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 Winter/Spring 2021 Opens:

MCAC Members (Supporting Level & Up)- Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12 PM 

Nonmembers & Community Members- Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 12 PM

Winter/Spring 2021

    • February 02, 2021
    • 12:30 PM (CST)
    • March 09, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 1
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    Tuesdays, February 2nd-March 9th, 2021

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $150 (Non-Members)

    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. 
    • February 02, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • March 09, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 1
    Register

    Tuesdays, February 2nd-March 9th, 2021

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $150 (Non Member)

    Interested in painting with acrylics or water mixable oils? Join instructor Jeremy Langston for this six-week painting course. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome. Students may bring reference photos from home or use images available in the classroom library. This course covers a variety of acrylic fundamentals: materials and care, layering, brush work, and masking. You'll also Learn the flow of how to work with oils, color-mixing, and different techniques. Students can expect to leave with a finished painting or two!

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

    • February 06, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 4
    Register


    Saturday, February 6th, 2021

    10:00am-3:00pm

    Fee: $75

    Have you ever wanted to learn the art of painting a portrait? Well, we have some great opportunities for you this winter! Learn all about portraiture with instructor Dale Evans in this one session Saturday workshop. Dale will illustrate portrait painting utilizing water mixable oils, acrylic, watercolor and ink. Strong drawing skills are recommended as is knowledge of the above mentioned mediums. Classroom study will utilize live models and photo references. Students will practice with materials and techniques to achieve painterly likeness. All materials are provided: paints, brushes, painting surfaces, palettes, knives, etc. 

    • February 08, 2021
    • 12:30 PM (CST)
    • March 15, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
    Register
                

    Mondays, February 8th-March 15th, 2021 

    12:30-3:00 PM

    Fee: $165 

    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. 
    • February 08, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • March 08, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 4
    Register

    Mondays, February 8th-March 8th, 2021

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $125

    Join instructor Mandy Roeing for this five-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.

    • February 10, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • March 17, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Wednesdays, February 10th-March 17th, 2021 

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $165

    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. 
    • February 11, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • March 18, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Thursdays, February 11th-March 18th, 2021

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $165 (Non Member)

    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.
    • February 13, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Valentine Print Workshop with Amber Gravett

    Saturday, February 13th, 2021

    1:00-4:00 PM

    Fee: $35 (Non Member)

    Come in to the MCAC for some creative Valentine's fun! In this workshop, students will explore making images through custom made stamps and print out their own custom valentines to send to friends and family. Stamps are made by drawing onto a Speedball speedy carve block and cutting away a relief image. Students can make different objects and patterns, and experiment with using different ink colors. Each student will leave with their own unique stamp and multiple prints!

    Amber Gravett, Amber was born in Bloomington and graduated from Normal Community High School. She earned an Associates of Art at Heartland Community College and was the first ever recipient of the Joseph E. McCauley scholarship. At Illinois State University she earned a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts with a concentration in drawing. Amber uses drawing as a foundation for all of her artwork, which ranges from animation and illustration to ceramics and printmaking.

    • February 20, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
    Register


    Saturday, February 20th, 2021

    1:00-4:00 PM

    Fee: $35 (Non Member)

    Temari is an art form with hundreds of years of history in Japan. Ladies at the Imperial Court once made them to play games and compete on their embroidery skills. Before rubber balls, children used them for outdoor play. Modern temari are beautiful gifts for special occasions. 

    During the class session, students will learn how to make the sphere base, mark guidelines for stitching, and practice several types of patterns to use in their own temari. Previous sewing or embroidery experience helpful, but not required. 

    Heather is certified with the Japan Temari Association and was an MCAC Artisan Workshop Resident in November 2018 and 2019. 

    • February 27, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    Narrative Pitcher Workshops with Erin Furimsky

    Saturdays, February 27th & March 6th, 2021

    10:00 AM - 12:30PM

    Fee: $85 (Non- Member)


    In this two session workshop students will slab build a pitcher with a strong profile and rich narrative surface. Ceramics has a long history of telling a visual story on its surface and we will embrace this as you paint, draw, and carve into your vessel. The first session will focus on designing and building a pitcher with slab construction. The pieces will be cut and altered in sections and students will learn how to incorporate spouts, handles, and feet into the form. During the second session finishing touches of the construction will occur, and the focus will shift to generating a 2D surface with underglazes. The 3D form will be enhanced as makers incorporate a narrative component.

    All materials including clay, glazes, tools and kiln firings included in fee.

    • March 13, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
    Register

         

    Saturday Workshop with Jeremy Langston: Chasing The Masters

    Saturday, March 13th, 2021

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75 (Non Member)

    *Lunch is no longer served by the MCAC due to State Guidelines on Covid-19

    Always wanted your own copy of a famous work of art? Ever fantasize about a career in art forgery?! (just kidding-wink wink)  Bring a photo of your favorite painting or photo (or choose an image from our offerings) and Jeremy will get you started on making your own copy!  Imitate the masters, their methods, and styles in this workshop. Choose to work with acrylics or water-mixable oils on a 9x12 panel (all supplied) or bring a larger canvas if you prefer to start something bigger!

    Jeremy has taught experienced and budding artists from children to the university level, join him in this workshop to help fine tune your painting skills.


    *Please feel free to bring your own drinks, snacks and lunch to this workshop.     
    • March 15, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington, IL 61701
    • 7
    Register

     

    March 15th, 2021

     6:00-9:00 PM

    $35 (Non Member)

    Instructor Heather Evert will lead this fiber art workshop. Using needles, thread and cloth, participants will discover how "drawing with thread" is a little like drawing with a pencil, but with added possibilities of colors and texture of stitches. Students will learn several basic embroidery stitches to combine in making their own designs.

    • March 25, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • April 01, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 7
    Register

         

    Chinese Brush Painting Workshops

    Thursdays, March 25th & April 1st, 2021

    12:00-3:00PM

    Fee: $80 (Non- Member)


    In this two session workshop students will explore the wonders of Chinese Brush Painting. General knowledge, preparation and use of Chinese Brush Painting materials will be demonstrated by MCAC instructor and local artist Su Ge. Learn to handle the brush strokes and Chinese ink over the rice paper. During this workshop, you will learn multiple techniques including how to paint vegetables and flower using fundamental brush skills.

    The fee includes all materials and instruction.

    • April 03, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 2
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    Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

    1:00-4:00 PM

    Fee: $35 (Non Member)

    Students will learn the ancient Japanese art of Shibori resist-dye. More intricate and detailed than modern tie dye, Shibori is a Japanese technique that uses string and other folding methods. Instructor Nikki Wheeler will demonstrate various techniques and each student will create a colorful and unique tie-dyed cotton scarf. This workshop is great for students age 16 and up. All supplies provided by the McLean Co. Arts Center.

    • April 05, 2021
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • May 10, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    Mondays, April 5th-May 10th, 2021

    12:30-3:00 PM

    Fee: $165 

    Join instructor Kirsten Heteji for this six-week ceramics course. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome. This hand building focused class will walk you through pinch, slab and coil techniques with surface decoration throughout. We will gain some skills by making fun mini projects such as memory boxes, soft slab trays, coil built vases and pinched vessels. 

    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. 

    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. 
    • April 05, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • May 10, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
    Register


    Mondays, April 5th-May 10th, 2021

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $150 (Non-Member)

    Join instructor Dale Evans  for this six-week portrait painting course. Experience with still life utilizing oils (traditional or water-mixable), acrylic, watercolor, and/or gouache is required to take this class. Strong drawing skills are also recommended. Classroom study will utilize live models and photo references. Students will practice with materials and techniques to achieve painterly likeness. All materials are provided: paints, brushes, painting surfaces, palettes, knives, etc. 

    • April 06, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • May 11, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
    Register


    Tuesdays, April 6th-May 11th, 2021

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $150 (Non Member)

    Interested in painting with acrylics or water mixable oils? Join instructor Jeremy Langston for this six-week painting course. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome. Students may bring reference photos from home or use images available in the classroom library. This course covers a variety of acrylic fundamentals: materials and care, layering, brush work, and masking. You'll also Learn the flow of how to work with oils, color-mixing, and different techniques. Students can expect to leave with a finished painting or two!

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

    • April 07, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • May 12, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Wednesdays, April 7th-May 12th, 2021 

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $165

    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. 
    • April 08, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • May 13, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Thursdays, April 8th-May 13th, 2021

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $165 (Non Member)

    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.
    • April 09, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • May 14, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
    Register


    Fridays, April 9th-May 14th, 2021

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $150 (Non-Member)

    Join instructor Amber Gravett for this six-week portrait printmaking course. Experience multiple methods of printmaking including collagraphy, linocuts and dry point etching and more! You will work with hand pressing and run images through the press. It's a magical experience to see your prints evolve and change. This is a wonderful opportunity for beginners and experienced printmakers. All materials are provided and this class is for teens and adults.

    • April 10, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • April 24, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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    Breaking Down The Landscape In Pastels with Mandy Roeing

    Saturdays, April 10th & 24th, 2021

    10:00 AM - 3:00PM

    Fee: $135 (Non- Member)


    For the first time MCAC instructor Mandy Roeing is offering a two session workshop on breaking down the landscape in pastels. This is a great opportunity for pastel students to really dive into all the details of a landscape and have more concentrated time in the classroom with Mandy. Create something beautiful and majestic for your home that takes you back to a special place that you love. All materials provided for these workshops.

    • April 17, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington, IL 61701
    • 8
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    April 17th, 2021

     10:00AM - 1:00PM

    $45 (Non Member)

    This is one-day workshop to make a ceramic project. This is great for any bee and honey lover. Coil pottery is an approachable and fantastic way to hand-build pottery. Join Erin Furimsky in this workshop to make pots with character and individuality around the theme of bees and beehives.

    In this workshop we will create pots from coils of clay positioned in consecutive rings, placed one on top of another forming a beehive like texture. You have the option of making a mug or covered jar for honey. These will be glazed with a beautiful amber glaze and available for pick up within two weeks of the workshop. 

    All materials provided by the MCAC including clay, glazes, tools and kiln firing.

    • April 17, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington, IL 61701
    • 8
    Register

     

    April 17th, 2021

     1:00-4:00 PM

    $35 (Non Member)

    Instructor Heather Evert will lead this fiber art workshop. Using needles, thread and cloth, participants will discover how "drawing with thread" is a little like drawing with a pencil, but with added possibilities of colors and texture of stitches. Students will learn several basic embroidery stitches to combine in making their own designs.

    • May 01, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington, IL 61701
    • 8
    Register

     

    May 1st, 2021

     1:00-4:00 PM

    $35 (Non Member)

    Instructor Heather Evert will lead this new fiber art workshop at the MCAC. Heather will use primative looms and recycled t-shirt yarn to teach you all the techniques to create beautiful and functional pieces for years to come. This is a great workshop for the person just learning about fiber arts or the skilled crocheter or knitter. And each student will leave with their own beautiful piece of art. 

    Students will need to bring in an old t-shirt that you will make yarn with. All other materials are supplied.

    • May 08, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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    Saturday, May 8th, 2020

    10:00AM-3:00PM

    Fee: $65 (Non Member)

    This is an introductory course that covers the basic principles of digital photography including equipment selection and image selection,Framing, composition. Emphasis will be placed on exposure control for DSLR digital cameras as well as photographic tools for personal expression, cultural observation and developing the student's artistic voice. 

    Students need to provide their own DSLR digital camera with manual lenses. Each student needs to bring a copy of an image from their portfolio or their favorite photograph and a frame of their choice.

    Instructor Jacalyn Hadley will go over camera functions such as backlighting, sports mode, low light, landscape, portraiture and more. There will be time for indoor practice at the MCAC and outdoor practice along with a time to learn about composition and framing with disposable cameras that are provided by the MCAC.

    *Due to Covid-19 the MCAC is no longer providing lunch for all day workshops but you are more than welcome to bring your own drinks, snacks and lunch with you or you can pop out during lunch to dine at one of the lovely restaurants nearby.

    • May 15, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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    Saturday Workshop with Jeremy Langston: Landscapes From Your Imagination

    Saturday, May 15th, 2021

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75 (Non Member)

    *Lunch is no longer served by the MCAC due to State Guidelines on Covid-19

    Have you ever dreamed of an imaginary landscape in your imagination? Do the laws of gravity exists in those spaces? Well, we want to help you explore that beautiful place with this one day workshop with instructor Jeremy Langston. Jeremy will teach you the techniques needed to create the landscape and then you can let your imagination fill in all the rest! Choose to work with acrylics or water-mixable oils on a 9x12 panel (all supplied) or bring a larger canvas if you prefer to start something bigger! This will be a fun day of creative play at the MCAC.

    Jeremy has taught experienced and budding artists from children to the university level, join him in this workshop to help fine tune your painting skills.


    *Please feel free to bring your own drinks, snacks and lunch to this workshop.     
    • May 22, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
    Register

         

    Intro To Pastels Workshop  with Mandy Roeing

    Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

    10:00am-12:30 PM

    Fee: $30  (Non Member)

    Interested in Pastels? Wondering were to start and how they work? Then join instructor Mandy Roeing for this Saturday workshop at the MCAC. Mandy will teach you all the techniques to start your pastel journey and each student will create and leave with a small piece of art. This is a great workshop for teens and adults. All materials provided by the MCAC.

    *Please feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks to this workshop.     

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