MCAC Adult Classes: 17+

Whether you're looking to take a one-time workshop or join a class that meets weekly, MCAC offers a variety of affordable opportunities to exercise your creativity! We believe in small class sizes and quality instructors. Supplies are always included in our course fees. 

Registration Policies:

Your class registration is not complete until your payment is processed. Lack of timely payment (24 hours) will result in your partial registration being deleted. 

Class registration may be cancelled up to 7 days before the start of class for a full refund. 

Class registration may be transferred up to 7 days before the start of class. Only one transfer is allowed, per registration/payment. 


***Many of our Fall classes (September - December) are full. ***

Registration for Spring 2019 will begin November 27, 2018.






Summer 2018

    • August 01, 2018
    • 10:15 AM
    • August 31, 2018
    • 3:45 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    August 2018

    Monthly Fee: $125 


    Open Studio Schedule

    Sunday/Monday: No access

    Tuesday: 3:30pm - 6:45pm

    Wednesday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Thursday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Friday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Saturday: 12:15pm - 3:45pm

    Open Studio Ceramics is for intermediate and advanced students only. Participants must have taken at least two ceramics classes at MCAC or be able to demonstrate comparable ceramics experience.

    Participants have unlimited access to the ceramics studio during MCAC's regular business hours. There is no supervising instructor. Failure to follow studio rules, including complete and timely clean-up, will result in open studio privileges being revoked.

    Amenities include: wheels, tools, glazes, small storage shelf, and firing. Kiln is fired to Cone 04. Participants must purchase their own low-fire clay from MCAC: $10 per 12.5 pound bag.



        
    • August 09, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 30, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed
                
             

    Thursdays, August 9 - August 30, 2018

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $105

     

    Join instructor Claire Hedden for this four-week ceramics course. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome. Students have the option of working on the potter's wheel, using hand-building techniques... or both!  

    Enrollment in this class provides access to MCAC's kilns and our full range of ceramic glazes. Enrolled students may also work on their own during open studio hours, at no additional charge. Please check the bulletin board outside of the classrooms for our most current open studio schedule. 

    Group size is limited to eight, to allow for individual instruction time. Early registration is encouraged; seats typically sell out in advance. Experienced potters are welcome to join this class to experiment and learn new techniques. Student work is fired on-site by our ceramics studio assistant, allowing everyone to take home finished pieces.  

        
    • September 01, 2018
    • 12:15 PM
    • September 29, 2018
    • 3:45 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    September 2018

    Monthly Fee: $125 


    Open Studio Schedule

    Sunday/Monday: No access

    Tuesday: 3:30pm - 6:45pm

    Wednesday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Thursday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Friday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Saturday: 12:15pm - 3:45pm

    Open Studio Ceramics is for intermediate and advanced students only. Participants must have taken at least two ceramics classes at MCAC or be able to demonstrate comparable ceramics experience.

    Participants have unlimited access to the ceramics studio during MCAC's regular business hours. There is no supervising instructor. Failure to follow studio rules, including complete and timely clean-up, will result in open studio privileges being revoked.

    Amenities include: wheels, tools, glazes, small storage shelf, and firing. Kiln is fired to Cone 04. Participants must purchase their own low-fire clay from MCAC: $10 per 12.5 pound bag.



        
    • September 04, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • October 09, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Tuesdays, September 4 - October 9, 2018

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $135

     

    Join instructor Mike McNeil for this six-week acrylic painting course. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome. All materials are provided: paints, brushes, painting surfaces, palettes, knives, etc. 

    This course covers a variety of acrylic fundamentals: materials and care, layering, brush work, and masking. Students may bring reference photos from home or use images available in the classroom library.        
    • September 05, 2018
    • 12:30 PM
    • October 24, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Wednesdays, September 5 - October 24, 2018

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $175

    Join instructor Dale C. Evans for this eight-week basic drawing class. Working from still life scenes and photographs, students will practice depicting line, form, tone and texture. Projects will emphasize one-point and two-point perspective in order to produce drawings which accurately represent three-dimensional forms. This class is recommended for anyone wishing to expand their drawing skills, and for painters who would like to create more accurate sketches before beginning to paint. All skill levels are welcome, no experience necessary! Students will be asked to complete simple homework assignments in a sketchbook. 
    • September 05, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • October 10, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Wednesdays, September 5 - October 10, 2018

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $155

     

    Join instructor Erin Furimsky for this six-week ceramics course. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome. Students have the option of working on the potter's wheel, using hand-building techniques... or both!  

    Enrollment in this class provides access to MCAC's kilns and our full range of ceramic glazes. Enrolled students may also work on their own during open studio hours, at no additional charge. Please check the bulletin board outside of the classrooms for our most current open studio schedule. 

    Group size is limited to eight, to allow for individual instruction time. Early registration is encouraged; seats typically sell out in advance. Experienced potters are welcome to join this class to experiment and learn new techniques. Student work is fired on-site by our ceramics studio assistant, allowing everyone to take home finished pieces.  

        
    • September 06, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • October 11, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Thursdays, September 6 - October 11, 2018

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $155

     

    Join instructor Claire Hedden for this six-week ceramics course. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome. Students have the option of working on the potter's wheel, using hand-building techniques... or both!  

    Enrollment in this class provides access to MCAC's kilns and our full range of ceramic glazes. Enrolled students may also work on their own during open studio hours, at no additional charge. Please check the bulletin board outside of the classrooms for our most current open studio schedule. 

    Group size is limited to eight, to allow for individual instruction time. Early registration is encouraged; seats typically sell out in advance. Experienced potters are welcome to join this class to experiment and learn new techniques. Student work is fired on-site by our ceramics studio assistant, allowing everyone to take home finished pieces.  

        
    • October 02, 2018
    • 10:15 PM
    • October 31, 2018
    • 4:45 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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    October 2018

    Monthly Fee: $125 


    Open Studio Schedule

    Sunday/Monday: No access

    Tuesday: 3:30pm - 6:45pm

    Wednesday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Thursday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Friday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Saturday: 12:15pm - 3:45pm

    Open Studio Ceramics is for intermediate and advanced students only. Participants must have taken at least two ceramics classes at MCAC or be able to demonstrate comparable ceramics experience.

    Participants have unlimited access to the ceramics studio during MCAC's regular business hours. There is no supervising instructor. Failure to follow studio rules, including complete and timely clean-up, will result in open studio privileges being revoked.

    Amenities include: wheels, tools, glazes, small storage shelf, and firing. Kiln is fired to Cone 04. Participants must purchase their own low-fire clay from MCAC: $10 per 12.5 pound bag.



        
    • October 08, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • October 29, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Mondays, October 8 - 29, 2018

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $95

    Join instructor Mandy Roeing for this four-week pastel course. This course is appropriate for beginners and those with some pastel experience. Students will learn basic pastel techniques and will practice painting both still life objects and landscapes. All supplies are included.

    • October 17, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • November 14, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Wednesdays, October 17 & 18, November 7 & 14, 2018

    *Class will not meet on October 31* 

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $105

     

    Join instructor Erin Furimsky for this four-week ceramics course. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome. Students have the option of working on the potter's wheel, using hand-building techniques... or both!  

    Enrollment in this class provides access to MCAC's kilns and our full range of ceramic glazes. Enrolled students may also work on their own during open studio hours, at no additional charge. Please check the bulletin board outside of the classrooms for our most current open studio schedule. 

    Group size is limited to eight, to allow for individual instruction time. Early registration is encouraged; seats typically sell out in advance. Experienced potters are welcome to join this class to experiment and learn new techniques. Student work is fired on-site by our ceramics studio assistant, allowing everyone to take home finished pieces.  

        
    • October 25, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • November 15, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Thursdays, October 25 - November 15, 2018

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $105

     

    Join instructor Claire Hedden for this four-week ceramics course. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome. Students have the option of working on the potter's wheel, using hand-building techniques... or both!  

    Enrollment in this class provides access to MCAC's kilns and our full range of ceramic glazes. Enrolled students may also work on their own during open studio hours, at no additional charge. Please check the bulletin board outside of the classrooms for our most current open studio schedule. 

    Group size is limited to eight, to allow for individual instruction time. Early registration is encouraged; seats typically sell out in advance. Experienced potters are welcome to join this class to experiment and learn new techniques. Student work is fired on-site by our ceramics studio assistant, allowing everyone to take home finished pieces.  

        
    • October 27, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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    Saturday Fiber Workshop with Krystal Lyon
    Recycled Remembrance: Abstract Fiber Forms

    Saturday, October 27, 2018

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75

    *Lunch Included

     

    Join instructor Krystal Lyon for this five hour exploratory workshop. Students will create abstract fiber forms using string, yarn, cloth and a variety of other recycled materials. This workshop is appropriate for beginners. 

    About her own work, Krystal says, "All the items used to make my sculptures are recycled or items thrown away, things that are not wanted that are then turned into something beautiful and desired. Through tying and crocheting, weaving and wrapping with old clothes, yarn and fabrics a shape takes form. I also hide things in every sculpture, whether items or actual thoughts and prayer or journals something that is precious or secret is wrapped into each sculpture."

    *Please select a sandwich option during the registration process. Choices are: vegetarian, turkey or ham.     


    • November 01, 2018
    • 10:15 PM
    • November 30, 2018
    • 4:45 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
    Register
                
                  

    November 2018

    Monthly Fee: $125 


    Open Studio Schedule

    Sunday/Monday: No access

    Tuesday: 3:30pm - 6:45pm

    Wednesday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Thursday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Friday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Saturday: 12:15pm - 3:45pm

    Open Studio Ceramics is for intermediate and advanced students only. Participants must have taken at least two ceramics classes at MCAC or be able to demonstrate comparable ceramics experience.

    Participants have unlimited access to the ceramics studio during MCAC's regular business hours. There is no supervising instructor. Failure to follow studio rules, including complete and timely clean-up, will result in open studio privileges being revoked.

    Amenities include: wheels, tools, glazes, small storage shelf, and firing. Kiln is fired to Cone 04. Participants must purchase their own low-fire clay from MCAC: $10 per 12.5 pound bag.



        
    • November 06, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • November 27, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 1
    Register



    Tuesdays, November 6 - 27, 2018

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $95

     

    Join instructor Dale Evans for this four-week intermediate watercolor course. This course is appropriate for those with some experience painting on their own, as well as those who wish to expand upon skills learned in Dale's beginning course. All supplies are included.

    This course covers a variety of watercolor fundamentals: wash techniques, glazing, layering, brush work, and masking. Students will work with transparent still life objects and paint landscapes using photo references. 
    • November 10, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 2
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    Saturday Intermediate Pastel with Mandy Roeing 
    Skill Building: Skies

    Saturday, November 10, 2018

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75

    *Lunch Included

     

    Join instructor Mandy Roeing for this five hour pastel painting workshop for intermediate students. This workshop is appropriate for those who have taken class(es) with Mandy in the past, have studied with a different instructor, or have been exploring pastels on their own. This workshop is NOT appropriate for students who have never worked with pastels. 

    Take an in depth look at how the sky provides so much to a landscape painting. Students will learn about aerial perspective in the sky, various lighting situations, and use pastel layering techniques to create sky and cloud studies. All materials are provided.


    *Please select a sandwich option during the registration process. Choices are: vegetarian, turkey or ham.     


    • December 01, 2018
    • 12:15 PM
    • December 15, 2018
    • 3:45 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 7
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    December 1 - 15, 2018

    Pro-Rated Monthly Fee: $65

    **Note: 2 Weeks Access Only**


    Open Studio Schedule

    Sunday/Monday: No access

    Tuesday: 3:30pm - 6:45pm

    Wednesday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Thursday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Friday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Saturday: 12:15pm - 3:45pm

    Open Studio Ceramics is for intermediate and advanced students only. Participants must have taken at least two ceramics classes at MCAC or be able to demonstrate comparable ceramics experience.

    Participants have unlimited access to the ceramics studio during MCAC's regular business hours. There is no supervising instructor. Failure to follow studio rules, including complete and timely clean-up, will result in open studio privileges being revoked.

    Amenities include: wheels, tools, glazes, small storage shelf, and firing. Kiln is fired to Cone 04. Participants must purchase their own low-fire clay from MCAC: $10 per 12.5 pound bag.



        
    • December 08, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 3
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    Saturday Intermediate Acrylic with Doug Johnson 
    Skill Building: Glazing & Impasto

    Saturday, December 8, 2018

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75

    *Lunch Included

     

    Join instructor Doug Johnson for this five hour acrylic painting workshop for intermediate students. This workshop is appropriate for those who have taken class(es) with Doug in the past, have studied with a different instructor, or have been exploring acrylic painting on their own. This workshop is NOT appropriate for students who have never worked with acrylic paints. This is not a "make and take" class for completing a full painting; students can expect to complete several small exploratory studies. 

    *Please select a sandwich option during the registration process. Choices are: vegetarian, turkey or ham.     


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