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 Fall 2020 (September-December) Opens:

MCAC Members - Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 12 PM 

Nonmembers - Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 12 PM

Fall 2020

    • September 14, 2020
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • October 19, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
    Registration is closed
                

    Mondays, September 14-October 19, 2020 

    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. 
    • September 15, 2020
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • October 20, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 4
    Registration is closed

    Tuesdays, September 15th-October 20th, 2020

    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. 
    • September 15, 2020
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • October 20, 2020
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    Tuesdays, September 15-October 20, 2020

    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.  

    • September 16, 2020
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • October 21, 2020
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Wednesdays, September 16-October 21, 2020 

    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. 
    • September 17, 2020
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • October 22, 2020
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed
                       

    Thursdays, August 6-27, 2020

    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 thepotter'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.
    • September 21, 2020
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • October 19, 2020
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Mondays, September 21-October 19, 2020

    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.

    • September 24, 2020
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • October 28, 2020
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)

    It’s finally fall and we are looking forward to cooler temps, flannel, pumpkins and SCARECROWS! That’s right, join the MCAC in it’s first ever Scarecrow Spectacular September 24th-October 28th!

    Create a scarecrow in your yard or home following one of these categories: Best Art Theme, Best Use Of Recycled Or Natural Materials, Most Humorous and Best Kid’s Theme. CLICK HERE to upload a picture of your submissions through October 28th.

    We will share submissions on Facebook & Instagram and the public will vote on their favorites in each category. The winner of each category will win a $50.00 Gift Certificate to the McLean County Arts Center good towards future classes, workshops or purchases!

    So get creative and get the whole family involved and let’s scare away all the bad vibes of 2020 with some fall fun!

    • October 03, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 4
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    Saturday Mixed-Media Workshop with Dale Evans: Landscapes 

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75

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


    Combining a variety of wet media - inks, watercolor, etc, with drawing ingredients - charcoal, graphite, and pastels, students will have a chance to explore landscapes utilizing provided and student supplied images. Each student should bring three images of varying landscape elements to the workshop. 

    *Please fell free to bring your own drinks, snack and lunch to this workshop.


    • October 04, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
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    Sunday Planter Workshop with Claire Hedden

    Sunday, October 4th, 2020

    2:00 pm - 4:00 PM

    Fee: $35 (Non Member)

    Make two planters for your small cactus or succulent houseplants! Learn clay hand building techniques of pinch and slab construction, stamping, and decorating with underglaze. Planters will be fired and ready to pick up 2 weeks after the workshop.

    • October 10, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 7
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    Saturday Linocut Workshop with Amber Gravett

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

    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

    Join instructor Amber Gravett for making linocut prints! A linocut is a type of printmaking which involves cutting into linoleum with carving tools to make a relief image. The image is printed either by running the carved block through a press or by rubbing the back of the paper with a spoon. Multiple layers can be used to make different colors in the same image. Once the carving is complete, the linoleum can be used to make an infinite amount of 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.


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


    • October 17, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
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    Saturday Workshop with Jeremy Langston: Chasing The Masters

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

    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.     
    • October 24, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington, IL 61701
    • 3
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    Saturday, October 24, 2020

     1-4 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.

    • October 26, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    Monday, October 26, 2020

    6:00-9:00 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. 

    • November 02, 2020
    • 12:30 PM (CST)
    • December 07, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 7
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    Mondays, November 2-December 7, 2020 

    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. 
    • November 02, 2020
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • December 07, 2020
    • 9:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
    Register


    Mondays, November 2nd-December 7th, 2020

    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. 

    • November 03, 2020
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • December 08, 2020
    • 9:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    Tuesdays, November 3-December 8, 2020

    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.  

    • November 07, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    Intermediate Pastel with Mandy Roeing: The Midwest Landscape

    Saturday, November 7, 2020

    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

    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

    Bring reference photos you've taken of your favorite Midwest scenes and create a painting! Students will learn techniques to create textures in our local landscape and how to use atmospheric perspective to create the illusion of space on a two dimensional surface. All materials provided.

    *Please feel free to bring your own drinks, snacks and lunch to this workshop.     
    • November 11, 2020
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • December 09, 2020
    • 9:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Wednesdays, November 11-December 9, 2020 (No class November 25) 

    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. 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. 
    • November 12, 2020
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • December 10, 2020
    • 9:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    Thursdays, November 12-December 10, 2020

    (No class on November 26th, Thanksgiving)

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $110 (Non Member)

    Join instructor Claire Hedden 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. 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. 
    • November 14, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington, IL 61701
    • 8
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    Embroidering With Text Workshop

    Saturday, November 14, 2020

     1-4 PM

    $35 (Non Member)

    From classic cross-stitch alphabet samplers to modern-day movie quotes and "Keep Calm and [fill-in-the-blank]" slogans, embroiderers frequently stitch letters to add messages to their pieces. Bring a favorite quotation, name, slogan or text message and we'll find the right font and stitch for expressing it. Patterns will be on hand for several lettering styles, or students can learn a simple back stitch to free-stitch what they want to say.

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

    • November 21, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
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    Saturday Monotype Workshop with Amber Gravett

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75


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

    This workshop will explore the mototype print. These are one of a kind prints made by printing from ink on plexiglass. Images are made by wiping away ink from plexiglass, layering stencils over ink, and printing layers of different colors. Monotypes are a single image, but students are allowed to make as many as they want during the workshop. 

    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.


    *Please feel free to bring your own drinks, snacks and lunch to this workshop.
    • December 04, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 4
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    Friday December 4, 2020

    6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $35 (Non Member)

    Join 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! And with this class being so close to Christmas, this is a great time to make some holiday, cheeky fun to hang in your home. Join us with a friend and have a fun night out. 

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

    • December 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 7
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    Saturday Dry Point Workshop with Amber Gravett

    Saturday, December 5, 2020

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75


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

    This workshop will explore the dry point print. Using an etching needle and a copper plate, students will create engravings and print them with an intaglio press. Any type of subject matter is allowed, from portraits to abstraction. Students are encouraged to bring in images or sketches of what they would like to engrave so they will have more time to devote to the project.

    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.


    *Please feel free to bring your own drinks, snacks and lunch to this workshop.
    • December 12, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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    Saturday Workshop with Jeremy Langston: Painting From Photos

    Saturday, December 12, 2020

    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

    Join Jeremy in exploring different techniques to use photos in your art making practices. From using photos for color checking, or with grids, to using multiple photos to create composite compositions, all methods will be discussed, and you can get assistance while trying a method out yourself. Bring in a photo of a favorite painting you always wanted to have a copy of or bring in a photo you took yourself!  Join other fellow painters for a fun afternoon of art making!  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.     

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