WORKSHOPS at the Normal Public Library


The McLean County Arts Center is pleased to present the Spring 2019 Normal Public Library Workshops. Funded by a grant from the Normal Public Library Foundation and the Shirk Family Foundation, this workshop series is organized by the McLean County Arts Center and hosted by the Normal Public Library. 

Registration Policies:

Workshops are free and open to the public. Online pre-registration is required. 

Please be mindful of limited seating. If you are unable to attend, we ask that you call MCAC as soon as possible to cancel your reservation. We will offer your seat to someone on the wait-list. 


Spring 2019

    • February 04, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Normal Public Library
    • 0
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    Watercolor Basics

    Teens & Adults

    Monday, February 4, 2019

     6:00 - 8:30 PM


    Instructor Doug Johnson, MFA will lead this watercolor painting workshop. Students will learn about proportion, perspective and depth. Using just three tubes of paint, realistic color in landscape can be achieved. 

    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

    • February 16, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Normal Public Library
    • 12
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    Woodcraft: Vintage Toys

    Ages 5-12

    PARENT MUST ACCOMPANY CHILD!

    Saturday, February 16, 2019

    12:00 - 1:30 PM

    Instructor Dale Evans will introduce youth participants to the wooden toys of yesteryear - simple objects that were fun and easy to make by hand. Each participant will assemble a wooden spinning top, and will create unique patterned discs to decorate their top using washable markers. 

    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

    • February 16, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Normal Public Library
    • 9
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    Woodcraft: Vintage Toys

    Ages 5-12

    PARENT MUST ACCOMPANY CHILD!

    Saturday, February, 2019

    2:00 - 3:30 PM

    Instructor Dale Evans will introduce youth participants to the wooden toys of yesteryear - simple objects that were fun and easy to make by hand. Each participant will assemble a wooden spinning top, and will create unique patterned discs to decorate their top using washable markers. 

    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

    • February 18, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Normal Public Library
    • 8
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    Printmaking for Teens & Adults

    Monday, February 18, 2019

    6:30 - 8:30 PM


    Join instructor Lisa Lofgren for a celebration of color and texture! Explore printmaking by using various stencils and ink applications to transfer textures and designs to paper using Roland, the traveling printing press. 


    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

    • March 02, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Normal Public Library
    • 14
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    Polymer Clay Sculpture

    Ages 5-12

    PARENT MUST ACCOMPANY CHILD!

    Saturday, March 2, 2019

    1:00 - 2:00 PM

    Instructor Erin Furimsky will introduce youth participants to polymer clay - a soft crafting material for making tiny sculptures, charms, and wearable art! Both little and big kids enjoy stretching their creativity with polymer clay. 

    Project ideas include animals, flowers, or tiny adorable foods. Kids will even have the option to turn their pieces into wearable pendants. Please note, projects must be baked in an oven at home.

    Project examples created by youth artist Nicte Rivadeneyra-Braswell.  


    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

    • March 02, 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Normal Public Library
    • 15
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    Polymer Clay Sculpture

    Ages 5-12

    PARENT MUST ACCOMPANY CHILD!

    Saturday, March 2, 2019

    2:30 - 3:30 PM

    Instructor Erin Furimsky will introduce youth participants to polymer clay - a soft crafting material for making tiny sculptures, charms, and wearable art! Both little and big kids enjoy stretching their creativity with polymer clay. 

    Project ideas include animals, flowers, or tiny adorable foods. Kids will even have the option to turn their pieces into wearable pendants. Please note, projects must be baked in an oven at home.

    Project examples created by youth artist Nicte Rivadeneyra-Braswell.  


    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

    • March 30, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Normal Public Library
    • 10
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    Introduction to Acrylic Painting

    Teens & Adults

    Saturday, March 30, 2019

     1:00 - 3:00 PM

    Instructor Doug Johnson, MFA will lead this acrylic painting workshop. This class provides an overview of the tools and techniques of painting with today's more sophisticated acrylic paints.  Tube paints, fluid acrylics and mediums will be discussed.  Participants will learn how much can be achieved with a limited pallet. All supplies are included. 

    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

    • April 13, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Normal Public Library
    • 14
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    Folk Art Barn Signs

    Ages 5-12

    PARENT MUST ACCOMPANY CHILD!

    Saturday, April 13, 2019

    1:00 - 2:00 PM


    Instructor Nicole Learned will  help you create a historic barn sign out of paper and decorate it using various materials. Nineteenth Century Pennsylvania Germans were very interested in decoration and would create beautiful, often round shaped signs to adorn their barns. The signs not only looked nice, they were also believed to bring good luck to homes and families while warding off evil vibes. 

    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

    • April 13, 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Normal Public Library
    • 15
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    Folk Art Barn Signs

    Ages 5-12

    PARENT MUST ACCOMPANY CHILD!

    Saturday, April 13, 2019

    2:30 - 3:30 PM


    Instructor Nicole Learned will  help you create a historic barn sign out of paper and decorate it using various materials. Nineteenth Century Pennsylvania Germans were very interested in decoration and would create beautiful, often round shaped signs to adorn their barns. The signs not only looked nice, they were also believed to bring good luck to homes and families while warding off evil vibes. 

    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

    • April 15, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Normal Public Library
    • 2
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    Temari Embroidery

    for Teens & Adults

     Monday, April 15, 2019

    6:00 - 8:00 PM


    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 will receive a partially finished Temari ball to finish wrapping with thread. After marking the wrapped ball with stitching guidelines, each person will begin to stitch their chosen pattern. Instructor Heather Evert is certified by the Japan Temari Association. 

    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

    • April 29, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Normal Public Library
    • 6
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    Introduction to Portraiture

    for Teens & Adults

    Monday, April 29, 2019

    6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Join instructor Erin Barnard, a local professional photographer with 10 years experience, for an introductory workshop in portrait photography. This two-hour course will cover basic feminine, masculine and gender neutral poses; framing a shot; an introduction to using the light around you; when and when not to use flash; posing flow for maximizing your time; working your pose at different angles; and hands-on experience practicing what you learn with other course participants. Bring a camera or cellphone (cellphone must have a camera) to participate in the practice portion of the lesson. There will be at least one professional Nikon DSLR camera available for limited use. This workshop is applicable for a hobbyist who would like to learn tips to take better photos of their family or a beginning pro looking to practice their skills and improve their workflow. 

    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

    • May 11, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Normal Public Library
    • 10
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    Drawing from Life with Inks

    for Teens & Adults

    Saturday, May 11, 2019

    2:00 - 4:00 PM

    Join instructor Jeremy Langston to explore using ink to draw from life.  Choose to draw from plein air or a still-life using various paint brushes.  Any skill level is welcome.  Jeremy will demonstrate how to prepare your ink and the application process, then you will create one or two drawings.

    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

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