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Ceramics Classes

MON / 6 – 9 PM / JUN 3 – JUL 29
THU / 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM / JUN 6 – AUG 1
THU / 6 – 9 PM / JUN 6 – AUG 1

$205 / $190 Museum Members

Independent Study is where experienced students can continue their own projects with the support of an experienced teacher. The instructor will assist the student by discussing the student’s project, troubleshooting issues, demonstrating skills that might be necessary and other assistance as needed. This summer we will be transitioning to cone 6 clay and glazes. Students are expected to purchase cone 6 clays through the Center for $40.

Instructors Pam Hart, Beth Thomas, Becca Watz, Mike Zureich / Intermediate & Advanced


Photography Classes

TUE / JUN 4 – JUL 16 / 6 – 8 PM
$210 / $195 (Museum Members)

This class will give students the experience of taking film photos, developing film, and printing images in the darkroom. We will be using 35mm black and white film. If students do not have a 35mm film camera, they may loan one from the Center. Topics covered will be correct exposure, loading film, film development, and printing. Class price includes 2 rolls of film and a 25 sheet box of 8x10 paper. Please email the instructor at if you have questions.

Instructor Stephen Grewe / Beginners & Intermediate

1-DAY WORKSHOP / FRI / JUN 28 / 6 – 9 PM
$60 / $50 (Museum Members)

Spend a summer's evening strolling through downtown Bay City, Michigan, taking photos, meeting new people who love photography, and learning about the 'street' style of photography. Any level of photographic experience is welcome as well as any type of camera - bring your DSLR or a cell phone!

Instructor Jon Harrison / All Skill Levels

1-DAY WORKSHOP / THU / JUL 18 / 5 - 8 PM
$60 / $50 (Museum Members)

Capture the colors of summer! Students will walk through local gardens taking photos and discussing concepts such as composition, depth-of-field, and light exposure. Afterward the group will spend time back at the Art Center next door to review pictures that were taken and the skills that were used.

Instructor Jon Harrison / All Skill Levels

TUE / JUL 23 – AUG 27 / 6 – 8 PM
$155 / $140 (Museum Members)

Students who have outside film experience or have taken the previous Film Photography course will have the chance to continue learning at their own pace with the help of an instructor. Limited studio hours will be available alongside class hours. If students do not have a film camera, they may loan a 35mm film camera from the Center. Students will be responsible for purchasing their own materials. Please email the instructor at if you have questions.

Instructor Stephen Grewe / Intermediate & Advanced

Encaustic Classes

Encaustic is one of the oldest forms of painting! Created by combining beeswax and resin, encaustic wax is applied hot, in layers that are then reheated to fuse or bond together. It’s with this layering technique that encaustics can be incorporated with a wide range of other mediums or materials to create one-of-a-kind artwork with both texture and luminosity. No two pieces of encaustic art will ever be the same!
TUE / JUN 11, JUL 16, AUG 20 / 5 – 9 PM
$83 / $73 (Museum Members), per workshop

In each of these one-night workshops, you can explore encaustics by gaining a core understanding of fundamental techniques, and different styles of application and design. Each participant will have the opportunity to create 2 completed pieces of encaustic art through guided demonstrations and exploration. No previous encaustic experience is required. All materials included in class price.

Instructor Kristianne Tefft / Beginners


Drawing & Multimedia Classes

3-WEEK WORKSHOP: MON / JUN 3, JUN 10, JUN 17 / 6 – 8 PM
$115 / $100 Museum Members

Learn how to use liner pens and alcohol markers to sketch from life and from your imagination! We will explore a variety of subject matter as we learn how to layer colors and use line weight to add dimension. We will also explore abstracting and stylizing with the goal of creating your own distinctive "look".

Instructor Allise Noble / Beginners & Intermediate

3-WEEK WORKSHOP: MON / JUL 22, JUL 29, AUG 5 / 6 – 8 PM
$115 / $100 Museum Members

Use a mixture of drawing, painting, collage, and assemblage to create fantastical art with colorful characters that tells your story. As we use our imaginations, we will learn an overview of basic art making techniques.

Instructor Allise Noble / Beginners & Intermediate

3-WEEK WORKSHOP: MON / AUG 12, AUG 19, AUG 26 / 6 – 8 PM
$115 / $100 Museum Members

Learn how to use "odds and ends" you may have lying around the house to create inspiring artwork! Each week, we will learn about different artists who used materials that are unconventional in the fine art world: yarn with Judith Scott and Olek, beads and broken jewelry with Betsy Youngquist and Kori Newkirk, and "scraps" of fabric and cardboard with Lesya Demchenko and Bisa Butler. We will create a different project each time we meet inspired by their unique vision, with the goal of discovering our own creative voice.

Instructor Allise Noble / Beginners & Intermediate

Painting & Mixed Media Classes

SAT / JUN 8, 2024 / 1 - 5 PM
$115 / $110 (Museum Members)

If you love fresh flowers and the translucency and beautiful effects of watercolor, you will enjoy this workshop. Yupo paper is synthetic slick surfaced watercolor paper where colors and layering can be achieved with patience and a blow dryer. Please bring a blow dryer, any watercolors and brushes you may have, an open mind, and a desire to paint! $7 materials fee due to the instructor on day of class.

Nancy Philo, BFA, M Ed, has been painting professionally for 45 years and her work appears in many local, national, and international collections. She is excited to teach her unique techniques with our Studio School.

Instructor Nancy Philo / All Skill Levels


THU / JUL 11, 2024 / 6 - 8 PM
$55 / $45(Museum Members)

Join us for a night of upscale sip and paint! Learn how to upcycle everyday materials with gesso to create a base of beautiful textures on your canvas. Follow along with the example to create an exotic animal portrait, or use the techniques demonstrated to plan your own composition.

Instructor Allise Noble / Beginners


TUE / AUG 20, 2024 / 10 AM - 1 PM
$60 / $50 (Museum Members)

Enjoy the summer landscape while you learn about concepts and techniques that enable artists to capture the landscape en plein air. Value, composition, and light will be explored. Locations around the Great Lakes Bay region will provide the inspiration & subject matter for projects that pertain to line, color, shadow, and form.

Instructor Jill Tatroe / Beginners & Intermediate


Class & Workshop Info

  • There is a $3 processing fee per class.
  • Refunds/exchanges must be requested at least 1 week before the class or workshop start date. All refunds are subject to a 15% processing fee except for those classes canceled by the Center.
  • Class supply lists are given out on the first day of class unless listed in the description. For most classes, students are responsible for the purchase of supplies.
  • If you are unable to attend class due to illness, please contact us at to receive a partial voucher to be used for future classes.