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. 

    • July 18, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • August 29, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 1

    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
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 1
    Registration is closed
                

    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. 
    • August 04, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • September 08, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 2
    Registration is closed


         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
    • 0


    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
    • 2
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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
    • 2
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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.

    • September 10, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    Saturday, September 10th, 2022

    11:00am - 4:00pm

    Fee: $60.00 (Non Member)

    Interested in trying Batik painting on fabric?  Batik is a traditional method of painting on fabrics (on eggs is called Pysanky) using wax as a resist to maintain color purity.  McLean Co. Arts Center Instructor, Jeremy Langston will guide you through the process of creating a personalized handkerchief and teach you techniques that you can use for years to come. The art center will provide all the supplies and two cotton hankerchiefs for you to learn with, please feel free to bring your own, cotton, silk or linen scarf, bag, t-shirt or fabric from home

    *Please feel free to bring your own drinks, snacks and lunch to this workshop, or pop out for lunch out in downtown Bloomington.     

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