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Classes
Dates and Descriptions

The Cranbrook Summer Art Institute offers three sessions of classes to choose from in each. Students may register for one, two or all three sessions. They also have the option of registering for one week at a time throughout the summer in our "Art for the Undecided" class described below.

Certain classes are better for beginning students and certain classes require more advanced training. If you have a question about how well you match up with a class, feel free to contact us.

Registration is currently open and remains open until each class fills. We will note on this page when a class is full.

 

Dates for each session:

Session 1: June 23 to July 11, 2014 - Boarding available
Session 2: July 14 to August 1, 2014 - Boarding available
Session 3: August 4 to August 15 , 2014 - Boarding available

 

Session 1: June 23 to July 11, 2014
Students may take ONE of the following classes for this session



Art for the Undecided: Nothing in Normal
Comics

Darkroom Photography

Digital Photography
Fashion Design

Figure Drawing
Fundamentals of Painting
Metals: Jewelry as Art

 

Session 2: July 14 to August 1, 2014
Students may take ONE of the following classes for this session


Alternative Photography
Architecture
Art for the Undecided: Traditional Practices and Beyond
Contemporary Painting
Digital Photography
Introduction to Drawing
Renegade Art


Session 3: August 4 to August 15, 2014
Students may take ONE of the following classes for this session


3D Printing: Digital Design to Real Objects
Art for the Undecided: Material Explorations and Narratives
Portfolio Development
Figure Drawing


CSAI: Classes

 

Session 1: June 23 to July 11
Students may take ONE of the following classes for this session

art for the undecided

 

Art for the Undecided: Nothing is Normal

If you love making art but do not know what kind of art you like the best, this exploratory class is for you. Here, you will experiment with a variety of art making practices both in 2D and 3D forms. This class is a great way to diversify the kind of work you make, helping you see artistic potential in almost any material or object.  You will learn about sculpture, ceramics, drawing, printmaking and mixing media all in this one class. 

Each Art for the Undecided course is designed so each week is a contained unit and distinct from the other. While we recommend you register for a full session, you have the option to sign up for any single week or combination of weeks.  No other class has this option.

Instructor: Andrea Alonge is a current graduate student in Fibers at Cranbrook Academy of Art.  She earned a BFA in Fibers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after attending Arizona State University for three years.  She is an accomplished artist book maker, with work in the permanent collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She is also team teaching Renegade Art in the second session of CSAI.

art for the undecided

 

Comics

Comics involve a unique combination of storytelling and artwork.  There are many established forms, such as Marvel and anime, as well a growing underground world of independent comics.  The class will focus primarily on the artistic element of comics, pushing you to develop your own style.  You will work on formal drawing and inking techniques in rendering perspective, the figure, and expression, and study effective ways of laying out page.  You will design an original character and build a story around that character. By the end of this class, you will produce at least three to four pages of a comic story, which will then be collected into an anthology with their classmates' work.  All skill and knowledge levels are welcome.

Instructor: Lauren Brooks is a current graduate student in Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art and earned a BFA in Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin.  She taught art at high schools in Texas for four years prior to attending Cranbrook.

art for the undecided

 

Darkroom Photography
Film is as fundamental to photography as drawing is to design, architecture and illustration. Although photography is rapidly changing, the best way for anyone to learn essential photographic skills remains in the darkroom. In this class you will learn how to operate a 35mm SLR camera, process your own black and white film and make quality darkroom images, called silver gelatin prints. You will also learn how to use available light on location, making use of Cranbrook's beautiful 330-acre campus. Experimentation with pinhole cameras and printing techniques in the darkroom will mix things up. By the end of the class students will have an entire portfolio of prints.

CSAI has 35mm SLR cameras available for use, but recommend that you consider bringing your own.

Instructor: Kate LaPier earned an MFA in Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art and earned a BS in Studio Art with a Concentration in Photography at The College At Brockport.  She also managed the darkroom at Brockport and has taught at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography.  Her artwork has been in over a dozen group exhibitions.

art for the undecided

 

Digital Photography + Video
Photographers and moviemakers have a very similar skill set.  Both strive to capture that perfect moment through the use of light, environment, and composition.   This unique class is a hybrid of both art forms.  You will start with portraiture in the studio, exploring various lighting setups, compositions, and how to work with a model.  You will then go out on location, taking advantage of the immense and beautiful campus as a backdrop.  You will learn ways to utilize natural light and the camera in order to get just the right look.  Finally you will enter the computer lab, learning photo editing, printing, and basic video production, including ways to incorporate still images into your films.  Many colleges are combining video and photography into one program—this class will help you keep up with the trend.

Instructor: Krystal Oliva is a current graduate student in Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She earned a BS in Advertising and a BA in Studio Art at the University of Tennessee.  Her work experience ranges from an instructor at a modeling agency to an intern for diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia.

art for the undecided

 

Fashion Design

From the courts of Marie Antoinette to modern designers, fashion continues to influence our everyday lives. This course will cover the basic principles of fashion, giving you a taste for what it takes to create your own line of clothing. You will focus on the alteration and manipulation of existing patterns and garments along with the sewing skills to create original, creative designs. Additionally you will learn embellishment, basic millinery, and an introduction to the making of accessories. At the end of the class we will put on a fashion show where your outfits and accessories take center stage.

Dana Keaton-Wilson has been designing her "Dana Keaton Collection" for the past 15 years and also holds a BS in Business and a MBA in Marketing. Dana has been featured in StyleLine, BLAC and Hour Magazines. She served as a Senior Web Designer at Ford, an instructor at College for Creative Studies, and is currently an instructor at Youthville in Detroit.  She has twice won awards for her fashion instruction.  Visit her website here.

art for the undecided

 

Figure Drawing

An essential fundamental for any visual artist is knowing how to draw the human form. Working with live, non-nude professional models, this class will focus on representational figure drawing, using a range of dry and wet media, including charcoal, graphite, watercolor, and ink. You will learn to draw the proportion of a figure, create realistic figure studies with traditional rules of line and shading, capture gestures, understand anatomy, and experiment with non-standard materials. By drawing models in quick and long poses, you will emerge from the class with an abundance of sketches and a few polished pieces in the medium of your choice.

Instructor: Katy Richards earned an MFA in Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art and earned a BFA in Studio Art from Cleveland Institute of Art. She has been in group and solo shows across Ohio and has received numerous awards including the Award for Excellence in Visual Arts of 2011, the John Paul Wrobble Prize for Excellence in Painting, and the Carl Gaertner Memorial Prize of 2010.

art for the undecided

 

Fundamentals of Painting
The simple gesture of applying paint to canvas unleashes a world of creativity.  This class will introduce you to the concepts and the fundamental principles of painting. You will be introduced to color theory, Plein air, still life, critiques, and how to build a painting from the ground up. You will work with acrylic and watercolor, emphasizing how to use paint to articulate your own voice. Through observational sketches at the Cranbrook Science Museum to copying paint strokes from art at the Cranbrook Art Museum, will gain insight in understanding what painting is today, how it can function, and how it has changed over time.  Painting is more than an illustration, it is a powerful medium to express yourself.

Instructor: Sean O'Donnell earned an MFA in Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art and earned a BFA from the University of Akron. His work has won numerous grants and awards and has appeared in over a dozen exhibitions. You can see Sean’s artwork at www.soartspace.com.

art for the undecided

 

Metals: Jewelry as Art

Contemporary jewelry has no bounds. From the lumbering lumberjack to the daintiest dancer, everyone has jewelry made so they can express who they are. At first you will learn fundamental metalsmithing techniques, including piercing, drilling, dapping and soldering. You will be encouraged to supplement your pieces with other alternative mediums such photography, drawings or found objects. Cold connections such as riveting will enable you to join objects together, making it possible to create on a rather large scale. Small and large, rugged and delicate-- the possibilities for you are wide open.

Instructor: Tiff Massey earned her MFA in Metals from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She earned a BS in Biology at Eastern Michigan University. For the past five years she has taught Scultpure, Art and Design with The College for Creative Studies Community Arts Partnership. Her works have been exhibited throughout the United States and Belgium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 2: July 14 to August 1
Students may take ONE of the following classes for this session

architecture

 

Alternative Photography
Instagram and many other apps and software programs are designed to simulate alternative forms of photography. Learn to do the real thing in this class, which will focus on photography beyond the realm of digital capture. You will learn many 'antique' photographic processes, such as cyanotype, gum bi-chromate, and van dyke. Contemporary techniques including lomo photography, solvent transfers, and digital negatives will also be explored. Alternative photography is a playful medium that brings the artist's hand back into the process of picture making.

Instructor: Travis Hocutt earned an MFA in Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art and earned a BFA in Photography from the Art Institute of Boston. Travis has taught many photography classes both in the United States and abroad. His specializes in alternative and antiquated photographic media. Click here to see Travis' artwork.

art for the undecided

 

Architecture 
Cranbrook has a rich history in modern architecture, featuring the work of world-renowned architects such as Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Albert Kahn, Rafael Moneo, Steven Holl, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. This course will make use of these structures on campus and provide a basic overview of architectural styles and theories, encouraging students to think about the spaces that they inhabit on a day-to-day basis.  From pattern to form, this class will introduce students to the value of observation and free-hand drawing as a way to truly comprehend immediate spatial surroundings using water-color, marker, ink, charcoal and graphite.  You will then learn draftsmanship, including the important techniques of layering, rendering, line weights and scale.  The class will culminate with you creating a 3D model of your best design from chip board, foam core and balsa wood.

Instructor: Juan Torres earned a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  He earned a bachelors from the University of Illinois and has a certificate of study from the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles in Urbanism and Public Space Studies. Currently, Juan maintains an independent design studio practice in Detroit, Chicago and New York City.

art for the undecided

 

Art for the Undecided: Traditional Practices and Beyond
 If you love making art but do not know what kind of art you like the best, this exploratory class is for you. Here, you will experiment with a variety of art making practices both in 2D and 3D forms.  In this class you will explore a wide range of techniques in traditional and non-traditional formats.  Diversify your artistic practice through drawing, collage, sculpture, and painting.  Intuition, chance, modularity and repetition (along with other concepts) will be explored as a means for creating innovative new work.  

Each Art for the Undecided course is designed so each week is a contained unit and distinct from the other. While we recommend you register for a full session, you have the option to sign up for any single week or combination of weeks.  No other class has this option.

Instructor: Mark Reamy earned an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art and earned a BFA in Photography at Ohio University.  He is an accomplished studio photographer, retoucher and illustrator with clients including Lane Bryant, Snapstagram and Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter & Beyonce Knowles. Earlier this year, he had a solo exhibition at ROY G BIV Gallery in Columbus, OH.

art for the undecided

 

Contemporary Painting
Through most of art history, artists put paint on canvas in photo-realistic ways. In the contemporary art world, many painters are finding new ways of creating work, using new kinds of paint and canvas and leaving photo-realism to photographers. In this class, we will look at the possibilities that exist in painting. We will start with traditional painting techniques, then move to the use of spray paint, silk screening, thick acrylic glazing, and pouring to create something entirely new. You will even be challenged to slice apart your canvas to reveal new forms. This class will have you thinking about what a painting is in a completely new way.

Instructor: Katy Richards earned an MFA in Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art and earned a BFA in Studio Art from Cleveland Institute of Art. She has been in group and solo shows across Ohio and has received numerous awards including the Award for Excellence in Visual Arts of 2011, the John Paul Wrobble Prize for Excellence in Painting, and the Carl Gaertner Memorial Prize of 2010.

art for the undecided

 

Digital Photography
The photographic world is full of fun apps, cool cameras, and an abundance of equipment and software, but none of it will make you a great photographer. Knowing how to use light, how to form compositions, and how to turn what is in your head into a print are the keys to being great. In this class you will learn how to carry out several different photo assignments from start to finish, learning the capabilities of the camera, lighting (both in the studio and on location), Adobe Photoshop and quality printing techniques. You will also make use of a green screen for some fun special effects.

Instructor: Sol Erez is a current graduate student in Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art.  He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education from The School of Art,Hamidrasha in Israel.  He taught art at two Israeli high schools for three years.

art for the undecided

 

Introduction to Drawing
Drawing is a skill that anyone can learn. Not only is it the basis for many other art practices, but it can also be a rich and fulfilling process itself. This course will cover the concepts that form the foundation of a strong drawing practice such as line, shading, composition, and proportion. You will become familiar with many drawing materials and techniques while improving your powers of observation by training your eye to recognize shape, value, and edge quality, three vitally important skills. We will spend the first portion of the class drawing from life-- both indoors and outdoors. In the last portion we will work with more experimental drawing techniques while still exploring value, scale and composition. The class will feature experiences working with live, non-nude models.

Instructor: Katy Lloyd earned an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art and earned a BFA in Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art.  She is currently an instructor at the Detroit Institute of Art and a supervisor at the Cranbrook Art Museum.  Click here to see Katy’s artwork.

art for the undecided

 

Renegade Art
Not all art is made to be in galleries.  For decades, many highly respected and controversial artists have made a living finding alternative ways of sharing their work with the world. Stickers, posters, zines, stencils- these and other processes of renegade artists will be studied and reproduced in the studio. Subjects addressed will include the DIY punk movement, street art, zine culture and graffiti styles with the studio processes that these practices involve.   Through group projects, installations, individual work, you will learn how renegade artists ply their craft in a variety of do-it-yourself methods.

Most street artists find ways to practice their art within the boundaries of the law.  This class will emphasize these practices.

Instructors: This class is being team taught by Andrea Alonge and Brian Knowles.  Andrea is currently a graduate student in Fibers at Cranbrook Academy of Art.  She earned a BFA in Fibers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after attending Arizona State University for three years.  She is an accomplished artist book maker, with work in the permanent collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Brian earned an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Oregon, plus a BFA in Painting and a BA in Biochemistry from Rice University.  He has taught classes in street art at the University of Oregon for the past four years.

 

 

 

 

Session 3: August 4 to August 15
Students may take ONE of the following classes for this session

art for the undecided

 

3D Printing:  Digital Design to Real Objects
3D printing is becoming the next big revolution in art and design.  This method, which uses a “Makerbot” to print layer after layer of plastic to make a 3D object, is still figuring out what all is possible.  In this class, we will learn about how advances in technology have changed the way everyday objects are made.  We will learn about Detroit’s rich manufacturing history and explore making physical objects in the studio by digitally constructing designs for the 3D printer.  We will go over fundamentals of 3D computer-aided modeling and produce one experimental 3D prototype and one wearable piece.

Instructor: Juan Torres earned a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He earned a bachelors from the University of Illinois and has a certificate of study from the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles in Urbanism and Public Space Studies. Currently, Juan maintains an independent design studio practice in Detroit, Chicago and New York City.

art for the undecided

 

Art for the Undecided: Material Explorations and Narratives
 If you love making art but do not know what kind of art you like the best, this class is for you. In this class you will explore innovative ways of telling stories through building spaces, constructing props, and creating your own symbolic languages. Through using painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, ceramic casting, music, photography, and installation, you will become familiar with innovative ways of handling traditional and non-traditional materials to create exciting new artwork.  Communicate your ideas and stories in avant-garde ways!

Each Art for the Undecided course is designed so each week is a contained unit and distinct from the other. While we recommend you register for a full session, you have the option to sign up for any single week.  No other class has this option.

Instructor: Sheida Soleimani is a current graduate student in Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art.  She earned a BFA from the University of Cincinnati.  She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in several states, as well as previously owning and operating her own independently run space, Third Party Gallery.  Click here to see Sheida’s artwork.

art for the undecided

 

Portfolio Development
A strong portfolio is one of the most important factors when applying for college art programs. This class will help you prepare your portfolio in two ways: first, by developing new artwork, and second, by learning effective strategies for applying to college art programs. The studio portion will help you to develop a strong and coherent body of work in drawing and painting, given time to complete new artwork and to rework what you already have.  You will also learn about what various colleges are looking for and how to write a good artist statement.  Guest lecturers from various college art programs will provide further insight into the college admissions process.

Instructor: Sean O'Donnell earned an MFA in Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art and earned a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Akron. His work has won numerous grants and awards and has appeared in over a dozen exhibitions. You can see Sean’s artwork at www.soartspace.com.

art for the undecided

 

Figure Drawing
An essential fundamental for any visual artist is knowing how to draw the human form. Working with live, non-nude professional models, this class will focus on representational figure drawing, using a range of dry and wet media, including charcoal, graphite, watercolor, and ink. You will learn to draw the proportion of a figure, create realistic figure studies with traditional rules of line and shading, capture gestures, understand anatomy, and experiment with non-standard materials. By drawing models in quick and long poses, you will emerge from the class with an abundance of sketches and a few polished pieces in the medium of your choice.

Instructor: Katy Lloyd earned an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art and earned a BFA in Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art. She is currently an instructor at the Detroit Institute of Art and a supervisor at the Cranbrook Art Museum. Click here to see Katy’s artwork.