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In Painting, you will begin creating work through the exploration of color theory and application of materials.

We will practice building up the surface of a painting, experimenting with layering and composition. As confidence in the use of materials grows, students will draw inspiration from our sketchbooks and the work of professional artists to begin crafting our own unique vision.

Combining materials and imagery, students will investigate how to express their feelings, beliefs, and voices to convey a strong message in their art. We will discuss successes and challenges as a group to build confidence and create a sense of community.

Our class will culminate with a small body of work that stems directly from student experience and interests.


We are accepting online applications through May 1. View the checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your application. Questions? Email us at or call 216.421.7460.


A limited number of partial ($250-$1,000) scholarships are offered through the Continuing Education department. CIA partners with Graffiti HeART to also provide scholarships. Students applying for scholarships should submit their family’s 2017 tax return and a personal statement with their application. Award decisions are based on financial need and portfolio strength.


A premier college of art and design.
11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106 USA

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