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Mixed Media Van Gogh Style

Jan. 15,  1:00-4:00pm  Mary Jane Erard, whose work is currently displayed in our gallery, will teach how to use mixed media with pastels.  You’ll be able to try pumice paste for texture, oil and soft pastels with acrylic paint and watercolors!! Her work is a testament to the complimentary nature of these media.  Mary Jane has an ample supply of resource photos of Van Gogh style images. $40 includes all materials. Class limited to 6 students for social distancing.

Intro to Art

Jan. 7, TH, 7:00-9:00pm  Learn by doing; in this 5 week class you will learn to:

  • Make bad art and survive (essential)
  • Make better art and enjoy practicing (crucial)
  • Use 5 media; acrylic, watercolor and oil paints, charcoal, and pastels
  • See the results of composition, line, color and value

Even if you don’t become a prolific artist, you will earn an enhanced appreciation of art in general AND learn why art is such an engaging activity or hobby. 

Watercolor Painting

Nov. 10, 7:00-9:00pm.  This 5 week class will teach you how to use this unique medium. It’s a bit unpredictable with a lot lovely results. Don’t miss this magical art experience. Elayna Alexandra, an experienced and creative teacher, can guide beginners to advanced students. Social distancing limits seats to 6. $140

Acrylic Painting Step by Step

Nov. 4,  6:30-8:30pm   Liz Frankland, award winning artist, will demonstrate each week, the next steps toward developing a painting over 5 weeks; blocking in shapes in monotone values, adding the color story, editing details.  Students will create a painting of a figure in a room; a visual story.  Registered students will receive a materials list. Due to social distancing requirements, this class is limited to 6 students and two classes are being offered, Mondays and Wednesdays. 


November 6 & 13, 12:00-2:00pm  This ceramic event* is a 2 part class; during the first class, students will use an armature form to create a mug out of clay slabs. If time allows, students can also use cookie cutter shapes (see Michigan Style in photo) to add extra elements of design to their artwork. During the second class, after their piece has been fired, the students can glaze their art.  One method is to paint a piece of bubble wrap with colored slip, press bubble wrap onto their mug to create a visual texture.

Articipate is happy to welcome Vanessa Lipson to teach us ceramics.  Stay tuned for more ceramic events.

Drawing for ages 10-14

Sep. 28, 2020.   5 Week Drawing Class.   Liz Frankland will take students through drawing exercises to build motivation, skills and confidence.  This class will be followed with a 5 week class in painting. Mondays, 4:00pm- 5:30pm. All materials provided. $140. We’ll maintain 8 ft of social distancing.  6 seats available.

Acrylic Painting Class

Wednesdays,  9/16-10/14, 6:30-8:30pm   For the beginner to advanced skill levels:Learn how to paint more loosely but accurately with confidence in this five-week painting class.  We will focus on painting a figure within an interior space inspired by the 1958 movie “Indiscreet” with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant.  Classic movies have a visual style that translates nicely into representational paintings in the tradition of Edward Hopper.

Liz Frankland will combine demonstrations, one on one instruction and positive encouragement. Fundamental skills about composition, color, value and brushwork will be demonstrated step by step each week until the painting is complete.  We will work from the same image and learn the process and problem-solving of creating a painting.