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

    • 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
    • 0
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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
    • 3
    Registration is closed


    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
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    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
    Registration is closed

    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
    Registration is closed
                       

    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.
    • May 01, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington, IL 61701
    • 7
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    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
    • 7
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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
    • 5
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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 17, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • May 24, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
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    "Top That Off" Ceramic Workshops with Erin Furimsky

    Mondays, May 17th & 24th, 2021

    6:30-9:00PM

    Fee: $75 (Non- Member)


    In this 2 session workshop, MCAC instructor Erin Furimsky will discuss various ways to create lids for ceramic forms.

    Most lidded objects are functional in nature varying from storage jars, jewelry boxes, covered pots, and bowls. The lids serve a function of preservation and decoration in addition to allowing a form to be sculptural at times. In this workshop, you will learn multiple approaches to making lids. There will be a hands-on component to the class time, but the focus will be on trying the learning techniques and exploring, not creating a finished product. Making a lid for your pot or container doesn’t need to be a complicated process.

    With what you learn in this workshop and a little advanced planning, you can add a new form to your pottery-making process. All materials including clay, glazes, tools, Open Studio time and kiln firings included in fee.

    • May 22, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
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    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.     
    • May 29, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington, IL 61701
    • 0
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    Saturday Workshop with Douglas Johnson: Color Theory

    Saturday, May 29th 2021

     12:00-4:00pm

    $50.00 (Non Member) 

    The MCAC's own Doug Johnson will lead this workshop on Color Theory. Color theory explores the relationship between colors, their meanings, and the impact of combinations. The importance of understanding color theory far exceeds simply knowing how to mix colors together on a pallette. 

    This workshop will look at historical color understandings and how you may  practically apply this knowledge in your artwork.  This workshop is great for beginners and seasoned artists and can be applied to a multitude of different mediums.

    *Please note that the MCAC does not provide lunch, snacks or drinks during this time. Please feel free to bring your own snacks from home to enjoy.

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