Adult Programs

and Classes

Experiment.  Create.  Connect.  

Adult art online programs are interactive, synchronous classes designed to connect community, create engaging work, and experiment with new and familiar materials. 

 

Adult students focus on personal growth, strengthening art skills, and fostering intellectual curiosity. Together we learn historic and contemporary artists, exercise the language of art and design, make art together in class and have prompts for work outside class. 

 

Ongoing programs and monthly courses have different options available to fit all artistic levels to meet your goals.  

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2020/2021 Adult Online Art Classes 

January 

Intro to Drawing

We will meet on Mondays in January, from 6-8pm EST.

 

In this class, adult students will use graphite pencils to learn the basics of drawing.  We will explore value, composition, and learn to dissect both still life and portraits with shape and form.  The goal of this class is to show up for the page, to make art as often as you are able, and to have fun.    

 

We will be making small works each week, and focus on two to three larger pieces - a still life and a portrait, throughout the month as well. 

Acrylic Painting 

We will meet on Thursdays in January, from 6-8pm EST.

 

In this class, adult students will learn the basics of drawing.  Together, we will explore the basics of acrylic paint.  Practice color theory and value, experiment with different brushwork and texture and understand art history as we study and make art inspired by artists' work. 

 

We will be making small works each week, and focus on two to three larger pieces. 

February 

Watercolor Painting 

We will meet on Mondays in February, from 6-8pm EST.

 

In this class, adult students will learn the basics of watercolor painting.  Practice color theory and value, experiment with different brushwork, layering in color, use the language of art and design to hold group shares, or critiques, understand art history as we study and make art inspired by artists' work, and make pieces with our own styles. 

Instagram Poetry

We will meet on Thursdays in February, from 6-8pm EST.

 

In this class, adult students can expect to write poetry, read poetry from authors who are on and off Instagram, and make art that relates to the poetry.  What will emerge is an understanding and appreciation of various short-form poetry, new art, and a small collection of new work.  We will also have a meeting with a writer working on Instagram today.

 

In class, we will start with a warm up writing or drawing exercise, look at the work of artists and writers working today, see new work to follow, write poems or very short stories, and make art to match the writing.  Participants will leave with a new body of work to have for themselves, or share on Instagram.

March

Modern Collage

We will meet on Mondays in March from 6-8pm EST.

 

This is no ordinary collage class.  In this class, we will explore, build, and innovate what we know of this medium.  

 

Each class will feature a different era of the collage genre, from Picasso and found objects, to Annegret Soltau and sewing thread onto canvas, to more modern collage approaches like picture juxtapositions.  We will work from themes and/or emotions as we create work that is meaningful and important.  3d pieces will emerge from paper, work will become tactile, interesting, and it will speak to them. 

 

We will also be meeting with a modern collage artist, who will share about their process, studio, and work.  

Join the ongoing Adult Art + Book Club Community 

Monthly Gatherings for art-making, community, and lively discussion.  

Members of the group receive a kit every month including a book on an artist's life and materials to make art inspired by what they did/do. 

 

We meet monthly, starting our month with an artful intention. We share tea or coffee together on Zoom as we share discussion questions on the book, and connect through art with a guided art lesson.  

Participants can expect to make new friends, learn about art and artists, broaden their art history knowledge, and make art to be proud of.  

© 2013-2020 by Mallory Shotwell  

Interdisciplinary artist, art teacher, and curator    Grand Rapids, Michigan

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