensive, high school students explore the animation major. Ages 15-18
In this weeklong intensive, high school students focus on the studio practice of observational drawing. Ages 15-18
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