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Class registration begins DEC 18!

Art & Skill of Drawing

THU / JAN 28 - APR 8 / 6 - 8 PM
$120 / $95 Museum Members
VIRTUAL CLASS

This class is for intermediate students that have taken a drawing class before or have some drawing experience. Those with experience do not have to have taken previous Art & Skill of Drawing classes. During this class, you will have a chance to keep drawing in a group situation and further your ability in graphite drawing. This class will also address the creative process and concepts of drawing. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one independent study with Armin each week as part of this class.  This class will meet virtually JAN 28, FEB 11, FEB 25, MAR 11, MAR 25, and APR 8.

Armin Mersmann / Intermediate

Independent Study in Ceramics at Home

FEB 1 - APR 9
$140 / $125 Museum Members
ON-SITE & AT HOME

The purpose of this class is to provide support for the student working primarily at home. All interested students must have previous ceramics class experience with Midland Center for the Arts. The instructor will be available by appointment to distribute clay and answer questions. Time for glazing ceramics will need to be scheduled with the instructor. The hope is this will encourage students to continue their clay work until full time instruction can resume. Clay should be purchased through the Ticket Office and picked up by appointment.

Pam Hart / Intermediate & Advanced

Art Talk: Discussion, Critique & Ideas

MON/ FEB 1 - APR 12 / 1 - 3 PM
$110 / $95 Museum Members
VIRTUAL CLASS

Examine the creative process and the always pertinent “what if” during this discussion-based class. We will meet every other week this winter to show the works you are working on, show work you like and have discussions about all things art. This class will keep you fired up about art while we meet virtually. We will utilize the enhanced opportunities that Zoom provides as we show relevant artworks instantly and explore examples of specific artistic practices as subjects arise.  This class will meet FEB 1, FEB 15, MAR 1, MAR 29, and APR 12.

Armin Mersmann / Intermediate & Advanced

Beginning Photography

MON / FEB 1 - MAR 29 / 6 - 8 PM
$165 / $150 Museum Members
VIRTUAL CLASS

We will explore how photography works and how to use your camera. Topics will include: exposure, aperture, shutter speed, film speed, lens choices, lighting, white balance, contrast and composition. This is an excellent class for individuals thinking about upgrading their camera. If personal health and facility opportunities allow, we may be able to do some individual sessions to help you understand and work your camera.

Stephen Grewe / Beginners Only

Independent Study in Ceramics

WED / FEB 3 - APR 7 / 10 AM - 2 PM
THU / FEB 4 - APR 8 / 5 - 9 PM
$200 / $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 (via phone) and picked up by appointment.


Pam Hart / Intermediate & Advanced

ENROLL for WEDNESDAYS
ENROLL for THURSDAYS

Beginning Acrylic Painting

WED / FEB 3 - APR 7 / 1 - 3 PM
$180 / $165 Museum Members
VIRTUAL CLASS

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.

Sylvia Coon / Beginners Only

Intermediate & Advanced Acrylic Painting

WED / FEB 3 - APR 7 / 6 - 8 PM
$180 / $165 Museum Members
VIRTUAL CLASS

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

Sylvia Coon / Intermediate & Advanced

Photo Dialogue

WED / FEB 3 - MAR 10 / 6 - 8 PM
$110 / $95 Museum Members
VIRTUAL CLASS

This class is for intermediate and advanced digital photography students; students must have a good working knowledge of their camera and photography. Our class will be based on weekly photo assignments producing 10 images each week. We will then critique and  discuss these images. We will also discuss ways to improve technique. The goals of this class are to help students to grow in their photographic abilities and creativity.

Stephen Grewe / Intermediate & Advanced

Beginning & Intermediate Watercolor

MON / MAR 15 - APR 19 / 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$125 / $110 Museum Members
ON-SITE CLASS

Explore the creative possibilities of transparent and 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 / Beginners & Intermediate

Beginning & Intermediate Oil Painting

WED / MAR 17 - APR 21 / 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$125 / $110 Museum Members
ON-SITE CLASS

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

Ruth Howell / Beginners & Intermediate

Nuno Felting Workshop

SAT / MAR 20 / 10 AM - 2 PM
$60 / $50 Museum Members
ON-SITE WORKSHOP

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. Please bring a $20 cash material fee to this workshop.

Ann Jacob / Beginners 

Jewelry Lost Wax Casting

WED / APR 7 - JUN 9 / 6 - 9 PM
$200 / $185 Museum Members
ON-SITE CLASS

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.

Sharon Berkan-Dent / All Skill Levels

Interim Independent Study in Ceramics at Home

APR 19 - JUN 9
$95 / $80 Museum Members
ON-SITE AND AT HOME

The purpose of this class is to provide support for the student working primarily at home between winter and summer sessions. All interested students must have previous ceramics class experience with Midland Center for the Arts. The instructor will be available by appointment to distribute clay and answer questions. Time for glazing ceramics will need to be scheduled with the instructor. The hope is this will encourage students to continue their clay work until full time instruction can resume. Clay should be purchased through the Ticket Office (via phone) and picked up by appointment.

Pam Hart / Intermediate & Advanced

Interim Independent Study in Ceramics

WED / APR 21 - JUN 2 / 10 AM - 2 PM
THU / APR 22 - JUN 3 / 5 - 9 PM
$140 / $125 Museum Members
ON-SITE CLASS

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
ENROLL FOR WEDNESDAYS
ENROLL FOR THURSDAYS

Exploring Great Women Artists in the Studio

WED / APR 21 / 6 - 9 PM / Frida Kahlo
WED / APR 28 / 6 - 9 PM / Georgia O'Keeffe
WED / MAY 5 / 6 - 9 PM / Mary Cassatt
$50 / $35 Museum Members (per session)
VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

Explore one, two, or all three of these great female artists’ lives and art styles through discussion and hands-on experience. Create your own O’Keeffe, Kahlo, and/or Cassatt masterpieces from each workshop using your preferred paint medium. Supply list and instructions will be provided before each workshop.

Sylvia Coon / Beginners & Intermediate

ENROLL FOR FRIDA KAHLO
ENROLL FOR GEORGIA O'KEEFFE
ENROLL FOR MARY CASSATT

Interim Art & Skill of Drawing

THU / APR 22 - JUN 3 / 6 - 8 PM
$80 / $65 Museum Members
VIRTUAL CLASS

This class is for intermediate students that have taken a drawing class before or have some drawing experience. Those with experience do not have to have taken previous Art & Skill of Drawing classes. During this class, you will have a chance to keep drawing in a group situation and further your ability in graphite drawing. This class will also address the creative process and concepts of drawing. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one independent study with Armin each week as part of this class.  This class will take place virtually on APR 22, MAY 6, MAY 20, and JUN 3.

Armin Mersmann / Intermediate

Improv Quilting Workshop

SAT / APR 24 / 10 AM - 4 PM
$85 / $75 Museum Members
ON-SITE WORKSHOP

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.

Ann Jacob / All Skill Levels

Interim Art Talk: Discussion, Critique & Ideas

MON / APR 26 - JUN 7 / 1 - 3 PM
$75 / $60 Museum Members
VIRTUAL CLASS

Examine the creative process and the always pertinent “what if” during this discussion-based class. We will meet every other week this winter to show the works you are working on, show work you like and have discussions about all things art. This class will keep you fired up about art while we meet virtually. We will utilize the enhanced opportunities that Zoom provides as we show relevant artworks instantly and explore examples of specific artistic practices as subjects arise.  This class will take place virtually on APR 26, MAY 3, MAY 17, and JUN 7.

Armin Mersmann / Intermediate & Advanced

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

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