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. 

Registration for 2020 workshops opens Thursday, January 2nd. 


Spring 2020

    • June 20, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    Saturday Monotype Workshop with Amber Gravett

    Saturday, June 20, 2020

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75

    *Lunch Included

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


    • July 25, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 6
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    Saturday Linocut Workshop with Amber Gravett

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $75

    *Lunch Included

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


    • August 22, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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    Saturday Stamp Making Workshop with Amber Gravett

    Saturday, August 22, 2020

    1:00 pm - 4:00 PM

    Fee: $35

    In this workshop, students will explore making images through custom made stamps. Stamps are made by drawing onto a Speedball speedy carve block and cutting away a relief image. Students can make different objects and patterns, and experiment with using different ink colors. Stamps can be taken home to keep after 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.

    • August 29, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (CDT)
    • Miller Park
    • 7
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    Saturday Plein Air Workshop with Mandy Roeing 
    Skill Building: Drawing From Nature

    Saturday, August 29, 2020

    8:30-10:30 AM

    Fee: $25 

    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. The instructor 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; camera

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