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 Summer 2021 Opens:

MCAC Members (Supporting Level & Up)- Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12 PM 

Nonmembers & Community Members- Thursday, May 6, 2020 at 12 PM

Winter/Spring 2021

    • June 01, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • July 06, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    Tuesdays, June 1 - July 6, 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.  

    • June 03, 2021
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • July 01, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed
         

    Thursdays, June 3 - July 1, 2021

    12:30-3:00 PM

    Fee: $137.50 (Non Member)

    Join instructor Linda Willis Fisher for this five-week ceramics course. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome. Using low fire earthenware, Linda will demonstrate basic handbuilt methods

    (slab, coil, and pinch) and various surface decoration techniques including impressed, incised, relief, sgraffito, inlay, and piercing. A variety of glaze decoration techniques will also be demonstrated. Students will create various objects using their choice of hand building methods and surface decoration techniques.


    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. 
    • June 07, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • June 28, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Mondays, June 7-28, 2020 

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $110

    Join instructor Erin Furimsky for this four-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. 

    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. 
    • June 09, 2021
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • June 30, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Wednesdays, June 9-30 2021

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $100 (Non Member)


    Join instructor Dale Evans for this four-week basic drawing class. Working from landscapes, still life and photographs, students will practice depicting line, form, tone and texture. 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! 
    • June 09, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • July 14, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 2
    Registration is closed
                

    Wednesdays, June 9 - July 14, 2021

    6:30-9:00 PM

    Fee: $165 (Non Member)

    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. 
    • June 28, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • July 26, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 1
    Register


    Mondays, June 28 - July 26, 2021

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $125 (Non Member)

    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.

    • July 10, 2021
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • July 17, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 4
    Register


    Saturdays, July 10 & 17, 2021

    12:30-3:00PM

    Fee: $75 (Non- Member)


    In this 2 session workshop, MCAC instructor Amber Gravett will walk you through creating your very own whimsical and humorous animal in human clothing.

    Anthropomorphism is ascribing human traits to non-human objects and animals. Throughout history animals have been humanized for religious, literary, or artistic purposes. In the first workshop students will look at Egyptian imagery and religion, Greek mythology, and Contemporary art to find many different sources of inspiration. You will then handbuild your animal, real or imagined. In the second class you will focus on glazing the animal and have more time to create fun characteristics and details. 

    This is a great opportunity for teens and adults, beginners and advanced students, all are welcome. All materials supplied including ceramic tools, glazes, clay body and kiln use.

    • July 13, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington, IL 61701
    • 8
    Register

     

    Tuesday, July 13th 2021

     1:00-4:00 PM

    $35 (Non Member)


    Instructor Heather Evert will lead this new fiber art workshop at the MCAC teaching students how to use primative looms and recycled t-shirt yarn to create beautiful and functional pieces of fiber art for years to come. This workshop is open to adults or teens and is great for beginners 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.

    • July 14, 2021
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • August 18, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Wednesdays, July 14 - August 18, 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. All materials provided in fee.
    • July 17, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (CDT)
    • Miller Park
    • 4
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    Saturday, July 17, 2020 8:30-10:30am

    Miller Park

    Fee: $30 (Non Member)


    Join instructor Mandy Roeing for a two hour drawing workshop. The class will meet at Miller Park for guided sketchbook work from the surrounding landscape. Mandy will discuss various ways to look at the landscape to translate it to paper as well as key elements to consider if one were plein air painting. Students will need to bring their own materials.

    Required materials: Sketchbook (or appropriate drawing surface) and a Pencil.

    Optional materials: portable chair (or blanket to sit on); kneadable eraser; charcoal, graphite, or other drawing medium; rubberbands or clips to keep pages secure; viewfinder; water; hat &/or sunscreen; travel size packet of wipes and camera.

    • July 17, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • July 24, 2021
    • 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Saturdays, July 17 & 24, 2021

    9:00-11:30am

    Fee: $85 (Non- Member)


    In this 2 session beginner's ceramic workshop, MCAC instructor Claire Hedden will teach students multiple techniques to center a ball of clay and create various forms on the potter’s wheel - cups, bowls, vessels, etc. You will learn the basics of the pottery studio, wheel throwing and basic glazing. This workshop is a great opportunity for students of all levels to explore clay on the potter’s wheel in a fun and creative atmosphere.

    *All materials supplied by the MCAC including open studio time and kiln use. 

    • July 19, 2021
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • August 23, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 4
    Register
                       

    Mondays, July 19 - August 23, 2021

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $165 (Non Member)


    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. 

    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.
    • July 21, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • August 25, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 4
    Register


    Wednesdays, July 21 - August 25, 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.

    • July 22, 2021
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • August 26, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 3
    Register

    Thursdays, July 22 - August 26, 2021

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $150 (Non Member)


    Join MCAC instructor Deana Moore Schoolcraft for an introduction to basic painting techniques, processes, materials and color principles for those who have minimal painting experience.  Using water-soluble oils, students will create a simple still life or landscape painting using three primary colors plus white. 

    This is a great class for those who are looking to start painting. Great for adults or teens. All materials are provided: paints, brushes, painting surfaces, palettes, knives, etc.  

    • July 22, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • August 26, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Thursdays, July 22 - August 26, 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. 

    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.
    • July 24, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington, IL 61701
    • 8
    Register

     

    July 24th, 2021

     1:00-4:00pm

    $35 (Non Member)

    MCAC 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.

    *All materials supplied for this workshop.

    • July 27, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • August 31, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Tuesdays, July 27 - August 31, 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.  

    • July 31, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 4
    Register

    Saturday, July 31, 2021

    1:00-4:00pm

    Fee: $35 (Non Member)


    Have you ever wanted to learn the art of painting a portrait? Get started this summer with instructor Dale Evans in this one session Saturday workshop. This is a great workshop for beginners and for students that have already developed strong drawing skills. 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. 

    • August 03, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • August 10, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 7
    Register

         

    Tuesdays, August 3 & 10, 2021

    12:00-3:00PM

    Fee: $80 (Non- Member)


    In this workshop, students will learn how Chinese calligraphy is linked to Chinese Brush Painting and how you judge the quality of the line. The difference between Chinese Brush Painting and western watercolor painting will be discussed.  More advanced skills in handling the brush and ink will be introduced, demonstrated and applied.  We will also explore the design and composition of the Chinese Brush Painting in more detail.  At the end of the workshop, students will paint Lotus Flower in ink and color.

    The fee includes all materials and instruction.

    • August 07, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 7
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    Saturday, August 7th, 2021

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75 (Non Member)


    Want to improve your drawing skills and color matching?  Interested in painting with acrylics or water mixable oils? Join instructor Jeremy Langston for this painting  from life workshop. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome. 

    Meet on a Saturday and work towards completing a painting in acrylics or water-mixable oils based from a still-life set up in the studio. Painting from direct observation takes practice and guidance to do it well.   Learn new techniques and procedures in this workshop towards creating a successful paintings of your own made from direct observation.

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

    *Lunch is no longer provided by the MCAC. Please feel free to bring your own drinks, snacks and lunch to this workshop.     
    • August 14, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    Saturday, August 14th, 2021

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75  


    Join instructor Mandy Roeing for this five hour pastel painting workshop. This workshop is appropriate for those who have had at least one pastel class or have been exploring pastels on their own. This workshop is NOT appropriate for students who have never worked with pastels. You'll create an ocean wave painting beginning with a wet wash underpainting technique and ending with a fun method to create fine sea spray! 


    *Lunch is not longer provided by the MCAC, please feel free to bring your own drinks, snacks and lunch to this workshop.     
    • August 20, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
    Register

    Friday, August 20th, 2021

    6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $35 (Non Member)

    Join MCAC instructor Heather Evert for night of R-rated fun making your own embroidery message that's sassy or rude. Cursing in cross-stitch? Sure! Mature language surrounded by fancy embroidered flowers? Yeah! Invite a friend and join us for a fun night out. You'll leave with a fun piece of fiber art to hang on your wall.

    *All materials supplied by the MCAC.

    • August 21, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (CDT)
    • August 28, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Saturdays, August 21 & 28, 2021

    2:00-5:00PM

    Fee: $100 (Non- Member)


    In this 2 session beginner's ceramic workshop, MCAC instructor Erin Furimsky will teach students multiple techniques to center a ball of clay and create various forms on the potter’s wheel - cups, bowls, vessels, etc. You will learn the basics of the pottery studio, wheel throwing and basic glazing. This workshop is a great opportunity for students of all levels to explore clay on the potter’s wheel in a fun and creative atmosphere.

    *All materials supplied by the MCAC including open studio time and kiln use. 

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