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.


Colorful Calligraphy with Pointed Pen – Barb Holmer,Instructor  (2 weeks)

Friday, March 3 & 10, 1:30pm – 4:30PM

Colorful Calligraphy with Pointed Pen – Barb Holmer, Instructor. Friday, March 3 & 10, 1:30PM – 4:30PM.  Bring color into your calligraphy projects!  This class will focus on using different inks and paints to create colorful letters and flourishes with the pointed pen.  Materials are provided for the class. Students will also learn about marking and layout techniques for designs on colored paper.   Beginning and intermediate levels.       $57 Member/$67 Non-member.





Bead Embroidered Pendant Workshop by Sheryl Stephens, Cool Moon Creations

Friday, March 31,  11AM – 4PM

When:  Friday, March 31, 1pm – 4pm  
Where: SAC
Age: Adults
Fee: Member-$70 /  Non-Member-$75 (This includes the material fees)

Have you always admired these beautiful pieces of jewelry by Sheryl in the gallery?  Now you can learn the basic bead embroidery skills for surrounding a flat cabochon with beads, and then learn ways to embellish and finish with accent beads, creating a unique pendant.  Each student will work from a kit provided, using needle and special beading thread to attach small beads.  Although the materials in each kit will be the same, each student will use their own imagination in creating their pendant differently.  No prior beading knowledge or skill is required, but helpful.  Cost: Including kit: $70 SAC member/$75 Non-member. Things to bring: If you have a task light and magnifier.  There will be a limited number of these items at the workshop. Stop into the gallery to view many creations of Sheryl’s.


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

Saturday, April 1, 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.


Super Bowl Pottery with Linda Ruehle, Artist/Instructor   Sunday, February  5, 1PM – 3PM, 2017

This is great opportunity if you have always wanted to try out pottery, or if you don’t have time in your schedule for a six week class. Invite a friend and have fun creating a functional piece or two of pottery! Dress for mess!

When:  Sunday, February 5, 2017 1:00 PM – 3 PM & 3:30-5:30pm
Where: SAC
Age: High School/Adults
Fee: Member-$30 /  Non-Member-$35

Glazing Pottery:  Sunday, February 19, 1PM – 2PM
Pre Registration & payment required Call 989-723-8354


Beginning Fundamentals of Blacksmithing – with Arthur Johns


When: Tuesdays, April 2017 5:30PM – 8:30PM Dates TBA  
Where: Arthur Johns’ Forge & Design Studio, north of Elsie
Age: High School/Adults
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.  New classes scheduled in April 2017


Mark E. Mehaffey – Two Day Water Media Plein Air Workshop – Save the date!

Plein Air on the Shiawassee

Saturday &/or Sunday, June 10 & 11  9am – 4pm.

Join us for a two day Plein Air Boot Camp with an emphasis on Fun. Mark will give a short lesson each morning followed by both a morning and an afternoon demonstration. Most demonstration will be in acrylic but watercolor will also be included. All Water Media accepted.  Demonstrations will be along the beautiful Shiawassee River, Lunch on the Cottonwood Terrace! Short materials list will be provided at sign up.

The workshop cost will include  lunch both days.    Cost for SAC member: $ 200 Non-member $220.  For one day only $110 Member/$120 non-member.

Internationally recognized artist Mark E Mehaffey is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society; Dolphin Fellow, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America; Signature Life Member – Master Status, Watercolor West, the Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society; Signature Life Member, the International Society of Experimental Artists, Signature Life Member and the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

Mehaffey has won major awards in juried exhibitions internationally including the Silver Medal of Honor (twice) and the Arches Paper Co Award from the American Watercolor Society, the Beverly Green Memorial Purchase Award from the National Watercolor Society, M. Grumbacher Gold Medal from Allied Artists of America, the Skyledge Award from TWSA, Biennial Award from the Shanghai Zhoujiajiao International Biennial Watercolor Exhibition, Best of Show from the San Diego Watercolor Society and guest artist for the Salon De L’Aquarelle 2015, Antwerp, Belgium.

He wrote “Creative Watercolor Workshop”, published in 2005 and it was rereleased as “Creative Watercolor and Acrylic Workshop” in 2013 published by Northlight Publishing. Mark has also created twelve instructional videos. He has appeared in many publications. He was featured in “Masters of Watercolor” written by Konstantin Sterkhov and “Inspirations & Technical Breakthroughs: Secrets from the Contemporary International Watercolor Masters Volume 1” written by Zhou Tianya & Ruan Hoe.

Mehaffey’s paintings are included in corporate public and private collections including Blue Cross Blue Shield and The Arches Paper Co., USA. His work is included in the permanent collections of transparent watercolors at the Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan, the National Watercolor Museum of Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico, Quanhua Watercolor Art Gallery, Zhoujiajiao, China and the Dachong Art Gallery, Zhongshan, China.

Mark is a popular juror, workshop instructor and lecturer.


Supply List: Simple and easy and portable;  a warm and a cool of the primary color in BOTH watercolor and acrylic. Watercolor: hansa yellow light, gamboge, winsor red, alizarin crimson, thalo blue and ultra blue, its the same for acrylic except I sub cadmium yellow and cad. yellow dark for the yellows…and of course I add black and white. I’ll use a 9×12 or 12×18 block of watercolor paper (Arches) for watercolor and I use Raymar panels for acrylic…again mostly 9×12 in size, although sometimes smaller. Paper towels, a pencil and a water container round out my supplies. If you have a Plein Air easel, you may use it.  For two days 4-6 panels in the 9×12 size range should do.



   Class- Mark Mahaffey workshop lunch on terrace from Lula'sclass-Mark Mehaffey workshop May 2016 Gwen & Natalie




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