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109 Clinton Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720


Monday-Friday  11am - 5pm
Saturdays   11am - 3pm

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Charlevoix Circle of Arts is a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit organization.
Our mission is to cultivate a more inspired and educated community through the arts.

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Classes & Workshops

Youth Scholarships Available !

Held on the 1st Thursday of each month starting in February, our Dabble in the Arts Series for 2020 series is designed to get your creative juices flowing!  Instructed by artist Sharon Smithem.

Explore different mediums and processes in this 'no experience necessary line up of art forms.  Smithem will guide you through each project and encourage your own creative voice and individual expression to emerge.  Although each class will be focused on one project, you will have freedom to embark on our own variation.  Each class will result in a completed project for you to take home along with a new set of skills.

Class sizes limited to 12.

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Held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, our Floral Design Series for 2020 will feature a different class each month with area floral designers!  Each class you'll take home a completed floral or planting arrangement.  No experience necessary!

Sign up for the whole series or individual classes - bring your friends!

All materials and container included.  (please bring a pair of snips and gloves if you have them)

Class sizes limited to 12.


2nd Thursday Of Each Month:

January 9, 2020  (rescheduled for March 12)

FEBRUARY 13, 2020     (Canceled)

March 12, 2020      6 - 8 pm
CACTUS GARDEN - with Kari Davis of Petals
Class Fee:  $75
    Register by March 6
(includes plants, container, tools to take home & more!)

April 9, 2020

May 14, 2020

June 11, 2020

Cactus Garden with Tool Set

Held on the 3rd Thursday of each month starting in January-June.  Acrylic Pour classes with Heidi Finley each month!  Each session uses the Acrylic Pour process to produce a different featured item.  Beginners through advanced are welcome at any or all sessions.  Come join this fun and evolving series with Heidi.

No experience necessary and all materials included.

Class sizes limited to 12.


3rd Thursday in each month.

Class FEE:  $55

January 16, 2020      6 - 7:30 pm  

    Two 8 x 10" Canvases:

Come learn the popular Acrylic Pour process!  You'll make two decorative and totally abstract paintings on stretched canvas, ready to hang.  No one needs prior experience of any kind.  Just choose your colors and follow Heidi's friendly instructions.  This process is fun and produces some surprises--there's a secret ingredient.

February 20, 2020    6 - 7:30 pm

    Set of 6 Wooden Coasters:

Come learn the popular Acrylic Pour process!  You'll make a super-cool and unique set of 6 coasters to keep or gift.  No one needs prior experience of any kind.  Just choose your colors and follow Heidi's friendly instructions.  This process is fun and produces some surprises--there's a secret ingredient.


March 19, 2020         6 - 7:30 pm

    Set of 3  4" x 4"x 1.5" Canvases:

Dimensional square canvases provide a dramatic and modern format for the acrylic pour process.  Choose your own colors and make a grouping of three.  No frames are necessary--paint will cover the sides.  It's fun and easy!   Please note that canvases need overnight dry-time.  Plan to pick up your work the following day during regular hours at the Circle of Arts.


April 16, 2020         6 - 7:30 pm

    Flower Pot

Pour a terra cotta pot!  Colorful and dramatic, the acrylic pour process is seriously beautiful.  Make a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art.  Please note that pots need overnight dry-time.  Plan to pick up your work the following day during regular hours at the Circle of Arts.


May 21, 2020         6 - 7:30 pm

   Glass Ornaments

This is a treat, no matter what the season.  Put them away for later gift-giving!  Choose a holiday palette or your favorite team colors.  You'll pour 6 small or 4 large glass tree ornaments.  Special metallic colors and fine glitter paints make these very special.  You'll be very pleased!  Please note that ornaments need overnight dry-time.  Plan to pick up your work the following day during regular hours at the Circle of Arts.


June 18, 2020         6 - 7:30 pm

    Large Canvas/Open Studio

Wanna try pouring a 16 x 20" canvas?  Or another item of your choice?  This will be a Creative Culmination of all we've leaned during the Acrylic Pour Series and a chance to experiment.  We'll talk about this session at all prior class sessions and make BIG plans!!  Sign up and stay tuned! 

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Each month, January-May, on the 4th Thursday,  join Paige O'Leary as she walks you through each step in creating your own completed 16 x 20" painting!  No experience necessary at all!  

Come join this fun painting class where all materials are included: aprons, acrylic paint, canvas and more!

Class sizes limited to 12.

with Paige!

4th Thursday in each month:

Class Fee:  $ 35

January 23, 2020         6 - 8 pm   

February 27, 2020       6 - 8 pm


March 26, 2020       6 - 8 pm

    "Sea Turtle"

April 23, 2020         6 - 8 pm
    "Bowl of Cherries"

May 28, 2020         6 - 8 pm 

    "Catchin' Fireflies"

Paint & Sip

"Seeing the Light" Plein Air 2-Day Workshop.


Learn how to choose a subject, evaluate composition, color and value and paint a field study on location. Learn how to utilize a field study for a larger studio piece.
Painting fundamentals such as concept, drawing, value, color, design, composition, edges and perspective will be reviewed. There will be a daily demonstration painting followed by student painting exercises and free painting where Kurt will provide personal one on one instruction. This is a workshop that will benefit both beginning and seasoned plein air painters.

9am to 5pm each day.

Seeing the Light
Plein Air Workshop
with Kurt Anderson

June 25 & 26,  2020

2 Day Workshop!
Class Fee:  $200

A fast, loose approach to capture the essence of the scene with a concentration on how to choose subject matter and create harmony in your painting.

Class is well suited for the beginner as well as professional.

This class can be taken with minimal watercolor supplies, purchased in a small kit to get one started.

The only other needed materials are a good pair of walking shoes and a sun hat, as we will be working locally plein-air.

Watercolor Sketchbook
with Patrick Kelly Wise

July 6 & 7,  2020

    2 Day Workshop: 10am - 1pm 

Class Fee:  $150

Learn enough to play for a lifetime! With artist and instructor Kath Macaulay.

This is the perfect technique for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering, sitting in a café or the airport.  Capture what you think you see in 25 minutes or less using a water soluble pen, a 4 x 6 inch pad of paper and a small paint set.  Ideal for the timid beginner to paint fearlessly in public, and the advanced artist who wants minimal equipment, total portability, speed, no interruptions and no clean-up.   New is adding a Micron pen.


Workshop includes several of the watercolor techniques of John Singer Sargent and uses photos of his watercolors extensively as teaching examples. From a former student at Canyon Ranch, “You just changed my life:  I can do this!”


September  7, 8, 9  2020

    3 Day Workshop
Class Fee:

                $345 - Includes supplies

                $300 - bring your own supplies



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.