Create a critical consciousness.

Engaging in the arts, whether through required courses or extracurricular activities, is valuable in developing essential skills that professionals need, like critical thinking and observational and communication skills, as well as bias awareness and empathy.

MICA offers Community Education courses and workshops in pastel painting, figure drawing, oil painting, open studio model sessions, and seminars on art collecting.

A preview of our Fall 2019 Community Education courses include:

Learn more by exploring our Course List.

Featured Fall 2019 Course

Fundamentals of 2D Design

This course is an introduction to conceptual and formal issues in contemporary art and design and color theory through the hands-on creation of two-dimensional studio projects using a wide variety of media and processes. Course work includes readings, lecture, studio work, and critique for both art majors and non-art majors. Note: The following supplies are needed for the first day of class, 14”x11” pad of drawing paper, set of pencils, ruler, compass, eraser, pencil sharpener Instructor: Bart O'Reilly was born in Dublin, Ireland and has lived in Maryland since 2003. He makes interdisciplinary work that includes painting, drawing, poetry and video. He currently teaches at MICA and Harford Community College. His work has shown extensively in Baltimore, Washington DC. Philadelphia and New York as well as Ireland and Northern Ireland. He received his BFA from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 2000 and a MFA from MICA in 2012.

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