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.

Watercolor Painting: 5 weeks

October 6, 7:00-8:30pm  Join us for a 5-week watercolor class that will on existing beginner experience in art, (watercolor experience not required) explore the breadth of what watercolor offers. We will learn about tools, paint, techniques, and get to practice these in many different ways. We will explore all the basics, as well as more advanced skills (for students who are read) including washes, blocking, veiling, painting from observation, and more. A materials list will be sent to registered students.

Instructor, Elayna Alexandra has over 20 years of art experience, has shown in the Smithsonian and around the Nation exhibiting mixed media work. Watercolor is her favorite medium because of its versatility and forgiveness. “Art should be fun and is a lovely opportunity for heartfelt expression.”

Class size is limited to 6 students to maintain social distancing. Masks required. Tuesadys beginning Oct. 6, 5 weeks.


Art Exhibition: Lockdown!

(Online Gallery Here)

Finding beauty in the mundane

and inspiration out of boredom

Liz Frankland’s paintings, set in the mid 20th century, convey human isolation and a longing for togetherness with additional themes of travel and progress. The slow pace of days during lock down lead to further refinement of a salient feature of her work; the fine line between accuracy and expressiveness.

Ron Shelton’s craftsmanship has transformed what’s on-hand materials into sculptural art with a musical theme.

This exhibition is viewable in Articipate’s gallery by appointment.  (248-812-9022)

A closing reception for the artists will take place on Friday, August 14th, 6:00-8:00pm. 

Intro to Art

August 10, 2020  7:00-9:00pm

Introduce yourself to the many media for art making…before you go shopping for supplies! Learn the basics of value, composition, color theory and line while finding the value of self expression. You’ll learn by doing in a small (6) safe class.

Intro to Art

July 6, 7:00-9:00pm.  Explore five media in five weeks, without having to buy tools and supplies.  This is your chance to experiment and find your preferred method of self expression while learning key elements of art; color, line, composition, perspective.  This class is limited to 6 students during the pandemic. $135.