Adult Classes-Winter/Spring 2017

Registration starts Dec. 5, 2016 Scholarship requests due by Jan. 17, 2017
Last Day for refunds Jan. 17, 2017 Registration ends Jan. 19, 2017
Late registration begins Jan. 20, 2017 Classes start the week of Jan. 23, 2017

There is a $2 processing fee for each class when you enroll.

Late registration after January 19, 2017 will be allowed provided there is space; late registration is subject to an additional $10 fee per class.

WORKSHOP

Camera-less Photography Workshop

May 12 & 13, 2017 | Fri. & Sat. 10 am – 5 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 22734

Kim Kauffman

Kim Kauffman will introduce participants to her camera-less photography techniques for using a flatbed scanner rather than a conventional camera to record objects with incredible detail and exquisite lighting. Kauffman pioneered this process 18 years ago. Learn more…

$205 | ABDM Members $180

This residency is supported through The S. Preston Jones Photographic Art Endowment Fund.

DRAWING

The Fundaments of Drawing with Armin Mersmann, part 2

Jan. 26 – April 13, 2017 | Thurs. 6 – 9 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 23216

Armin Mersmann

For the artist who understands the fundamentals of drawing, this next step will encompass: sighting, sight sizing, working with constants, the grid system and more…

$190 | ABDM Members $165

Focusing on the Still life (Cancelled)

Jan. 24 – Feb. 28, 2017 | Tues. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 23206

Jan Alfano

Explore different perspectives and compositions to create a still life that can be rendered in the media of your choice.

$115 | ABDM Members $90

Drawing in Color

Jan. 25 – March 22, 2017 | Wed. 6 – 9 pm
Beginners | Course 23210

Ruth Howell

Explore traditional and contemporary techniques, materials and strategies for working in color…

$154 | ABDM Members $134

Art & Skill of Drawing IV

Jan. 26 – April 13, 2017 | Thurs. 1 – 4 pm
Intermediate | Course 23213

Armin Mersmann

Advanced drawing students will focus on drawing concepts, developing individual expression and finding one’s natural artistic language. Learn more…

$190 | ABDM Members $165

PAINTING

Museum School Adult Classes painting Midland Center for the Arts

Beginning & Intermediate Oil Painting (Cancelled)

Jan. 25 – March 22, 2017 | Wed. 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 23209

Ruth Howell

Learn the basics of oil painting or hone your oil painting skills. Beginning and intermediate students will work with the materials and techniques unique to this medium.

$154 | ABDM Members $129

Beginning & Intermediate Water Media

Jan. 23 – April 10, 2017 | Mon. 6 – 9 pm
Beginners | Course 23204

Ruth Howell

Explore the creative possibilities of water-media. Express yourself using watercolors, acrylics and other water media while developing skills in color mixing, composition, brush…

$190 | ABDM Members $165

Advanced Water Media (Winter)

March 7 – April 11, 2017 | Tues. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Intermediate | Course 23219

Pat Smith

Grow your water media experience in this self-directed class. Delve deeper through exploration of techniques, interaction with fellow students and participating in dynamic critiques. Learn more…

$115 | ABDM Members $90

Advanced Water Media (Spring)

April 18 – May 30, 2017 | Tues. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Intermediate | Course 23222

Pat Smith

Grow your water media experience in this self-directed class. Delve deeper through exploration of techniques, interaction with fellow students and participating in dynamic critiques. Learn more…

$115 | ABDM  Members $90

Intermediate Acrylic Painting

Jan. 23 – April 10, 2017 | Mon. 10 am – 1 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 23200

Cindy Keefe

Build on your basic knowledge of painting by delving deeper into self-expression, motivation and exploration of the medium. Learn more…

$190 | ABDM Members $165

CERAMICS

Beginning Ceramics

Jan. 23 – April 10, 2017 | Mon. 6 – 9 pm 
Beginner level | Course 23203

Pam Hart

Discover one of the most versatile mediums of expression available! Explore form and function, manipulate clay using your hands, as well as specialized machines and tools through class assignments. Learn more…

$198 | ABDM Members $173

Intermediate Ceramics

Jan. 26 – April 13, 2017 | Thurs. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 23212

Jill Staszak

Fine-tune your skills and improve your techniques through carefully constructed pieces. Guidance from the instructor is available as…

$198 | ABDM Members $173

NEW! Creating Challenging New Forms

Jan. 26 – April 13, 2017 | Thurs. 6 – 9 pm 
Intermediate & Advanced | Course 23214

Tim Ricketts

Students with wheel throwing experience will work on forms that have proven difficult in the past. Explore more successful ways of making taller cylinders, narrow neck bottles, or other challenging forms of ceramic work. Learn more…

$198 | ABDM Members $173

PHOTOGRAPHY

In Step With Photography 1 (Cancelled)

Jan. 24 – Feb. 28, 2017 | Tues. 6 – 8:30 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 23208

Steve Grewe

Explore basic photographic concepts like aperture, shutter speed, focus, film speed, and depth of field, why they matter in this hands-on beginning photography course.

$115 | ABDM Members $90

In Step With Photography 2

March 7 – April 11, 2017 | Tues. 6 – 8:30 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 23220

Steve Grewe

Explore more technical aspects of taking quality photographs. Lighting conditions, menu options, motion, and composition all contribute to successful images. Learn more…

$115 | ABDM Members $90

Beyond Point & Shoot: Smart Phone Photography

March 11 – March 25, 2017 | Sat. 10:30 am – 1 pm
Beginners | Course 23221

Armin Mersmann

Maximize the built-in camera functions of your smartphone and manage some of the most powerful shooting and editing apps out there. *You will need an iPhone 5 or higher, iPad equivalent, Samsung Galaxy, Droid or other smartphone. Learn more…

$100 | ABDM Members $75

iPhone Group

Feb. 14 – June 13, 2017 | Tues. 6 – 7:30 pm
Intermediate | Course 23218

Armin Mersmann

Join this once a month discussion group concerning all things related to smartphone photography. As a group we will talk about new apps, new approaches, share our work, and discuss our processes in a relaxed, fun atmosphere using PowerPoint and other visual aids. Learn more…

$100 | ABDM Members $75

Advanced Photography: Entering the Creative Mode (Cancelled)

Jan. 26 – March 23, 2017 | Thurs. 6 – 9 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 23215

Christy Kelly

This class is for those who have a good understanding of how their camera operates and of the fundamentals of photography—aperture, shutter speeds, ISO—and would like to take their photography to an even more creative level.

$154 | ABDM Members $129

JEWELRY

Museum School Adult Classes - Jewelry

Jewelry – Lost Wax

Jan. 25 – April 12, 2017 | Wed. 6 – 9 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 23211

Sharon Berkan-Dent

Take your designs from paper, to wax sculpture, to finished jewelry through the process of lost wax casting. Learn more…

$198 | ABDM Members $173

Jewelry Fabrication

Jan. 23 – April 10, 2017 | Mon. 6 – 9 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 23205

Roger Schmidt

Become proficient at use of the tools, techniques of jewelers as well as materials such as gold or silver and the essential geology of gemstones for proper care in the process of creating your work of wearable art. Learn more…

$198 | ABDM Members $173

THEATRE

On the Fly – An Improv comedy workshop

Jan. 5 – April 20, 2017 | Thurs. 6:30 – 8 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 22746

Bob Corso

Hone your improvisation skills in a relaxed atmosphere filled with fun and games! Learn more…

$95

Introduction to The Acting Studio 

March 18 – April 8, 2017 | Sat. 10 am – 1 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 22747

Matt Hutchinson

This four week workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of the craft of acting. Learn more…

$60

OTHER

Advanced Critique

Jan. 23 – March 20, 2017 | Mon. 6 – 7:30 pm
Intermediate | Course 23202

Armin Mersmann

Artists explore their work, in any genre, through class discussions, questions on work-in-progress and designing new strategies for conceptual expansion. Learn more…

$120 | ABDM Members $95

Collage & Montage (Cancelled)

Jan. 24 – March 21, 2017 | Tues. 1 – 4 pm
Beginners & Intermediate | Course 23207

Cindy Keefe

Collage Intensive explores the properties and application of a variety of acrylic mediums as incorporated in collage.

$154 | ABDM Members $129

Refund Policy

Refunds or exchanges for class tuition must be requested prior to the close of the registration period. All refunds will be subject to a 15% processing fee. Processing fee does not apply to courses or workshops cancelled by Midland Center for the Arts due to low enrollment or other circumstances.

Late registration fee

Late Registration will be allowed provided there is space; late registration is subject to an additional $10 fee per class.

Class supply lists

In most cases supply lists are given out the first day of class. Instructors will go over the items with you to assure accuracy. We have supplies on hand for your first day. This does not include workshops.

Faculty and Student Exhibitions

Presented each year in our galleries to showcase the high-caliber work created by our students and instructors.

Scholarships

Art from the Heart Scholarships are available for any of our educational programs. The application process is simple; early application is recommended as awards are limited. Visit mcfta.org for information and online application, or contact Debbie Anderson, andersond@mcfta.org. Donations are also graciously accepted.

Inclement Weather Policy

Classes will be cancelled in the event the MCFTA building is closed due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Call (989) 631-5930 before venturing out in poor weather conditions. Instructors have the option to cancel classes at their discretion; students will be notified via email, phone or MCFTA Facebook page.

Lockers

Available for the convenience of storing supplies needed to participate in on-site activities for $7 a term or $18 a year.

Studio use

Currently enrolled students have studio privileges and are allowed to work in the studios during open building hours when there are no classes in session. A keycard/class ticket is required to gain access. A class schedule will be posted in each studio. Building hours may vary, especially if nothing else is scheduled in the building and should be verified before traveling a long distance or through inclement weather by calling (989) 631-5930.