Shiawassee Arts Center is just one of 6 Michigan locations that were selected to host the Water/Ways exhibit from the Smithsonian’s Think Water project. Water/Ways will be making its rounds around the state of Michigan from June 2018 through April 2019, stopping at each site for a six-week period. It will be featured at SAC from February 23 – April 7, 2019.

Water/Ways and its companion exhibition, H2O Today, are core components of the Smithsonian’s Think Water project. Think Water offers an opportunity to explore water from both scientific and cultural perspectives through a variety of programmatic opportunities. This unique project combines the two Smithsonian exhibitions with educational activities and digital story-collection initiatives with the deep programmatic expertise of state humanities councils. The project offers the Smithsonian’s state partners an opportunity to feature not just a traveling exhibition, but also a wide array of programs to maximize interest in water. Check out more photos from the Sanibel, Florida exhibition here.

Water/Ways is funded by Michigan Humanities Council and The National Endowment for the Humanities and sponsored by WATTS.


SMARTS (Shiawassee Mobile ARTS for Seniors) provides hands-on experiences in artistic creation to dozens of Shiawassee County seniors each month allowing them to express themselves, include them in the community and improve their quality of life. Click the link to check out our upcoming SMARTS classes near you!


Instructor: Sue Collins, of Saginaw
When: Thursday, September 20 10am-2pm
Age Level: Adult
Fee: Member-$ 30/  Non-Member-$35

Join us to weave a utility basket. Begin a wonderful journey using natural materials, while keeping an old art/craft alive!  We are excited to offer another basket weaving class with Sue. This project is appropriate for all levels of weavers from beginning to more experienced.  Our studio space is wheelchair accessible. Learn to make functional baskets for your home, for family or just for fun with a friend! Coffee and tea available!  Bring a snack or sack lunch.


Instructor: Linda Ruehle, SAC Arts Education Director
When: Tuesdays, September  11 –  October 23 (no class on October 16.) 10:30AM – 1:30pm
Age Level: Adult
Fee: Member-$145 /  Non-Member-$155
Pre Registration & payment required: Call 989-723-8354



Come experiment with clay!

Six weeks of beginning to intermediate level pottery. Various techniques of wheel throwing, hand-building and glazing will be taught. Bring your tools, a notebook, an old towel and apron (optional). Individual development is of primary importance. Includes 25 lbs.of clay, glazes, and firing. Dress for mess!


Instructor: Carol Trojanowski
Age Level: Adult
Skill Level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Course
When: Sunday, October 14, Noon – 4pm
Cost: $80 SAC Member/$85 Non-member

Create a raw edge fused mini art quilt using a photograph for inspiration. Learn about fabric selection, cutting, applying, and fusing quilts to quilt sandwich. Free motion stitching will be demonstrated.Supply list, directions, demonstration, tips and support provided throughout session. 4 hours for a 7×9″ quilt matted on 11×14″ mat board.




Supplies needed:

1. Fabrics in colors of choice – consider values of color when selecting. Choose
various shades and values of blue, green, aqua/turquoise, and brown, black,
tan, gray. Batiks are wonderful as they have so much variety in them.
Participants often share fabrics to extend the color choices. You do not need a
big piece of any of the fabrics.

2. Scissors – straight and curved embroidery scissors if you have any

3. Glue sticks – any kind will do, just not the purple

4. Pencil and sharpie

5. Polyester or rayon embroidery threads for free motion stitching

6. Cutting mat

7. Rotary cutter

8. Sewing machine for free motion stitching

9. Teflon ironing sheet or parchment paper

10. Long handled tweezers

11. Sewing machine needles

12. Darning foot or free motion foot

13. Iron and ironing surface

14. NOTE: Free motion stitching is a skill that enhances the pictures. Pictures can be finished without it if desired.


Instructor: Barb Holmer, BFA
Age Level: Adult
Skill Level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
When: Friday, September 7,  1pm – 4pm
Cost: $20 Member/$25 Non-Member



Learn how to create calligraphic letters without a special holder or nib! Using markers and colored pencils you can write in any style on a variety of surfaces.  Students will work on several small projects to make and take. Materials will be provided.

Cost of Supplies: $10



When: Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30 PM (*unless otherwise noted)
Cost: $10 Member/$12 Non-member per class (*unless otherwise noted)
Student annual membership $20 or $50 Family Membership
Pre-registration and payment required.


September 13

Play In Clay – Create a Pokémon Poké ball or favorite sports ball in clay and make a secret lidded bowl to hold treasures. It could also be a cupcake creation! (Requires Glazing class to finish.)




September 20

Kids at the Wheel! – Learn to make functional dinnerware…bowls or plates. (Requires Glazing class to finish.)



*Teens at the Wheel – Class time is 6pm – 7:30pm. Learn to make functional dinnerware…bowls or plates. This class is intended  for middle and high school students. (Requires Glazing class to finish.)




September 27

Jack-O-Lantern in Clay – Work with a slab of clay to create a fall decoration that you light up with a tea light. (Requires Glazing class to finish.)




October 4

Exploratory Watercolor Painting – Using tape resist, hot glue, and salt with several types of papers to discover new possibilities for awesome designs.




October 11

Glazing Pottery Class – Put the finish on your clay pieces. Pottery will be fired a second time and available to pick up the next week at class.



*Teen Glazing Class – Class time is 6pm – 7:30pm. Put the finish on your clay pieces. Pottery will be fired a second time and available to pick up the next week at class. This class is intended for middle and high school students.




Did you ever wonder if that family heirloom collecting dust could actually be worth something?  Well, the Shiawassee Arts Center will be offering the public a chance to find out.


On Saturday, September 22 from 10am-3pm, appraisers from DuMouchelles Fine Arts Auctioneers and Estate Appraisers in Detroit will be on hand to evaluate collectibles, jewelry, antiques and more at the Arts Center. These are the same appraisers who have appeared on the popular Antiques Roadshow.


Appointments are not needed — items will be evaluated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Numbers will be given out.  The cost for Arts Center members is $5 per item and $10 for non-members —up to three items. Become a SAC member and save! This fundraiser will take place outside the Arts Center under a tent and seating will be provided.  Guests will also be encouraged to explore the exhibits inside the Arts Center.


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