MCAC Adult Classes & Workshops:


Whether you're looking to take a one-time workshop or to 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.

Basic supplies are always included in our course fees. 

Registration Policies: Your class registration is not complete until your payment is processed. (Registration will be canceled if payment has not been received within 15 minutes of registering.) This helps us offer open spots to our community.

  •  Class registration may be cancelled up to 7 days before the start of class for a full refund.  
  •  Class registration may be transferred or given credit within 7 days before the start of class.
  •  No registrations or refunds are allowed after the start of a class except with special approval from the McLean County Arts Center. 

CLASS FEES are calculated using a class rate times the number of sessions

Ceramics=$32.50/session    Painting/Drawing/Metal/Fabric= $25/session

(workshops and intensive costs may vary)

Classes In Ceramic Classroom Have Light Gray Background

Classes In Painting/Drawing/Fiber/Jewelry Classroom Have Light Blue Background 

Classes Off Campus Have Light Orange Background



SPECIAL NOTE TO NEW CERAMIC PATRONS:

Sequence to qualify for Ceramics Open Studio & Advanced Ceramic Courses:

Due to the popularity of our open studio option we have streamlined the prerequisites to qualify for that option.

In order to ensure the best experience for all of our patrons by keeping the studios clean and safe we ask that you follow one of these pathways towards qualifying for open studio access and advanced classes.

First identify which circumstances apply to you and then fulfill those requirements.

When the requirements are fulfilled you will be ready to enroll in any of the open studios or any of the advanced classes that come with open studio access.

Are you completely new to Ceramics and MCAC?- if yes

Enroll in these four classes: Throwing Part A, Throwing Part B, Beginning Hand building & Studio Procedures

Do you have some ceramics experience but are new to the MCAC? - if yes,

Enroll in the experience you’re lacking: Beginning Hand building or Throwing Parts A &/or B, plus Studio Procedure

Are you well trained in both hand building and Throwing but are new to the MCAC? If yes,

Enroll in the Studio Procedure orientation

(1st Sunday of each month- free! From 12-2pm and pass the short test)


Throwing Part A

4 sessions

Join us to explore the wonderful world of wheel thrown ceramics. This is a class for beginners to experience our MCAC community, the facility, and the wonder of creating a piece on the wheel. Learn the basics of creating a piece from beginning to end in the 4-week introductory course. No experience is necessary. (No Open Studio Access.)


Throwing Part B

4 sessions

If you can center the clay on the wheel and pull up the sides, but need more beginner level instruction, this class is for you. Learn to throw various shapes and play with assorted surface techniques as you improve your throwing skills. At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to take the procedural test where you can go on to any of our advanced classes. (No Open Studio Access.)


 Beginner's Hand-building (any beginning hand-building class offered)


Ceramic Studio Procedures (FREE)

2 hours in length (1 session offered the first Sunday of each month)

Description: Familiar with clay but haven’t taken any classes at MCAC? You are an experienced ceramicist but not knowledgeable about this studio? Maybe you need a refresher on our updated space. Join us for a 2-hour introduction to the ceramic studio at MCAC. At the end of the class, after you pass a short quiz, you will be eligible to take any of our advanced courses (which come with open studio access) except Daytime Open Studio; that requires 1 advanced class completed.


EVENTS OFFERED:

    • June 17, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • July 22, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    enamel pendants. Instructor Nisa Blackmon


    M-2 Introduction to Enameling Class

    with Nisa Blackmon

    Mondays, 6 sessions

    June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22;

    6:30-9:00 pm, 

    Fee: $150 (Non Member)

    This six-session course will provide beginning students with a basic foundation in the art of enameling.  Vitreous enamels are ground glass powders that are applied to metal and fused permanently in a kiln.  Designs are built up in layers, each one fired separately.  Enameling is an exciting medium, colorful, durable and rich in design opportunities!  It’s great for 2-D or ceramic artists who want to expand their media horizons, and for anyone who wants to learn about this ancient method of combining glass with metal.  We will be working mainly with opaque enamels, embellishing with glass threads, beads and jewel lumps and learning sifting, stenciling, sgraffito, stoning, and kiln-firing techniques.  Students can create pieces such as earrings, pendants, charms or two-dimensional tiles.  All tools and materials provided. 

    It is strongly recommended that students be able to attend at least the first two sessions without absences.

    • June 17, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • July 15, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
    Registration is closed
    Instructor Marjorie Hauge. Hands shaping clay form


    C-10 Monday Evening Ceramics Open Studio 

    with Marjorie Hauge

       Mondays, 5 sessions

       June 17, 24,  July 1, 8, 15;

    6:30-9pm

    Fee: $162.50 for non members

    This is for advanced ceramic students only. This session on Monday nights is open to ceramic students with at least a year of classes at the McLean County Art Center AND at least one advanced class with one of our instructors. This time will be proctored by our Ceramic Assistant, Marjorie Hauge. This is not an instructed time but gives you access to supplies, resources, and the wonderful, advanced community of ceramicists at the MCAC. 


    Enrollment in this class provides access to MCAC's kilns and our full range of ceramic glazes, plus tools and 10lbs of clay, a shelf, and access to open studio hours.


    No guest registration allowed for this option.


    • June 18, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • July 16, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    classroom of painters. Instructor Jeremy Langston


    P-8 Tuesday Evening Painting 

    with Jeremy Langston

       Tuesdays, 5 sessions

      June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16;

    6:30-9pm

    Fee:$125

    Do you like the idea of being able to paint whatever subject matter you like but have a professional artist on hand to answer any questions that come up while you're painting?


    Then this is the class you want! 


    Join painters of all levels for an evening of self-paced painting.  You bring in photos that you'd like to paint or set up a still life in person and our instructor Jeremy Langston will guide you with techniques, skills & tips catered to what you're working on.


    Your subject matter, your pace, no stress, just fun! 

    Come improve your painting skills with us at the McLean Co. Arts Center.


    *All materials are provided: paints, brushes, painting surfaces, palettes, palette knives, etc. 



    • June 19, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • July 17, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Instructor Amy Yeager



    P-9 Wednesday Evening Painting

    with Amy Yeager

       Wednesdays, 5 sessions

       June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17;

    6:30-9 pm

    Fee: $125 (non members)

    Do you like the idea of being able to paint whatever subject matter you like but have a professional artist on hand to answer any questions that come up while you're painting or drawing?


    Then this is the class you want! 


    Join artists of all levels for an evening of self-paced painting and drawing.  You bring in photos that you'd like to paint or set up a still life in person and our instructor Amy Yeager will guide you with techniques, skills & tips catered to what you're working on.


    Your subject matter, your pace, no stress, just fun!  Come improve your painting and drawing skills with us at the McLean Co. Arts Center.


    *All materials are provided: paints, brushes, painting surfaces, palettes, knives, etc.


    • July 11, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 22, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 3
    Registration is closed

    collage pendants and Instructor Nisa Blackmon



    M-3 Micro-Collage Jewelry

    with Nisa Blackmon

    Thursdays, 5 sessions

    July 11, 18, Aug. 8, 15, 22; (skipping 7/25 & 8/1)

    6:30-9:00 pm, 

    Fee: $125 (Non Member)

    In this five-session class, students will learn fundamental metal-working skills such as sawing, piercing, filing & sanding, patination and tab-setting.   We will also create tiny, original collages and design metal settings for them, resulting in one-of a kind pieces of jewelry.  This course will result in at least one piece of finished jewelry and can serve as a foundation for further jewelry classes.(cont. on next page)

    Students may bring to the first session any materials, of their choice, that can be cut up to make mini-collages (examples:  decorative papers, paper memorabilia, vintage paper ephemera, fabric scraps, paintings, drawings or sketches, photos, illustrations or text, prints, pressed flowers, etc., etc.!).  Plenty of collage materials will be provided by the instructor as well, along with all tools, metals and metal-working supplies.


      

    • July 11, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • July 25, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Instructor Doug Johnson and examples of his work

    The English Watercolour Method

    Thursdays, 3 Sessions

    July, 11, 18, 25

    7:00- 9:00 PM

    Fee: $40


    EXCLUSIVE AND RARE OFFERING AT A BARGAIN PRICE!


    Presented by Doug Johnson (MCAC Executive Director and working artist), Doug Johnson has been a practicing artist for more than 35 years, he has exhibited in Chicago with the Peter Miller Gallery, the Addington Galleries, and the Chicago International Art Exhibition.  His artwork has appeared in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, and is in many public, corporate, and private collections.


    Class will be held in the Brandt Gallery, MCAC

    • July 13, 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • August 03, 2024
    • 11:30 AM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Ceramic Bowls. Instructor Sarah Hurley


    C-13 Intro to Throwing B

    with Sarah Hurley

       Saturdays, 4 sessions

       July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3;

    9-11:30 am

    Fee: $130 for non members

     

    If you can center the clay on the wheel and pull up the sides, but need more beginner level instruction, this class is for you. Learn to throw various shapes and play with assorted surface techniques as you improve your throwing skills. At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to take the procedural test where you can go on to any of our advanced classes.



    The fee includes access to firing, glazes, & 10 lbs of clay, Includes a shelf at the MCAC.


    Does not include access to open studio hours.


    Guest registration allowed for this option.

    • July 19, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 23, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    Drawings examples . Instructor Ilse Miller


    D-1

    How To Draw What You Want To Draw with Ilse Miller  

    Fridays, 6 Sessions

    July 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23

    6:30-9 pm

    Fee: $150.00 (Non Member)



    I would like to help you draw what you are interested in drawing! I will provide brief skill lessons at the start of class, but the purpose of the class is to help you more easily draw what you would like. Skills that will be introduced include perspective and value. Students will be asked to bring in ideas, reference photos, and inspiration. I will help you make what you want more easily! If you would like to work in paint, I would encourage you to use whichever medium you prefer.


    *All basic materials will be supplied by the MCAC

     (certainly feel free to bring any supplies you may have and unsure of how to use them).

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    • July 20, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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    Instructor Ilse Miller, animation stills


    D-2

    Animation Workshop with Ilse Miller  

    Saturday, 1 Session

    July 20

    12-3 pm

    Fee: $25 (Non Member)



    Dive into the exciting world of animation with our flip book workshop! Over the course of three hours, you'll learn the fundamentals of creating captivating animations using the timeless technique of flip book animation. We will explore the principles of motion, timing, and storytelling, as you bring your drawings to life one page at a time. All experience levels are welcome, but smartphones are required as that’s what we will use to film our projects. Join us and discover the magic of animation through the art of flip books!


    *All basic materials will be supplied by the MCAC

     (certainly feel free to bring any supplies you may have and unsure of how to use them).

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    • July 24, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 14, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Instructor Marjorie Hauge, hands throwing clay on the wheel


    C-14 Intro to Throwing A

    with Marjorie Hauge


       Wednesdays, 4 sessions


    July 24, 31, Aug. 7, 14;


    6:30-9 pm


    Fee: $130 for non members


    Join us to explore the wonderful world of wheel thrown ceramics. This is a class for beginners to experience our MCAC community, the facility, and the wonder of creating a piece on the wheel. Learn the basics of creating a piece from beginning to end in the 4-week introductory course. No experience is necessary. 

    The fee includes access to firing, glazes, & 10 lbs of clay, Includes a shelf at the MCAC.

    Does not include access to open studio hours.

    Guest registration allowed for this option.

    • July 27, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    Instructor Dave Fulghum. Portrait in black and white



    PH-3 Portraiture Photography Workshop

     Saturday, 1 Session

    July 27th

    1-4:00pm

    Fee: $25 (Non Member)


    Raise your portrait game from simple snapshots to gallery worthy art pieces. Learn how to capture the true essence of your subject. Topics discussed will include lighting, posing, background choice and the distinction between  formal portraiture and candids, and the value of each.


    *Please bring your camera with you to class, it's not necessary to have a camera for the workshop but it will be helpful.

    • July 29, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 26, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 4
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    Instructor Marjorie Hauge. Hands shaping clay form


    C-15 Monday Evening Ceramics Open Studio 

    with Marjorie Hauge

       Mondays, 5 sessions

        July  29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26;

    6:30-9pm

    Fee: $162.50 for non members

    This is for advanced ceramic students only. This session on Monday nights is open to ceramic students with at least a year of classes at the McLean County Art Center AND at least one advanced class with one of our instructors. This time will be proctored by our Ceramic Assistant, Marjorie Hauge. This is not an instructed time but gives you access to supplies, resources, and the wonderful, advanced community of ceramicists at the MCAC. 


    Enrollment in this class provides access to MCAC's kilns and our full range of ceramic glazes, plus tools and 10lbs of clay, a shelf, and access to open studio hours.


    No guest registration allowed for this option.


    • July 30, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 27, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    classroom of painters. Instructor Jeremy Langston


    P-11 Tuesday Evening Painting 

    with Jeremy Langston

       Tuesdays, 5 sessions

      July 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27;

    6:30-9pm

    Fee:$125

    Do you like the idea of being able to paint whatever subject matter you like but have a professional artist on hand to answer any questions that come up while you're painting?


    Then this is the class you want! 


    Join painters of all levels for an evening of self-paced painting.  You bring in photos that you'd like to paint or set up a still life in person and our instructor Jeremy Langston will guide you with techniques, skills & tips catered to what you're working on.


    Your subject matter, your pace, no stress, just fun! 

    Come improve your painting skills with us at the McLean Co. Arts Center.


    *All materials are provided: paints, brushes, painting surfaces, palettes, palette knives, etc. 



    • July 31, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 28, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 7
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    Instructor Amy Yeager



    P-12 Wednesday Evening Painting

    with Amy Yeager

       Wednesdays, 5 sessions

    July 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28;

    6:30-9 pm

    Fee: $125 (non members)

    Do you like the idea of being able to paint whatever subject matter you like but have a professional artist on hand to answer any questions that come up while you're painting or drawing?


    Then this is the class you want! 


    Join artists of all levels for an evening of self-paced painting and drawing.  You bring in photos that you'd like to paint or set up a still life in person and our instructor Amy Yeager will guide you with techniques, skills & tips catered to what you're working on.


    Your subject matter, your pace, no stress, just fun!  Come improve your painting and drawing skills with us at the McLean Co. Arts Center.


    *All materials are provided: paints, brushes, painting surfaces, palettes, knives, etc.


    • August 01, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 29, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Hands throwing a vase. Instructor Claire Hedden


    C-16 Advanced Throwing  with Claire Hedden

       Thursdays, 5 sessions

      Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29;

    6:30-9pm

    Fee: $162.50 (Non Member)


    Join instructor Claire Hedden for this five-week ceramics course. You will be guided in techniques for throwing at the wheel. For students who have already taken a 2 or more wheel classes at MCAC.


    Class size is limited to nine to allow for individual instruction time. Student work is fired on-site by our ceramics studio assistant, allowing everyone to take home finished pieces. 


    Enrollment in this class provides access to MCAC's kilns and our full range of ceramic glazes, plus tools and 10lbs of clay, a shelf, and access to open studio hours.


    • August 03, 2024
    • 12:30 PM
    • August 04, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
    Register
    Oil Pastel Drawings. Instructor Dale Evans


    P-13 Oil Pastels Workshop

    with Dale Evans


       Saturday,  Aug. 3rd, 4th;

    12:30-4 pm

    Fee: $90.00

    Join MCAC Instructor Dale Evans for a wonderful workshop exploring  this exciting medium. If you are familiar with chalk pastels and oil painting, this medium will open new possibilities for you!  


    This workshop is great for beginners and advanced art students. 


    *All materials to begin this fun (and affordable) adventure are supplied by the McLean Co. Arts Center. The MCAC does not supply drinks or snacks for the workshop, please fell free to bring your own.

    • August 04, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 10
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    Instructor Marjorie Hauge. Hands shaping clay form


    C-25 Ceramic Studio Procedures

    with Marjorie Hauge

       Sundays, 1 session

    August 4;

    12-2pm

    Fee: FREE!  


    Familiar with clay but haven’t taken any classes at MCAC?

    You are an experienced ceramicist but not knowledgeable about this studio?

    Maybe you need a refresher on our updated space.

    Join us for a 2-hour introduction to the ceramic studio at MCAC. At the end of the session, after you pass a short quiz, you will be eligible to take any of our advanced courses except Open Studio. That requires 1 advanced class.

    Repeats on the first Sunday of each month



    • August 04, 2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • September 01, 2024
    • 5:30 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 2
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    Handbuilt pottery unfired. Instructor Sarah Hurley


    C-23 Intro to Hand-Building

    with Sarah Hurley

       Sundays, 5 sessions

      Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1;

    3-5:30 pm

    Fee: $162.50 for non members

     

    Discover the timeless art of hand-building in an engaging and creative introductory class! Perfect for beginners and those looking to explore new techniques, this class will guide you through the fundamental methods of crafting beautiful, unique pieces with just your hands and a few simple tools. Learn the essential techniques of hand-building, including pinch pots, coil construction, and slab building.  Whether you're looking to start a new hobby, expand your artistic repertoire, or simply enjoy a creative outlet, our Introduction to Hand-building class is the perfect place to begin your journey.



    The fee includes access to firing, glazes, & 10 lbs of clay, Includes a shelf at the MCAC.


    Does not include access to open studio hours.


    Guest registration allowed for this option.

    • August 05, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • August 30, 2024
    • 4:30 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
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    Colorful Ceramic Dishes


    C-20 Daytime CERAMIC'S OPEN STUDIO

    AUGUST

    (members only)

    August 5th- 30th

    10am-4:30pm access (Mon.-Fri. only) 

    no instructor on hand

    $130.00

    The MCAC will have an open studio option for Advanced Ceramic MEMBERS with at least a year of classes at the McLean Co. Arts Center and at least one advanced class with one of our instructors. This is not an instructed time but you will have access to supplies and resources at the MCAC.

    The fee includes a shelf, kiln firing, 10 lbs of clay, and glazes.

    No guest option available

    See Open Studio Policies for more information.


    • August 06, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 20, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
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    Ceramic Flower Pot with purple leaved plant. Instructor Sarah Hurley



    C-24 Wheel Thrown Planter Intensive

    with Sarah Hurley

       Tuesdays, 3 sessions

       Aug. 6, 13, 20;

    6:30-9pm

    Fee: $97.50 for non members

     

    Embrace the season's spirit with an intensive designed to inspire and challenge. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant energy of summer, explore unique designs that reflect the season's beauty. From intricate patterns to bold, organic shapes, let the warmth of summer infuse your creations. This intensive is ideal for those with prior wheel-throwing experience who are eager to push their boundaries and create exceptional pieces.



    The fee includes access to firing, glazes, & 10 lbs of clay, Includes a shelf at the MCAC.


    Does not include access to open studio hours.

    Guest registration allowed for this option.

    • August 09, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 30, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 10
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    Instructor Alanna Veitch. Bisqueware being glazed


    C-21 Friday Evening Ceramics

    Open Studio 

    with Alanna Veitch

       Fridays, 4 sessions

    Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30;

    6:30-9 pm

    Fee: $130 for non members

    This is for advanced ceramic students only. This session on Monday nights is open to ceramic students with at least a year of classes at the McLean County Art Center AND at least one advanced class with one of our instructors. This time will be proctored by our Ceramic Assistant, Alanna Veitch. This is not an instructed time but gives you access to supplies, resources, and the wonderful, advanced community of ceramicists at the MCAC. 


    Student work is fired on-site by our ceramics studio assistant, allowing everyone to take home finished pieces. 


    Enrollment in this class provides access to MCAC's kilns and our full range of ceramic glazes, plus tools and 10lbs of clay, a shelf, and access to open studio hours.


    • August 10, 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • August 24, 2024
    • 11:30 AM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    Clay being Processed. Instructor Sarah Hurley


    C-25 Reclaim Clay workshop

    with Sarah Hurley

       Saturdays, 2 sessions

       Aug. 10, & 24;

    9-11:30 am

    Fee: $65 for non members

     

    Unlock the secrets of sustainable ceramic practices with our hands-on workshop on reclaiming clay. Perfect for eco-conscious artists looking to reduce waste. Sarah will guide you through the process, from collecting and storing to rehydrating and kneading it back to perfection. 



    The fee includes access to 10 lbs of clay.


    Does not include access to open studio hours or a shelf.

    Guest registration allowed for this option.

    • August 10, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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    Instructor Dave Fulghum. Camera settings dial



    PH-4 Camera Operations Workshop

     Saturday, 1 Session

    Aug. 1oth

    1-4:00pm

    Fee: $25 (Non Member)


    Intimidated by the manual setting on your camera? Manual is where the magic happens! Join MCAC instructor, Dave Fulghum for an afternoon exploring all the photographic possibilities in the manual settings of your camera. We will spend the majority of our time discussing the exposure triangle and manual operations of your individual cameras. Once you gain a good understanding of how to operate in manual mode the creative world of photography becomes far more accessible. We will also spend a little time on composition and a brief talk about post production (editing) and there will be time for questions and demos on your cameras. 


    This will be primarily targeted at DSLR and Film camera users. Many aspects of the class may be applied to any type of camera where you have control over ISO, f stop and shutter speed. 


    *Please bring your camera with you to class, it's not necessary to have a camera for the workshop but it will be helpful.

    • August 17, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 18, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    pendant and earrings using liquid enamels. Instructor Nisa Blackmon



    M-4 Liquid Enamels Class

    with Nisa Blackmon

    Saturday & Sunday,  2 sessions

    Aug 17, 18;

    6:30-9:00 pm, 

    Fee: $75 (Non Member)

    Liquid enamels are colored glass powders that are ground finely enough to suspend in a medium, allowing them to be used with various painting techniques.  Like sifting enamels, they are fired onto metal in a kiln to produce vibrant, color-fast, durable art or jewelry pieces.  In this two-day workshop, we will explore the possibilities of liquid form enamels and learn dipping, brushwork, sgraffito, stoning and marbling techniques.  Students will create small two-dimensional enameled steel tiles which can be mounted as wall art or used with magnets to adorn refrigerators and/or bodies! 

    All tools and materials provided.

    • August 31, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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    Instructor Ilse Miller and examples of her still life drawings


    D-3

    Perspective Workshop with Ilse Miller  

    Saturday, 1 Session

    August 31

    12-3 pm

    Fee: $25 (Non Member)



    Join us for an immersive three-hour drawing workshop focused on mastering perspective. In this class, you'll explore the fundamentals of one and two point perspective drawing and learn essential techniques to bring depth and realism to your artwork. We will learn the basics of sighting in order to boost your confidence in capturing spatial relationships accurately. Whether you're a beginner or looking to refine your skills, this workshop offers a supportive environment for artistic growth and offers tangible skills to make drawing more satisfying for you. Students will be asked to bring 3-5 reference photos to practice applying perspective techniques. Let me help you draw what you see!


    *All basic materials will be supplied by the MCAC

     (certainly feel free to bring any supplies you may have and unsure of how to use them).

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Mission Statement: We encourage and promote the appreciation, study, cultivation, development, and practice of art for the benefit of all the people, cultures and communities of McLean County. 


    
        "This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts"

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