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Semester Winter/Spring 2024

Teen Art Alchemy: A Mixed Media Adventure


with Jessica Lewis

Calendar Current session started Jan 15, 2024 at 4:30 pm, runs for 18 weeks

Printmaking, Drawing, Painting and Sculpture!

Are you looking for an exciting and creative way to spend your semester? Jessica Lewis is delighted to offer a 19 week art class for ages 11 - 16 that focuses on drawing and painting. This class is specially designed for students who have a passion for art and want to explore different mediums.  We’ll be diving into clay, sculpting and printmaking to name a few!

Lessons are designed to help your child explore their creative side while building a strong foundation in the elements of art and principles of design. Students will also have space to explore and experiment with different types of mark making and paint application.

Students will pursue the following learning objectives:

  • Explore color, tone, and value (primary, secondary, tertiary and color harmonies; will also explore perspective, line, rhythm, and movement).
  • Explore form, space, shape.
  • Explore emphasis, texture, unity, balance, and pattern.
  • Explore procedure and appropriate usage of materials.
  • Explore concepts (could include, but not limited to, landscape, museum, design, portraits, creatures, still life, world art, universal themes and personal expression).
  • Explore proportion and different types of perspectives.
  • Explore composition using the art elements.Explore pattern, texture, rhythm.

Please note classes will not be held during Spring Break, March 18 - 22nd. 

Member Discount: 10 percent

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Theatre Performance:  A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
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Theatre Performance: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery


with Sadie Collins

Calendar Current session started Jan 23, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Welcome to our Theatre Performance Class for young talents aged 10 and up! If your child has a passion for theatre and performance, this is the perfect opportunity for them to dive into the world of acting. In this 10-week session, students will embark on a thrilling journey as they prepare for a production of "A Sherlock Holmes Mystery," a comedic and mysterious play featuring the iconic characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Throughout the course, your aspiring actors will not only bring these beloved characters to life but also enhance their acting skills. They will engage in fun and interactive activities designed to develop movement techniques, expand their voices through theatrical training, and foster connections with their fellow students as a storytelling ensemble.

At the culmination of the class, family, friends, and community members will have the pleasure of witnessing the talents your child has cultivated as they take the stage to perform the entertaining production. Join us on this exciting adventure where creativity, camaraderie, and the joy of performance come together!

Member Discount: 10 percent

Creative Synthesis: Exploring Mediums


with Mariah Leggett

Calendar Current session started Feb 21, 2024 at 4:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks

This mixed media art class offers a dynamic and immersive creative journey designed for aspiring artists aged 9 and up. In this 9 week exploration, students will delve into the captivating realm of mixed media, a fusion of various artistic elements that transcends traditional boundaries.

Each week unfolds a new chapter, inviting participants to experiment with diverse materials such as paper, fabric, paint, and found objects. From the expressive storytelling of collages, the sculptural wonders of three-dimensional art, to the introduction of acrylics and watercolors, students will gain hands-on experience in layering, composition, and the harmonious blending of colors and textures. 

Our mixed media class aims not only to develop technical skills but also to inspire individual expression, fostering a love for the limitless possibilities that arise when different artistic mediums converge in a harmonious and visually captivating manner. Join us for a journey of exploration, innovation, and artistic discovery!

Students will pursue the following learning objectives:

  • Will explore color (contrast, intensity, and value)
  • Will explore perspective, line, rhythm, and movement.
  • Will explore form, space, shape.
  • Will explore emphasis, texture, unity, balance, and pattern.
  • Will explore procedure and appropriate usage of materials.
  • Will explore concepts (could include, but not limited to landscape, museum, design, portraits, creatures, still life, world art, universal themes and personal expression). 

Class will not be held the week of Spring Break, March 18 - 22nd. 

Member Discount: 10% 

Expressive Arts Fusion: Acrylic, Oil and Sculpture Class


with Brooke Hammond

Calendar Current session started Feb 21, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 13 weeks

Embark on a multifaceted artistic journey with our "Expressive Arts Fusion" class for ages 9 and up, where the world of acrylic and oil painting seamlessly intertwines with the tactile beauty of sculpture. Designed for art enthusiasts of all levels, this class invites you to explore the rich diversity of expression through paint and form, unlocking your creativity in both two- and three-dimensional realms.

Course Highlights:

Acrylic Painting Adventures: Immerse yourself in the versatile world of acrylics. From vibrant landscapes to abstract expressions, learn techniques such as layering, blending, and texture creation to bring your visions to life on canvas.

Oil Painting Mastery: Delve into the timeless art of oil painting. Discover the rich, luminous quality of oil colors as you explore classical and contemporary painting techniques. From color mixing to brushwork, develop the skills to craft captivating oil masterpieces.

Found Object Sculpture: Embrace sustainability and creativity simultaneously by incorporating recycled materials into your sculptures. Learn to transform everyday objects into unique and compelling works of art, promoting eco-conscious creativity.

Composition and Design: Understand the principles of composition and design that apply across painting and sculpture. Learn how to create visually compelling arrangements, whether on a canvas or in the three-dimensional space of your sculptural work.

Mixed Media Fusion: Combine painting and sculpture in unique mixed media projects. Experiment with the integration of both two- and three-dimensional elements in your artworks.

Gallery Showcase: Celebrate the culmination of your artistic exploration in a gallery-style showcase. Share your expressive masterpieces with classmates, friends, and family, creating a space to appreciate the diversity and beauty of your collective creations.

"Expressive Arts Fusion" is an immersive experience where the realms of painting and sculpture converge, allowing you to push the boundaries of your creativity. Join us for a transformative artistic journey that brings together the best of both worlds!

Class will not be held the week of Spring Break, March 18 - 22nd. 

Member discount: 10 percent

Art Fusion: Mixed Media Marvels - Tuesdays


with Dr. Priscilla Eichler

Calendar Current session started Feb 27, 2024 at 4:30 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Embark on a colorful journey of creativity and self-expression with our mixed media art class. This dynamic class for ages 5 – 9 is designed to introduce young artists to the exciting world of mixed media, where they can explore, experiment, and bring their imaginations to life through a variety of artistic techniques and materials.

Kids will explore a vibrant palette of paints, pastels, and more as they learn to layer and blend, creating stunning backgrounds for their mixed media masterpieces.  Engage tiny hands in a tactile experience with a variety of textures. From smooth papers to textured fabrics, children will discover the sensory delight of different materials, adding depth and touchable elements to their creations.

Students will also learn the joy of drawing with various tools and techniques. From crayons to markers, children will develop their fine motor skills while expressing their creativity on paper and canvas.  Engage in themed projects that encourage creative thinking and imagination. From fantasy landscapes to whimsical creatures, each project provides an opportunity for self-expression and exploration.

Students will pursue the following learning objectives:

  • Will explore Line.        
  • Will explore color (color wheel)        
  • Will explore shapes (organic and inorganic)        
  • Will explore texture.        
  • Will explore forms.        
  • Will explore emphasis, pattern, and balance.        
  • Will explore concepts (could include, but not limited to landscape, portraits, creatures, still life and historical landmarks).        
  • Will explore realistic and abstract ideas. 

Art Fusion Kids is a space where kids can let their imaginations run wild, experiment with various materials, and celebrate the unique artist within. Join us for a colorful and imaginative journey that will leave your child inspired and excited about the world of mixed media art!

Member discount: 10 percent

Please note classes will not be held during Spring Break, March 18th - 22nd. 

Digital Animation Fundamentals: Beginner Class


with Blake Donaldson

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 5, 2024 at 4:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Embark on a thrilling journey into the dynamic world of animation with our "Digital Animation Fundamentals" Beginner Class. Tailored for aspiring animators aged 9 and above, this course provides a hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of digital animation, guiding students through the exciting process of bringing characters and stories to life on the screen.

Course Highlights:

Introduction to Animation Software: Dive into the digital animation landscape with an introduction to industry-standard software. Learn the basics of navigation, timeline management, and essential tools to kickstart your animation journey.

Understanding Keyframes: Master the fundamental concept of keyframes—the building blocks of animation. Learn how to set key poses to create smooth and fluid motion in your digital creations.

Character Design for Animation: Explore the art of character design with a focus on animation principles. Understand how to create characters that are visually appealing and easily adaptable to various movements and expressions.

Animating Expressive Characters: Delve into the nuances of character animation. From facial expressions to body language, learn how to infuse life and personality into your characters, making them relatable and engaging.

Introduction to Timing and Spacing: Uncover the secrets of timing and spacing in animation. Gain insights into the pacing of movements, creating a sense of weight, and establishing realistic motion in your digital projects.

Storyboarding Basics: Develop essential storytelling skills through the art of storyboarding. Learn how to plan and visualize your animation sequences, ensuring a cohesive and compelling narrative in your projects.

Principles of Squash and Stretch: Explore the foundational principle of squash and stretch to add flexibility and elasticity to your animated characters. Understand how this technique contributes to the overall visual appeal of your animations.

Introduction to 2D Animation Techniques: Gain hands-on experience with 2D animation techniques. From frame-by-frame animation to tweening, learn different approaches to creating captivating motion in your digital artwork.

Animating Simple Scenes: Apply your newfound skills to create simple animated scenes. Learn how to synchronize movements, refine timing, and bring your creative ideas to life through engaging animations.

Showcase Your Animated Creations: Conclude the class with a showcase where you can proudly present your animated creations to your parents and showcase the progress you've made throughout the course.

Join us for the "Digital Animation Fundamentals" Beginner Class, where the magic of animation comes to life through hands-on learning, expert guidance, and a supportive community of fellow aspiring animators.

Member discount: 10 percent

Mastering Digital Artistry: Advanced Digital Drawing Class


with Jess Duke

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 5, 2024 at 4:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Dive into the dynamic realm of digital art with our Advanced Digital Drawing Class, designed for aspiring artists seeking to elevate their skills to new heights. This immersive 6-week course is tailored for students ages 13 and up with a solid foundation in digital drawing, aiming to refine techniques, explore advanced tools, and unleash the full potential of digital creativity. 

This class is intended for individuals with a basic understanding of digital drawing tools and techniques. Participants should have completed an introductory digital drawing course or have equivalent experience.

Course Highlights:

Advanced Techniques Exploration:

Delve into advanced digital drawing techniques, including shading, lighting, texture mapping, and intricate detailing. Learn how to create stunning visual effects that bring your digital artwork to life.

Digital Brush Mastery:

Uncover the secrets of digital brushwork by exploring a variety of brushes, customizing settings, and mastering the art of brushstroke manipulation. Understand how different brushes contribute to style and visual impact.

Composition and Layout Design:

Elevate your artwork by delving into the principles of composition and layout design. Explore how to effectively use space, balance elements, and guide the viewer's eye through intentional arrangement.

Advanced Layer Management:

Develop a deep understanding of layer management, blending modes, and layer effects to enhance the depth and complexity of your digital creations. Learn to create multi-layered compositions with precision and efficiency.

Digital Anatomy and Character Design:

Take your character design skills to the next level by studying digital anatomy and honing your ability to create expressive, dynamic characters. Explore advanced posing, facial expressions, and character storytelling.

Digital Painting Workshops:

Engage in hands-on digital painting workshops, where you'll apply advanced techniques to create impressive digital paintings. Receive personalized feedback and guidance from experienced instructors to refine your approach.

Portfolio Development:

iPads and Apple Pencils are provided by the MACC, but you are welcome to bring your own. 

This class will repeat every 4 weeks with all NEW projects and skill building. 

Member discount: 10 percent. 

Digital Art Fundamentals: Beginner Digital Drawing Class


with Jess Duke

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 11, 2024 at 4:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Students ages 9 and up will dive into the basics of digital drawing, learn about digital tablets, stylus controls and navigating the popular drawing software Procreate to acquire a solid foundation for a seamless transition into the digital art space.

Course Highlights:

Understanding Digital Tools: Explore the diverse array of digital brushes, pens, and tools available in digital drawing software. Learn how to use these tools effectively to create lines, shapes, and textures with precision.

Fundamental Drawing Techniques: Master fundamental drawing techniques such as sketching, line art, and basic shading. Develop a keen eye for proportions, perspectives, and shapes as you lay the groundwork for your digital art journey.

Color Theory Basics: Delve into the principles of color theory, discovering how to choose and blend colors to create visually appealing digital artwork. Explore the impact of color on mood and composition.

Layer Management and Editing: Learn the ins and outs of layer management, an essential skill in digital drawing. Understand how to organize your artwork into layers, make non-destructive edits, and experiment with different elements independently.

Introduction to Digital Composition: Explore the basics of composition, focal points, and visual storytelling. Understand how to arrange elements within your digital canvas to create engaging and aesthetically pleasing artwork.

Community and Support: Join a supportive community of fellow beginners and art enthusiasts. Share your progress, ask questions, and connect with others who are on the same creative journey.

Whether you're a complete novice or have some traditional art experience, our Beginner Digital Drawing Class is your gateway to unleashing your creativity in the digital realm. Join us as we explore the exciting world of digital art and help you take your first steps toward becoming a digital drawing maestro!

This class will repeat every 4 weeks with all NEW projects and skill building.

iPads and Apple Pencils are provided by the MACC, but you are welcome to bring your own.  

Member discount: 10 percent. 

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