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. 


Registration for Spring 2020 (January - May) begins:

MCAC Members - Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 12 PM 

Nonmembers - Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 12 PM


Summer 2018

    • September 11, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • October 16, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed
                
             

    Wednesdays, September 11 - October 16, 2019 

    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. 

    Class 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 12, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • October 17, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed
                
             

    Thursdays, September 12 - October 17, 2019

    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. 

    Class size is limited to eight, to allow for individual instruction. 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 01, 2019
    • 10:15 AM
    • October 31, 2019
    • 4:45 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 19
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    October 2019

    Monthly Fee: $125 


    Open Studio Schedule

    Sunday/Monday: No access

    Tuesday: 10:15am - 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: $20 per 25 pound bag.



        
    • October 07, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • October 28, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 3
    Registration is closed




    Mondays, October 7 - 28, 2019

    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 15, 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • November 19, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed



    Tuesdays, October 15 - November 19, 2019

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $143

     

    Join instructor Dale Evans for this six-week all-levels watercolor course. This course is appropriate for those with no experience painting on their own, as well as those who wish to expand upon their skills. 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. 
    • October 26, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
    Register

         


    "Painter's Choice" Pastel Workshop with Mandy Roeing: One Saturday 10/26 

    Saturday, October 26 *

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $65

    **Lunch Included 



    Join instructor Mandy Roeing for this five-hour pastel painting workshop. 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. 

    Class will begin with a short painting demo by the instructor and will then move to an open studio format. You may choose to bring paintings in progress or begin a new piece. Class will wind down with a group critique session. Materials and lunch provided.

    *Participants may register for one Saturday 10/26, one Saturday 11/9, or both Saturdays for a discounted rate. 

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



    • October 26, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • November 09, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
    Register

         


    "Painter's Choice" Pastel Workshop with Mandy Roeing:Two Saturdays* 

    Saturday, October 26 & November 9, 2019**

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $115

    ***Lunch Included 



    Join instructor Mandy Roeing for this ten-hour pastel painting workshop. 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. 

    Class will begin with a short painting demo by the instructor and will then move to an open studio format. You may choose to bring paintings in progress or begin a new piece. Class will wind down with a group critique session. Materials and lunch provided.

    *Participants may register for one Saturday 10/26, one Saturday 11/9, or both Saturdays for a discounted rate.

    **Class does not meet on Saturday, November 2. 

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



    • October 28, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • December 02, 2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 1
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    Mondays, October 28 - December 2, 2019 

    1:00 - 3:30 PM

    Fee: $155

     

    Join instructor Kirsten Heteji 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. 

    Class 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 29, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • December 03, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 1
    Register


    Tuesdays, October 29 - December 3, 2019

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $135

    Interested in trying oils but are too intimidated or worried about toxic fumes?  Give water-mixable oils a try! All skill levels welcome in this class taught by Jeremy Langston, MFA. Bring a photo to paint or practice drawing from life with a still-life set up in class. Learn the work flow of how to work with oils, color-mixing, and different techniques of using oils (alla prima, glazes, etc.) Students can expect to leave with a finished painting or two! Get the experience of working with oils with the worry-free, water only ease, of working with acrylics. All materials are provided.

          
    • October 30, 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • November 20, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 7
    Register



    Wednesdays, October 30 - November 20, 2019

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $88

    Join instructor Dave Templeton for this four-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. 
    • October 30, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • December 11, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Wednesdays, October 30 - December 11, 2019* 

    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. 

    Class 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. 


    *Class will not meet on November 27 due to Thanksgiving* 


        
    • November 01, 2019
    • 10:15 AM
    • November 30, 2019
    • 4:45 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 20
    Register
                
                  

    November 2019

    Monthly Fee: $125 


    Open Studio Schedule

    Sunday/Monday: No access

    Tuesday: 10:15am - 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: $20 per 25 pound bag.



        
    • November 07, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • December 12, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Join waitlist
                
             

    Thursdays, November 7 - December 12, 2019*

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $130

     

    Join instructor Claire Hedden for this five-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. 

    Class size is limited to eight to allow for individual instruction. 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. 

    *Class will not meet on November 28 due to Thanksgiving*

     

        
    • November 09, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
    Register

         


    "Painter's Choice" Pastel Workshop with Mandy Roeing: One Saturday 11/9 

    Saturday, November 9 *

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $65

    **Lunch Included 



    Join instructor Mandy Roeing for this five-hour pastel painting workshop. 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. 

    Class will begin with a short painting demo by the instructor and will then move to an open studio format. You may choose to bring paintings in progress or begin a new piece. Class will wind down with a group critique session. Materials and lunch provided.

    *Participants may register for one Saturday 10/26, one Saturday 11/9, or both Saturdays for a discounted rate. 

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



    • November 10, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • November 17, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 3
    Register



    Sunday, November 10 & 17, 2019

    1:00 - 5:00 PM

    Fee: $120



    Join instructor Doug Johnson for this eight-hour advanced acrylic painting workshop. This workshop is for experienced painters and will explore advanced techniques including color mixing, glazing, paint drying extenders, mediums and surface preparation. To take this workshop, you must have taken five or more acrylic courses with MCAC, have a degree in art, or an exhibition record. Materials provided.




    • December 01, 2019
    • 12:15 PM
    • December 14, 2019
    • 3:45 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 20
    Register
                
                  

    December 1 - 14, 2018

    Pro-Rated Monthly Fee: $65

    **Note: 2 Weeks Access Only**


    Open Studio Schedule

    Sunday/Monday: No access

    Tuesday: 10:15am - 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.



        

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