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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fused Glass

Learn fundamentals of fusing glass while creating your own fused glass piece! Each student will end up with one 5- to 6-inch tile/sun catcher or wind chime and 2 small jewelry pieces. Pieces will be ready for pick-up the following week.

Topics will include basic fusing process, glass compatibility, firing schedules, annealing, design and safety. Long pants & comfortable closed-toe shoes should be worn.

$25 for supplies must be paid to the instructor No experience necessary. Safety glasses will be provided, bring an apron or smock if desired. Takes place off-site at instructor’s unheated, no A/C studio/garage. Please dress appropriately for the weather!

Please note that members must register via the Ticket Office to receive their discount.

Age(s) Ages Adult
Date(s) September 20, 2014
Day(s) of week Saturday
Time 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Instructor Emmy Heger
Location Artist's Home Studio (directions will be emailed)
Class Type Visual Art
Cost $60 | $45 AB Members through 9/11/14 (+$25 paid to the instructor); beginning 9/12 $70 | $55
Registration Begins Monday, August 4, 2014
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Destination: ArtPrize

The greatest achievement of ArtPrize is its ability to attract a diverse population of artists and visitors, bring them together for 19 days and engage in a critical ‘discussion’ about contemporary art. All of this happens without a centralized curatorial influence; simply artists collaborating with their venue to curate dramatic exhibitions.

The fifth annual ArtPrize competition will feature 1,524 artist representing 47 countries and 45 states at 169 venues within three-square miles of downtown Grand Rapids to compete for a combination of public votes and juried prizes and secure part of the world’s largest art prize, totaling $560,000. Great Lakes Bay Area artists always have a strong showing at ArtPrize. A complete list of participating artists and venues can all be viewed at www.artprize.org/entries.

Join us for a full-day trip to Grand Rapids, view ArtPrize contest entries at a variety of locations and cast YOUR votes. A charter bus will depart at 8am from Midland Center for the Arts. Upon arrival, gallery viewing will be on your own or in small groups. Groups have the option to meet periodically throughout the day to swap stories, for a midday meal, special viewings and transport to other locations (itinerary to be determined). Be sure to arrive at the Center no later than 7:45 am.

Visit www.artprize.org for a list of artists and venues to preplan your visit. Works exhibited Sept 18 – Oct 6.

Please Note that members must register via Ticket Office to receive their member discount. Registration for the trip is non-refundable, non-exchangeable.

Age(s) Ages Adult
Date(s) September 29, 2014
Day(s) of week Monday
Time Leave at 8 am, return around 10 pm
Location Bus trip to Grand Rapids
Cost $45 Public | $35 AB Members
Registration Begins Monday, August 4, 2014
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Smart Phone Photo

Learn how to maximize the built-in camera functions and manage some of the most powerful apps out there. Gain an understanding of basic photography concepts. Learn about shooting and editing apps (free apps and those requiring a minimal investment, in the range of .99 to $7.99), how they work and examples of before/after images utilizing them. If you want to just take snap shots and load them on your computer, use your smartphone as a digital sketch book or want to make serious art, this is the class for you.

Day one: Explore examples of smartphone photography, learn about apps, how to download them and of course taking pictures with your smartphone. See hands-on demonstrations on how to take an ordinary snap shot and make it a ‘work of art’ with just a few apps.

Day two: Continue with a review and discussion of your newly acquired app, any lingering questions about using your smartphone. We will take photos, manipulate them and learn more in-depth techniques for creating good shots and indeed art. You will be challenged with an assignment for the next meeting.

Day three: Review your assignment and answer any questions. Explore the world of sharing your images with others via email and outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Photoup, Flickr and Instagram.

Note: You will need an iPhone 4, iPad 3 Samsung Galaxy, Droid or other smartphone capable of taking at least 7 megapixels images.

Please note that members must register via the Ticket Office to receive their discount.

Age(s) Ages Adult
Date(s) October 11 - October 25, 2014
Day(s) of week Saturday
Time 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor Armin Mersmann
Location Studio 2
Class Type Visual Art
Cost $95 | $70 AB Members through 9/11/14; beginning 9/12 $105 | $80
Registration Begins Monday, August 4, 2014
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Painterly Print

The Painterly Print – Monotype Printmaking

Artists will be introduced to the unique possibilities of creating one-of-a-kind prints without the use of a printing press. A variety of materials will be used in this journey including mixed media materials, printmaking papers and Gelli-Plates. Topics to be covered:
• Build on similar shapes and colors to create a series
• Prepare your print using the additive and reductive process methods
• Understand the mystery of a ghost print
• Experiment with different types of printmaking paper
• Discover your own language by working with collage elements and alternative papers
Printing plates and inks (acrylic and oil) will be provided for use during class. A detailed supply list that includes printing papers needed as well as easy to find artist tools will be distributed to registered students.

Please note that members must register via the Ticket Office to receive their discount.

Age(s) Ages Adult
Date(s) October 16 - November 20, 2014
Day(s) of week Thursday
Time 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Instructor Valerie Allen
Location Studio 2
Class Type Visual Art
Cost $127 | $102 AB Members through 9/11/14; beginning 9/12 $137 | $112
Registration Begins Monday, August 4, 2014
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Cuisine of the World

Explore world cuisine from Italy, Japan, France & Argentina with Chef Aaron Gaertner for our new hands-on cooking series designed to get you “in the mix” cooking and creating at your own station. Ingredients supplied. Participants are asked to bring some basic cooking gadgets & tools. Supply list available with registration. Students will leave with recipes in hand to perfect at home. All experience levels welcome.

Please note that members must register via the Ticket Office to receive their discount.

Age(s) Ages Adult
Date(s) October 27 - November 17, 2014
Day(s) of week Monday
Time 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Instructor Chef Aaron Gaertner
Location Studio 2 & Kitchen
Class Type Visual Art & Science
Cost $173 | $148 AB Members through 9/11/14; beginning 9/12 $183 | $158
Registration Begins Monday, August 4, 2014
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Modern American Cuisine

Modern American Cuisine – A Dinner by Chef Aaron Gaertner

Join us for a fun evening out where you’ll discover classical cuisine with a molecular and global twist! Chef Aaron Gaertner (executive chef of Golden Glow Ballroom) leads a four-course gastronomic journey complete with a tasting of wine to complement the menu. Sit back and relax as he demonstrates cutting-edge cooking techniques you can use in your own kitchen. Your palate will thank you!

Registration ends November 10, 2014 at 5 pm.

Please note that members must register via the Ticket Office to receive their discount.

Age(s) Ages Adult
Date(s) November 13, 2014
Day(s) of week Thursday
Time 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Instructor Chef Aaron Gaertner
Location MCFTA Founders Room
Class Type Visual Art & Science
Cost $67 | $57 AB Members
Registration Begins Monday, August 4, 2014
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

End of Term Critique

Join Armin Mersmann, MCFTA Artist in Residence, for this unique opportunity to discuss your art – as well as the art of others – in a supportive environment. Presented works must be created during a fall 2014 MCFTA class, with artwork limited to one per person. This is a social gathering open to students, faculty and friends, whether presenting work or not.

Held in the Saints & Sinners Lounge inside Midland Center for the Arts, admission is FREE with a cash bar and light refreshments available.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

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