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 Spring 2019 began November 27, 2018 






Summer 2018

    • January 02, 2019
    • 10:15 PM
    • January 31, 2019
    • 4:45 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 20
    Register
                
                  

    January 2019

    Monthly Fee: $125 


    Open Studio Schedule

    Sunday/Monday: No access

    Tuesday: 3:30pm - 6:45pm

    Wednesday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Thursday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Friday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Saturday: 12:15pm - 3:45pm

    Open Studio Ceramics is for intermediate and advanced students only. Participants must have taken at least two ceramics classes at MCAC or be able to demonstrate comparable ceramics experience.

    Participants have unlimited access to the ceramics studio during MCAC's regular business hours. There is no supervising instructor. Failure to follow studio rules, including complete and timely clean-up, will result in open studio privileges being revoked.

    Amenities include: wheels, tools, glazes, small storage shelf, and firing. Kiln is fired to Cone 04. Participants must purchase their own low-fire clay from MCAC: $20 per 25 pound bag.



        
    • January 14, 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • February 18, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 2
    Register


    Mondays, January 14 - February 18, 2019

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $135

     

    Join instructor Jeremy Langston for this six-week acrylic painting course. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome. All materials are provided: paints, brushes, painting surfaces, palettes, knives, etc. 

    This course covers a variety of acrylic fundamentals: materials and care, layering, brush work, and masking. Students may bring reference photos from home or use images available in the classroom library.        
    • January 16, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • February 20, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Join waitlist
                
             

    Wednesdays, January 16 - February 20, 2019 

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $155

     

    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.  

        
    • January 17, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • February 21, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Join waitlist
                
             

    Thursdays, January 17 - February 21, 2019

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $155

     

    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.  

        
    • January 26, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
    Register


    Saturday, January 26, 2019

    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    Fee: $35

    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. 






    • January 29, 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • March 05, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 1
    Register






    Tuesdays, January 29 - March 5, 2019

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $132

    Join instructor Dale C. Evans for this six-week basic drawing class. Working from still life scenes and photographs, students will practice depicting line, form, tone and texture. Projects will emphasize one-point and two-point perspective in order to produce drawings which accurately represent three-dimensional forms. 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! Students will be asked to complete simple homework assignments in a sketchbook. 
    • January 30, 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • March 06, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 1
    Register



    Wednesdays, January 30 - March 6, 2019

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $143

     

    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. 
    • February 01, 2019
    • 10:15 PM
    • February 28, 2019
    • 4:45 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 20
    Register
                
                  

    February 2019

    Monthly Fee: $125 


    Open Studio Schedule

    Sunday/Monday: No access

    Tuesday: 3:30pm - 6:45pm

    Wednesday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Thursday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Friday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Saturday: 12:15pm - 3:45pm

    Open Studio Ceramics is for intermediate and advanced students only. Participants must have taken at least two ceramics classes at MCAC or be able to demonstrate comparable ceramics experience.

    Participants have unlimited access to the ceramics studio during MCAC's regular business hours. There is no supervising instructor. Failure to follow studio rules, including complete and timely clean-up, will result in open studio privileges being revoked.

    Amenities include: wheels, tools, glazes, small storage shelf, and firing. Kiln is fired to Cone 04. Participants must purchase their own low-fire clay from MCAC: $20 per 25 pound bag.



        
    • February 04, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • February 25, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Join waitlist




    Mondays, February 4 - 25, 2019

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $95

    Join instructor Mandy Roeing for this four-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.

    • February 07, 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • February 28, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
    Register






    Thursdays, February 7 - 28, 2019

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $88

    Join instructor Dave Templeton for this four-week basic drawing class. Working from still life scenes and photographs, students will practice depicting line, form, tone and texture. Projects will emphasize one-point and two-point perspective in order to produce drawings which accurately represent three-dimensional forms. 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! Students will be asked to complete simple homework assignments in a sketchbook. 
    • February 12, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • February 26, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
    Register



    Tuesdays, February 12-26, 2019

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $65


    Temari is a decorative folk art from Japan, used in the past to make toys. Nowadays, Temari is used not only for toys, but for beautiful gifts and decorations. 

    Participants in this three-week course will learn to make Temari balls by wrapping a core of scrap material with thread. After marking the wrapped ball with stitching guidelines, each person will stitch their chosen pattern(s). Instructor Heather Evert will demonstrate a variety of embroidery stitches, as well as multiple methods of designing further Temari patterns at home. Heather is certified by the Japan Temari Association. 






    • March 01, 2019
    • 10:15 PM
    • March 31, 2019
    • 4:45 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 19
    Register
                
                  

    March 2019

    Monthly Fee: $125 


    Open Studio Schedule

    Sunday/Monday: No access

    Tuesday: 3:30pm - 6:45pm

    Wednesday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Thursday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Friday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Saturday: 12:15pm - 3:45pm

    Open Studio Ceramics is for intermediate and advanced students only. Participants must have taken at least two ceramics classes at MCAC or be able to demonstrate comparable ceramics experience.

    Participants have unlimited access to the ceramics studio during MCAC's regular business hours. There is no supervising instructor. Failure to follow studio rules, including complete and timely clean-up, will result in open studio privileges being revoked.

    Amenities include: wheels, tools, glazes, small storage shelf, and firing. Kiln is fired to Cone 04. Participants must purchase their own low-fire clay from MCAC: $20 per 25 pound bag.



        
    • March 09, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
    Register

         



    Saturday Acrylic Workshop with Jeremy Langston  
    Skill Building: Furs and Feathers

    Saturday, March 9, 2019

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75

    *Lunch Included

    Join instructor Jeremy Langston for this five-hour acrylic painting workshop for students of all levels.  Students will choose an animal and a landscape to place it within. Participants can bring their own photo to paint, or choose from provided reference images. Students will work towards completing one small-to-medium sized painting in this workshop. 

    *Please select a sandwich option during the registration process. Choices are: vegetarian, turkey or ham.     


    • April 01, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • May 06, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
    Register


    Mondays, April 1 - May 6, 2019

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $135

     

    Join instructor Jeremy Langston for this six-week acrylic painting course. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome. All materials are provided: paints, brushes, painting surfaces, palettes, knives, etc. 

    This course covers a variety of acrylic fundamentals: materials and care, layering, brush work, and masking. Students may bring reference photos from home or use images available in the classroom library.        
    • April 01, 2019
    • 10:15 PM
    • April 30, 2019
    • 4:45 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 20
    Register
                
                  

    April 2019

    Monthly Fee: $125 


    Open Studio Schedule

    Sunday/Monday: No access

    Tuesday: 3:30pm - 6:45pm

    Wednesday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Thursday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Friday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Saturday: 12:15pm - 3:45pm

    Open Studio Ceramics is for intermediate and advanced students only. Participants must have taken at least two ceramics classes at MCAC or be able to demonstrate comparable ceramics experience.

    Participants have unlimited access to the ceramics studio during MCAC's regular business hours. There is no supervising instructor. Failure to follow studio rules, including complete and timely clean-up, will result in open studio privileges being revoked.

    Amenities include: wheels, tools, glazes, small storage shelf, and firing. Kiln is fired to Cone 04. Participants must purchase their own low-fire clay from MCAC: $20 per 25 pound bag.



        
    • April 03, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • May 08, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Join waitlist
                
             

    Wednesdays, April 3 - May 8, 2019 

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $155

     

    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 04, 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • April 25, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 7
    Register



    Thursdays, April 4 - 25, 2019

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $88

    Join instructor Dave Templeton for this four-week basic drawing class. Working from still life scenes and photographs, students will practice depicting line, form, tone and texture. Projects will emphasize one-point and two-point perspective in order to produce drawings which accurately represent three-dimensional forms. 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! Students will be asked to complete simple homework assignments in a sketchbook. 
    • April 04, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • May 09, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 0
    Join waitlist
                
             

    Thursdays, April 4 - May 9, 2019

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $155

     

    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.  

        
    • April 11, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • May 16, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 7
    Register



    Thursdays, April 11 - May 16, 2019

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $143

     

    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. 
    • April 13, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 2
    Register

         

    Saturday Intermediate Pastel with Mandy Roeing 
    Skill Building: Water

    Saturday, April 13, 2019

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75

    *Lunch Included 

    Join instructor Mandy Roeing for this five hour pastel painting workshop for intermediate students. This workshop is appropriate for those who have taken class(es) with Mandy in the past, have studied with a different instructor, or have been exploring pastels on their own. This workshop is NOT appropriate for students who have never worked with pastels. Students will learn tips and techniques for painting beach scenes and creating reflections in still water. All materials and lunch will be provided. 

    *Please select a sandwich option during the registration process. Choices are: vegetarian, turkey or ham.     


    • May 01, 2019
    • 10:15 PM
    • May 31, 2019
    • 4:45 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 20
    Register
                
                  

    May 2019

    Monthly Fee: $125 


    Open Studio Schedule

    Sunday/Monday: No access

    Tuesday: 3:30pm - 6:45pm

    Wednesday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Thursday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Friday: 10:15am - 4:45pm

    Saturday: 12:15pm - 3:45pm

    Open Studio Ceramics is for intermediate and advanced students only. Participants must have taken at least two ceramics classes at MCAC or be able to demonstrate comparable ceramics experience.

    Participants have unlimited access to the ceramics studio during MCAC's regular business hours. There is no supervising instructor. Failure to follow studio rules, including complete and timely clean-up, will result in open studio privileges being revoked.

    Amenities include: wheels, tools, glazes, small storage shelf, and firing. Kiln is fired to Cone 04. Participants must purchase their own low-fire clay from MCAC: $20 per 25 pound bag.



        
    • May 22, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • June 12, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
    Register
                
             

    Wednesdays, May 22 - June 12, 2019

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $105

     

    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.  

        
    • May 23, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • June 27, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 2
    Register
                
             

    Thursdays, May 23 - June 27, 2019

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $155

     

    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.  

        

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