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.

Hoopla Earrings Workshop by Sheryl Stephens, Cool Moon Creations 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017  Noon-4PM

When:  Wednesday, June 21, 2017,  Noon-5pm  
Where: SAC
Age: Adults or High School 16yrs+
Fee: Member-$40 /  Non-Member-$45

Learn to create a cute pair of earrings (or complete ONE for a simple pendant) using  brick  and peyote stitch techniques.  The SIZE of the hoop will be small, thus allowing technique to be learned and completing at least one during class session.  No beading experience required.  KIT of beads, hoops & all metal findings included.  Thread & tools will be provided for use DURING class.         $40 Member/$45 Non-member


Beginning Fundamentals of Blacksmithing – with Arthur Johns


When: Thursdays, June 15 – July 13, 2017 5:30PM – 8:30PM  
Where: Arthur Johns’ Forge & Design Studio, north of Elsie

Age: Adults/High School Students
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 Earrings with Diane Brake, Artist/Instructorclass-forged-earrings-diane

Thursday, July 13, 2017  5:30PM-8:30PM

When:  Thursday, July 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 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.  No prior experience is necessary.  Minimum 4 students.


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!



Next 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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