Children in our community are one of our biggest priorities at the Shiawassee Arts Center (SAC). We offer a variety of classes and workshops for grade school students after school, homeschoolers, scouts, church groups, and 4-H Clubs. Classes can be arranged to earn badges or just for the students’ enjoyment and artistic enrichment.
Our simple, hands-on multi-media classes vary from painting and drawing to mosaics and pottery. Purchase an annual SAC membership for your child ($20) or the entire family ($50) and receive discounts on classes. If you would like to arrange a class for your group, please contact us.
Thursday after-school classes run from 4pm – 5:30pm. Classes are $10 for SAC members and $12 for guests!
Check out our upcoming youth classes below.
Instructors are Linda Ruehle – Arts Education Director, Cora Walby – Arts Education Director, Brian Bruff – SAC Board Member, and Class Instructors otherwise noted*
$10 SAC Member/$12 Guest Student annual memberships are $20
February 1, 8, & 15 – Paper Mache’ Under the Sea Creatures – For the Celebration of Youth Art Month at Wendy’s Restaurant in the month of March. Students must be able to attend all three sessions to finish this project. Please plan and research the creature that you prefer to create, so that you can get right at it in class. The third class will be painting your creature. This is a messy, but fun process, so dress for mess! *$20 for Member/$24 for Guests. Three classes for the price of two!
February 29 – Leap Day Art! We love a good reason to celebrate, and leap day definitely fits the bill. Every four years, we add an extra day to our calendar to keep it in line with the Earth’s natural movement around the sun. In February, an infamously short month, gets an extra 24 hours.
March 7 – Clay Masks Join us as we make decorative clay masks! Masks will be a design of the artist’s own creation that will utilize introductory clay handbuilding techniques discussed in class. Note that masks created are not intended to be worn of the artists’ face, and will need to be glazed during the April 11 glazing class, and can be picked-up after the second kiln firing.
March 14 – Pi Day Clay Collage Using Number Cutout of Clay (Pizza pie for a snack). It’s Pi Day! Celebrate this mathematical constant number by making your favorite number out of clay. This class will focus on adding textures and dimensions to handbuilding projects. Pieces will need to be glazed at the April 11 Glazing Class and can be picked-up after the second kiln firing.
March 21 – Easter Card Creating for Assisted Living Residents (no fee for this class). Help drive out the winter blues for people in assisted living facilities throughout Shiawassee County as we assemble and decorate Spring and Easter cards for them.
March 28 – Mono Printing – This workshop will explore several types of printmaking. This is a good technique for creating spontaneous and expressive print work. Multi colors, water-based ink is used for monoprints. A monoprint means one print, but sometimes we can get a good second ghost print. A roller (brayer) applies the ink evenly over a printing sheet. We will also carve simple, foam printing plates to create multiple greeting cards. Prints will need to dry and be picked-up a few days later. Workshop runs from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $15 for Members and $20 for Guests.
April 4 – Frieseke Inspired Painting – Help us celebrate the 150th birthday of Owosso’s own Impressionist painter, Frederick C. Frieseke. Each artist will be painting their own interpretation of one of Frieseke’s paintings as we learn a little about him and his impressionist style during class.
April 11 – Glazing Clay Projects – Put the finish on the clay pieces created in the March classes. Pottery will be kiln fired and available at the next class for pick-up.
April 18 – Mystery Bag Art – Use what’s in your mystery bag to create your original piece of art!
April 25 – Texture Techniques in Watercolor – After Experimenting with different textures, students will create two small paintings using several of their favorite techniques. Juile Penfold. Artist/Instructor
May 2 – Mother’s Day Painting – Acrylic on a 6 x 6 inch wrap around canvas, which will not require a frame. Card making, if time permits.