Adult Classes

Check your coat and your every day life at the door… and learn something new at SAC!

Celebrate your passion!

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


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


Class Supply List:

2 pieces of Arches 140# Watercolor Paper (1/2 sheet or larger works best)

Brushes (ones you normally use and some for use with mask fluid)

Pipettes (if you have them)

Watercolors – variety, colors you like to use

Small containers or plastic plates for mixing paint

Masking fluid

Clear packing tape

Paper towels & an old hand towel

Tracing paper (Canson brand is wonderfully transparent)

Sketchbook and pencils

Reference materials for subjects you like to paint

Variety of materials to make textures: things like rug hooking or plastic canvas, cheesecloth, potato & onion sacks, clay kitty litter etc…

Rice Paper (a few to try if you have them)

Hair dryer

Gatorboard or something comparable (this is what I use to stretch my watercolor paper)

Stapler and staples to attach paper to gatorboard

Rock or weight (2-3lbs)

Other supplies I talk about during the workshop: Fluid acrylic & acrylic ink, drawing pens– feel free to bring some of these if you have them and want to try a few!


Open Oil/Acrylic Painting & Open Drawing  – Wednesdays (6 Weeks )

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, August 23-September 27  1:00PM – 3:30PM
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 session will follow.


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


Hand-Forged Copper Earrings with Diane Brake, Artist/Instructorclass-forged-earrings-diane

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.



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. 


Supply List:

  • Light weight folding chair or stool
  • Multi-media sketchbook (e.g.: Aquabee Superdeluxe, Strathmore 500 series Mixed Media
  • Mechanical pencil .5 or .7
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Small folding or travel palette
  • Round watercolor brush*: size 4, 5 or 6 with good point
  • OR small or medium water brush
  • Small water container (e.g.: containers from Talenti sorbet or gelato are perfect)
  • Old, clean sock top
  • Watercolors*if you have them
  • *Watercolors and brushes will be available to use in class if you don’t already have them


Beginning fundamentals of Blacksmithing with Arthur Johns

When: Thursdays, August 10-eptember 7
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.


 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 beautiful copper earring with sterling silver ear wires.  Some prior experience or earring class experience recommended.  Minimum 4 students.


 Mud in the Morning – Pottery on the Wheel & Handbuilding in clay (6 weeks)                                                     _

Instructor: Linda Ruehle

When: Tuesday,  September 12 – October 24 (no class on Oct. 17)

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.  In every bag of clay, there is a pot!  Dress for Mess! 

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Seams Simple- Denim Bracelet Workshop with Sheryl Stephens, Artist/Instructor

When:  Saturday, October 14, 2017, Noon-4PM   
Where: SAC
Age: 10 through Adult
Fee: Member-$30 /  Non-Member-$33

 Join us for a creative afternoon to create a denim bracelet with seed bead embellishments. Includes material of beads, button and charms. (Color and styles will vary.)  Denim strips will be provided to be cut to size in class.  Tools needed for creating will be available to use in class.



On the Fringe Beaded Bracelet Workshop with Sheryl Stephens, Artist/Instructor

When:  Thursday, October 26,, 2017,11am -4 PM   (bring a sack lunch – coffee and tea provided)
Where: SAC
Age: Adults
Fee: Member-$40 /  Non-Member-$45

 Join us for a creative day to learn a technique for basic stringing and seed bead fringe embellishment. All materials provided. (Colors and styles will vary.) Tools needed will be available during workshop. This will be the perfet holiday dress up accessory!








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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