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
September 7 – Pottery on the Wheel – Turning eARTh into ART! Learn the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel and make two functional dinnerware. Students need to sign up for the next glazing session. This class is also offered on Friday, September 8, 4pm – 5:30pm. (Limited Class size)
September 14 – From Pepperoni to Painting – Using a white pizza box as your canvas! Brainstorm a theme for your box painting and then it can be a gift box, a special storage box for photos, an organizer, or wall art.
September 21 – Handbuilding Clay Sculptures – Basics of slab, coils, and pinching will be reviewed to design and construct our own ceramic sculpture. Students will need to sign up for the next glazing session. These ceramic pieces will be included in an exhibit at SAC in January.
September 28 – Collage Art – Collage is an open-ended art, both fun and versatile, allowing for free exploration of materials. Collage making can be very freeing for artists. Students will arrange, assemble, layer and glue materials together to create a masterpiece of their own.
October 5 – Happy Fall, Y’all! – Learn about floral design and create a fresh flower arrangement to take home. *Michelle Sparks of Shell Gardens’ from Morrice
October 12 – Annual Pumpkin Painting – Using your canvas in the round and acrylic paints, create a masterpiece for your front porch! Bring a box to carry your pumpkin home. Register early, so that there are plenty of pumpkins!
October 19 – Glazing Pottery – Put the finishing color on pottery created at September clay classes. Pottery will be fired a second time and available at the next class to pick up. Bring a box for your pottery. Also, Glazing on Friday, October 20, 4pm – 5:30pm.
Shading is crucial in drawing as it brings depth, dimension, and realism to the artwork. By skillfully manipulating light and shadow, artists can create the illusion of form and volume, making objects appear three-dimensional on a two-dimensional surface. *Kathryn Gehrs-Pahl will lead this fun, colored pencil drawing session
November 2 – Outer Space Art! – Mixed media painting of outer space, maybe you are curious about planets, aliens, astronauts…only your imagination is the limit!
November 9 – Thanksgiving Art to Share – with friends in assisted living communities in Owosso. There is no charge to participate, but pre-registration is required.
November 16 – Hoot, Hoot, Hooray! – Creating a 5″x5″ Glass Fused Owl tile that will be part of an exhibit in January at SAC. Whooose coming?
November 30 – Gingerbread House Creations – Annual class creating little graham cracker houses with an array of candy and frosting for a holiday decoration to be exhibited at the Children’s Holiday at the Center on Sunday, December 3rd.
Special Saturday, December 2 – 10am – 11:30am & 1pm – 2:30pm. Gingerbread House Creations – Annual class creating little graham cracker houses with an array of candy and frosting for a holiday decoration to be exhibited at the Children’s Holiday at the Center on Sunday, December 3rd.
December 7 – Gift Making Class – Annual class where students can create a piece of art to gift someone special!
December 14 – Watercolor Snowman – These wintery paintings will be part of an exhibit in January at SAC. *Julie Penfold, Artist/Instructor