Remote Learning

Fall 2020 courses are now available remotely

Convenient classes for arts professionals and curious creatives.

Explore new paths for creative expression or take your professional practice to the next level. MICA's world-renowned faculty teach the artistic, digital and critical thinking skills required by professional creatives and curious artists. Our switch to remote courses is backed by MICA's 20 years of experience providing remote arts instruction. Now, you can experience the engaging curricula and interactive critique Open Studies is known for, from your home workspace, garage, studio or even your couch!

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Open Studies courses are open to anyone seeking to enrich their personal or professional art practice. Use the filter options below to find the courses that match your interests and skill level:

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Interests

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Design
  • Data Visualization
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Branding

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

_Community Education

Workshop: Cyanotype

Beginner

Saturday, Sept. 26 & Oct. 3, 10 am - 4 pm

Rain Dates: Oct. 10 & 17

Learn to make beautiful cyanotype prints using both traditional and contemporary methods. Create photograms from found objects, and create cyanotype prints from your own digital negatives.

 

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Pat Galluzo

_Community Education

Watercolor Basics

Beginner

Wednesdays, Sept. 9 - Nov. 11, 6:30 pm - 9:45 pm

1.5 credits: Learn the fundamentals of watercolor and explore multiple approaches to this versatile medium. Students will learn to create different textures in watercolor, alongside advanced techniques such as mid-tone, grisaille and tiling. Subject matter emphasizes direct life observation but students may also experiment with photographic sources and invented motifs. Instruction will meet students at their level of experience while encouraging advancement and an expanded sense of self-confidence in the medium.

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David Little

_Community Education

Painting II: Materials and Methods

Intermediate

Thursdays, Sept. 10 - Nov. 12, 6:30 pm - 9:45 pm

1.5 credits: This intermediate foundation course in oil painting introduces a variety of techniques to explore surfaces and layering, allowing students to improve technically while gaining a broader sense of the medium’s many expressive possibilities.

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Duane Lutsko

_Community Education

Workshop: Introduction to Painting Outdoors

Beginner

Wednesdays, Sept. 9, 16 & 23, 5 pm - 8:20 pm

Rain Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 30 & Oct. 7

Individuals enrolled in this workshop will explore painting techniques for quickly rendering light and composing a one-off landscape (a one-off is a painting done in one session, from start to finish). We will explore the basics of depicting form through value and tackle the nuances of color to capture the emotive qualities of the landscape. *Please note this is a remote course where participants will need to have access to their own outdoor spaces to complete their paintings.

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Duane Lutsko

_Professional Practice

Workshop: Graphic Design 101

Beginner

Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14 & 21, 6 pm - 9:20 pm

Explore the methods and tools to create effective designs for marketing, web, print, branded spaces and objects. Explore a range of visual exercises that can be applied to a variety of designed objects.

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Brockett Horne

_Professional Practice

Adobe After Effects & Premiere Pro

Beginner

Mondays, Sept. 14 - Nov. 16, 6:30 pm - 9:45 pm

1.5 credits: This course will cover the basics for creating motion graphics, animated titles, short videos, and visual effects. Working with timelines, keyframes, assets, effects, type, imported images, art from Adobe Illustrator, sound, and masking.

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Trish Moore

_Professional Practice

Intro to Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

Beginner

Thursdays, Sept. 10 - Nov. 12, 6:30 pm - 9:45 pm

1.5 credits: An introductory course for artists, designers and photographers, this course will cover the basics of color correction, retouching, image manipulation, graphics, logo development and page layout, as well as file formats and general best practices.

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Randy Morgan

_Professional Practice

Product Management for Designers

Beginner

Wednesdays, Oct. 21 - Dec. 16, 7:30 pm - 10 pm

2 credits: An introduction to Product Management, and the unique roles designers play in the discovery and delivery processes of product design.

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Jesse Alton

_Professional Practice

Workshop: Personal Brand Management for Creatives

Beginner

Saturdays, Oct. 10 & 17, 10 am - 4 pm

This workshop will cover the basics of branding, giving students the tools they need to establish a personal brand that can stick with them throughout their careers.

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Talaya Waller

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 Tool Kit. 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 Tool Kit that you will receive via email starting the week of August 10. 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.

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

What time zone are the courses held?

All classes are scheduled for an EST time zone.