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.  

Adult Watercolor Botanicals 

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

 

In this class, we will explore and create watercolor botanical paintings.  Focusing mostly on native plants, we will learn how to draw and paint as we layer in the watercolor paints to create masterpieces just in time for spring.  

In this very interactive class, we will be encouraging spring walks to observe what is starting to pop up - even if it’s just observing the color of dogwood or the light through the trees.  We will learn to mix colors, as we match the colors of nature to the colors of our palettes.  We will also learn about and test out techniques of various contemporary watercolor artists. 
 

April 

Victory and Potager Gardening

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

 

This is a very comprehensive gardening course on Victory and Potager Gardening. Potager (po-toh-jhay) gardening means “kitchen garden” and is a holistic approach to gardening, as it welcomes flowers, herbs, and vegetables in the same area, thus welcoming and supporting pollinators. 

Students will familiarize themselves with, or learn the history of Victory Gardening, preparing your garden for a healthiest plant life, soil and soil structure, fertilizing and composting, flower care, vegetable selection and care, pest control, organic solutions, garden design, and so much more.  

Students will receive a 10-20 page PDF handout each week depending on the topics.  In our class, we welcome any and all questions, so much so that the class pivots around the student’s needs and garden wishes.  Regardless of the garden you have or want - container garden, raised bed, in-ground, or even a farmette space, this class is for you!  
 

Collage Portrait and Still Life 

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

 

In this class, we will use paper like a painting or drawing medium, and focus on still life and portraits.  

Different than other classes that I have offered, this is a deeper dive.  While we will have instruction, I will largely be acting as a guide in your art-making.  How can you achieve the shadow value or shape?  What is the best way to do this?  I will walk students through setting up a still life in their own spaces, so they can reference it at any time.  For the portrait work, we will be doing a self-portrait or work from a photo of a person.  

We will only be making two larger works of art - one still life and one portrait, because we want to explore, understand, but also take time with the work.  We will discuss how to break up the still life or portrait into basic shapes and forms, identify the colors, then find those colors (or other desired color) and cut the shapes to work with the piece.   

 


 

May

Art Journaling: Establishing a Regular Creative Practice 

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

 

The goal of this class is to again encourage the regular ongoing practice of art making.  We will learn to see as an artist, grant time to be creative, dive into the art-making space, and show up for the page and ourselves in the process.  

We will be using a variety of materials - oil pastels, watercolor, acrylic paints, photography, video work, soundscapes, ink or ballpoint pens, pencils - whatever you have already.  (I will also recommend other materials that are optional, but you can choose to get.)  We will have regular practices and work in-class, but we will also have a plethora of prompts to choose from - some larger, some as small as going on a walk and observing color or recording your favorite sounds throughout a day with your phone.   
 

Garden Design, Pollinators, and Companion Planting 

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

 

This is a very comprehensive gardening course on Garden Design, Pollinators, and Companion Planting.  Serving the exact needs of the students in the class, we will be using your actual spaces and/or gardening circumstances.  Whether you have a porch, container garden, raised bed, in-ground, community garden, or just a dream/future space, we will be solving your problems and designing the space of your dreams!  

Students will learn to analyze their spaces for light, shadow, water flow, wind flow, seasonal changes, and figure out what will work best.  We will be exercising elements of art and design in a garden space to create a space that you love as we bring in plants that not only look good together, but by companion planting great plants together, they will grow stronger and deter pests!  
 

© 2013-2021 by Mallory Shotwell  

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

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