For Educators

MAKE! For Educators is not a program.
It’s a community of makers.

Designed for art educators to gather, explore, define and share, it places you at the forefront, and allows you to guide your experience. Inspired by the work that you do as educators, and the work you create as artists, MAKE! offers space to pursue your individual creative goals and define modes of enrichment, as well as provide a platform to learn new skills applicable to a variety of disciplines.

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About MAKE!

2024 Session

  • June 24 – 28, 2024

To register, participants select either MAKE! Fine Art or MAKE! Design as the focus of their experience.

Through MAKE! Fine Art participants enjoy a week of independent making in the studio and engaging discussions, or observe demonstrations and learn processes that provide access to work in the labs equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. In MAKE! Design, participants engage with a local design firm to gain real-world experience and consult with design faculty to create projects that lay a foundational understanding of professional practices utilized in the design industry.

So whether you want to indulge in the studio to explore or build your art practice, learn new processes in a lab environment, take advantage of specialized equipment, see the design world from the perspective of an agency, or simply join a community of art educators to network, join us for MAKE! in Milwaukee.

Registration for 2024 is now closed. 

Lab Equipment

MIAD’s labs are fully equipped with the equipment, tools and supplies needed to realize your creative goals. In 2024, educators are able to gain access to work in the following labs. Below is a list of available equipment:

Printmaking Lab


  • Large Washout booth with two power washers
  • 48” x 60” UV exposure unit
  • Access to a large library of fine and wide mesh screens
  • Six carousel garment and poster press
  • 40” x 72” vacuum printing table

Letterpress & Papermaking

  • Vandercook SP15
  • Vandercook No. 3
  • Vandercook No. 4
  • C&P Old Style 9” x 12”
  • Access to a fairly large collection of lead type with a few drawers of wood type
  • 3-5 lb. Hollander style paper beater
  • (4) 12” x 16” Moulds & Deckles
  • Various-sized Moulds & Deckles
  • 36” x 36” paper press/water extruder


  • Charles Brand etching/relief press 24”x 48”
  • Harry Rochat etching press 24” x 48”
  • Takach etching/relief floor model 36” x 60”
  • Dark room with chemistry for image on and photogravure
  • Etching lab with large upright tanks for copper and steel plate etching
  • Aquatint booth
  • Checkout tools available for etching and drypoint techniques


  • (2) Takach litho floor model lithography presses
  • Darkroom with chemistry and exposure unit for photo lithography
  • Lithographic stone library of 80+ stones of various sizes
  • A variety of basic drawing materials such as crayons, tusche, and autographic ink

All chemistry is provided in the lab, and plates and paper are available for purchase.

Textiles Lab

Machine Sewing

  • Juki DDL-5550N – straight stitch industrial sewing machine
  • Seiko STH – 8BLD-3 – leather working industrial machine
  • Janome
  • Janome Skyline
  • Janome Coverstitch
  • Janome Sergers


  • 6 Various Sized Four Shaft Looms
  • Many Tabletop Looms Two Shaft
  • Many Tapestry Looms
  • Basket Weaving

Hand Work

  • Crochet Hooks
  • Knitting Needles
  • 3 Knitting Machines
  • Circular Knitting Looms
  • Embroidery Supplies
  • Potholder Looms
  • Pom Pom Makers
  • Tassel Makers

Some fabrics, yarn, and thread are provided for demos or available for purchase for small, independent projects. Participants should plan to bring or pre-purchase their own supplies for specific projects to ensure they have what they need to meet their goals.

Lubar Emerging Technology Center


  • ULS PLS150.D Laser Cutters
  • Lulzbot TAZ 6 FDM 3D Printers (filament)
  • Formlabs Form2 SLA 3D Printers (resin)
  • Formlabs Form3+ SLA 3D Printer (resin)
  • GR420 Roland Vinyl Cutter
  • HP Reverb G2 VR Headsets
  • Quest 2 VR Headsets
  • Meta Quest Pro VR Headsets
  • Azure Kinect DK Cameras
  • Creality CR-Scan 01 3D Scanner
  • Revopoint POP 3 3D Scanner
  • Espon Ultra Short-throw Laser Projector
  • Lightform
  • Looking Glass
  • Raspberry Pi’s
  • Desktop computers with high render capability
  • Brother PRS100 Persona Single Needle Embroidery Machine


  • Blender
  • Fusion 360
  • Preform
  • Gudot
  • Adobe Suite
  • Various AI Platforms (specific titles are changing regularly)
  • Touchdesigner
  • Unity
Important Dates
  • March 5: Virtual Info Session 5 p.m. CST
  • May 1: Registration Deadline
  • June 1: Final Payment Deadline
  • June 23: Residential Move-in 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • June 23: Orientation 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • June 24 – 28: MAKE! For Educators 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • June 29: Residential Move-out (before 12 p.m.)
Costs and Credits

$50 deposit applied toward final tuition payment.

Tuition | $375
No credit

Tuition | $550
3 graduate credits
4 undergraduate credits

Residence Hall (Optional) | $175

Overnight parking is available in a surface lot three blocks from MIAD at no extra cost. Meals and supplies are not included.

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MAKE! For Educators Registration Policies

Early registration is strongly recommended. A minimum number of registrations must be received for the program to be offered.


If MIAD’s Youth + Community Programs cancels a class, your fee will be refunded in full. If a student wishes to drop a class, a refund, minus a $15 processing fee for each fall or spring semester class, or a refund minus the $50 deposit fee for the summer program, is granted if notification of withdrawal is received in writing on or before the registration deadline. Refunds will not be granted after that time.

Registration Confirmation

A letter or e-mail of confirmation will follow receipt of a completed registration.

Art Educators K – 12

MIAD remains a strong partner in your license renewal. Please contact Corbett Toomsen, Director of Youth + Community Programs at 414-847-3335 to discuss how we can assist you with your PDP and credit options.


Art Supplies can be purchased at Blick Art Materials across from MIAD. Please call Blick at 414/278-0407 for their hours.