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. (You do not need to pay to register for classes or workshops, but we ask that you pay within a week of registration or call us at the MCAC to make other arrangements.) 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 up to 7 days before the start of class. Only one transfer is allowed, per registration/payment. 

    • June 07, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • July 12, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
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    Tuesdays, June 7 - July 12, 2022 

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $195


    Join instructor Amanda Ford for this six-week ceramics course. This is an excellent option for those with no ceramic experience who are looking to learn the basics of wheel throwing and other ceramic techniques. Learn how to prep clay, center clay on the wheel, how to build a vessel, glazing techniques, scoring and adding objects to your clay and more!  


    Enrollment in this class provides access to MCAC's kilns and our full range of ceramic glazes, all tools, plus 12.5 lbs of clay. 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. Student work is fired on-site by our ceramics studio assistant, allowing everyone to take home finished pieces. 
    • June 14, 2022
    • July 12, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 7
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       Three Tuesdays, June 14, 21 & July 12, 2022

    12:30-3:30PM

    Fee: $100.00 (Non- Member)

    In this 3 session ceramic intensive, MCAC instructor Linda Willis Fisher will teach students multiple techniques to master the beautiful and functional pinch pot. This is a great opportunity for the novice and experienced clay maker! On June 14 & 21 you will have demonstrations and a chance to work on building and on July 12 you will have demonstrations on glazing and a chance to glaze all your work. 

    Students will have access to MCAC Open Studio for the two weeks between the classes and for one week after the 2nd class, so you can practice the techniques that Linda has taught you. This will give the pinch forms time to dry and be bisque fired.

    *All materials supplied by the MCAC including clay, glazes, tools and kiln use. 

    • June 15, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • July 20, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
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    Wednesdays, June 15-July 20, 2022

    6:30-9:00 PM

    Fee: $195 (Non Member)

    Join instructor Kirsten Heteji for this six-week ceramics course.  In this hybrid class we will combine intermediate throwing techniques and handbuilding techniques in a variety of projects. We will be using the wheel as a tool to make basic shapes to then alter, building sculptural forms and vessels. Highlights on the wheel will be learning how to make bottle necks and enclosed forms to make jars and vases. We will build big by handbuilding slump molds and coil forms, and create sculptures from our practice throwing pieces. Must have taken one class with throwing instruction at MCAC.


    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 nine 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. 
    • July 06, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • July 27, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
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    Wednesdays, July 6 - 27, 2022

    9:00am-12:00pm

    Fee: $150 (Non- Member)


    In this four session class, students will learn the basics of Chinese Brush Painting from MCAC instructor Su Ge. Learn everything from how to handle the materials, and calligraphy to how to create bamboo and orchids. The difference between Chinese Brush Painting and western watercolor painting will be discussed and more advanced skills in handling the brush and ink will be introduced, demonstrated and applied.

    This is a beginner to intermediate class, it's a great option for someone new to the artform and also for those who have taken a workshop or intensive with Su Ge.  

    *The fee includes all materials and instruction.

    • July 09, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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         Saturday, July 9th, 2022

    11:00am - 4:00pm

    Fee: $75.00 (Non Member)

    Interested in learning the basics of perspective drawing? Want to be able to create convincing 3D spaces in your work?  We’ll go over one, two, and three point perspective exercises to help you create the compositions you imagine.  All levels welcome.  We will use rulers, string, pencils, and pens, all materials will be supplied by the MCAC.

    *Please feel free to bring your own drinks, snacks and lunch to this workshop, or pop out for lunch out in downtown Bloomington.     
    • July 10, 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • July 25, 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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         Sundays, July 10 & 24, 2022

    2:00-4:30pm

    Fee: $75.00 (Non- Member)


    The Silhouette Ceramic Vase is a modern twist on a classic Grecian silhouette. This piece centers around graceful, curving lines paired with a single stark, clean side to create a vase that makes a big statement while being small-space friendly. Display this piece on a table to create an eye-catching centerpiece, or place the straight side against a wall to create an accent that seems to be a part of the room itself.

    In session one, MCAC Instructor Kirsten Heteji will walk you through making a slab, cutting out a template and seaming the sides of the vase together. In session two, you will have the opportunity to decorate and design your vase with a variety of glazes. Each student will leave with one good size vase to take home and all the techniques to create more in the future. This is great for beginners/intermediate ceramic students.

    *The fee includes all materials and instruction.

    • July 11, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 01, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
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    Mondays, July 11-August 1, 2022

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $125 (Non Member)

    The MCAC will have an open studio option during the summer for our advanced ceramic students. This session on Monday nights is open to ceramic students 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 time will be proctored by our Project Coordinator Micaela Harris. This is not an instructed time but you will have access to supplies, recources and the wonderful advanced community of ceramicists at the MCAC.

    The $125 fee includes access to firing, glazes, 12.5 lbs of clay, a shelf at the MCAC and access to open studio during our open hours. No guest registration allowed for this option.

    • July 16, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    Saturday, July 16, 2022

    10:00am-3:00pm

    Fee: $70.00  (Non Member)

    Student Tool Kit $35.00

    (Sign up will close on July 1st so Tool Kits can be ordered & prepared)

    Simplicity can be incredibly beautiful.  Join instructor Nisa Blackmon for a day of beginning jewelry-making using nothing more than beads, wire and a few tools.  Students will learn elements of jewelry design and versatile wire-working methods, enabling them to make elegant and well-crafted earrings, necklaces and bracelets from non-precious metals and a variety of bead types.  At the end of the day, students will take home finished pieces of jewelry as well as the tools and knowledge to keep on creating!

    No experience is necessary.  Students will purchase a tool and supply kit specifically designed for this workshop and are welcome to bring any additional beads and jewelry wire they may already have.  They should also bring pencils & paper or a sketchbook for notes and designs.

    *Please feel free to bring your own Lunch, drinks and snacks to this workshop.     
    • July 18, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 29, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 3
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    Mondays, July 18 - August 29, 2022

    (No Class on August 1st) 

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $150


    Join the likes of Andy Warhol, Shepherd Fairey and Roy Lichtenstein in our new Screen Printing For Beginners Class. MCAC instructor Amanda Ford will teach you all the basics of screen printing in this six-session class including what tools & materials you need, creating a screen image, printing on paper and fabric and more! Amanda will walk you through multiple techniques so you can create something truly unique.  


    Class size is limited to eight to allow for individual instruction time. Early registration is encouraged; seats typically sell out. All materials are provided and all students will take home finished prints on paper, t-shirts and fabric bags. 
    • July 26, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 30, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
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    Tuesdays, July 26th - August 30th, 2022

    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 water-mixable 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.  

    • July 27, 2022
    • 12:30 PM
    • August 31, 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
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    Wednesdays, July 27 - August 31, 2022

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $150 (Non-Members)

    Join instructor Dale Evans for this six-week intermediate/advanced watercolor course. This course is appropriate for those who have taken at least one of Dale's Watercolor Classes in the past. Dale will teach you new techniques and give you opportunities to work on new projects. All supplies are included.

    You'll learn techniques with wet in wet, line and wash, and other mixed media, dry brush and so much more. All materials provided in fee.
    • July 27, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 17, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
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    Wednesdays, July 27-August 17, 2022

    6:30-9:00 PM

    Fee: $130 (Non Member)

    Join instructor Kirsten Heteji for this four-week ceramics course. This class is great for those with no ceramic experience to learn the basics of hand building ceramics. Learn pinch, slab and coil techniques with surface decoration throughout. 

    Enrollment in this class provides access to MCAC's kilns and our full range of ceramic glazes, plus tool and 12.5lbs of clay. Enrolled students may also work on their own during open studio hours, at no additional charge. 

    Class size is limited to nine 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. 
    • July 31, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 10
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    Sunday, July 31st, 2022

    1:00-4:00 PM

    Fee: $35 (Non Member)


    Let your imagination and creativity take control during an introductory collage art workshop. Collage art is a relaxing and inspiring medium - one that allows you to explore endless possibilities and combinations, all while re-using paper materials that have been saved and salvaged, spanning over decades of time.

    In this workshop, local hand cut collage artist, Rachel Newell will provide a large variety of paper materials to explore, cut out, and create with. This will be a canvas project using a decoupage glue application. Collage is a craft or art for anyone to enjoy, with a limitless amount of resources to give new life to. It is an inspiring art form that allows you to see things not for what they are, but for what they can be.

    *All supplies provided by Instructor Rachel Newell & by the McLean Co. Arts Center.

    • August 04, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • September 08, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
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    Thursday, August 4 - September 8, 2022 

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $195.00

    Join instructor Claire Hedden for this six-week ceramics course. This is a class for students with one full year of ceramic classes at the MCAC and at least two classes that involve wheel work. In this six week course you will be introduced to multiple new techniques on the pottery wheel. 


    Enrollment in this class provides access to MCAC's kilns and our full range of ceramic glazes & 12.5 pounds of clay body. (More clay can be purchased through the MCAC if you run out.) Enrolled students may also work on their own during open studio hours, at no additional charge.

    Class size is limited to nine to allow for individual instruction time. Early registration is encouraged; seats typically sell out in advance. Student work is fired on-site by our ceramics studio assistant usually on Fridays, allowing everyone to take home finished pieces throughout the class. 
    • August 07, 2022
    • August 14, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 3
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         Sundays, Two Sessions

    August 7, 10:00am-12:00pm

    August 14, 10:00-11:00am

    Fee: $50.00 (Non- Member)


    Come make a beautiful berry bowl with us this summer. Your summer fruits and veggies will look beautiful on your kitchen counter in a ceramic slotted bowl that you made with your own hands. This is a great two-session workshop for beginners and adults and teens with no ceramic experience.

    In session one, MCAC Instructor Kirsten Heteji will walk you through making a slab, cutting out a template and seaming them together. In session two, you will have the opportunity to glaze your bowl or bowls with a variety of glazes. Each student will leave with at least one good size berry bowl.

    *The fee includes all materials, kiln firing and instruction.

    • August 08, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 29, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 2
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    Mondays, August 8-29, 2022

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $125 (Non Member)

    The MCAC will have an open studio option during the summer for our advanced ceramic students. This session on Monday nights is open to ceramic students 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 time will be proctored by our Project Coordinator Micaela Harris. This is not an instructed time but you will have access to supplies, recources and the wonderful advanced community of ceramicists at the MCAC.

    The $125 fee includes access to firing, glazes, 12.5 lbs of clay, a shelf at the MCAC and access to open studio during our open hours. No guest registration allowed for this option.

    • August 13, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 4
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    Saturday, August 13, 2022

    10:00am-3:00pm

    Fee: $80.00  (Non Member)

    Do you ever find yourself hesitant to lay down that next pastel mark on your painting? Or wish you felt more confident in painting faster? This intermediate level workshop is designed to help you work past overthinking and become more confident in your mark making through timed exercises and count-the-stroke exercises. This will be a great class to stretch and grow your pastel skills!

    *Please feel free to bring your own Lunch, drinks and snacks to this workshop.     
    • August 16, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 23, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 4
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     Tuesdays, August 16 & 23, 2022

    6:30-9:00PM

    Fee: $75.00 (Non- Member)

     

    Come and make a set of address numbers for your home or a gift! This fun and easy hand-building ceramic intensive is open to all levels. Beautiful and uniquely handcrafted address tiles made by you are a wonderful addition to your home. The technique of sgraffito will be used to create the numbers and additional patterns or graphics as a border. Sgraffito is a decorating technique produced by applying layers of color (underglazes) to leather hard pottery and then scratching off parts of the layers to create contrasting images, patterns, and textures and reveal the clay color underneath. You will choose 1-3 colors of underglaze. Each tile measures between 4-6 inches (you decide from a few templates) and once fired they can be glued, hung, or screwed for mounting.

    This is a two-part workshop. In the first workshop, we practice the sgraffito technique, cut out larger tiles from a slab, draw the composition onto paper, paint underglaze onto tiles, and transfer that composition. The following week will be spent doing the sgraffito technique so the composition emerges. Once completed the tiles take about a week to dry completely before firing in the kiln. Once fired, we will apply a clear glaze and fire again. You will pick up your finished pieces within 2 weeks of the workshop.

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

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