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    • July 06, 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • August 03, 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 19

    ArtsMart High 

    Sundays, 7/6-8/3, 2:00-4:00pm

    5 Classes, $80




    Anyone who has experienced it can tell you how rough high school really is. This class is for adolescents who want to improve their creative problem solving skills through the expression of visual art. If you are age 14 to 18, enjoy learning and creating visual art, and have two hours during the hottest time of the summer day to spend indoors then this class is for you! See what you can learn and create in six afternoon classes.



    • July 10, 2014
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 14, 2014
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Wheel Wise: Learning to Throw 

    Thursdays, 7/10-8/14, 6:30-9:00pm

    6 Classes: $120





    This class is designed for beginners to experiment with the process and techniques of creating functional and artistic wares using the addictive pottery wheel. Participants will be introduced to the tools and techniques like coning and doming to center the clay, opening the form, pulling the walls, collaring, and using tools to smooth and decorate the surface before and during the trimming process. Experienced potters are encouraged to enroll in this exciting class to experiment and grow in their abilities.


     



    (16 & Older) Materials are included

     

     

     

     

     


    • July 15, 2014
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 19, 2014
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Portraiture with Brian Simpson

    Tuesday, 7/15-8/19, 6:30-9:00pm

    6 Classes: $120 




    Whether drawing or painting, students will get the encouragement they need to succeed and grow in rendering the human figure from head to toe while working from a live model.


    click to view Brian's website


    • July 17, 2014
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 21, 2014
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Exploring Watercolor

    Thursdays, 7/17-8/21 6:00-8:30pm

      6 Classes: $120




    Designed for the beginner watercolorist and those wishing to learn figurative techniques in the medium, this class covers fundamentals in watercolor: materials and care, paper stretching, wash techniques, glazing, layering, brush work, masking, and other tricks to help the beginning painter execute their ideas in the medium. Subject matter will center on transparent still life objects, as well as materials the students choose to bring in to paint. Participants who have previous watercolor experience are encouraged to attend and to bring their own supplies, ideas, and objects to paint. No previous watercolor experience is necessary.

     


    • July 26, 2014
    • 12:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 15

    Family Workshops


    ยท ALL TANGLED UP-Pen and Ink Drawings

     

       
     

    Participants will learn drawing techniques used by skilled artists to create shading and value differences using ink. Participants will create a unique work of art with the techniques demonstrated and patterning with in different sections of a drawn, tangled surface.

     

     

    This workshop is ideal for ages 5 and up, but parents are encouraged to help younger children with this project.


     

    All workshops this fall will be hosted in or around the McLean County Arts Center from 12:00-2:00 pm. Please continue to check our website for more workshops as they are scheduled.

    • September 03, 2014
    • 6:30 PM
    • October 22, 2014
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 9

    Hands on Clay 

    Wednesdays, 9/3-10/22, 6:30-9:00pm

    8 Classes: $130

     




    Learn some of the oldest building techniques that ceramics provides. Participants of this class will be introduced to coiling, slab construction, and modeling techniques in a very inviting and understanding instructional way. Grace will provide participants with the basic skills of hand building to allow for individual success and creativity. If you have never experienced clay or you are an experienced ceramicist, this is a class for you to grow in your creative endeavors.


     

     

    Adult Classes (16 & Older) Materials are included

     


    • September 11, 2014
    • 6:30 PM
    • October 30, 2014
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 5

    Wheel Wise: Learning to Throw 

    Thursdays, 9/11-10/30, 6:30-9:00pm

    8 Classes: $130





    This class is designed for beginners to experiment with the process and techniques of creating functional and artistic wares using the addictive pottery wheel. Participants will be introduced to the tools and techniques like coning and doming to center the clay, opening the form, pulling the walls, collaring, and using tools to smooth and decorate the surface before and during the trimming process. Experienced potters are encouraged to enroll in this exciting class to experiment and grow in their abilities.


     



    (16 & Older) Materials are included

     

     

     

     

     


    • September 27, 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • November 15, 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 10

    Ceramic Open Studio  

    Saturday, 9/27-11/15, 2pm-4:30pm

    8 Classes: $130

     





    Open Studio is designed for the self-motivated student with previous experience.


    • September 27, 2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • November 01, 2014
    • 5:30 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 12

    Exploring Mixed Media

    Saturdays, 9/27-11/1, 3:00-5:30pm

      6 Classes: $120

     

    Does a painting have to be made of paint? Does a drawing need to include pencil? This course is designed to allow an opportunity to re-define the way in which art can be made.

     

     

    Participants will be exploring a variety of media and techniques that will extend the boundaries of what has been a more traditionally recognized as painting or drawing. The relationships between scales, media, and image will be examined in a variety of formats and techniques. Students will be encouraged to develop their own personal expression and experiment in ways that will reach beyond the norm of what has been traditionally thought of as the art of drawing or painting. Sources and examples by artists from the past, as well as the present, will be used to direct the students in this class toward inventive solutions for the projects. The materials emphasized in this course include: pen, ink, graphite, collage, watercolor, acrylic, and digital imaging.

     


    • October 20, 2014
    • 6:30 PM
    • November 24, 2014
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 12

    Relief Printmaking 

    Mondays, 10/20-11/24, from 6:30-9:00pm

    6 Classes: $120



     

    No previous experience is needed for this introduction to relief printmaking. Participants can expect to create a variety of unique prints and learn skills that will translate well for further experimentation at home. From making holiday cards to creating fine art prints, the possibilities of relief printmaking are nearly endless.

    We will begin by exploring a variety of monotype processes. This is a fun, low-key way to get familiar with the press. After these initial experiments, we will use carving tools to prepare linoleum and wood blocks that can be printed multiple times. In addition to utilizing the art center's printing press, we will discuss hand-printing techniques.




     

    • October 29, 2014
    • 6:30 PM
    • December 10, 2014
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 10

    Acrylic Painting with Mike McNeil

    Wednesdays, 10/29-12/10, 6:00-8:30pm

    6 Classes: $120





    Learn acrylic painting techniques while investigating light, form and color.





    • November 04, 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • December 09, 2014
    • 8:30 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 12

    Exploring Watercolor

    Thursdays, 11/4-12/9, 6:00-8:30pm

      6 Classes: $120




    Designed for the beginner watercolorist and those wishing to learn figurative techniques in the medium, this class covers fundamentals in watercolor: materials and care, paper stretching, wash techniques, glazing, layering, brush work, masking, and other tricks to help the beginning painter execute their ideas in the medium. Subject matter will center on transparent still life objects, as well as materials the students choose to bring in to paint. Participants who have previous watercolor experience are encouraged to attend and to bring their own supplies, ideas, and objects to paint. No previous watercolor experience is necessary.

     


    • November 05, 2014
    • 11:00 AM
    • December 17, 2014
    • 1:30 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 10

    Daytime Acrylic Painting with Mike McNeil

    Wednesdays, 11/5-12/17, 11:00-1:30pm

    6 Classes: $120


    NO CLASSES ON 11/26



    Learn acrylic painting techniques while investigating light, form and color.









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