Continuing Education at the Kansas City Art Institute offers a variety of courses, programs and mediums for students to choose from. 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.
Continuing Education 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 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. Instructors will prepare students for their first experience drawing from a nude model.
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