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| Master Supply List (Fall Special Term 2023)

Fall Special Term (November 28 – December 16) (3 weeks)

Winter Term (January 16 – March 2) (7 weeks)

Winter Term On Sale: Thursday, November 16, 2023

 

Adults must bring all supplies for visual arts classes. Supply Lists can be found under each class description or on the link above.

Please note, art supplies are included in the cost for children enrolled in our youth classes and workshops.

Teens enrolled in teen/adult classes and workshops are required to purchase their own supplies, as listed on the class supply list. Students below the age of 18 will be required to submit additional forms such as emergency information, transportation release, etc.

Adult Painting & Drawing Classes

Alcohol Ink: Ripples and Petals (7 sessions)

Adults | Beginner – Advanced

Instructor: Lee Ann Lander

Thursdays, January 18 – February 29

6:00pm-8:00pm

Learn about alcohol inks and how to create ripples and loose petal shapes. For beginners or continuing alcohol ink learners.

FEE: $150

Painting/Drawing Classroom, 2nd Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: $90

Image Credit: Lee Ann Lander

Painting Processes: Direct, Indirect, & Between (7 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Joe Lombardo

Tuesdays, January 16 – February 27

10:00am – 1:00pm

In this class we will study the spectrum of painting processes. We will cover indirect painting, learning how to make an underpainting and apply glazes like the old masters, building a painting in many layers. We will also learn direct painting, with bold color and mark-making, like the impressionists. And to conclude the class we will learn how to combine these processes and apply glazes to a direct painting.

FEE: $280

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: $100

Image Credit: Joe Lombardo, Cbus, 24”x36”

Large Scale Painting (7 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Joe Lombardo

Wednesdays, January 17 – February 28

10:00am – 1:00pm

This 7-week studio class will cover painting in large scale from start to finish. We will complete one (or two!) large paintings over the seven-week period. Each class begins with a painting demonstration advancing the painting into the next step. After demonstration students continue to work on their own large-scale painting with individual instruction. Students will develop control and build confidence in working large. Large scale is defined by the size of your vehicle and your ambition. 30”x40” is recommended but any size will work. Students will paint from their own photographs. Oil or acrylic painters are welcome all instructor demonstrations will be done in oil.

FEE: $280

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: $100

Image Credit: Joe Lombardo, Ohio, 48”x72”

Practicing the Portrait (4 sessions)

Adult | Beginner-Intermediate

Instructor: Angela Gage

Wednesdays, February 7 – February 28

2:00 pm – 5:00pm

We will explore all aspects of portraiture. Learn proportions of the face, mix flesh tones, and capture a likeness as we draw and paint from photographs and clothed models.

FEE: $170

Painting/Drawing Classroom, 2nd Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: $50-$75

*Fee includes cost of 2 figure models*

Learning to Draw Portraits (7 sessions) (Friday)

High School – Adults | Intermediate

Instructor: Anne Vega

Fridays, January 19 – March 1

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Whether you’re a budding artist or looking to elevate your portrait skills, this intermediate level class is your gateway to creating captivating, lifelike portraits. This class will guide you through a journey of creativity, allowing you to bring your subjects to life with confidence and precision as you delve deeper into the world of portraiture to refine your skills and capture the essence of your subjects. This hands-on course empowers you to master advanced techniques in shading, expression, and composition.

FEE: $220

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: $45-$50

*Fee includes cost of 2 figure models*

Basics of Drawing (7 sessions)

Adults | Intermediate – Advanced

Instructor: Antonio Gonzalez-Garcia

Tuesdays, January 16 – February 27

6:00pm – 9:00pm

In this class we are going to learn how to create drawings with graphite.  You will learn how to create a still life drawing, tackle portraits from a figure model, and learn the basics of understanding values, light, and shadow. This class will also utilize studio space and time to bring art projects from home, to further complete them in the class.

FEE: $245

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd  Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: $50

*Fee includes cost of 4 figure models*

Image Credit: Antonio Gonzalez-Garcia

Learning to Draw Portraits (7 sessions) (Wednesday)

High School – Adults | Intermediate

Instructor: Anne Vega

Wednesdays, January 17 – February 28

6:00pm – 8:30pm

Whether you’re a budding artist or looking to elevate your portrait skills, this intermediate level class is your gateway to creating captivating, lifelike portraits. This class will guide you through a journey of creativity, allowing you to bring your subjects to life with confidence and precision as you delve deeper into the world of portraiture to refine your skills and capture the essence of your subjects. This hands-on course empowers you to master advanced techniques in shading, expression, and composition.

FEE: $180

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: $45-$50

*Fee includes cost of 2 figure models*

Basics of Watercolor (7 sessions)

Adults | Intermediate- Advanced

Instructor: Antonio Gonzalez-Garcia

Wednesdays, January 17 – February 28

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Are you ready for the traditional way of watercolor? We are going to learn, improve, and understand the ratios of pigment/water, the use layering of different hues, and how they mix and complement each other. During the weeks of this term we are going to study still life, human figure, and the landscape from direct observation. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of wet on dry, wet on wet, and techniques. Beginners welcomed.

FEE: $220

Master Classroom, Main Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: $100-$150

*Fee includes cost of 2 figure models*

Image Credit: Antonio Gonzalez-Garcia

*Tabletop easels available for student use*

Simplified Forms (Gouache, Pastel, Watercolor, Oil) (7 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Emily Rose Hirtle

Fridays, January 19 – March 1

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Translate your ideas to your chosen medium and work from life or photo references. I will offer pre-recorded demos (which you can keep) on how to use watercolor, gouache, soft pastel, and oil painting in a direct method.  We’ll have group critiques, as well as individual critiques for those who wish to participate. I’ll have weekly PowerPoint presentations on contemporary and historical artists who approached simplification in their work.

FEE: $190

Master Classroom, Main Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: Approx. $40-$100

Image Credit: Emily Rose Hirtle, In the Distance

Modeling Paste Techniques (7 sessions)

Adults | Beginner – Advanced

Instructor: Lee Ann Lander

Saturdays, January 20 – March 2

2:30pm – 4:00pm

 

In this class you will learn several techniques on how to use modeling paste to create texture but the main focus will be on creating trees and flowers that have depth and texture. Students will end up with several finished projects ranging in size and composition, as you work up to the final project on a vintage window.

FEE: $170

Painting/Drawing Classroom, 2nd Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: $65

Class fee includes the cost of a vintage window provided by instructor

Image Credit: Lee Ann Lander

Oil Painting (4 sessions)

Adult | Beginner-Intermediate

Instructor: Angela Gage

Wednesdays, February 7 – February 28

6:00 pm – 9:00pm

Learn how to paint using oils. Start painting, mix colors, apply the paint and learn about glazing and palette knife work. This is a studio class and geared toward new students and continuing oil painting students. New students are shown materials and how to begin an oil painting. Each week we continue to learn about glazing, palette knife work etc. Returning students work on their individual paintings with instructors help if needed.

FEE: $140

Painting/Drawing Classroom, 2nd Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: $50-$75

Image Credit: Angela Gage

Intro to Portrait Painting (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Michelle Boerio

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 13

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Painting people doesn’t have to be intimidating. In this class, we will explore processes for painting portraits and practice different ways to paint and draw the human face. Over the three-week course, we will complete one portrait painting as well as several smaller exercises. Students are welcome to work in oil or acrylic paint.

FEE: $100

This class is currently full. Please email your name and a contact phone number to Education Manager Lindsay Lisanti (llisanti@mcconnellarts.org) to be added to the waitlist.

Supply List

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $40-$60

Image Credit: Michelle Boerio

Block Printing Workshop (3 sessions)

Adults | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Yani Sheng

Thursdays, November 30 – December 14

6:00pm – 8:00pm

This fun and creative course will offer students an introductory experience to the world of printmaking. This versatile art form allows you the ability to make multiple copies of variations of an image, using many different styles and mediums which is a perfect opportunity to design your own holiday card to send to family and friends! Students will have the opportunity to create their own image, and make various prints and cards using block printing techniques.

FEE: $75

Supply List

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $50-$60

Taste of Pastels (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Angela Gage

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 13

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Learn the basics of this vibrant medium and discover how to use color and line to create expressive works of art. Build upon the skills you have learned and take this vibrant versatile medium and your artwork to the next level.

FEE: $110

Supply List

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $50-$75

Painting/Drawing Open Studio  (3 sessions)

Adult | Any Skill Level

No Instructor

Tuesdays, November 28 – December 12 

2:00pm – 5:00pm

OR

Thursdays, November 30 – December 14

10:00am – 1:00pm

OR

Thursdays, November 30 – December 14

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Enhance your creative experience at the MAC and work independently on projects during open studio sessions. Open to all current and former MAC painting and drawing students; or by request with experience. Students provide their own canvas and painting supplies. No instruction will be given during open studio time.

FEE: $30

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Floor

Oil Painting (3 sessions)

High School – Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Angela Gage

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 13 

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Learn how to paint using oils. Start painting, mix colors, apply the paint, and learn about glazing and palette knife work. This is a studio class geared toward new students and continuing oil painting students. New students are shown how to use materials and begin an oil painting. Each week we continue to learn about glazing, palette knife work, etc. Returning and advanced students work on their individual paintings with instructor’s help if needed.

FEE: $110

This class is currently full. Please email your name and a contact phone number to Education Manager Lindsay Lisanti (llisanti@mcconnellarts.org) to be added to the waitlist.

Supply List

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $50-$75

Painting People (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Joe Lombardo

Tuesdays, November 28 – December 12  

10:00am – 1:00pm

Learn to paint people. In week one we will study portrait painting. In week two we will cover clothed figure painting. And for our final lesson we will paint figure/s in environment. Each week addresses new challenges for painting people and the techniques to excel. We will use the direct painting approach and make one painting a day. Students paint from photographs. This course will challenge painters of all levels. Only a positive attitude is required!

FEE: $120

This class is currently full. Please email your name and a contact phone number to Education Manager Lindsay Lisanti (llisanti@mcconnellarts.org) to be added to the waitlist.

Supply List

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $100

Image Credit: Joe Lombardo

Nude Figure Drawing (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Angela Gage

Tuesdays, November 28 – December 12 

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Practice drawing the human form while working with models. Discuss proportions of the figure and face as well as techniques and basics of drawing. Gain confidence while working with charcoal and/or pencils. Price includes model fees.

FEE: $150

Supply List

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $50

Creative Drawing Workshops (3 sessions)

Teen – Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Anne Vega

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 13 

6:00pm – 9:00pm

If learning a variety of creative drawing techniques is something you would like to explore, then this class is for you! The first week we will be exploring an expressive style of drawing using charcoal and charcoal pencils. Week two is working with pen and ink and ink washes and the last week will be incorporating colored pencil with graphite pencil. This class will be an open studio with guided instruction where students are encouraged to choose their own subject matter.

FEE: $80

Supply List

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $70

Image Credit: Anne Vega- Sketchbook Drawing

Experimental Acrylic Painting  (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Michelle Boerio

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 13

10:00am – 1:00pm

Push the boundaries of acrylic painting! In this class we will experiment with different tools, methods, and materials to create wonderful and weird new art. Projects include painting on unusual surfaces, combining paint and collage, and creating a painting inspired by music. Most of all, we will focus on self-expression and the process of painting.

FEE: $100

Supply List

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $45-$60

Image Credit: Michelle Boerio

Direct Watercolor and Soft Pastel Painting (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Emily Rose Hirtle

Fridays, December 1 – December 15

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Learn the fundamentals and application of painting in soft pastel and watercolor using a direct method. Discover essential techniques while practicing painting from life or from your photo references. Learn about different surfaces and materials such as toned paper, hot or cold press paper, brands of soft pastel and watercolor, and historical and contemporary painters who worked in soft pastel and watercolor. Each week you will receive pre-recorded demos on how to apply soft pastel and watercolor in a direct method. You may alternate between each medium or choose to focus on one. We will have group critiques and the instructor will provide individual critiques through the duration of this class.

FEE: $80

Supply List

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $40-$60

Image Credit: Emily Rose Hirtle

Adult Workshops

Artist Books and Book Arts (3 sessions)

High School – Adult | Beginner

Instructor: Juliette Montague

Saturdays, January 27, February 3, & 10

10:00am – 2:00pm

  • Artist Books and Book Arts (Winter Term 2024)

Explore a variety of bookmaking techniques from more traditional methods to more experimental artist books. Learn how to make each part of a book from signatures to covers. Learn secret Belgian binding, accordion books, how to make a book from an old book- the ideas for artists books are endless!

FEE: $145

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: Approx. $40-$100

Image Credit: Juliette Montague

Building Confidence Through Style Workshop (2 sessions)

Adult | Beginner

Instructor: Courtney Stone Smith

Thursday, January 25 & Friday, January 26

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Author and Certified Personal Stylist, Courtney Smith will be teaching you how to find your confidence through style by introducing you to her surreal style methods. This includes topics such as the impact of textures and color when creating outfits along with style tips that will enhance the features you wish to flaunt and mask the ones you wish to keep to yourself. She’ll also be providing mental tools that will help you work on your inner confidence while figuring out your style blocks. Once you learn to overcome those blocks you’ll start unlocking a higher level of confidence through your own eyes as well as through your outfits.

FEE: $40

Savage Classroom, Lower Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: $25

Image Credit: Erin Burke of Sugar Plum Creative

Polymer Clay Christmas Ornament Sculpting (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Weiting Wei

Saturdays, December 2 – December 16

10:00am – 12:00pm

The Polymer Clay Christmas Ornament Sculpting Class is a creative and engaging workshop that teaches participants the art of sculpting beautiful and unique Christmas tree ornaments using polymer clay. This hands-on class is designed for individuals of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced artists, who are interested in exploring the versatile medium of polymer clay by creating personalized ornaments for the holiday season. This class offers a fun and festive experience, allowing participants to unleash their creativity, learn new techniques, and create lasting memories during the holiday season.

FEE: $190

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

Materials: Included in class fee

Image Credit: Weiting Wei

Dry Flowers and Paper-Making Workshop (2 sessions)

Adults | Beginner- Intermediate

Instructor: Yani Sheng

Friday, February 2 & 9

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Roll up your sleeves and join Yani’s fun papermaking workshop. You will learn the basics of papermaking skills by using recycled materials and colored papers. You can make multiple textures of paper, watermarking papers, or try pulp painting. Please dress for mess in this workshop, and bring an old towel for any water spills!

FEE: $60

Savage Classroom, Lower Level

Materials Provided by Instructor

Image Credit: Yani Sheng

Encaustic Workshop (1 session)

High School – Adults  | Beginners

Instructor: Juliette Montague

Saturday, December 16

10:00am – 5:00pm

Learn basic encaustic collage, assemblage, and image making techniques to expand your mixed media art making! Supplies are provided by the instructor; you are welcome to bring any collage materials or embeds you would like to use in your creations. Please bring 1-2 wooden surfaces to work on.

FEE: $90

This class is currently full. Please email your name and a contact phone number to Education Manager Lindsay Lisanti (llisanti@mcconnellarts.org) to be added to the waitlist.

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Materials Provided by Instructor Apart from Wooden Surface to Work on

Creative Writing/Creative Thinking Classes

Unleash Your Creativity – Holiday Edition: Adult Creative Writing  (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Kristin Kummer

Tuesdays, November 28 – December 12 

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Jumpstart your creativity! This class is perfect for anyone who writes, wants to write, or has thought about writing and is looking to think outside of the box or to generate more ideas for their writing. The focus for this class will be all things holiday – ALL holidays welcome! We will engage in writing prompts, games, group storytelling, individual writing, and sharing our ideas and writing. This is not so much a writing workshop as an idea-generator and a space to try new things. Unleash your creative self and have fun!

FEE: $70

Master Classroom, Main Level

Supplies: Something to write with (pen/paper, laptop, etc.)

Finding Beauty Where You Are (7 sessions)

Adults | Beginner – Advanced

Instructor: Lee Ann Lander

Saturdays, January 20 – March 2

10:00am – 12:00pm

Learn to beat the winter blahs. In this class we will be hunting for beauty in unsuspected places right under our noses. We will spend a portion of some classes outdoors so dress accordingly. Using a phone camera, we will be taking photos during our time outside and then we will come back in and share and discuss what we found. We will talk about how certain images parallel life lessons and poetry. Time will also be given to do some creative writing so bring a journal or notebook. The main takeaway from this class will be a new or renewed outlook and appreciation for winter and nature. You will also have some beautiful photos that you can either share through social media or print and add to your journals kept during class.

FEE: $135

Master Classroom, Main Level

Image Credit: Lee Ann Lander

Approx. Cost of Materials: Approx. $5

Materials Needed: A journal and writing instrument

The Unexpected Love Story: A Workshop (6 sessions)

Adult | Beginner – Intermediate

Instructor: Thao Thai

Thursdays, January 18 – February 29 (no class 2/15)

7:00pm-8:00pm

What makes for a memorable love story? Is it the characters? The narrative voice? The dialogue? We’re all familiar with the love stories that fit inside a tidy formula, but what about the more difficult ones about love lost, love unrequited, or simply, love that exists on the periphery of common depictions? There is a place—and a need—for stories that reexamine our very definition of love and the way it’s explored in the written word. In this writing workshop, we’ll dive into the nuance of short-form writing by workshopping our stories and examining the craft choices behind each. We’ll read examples of published fictional and nonfiction love stories that challenge us to think more deeply about the tenderness and violence within relationships. In the end, writers will walk away with either a creative nonfiction essay or a short piece of fiction that presents their version of an unexpected love story.

FEE: $115

Master Classroom, Lower Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: Approx. $5

Unleash Your Creativity: Adult Creative Writing (7 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Level

Instructor: Kristin Kummer

Tuesdays, January 16 – February 27

6:00pm-8:00pm

Unleash your creativity and explore the limitless potential of your imagination! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, you’ll learn new techniques to generate ideas, develop characters, and craft compelling narratives. Our supportive and collaborative environment will encourage you to take risks and explore new genres and styles through a series of writing prompts, games, group storytelling, individual writing, and sharing our ideas and writing. By the end of the class, you’ll leave with a newfound sense of confidence and excitement about your writing, ready to continue exploring and expanding your creativity. Join us and tap into your creativity in ways you never thought possible!

FEE: $155

Master Classroom, Lower Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: Approx. $5

Materials Needed: A journal and writing instrument

Collage and Bookmaking Classes

Artist Books and Book Arts (3 sessions)

High School – Adult | Beginner

Instructor: Juliette Montague

Saturdays, January 27, February 3, & 10

10:00am – 2:00pm

  • Artist Books and Book Arts (Winter Term 2024)

Explore a variety of bookmaking techniques from more traditional methods to more experimental artist books. Learn how to make each part of a book from signatures to covers. Learn secret Belgian binding, accordion books, how to make a book from an old book- the ideas for artists books are endless!

FEE: $145

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: Approx. $40-$100

Image Credit: Juliette Montague

Fun Japanese Book Binding (7 sessions)

Adults | Beginner

Instructor: Yani Sheng

Tuesdays, January 16 – February 27

2:00pm – 4:00pm

This is a fun and relaxing class! You will learn how to build books using Japanese stitched binding techniques. Each week you will learn a new style of book making and at the end of each class you will have several unique pieces to take home. This class will have a relaxed mindset with the objective to try something new!

FEE: $200

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

$45 Material Fee per student (included in class fee); All Materials Provided by Instructor

Image Credit: Yani Sheng

Mixed Media Collage and the Art of Story (7 sessions)

Adult | Beginner

Instructor: Cody F Miller

Fridays, January 19 – March 1

10:00am – 1:00pm

This course explores mixed-media collage as an art form. The activity of creating collage includes appropriation, assemblage, drawing, painting, and craftsmanship. Students will develop an artistic vision in assembling collages. In producing collage, the artist must include/exclude, balance/imbalance, configure/reconfigure, and imaginatively enhance the various visual components of the work. Drawing and painting are equally important parts of this process. Students will collect in their Field Journal a myriad of visual data including sketches, photos, patterns, etc. These fragments of visual information will be crafted together with drawing and painting to produce collages descriptive of the artists own life through a two-week project titled the “You Album”.

FEE: $185

Painting/Drawing Classroom, 2nd  Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: $85-$100

Image Credit: Julie Miller

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: A Mixed Media Exploration Creating Collagraphs and Monoprints

(5 sessions)

Adult | Beginner

Instructor: Cody F Miller

Fridays, February 2 – March 1

2:00 pm – 5:00pm

Explore mixed media through the printing techniques of collagraphy and monoprints. The images/prints stand on their own yet also yield the possibility for further exploration with various mediums. Open studio time will be used to develop a basic understanding of monoprints and collagraphs. The last two weeks will focus on a book cover assignment in response to various quotes from Pilgrim At Tinker Creek.

FEE: $135

Painting/Drawing Classroom, 2nd Level

Supply List

Approx. Cost of Materials: $135

Image Credit: Julie Miller

DID YOU KNOW?

Eligible Ohio families are entitled to a $1,000 stipend for youth extracurriculars through Ohio ACE, and the MAC is a Qualified Education Service Provider! Visit education.ohio.gov/OhioACE to apply.

Youth Classes

Air Dry Clay: Fruits & Animals- Youth Sculpture (7 sessions)

Grades K – 5 | Beginner

Instructor: Weiting Wei

Fridays, January 19 – March 1

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Through the weekly sculpting activities, students will cultivate and enhance their hands-on sculpting ability. This class will transform your students’ learning methods, stimulate your students’ participation, and encourage students to explore their artistic side. Your student will be encouraged to use their imagination, develop their sense of play, and learn tips on the basics of sculpting both 2D and 3D clay projects. The super light air-dry clay, also known as paper clay, is mainly kneaded, and after it dries, students can have their own unique works to take home each week.

FEE: $200

Master Classroom, Main Level

Materials Included in Class Fee

Image Credit: Weiting Wei

Basics of Drawing (7 sessions)

Grades 9 – 12 | Beginner- Advanced

Instructor: Antonio Gonzalez-Garcia

Tuesdays, January 16 – February 27

3:30pm – 5:30pm

In this class we are going to learn how to create drawings with graphite.  You will learn how to create a still life drawing, tackle portraits from a figure model, and learn the basics of understanding values, light, and shadow. This class will also utilize studio space and time to bring art projects from home, and further complete them in the class.

FEE: $185

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Materials Included in Class Fee

Class fee included the cost of two figure models

Basics of Watercolor (7 sessions)

Grades 3 -5 | Beginner- Advanced

Instructor: Antonio Gonzalez Garcia

Wednesdays, January 17 – February 28

3:30pm – 5:00pm

In the Basics of Watercolor class, we are going to enjoy the use of the watercolor by creating paintings of objects (you will be welcome to bring your own toys, etc.), science-fiction characters from cartoons or movies, and landscapes of our favorite series. In this class everyone will have their own rhythm of learning and experimenting, being flexible and at the same time acquiring a base of knowledge that will allow the student to enjoy the process of creating from a fun and personal approach.

FEE: $135

Master Classroom, Main Level

Materials Included in Class Fee

Ceramics: Surface Design and You (4 sessions)

High School – Adult | Intermediate

Instructor: Grace Bohlen

Saturdays, January 27, February 10 & 17, March 2

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Be both a potter and a painter! A well-placed design can make your clay work shine. Every week, we will explore a different technique for image and mark-making on clay, including sgraffito, tape resist, and underglaze transfers. Experience in making your own vessels through is helpful but not necessary. Equally helpful is experience with 2D art of any kind! Your first bag of clay, studio glazes, tools, and 20 hours of studio time outside of class are included in class fee.

FEE: $190

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $0; Included in Class Fee

Image Credit: Grace Bohlen

Creative Hand Sewing (5 sessions)

Grade 3 – Grade 8 | Beginner

Instructor: Yani Sheng

Wednesdays, January 31 – February 28

4:30pm-5:30pm

Let’s learn sewing! In this class, you will learn how to make cute pieces like animal plushies, wallets, purses, and pillows. This is a perfect beginner class for kids! (Please note a service dog will be attending some sessions)

FEE: $90

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

Materials Included in Class Fee

Creative Sculpture- Polymer Clay (3 sessions)

Grades 3-8 | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Yani Sheng

Tuesdays, November 28 – December 12 

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Welcome to Yani’s creative sculpture class! Students will engage their creative side by mixing color clays and using sculpting tools to make many pieces of sculpture. Each class, students will be challenged on exploring different topics in creating unique pieces of art. The objectives of the class include helping develop fine motor skills, understanding color mixing, personal concentration, and sparking creativity.

FEE: $65

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

*a service dog may be present during class sessions*

*Materials are included in the cost of the class*

Intro to Fashion: Walk the Runway (7 sessions)

Grades 3 -5  | Beginners

Instructor: Leigh Foust

Fridays, January 19 – March 1 

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Students will explore the world of fashion design from creating mood boards, learning fashion illustration, deconstructing existing garments, redesigning, and finally modeling them in an incredible runway show located on our fabulous MAC stage!

FEE: $145

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

Materials Included in Class Fee

Kids Greeting Card Printmaking Workshop (1 session)

Grade 3 – Grade 5 | Beginner – Intermediate

Instructor: Michelle Boerio

Saturday, February 3

11:00am – 1:00pm

Send your loved ones something wonderful! In this one-time workshop students will use printmaking techniques, drawing, and stamping to help students create unique greeting cards. Each participant will take home their own set of hand-made cards with no prior art experience needed.

FEE: $45

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

Materials Included in Class Fee

Let’s Write! Creative Writing for Kids (7 sessions)

Grades 3 – 5 | Beginner

Instructor: Kristin Kummer

Thursdays, January 18 – February 29

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Your creativity is limitless! Each week, students will concoct stories and play games that will spark the imagination. From writing for pets to saving our friends from giant bugs with only a spoon, students will have a chance to tell their own individual stories and also work collaboratively to make the most of their ideas. By the end of the term, students will be ready to continue exploring and expanding their creativity.

FEE: $95

Master Classroom, Main Level

Materials Included in Class Fee

Let’s Write! Creative Writing for Middle Schoolers (7 sessions)

Grades 6 – 8 | Beginner

Instructor: Kristin Kummer

Tuesdays, January 16 – February 27

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Your creativity is limitless! Each week, students will concoct stories and play games that will spark the imagination. From writing for pets to saving our friends from giant bugs with only a spoon, students will have a chance to tell their own individual stories and also work collaboratively to make the most of their ideas. By the end of the term, students will be ready to continue exploring and expanding their creativity.

FEE: $95

Master Classroom, Main Level

Materials Included in Class Fee

Minicomic Challenge (7 sessions)

Grades 3 – 5 | Beginner

Instructor: Jerzy Drozd

Wednesdays, January 17 – February 28

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Send your original character on their epic journey in a minicomic! Cartoonist Jerzy Drozd (Science Comics: Rockets) will share the secrets of finding your original characters’ voices, expressing the drama between them, and creating a believable world. Learn how professional cartoonists sort through creative chaos and finish their stories. In the end, you’ll have your first chapter of that graphic novel series you’ve been waiting to make.

FEE: $115

Savage Classroom, Lower Level

Materials Included in Class Fee

Image Credit: Jerzy Drozd

The Contemporary Theatre of Ohio: Saturday Morning Musicals at the MAC

Participants will spend 15 Saturday mornings developing life-long skills through theatre: creative collaboration, teamwork, speaking to audiences, critical thinking and more! As a theatre team, they will adapt or write their own script, experience what it is like to audition for roles, understand aspects of costume and set design, all culminating to a final performance on the last day!

Performance Date: May 11, 2024 at 12pm

Dates: Jan 20 – May 11, 2024

Times: Saturdays from 9 am – 12 pm

Ages: 8-14

Tuition Price: $525

 

Young Artist Series:  Art History’s Heroes (7 sessions)

Grades 3 – 5 | Beginners

Instructor: Leigh Foust

Thursdays, January 18 – February 29 

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Young Artists will discover a new famous artist/ art movement in history each week. They will explore multimedia techniques including drawing, painting, print making, collage, sculpture and more!

FEE: $145

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

Materials Included in Class Fee

Youth Oil Painting (5 sessions)

Grade 1 – Grade 5 | Beginner – Intermediate

Instructor: Yani Sheng

Tuesdays, January 30 – February 27

4:30pm-6:00pm

A beginner to intermediate class for youth who would like to learn the basics of oil painting. Students will learn various brush techniques, color mixing, and blending. This class is a great way for youth to develop an understanding of this classic medium, where they are free to paint whatever inspires them while collaborating and socializing with their classmates! (Please note a service dog will be attending all sessions)

FEE: $110

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

Materials Included in Class Fee

Ceramics Classes

Daylight Clay- Ornaments (1 session)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Grace Bohlen

Sunday, December 17

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Join instructor Grace Bohlen in this relaxed handbuilding workshop series! Our project will be completed in a single sitting, and we will glaze the piece for you; it will be ready for pickup after January 9th. Tonight we’ll be working on sgraffito ornaments; think of it like advanced cookie decorating. No prior clay experience needed. The holiday pop-up shop will be open upstairs to browse and purchase items from local artists.

FEE: $35

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

*Limited Parking at the MAC due to performance; Additional parking at TWHS*

Daylight Clay- Textured Slab Bowls (1 session)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Grace Bohlen

Sunday, December 10

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Join instructor Grace Bohlen in this relaxed handbuilding workshop series! Our project will be completed in a single sitting, and we will glaze the piece for you; it will be ready for pickup after January 9th. This afternoon’s project will be textured slab bowls; materials will be provided, but consider bringing some plant material, lace, or other texture sources to use. No prior clay experience needed. The holiday pop-up shop will be open upstairs to browse and purchase items from local artists.

FEE: $35

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

*Limited Parking at the MAC due to performance; Additional parking at TWHS*

Moonlight Clay- Coil Building (1 session)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Grace Bohlen

Saturday, December 9

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Join instructor Grace Bohlen in this relaxed handbuilding workshop series! Our project will be completed in a single sitting, and we will glaze the piece for you; it will be ready for pickup after January 9th. This night we will work on swirly coil-built vessels, which can be anything from bowls to mugs to planters. No prior clay experience needed. The holiday pop-up shop will be open upstairs to browse and purchase items from local artists.

FEE: $35

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

*Limited Parking at the MAC due to performance; Additional parking at TWHS*

Ceramics: Plates, Trays, & Bowls (7 sessions)

Ages 15- Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Marty Shuter

Thursdays, January 18 – February 29

6:00pm – 9:00pm

In this 7-week class, we will make plates, trays, and bowls. We will use slump and hump molds, and other methods of hand-building. We will explore decorative techniques, with an emphasis on sgraffito. Come with your own ideas or work on class projects. No experience necessary. Your first bag of clay, studio glazes, tools, and 20 hours of studio time outside of class are included in class fee.

FEE: $250

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $0; Included in Class Fee

Image Credit: Marty Shuter

Ceramics: Winter Gnomes (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Beth Dekker

Thursdays, November 30 – December 14

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Embrace the enchantment of the season in this hand building ceramics class, where we’ll create whimsical gnomes and garden sculptures. We’ll learn to use the slab roller, decorate with a wide variety of tools, and glaze and fire our adorable creations. Your clay, kiln firings, studio glazes, tools, and studio time outside of class are included in class fee.

FEE: $120

This class is currently full. Please email your name and a contact phone number to Education Manager Lindsay Lisanti (llisanti@mcconnellarts.org) to be added to the waitlist.

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

Clay with Kids (and their adults): Animal Sculpting (7 sessions)

Grades 4 and Up | Beginner

Instructor: Grace Bohlen

Saturdays, January 20 – March 2

10:00am – 11:30am

Get wild with clay and come make some critters! This class is designed to be enjoyed by kids and adults together. Every week, we’ll be focusing on a different animal to sculpt, from fish to cats to dragons. Along with free-standing figurines, projects also include beads, wall hangings, and bowls with feet. By the end of the class, you’ll have a whole menagerie to take home! Your first bag of clay, studio glazes, tools, and 20 hours of studio time outside of class are included in class fee.

FEE: $165

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $0; Included in Class Fee

Image Credit: Grace Bohlen

Moonlight Clay- Angel/Fairy Bells (1 session)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Grace Bohlen

Saturday, December 16

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Join instructor Grace Bohlen in this relaxed handbuilding workshop series! Our project will be completed in a single sitting, and we will glaze the piece for you; it will be ready for pickup after January 9th.  This night’s project is pinch-pot angel/fairy bells, perfect as both a sweet little decoration and a festive noisemaker. No prior clay experience needed. The bar will be open upstairs if you would like to purchase beer or wine to sip while you work on your project.

FEE: $35

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

*Limited Parking at the MAC due to performance; Additional parking at TWHS*

Wheel Thrown Ceramics  (7 sessions) (Tuesday PM)

High School – Adult | Beginner-Intermediate

Instructor: Stacey Besst

Tuesdays, January 16 – February 27

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Students will learn to develop skills and techniques in ceramics utilizing the pottery wheel. Students will focus on creating functional form including but not limited to: cylinders, bowls, plates, cups, vases, teapots, etc. Students will also learn ceramic decorating techniques such as carving, slip design, staining, underglaze and glazing. Your first bag of clay, studio glazes, tools, and 20 hours of studio time outside of class are included in class fee.

FEE: $250

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $0; Included in Class Fee

Wheel Thrown Ceramics  (7 sessions) (Wednesday AM)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Beth Dekker

Wednesdays, January 17 – February 28

10:00am – 1:00pm

Students will learn to develop skills and techniques in ceramics utilizing the pottery wheel. Students will focus on creating functional form including but not limited to: cylinders, bowls, plates, cups, vases, etc. Students will also learn ceramic decorating techniques such as carving, slip design, staining, underglaze and glazing. Your first bag of clay, studio glazes, and 20 hours of studio time outside of class are included in class fee.

FEE: $250

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

 Approx. Cost of Materials: $0; Included in Class Fee

Wheel Thrown Ceramics (7 sessions) (Wednesday PM)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Anne Vasser

Wednesdays, January 17 – February 28

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Come and join the fun while exploring the basics of wheel thrown pottery and how it is made. Wheel-thrown forms will be discussed, analyzed, demonstrated, and produced. New students will acquire a basic understanding of the potter’s wheel and how to use it safely. Continuing students will refine their wheel throwing techniques and explore surface decorations. Your first bag of clay, studio glazes, tools, and 20 hours of studio time outside of class are included in class fee.

FEE: $250

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $0; Included in Class Fee

Image Credit: Anne Vasser

Wheel Thrown Ceramics Workshop (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Anne Vasser

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 13 

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Do you have ceramics projects that you just didn’t have time to finish or glaze? Join us for this three week session to finish up your work or make a few quick projects. We can learn to use the extruder to make handles and decorations to apply to your work. We can also do special glaze painting techniques. Your clay, kiln firings, studio glazes, tools, and studio time outside of class are included in class fee.

FEE: $120

This class is currently full. Please email your name and a contact phone number to Education Manager Lindsay Lisanti (llisanti@mcconnellarts.org) to be added to the waitlist.

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

Adult Dance Classes

Chair Flamenco for Seniors – All Abilities For BOTH Men and Women!!!

Experience the captivating world of Flamenco from your chair! Our program is designed to bring the passion, rhythm, and beauty of Flamenco to individuals of all abilities.

Class Location: McConnell Arts Center 777 Evening St, Columbus, OH 43085
Class Dates: October 5, 12, 19, 26
Cost: $52 Total 
All equipment will be supplied.

Tuition

Tuition is due on or the before your first class. We accept Zelle, check, cash or Venmo. Unpaid tuition will be assessed a 10% late fee after 7 days of nonpayment. If you wish to pay with credit card there is a service fee. 

Missed Class
You will receive a recording of your missed class. 

What to Wear To Class
Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you to sit comfortably.

Abilities
The class will be taught in a chair. If you have limited mobility you are welcome to come and just enjoy the music. If you have your own mobility/accessibility equipment you are welcome too. There is no charge for caregivers. 

Highlights:

1. **Accessible Seating:** Chairs provided for all, regardless of mobility.

2. **Gentle Warm-Up:** Senior-friendly stretching and movement exercises.

3. **Rhythmic Claps & Footwork:** Learn Flamenco rhythms and expressions while seated.

4. **Hand Movements (Floreo):** Explore intricate hand gestures comfortably.

5. **Emotional Expression:** Convey feelings through movements and gestures.

6. **Music ** Immerse in high-quality Flamenco music.

7. **Supportive Environment:** Guided by Griset for a comfortable experience.

8. **No Experience Needed:** All levels welcome for a supportive community.

9. **Social Interaction:** Connect with fellow Flamenco enthusiasts.

10. **Fitness Benefits:** Improve flexibility, balance, and coordination.

Join us for Chair Flamenco and embrace the Flamenco spirit from your chair. Age and ability are no barriers to experiencing this captivating art form. Let your spirit soar!

The class will be taught in a chair. If you have limited mobility you are welcome to come and just enjoy the music. If you have your own mobility/accessibility equipment you are welcome too. There is no charge for caregivers. 

Note: Please consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise program, especially if you have any medical conditions or physical limitations.

Contemporary Dance for Seniors (7 sessions)

Adults | Beginner – Advanced

Instructor: Laura Patterson, on behalf of Perennial Movement Group

Thursdays, January 18 – February 29

10:30am – 11:30am

Movement classes are specifically designed for adults over 50 and taught by instructor Laura Patterson. Using principles from ballet, contemporary, and improvisational dance, class exercises cultivate strength, coordination, range of motion, flexibility, and creative skills. These dance activities also challenge the brain by connecting thinking and moving, helping to maintain or enhance cognitive functions such as memory. Participants of all physical abilities, whether completely new to dance or returning after many years, experience the physical and cognitive benefits of dance alongside other older adults in a supportive community. Seated and standing movement are both welcome.

FEE: $80

Dance Studio, Lower Level

Contemporary Dance Technique for Adults 50+ (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Perennial Movement Group

Thursdays, November 30 – December 14 

10:30am – 11:30am

Join us for class this fall to move your body, cultivate your creativity, and join a supportive community of dancers over age 50! Our classes use principles from contemporary dance to cultivate strength, flexibility, coordination and creativity. People of all abilities and movement backgrounds are welcome; class can be taken seated or standing. This series will culminate with participants learning a short contemporary choreography.

What to Wear To Class:

Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move comfortably. Any footwear including bare feet, socks, dance shoes, or clean tennis shoes are welcome.

FEE: $35

Dance Studio, Lower Level

Level 1 and New Beginners

Flamenco & Castanets Tuesdays 7:00 pm-8:00pm

Class Dates: September 5,12,19, 26 & October 3, 10, 17, 24

Registration Mandatory

Tuition:  $180  For All 8 Classes
Multiple Class Discount: 5% discount if you take both the 7pm and 8pm class

Castanets Will Be Provided and Inexpensive Ones Will Be For Purchase
Ages 10-adult are welcome to these classes. In Spain it is traditional for adults and youth to take classes together.   

This will be a beginning class to introduce both men and women to the elements of Flamenco dance and castanets. You will learn the technique elements for the arms, feet and the rhythms of Spain. This will be a fun and interactive class that is full of beautiful rhythms and movement.

This class is great for those who have never played an instrument, never thought that they could play an instrument but always wanted to try. You will fall in love with the rhythms of Flamenco and find inspiration to play this beautiful hand instrument.

What to Wear to Class
Please wear comfortable workout gear, skirt if desired for women. You may wear workout shoes, soft leather shoes, character or Flamenco shoes. The teacher can guild you on the first day of class about the best shoes to wear. Here are some shoe options.

Please check with Griset about Flamenco shoes. She can help you find good brands, heel height and style. 

Level 1 and New Beginners

Flamenco & Choreography Tuesdays 8:00 pm

Class Dates: September 5,12,19, 26 & October 3, 10, 17, 24

Registration Mandatory

Tuition:  $180  For All 8 Classes
Multiple Class Discount: 5% discount if you take both the 7pm and 8pm class

Ages 10-adult are welcome to these classes. In Spain it is traditional for adults and youth to take classes together.

This will be a beginning class to introduce both men and women to the elements of Flamenco dance choreography. You will learn Flamenco footwork that is fun and great exercise. You will also learn that wonderful Flamenco posture that has passion full of swirling arm work. You will surely build strength in your core, legs and arms.

At the end of the term you will have learned a short beautiful choreography to that will make you feel like you are in Spain!

What to Wear to Class
Please wear comfortable workout gear, skirt if desired for women. You may wear workout shoes, soft leather shoes, character or Flamenco shoes. The teacher can guild you on the first day of class about the best shoes to wear. Here are some shoe options.

Please check with Griset about Flamenco shoes. She can help you find good brands, heel height and style. 

Fall Special Term 2023

Block Printing Workshop (3 sessions)

Adults | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Yani Sheng

Thursdays, November 30 – December 14

6:00pm – 8:00pm

This fun and creative course will offer students an introductory experience to the world of printmaking. This versatile art form allows you the ability to make multiple copies of variations of an image, using many different styles and mediums which is a perfect opportunity to design your own holiday card to send to family and friends! Students will have the opportunity to create their own image, and make various prints and cards using block printing techniques.

FEE: $75

Supply List

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $50-$60

Daylight Clay- Ornaments (1 session)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Grace Bohlen

Sunday, December 17

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Join instructor Grace Bohlen in this relaxed handbuilding workshop series! Our project will be completed in a single sitting, and we will glaze the piece for you; it will be ready for pickup after January 9th. Tonight we’ll be working on sgraffito ornaments; think of it like advanced cookie decorating. No prior clay experience needed. The holiday pop-up shop will be open upstairs to browse and purchase items from local artists.

FEE: $35

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

*Limited Parking at the MAC due to performance; Additional parking at TWHS*

Daylight Clay- Textured Slab Bowls (1 session)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Grace Bohlen

Sunday, December 10

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Join instructor Grace Bohlen in this relaxed handbuilding workshop series! Our project will be completed in a single sitting, and we will glaze the piece for you; it will be ready for pickup after January 9th. This afternoon’s project will be textured slab bowls; materials will be provided, but consider bringing some plant material, lace, or other texture sources to use. No prior clay experience needed. The holiday pop-up shop will be open upstairs to browse and purchase items from local artists.

FEE: $35

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

*Limited Parking at the MAC due to performance; Additional parking at TWHS*

Moonlight Clay- Coil Building (1 session)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Grace Bohlen

Saturday, December 9

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Join instructor Grace Bohlen in this relaxed handbuilding workshop series! Our project will be completed in a single sitting, and we will glaze the piece for you; it will be ready for pickup after January 9th. This night we will work on swirly coil-built vessels, which can be anything from bowls to mugs to planters. No prior clay experience needed. The holiday pop-up shop will be open upstairs to browse and purchase items from local artists.

FEE: $35

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

*Limited Parking at the MAC due to performance; Additional parking at TWHS*

Polymer Clay Christmas Ornament Sculpting (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Weiting Wei

Saturdays, December 2 – December 16

10:00am – 12:00pm

The Polymer Clay Christmas Ornament Sculpting Class is a creative and engaging workshop that teaches participants the art of sculpting beautiful and unique Christmas tree ornaments using polymer clay. This hands-on class is designed for individuals of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced artists, who are interested in exploring the versatile medium of polymer clay by creating personalized ornaments for the holiday season. This class offers a fun and festive experience, allowing participants to unleash their creativity, learn new techniques, and create lasting memories during the holiday season.

FEE: $190

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

Materials: Included in class fee

Image Credit: Weiting Wei

Unleash Your Creativity – Holiday Edition: Adult Creative Writing  (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Kristin Kummer

Tuesdays, November 28 – December 12 

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Jumpstart your creativity! This class is perfect for anyone who writes, wants to write, or has thought about writing and is looking to think outside of the box or to generate more ideas for their writing. The focus for this class will be all things holiday – ALL holidays welcome! We will engage in writing prompts, games, group storytelling, individual writing, and sharing our ideas and writing. This is not so much a writing workshop as an idea-generator and a space to try new things. Unleash your creative self and have fun!

FEE: $70

Master Classroom, Main Level

Supplies: Something to write with (pen/paper, laptop, etc.)

Ceramics: Winter Gnomes (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Beth Dekker

Thursdays, November 30 – December 14

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Embrace the enchantment of the season in this hand building ceramics class, where we’ll create whimsical gnomes and garden sculptures. We’ll learn to use the slab roller, decorate with a wide variety of tools, and glaze and fire our adorable creations. Your clay, kiln firings, studio glazes, tools, and studio time outside of class are included in class fee.

FEE: $120

This class is currently full. Please email your name and a contact phone number to Education Manager Lindsay Lisanti (llisanti@mcconnellarts.org) to be added to the waitlist.

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

Contemporary Dance Technique for Adults 50+ (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Perennial Movement Group

Thursdays, November 30 – December 14 

10:30am – 11:30am

Join us for class this fall to move your body, cultivate your creativity, and join a supportive community of dancers over age 50! Our classes use principles from contemporary dance to cultivate strength, flexibility, coordination and creativity. People of all abilities and movement backgrounds are welcome; class can be taken seated or standing. This series will culminate with participants learning a short contemporary choreography.

What to Wear To Class:

Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move comfortably. Any footwear including bare feet, socks, dance shoes, or clean tennis shoes are welcome.

FEE: $35

Dance Studio, Lower Level

Creative Drawing Workshops (3 sessions)

Teen – Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Anne Vega

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 13 

6:00pm – 9:00pm

If learning a variety of creative drawing techniques is something you would like to explore, then this class is for you! The first week we will be exploring an expressive style of drawing using charcoal and charcoal pencils. Week two is working with pen and ink and ink washes and the last week will be incorporating colored pencil with graphite pencil. This class will be an open studio with guided instruction where students are encouraged to choose their own subject matter.

FEE: $80

Supply List

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $70

Image Credit: Anne Vega- Sketchbook Drawing

Creative Sculpture- Polymer Clay (3 sessions)

Grades 3-8 | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Yani Sheng

Tuesdays, November 28 – December 12 

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Welcome to Yani’s creative sculpture class! Students will engage their creative side by mixing color clays and using sculpting tools to make many pieces of sculpture. Each class, students will be challenged on exploring different topics in creating unique pieces of art. The objectives of the class include helping develop fine motor skills, understanding color mixing, personal concentration, and sparking creativity.

FEE: $65

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

*a service dog may be present during class sessions*

*Materials are included in the cost of the class*

Direct Watercolor and Soft Pastel Painting (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Emily Rose Hirtle

Fridays, December 1 – December 15

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Learn the fundamentals and application of painting in soft pastel and watercolor using a direct method. Discover essential techniques while practicing painting from life or from your photo references. Learn about different surfaces and materials such as toned paper, hot or cold press paper, brands of soft pastel and watercolor, and historical and contemporary painters who worked in soft pastel and watercolor. Each week you will receive pre-recorded demos on how to apply soft pastel and watercolor in a direct method. You may alternate between each medium or choose to focus on one. We will have group critiques and the instructor will provide individual critiques through the duration of this class.

FEE: $80

Supply List

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $40-$60

Image Credit: Emily Rose Hirtle

Encaustic Workshop (1 session)

High School – Adults  | Beginners

Instructor: Juliette Montague

Saturday, December 16

10:00am – 5:00pm

Learn basic encaustic collage, assemblage, and image making techniques to expand your mixed media art making! Supplies are provided by the instructor; you are welcome to bring any collage materials or embeds you would like to use in your creations. Please bring 1-2 wooden surfaces to work on.

FEE: $90

This class is currently full. Please email your name and a contact phone number to Education Manager Lindsay Lisanti (llisanti@mcconnellarts.org) to be added to the waitlist.

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Materials Provided by Instructor Apart from Wooden Surface to Work on

Experimental Acrylic Painting  (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Michelle Boerio

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 13

10:00am – 1:00pm

Push the boundaries of acrylic painting! In this class we will experiment with different tools, methods, and materials to create wonderful and weird new art. Projects include painting on unusual surfaces, combining paint and collage, and creating a painting inspired by music. Most of all, we will focus on self-expression and the process of painting.

FEE: $100

Supply List

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $45-$60

Image Credit: Michelle Boerio

Intro to Portrait Painting (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Michelle Boerio

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 13

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Painting people doesn’t have to be intimidating. In this class, we will explore processes for painting portraits and practice different ways to paint and draw the human face. Over the three-week course, we will complete one portrait painting as well as several smaller exercises. Students are welcome to work in oil or acrylic paint.

FEE: $100

This class is currently full. Please email your name and a contact phone number to Education Manager Lindsay Lisanti (llisanti@mcconnellarts.org) to be added to the waitlist.

Supply List

Enrile Classroom, Lower Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $40-$60

Image Credit: Michelle Boerio

Moonlight Clay- Angel/Fairy Bells (1 session)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Grace Bohlen

Saturday, December 16

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Join instructor Grace Bohlen in this relaxed handbuilding workshop series! Our project will be completed in a single sitting, and we will glaze the piece for you; it will be ready for pickup after January 9th.  This night’s project is pinch-pot angel/fairy bells, perfect as both a sweet little decoration and a festive noisemaker. No prior clay experience needed. The bar will be open upstairs if you would like to purchase beer or wine to sip while you work on your project.

FEE: $35

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

*Limited Parking at the MAC due to performance; Additional parking at TWHS*

Nude Figure Drawing (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Angela Gage

Tuesdays, November 28 – December 12 

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Practice drawing the human form while working with models. Discuss proportions of the figure and face as well as techniques and basics of drawing. Gain confidence while working with charcoal and/or pencils. Price includes model fees.

FEE: $150

Supply List

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $50

Oil Painting (3 sessions)

High School – Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Angela Gage

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 13 

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Learn how to paint using oils. Start painting, mix colors, apply the paint, and learn about glazing and palette knife work. This is a studio class geared toward new students and continuing oil painting students. New students are shown how to use materials and begin an oil painting. Each week we continue to learn about glazing, palette knife work, etc. Returning and advanced students work on their individual paintings with instructor’s help if needed.

FEE: $110

This class is currently full. Please email your name and a contact phone number to Education Manager Lindsay Lisanti (llisanti@mcconnellarts.org) to be added to the waitlist.

Supply List

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $50-$75

Painting People (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Joe Lombardo

Tuesdays, November 28 – December 12  

10:00am – 1:00pm

Learn to paint people. In week one we will study portrait painting. In week two we will cover clothed figure painting. And for our final lesson we will paint figure/s in environment. Each week addresses new challenges for painting people and the techniques to excel. We will use the direct painting approach and make one painting a day. Students paint from photographs. This course will challenge painters of all levels. Only a positive attitude is required!

FEE: $120

This class is currently full. Please email your name and a contact phone number to Education Manager Lindsay Lisanti (llisanti@mcconnellarts.org) to be added to the waitlist.

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Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $100

Image Credit: Joe Lombardo

Painting/Drawing Open Studio  (3 sessions)

Adult | Any Skill Level

No Instructor

Tuesdays, November 28 – December 12 

2:00pm – 5:00pm

OR

Thursdays, November 30 – December 14

10:00am – 1:00pm

OR

Thursdays, November 30 – December 14

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Enhance your creative experience at the MAC and work independently on projects during open studio sessions. Open to all current and former MAC painting and drawing students; or by request with experience. Students provide their own canvas and painting supplies. No instruction will be given during open studio time.

FEE: $30

Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Floor

Taste of Pastels (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Angela Gage

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 13

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Learn the basics of this vibrant medium and discover how to use color and line to create expressive works of art. Build upon the skills you have learned and take this vibrant versatile medium and your artwork to the next level.

FEE: $110

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Painting/Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Approx. Cost of Materials: $50-$75

Wheel Thrown Ceramics Workshop (3 sessions)

Adult | All Skill Levels

Instructor: Anne Vasser

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 13 

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Do you have ceramics projects that you just didn’t have time to finish or glaze? Join us for this three week session to finish up your work or make a few quick projects. We can learn to use the extruder to make handles and decorations to apply to your work. We can also do special glaze painting techniques. Your clay, kiln firings, studio glazes, tools, and studio time outside of class are included in class fee.

FEE: $120

This class is currently full. Please email your name and a contact phone number to Education Manager Lindsay Lisanti (llisanti@mcconnellarts.org) to be added to the waitlist.

Ceramics Studio, Lower Level

Youth Sculpture – Air Dry Clay (Combined Fall Term) (13 sessions)

Kindergarten- Grade 5 | Beginners

Instructor: Weiting Wei

Fridays, September 8 – December 15  (No Class 11/24)

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Through the weekly sculpting activities, students will cultivate and enhance their hands-on sculpting ability. This class will transform your students’ learning methods, stimulate your students’ participation, and encourage students to explore their artistic side. Your student will be encouraged to use their imagination, develop their sense of play, and learn tips on the basics of sculpting both 2D and 3D clay projects. The super light air dry clay, also known as paper clay, is mainly kneaded, and after it dries, students can have their own unique works to take home each week.

FEE: $260

Painting & Drawing Studio, 2nd Level

Materials provided by the MAC

Fiber Arts Classes

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Theatre Arts Classes

The Contemporary Theatre of Ohio: Saturday Morning Musicals at the MAC

Participants will spend 15 Saturday mornings developing life-long skills through theatre: creative collaboration, teamwork, speaking to audiences, critical thinking and more! As a theatre team, they will adapt or write their own script, experience what it is like to audition for roles, understand aspects of costume and set design, all culminating to a final performance on the last day!

Performance Date: May 11, 2024 at 12pm

Dates: Jan 20 – May 11, 2024

Times: Saturdays from 9 am – 12 pm

Ages: 8-14

Tuition Price: $525

 

BalletMet Classes

BalletMet Academy classes at the MAC will start Tuesday, September 5.

Enhance your child’s concentration, coordination and creativity with BalletMet. Their children’s classes are specially designed for young dancers ages 3 to 7 who are eager to learn in a fun and nurturing environment.

Most classes run from September to May, but new students are always welcome to join at any time.  The schedule for Children’s Division classes at the MAC is as follows:

Mini Movers

Develops creativity and coordination with a focus on rhythm, movement, music, imagination and fun.

Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:00 pm

Saturdays, 10:00 – 10:30 am

Must be 3 by 9/30/23

Creative Movement

Creates a stimulating environment through dance and movement while focusing on creativity and the joy of self-expression.

Tuesdays, 4:00-4:45 pm

Must be 4 by 9/30/23

Pre-Ballet 5

Encourages imagination, self- expression and group interaction while introducing basic dance and music concepts.

Tuesdays, 4:45 – 5:30 pm

Must be 5 by 9/30/23

Pre-Ballet 6

Through group dances and solos, students develop their knowledge of dance steps with rhythm and musicality while preparing their body with conditioning and stretching exercises as they transition to ballet.

Thursdays, 6:45-7:30 pm

Must be 6 by 9/30/23

Pre-Ballet 7

Students are introduced to basic ballet steps, terminology and the relationship dance has with music.

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 pm

Must be 7 by 9/30/23

 

The schedule for BalletMet’s Student Division classes at the MAC is as follows:

Ballet 1

Students are introduced to ballet technique through a comprehensive curriculum.

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:15 PM

Saturdays, 10:30-11:45 AM

Tap 1

Students develop rhythm, sound, movement and expression.

Saturdays, 11:45-12:45 PM

Ballet 2

Tuesdays, 5:30-6:45 PM

Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 PM

Tap 2

Thursdays, 5:45-6:45 PM

 

Accessibility Statement: The McConnell Arts Center is committed to providing an accessible and equitable space for all to experience the joy and wonder of the arts, regardless of disability, gender, age, sexuality, religion, or race.

If you have enrolled in a classes, workshop, or camp and require accommodations or have questions, please reach out to our staff at arts@mcconnellarts.org or call 614-431-0329.

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