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Painting & Mixed Media Classes
Jewelry Making Classes
Ceramics Classes
Glass Blowing Classes

Winter 2024 Classes

Art Classes for Adults

Our roster of professional artists bring fun, skill-developing classes for adults to begin and advance within multiple art forms including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, mixed-media, and more.

Photography Classes

1-DAY WORKSHOP: THU / FEB 8 & APR 11, 2024 / 6 - 9 PM
$60 / $50 (Museum Members), per workshop

In these immersive workshops, you are invited to explore the intersection of mindfulness, artistry, and photography, whether you are a beginner or professional-level photographer. By honoring your ability to observe and engage with your surroundings, you will develop a heightened sensitivity to the beauty that surrounds you, enabling you to capture extraordinary images with any camera. From composition to the manipulation of light and color, you will learn how to employ various artistic principles to infuse your images with depth, emotion, and storytelling.

Instructor Linda Clarke Pasch / All Skill Levels

3-Week Workshop / THU / FEB 29 & MAR 7 & MAR 14, 2024 / 6 - 9 PM
$115 / $100 (Museum Members)

In this workshop, we will be focusing on how lighting affects portraits. We will be learning about constant lighting vs. flash and hard vs. soft lighting. We will experiment to see how these each create a different feel within the portrait. All types of cameras are welcome.

Instructor Jon Harrison / Beginners & Intermediate

Encaustic Classes

RETURNING CLASS! 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!
1-DAY WORKSHOP: TUE / FEB 27 / 5 - 9 PM
$75 / $60 (Museum Members), per workshop

In each of these 1-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 2-3 completed pieces of encaustic art through guided demonstrations and exploration. No previous encaustic experience is required.

Instructor Kristianne Tefft / Beginners

ENROLL NOW - FEB 27 (rescheduled from JAN 23)

Fiber Arts Classes

NEW CLASS!
1-DAY WORKSHOP: THU / APR 4, 2024 / 6 - 9 PM
$60 / $50 (Museum Members)

Embellishing with embroidery techniques is making a comeback in today’s clothing and home décor fashions, so come join us for an introductory workshop on the foundational techniques of embroidery! Choose your own materials and colors to make your mini sampler fit your unique artistic style. Materials for a hoop embroidery project are provided. (Stay Tuned for our “Stitching Pretty” Class coming this Spring!)

Instructor Mary Brown / All Skill Levels

ENROLL NOW *SOLD OUT*

Drawing Classes

SESSION 1: MON / JAN 8 - FEB 19, 2024 / 6 - 8 PM
SESSION 2: MON / FEB 26 - APR 8, 2024 / 6 - 8 PM

$155 / $140 (Museum Members), per session

Gain basic drawing skills as you explore a variety of mediums to see which you like best, including graphite, ink, grayscale colored pencil, and charcoal. Learn how to shade, blend, and create texture as we practice both drawing from life and using grids to draw from a photo. We will try both realism and stylized illustration.

Instructor Allise Noble / Beginners & Intermediate

3-WEEK WORKSHOP: WED / FEB 28 & MAR 6 & MAR 13, 2024 / 6 - 8 PM
$115 / $100 (Museum Members)

Work in a variety of mediums (mosaic, painting, drawing, and mixed media collage) as you learn about artists who used the creative process as an important means of self-expression and to improve their mental health. We will focus on a different artist each week, including: neurodivergent artists Isaiah Zagar and Yayoi Kusama, as well as painter Frida Kahlo, who dealt with physical disability and health issues after an accident as a young girl. As we become inspired by their stories and techniques, we will create one-of-a-kind art that reflects our interests and experiences.

Instructor Allise Noble / Beginners & Intermediate

3-WEEK WORKSHOP: WED / MAR 20 & APR 3 & APR 10, 2024 / 6 - 8 PM
$115 / $100 (Museum Members)

Artists like Max Ernst and Salvador Dali often used collages in their dreamlike artwork. In this class, we will dive into surrealism by creating a collage that we will then use as a reference for ink drawing. This workshop will teach you how to use references creatively to come up with your own unique story and composition, as well as basic ink illustration techniques.

Instructor Allise Noble / Beginners & Intermediate

Painting & Mixed Media Classes

SESSION 1: MON / JAN 8 - FEB 19, 2024 / 10 AM - 1 PM
SESSION 2: MON / FEB 26 - APR 8, 2024 / 10 AM - 1 PM
$155 / $140 (Museum Members), per session

Learn the basics of oil painting or hone your current skills as you learn color mixing, value, and composition. We'll cover brush types, and the pros and cons of different grades of paint, as well as introduce painting mediums, while painting individual objects, and still lifes.

Instructor Jill Tatroe / Beginners & Intermediate

ENROLL NOW - SESSION 1
ENROLL NOW - SESSION 2

WED / FEB 28 - APR 10, 2024 / 10 AM - 1 PM
$155 / $140 (Museum Members)

This class is for everyone: from those who have no or little experience in watercolor to experienced painters. It will focus on getting comfortable with watercolor painting techniques. The basics of materials, tools, color, value, and sketching will be explored. Class sessions include instructor demonstrations, student practice time, and group discussions.

Instructor Nancy Philo / All Skill Levels

ENROLL NOW *SOLD OUT*

Jewelry & Glass Classes

SESSION 1: WED / JAN 10 - FEB 14, 2024 / 6 - 9 PM *SOLD OUT*
SESSION 2: WED / FEB 28 - APR 10, 2024 / 6 - 9 PM
$155 / $140 (Museum Members), per session

In this class, you will 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.

Instructor Sharon Berkan-Dent / All Skill Levels

ENROLL NOW - SESSION 1 *SOLD OUT*
ENROLL NOW - SESSION 2

Winter Classes On Sale Now!

Ceramics Classes

SESSION 1: MON / JAN 8 - FEB 19, 2024 / 6 - 9 PM - *SOLD OUT*
SESSION 2: MON / FEB 26 - APR 8, 2024 / 6 - 9 PM - *SOLD OUT*

$155 / $140 Museum Members, per session

Join Pam Hart and explore the three major handbuilding methods: pinch pot, coil, and slab, using a project-based approach. Handbuilding will teach you the properties of clay and introduce you to our studio. Every week introduces NEW projects that will allow students to explore making both functional and artistic work. Experienced potters can build on their own work with instructor support. All Students are expected to purchase clay from the Center for $40.

Instructor Pam Hart / Beginners & Intermediate

*SOLD OUT* ENROLL NOW - SESSION 1
*SOLD OUT* ENROLL NOW - SESSION 2
SESSION 1: THU / JAN 11 - FEB 15, 2024 / 6 - 9 PM *SOLD OUT*
SESSION 2: THU / FEB 29 - APR 11, 2024 / 6 - 9 PM *SOLD OUT*

$155 / $140 Museum Members, per session

Intermediate Ceramics is a great way to continue developing your skills on the wheel! This class is a stepping stone for those who have taken foundation courses and will help you improve forms that you have previously made. You will refine your skills by practicing and discovering new methods. You will also learn the benefits of repetition, which will help you refine your work. Both sessions will include demonstrations based on projects determined by each individual student. Students are expected to purchase clay through the Center for $40.

Instructor Becca Watz / Intermediate & Advanced

ENROLL NOW - SESSION 1 *SOLD OUT*
ENROLL NOW - SESSION 2 *SOLD OUT*
SESSION 1: THU / JAN 11 - FEB 15, 2024 / 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM *SOLD OUT*
SESSION 2: THU / FEB 29 - APR 11, 2024 / 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

$155 / $140 Museum Members, per session

Now that you have learned the basic forms and techniques, let’s have fun with them!
In Advanced Ceramics we are going DEEP—by exploring advanced forms and surface techniques, and by taking a closer look at our glazes to understand their chemistry. In addition, we will stretch our minds to think more broadly in the realm of aesthetics and bringing meaning to our work. Come join us for an adventure as we dive deeper into the vast world of ceramic possibilities. Students are expected to purchase clay at the ticket office through the Center for $40.

Instructor Beth Thomas / Advanced

ENROLL NOW - SESSION 1 *SOLD OUT*
ENROLL NOW - SESSION 2
2-Day Workshop: APR 5 & 6, 2024 / FRI 1:30 - 4:30 PM / SAT 9 AM - 12 PM
$120 / $105 (Museum Members & Students)


As we celebrate Jeri Hollister’s work in our exhibit, “Abiding Inspiration”, we encourage you to come see her distinctive equine sculptures and hear about her journey as an artist. Jeri Hollister will be giving a hands-on workshop over the weekend, teaching how to create figurative sculptures from wheel-thrown pieces, as well as lecturing on her work Friday evening during a private cocktail hour. This workshop is for college students and adults who are advanced potters and are comfortable throwing on the wheel while learning at an accelerated pace. Workshop tickets include both lecture and workshop. Participants are expected to purchase clay at the ticket office for $40.

Instructor Jerri Hollister / Advanced

ENROLL NOW
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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 education@midlandcenter.org to receive a partial voucher to be used for future classes.