Classes

Registration for fall art classes and workshops is underway. You can browse the courses below and register in person or register by calling 269-983-3688.

 

 

  

Soup & Bread Culinary Class

DATES: Wednesday, October 11
TIMES: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
INSTRUCTOR(S): Susan Salas Graham
DESCRIPTION: Back by popular demand, Susan Salas Graham’s Soup & Bread Culinary class is one that everyone is sure to enjoy! This hand’s-on class provides participants with various soup recipes and encourages students to participate in all demonstrations and food preparation. Learn how to cook soups using beans, grains and legumes, as well as how to make Naan, a delicious flatbread, all from scratch. Students will savor enjoying the soup and bread together at the end of the class and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to step up your own soup-and-bread-making game.
REQUIRED: All items are supplied for this class.
CLASS SIZE: Minimum 7 students/Maximum 10 students; Ages 17+
CLASS FEE: $35 / student

 

 

Mosaic Fall Fantasy

DATES: Saturday, October 14
TIMES: 10:00am to 1:00pm
INSTRUCTOR(S): Jeffrey Heaton
DESCRIPTION: This class is an introduction for the beginning student to the possibilities of mosaic designs working with stained glass, ceramic pieces and found materials. No prior experience is necessary. Participants will design, select and learn to apply mosaic materials to create their own personal artistic piece. Students will finish the class with a piece that reflects their own design, color scheme and creative ideas. Learn how to turn everyday objects into beautiful, unique, hand-crafted pieces that will make a lasting keepsake or treasured gift.
REQUIRED: All materials are provided, but students are welcome to bring in their own ceramic pieces, glass, found materials and/or the base or object to support the mosaic– wood, pressed foam insulation or a 3-D object (frame, mirror, birdhouse). Wooden letters, small bird houses and other items can be purchased at any local craft store (Jo-Ann Fabrics or Michaels).
CLASS SIZE: Minimum 5 students/Maximum 10 students; Ages 17+
CLASS FEE: $50 / student

 

 

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 101: From Import to Development

DATES: 2 day class – Monday, October 23 & Wednesday, October 25
TIMES: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
INSTRUCTOR(S): Marc & Sharon Ullom
DESCRIPTION: Find your potential by turning run-of-the-mill photos into beautiful images to export and share! Using Lightroom, the instructors of this class will teach students how to effectively use one of the most popular image editing tools available today. Participants will learn how to import, manage, sort and edit photos, build a photo catalog, as well as perform simple retouching, color correction and framing of photos. All students will go home with tutorials and class content on supplied flash drives.
REQUIRED: Participants will need to have a laptop and access to Adobe Creative Cloud for Lightroom, free 7-day trial is available (participants can wait until right before the class to download and try it out). Regular pricing for Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop is $9.99/month.
CLASS SIZE: Minimum 7 students/Maximum 10 students; Ages 17+
CLASS FEE: $60 / student

 

 


Watercolors: Autumn Harvest Still Life

DATES: Saturday, October 28
TIMES: 10:00am – 4:00pm
INSTRUCTOR(S): Robin Maxon
DESCRIPTION: All artistic levels are welcome to spend the day painting an Autumn Harvest Still Life featuring a grouping of pumpkins and gourds with leaves. This intimate class setting equips students with the step-by-step guidance needed to learn valuable watercolor painting skills and techniques, as well as provides wonderful instruction and feedback from a well-known, talented artist. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to create!
REQUIRED: Students must supply materials such as a plastic paint palette, watercolor paints, watercolor brushes and a small water container. A detailed list of required materials is available by request and/or will be supplied when students register for this class. A reference photo and sketch for tracing will also be provided upon registration. Tracing can be completed prior to the first day of class.
CLASS SIZE: Minimum 7 students / Maximum 15 students; Ages 17+
CLASS FEE: $60 / student

 

 

 

 

 


Instant Pot Cooking & Demo Tasting

DATES: Wednesday, November 1
TIMES: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
INSTRUCTOR(S): Susan Salas Graham
DESCRIPTION: Would you like to learn how to cook delicious, nutritious meals for your family up to 10 times faster and using 70% less energy than traditional cooking methods? Then this class is for you! Instant Pot is the 3rd generation Programmable Pressure Cooker, however this is definitely NOT your mother’s pressure cooker! Students will learn the “in’s and out’s” of Instant Pot cooking as Susan and friends demonstrate various dishes to sample and guide students on how this method can make cooking easier and more predictable than other cooker methods. In addition to oodles of useful knowledge and a full stomach, students will also go home with a recipe book stocked with everything they need to know to make several wonderful Instant Pot meals. Ask questions, learn expert tips and get valuable recipes, all while sampling the many delicious dishes that are prepared.
REQUIRED: All items supplied for this class.
CLASS SIZE:Minimum 8 students/Maximum 20 students; Ages 12+
CLASS FEE: $30 / student

 

 


From the Computer to the Coffee Table:
Making a Photography Book

DATES: 2 day class – Monday, November 6 & Monday, November 13
TIMES: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
INSTRUCTOR(S): Marc & Sharon Ullom
DESCRIPTION: Learn the tips, tricks and innovative methods used to create a beautiful book to showcase your favorite photos. Students will select size, style and theme of their photography book, as well as learn about cropping, composition, color, adding text and working on the overall look of their individual albums. Whether it be for personal keepsake, or a thoughtful gift, students will be proud of the end result!
REQUIRED: Participants will need to have a laptop and access to Adobe Creative Cloud for Lightroom, free 7-day trial for the first week (participants can wait until right before the class to download and try it out). Regular pricing for Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop is $9.99/month.
CLASS SIZE: Minimum 6 students/Maximum 10 students; Ages 17+
CLASS FEE: $50 / student

 

 


Scene Study Theatre Workshop

DATES: Four (4) Tuesday Workshops – November 14 / November 28 / December 5 / December 12
SHOWCASE: Friday, December 15
TIMES: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
INSTRUCTOR(S): Dan Maxon
DESCRIPTION: A four-class scene study workshop led by Chicago-based actor Dan Maxon. The classes will focus on small scene work, each participant being assigned a partner as they work toward presenting their scenes. There will be a student “showcase” at end of the workshop series that will take place on the Box Factory Street Level Main Stage. Students will be encouraged to invite their family and friends. This class is for you if you are: *Looking for a rewarding performance opportunity, but can’t commit to a full rehearsal schedule. *Wanting to take an acting class with a seasoned actor and director, but your school or college doesn’t offer one. *Curious about modern acting methods used at the professional level.
REQUIRED: All materials provided for this class.
CLASS SIZE: Minimum 6 students/Maximum 10 students; Ages 17+
CLASS FEE: $40 / student

 

 


Holiday Party Appetizer & Hummus Culinary Class

DATES: Wednesday, November 15
TIMES: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
INSTRUCTOR(S): Susan Salas Graham
DESCRIPTION: If you missed our last hummus class, then here’s your chance to learn about hummus and so much more! In addition to making hummus, students will be creating attractive and delicious appetizers to serve to family and friends this holiday season and beyond. Learn tips on everything from creating beautiful cheese-boards (using assorted exotic cheeses, fruit jams and nuts) and charcuterie boards (preserved meats like sausage) to making home-made pickles and crackers, cheese straws and spiced nuts. This will be a hands-on, station style class, with nibbling and mingling included!
REQUIRED: All items for this class are supplied.
CLASS SIZE: Minimum 7 students/Maximum 10 students; Ages 17+
CLASS FEE: $35 / student

 

 


iPhoneography: Making the Most of Your SmartPhone Camera

DATES: 2 day class – Monday, November 27 & Wednesday, November 29
TIMES: 6:30PM – 8:30pm
INSTRUCTOR(S): Marc & Sharon Ullom
DESCRIPTION: Learn to take professional-looking pictures with your smartphone, as well as how to utilize some of the best development apps for processing and sharing your images. Whether capturing portraits or action shots, this class will focus on teaching students how to use their phone to capture the very best photos possible, with an emphasis on composition, clarity, detail, tips and shortcuts. Participants will learn balance, contrast, framing and depth, as well as useful steps to capture both the beautiful and the unusual. Each student will receive a copy of one of their final prints.
REQUIRED: Participants need to have a SmartPhone (preferably no older than 3 years). Instruction will be based on the use of iPhone cameras as the main teaching focus, but instructors will discuss options for both iPhone & Android phones.
CLASS SIZE: Minimum 7 students / Maximum 12 students; Ages 17+
CLASS FEE: $50 / student