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!
RSVP to (989) 723-8354
October 1 – Autumn monotype – with Jan Johnson of Perry. Jann is currently exhibiting her clay sculptures, paintings and a Monotype at the Shiawassee Arts Center. Water soluble blockprinting inks will be used with an acrylic printing plate and mono indicates one print will be pulled from the printing plate. Think small pumpkins, gourds, and fall flowers as subject matter. Come early and view the exhibit in the gallery! Dress for mess!
October 15 – Blue Bird of Happiness – Painting in Acrylic with Artist/Instructor Rich Tesner of Flushing. Rich is also a featured artist in the current exhibit at the Shiawassee Arts Center. Learn a few new acrylic painting techniques while celebrating the Blue Bird! Come early to view the exhibit in the gallery!
October 29 – Open Studio – Open studio time to finish a previous project or experiment with watercolor or acrylic on your own. There will be a studio instructor available, but not necessarily the instructor from your project day. When registering, mention what project you plan to work on. Angela Hamilton, Artist/Instructor
RSVP to (989) 723-8875
October 9 – Chickadee with a Pumpkin Watercolor Painting – One of our favorites to paint is the black capped Chickadee, a small non-migratory songbird. Linda Van Cise, Artist/Instructor
October 23 – Pears in Acrylic – A single still life can dazzle and delight! Cézanne and Monet both painted pears in Paris! More lessons in color mixing! Karreen Bird, Artist/Instructor
RSVP to (517) 625-4270
October 3 – Glazing Clay Leaf Dish – Put the finishing touch on the clay leaf bowls created at the September Class. Leaves will be fired a second time and ready for pick up at the next October Morrice class. Linda Ruehle, Artist/Instructor.
October 17 – Let’s Celebrate Fall! – Create a Fall Ribbon Wreath for your door. It starts with a simple idea! Linda Van Cise, Artist/Instructor.
Instructor: Linda Beeman
When: March 22-24, 2019
Age Level: Adult
Fee: Member-$ 310/ Non-Member-$330
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!
Material 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.
Instructor: Philip Ruehle, MFA, Artist/Instructor
When: Six Week Class, March 5 – April 9
Age Level: Adult
Fee: Member-$115 / Non-Member-$125
Pre Registration & payment required: Call 989-723-8354
This course will serve as an introduction to various painting techniques, methods and materials. The focus will be placed on still–life and landscape when developing both single and multiple session paintings. Students may choose to work in either oil or acrylic. Class will consist of numerous demos and one-on-one instruction.
Optional: Viridian Green
Stand Oil (if working in oil)
Slow drying medium (if working in acrylic)
Assortment of flbert brushes
Canvas or panel (x4) 11 x 14
Palette knife (metal is preferred over plastic)
Small glass jar (for oil painters)
Medium to large plastic or glass jar (acrylic painters)