MCAD Courses

MCAD Courses

Spring & Summer 2018

Shannon is a Continuing Education faculty member at Minneapolis College of Art and Design focusing on drawing and professional development courses. For more information you can visit MCAD CE course list by clicking on the below links to register for an upcoming course.


Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

This Advancing and Promoting Your Art Practice workshop is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to research and strategic planning techniques for artists. We will address questions such as: What is the difference between an artist statement and artist bio? How do you write a compelling proposal? Through lecture, discussion, collaboration, and sharing, students will explore creative ways to advance and promote their art practice from residency opportunities to using social media for promotional purposes. Participants will leave the workshop with a solid understanding of their personal artistic goals alongside an action plan to meet those goals. Through writing activities, homework, research and planning each artist will have gathered materials for working towards a completed application proposal or plan for promoting their work.


Monday through Friday | June 25 to 29, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Art Educators Workshop: Experimental Drawing is geared towards adventurous individuals eager to explore new creative terrain and the art educator who wants to expand their way of thinking about drawing. The class will consider the criteria for successful experimental work and look at contemporary artists using experimental drawing as their primary artistic practice. Drawing will be considered as a mode of discovery and creativity. Experimentation will be key to exploring the parameters of drawing.

freedom to explore ~artist student


Saturday’s | July 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 2018 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

We will draw from a variety of botanical sources using observational drawing as well as imagination. Spontaneity and improvisation are the methods of exploration in the creation of mixed media drawings to create unique botanical drawings. Emphasis will be placed on examining specimen up close and in an environment. Class time will focus on individual exploration. Students in this course will develop and refine their observational drawing practice through close examination and drawing of a variety of plant specimens. During four Saturday visits to Como Park Conservatory, the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences Conservatory and Silverwood Park, the class will have the opportunity to create studies varying from timed observational contour drawings to fully formed experimentations.