Classes & Workshops

CCA will be closed and all classes and events canceled until at least June 15, 2020.

Youth Scholarships Available !

Wool Trunk Workshop Series!

Explore different Fiber Art!  Fiber artist and instructor Mary Duggan will guide you through each project and teach you the skills in needle felting and drop spindle yarn spinning

Easter Bunny Making Workshop - In this workshop students will make their own pose-able bunnies!  Learn to build a wire armature for felt creations as well as developing needle felting skills. This class will be a little more challenging than the gnome class but the majority of people would have great results with no prior knowledge of felting.

Gnome Making Workshop - In this workshop students will learn the basics of needle felting while creating cute little gnomes. Students will get a chance to work with a variety of natural fibers. This will be a great introduction level class with no knowledge or skill required.  


Yarn Making Class - In this workshop students will learn the basics of spinning yarn using a drop spindle. The drop spindle was used before the invention of the spinning wheel to make yarn for garments. This class is great for anyone who would like to make yarn for their own projects. This is also an entry level class with no knowledge or skills required.

Class sizes limited to 12.

Register  1 or all classes!

April 11, 2020 :  EASTER BUNNY       TO BE RESCHEDULED
   9am - Noon

   Class Fee:  $55  Register by April 10


   10am - Noon

   Class Fee:  $50  
Register by April 16

April 25, 2020 :   YARN MAKING      TO BE RESCHEDULED

   10am - Noon
 Class Fee:  $50   Register by April 23

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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.


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.

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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    CANCELED


April 16, 2020        TO BE RESCHEDULED 

    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.


May 21, 2020        TO BE RESCHEDULED 

    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.


June 18, 2020         6 - 7:30 pm  TO BE RESCHEDULED

    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.


with Paige!

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!  Participants are welcome to bring a snack and/or beverage of choice.

Minimum of 4 to hold the class.

4th Thursday in each month:

Class Fee:  $ 35

March 10, 2020       6 - 8 pm   


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

May 28, 2020         6 - 8 pm   TO BE RESCHEDULED 

    "Catchin' Fireflies"

with Sharon Smithem

April 15 - May 20, 2020      TO BE RESCHEDULED

Wednesdays  3:30 - 4:30 pm

Class Fee:  $120

Ages 10 to Adults welcome

Youth Scholarships Available!

DRAWING 1 workshop!  In this 6 week workshop you'll work on the fundamentals of observational and subjective drawing in black and white graphite on sketchpad.
This is an introductory drawing course that is intended to help develop basic observational and perceptual drawing skills as well as increase the ability to recognize edges, lines and angles while increasing personal expression through creative process. 

We will explore this practice together and learn the principles of basic drawing techniques and conceptual approaches of drawing.  Student will practice observation, learn and investigate the properties of line, negative space, the values along with the gradation of tones, shape, dimension and texture.   Also, representation of space as perspective, focusing on methods and techniques to represent the illusion of three dimensional world on a two dimensional surface.

Supplies Needed: Each student will need to bring..
11 x 14" sketchpad 
Pencils H, 2B, 4B

Kneaded eraser

No experience necessary at all!  

Minimum of 5 students to hold the class.

Class sizes limited to 12.

Watercolor Workshop
with Susan Lingg

Saturday, May 30,  2020   CANCELED

1 - 4pm
Class Fee:  $75

A three hour watercolor workshop for beginners and intermediate painters.  Susan will be teaching you how to access your creative side through thought and breath, discuss organizing tools and supplies for greater clarity, and clearing the path for more creativity to come forward.   You will be using a limited palette and exploring the laying technique with transparent glazes.  Will be looking at negative shapes and blending possibilities in creating your first painting of trees in our landscape.  In your second painting you will be adding the salt and splatter techniques for creating greater depth and texture in our mountain landscape study from skies and clouds to vistas.  
All materials & supplies included.  Come join the fun!

Seeing the Light
Plein Air Workshop
with Kurt Anderson

June 25 & 26,  2020   CANCELED

2 Day Workshop!
Class Fee:  $200

"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.

Watercolor Sketchbook
with Patrick Kelly Wise

July 6 & 7,  2020

2 Day Workshop: 10am - 1pm 

Class Fee:  $150

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.

Neville Watercolor Workshop with Nancy Nordloh Neville & Bruce Allan Neville

July 13 & 14,  2020

2 Day Workshop: 9:30am - 4pm 

Class Fee:  $300, with $50 deposit required to register.

Paint for two days with nationally known watercolorists Nancy Nordloh Neville and Bruce Allan Neville!

Learn to paint with clear & clean color with freshness and spontaneity.  Still life with architectural demos each day, class size limited.

$50 non-refundable deposit will hold your spot with balance due on Monday morning of workshop.


September  7, 8, 9  2020

3 Day Workshop
Class Fee:

                $345 - Includes supplies

                $300 - bring your own supplies

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.


The 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!”



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.


T: 231-547-3554


109 Clinton Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720


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

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