Our winter classes will begin next week. We have a variety of classes and workshops for both children and adults, as well as special programs that include the whole family! Our classes meet once a week for a total of 8 weeks, except for a few workshops which take place monthly. Although information is on our website regarding each class and registration, below is an overview of our 2017 Winter Class Schedule for your convenience. Also, please feel free to stop by and pick up a copy of our Winter Class Schedule brochure.

Newly offered this Winter is Acting for Film, an 8 week course with instructor Daniel Roemer. Roemer is a global award-winning filmmaker known for his work with Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, and Netflix. If you’re an actor in the Mansfield area, here is your local opportunity to cultivate your own film presence, adding to your acting experience new skills from what you have already acquired as a thespian. In this course, you’ll learn various on-camera skills, and you will study Hollywood’s filmmaking secrets, such as, acting with a Steadicam, the close-up, how to talk to a green x on the wall, the audition, internet filming, shooting out of order, and acting for specific director setups. You’ll learn scene work with actual weekly footage of scenes and a final demo. You’ll be ready for casting directors or film submissions. The class meets on Thursdays from 7-9pm and begins on January 19. Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/acting-for-film-tickets-28872567627

Glass Fusion class, over an 8-week period, will teach basic glass fusing skills to beginning students, while returning students can continue to learn new techniques. Then, on February 4th a one-day fused glass workshop is offered where students will choose to create either a landscape, seascape or cityscape. Instructor Irene Maginniss will guide students through the steps and will have examples available to inspire them!

Instructor Olivia Glass will be teaching pottery classes. Adults will enjoy her Wheel-Throwing & Hand-Building pottery class or perhaps the Wednesday evening pottery class. Both are eight week courses designed to build throwing and hand-building skills or to experience new techniques on the pottery wheel. Children will enjoy learning hand building techniques in Ceramiics For Kids where they will be creating sculptures. Ms. Glass also offers a Paper Mache Pop Art Sculpture class for children where they will create a fun, larger than life 3-dimensional sculpted food item out of paper mache!

Join expert jewelry maker, Kristin Ellis, in her Jewelry Making class of 8 weeks and learn mixed skills, such as basic metalsmithing techniques (sawing, sanding, filing, texturing). Then learn to rivet and solder. Beginners may start with a pendant or earrings project; advanced or returning students may work on independent projects. Ms. Ellis will also be leading a one-day workshop on February 5th from 1 to 5pm. In this workshop, students will have fun making a spoon ring from a spoon brought from their family silverware or from a flea market find!

Emily Fitch, who is also Mansfield Art Center’s new Education Director, will be teaching our Introduction to Drawing class on Tuesday evenings. This class will help you develop and strengthen drawing skills by investigating value, line, positive and negative space, perspective and proportion, as well as shading techniques. Students will have several experiments and a finished drawing to take home by the end of the course! Ms. Fitch will also be teaching two youth classes; one is Home School Art, designed for grades 4th – 8th and the class explores different artists, art history, cultures and art techniques. And for K – 2nd graders, Little Tykes Clay Class is offered on Wednesday afternoons, a course where children will be introduced to hand-building and will have opportunity to watch demonstrations on the wheel. The young students may also have the chance to experiment with throwing, along with the instructor’s help!

Our K – 3rd Grade Home School Art Class is instructed by Barbara Damron and is open to any homeschool student in those grade levels. The 8 week course focuses on multicultural art and craft from around the world! This is a great way to include art into your homeschool curriculum. You may also plan to join Ms. Damron in her Queen Bee Puppetry shows. We have two fun workshops coming up in February. A Valentine’s Puppet Show on Saturday the 11th and a Puppet Sewing Circle on February 18th.  Ms. Damron is an expert storyteller and puppeteer and children love to watch her hand-made puppets!

Portrait Painting is an eight week class, on Thursday evenings, taught by instructor Ruthie Akuchie. The class will focus on face proportions and placement. Learn how to sketch basic facial features, then paint the details. Students will study their own faces and will practice by doing self portraits, but may create a portrait of any person they choose as a final project. The completed paintings will be painted with acrylic paints.

Every Monday evening from 6-8pm beginning on January 16 and until March 6, Veterans are welcome to join in our Veterans Expressive Arts Class. This course is free and open to all Veterans who have served in all branches of service of the military, regardless of type of discharge. No art experience is necessary, but registration is required by simply calling us at 419.756.1700 or sign up on live via this website!

Please check our website for class times and costs and for material lists. We also have special programs such as Kids & Canvas, Free Art Saturday, Family Art Night, and Cork & Easel. Read about these programs in a previous blog post, Four Special Workshops that Offer Something for Everyone.

If you are interested in any of these classes, one key thing to remember is to register as soon as possible. Some of these classes fill up fast; otherwise, we generally need a minimum of five students before we can run a class. Thank you and we hope to see you in the classroom!