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Beginning - Intermediate Oil Painting

MON / OCT 4 - NOV 29 / 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$185 / $170 Museum Members
On-Site

Learn the basics of oil painting or hone your current skills as you learn to manipulate brushes, mix color & apply paint using traditional & contemporary processes. Students will study old masters’ techniques such as grisaille and painting alla prima, and develop an individual painting style while painting from still life, landscape & portrait subject matter. 

Ruth Howell / Beginner & Intermediate

Dry Media Painting

MON / OCT 4 - DEC 20 / 6 - 9 PM
$200 / $185 Museum Members
On-Site

In this class we will explore painting concepts and techniques in dry media, including colored pencil, oil pastel and chalk pastel.  Some experience drawing and painting is helpful, but you can start wherever your skills currently are.  Beginners welcome!

Jeremy Mynderse / Beginners & Intermediate

Hand Building & Introduction to the Wheel

MON / OCT 4 - DEC 20 / 6 - 9 PM
$210 / $195 Museum Members
On-Site

Are you new to the world of pottery? Are you a potter in love with hand-building? This is the class for you! We will explore the three major hand-building methods: pinch pot, coil and slab using a project-based approach. Those interested will have the opportunity to take part in a wheel boot camp during the last 6 weeks of class. Students not participating in wheel boot camp will have the opportunity to be introduced to the extruder and tile making.  Experienced potters will have the opportunity to build upon the projects introduced or pursue their own work. Clay must be purchased from instructor. (No class the week of Thanksgiving.)

Pam Hart / Beginners & Intermediate

Hybrid Beginning Photography

TUE / OCT 5 - DEC 21 / 6 - 8 PM
$200 / $185 Museum Members
Virtual & Off-Site

This class is for beginning students and photographers who want more than using “Auto.” The first few weeks of class will cover camera operation and exposure. Once students have a good working knowledge of their cameras, we will take several field trips. The field trips will provide opportunities to takes photographs in various settings and lighting. They will also give students a chance for hands-on help with camera operation. Some field trips may be arranged for times outside scheduled classes. This will be discussed during the first class. After the first class, student will have weekly assignment that will be critiqued in the following class. Please bring your camera, its manual, and a tripod to the first class.

Stephen Grewe / Beginners

Beginning Drawing

TUE / OCT 5 – DEC 21 / 6 – 9 PM
$200 / $185 Museum Members
On-Site

Students will be introduced to basic drawing by studying a variety of objects, styles and techniques. The skills you develop in this class will increase your ability to draw accurately, with confidence and to your own satisfaction.

Jeremy Mynderse / Beginners

Exploring Watercolor

WED / OCT 6 – DEC 1 / 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
$185 / $170 Museum Members
On-Site

Explore the creative possibilities of transparent & opaque watercolor while learning about color mixing, brush handling, value, composition and the characteristics unique to watercolor. Class sessions include instructor demonstrations, student practice time and group discussions.

Ruth Howell / All Levels

Photo Dialogue

WED / OCT 6 – DEC 22 / 6 – 8 PM
$200 / $185 Museum Members
Virtual & On-Site

This class is for intermediate and advanced digital photography students; students must have good working knowledge of their camera and photography. Students will be asked to produce 10 images per week based on weekly photo assignments that will be discussed the following week. The class will also discuss ways to improve technique. The goals of this class are to help students grow in their photographic abilities and creativity. This class will be virtual. However, the last class will be on-site and in-person, so class members can show and exchange their favorite images from the class.

Stephen Grewe / Intermediate & Advanced

Jewelry Lost Wax

WED / OCT 6 – DEC 22 / 6 – 9 PM
$210 / $195 Museum Members
On-Site

Take your designs on paper through the process of lost wax casting to create finished jewelry. Beginning students will execute a guided project; intermediate and advanced students will work on their own designs. Wax working, casting, and finishing techniques will be demonstrated. At the start of the class, a group order will be placed for metal and supplies. No class the week of Thanksgiving.

Sharon Berkan-Dent / All Skill Levels

Intermediate Ceramics

THU / OCT 7 – DEC 16 / 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
$200 / $185 Museum Members
On-Site

Clay projects of your choice will be created involving several basic building techniques and glazing applications. Whether you wish to construct your projects by means of sculpture, hand building (using pinch, coil, model, or slab work) or by throwing on the potter’s wheel, individual instruction and demonstrations will be available. More advanced students can take this class and work on their own projects with assistance from the instructor. No class the week of Thanksgiving.

Pam Hart / Intermediate

Intermediate & Advanced Ceramics

THU / OCT 7 – DEC 16 / 6 – 9 PM
$200 / $185 Museum Members
On-Site

Intermediate and Advanced students will work at their own pace. You must have had a previous class in ceramics at Midland Center for the Arts to enroll in this class. Any exceptions must be approved by the instructor prior to registration. The instructor will be available to distribute clay, answer questions, and assist students with their goals by demonstration and problem solving in both hand-building and wheel throwing. The studio will be available outside of class time for working independently - see Ceramic Studio Lab Hours for more details. All clay must be purchased from the studio. No class the week of Thanksgiving.

INSTRUCTOR TBD / Intermediate & Advanced

Photo Basics

THU / OCT 7 – NOV 11 / 6 – 8 PM
$125 / $110 Museum Members
Virtual

This class is for students who want to learn some of the basics of photography. Topics will include: aperture, shutter speed, ISO (film speed), camera menu settings and lighting. There will be weekly assignments and critique. This class is useful for those considering a camera upgrade or further commitment to more instruction.

Stephen Grewe / Beginners

Drawing for Teens

SAT / OCT 9 – NOV 13 / 10 AM – 1 PM
$125 / $110 Museum Members
On-Site

Young artists will have fun creating more believable images. Students will explore fundamental drawing techniques as they explore form, shape, light, shadow and structure as you experiment with charcoal, pencil and pastel. Students will experiment as they draw portraits, landscapes and more!

Jeremy Mynderse / Beginners & Intermediate

Art & Nature - Peeper's Pond

SAT / OCT 16 / 1 – 4 PM
$35 / $30 CNC and Museum Members
One Day Workshop at Chippewa Nature Center

A Chippewa Nature Center naturalist will lead the group on a guided exploration of Peepers and Six Island Ponds, focusing on the flora, fauna, textures and patterns that can be found in these unique spaces. Following the walk, participants will use what they viewed as inspiration during a directed acrylic painting workshop using a limited palette. Canvases, brushes and paints will be provided. Participants may also bring their favorite supplies. All skill levels are welcome!

Susan Zolton / All Levels

Matting Workshop

SAT / NOV 6 / 1 – 4 PM
$55 / $45 Museum Members
On-Site One Day Workshop

This weekend workshop will introduce students to mounting and matting your own photographs. The Center has all the equipment to help you explore this craft. The goal of this class is to have each student successfully matt their own photograph. Students should bring two or more printed photographs. The Center will provide mat board and adhesive. Come with clean hands and patience.

Stephen Grewe / All Levels

Shibori Fabric Dyeing Workshop

SAT / NOV 13 / 10 AM – 4 PM
$70 / $60 Museum Members
On-Site

Learn to add color to natural fabrics such as silk and cotton through the Japanese process known as shibori, and by experimenting with batik wax and other resist methods. Students will also try working with thiox, a color reducing agent that produces interesting effects and indigo. Students will leave with a silk scarf and portions of cotton fabric they have processed. Bring $20 cash for materials. All fabric, tools, dye and containers will be provided. Please pack a lunch. Fabric created during this workshop is recommended for use during the Improv Quilting Workshop.

Ann Jacob / Beginners

Improv Quilting Workshop

SAT / DEC 4 / 10 AM – 4 PM
$70 / $60 Museum Members
On-Site

Bring fabrics from your stash, your sewing machine, and any quilting tools you may have to this full day workshop. Students will explore improvisational quilting, combining fabrics in an intuitive way to create a small (24 x 30) piece without use of a published pattern. Fabrics should be in a range of colors including bright
colors and neutrals, prints and solids in any size or length in your fabric collection. Bringing more fabric than you will really need to the workshop results in multiple options. Please pack a lunch. Materials list: Fabric left over from other project and larger pieces (fabric dyed during the Shibori Fabric Dyeing Workshop), thread, rotary cutter, measuring tape and sewing machine.

Ann Jacob / All Skill Levels

Nuno Felting Workshop

SAT / DEC 11 / 10 AM – 2 PM
$60 / $50 Museum Members
On-Site

This class involves utilizing the natural characteristics of wool fiber to create a fabulous scarf or wrap. We will begin by dyeing silk gauze to one or multiple colors then adding the wool fibers to it in either a random or patterned way. The process involves agitating the silk and wool fiber in hot, soapy water until the fibers start to bond. The results are fairly immediate and really stunning. Students must bring a pair of household rubber gloves. Please bring a $20 cash material fee to this workshop.

Ann Jacob / Beginners