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Community Education & Professional Practice

Convenient remote courses for arts professionals and curious creatives. Open to all.

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We provide Baltimore’s creative community (and beyond!) with access to a wide range of remote interactive art and design courses, taught by MICA adjunct faculty.

Explore new paths for creative expression.

Take your professional practice to the next level.

Learn from the best: MICA’s world-renowned faculty.

Summer 2021 remote courses are open for registration!

For the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, we will continue our courses on remote platforms. MICA will provide all necessary software, and we will work with you to make sure you are adequately prepared for each course or class.

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Beginner

_ PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Workshop: Python Basics

Sundays, June 13 - Aug. 1 (no class July 4 and 11), 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

This workshop is an introduction to Python for data analysis. Students learn how to get started using Python as a tool for data analysis. Starting with the basics, students learn to navigate using the command line, download and install Python 3.6 (or later), select an integrated development environment (IDE) and text editor, and begin to write basic scripts. Students also learn about Python’s powerful libraries for data analysis and scientific computing. Cost: $199

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Larry Gray

Beginner

_ PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Workshop: Figma

Saturdays, June 5, July 10 or Aug 14, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learn how to design and build fully interactive prototypes with Figma. In this workshop you will learn how to create responsive designs at scale, how to populate your designs with real data, and how to animate your designs in order to make realistic prototypes that rival native apps. Prototypes can sell ideas to stakeholders, gain valuable insight during research, and communicate details to engineering teams. Figma, an industry-standard design tool, has all of the features needed to create high-fidelity prototypes and can help streamline your design process. Personal licenses are free. Cost: $85

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Nitin Sampathi

Beginner

_ PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Workshop: Illustrating in Procreate

Tuesdays, July 20, 27 August 3, 10, 6:30 pm - 9 pm

Take your drawing tablet on the road and render artwork in pastels, painting and cartoons. Learn how to get the most out of this drawing tool that you can take anywhere. Requires Procreate on the iPad with an Apple Pencil. Cost: $170

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Trish Moore

Beginner

_ PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Intro to Adobe Illustrator

Mondays, June 7 - Aug 2, no class July 5, 6:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Through real-world projects students will explore how to create posters, illustrations, assets for web projects and logos with the tools, modifications and techniques that this robust illustration program offers. Cost: $675

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Trish Moore

Beginner

_ PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Photoshop Basics

Thursdays, May 27 – July 29, 6:30 pm - 9:45 pm

This immersive seminar covers the basic tips and techniques in color correction, retouching, montaging, and image manipulation. Students will work with brushes, layers, masks, styles, blending modes, and more to create unique imagery. Best practices will be covered in working, managing, saving, and exporting Photoshop files for use in other Adobe applications. Cost: $675

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Randy Morgan

Beginner

_ COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Learning to Paint the Landscape

Thursdays, May 27 - July 29, 2021, 4 pm - 7:45 pm

Throughout history, the challenge of capturing the changing light in landscape and the expressive possibilities that climate creates have captivated artists from El Greco and Turner, to Corot and Van Gogh. In this course, suitable for all levels and open to all media, students will explore painting techniques for quickly rendering light and atmosphere in the afternoon-evening landscape.  Cost: $675

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Duane Lutsko

Beginner

_ COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Learning to Draw

Tuesdays, May 25 - July 27, 6:30 pm - 9:45 pm

This course will focus on the fundamentals of seeing and responding with simple drawing tools. We will explore mark making, gesture, movement, line and the rendering of three- dimensional objects to establish a firm foundation for your drawing practice. You will learn that you do not need some elusive gift, instead with time, commitment and practice that you will learn to draw the world the way only you can see it. Cost: $675

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David Little

Beginner

_ COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Workshop: Book Arts

Saturdays, July 10, 1 pm - 3 pm, and July 17 & 24, 1 pm - 5 pm

In this workshop, students will learn a contemporary variation on single sheet coptic binding to join single sheets into a book that opens flat and does not require folds or glue. This technique allows the artist to bind books with unusual materials, such as heavy watercolor paper, cardboard, or wood panels. Students will learn to stitch a prototype book using cardboard, and then produce a second book using materials of their choice. Cost: $170

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Ursula Minervini

Beginner

_ COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Workshop: Linocut Printmaking & Print Exchange

Saturdays, June 5 & 12, 1 pm - 6 pm

Linocut relief printing is direct, expressive, and can be practiced at home with simple tools and materials. In this workshop students will learn to carve and print a single-color linoleum cut, and then exchange prints by mail. Students will complete the workshop with a small collection of prints, as well as the tools and skills to continue printing independently. Cost: $170

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Ursula Minervini

Intermediate

_ PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Workshop: Fresh & Playful Lettering in Procreate

Wednesdays, May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 6:30 pm - 9 pm

Level-up your hand-lettering! Harness the power of Procreate’s incredible features to elevate your work: polish your letterforms, develop dynamic layouts, integrate playful illustrations & more to help push your lettering to the next level! Perfect for more practiced lettering artists looking to freshen up their portfolio, analog letterers ready to try some digital techniques, and beginners eager to dive into the lettering world Requires Procreate on the iPad with an Apple Pencil. Cost: $170

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Alissandra Seelaus

Beginner

_ COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Workshop: Needle & Wet Felting

Saturdays, June 5, 12, 19, 11 am - 3 pm

This fiber workshop is a fully remote introductory to needle and wet felt making processes. Students will learn about the properties of wool, as well as other fibers, in addition to the regional and cultural roots of the techniques central to the class. Upon completion students will have produced several felted objects and will be equipped with the terms and tools to continue their creative pursuits with felt making beyond the workshop! All students will be given the option of buying a pre-made kit or procuring their own materials and tools. A list as well as suggested links and vendors will be provided to anyone who prefers not to buy the kit upon enrollment. Cost: $170

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Kendra Hebel

Beginner

_ COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Workshop: Botanical Illustration with Watercolors

Saturdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 1 pm - 3:30 pm

This workshop is designed for the student who is interested in capturing the beauty of nature through observation and illustration of botanicals using watercolor pencils. It is a four session workshop that introduces the student to the use of observation sketches and value studies to develop botanical pieces. This botanical workshop is ideal for the beginner with materials that give the student the most control and a subject matter that is easily accessible. The student will be exposed to a taste of watercolor as a medium and experience with traditional botanical illustration. Cost: $170

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David Little

What our students
are saying

“I actually love the remote delivery. I still have access to the instructor and peers, but I don’t have to cart all my painting supplies (and wet canvases) back and forth every week!”

“Superb balance of information, demonstration, peer sharing, and hands-on application.”

“I most liked the lectures and class critiques. The teacher is a master at eliciting class participation and gleaning the important points of the lessons through the works.”

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FAQ

How will I access the software needed for the class?

Once enrolled, you will receive a MICA email with a link to your Student Welcome Guide. This email will also include login instructions to access tools and software necessary for your course such as: Canvas, Adobe Creative Suite, Zoom, and Google Drive.

I’m not sure if this class is for me. How can I talk to someone?

Contact the Office of Open Studies at (410) 225-2219 or openstudies@mica.edu

How will I interact with classmates?

Classes will be held synchronously via zoom, where peer and instructor discussions and critiques will be conducted.

I am registering for a Community Education course. How will I get my materials?

For classes where materials are needed, a materials list will be included in the Student Welcome Guide that you will receive via email starting the week of December 7, for Spring 2021 courses. Materials will also be available to purchase online through the MICA Art Store at https://shop.mica.edu/art-supplies/

I see this course is for credit. What’s this for?

Students enrolled in this course also receive credits. Teachers may apply this credit towards renewals of certifications.

Will I be on zoom the entire time?

Class format and “zoom time” will be structured to accommodate the needs of each class.

What time zone are the courses held?

All courses and workshops are scheduled for an EST time zone.

Are payment plans available?

Payment plans are available. Please contact the Office of Open Studies for more information and to set this up: (410) 225-2219 or openstudies@mica.edu

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Office of Open Studies
Location 1229 W. Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
Contact (410) 225-2219
openstudies@mica.edu