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Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center

Homeschool Winter/Spring 2023

Mixed Media Mania - Mondays Fall 2022


with Mariah Leggett

Calendar Current session started Nov 28, 2022 at 10:30 am, runs for 3 weeks

This class, for ages 5 - 8, blends fine art techniques with your child's own creative expression. We strive to expose students to the elements of art (line, space, color, balance, etc.), while letting them run a little wild with their own imagination.  We enjoy creating a space for your child to slow down, be in the moment, and be comfortable trying something new. 

Member discount: 15 percent. 

Performance Art - Mondays


with Rae Balmuth MA, RDT

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 9, 2023 at 10:30 am, runs for 8 weeks

Have something to say and want to take your vision beyond the page? Love yourself a Yoko Ono moment? This course, for students ages 12 - 17, introduces students to integrate visual art with a more theatrical approach to art-making. 

Students will explore performative basics - such as time, place, and use of props, learn about professional performance artists and their contribution to both the art world and society at large, and have a chance to choose a personal topic on which to design and workshop an original work. Please expect a minimal amount of research-based homework throughout the course as we begin developing personal pieces. No experience necessary.

This course will have an academic approach to learning performance art, but should be considered an opportunity to invest in and find catharsis for social topics students find important and impactful to their life story.

General outline:

Week 1 - define performance art, introduction to pioneer artists

Week 2 - continue with history of performance art, learn introductory performative content

Week 3 - modern performance art and social media, discuss student interests for creating original work

Week 4 - continued topic exploration for original work via theatre games and sociodramatic role play

Week 5 - Set goals for theatrical performance, continued exploration of content via role play and story telling

Week 6 - begin constructing final piece

Week 7 - continue work on final piece

Week 8 - performance of final piece and debrief of outcomes and social impact 

Member discount: 15 percent

Draw, Paint, Create! - Thursdays


with Brooke Hammond

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 9, 2023 at 12:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

In this class, students will master the basics of drawing and painting. This class is designed for beginner to intermediate learners. Guided lessons will teach students ages 5-9 how to set up a composition and will emphasize and incorporate the use of art elements and principles of design. Special emphasis will be on light, value, and shading techniques. Gain an understanding of different drawing and painting tools and how to properly use them.

Member discount: 15 percent. 

Mono-Printing 101 - Mondays


with Helenka Ralston

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 9, 2023 at 12:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Students ages 9 - 13 will learn to make one-of-a-kind prints using gelli pads and acrylics. These prints will be used to create a variety of unique creations. We will incorporate the use of stencils, stamping and drawing. 

Week 1: printing leaves, botanicals and vegetable prints

Week 2: printing with common household items

Week 3: printing with stencils and foam stamps

Week 4: transforming prints into unique creations

Member discount: 15 percent

Visual Storytelling - Mondays


with Shahnaz Lighari

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 9, 2023 at 12:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Bring your stories to life in our new illustration and visual storytelling class for students ages 7-10! Students will practice responding to stories, poems, and texts by creating original art from their imagination. We will incorporate drawing, painting, and mixed media to develop a visual language, finding the right medium for any subject! Students will have the opportunity to create their own stories and characters as well as collaborate with the group. 

Week 1: Character development - Drawing game to create a unique character as a base for story (drawing)

Week 2: Word associations/visual symbols - Options for poems, songs, short stories for kids to begin illustrating (painting, watercolor)

Week 3: Plot - drawing/sentence game, how to keep consistency with characters multiple times (same clothing, colors, etc) 

Week 4: My adventure - Can be autobiographical or based on a character from previous weeks. Students make an illustrated short adventure story in style of their choice 

Member discount: 15 percent

Artopia - Tuesdays


with Dr. Priscilla Eichler

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 10, 2023 at 10:30 am, runs for 6 weeks

In this mixed media art class, children ages 5 – 9 will embark on techniques in drawing, painting, collage and sculpture.  This class encourages creativity in each student. Young artists will be encouraged to see the beauty in ever-changing nature, in objects around them, and in their own imaginations. 

Each month, each season unravels new opportunities for creation and imagination! For example, January is a chance to think about new beginnings! “In this new year, I will ___.  February is the month of love and we’ll look at who and what we love.  All of the thoughts of each month and holiday will be depicted through various media; colored pencil, acrylic paint, watercolor, sculpting in clay, montage, and collage.

The goal of instruction is for students to see the world around them with new eyes and to create what they see! Each young artist will be encouraged to be creative in the exploration of his/her skills, imaginings, and love of life!

Please note that we will not hold classes during Spring Break (March 13-17) as well as on April 7th.

Member discount: 15 percent

Digital Drawing: Beginners - Tuesday


with Hannah Mathis

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 10, 2023 at 10:30 am, runs for 8 weeks

Students ages 11 and up will learn basic drawing skills, Procreate software (the technology behind digital illustration) and an introduction to animating their illustrations. iPads and Apple Pencils are provided by the MACC.

Week 1 - Fundamentals: The instructor will show students varying examples of digital artwork. Then students will learn how to create a new canvas in Procreate, the basics of using brushes, and will be encouraged to explore the app with the instructor’s guidance. 

Week 2 - Basics tools: Students will learn how to change brush size, utilize the eraser, pick colors using the eyedropper tool, organize their gallery and create color palettes in procreate. 

Week 3 - Layers: Students will learn how to utilize layers in a work of art in Procreate and how to use a clipping mask to modify certain parts of a work of art 

Week 4 - Editing Tools: Students will learn how to merge and transform layers, and use the liquify tool 

Week 5 - References and sketching: Learn to import photos for reference, and begin the sketching and planning process of a work of art 

Week 6 - Creating Vectors in Procreate: This week, students will learn the difference between pixel and vector-based images, and a few ways that they can transform a pixel-based image into a vector 

Week 7 - Animation in Procreate: Students will learn the basics of animating their artwork

Week 8 - Finishing Digital Work and Beyond: Students will get an introduction to the various ways they can save their digital work, as well as the many ways digital art can be applied in the real world. They will also learn how to save time lapse videos of their work. 


Ancient Art: Mandalas - Tuesdays


with Kathryn Garcia

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 10, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

In this class, students ages 7-11 will design their own Mandala and then build/carve it out of clay and plaster. Mandalas are geometric designs that often rely on symmetry around a circle. Geometry is applied in many fields outside of mathematics, including physics, architecture, and art. One example of the meeting of art and geometry is a Mandala. The beauty of Mandalas lies in their symmetry.  

General guidelines: 

Week 1: Basic principles, history, purpose of the mandala. Connection: geometry, history, cultural understanding. Practice with pencil, templates.

Week 2-4: Plaster cast, circular. Plan/experiment with form, placement.

Week 4-6: Carving design into clay/plaster circular form. Color and design elements will embellish the final relief.   

Member discount: 15 percent

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