Adult Classes

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Art Program for Seniors in Shiawassee County!

The Shiawassee Arts Center, the Owosso, Durand and Morrice Senior Centers are all partnering together on a mobile arts program that will offer art classes at SAC and the three senior centers at a reduced cost to seniors. SMARTS (Senior Mobile Arts) is made possible through grant funding from MCACA and the Cook Family Foundation. For registration of art classes, please call the Shiawassee Arts Center at (989) 723-8354.  For lunch at the senior centers call:

Come to one or all! If you have cabin fever or just want to learn something new, while meeting new friends, please join us, by reserving your spot asap so that adequate supplies will be on hand. No Experience is necessary for these classes! All classes are $3 for seniors, in Shiawassee County and $5 for a family member or caregiver under age 60 who may be bringing or accompanying a senior and wish to participate. Remember that all three senior centers offer lunch at noon, so reserve a place for lunch at least a day prior by calling your local center. The Durand and Morrice locations offer the art program on the first and third Wednesdays only.

Tuesdays at Owosso Senior Center – 10AM – 11:30A

  • January 16 – “Snowy Owl”  – Using chalky pastels on textured paper. Kathryn Gehrs-Pahl, Instructor

  • January 23 – “Puzzle Pins” – Create a fun pin to wear from puzzle pieces and mixed media.  Sue Newcom, Instructor.

  • January 30 – “Acrylic Landscape Painting” – Bring your own landscape photo reference to work from or we will have some photos available to work from. 8 x 10 canvas.  Elaine Dobrowolski, Instructor.

Wednesdays at Durand  Center 10am – 11:30am

  • January 3, 2018 – “Painting the 1225 Steam Engine” – Get your Engines running for painting with acrylic on a 6″ x 6″ wrap around canvas with artist/instructor Angela Hamilton from Grand Blanc. No experience necessary.

  • January 17, 2018 – “Snowy Owl” – Using chalky pastels on textured paper. Pat Bursch, Instructor

Wednesdays at Morrice Senior Center 12:30pm – 2pm

  • January 3, 2018 – “Painting the 1225 Steam Engine” – Get your Engines running for painting with acrylic on a 6″ x 6″ wrap around canvas. Angela Hamilton, Instructor

  • January 17, 2018 – “Snowy Owl” – Using chalky pastels on textured paper. Pat Bursch, Instructor

Mondays at the Shiawassee Arts Center – 1PM – 2:30PM

    • January 8 – “Calligraphy” with Sue Newcom, Instructor

    • January 15 – “Clay Slab Fairy House” – Instructor TBA

    • January 22 – “Collage in Mixed Meda” – with Sue Newcom, Instructor

    • January 29 – “Birch Trees in Winter” – Acrylic Painting (8 x 10 canvas)  with Gwen Sutton, Instructor

 Registration needs to take place at least one week prior to class

 Pottery on the Wheel & Handbuilding in clay (6 weeks)

 Mud in the Morning

When: Tuesdays, January 9, – February 20. (No class on Feb. 13)

Where: SAC
Age: Adults
Fee: Member-$145 /  Non-Member-$155
Pre Registration & payment required Call 989-723-8354

6 Weeks of beginning to intermediate level pottery .  Various techniques of wheel throwing, hand building and glazing will be taught.  Bring your tools, a note book, an old towel and apron (optional).  Individual development is of primary importance.  Come experiment with clay!  Includes 25 lbs. Of clay, glazes and firings.  Pottery is more than just a pot…it’s an interaction between hands, clay, environment, and fire. In every bag of clay, there is a pot!  Dress for Mess! 

Evening Pottery on the wheel will follow for 6 weeks


Open Oil/Acrylic Painting & Open Drawing

Philip Ruehle, Artist/Instructor

( FYI: Acrylic Painters may join this group as well for instruction if oil paints and mineral spirits do not bother them)

When: Wednesdays,  January 10 – February 14, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

(6 Weeks)

Where: SAC
Age:   Adults
Fee: Member-$ 95/  Non-Member-$105

Pre Registration & payment required Call 989-723-8354

Receive one-on-one instruction while exploring the oil painting genre of your choice (still life, landscape, portraiture, non-objective abstract, etc.) This is a great opportunity to experiment with something new or improve upon something with which you currently find challenging.  Students will need to bring their own supplies. Acrylic or oil paints.  Drawing students are also welcome to receive one-on-one instruction.  Mineral spirits will be provided.  New 6 week session will follow.



Oil Painting by student, Marie Lauer                  Oil Painting by student Elaine Dobrowolski

“Souper Bowl Pottery” Sunday – February 4, 1pm – 2:30pm (This time is full)

an additional class at 3pm – 4:30pm still has some spaces available

$30 SAC member or $35 Non-member – Linda Ruehle, Instructor

If you have always wanted to try pottery on the wheel or just haven’t the time in your busy life for a 6 week class, this is for you!  This is a fun way to learn to “throw” pots on the wheel, with making two soup bowls that will be fired and you will come back on Sunday, February, 18 to glaze pottery.

Pottery is more than just a pot…it’s an interaction between hands, clay, environment, and fire!


Land, Sky & Water – Landscape Pastel Workshop with Tom Tomasek, (Current Exhibiting Artist at SAC Feb. 5 – March 11, 2018)

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Time: 10AM-4PM

Location: SAC

Cost: $95 SAC Member/$105 non-member

Pre Registration & payment required Call 989-723-8354

This workshop will focus on creating a captivating landscape painting with pastel. The process includes working on sanded pastel paper and utilizes odorless mineral spirits for building a strong under painting. Also covered, will be the importance of composition and focal point as well as the special considerations for framing finished pastel work. Tom’s art has received state, national and even international attention.  In 2013, Tom was one of 100 artists chosen from 3,000 applicants to be featured in Pastel Journal Magazine. That same year, he submitted a piece which was chosen for a book called Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.  Tom, along with three other artists, participated in a Japanese-U.S. art exchange program, which included workshops and exhibitions.

Materials needed:

  • Basic set of good quality pastels (not oil pastels)
  • Small drawing board to accommodate 9 x 12 paper (Masonite, plexi-glass or foam core board works well)
  • Masking tape
  • Paper towels
  • Inexpensive flat stiff bristle brush 1/2 inch – 1 inch width (dollar store!)
  • A variety of landscape photos
  • Sack lunch & water bottle (refrigerator available)
  • A willingness to get dirty…pastel can be messy!
  • Odorless mineral spirits will be provided
  • Purchase two sheets sanded pastel paper from instructor $2.50@


Watercolor Printmaking: Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock)      Artist/Instructor: Linda J. Beeman

Date: November 2-4

Time: 9am – 5pm

Cost: $310 SAC Member/$330 Non-member.  Annual individual or artist membership is $40

Materials Fee: $50, due to the artist on day 1 of the workshop – The $50 materials fee covers two 8 x 10 woodblocks, Japanese paper and use of instructor’s tools, pigment, miscellaneous supplies.   Additional supplies will be available for purchase. 

This is an intensive 3-day workshop that covers various aspects of the traditional and rare Japanese printmaking process – mokuhanga.  The process is versatile and differs from western (oil-based ink) woodblock in that it is water-based and non-toxic, using watercolor pigment, wood block, Japanese carving tools, rice paste and Japanese paper to create beautiful refined prints.  It is done entirely by hand without a printing press.  Each participant will learn how to design, carve and print an edition of multicolored woodblock prints.  They will learn the kento registration system.  At the end of the workshop, a print exchange will occur offering each student the opportunity to go home with a print from each of their classmates. Printmaking experience is not required.

Class size limited to 8

Pre Registration & payment required Call 989-723-8354










Previous workshops


Art a la Carte – Painted Pottery Square Snowman Cookie Plate – Wednesday, November 15, 6:30PM – 8:30PM – Fabulous and Fun results!

Reserve your place ASAP, so that adequate supplies are available

Bring your own snowman reference pics to work from or paint from your imagination.                   $30 SAC Member or $35 Non-member  Call (989) 723-8354 to register.


Beginning Fundamentals of Blacksmithing with Arthur Johns

When: TBA in Spring of 2018 (Usually late April)

Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM 
Arthur Johns’ Forge & Design Studio, north of Elsie
Adult (16+)
Pre-registration & payment required call (989) 723-8354

This 5 week course will offer a comprehensive, hands on, overview of the art of Blacksmithing.  Students will be introduced to basic forging and metal working techniques. These will include stock manipulation (both bar stock and sheet metal forming), basic tool making, traditional joinery and finishing techniques.  It will also offer insights into design development and execution.  Students will be making some of their own tools, functional objects and designing/building their own individual projects.  Students are required to furnish for themselves proper safety gear (safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves and appropriate footwear).   Arthur is an artist/blacksmith with a Master of Fine Arts degree and primarily works in forged iron or steel.

Next session will be in the Spring, usually late April


Previous classes/workshop

Calligraphy with Pointed Pen

Instructor: Barb Holmer

Dates: October 13, 20, 27, 1:30-4:30pm

Fee:  $65 Member/$70 Non-member

Calligraphy, or ‘Beautiful Writing’ adds a special touch to greetings and correspondences.  Learn or review the basics of using a pointed dip pen and then try your hand at writing in either modern or Copperplate styles of calligraphy.  Writing with colored ink on colored paper and approaches to design layout will be included.  Materials are provided for the class.


Calligraphy on Watercolor Paper – Barb Holmer, Instructor

Fridays, November 3 & 10, 1pm – 4pm

Intermediate, Advanced Levels

What could be more lovely than calligraphy on watercolor?! On the first day, students will learn a variety of watercolor painting techniques for creating textured color fields on card sized papers.  On the second day, students will review pointed pen calligraphy using colored inks and paints, then write greetings or poems on the unique papers you painted!  Previous experience with pointed pen calligraphy is recommended.  Nib holders and nibs will be available for use or purchase in class.  Watercolor materials, inks and paper will be provided.  $42 Member/$47 Non-member


The Creative Approach with Cindy Evans, Artist/Instructor

Thursday September 7 & Friday, September 8, 9:30AM – 3:30PM

When:  September 7 & 8
Where: SAC
Age: Adults
Fee: Member-$140 /  Non-Member-$155


Artists have a special gift, I think we all have unique voices and can speak through our work in wonderful ways. In response to the challenges and joys of creative expression, this workshop will explore some of the unusual creative techniques that can be used to enhance your painting experience.  Specifically, this workshop uses tea staining, imprinting and rice paper collage. Tea staining works much like the long time tradition of tie dying; but uses watercolor paper and tea.  It creates wonderful soft patterns that can be interpreted using imagination to find imagery and develop a painting.  Creating form, shape and texture with watercolor and collage also begins the process of creative discovery.  This second project begins with fun texturizing then relies on the individual artist’s vision to see and develop a painting.

In this workshop we will provide step-by-step instructions for artists who want to jump-start their creative process, walking through these techniques & exercises, and renewing the pursuit of the joy of painting.  So, if you are interested in this creative discovery, come and we’ll do some exploring together. $ 140 Member/$155  non-member

Botanical Sketchbook Studies in Watercolor with Barb Holmer, Artist/Instructor

Sundays, September 10, 17 & 24  1PM-4PM

Botanical Sketchbook Studies in Watercolor with Barb Holmer

Sundays, September 10, 17 & 24, 1PM – 4PM

Learn about the interesting details of plants and improve drawing skills while starting a botanical sketchbook.  This class will take you through the first steps of creating a botanical painting by developing preliminary drawings and color studies with watercolor in a sketchbook format.  Classes will be held outdoors as weather permits.  Plant material will be provided if needed. See web site for supply list.

$65 Member/$70 Non-member. 


Weave a Market Basket with Sue Collins

When:  Monday, October 23, 10am – 3pm (bring a sack lunch or snack – coffee and tea provided)
Where: SAC
Age: Adults
Fee: Member-$40 /  Non-Member-$45

Join us to create a functional market basket. This basket will be 10 x 6.5 x 5 inches high…10″ if you count the handle) and it has a filled bottom and wooden handle. Pre-payment and registration asap so that supplies will be on hand and cut for the project to weave.



Hand-Forged Copper Bracelet Workshop  with Diane Brake, Artist/Instructor

 When:  Saturday, September 9, 2017,4 PM   
Where: SAC
Age: Adults or High School 16yrs+
Fee: Member-$45 /  Non-Member-$55 + $10 material fee payable at registration

 Join us for a creative afternoon to learn basic metalsmithing skills using hand tools, a rolling mill and a flex shaft to make a beautiful copper bracelet  Some prior experience or have had the earring class, is recommended.  Age 16+ Minimum 4 students.


Hand-Forged Copper Earrings with Diane Brake, Artist/Instructor

Monday, August 28, 2017  5:30PM-8:30PM

When:  Monday, August 28 13, 2017, 5:30PM – 8:30PM  
Where: SAC
Age: Adults or High School 16yrs+
Fee: Member-$45 /  Non-Member-$55 + $5 material fee payable at registration

Join us for a creative evening to learn basic metalsmithing skills using hand tools, a rolling mill and a flex shaft to make beautiful copper earring with sterling silver ear wires.  No prior experience is necessary.  Minimum 4 students.




Thursday, May 4,  6-8pm – Pastel Landscapes with or without your pet or animal in the landscape

Participants of all levels are welcome!  No experience is necessary.   Join local, award winning, artist, Tom Tomasek, who has a contagious enthusiasm and passion for painting with pastels, while learning something educational and fun! (Bring reference landscape and creature photos) You are welcome to bring your favorite snacks.

$30 SAC Member/$35 Non-member. Call (989) 723-8354 to register. All supplies are included in this fee.


Join us for Sunrise Yoga along the River at SAC with Chrissy Schemenhauer, from Stretch

Saturday, July 15, 7AM – 8AM   Bring your mat for a energizing morning workout!

Call the Arts Center to register (989) 723-8354 –  cost: $5  (Should we have inclement weather, yoga will be held indoors at Stretch, 110 N. Washington Street)


Break the silence of your creativity with classes at SAC. We invite you to come explore and experiment with projects that are only limited by your imagination. Classes fill quickly, don’t wait too long to reserve your place in one of these creative easy-to-learn workshops.Walk-in registration is welcome between regular business hours of 1-5 pm Tuesday through Sunday. For mail-in registration, please send check with class information. Credit Card payments are also accepted. Fee must be paid at time of registration. Please register early. Ph. 723-8354

Please see “Workshops” for more offerings

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