Classes & Workshops

COVID-19 Guidelines for Art Classes/Workshops:

  • Please don’t come to class if you are sick, have been feeling ill, or have come in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

  • Class sizes have been reduced to allow for sufficient physical distancing. 

  • We ask you to wash or sanitize your hands upon entry.

  • Please check-in with instructor upon arrival.

  • Face Masks are recommended for those not vaccinated.

Youth Scholarships Available !

ALL classes & workshops are held in our garden level art studio accessible by stairs only unless otherwise noted.

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Beginner Watercolor Class
with Megan Swoyer:
Hummingbird Beebalm

Wednesday, MAY 25, 2022             FULL 

Time:    10am - Noon
PRE-REGISTER BY:  May 18, 2022

     
CLASS FEE:   
$ 40 for Non-Members
$ 36 for Members

 

FORMAT:  IN-PERSON

Adult beginner watercolorists will enjoy creating “Hummingbird’s Beebalm.” Students will learn/apply everything from wet-into-wet techniques to creating both lost and found edges. A whir of activity will be captured with splashes and splatters that complement the more detailed bright beebalm flower that attracts the tiny winged beauty.

Participants bring their own supplies or order from Megan! 

 

DOWNLOAD SUPPLY LIST


NOTE: Students can order them from her source and receive a 15% discount directly from Megan. The kits are around $22 and include paint, palette, brushes, paper and more. They can be shipped to your door or brought to your class. Contact Megan at megan@waterloogroup.com.


ABOUT Megan Swoyer

 

Space is limited and Pre-Registration is required.

Minimum # of Participants to hold class = 4

Maximum # of Participants = 12

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Beginner Watercolor Class
with Megan Swoyer:
Gerbera Daisy Pop!

Thursday, MAY 26, 2022             FULL 

Time:    10am - Noon
PRE-REGISTER BY:  May 19, 2022

     
CLASS FEE:   

$ 40 for Non-Members

$ 36 for Members

FORMAT:  IN-PERSON

Adult beginner  watercolorists will capture a bright pink gerbera daisy and its many cycles, from bud to semi-bloom to full bloom! We’ll dive into various leaf techniques, showcase layers of petals, and capture the subtle nuances of the flower’s bud. We’ll be using wet-into-wet techniques as well as wet-into-dry. 

Participants bring their own supplies or order from Megan! 

DOWNLOAD SUPPLY LIST


NOTE:  Students can order them from her source and receive a 15% discount directly from Megan. The kits are around $22 and include paint, palette, brushes, paper and more. They can be shipped to your door or brought to your class. Contact Megan at megan@waterloogroup.com.


ABOUT Megan Swoyer

 

Space is limited and Pre-Registration is required.

Minimum # of Participants to hold class = 4

Maximum # of Participants = 12

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EAT BEAUTIFUL COOKING CLASS
with Rafina Grove:
Borsch Soup!

Thursday, MAY 26, 2022

Time:    6 - 8pm
PRE-REGISTER BY:  MAY 24, 2022

     
CLASS FEE:   
$ 40 for Non-Members
$ 36 for Members

 

FORMAT:  IN-PERSON

"Eat Beautiful" cooking classes with Rafina Grove!
Rafina has a passion for cooking and the art of presentation along with a love of sharing a dish together.
You will learn and create a simple Borsch soup recipe, presentation, and different cultural foods and experiences.

All materials and supplies included and no experience necessary!  

Feel free to bring a beverage of your choice.
This is a simple cooking class focusing on presentation and taking your time to enjoy other's company. 
Food brings us together!


ABOUT RAFINA coming soon...

 

Space is limited and Pre-Registration is required.

Minimum # of Participants to hold class = 3

Maximum # of Participants = 8

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BLOOMING ART WORKSHOP
with Cristi Ellen Zarvas &
Wendy McWhorter 

Tuesday, JUNE 7, 2022

Time:    5 - 7:30pm
PRE-REGISTER BY:  June 1, 2022

     
CLASS FEE:   

$ 150 for Non-Members

$ 135 for Members

FORMAT:  IN-PERSON

Join local artist Wendy McWhorter and floral designer CristiEllen Zarvas, owner of Fresh Cut Design, for an exciting evening bridging two creative disciplines. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll be invited to design a seasonally-inspired floral centerpiece and then use your arrangement as a subject for your very own watercolor painting.  

 

In this introductory workshop, Cristi will present basic design principles and tools used in modern floral design while exploring concepts of color theory, sustainability, as well as floral care. Drawing inspiration from the arrangements, Wendy will then guide workshop participants in watercolor painting a floral montage based on the arrangement.
This workshop includes all materials and tools.
No prior painting or floral experience required.
Each participant will leave with a floral arrangement, a painting, and the knowledge to replicate your creations at home!


ABOUT CristiEllen & Wendy

 

Space is limited and Pre-Registration is required.

Minimum # of Participants to hold class = 6

Maximum # of Participants = 12

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EAT BEAUTIFUL COOKING CLASS
with Rafina Grove:
FISH DISH

Thursday, JUNE 9, 2022

Time:    6 - 8pm
PRE-REGISTER BY:  JUNE 6, 2022

     
CLASS FEE:   
$ 40 for Non-Members
$ 36 for Members

 

FORMAT:  IN-PERSON

"Eat Beautiful" cooking classes with Rafina Grove!
Rafina has a passion for cooking and the art of presentation along with a love of sharing a dish together.
You will learn and create a simple FISH dish, presentation, and different cultural foods and experiences.

All materials and supplies included and no experience necessary!  

Feel free to bring a beverage of your choice.
This is a simple cooking class focusing on presentation and taking your time to enjoy other's company. 
Food brings us together!


ABOUT RAFINA coming soon...

 

Space is limited and Pre-Registration is required.

Minimum # of Participants to hold class = 3

Maximum # of Participants = 8

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LANDSCAPE OIL PAINTING
with
Dirk Martin

Tuesday, JUNE 23, 2022

Time:    1 - 4pm
PRE-REGISTER BY:  June 17, 2022

     
CLASS FEE:   

$ 150 for Non-Members

$ 135 for Members

FORMAT:  IN-PERSON

Local artist Dirk Martin will guide you through the principles of landscape oil painting!

Designed for the novice, in this class you will create a landscape painting from start to finish using impressionist techniques. Martin's approach also includes the following:  

Ambient and New Age Music - Genres of music that emphasize tone and atmosphere evoking a sense of calm or contemplation intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation and optimism.

Epicureanism - An ancient school of philosophy for living a mindful, uncomplicated life that stresses the lifelong search for lasting pleasure and minimizing pain.


Each student will work with a 20 x 30" canvas and oil paints. 
All supplies provided!
  Cotton canvas, oil paints, brushes, and palette knife.
No prior painting experience required.
Each participant will leave with a painting and the knowledge of basic impressionistic painting principles to continue creating at home!


ABOUT Dirk Martin

 

Space is limited and Pre-Registration is required.

Minimum # of Participants to hold class = 4

Maximum # of Participants = 12

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COPPER STAMPING 
JEWELRY CLASS
with Courtney Fischer Uhrick

Saturday, JUNE 25, 2022

Time:    10am - 12:30pm
PRE-REGISTER BY:  June 20, 2022

     
CLASS FEE:   

$ 70 for Non-Members

$ 63 for Members

FORMAT:  IN-PERSON

Copper Stamping Workshop with Courtney Fischer Uhrick!

Time to get crafty with copper, hammers, patina, chain, and beads.

Create your own personalized jewelry using letter stamps, texture hammers, and more.

During this make and take workshop you will create two of your own unique pieces.

Everyone will create two pieces- two pairs of earrings, two necklaces, or one of each!

No experience necessary.


ABOUT Courtney

 

Space is limited and Pre-Registration is required.

Minimum # of Participants to hold class = 7

Maximum # of Participants = 15

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2-DAY WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP
with
Bruce & Nancy Neville

JULY 19 & 20, 2022
Tuesday & Wednesday

Time:    9:30am - 4pm
PRE-REGISTER BY:  July 12, 2022

     
CLASS FEE:   

$ 300 for Non-Members

$ 270 for Members
$ 50 non-refundable deposit will hold your spot. Balance due morning of workshop.

FORMAT:  IN-PERSON

Artists Bruce Allan Neville and Nancy Nordloh Neville!
This 2 day watercolor workshop is perfect for novice/beginners to experienced.
Learn to paint with clear clean color with freshness and spontaneity. 

Day 1 - Nancy starts by walking you through a demonstration of a floral composition with live flowers. After which students have the rest of the day to explore and creates their own.

Day 2 - Bruce will focus on architectural painting with his demonstration.
Students then create their own watercolors. 

Each day Bruce and Nancy work with students individually at their own pace, guiding them through principles of composition, color, design, edges.

Students bring their own supplies & materials.
Download SUPPLY LIST

ABOUT Bruce & Nancy

 

Space is limited and Pre-Registration is required.

Minimum # of Participants to hold class = 6

Maximum # of Participants = 12

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ALCOHOL INK
NOTE CARDS
with
Julie Tibus

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Time:    10am - 12:30pm
PRE-REGISTER BY:  July 29, 2022

     
CLASS FEE:   

$ 68 for Non-Members

$ 61 for Members

FORMAT:  IN-PERSON

Join local artist Julie Tibus and experience a new or different art medium!

A great way to introduce people to the art of alcohol ink is through easy rewarding art projects! 

What is Alcohol Ink?

The term Alcohol Ink has several meanings. On the one hand, it stands for the painting material used, i.e. the alcohol ink itself. On the other hand, it is also a term for the fluid painting technique used. Like so many other trends, this one originated in America. While this method is still relatively unknown, Alcohol Ink is already experiencing a real hype in America. As the name suggests, Alcohol Ink inks consist of a very large part of alcohol mixed with color pigments.

Alcohol has the property to evaporate very quickly, which has some advantages with this painting technique. The colors dry very quickly due to the evaporation of the alcohol. However, even dried ink can be “revived”, so to speak, if pure alcohol or fresh ink is added. In this way, the painting can be changed at a later date, for example by adding new colors. This possibility is not available with acrylic paints, for example.
-fluid-painting.com


Make beautiful personalized note cards from your own original alcohol ink paintings. You choose the colors and learn to make gorgeous abstracts, flowers, and landscapes. Then put them into cards and stamp your message or leave blank.
Each person will get to make 5 cards (with envelopes).
This workshop includes all materials and tools.
No prior  experience necessary!


ABOUT  Julie

 

Space is limited and Pre-Registration is required.

Minimum # of Participants to hold class = 5

Maximum # of Participants = 15

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ALCOHOL INK
JEWELRY CLASS
with
Julie Tibus

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Time:    5 - 7pm
PRE-REGISTER BY:  July 30, 2022

     
CLASS FEE:   

$ 99 for Non-Members

$ 89 for Members

FORMAT:  IN-PERSON

Join local artist Julie Tibus and experience a new or different art medium!

A great way to introduce people to the art of alcohol ink is through easy rewarding art projects! 

What is Alcohol Ink?

The term Alcohol Ink has several meanings. On the one hand, it stands for the painting material used, i.e. the alcohol ink itself. On the other hand, it is also a term for the fluid painting technique used. Like so many other trends, this one originated in America. While this method is still relatively unknown, Alcohol Ink is already experiencing a real hype in America. As the name suggests, Alcohol Ink inks consist of a very large part of alcohol mixed with color pigments.

Alcohol has the property to evaporate very quickly, which has some advantages with this painting technique. The colors dry very quickly due to the evaporation of the alcohol. However, even dried ink can be “revived”, so to speak, if pure alcohol or fresh ink is added. In this way, the painting can be changed at a later date, for example by adding new colors. This possibility is not available with acrylic paints, for example.
-fluid-painting.com


Make stunning art jewelry from your very own alcohol ink abstracts. We start by
mixing blending and adding metallics to 4 - 5 pieces of art paper using bold and beautiful alcohol inks. Each participant will get to use these to create 3 distinct pieces of jewelry. Choose from pendant settings, earring, and rings. Includes chains.
All supplies included - student makes 3-pieces of jewelry to take home.
No prior experience necessary!


ABOUT  Julie

 

Space is limited and Pre-Registration is required.

Minimum # of Participants to hold class = 5

Maximum # of Participants = 15

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ALCOHOL INK
SUCCULENT PLANTERS
with
Julie Tibus

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Time:    5 - 7pm
PRE-REGISTER BY:  August 6, 2022

     
CLASS FEE:   

$ 99 for Non-Members

$ 89 for Members

FORMAT:  IN-PERSON

Join local artist Julie Tibus and experience a new or different art medium!

A great way to introduce people to the art of alcohol ink is through easy rewarding art projects! 

What is Alcohol Ink?

The term Alcohol Ink has several meanings. On the one hand, it stands for the painting material used, i.e. the alcohol ink itself. On the other hand, it is also a term for the fluid painting technique used. Like so many other trends, this one originated in America. While this method is still relatively unknown, Alcohol Ink is already experiencing a real hype in America. As the name suggests, Alcohol Ink inks consist of a very large part of alcohol mixed with color pigments.

Alcohol has the property to evaporate very quickly, which has some advantages with this painting technique. The colors dry very quickly due to the evaporation of the alcohol. However, even dried ink can be “revived”, so to speak, if pure alcohol or fresh ink is added. In this way, the painting can be changed at a later date, for example by adding new colors. This possibility is not available with acrylic paints, for example.   -fluid-painting.com


Make 3 Alcohol Ink Succulent Planters:
Use alcohol inks to create your own set of small succulent planters. Choose your favorite colors then learn to drip, twirl, and brush on the inks. Next we will spray them with a fixative and UV coating. Then we plant - pick your succulent and decorative stones and finish off your planter.
All supplies included/
No prior experience necessary!


ABOUT  Julie

 

Space is limited and Pre-Registration is required.

Minimum # of Participants to hold class = 5

Maximum # of Participants = 15

CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Weather-Related 
In the event that Charlevoix Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, classes will be cancelled. To the best of our ability, CCA will schedule a make-up class. Refunds will not be provided if the student is unable to attend a rescheduled class.

Minimum Enrollment
If a class does not have the minimum number of students enrolled, CCA will notify you prior to the first session that the class is cancelled and will offer a full refund to the student. (Credit card payments will be refunded to the same card and check & cash payments will be refunded by check.)

Student Withdrawal

Due to artist/instructor preparations and travel, we do not provide refunds.