This course is for students with some experience in oil painting. Your instructor, Alaina Plowdrey, will explore new and traditional oil painting practices. You will learn how to stretch and prime your own canvases or other painting surfaces as well. New painting themes and concepts will be presented. Students who wish to work on their own painting themes are welcome as well. Alaina is a professional artist with a MFA from the New York Academy of Art and an BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. You will be sent a supply list with your registration confirmation.
This is a new OLLI art class which is sure to be lots of fun and it is acceptable for novice artists! You will create an accordion-style book compiled of a series of overlapping multi-directional fold out pages that can be viewed as both a book and a sculptural piece. The continuous pages can exist purely as a work of color and texture or can be used to portray a theme which could involve collage possibilities. You decide! With both sides of the pages being used, the book will become an in-the-round sculptural piece, inviting the viewer to inspect the book from all sides. The flip book is made from each participant’s unique combination of watercolor and textures on a large sheet of paper. The instructor is Marti Wesley, a retired high school art teacher and OLLI member. The class price includes a supply fee for paper and paints. You will receive a supply list for everyday items you will need to bring to class. The class maximum is 15.
Have you ever watched Bob Ross on PBS and thought that by using his techniques even YOU might be able to paint? If so, this class is for you. Using the wet-on-wet oil painting techniques used by Ross and Bill Alexander, everyone from the first-time painter to the aspiring artist can experience the joy and magic of oil painting. The class will be led by Morris Hinson, who has both an Alexander Art and Bob Ross Certification. This class is geared toward the hobby, or recreational painter. The class fee includes all painting supplies and a canvas panel. A picture of the painting you will do appears below. You will receive a list of a few everyday supplies from home that you will need to bring to class. Please bring a bag lunch.
Have you always been intrigued with pottery and wished that you could learn how to use a potter’s wheel? In this class you will learn how to make your own creations with clay. You’ll learn simple forming techniques and how to use the potter’s wheel to make ceramic wares, and how to use different types of glazes and firing techniques, including raku. No experience is necessary -- all you need are a few basic tools (which will be provided), plus your hands, and your boundless imagination. The class will be led by Sara Clark, SVSU art instructor and studio art technician. The class price includes a $30 materials fee for glaze materials, firing, and one bag of clay. The class maximum is 18.
This is a great course for the artist, art enthusiast or just someone interested in some engaging and fun art history! Alaina Plowdrey, MFA New York Academy of Art, will take you through the ages of art and masterpiece creation in this four week course. She will instruct the course through PowerPoint presentations, video and class discussions. You will leave the class with an overall appreciation and new knowledge of the art world then and now. Additionally, you will likely gain some great inspirations for your own new masterpieces.
Mondays: May 12, 19, June 2 & 9 • 10 a.m. - Noon Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C140
Photography 101: How to Shoot With Your Digital Camera (319)
Are you interested in learning how to use all those buttons on your camera? Come join us to learn what they do and practice using them to make better pictures. As we go through the buttons, we will also discuss some basic photography. Come to class with your camera (batteries charged), camera manual, and any questions that you need answered. Weather permitting, we will venture outside to take some pictures. The class will be led by Bill Love, a retired teacher and OLLI member who has a passion for photography. The class maximum is 15.
This short workshop explores the essential lessons of landscape – simplification and massing, value, subject selection, composition, and color. Through structured exercises, you will become better prepared to solve these problems when working outdoors. Special attention will be given to the correct way to reference photos. The workshop is suitable for both beginners and those with previous experience. The class will include weekly critiques and personalized instruction. The class will meet at the home of the instructor, Kara Brown, in the Shiawassee Wildlife Refuge. You will be mailed a supply list and the instructor’s address upon registration. The class maximum is 10.
Have you ever wanted to capture a portrait with more than a camera? In this class, the basic fundamentals of portrait drawing will be explored. The class will focus on drawing from references as well as from life. A variety of techniques will be taught using pencils and colored pencils. The class is designed for beginners who want to explore the many facets of drawing the human face. The instructor, Marcia Henne, has worked in many media and holds an M.F.A. in painting. You will receive a supply list upon registration. The class maximum is 15.
Thursdays: June 19, 26, July 3 & 10 •10 a.m.- Noon Price: $39 Members; $69 Non-Members Room: C129
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.This method is enjoyed all over the world, across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. Experience this meditative art form with OLLI member Mary Tompkins, a certified Zentangle instructor. You will pay the instructor a $4 supply fee the day of the class.
Join us for an insightful look into the creative world of Midland-native John Pratt, an artist who after a successful career, retreated into a lonely world of paranoid schizophrenia. Friends, fellow artists, counselors, and neighbors encouraged his return to the world of art. The result was the John Pratt Mosaic House, which is on a wooded lot on M-20 and covered in brilliantly colored mosaic murals. Our day begins at the Creative 360, on Bayliss Street in Midland, with a video about the house, and a tour of the facility by Linda Z. Smith. We will then tour the Pratt house and create our own mosaics. You are responsible for your own transportation to Creative 360 and the Pratt house. The class includes the two tours and the mosaic materials.