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    • September 02, 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • October 07, 2014
    • 8:30 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Rendering the Figure with Brian Simpson

    Tuesday, 9/2-10/7, 6:00-8:30pm

    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.


    click to view Brian's website


    • September 11, 2014
    • 6:30 PM
    • October 30, 2014
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 3:00 PM
    • November 01, 2014
    • 5:30 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    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.

     


    • September 29, 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • November 03, 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    After School Programming:

    These classes are designed to build upon the students’ level of understanding. Classes are scheduled in 6 week sessions that meet in the evenings for an hour and a half from 4:30pm - 6pm on the nights listed below.

     

    Ceramics for Junior High

    Mondays 9/29-11/03 from 4:30-6:00pm

    6 Classes: $100

     


     

     

    Students in grades 6-8 can participate in six classes of claytastic experimentation- from slab construction and coiled pots to throwing on a pottery wheel. Participants will complete at least three glazed and fired pieces of art during this six week class

     

     

     

    • September 29, 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • November 03, 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    Drawing for Junior High

    Mondays, 9/29-11/3, 4:30-6:00pm

    6 Classes: $95.00




    Explore your creativity through traditional and contemporary approaches to the process of drawing. Students will be introduced to various drawing techniques that emphasize new approaches to 2-D media. No previous experience needed.




    • September 30, 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • November 04, 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 9

    After School Programming:

    These classes are designed to build upon the students’ level of understanding. Classes are scheduled in 6 week sessions that meet in the evenings for an hour and a half from 4:30pm till 6pm on the nights listed below.

     

    Two-Dimensional Exploration, Grades 1-3

    Tuesdays 9/30-11/4 from 4:30-6pm

    6 Classes: $80

     




    Build your drawing skills and expand your creativity! Students will be introduced to a variety of drawing and painting techniques during this six day class. Young artists will explore the elements of artistic compositions and two-dimensional fundamentals while they draw from life and their imaginations.


     

     

     

    • October 02, 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • November 06, 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 20

    After School Drawing, Grades 4-6

    6 Classes: $80  10/2-11/06 




    Build your drawing skills and expand your creativity! Students will be introduced to a variety of drawing techniques during this four day class. Young artists will explore the elements of artistic compositions and 2-D fundamentals while they draw from life and their imaginations.


     

    Grades 4-6   6 classes               

    10/2-11/06 from 4-6pm

    • 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 21, 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • November 25, 2014
    • 8:30 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center
    • 9

    Portraiture with Brian Simpson

    Tuesday, 10/21-11/25, 6:00-8:30

    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


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

    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
    • 9

    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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