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Summer 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

TUE / JUN 7 - JUL 19 / 6 PM - 9 PM
$125 / $110 Museum Members

Beginning Photography will explore the ins and outs of how photography works and provide students with basic concepts of camera operation. Topics will include: exposure, aperture, shutter speed, film speed, lens choice, lighting, white balance, contrast, and composition. You will practice taking images in a variety of settings. Individual sessions will be offered to help you understand and work with your camera. Students will need a camera, the camera’s manual, and a tripod for the first class.

Stephen K Grewe / Beginners Only

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SAT JUN 11 & 25, JUL 23, AUG 6 / 4 PM - 7 PM
$125/ $110 Museum Members

This outdoor class will introduce students to the joys of landscape photography in four different locations around the Great Lakes Bay region. Students will need a camera, the camera’s manual, and a tripod.

Stephen K Grewe / Beginners & Intermediate

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THU / JUL 21 / 6 PM - 9 PM
$70/ $55 Museum Members

Explore portraiture using a model and professional lighting. Exposure, lens choice, lighting technique, and pose will be some of the topics covered. A significant portion of this workshop will be hands-on, individual work with our model. Techniques shared are applicable for photographing animals or pets.

Stephen K Grewe / Beginners & Intermediate

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FRI / AUG 26 / 6 PM - 9 PM
$50 / $35 Museum Members

This workshop will help you to take credible, high-quality submission photos of your artwork. It will provide instruction in correct lighting and exposure. Bring one-to-three pieces to photograph. Students will need a camera, the camera’s manual, and a tripod.

Stephen K Grewe / Beginners Only

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Ceramics

MONDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM
SESSION 1 / JUN 6 - JUL 18 / ENROLL

SESSION 2 / JUL 25 - AUG 29 / ENROLL

THURSDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM
SESSION 1 / JUN 9 - JUL 21 / ENROLL
SESSION 2 / JUL 28 - SEP 1 / ENROLL

$140 / $125 Museum Members

This six-week session is for experienced potters who wish to continue their work in clay. This class allows access to the clay studio with the support and advice of one of our instructors. The instructor will be available to distribute clay, answer questions, and assist students with their goals by demonstration and brainstorming with the student. The studio will be available outside of class time for working independently (see studio hours). However, students must have taken at least one previous class in ceramics at the Center. Any exceptions must be approved by the instructor. Clay must be purchased separately from the Center through the ticket office or instructor.

Pam Hart / Mike Zureich / Bethany Thomas / Intermediate

FRI / JUN 17 - JUL 1 / 6 PM - 9 PM
$140 / $125 Museum Members

Are you curious about ceramics? Interested in working in clay but not ready to commit to a full session of classes? This “Taste of Ceramics” might be for you. Make a charcuterie board out of clay! Join instructor Pam Hart for a “Taste of Ceramics,” a three-week workshop at which you will make a charcuterie board the first session and glaze it the second session. During the third session, a local chef will teach you how to arrange a charcuterie board. Then celebrate with a glass of wine and a charcuterie board our chef, while you admire your finished board.

Pam Hart / Beginners Only

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Glass Fusing & Needle Felting

FRI JUN 10 / JUL 22 / AUG 12 / 5 - 8 PM
$60 / $50 Museum Members

The glass fusing workshop will be 3 hours of fun working with glass pieces, frits and powders. Instructor will teach how to cut glass, about glass compatibility and firing schedules. Students will make a 6”x6” flat fused piece and several small jewelry pieces. Use of necessary tools and kiln firings provided. Dress for the weather, N95 mask required as we will be working with glass powders. Class takes place at instructor’s home studio. Requires an additional $30 materials fee to the instructor.

Emmy Heger / Beginners Only

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Painting & Drawing

WED & THU / 10 AM - 1 PM
JUN 29 - 30 / JUL 27 - 28 / AUG 17 - 18

At Dow Gardens
$90 / $75 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 the benefits of using a limited color palette will be explored. 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.

Students may work in the medium of their choice. (A working knowledge of their chosen medium is recommended). Demos will be done in oil or watercolor. 

Ruth Howell / Beginners & Intermediate

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TUE / JUN 7 - AUG 9 / 6 PM - 9 PM
$190 / $180 Museum Members

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

Sylvia Coon / Beginners Only

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WED / JUN 8 - AUG 17 / 6 - 9 PM
$185 / $170 Museum Members

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

Sylvia Coon / Intermediate

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Studio School Student and Faculty Exhibit

The Studio School Student & Faculty Exhibit will feature over 50 original objects by Studio School students and faculty members over the last three years. Students are invited to submit artwork created and inspired by what they learned in class. These works of art will be juried and awards will be given to the top three student artists. We salute the Studio School Faculty for providing a place of growth and sharing their talent with their students.