MCAC Teen & Youth WORKSHOPS & Classes:

Our beginner classes and workshops are great for teens! (12-18 yr olds) And starting this fall (2022) we will offer Friday Afternoon Workshops for Youth (7-12 yr olds).  We focus on quality instruction and small class sizes. Join us for some fun this fall!

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. 


    • October 08, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • October 22, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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    Saturdays, October 8th & 22nd, 2022

    10am-12pm

    Fee: $50.00 (Non- Member)

     

    Join MCAC Instructor Alanna Veitch for two Saturday morning sessions experimenting with creating textures in clay using things we find in nature. Bring your seeds, rocks, leaves, etc. to see what unique and interesting patterns we can create in clay. We will be making wall tiles, plates or bowls from our stamped slabs. This is open to all experience levels. Work will be fired at the MCAC and will be available for pick up a week after the second session.

    *All materials including clay, glazes, tools and kiln firings included in fee.

    • October 14, 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • November 18, 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 60
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     October 14th through November 18th, 2022

    4:00 to 5:30pm

    Fee: $10.00 per session


    Students aged 7 to 12 can join Instructor Billie Jean Hill for one session or for all six sessions of our Fun Art Fridays this fall at the McLean County Arts Center. In these mixed-media media workshops, Billie Jean will incorporate intersectional foundations in art history with a fun and engaging project each week. Not only will students learn about traditionally acclaimed artists and makers, but also develop important technical and fine-motor skills. This course is appropriate for students of any experience level. All art materials are supplied. 

    October 14: Piet Mondrian(Painting in his style using masking tape)

    October 21: Frida Kahlo(self-portrait in her style)

    October 28: Kara Walker(Silhouettes)

    November 4: Georgia O'Keeffe(Red poppy pastel project)

    November 11: Jean-Michel Basquiat(Self-portraits in his style)

    November 18: Alma Thomas (abstract rainbow or landscape)

    • October 18, 2022
    • 12:30 PM
    • November 08, 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 1
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    Tuesdays, October 18 - November 8, 2022

    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Fee: $100 (Non Member)

    Join MCAC instructor Dave Templeton for this four-week beginner drawing class. Dave will teach you all the basics of drawing and 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 start their drawing journey, and for painters who would like to create more accurate sketches before beginning to paint. No experience necessary! Students will be asked to complete simple homework assignments in a sketchbook that is provided by the MCAC. 

    • October 19, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • October 26, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 9
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     Wednesdays, October 19th & 26th, 2022

    6:00-9:00PM

    Fee: $60 (Non- Member)

    Plus $15 Tool Kit


    It’s time to learn needle felting! Needle felting is the art of sculpting wool with special barbed needles. Stabbing the wool over and over again meshes the wool fibers together, creating a firm, textile object. Needle felting is an ideal craft, because it has a quick learning curve, requires minimal supplies and can be done almost anywhere. In this two session intensive, MCAC Instructor Heather Evert will go over all the basics. Week one she will teach you how to create flat work (landscapes, geometrics or abstract colorwork) and Week two she will go into detail of creating 3D figures like little people and animals.

    This two session intensive is for beginners and is great for adults and teens. The Tool Kit is curated by our instructor and education coordinator and includes all the tools you need to start your needle felting journey and it's yours to keep!

    • October 23, 2022
    • 12:30 PM
    • December 04, 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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    Sundays, October 23rd - December 4th, 2022

    (No class on November 13th)

    12:30-3:00pm

    Fee: $150 (Non Member)


    Join MCAC Instructor, Liz Lathrop on Sunday afternoons this fall in creating  beautiful and eclectic journals for you to cherish for years. Ephemera Journals have become very popular in recent years and making them is quite addictive and satisfying! What is Ephemera? Ephemera is old recycled pieces of paper such as receipts, newspapers, magazines, envelopes, stickers, tags, cards and other pieces of memorabilia that is used to personalize your journal. Liz will share all her techniques with you and share tips so that you can continue to create these beautiful journals for years to come.

    *All materials are provided, but you might want to collect some ephemera pieces of your own to create something personal.

    • October 24, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • December 05, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
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    Mondays, October 24th - December 5th, 2022

    (No class on November 28th)

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    Fee: $150 (Non Member)


    Join MCAC instructor Deana Moore Schoolcraft for an introduction to basic painting techniques, processes, materials and color principles for those who have minimal painting experience.  In this six week class you will use water-soluble oils, and students will create a simple still life or landscape painting using and blending the three primary colors plus white. 

    This is a great class for those who are looking to start painting. Great for adults or teens. All materials are provided: paints, brushes, painting surfaces, palettes, knives, etc.  

    • October 29, 2022
    • November 12, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 5
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    Saturdays, October 29th 10am-12:30pm &

    November 12th 10am-12:00pm

    Fee: $50.00 (Non- Member)

    Moms, dads, grandparents, uncles and aunts and guardians, we have a great opportunity for you and your little ones. Join MCAC Instructor, Marjorie Hauge for this wonderful set of workshops.

    A handful of clay and your fingers can make wonderous things. Come explore the fun of making rattles out of clay. This workshop is for an adult and child of any school age. You design the rattles and shape them in the first session. The second session you choose the glaze and play with color. Come prepared for fun! 

    *The fee includes price of class for 1 adult and up to two children, 2 pounds of clay that can make up to 4 rattles total, and glazes and kiln firing. This class is great for any school age child, if you have questions please call us at the Arts Center.

    • November 02, 2022
    • 12:30 PM
    • December 14, 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 7
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    Wednesdays, November 2nd-December 14th, 2022

    (No Class on November 23rd Due To Thanksgiving)

    12:30-3:00 PM

    Fee: $195 (Non Member)

    Join instructor Kirsten Heteji for this six-week ceramics course. This class is great for those with no ceramic experience to learn the basics of hand building ceramics. Learn pinch, slab and coil techniques with surface decoration throughout. 

    Enrollment in this class provides access to MCAC's kilns and our full range of ceramic glazes, plus tool and 12.5lbs of clay. Enrolled students may also work on their own during open studio hours, at no additional charge. 

    Class size is limited to nine 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 06, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 8
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    Sunday, November 6th, 2022

    1:00-4:00pm

    Fee: $45 (Non Member)


    Ready for the holidays? Yes, then come make simple slab ornaments on a Sunday afternoon, we'll even have some hot apple cider and cookies for you to enjoy! MCAC instructor Kirsten Heteji will walk you through pressing out ornaments, carving and glazing with underglaze. Each person can make up to four ornaments. The ornaments will be fired in the MCAC kilns, and clear glazed by our staff and ready for pick up two weeks later.

    This is a beginners ceramic workshop and is great for teens, adults or children 6-10 that are accompanied by an adult. All materials supplied.

    • November 12, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • November 19, 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. Bloomington IL 61701
    • 9
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    Saturdays, November 12th & 19th, 2022

    12:00-3:00PM

    Fee: $80 (Non- Member)


    There’s something magical about the physical process of working with raw wool, and watching it transform into fabric. Who would have imagined that wetting and agitating it could cause such a thing? In this Wet Felting Intensive MCAC Instructor Heather Evert will teach you the ancient art of feltmaking, in an easy step-by-step format. It was created with first-time felters in mind, so no experience is necessary. In week one you will work with wet wool learning the technique, creating designs and exploring texture and color and in week two you will sew what we have felted into mittens or simple hats, stockings or tea cozies.

    This two session intensive is for beginners and is great for adults and teens.

    *The fee includes all materials and instruction.


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