Adults – professional interest:
Sonja Garrett at email@example.com
Adults – personal interest:
Hannah Lodwick at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions related to the Pre-College Art Lab programs contact Elizabeth Allen-Cannon at email@example.com.
For questions related to regular classes and summer intensives, contact Sonja Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cambria Potter at email@example.com
The School for Continuing and Professional Studies has many offerings and choices for our customers. Below is a handy tool to help you self-identify and find the right class for you or your child.
It is never too late to start! Grandma Moses started in her 70s! Try one of the four classes below, they’re a great foundation for any artist.
We pride ourselves on being able to give our customers great tools and teaching that will get you started on your creative journey. Start with a fundamentals class such as Elements and Principles of Design or Color Theory and then choose a Beginning Drawing course. After you take these basic courses you’ll be on solid footing and ready to tackle the other amazing offerings we have at KCAI.
CPS has some wonderful options for you! The last week in July, KCAI sponsors a one-week residency program for high school art educators. The Educator Art Lab is funded through a grant and is free to those who are selected into the program. For more details and the application go to our online EAL application form.
The last week in July, KCAI sponsors a one-week residency program for high school art educators. The Educator Art Lab is funded through a grant and is free to those who are selected into the program. For more details and the application go to our online EAL application form
KCAI-CPS offers two credit-based certificates: one in Graphic Design and one in Multimedia Studies. Those interested in print mediums often take the Graphic Design while those wanting more web and interactive multimedia choose the Multimedia Studies program. Courses are offered throughout the year, evenings and weekends in fully-equipped Mac labs.
The world of art and design has moved into the world of technology. KCAI-CPS offers several options for those wanting to learn digital art.
Finally, for those who think they might want to learn more but aren’t sure, we recommend our one-day seminars in things such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and PowerPoint. These are great introductions to these very popular programs and a great way to warm up to the idea of learning more.
KCAI-CPS has several opportunities for burgeoning young artists that will develop artistic ability and their portfolio.
Drawing is the foundation for the visual arts. We recommend you take a beginning drawing class followed by a figure drawing class. If you are well-versed in drawing consider an intermediate course as well.
High schools students have the option of taking a high school course, or they can choose to take an adult course with their parent’s permission. Please note that in a figure drawing course, the model is nude. This can be a bit disconcerting at first, but is an important component of learning if a student is interested in pursuing art and design as a career or growing their own personal skills.
Your child’s teacher recognizes your child’s passion and skill and understands that there is more beyond the walls of your school. You have a great teacher! Just like any interest, the only way to get better is to practice, practice, practice! We recommend becoming a regular student in art classes and continuously creating. The more comfortable and versed a person becomes in the visual arts, the better artist they will be.
Your child is drawn to three-dimensional art like clay, jewelry, collage, and sculpture. We encourage those interested in three-dimensional art to take at least a basic drawing course as drawing is the key to designing strong art. Even Michelangelo sketched out his sculptures first.
You can find a full glossary of art terms here.
Color Theory – the study of color mixing, including the properties of hue, saturation and value
Fiber Art – any type of fine art that uses textiles, yarn, natural or synthetic fibers, often focusing on materials and processes as significant
Figure Drawing Open Studio – the opportunity for artists to paint, sculpt or draw live models.
Plein Air – paintings done outside directly from the subject, popularized by Impressionists
Printmaking – the design and manufacture of images on paper, fabric, parchment, plastic or other material. Common processes include engraving, etching and screen printing.
Relief – a number of printmaking processes where ink is rolled over high areas and printed; included woodblock and linoleum block printing