Adult Workshops

  Release 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.   Registration fee must be pre paid so register early.  Call 989-723-8354.


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


Beginning Fundamentals of Blacksmithing with Arthur Johns

When: Tuesdays, October 10, 17, 24 (skip Oct. 31) November 7 & 14

Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM     NEXT SESSION IN SPRING OF 2018
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.




 Past workshops

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






Special SAC Art a la Carte Art Party – “Pets with a Twist!” – Tom Tomasek, Artist/Instructor

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


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

Saturday, DTA 2017 Noon – 4PM

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 afternoon using basic metalsmithing skills, hand tools, a rolling mill and a flex shaft to make a beautiful copper bracelet. Prior experience is necessary; forged earring class recommended. Minimum 4 students.

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