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Explorations in Watercolor Workshop

FRI / MAY 5 / 10 AM - 1 PM
$50 / $35 Museum Members
ON-SITE WORKSHOP

Increase your creative power as you learn to use familiar household objects to create textures and patterns in watercolor. This workshop will give you the opportunity to explore new techniques and to discover the freedom that combining watercolor with unusual tools such as salt, plastic wrap and rubbing alcohol can bring to the creative process.

Ruth Howell / Beginners & Intermediate

Plein Air Workshop

WED / MAY 12 / 10 AM - 2 PM
$40 / $35 Museum Members
ON-SITE WORKSHOP

Enjoy the spring landscape while you explore concepts and techniques that enable artists to capture the landscape en plein air.  Value, composition and the benefits of using a limited color palette will be covered. A local outdoor location will provide inspiration for this workshop. Some experience with oil painting required.

Ruth Howell / Intermediate & Advanced

Intermedia and Advanced Photography

MON / JUN 14 - JUL 26 / 6 - 8 PM
$165 / $150 Museum Members
Virtual Class with On-Location Field Trips

This class is for intermediate and advanced students; students must have a good working knowledge of their camera and exposure. The goals of this class are to provide photography experiences in a variety of settings and to provide feedback on the photographs taken. The first class will meet virtually to discuss possible field trip locations and dates. Three field trips will be taken with COVID-19 precautions. Each field trip will be followed by a virtual critique session to review photographs taken.

Stephen Grewe / Intermediate & Advanced

Introduction to Colored Pencil

TUE / JUN 15 - JUL 20 / 6 - 9 PM
$155 / $140 Museum Members
In-Person


Dive into a crossover between drawing and painting with colored pencils. This introduction course will get our feet wet with color theory, still life, land/waterscape, portraiture and more. 

Jeremy Mynderse / Beginner

Independent Study in Ceramics

WED / JUN 16 - AUG 18 / 10 AM - 2 PM
$210 / $185 Museum Members
In-Person

The purpose of this class is to provide in-person studio time to our ceramics community. All interested students must have previous ceramics class experience with Midland Center for the Arts. Class times have been extended to four hours to provide the most work time possible. The instructor will be available for two of the four hours. During that time the instructor will distribute clay, answer questions and problem solve projects with students. The hope is that this will help students practice their skills and encourage their creativity until full-time instruction can resume. Clay should be purchased through the Ticket Office and picked up by appointment

Pam Hart / Intermediate & Advanced

Photo Dialogue

WED / JUN 16 - JUL 28 / 6 - 8 PM
$140 / $125 Museum Members
Virtual

This class is for intermediate and advanced digital photography students. Students must have a good working knowledge of their camera and exposure. Our class will be based on weekly photo assignments producing ten images each week. We will then critique and discuss these images. We will also discuss ways to improve technique. The goal of this class is to help students grow in their photographic ability and creativity.

Stephen Grewe / Intermediate & Advanced

Intermediate & Advanced Acrylic Painting

WED / JUN 16 - AUG 18 / 6 - 9 PM
$200 / $175 Museum Members
On-Site

Build on your knowledge of painting with acrylics by delving deeper into self-expression, motivation and exploration of the medium.

Sylvia Coon / Intermediate & Advanced

Independent Study in Ceramics

THU / JUN 17 - AUG 19 / 5 - 9 PM
$210 / $185 Museum Members
On-Site

The purpose of this class is to provide in-person studio time to our ceramics community. All interested students must have previous ceramics class experience with Midland Center for the Arts. Class times have been extended to four hours to provide the most work time possible. The instructor will be available for two of the four hours. During that time the instructor will distribute clay, answer questions and problem solve projects with students. The hope is that this will help students practice their skills and encourage their creativity until full-time instruction can resume. Clay should be purchased through the Ticket Office and picked up by appointment

Pam Hart / Intermediate & Advanced

Beginning Acrylic Painting

THU / JUN 17 - AUG 19 / 6 - 8 PM
$185 / $160 Museum Members
Virtual

In this class you will learn color theory, the elements and principles of art, composition, and the techniques used in building your painting. Techniques include under-painting, glazing and scumbling. Subject matter will be still life and painting from photographs. photographs taken.

Sylvia Coon / Beginners

Fabric Color Workshop

SAT / JUN 19 / 10 AM - 4 PM
$70 / $55 Museum Members
On-Site

Learn to add color to natural fabrics such as silk and cotton through the Japanese process known as Shibori, by experimenting with batik wax and using other resist methods. Mixing of dyes to produce unusual colors is encouraged. Students will also be exposed to indigo and thiox – a color reducing method that produces interesting effects by removing color. Students will leave with a silk scarf and portions of cotton fabric they have processed that may be used for quilts or garments.

There is a materials fee of $20 (cash) that should be paid to the instructor. This covers all fabrics (black, color and white cotton), silk scarf, all dyes including indigo, batik wax, thiox and reducing agents. All tools and containers will be provided.

Ann Jacob / Beginners

Exploring Chiaroscuro Using Light & Shadow

TUE / JUL 13 / 6 - 9 PM
$45 / $35 Museum Members
Virtual

If you are a Leonardo da Vinci or Caravaggio fan, learn about the artists’ use of this technique in their paintings and apply this method to a simple still life.


Sylvia Coon / Intermediate

Landscape Basics Workshop

TUE / JUL 20 / 6 - 9 PM
$45 / $35 Museum Members
Virtual

What makes a good landscape painting? Learn about the basics of color, value and atmosphere in landscape painting and create your own 11x14 inch landscape, step by step.


Sylvia Coon / Beginners & Intermediate

Pastel Workshop

SAT / JUL 24 / 10 AM - 1 PM
$45 / $35 Museum Members
On-Site

Want to paint, but don't have the time to set up and put away liquid paint constantly? Learn the basics of painting in pastel in this one-day workshop!  The focus of the workshop will be still life, but students are welcome to bring their own physical or photographic subject matter. 


Jeremy Mynderse / Beginners & Intermediate

Plein Air

TUE / JUL 27 / 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$155 / $140 Museum Members
Off-Site

Get outside and enjoy the fresh air! This outdoor class will introduce students to the joy of painting and drawing in and from nature. Locations around the Great Lakes Bay region will provide the inspiration and subject matter for projects that pertain to line, color, light, shadow and form.


Ruth Howell / Beginners & Intermediate

Intermediate Colored Pencil

TUE / JUL 27 - AUG 31 / 6 - 9 PM
$155 / $140 Museum Members
On-Site

Build on previous colored pencil knowledge and skills by choosing your own subject matter. This class will focus mainly on artists pursuing their own artistic interests with the instructor providing critique and guidance as needed. 


Jeremy Mynderse / Intermediate

Drawing Boot Camp

MON - FRI / AUG 16 - 20 / 10 AM - 4 PM
$395 / $370 Museum Members
On-Site

Join renowned artist, Armin Mersmann, and immerse yourself into a week-long study of drawing and the art of observation. We all see the world around us, but do we really look, take in the forms, shapes and structures as an artist does? Just relying on our memory alone does not suffice. Light, shadow and details are hard enough to replicate when they are right there in front of you. If you have to invent them or try to go from memory, they appear even less convincing. Learn the difference between observation realism and intellectual realism; drawing what you see - not what you think you see. We will work only in graphite during this five-day workshop. Some of the topics include: contour drawing, full-value rendering, negative/positive space, sight measuring (sighting) and the often-misunderstood grid system. Traditionally observation drawing is from life and this will be emphasized but in today's world, photo references play a very important role as long as you take your own photos. We will cover how to do this successfully and bring life into a drawing when working from a photograph. Every lesson in this class will be augmented by demos from Armin, along with PowerPoint® presentations and handouts.


Armin Mersmann / Beginners & Intermediate

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