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Virtual Studio Programs for Teens and Adults

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s studio series for teens and adults has transitioned to a new virtual platform. Explore a diverse range of topics and materials under the guidance of experienced teaching artists while connecting with the CMA’s collection in new ways. Learn a new skill or revisit an old practice! Register with friends, family, and colleagues for a fun, collaborative virtual experience.

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with additional instructions. You will not receive a Zoom meeting link in the email confirmation. For questions about registration, please call 216-421-7350.

  • One hour before the virtual class or workshop is scheduled to begin, a Zoom meeting link will be sent to your registered email.
  • If you experience technical difficulties during the virtual class or workshop, please email familyyouthinfo [at] clevelandart.org or call 216-707-2643.
  • Participants are responsible for purchasing their own supplies for the virtual class or workshop.  

Interested in more virtual experiences at the CMA? Learn about the CMA’s virtual classes for children.

 
 

Adult (Ages 14+) Virtual Workshop
Beginner Watercolor Workshop: “I’ve Looked at the Clouds from Both Sides Now”
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 5:30–8:00 p.m.

Registration closes, Wednesday, January 20. 

This is a beginner, live virtual watercolor workshop concentrating on learning to create clouds in a painting using two different, fun techniques: lifting out and negative painting. Participants look at several artworks from the CMA’s Collection Online for inspiration, including Cloud Study and Summer Clouds. Other artworks participants explore include watercolors by Winslow Homer and John Marin. Participants prepare two papers to draw guidelines for a simple seascape. After a demonstration of the lifting technique, participants then try on their own painting. Next, participants draw a simple landscape following the composition of Summer Clouds. Participants draw cloud shapes and paint the sky (negative space) leaving the cloud shapes white. Participants gain the skills and knowledge to complete both paintings on their own.

Open to all levels of experience. Participants must provide their own supplies. See supply list. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: Nancy Notarianni  
Registration: $40, CMA members $30


Adult (Ages 14+) Virtual Workshop
Intermediate Watercolor Workshop: Painting Shiny Metal
Friday, February 12, 2021, 5:30–8:00 p.m.

Registration closes, Friday, February 5.   

This is a live virtual workshop concentrating on painting shiny metal in watercolor. Participants use Nathaniel Hurd’s, Teapot from the CMA’s collection as a reference. Participants should have watercolor experience and be comfortable mixing colors and using various brushes. Participants start by drawing the simple shape of the teapot onto watercolor paper, then by observing the shapes, shadows, and reflections in the teapot. By painting with light values first, participants build up the shapes and values to transform a 2-D image on paper into an apparent 3-D object.

Participants must provide their own supplies. See supply list. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: Nancy Notarianni  
Registration: $40, CMA members $30


Adult (Ages 12+) Virtual Workshop
Design and Drawing Exploration
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Registration closes, Wednesday, February 17.   

“I can’t draw. I can’t even draw a stick figure.” Why is drawing difficult and discouraging? In this virtual workshop, participants explore that question while investigating different approaches to drawing and the ways in which we use lines to visually communicate ideas. All levels are encouraged to participate—from complete beginners to experienced professionals. This workshop is strongly conversational and idea-based with quick, fun drawing exercises/challenges throughout (i.e., draw your favorite logo).

Open to all levels of experience. Participants must provide their own supplies. See supply list. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: Jordan Wong   
Registration: $30, CMA members $20


Adult (Ages 16+) 6-Week Virtual Studio Class Series
Artist's Atelier: The Materials and Processes of Oil Painting
Tuesdays, March 9 – April 13, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Registration opens Monday, January 18, for CMA members; Monday, January 25, for the public. Registration closes, Tuesday, March 2.   

Over the course of 6 weeks, students will delve into the practice of representational painting. Together, participants will look at and copy artwork from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection online in order to better understand historical methods of pictorial construction. In doing so, participants will explore viable tools of self-expression with a contemporary sensibility. Participants will have assignments between classes, and critiques, in order to advance understanding of content.

Open to all levels of experience. Participants must provide their own supplies. Supply list coming soon. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: Adrian Eisenhower
Registration: $120, CMA members $105
 


Adult (Ages 16+) 6-Week Virtual Studio Class Series
Reinterpretation and Abstract Drawing
Wednesdays, March 10 – April 14, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Registration opens Monday, January 18, for CMA members; Monday, January 25, for the public. Registration closes, Wednesday, March 3.    

The students will look at and be introduced to work from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection online each class and discuss the dominate elements of the work. Participants will use these artworks as creative springboards for personal expressive and abstract re-interpretation. Students will be encouraged to relax and give free reign to their imaginative side while learning to use different drawing media and techniques. 

In a collaborative virtual environment, participants will compare notes, sketches, and observation and then use those elements to create a personal reinterpretation that could have figurative elements or could be purely abstract.  

Open to all levels of experience. Participants must provide their own supplies. Supply list coming soon. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: David Verba
Registration: $120, CMA members $105
 


Adult (Ages 16+) 6-Week Virtual Studio Class Series
Creative Sketchbooking
Thursdays, March 11 - April 15, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  

Registration opens Monday, January 18, for CMA members; Monday, January 25, for the public. Registration closes, Thursday, March 4.   

In this virtual class, participants will find inspiration in their surroundings while exploring creative ideas and transforming them into sketchbooks. Participants will learn about the sketchbooks in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection online, bind their own sketchbooks, and build their own artistic confidence. Participants will explore different types of content with creative exercises and prompts and learn different techniques such as mixed media, drawing, and hand-lettering.  

Open to all levels of experience. Participants must provide their own supplies. See supply list. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: Paula Jackson  
Registration: $120, CMA members $105


A limited number of scholarships are available. To apply, please submit the scholarship application form. If you have questions, please email familyyouthinfo [at] clevelandart.org for more information.

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Generous annual funding is provided by an anonymous supporter, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., the Sam J. Frankino Foundation, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Dr. Linda M. Sandhaus and Dr. Roland S. Philip, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.