Courses

First time at the wheel? Ever wanted to try wheel throwing? Now's your chance! Join us for a one-day, three-hour session where we'll walk you through the basics of wheel throwing. Lumpy pots and goofy bowls galore. No extended commitment necessary.


Friday, May 17, 2024, Macoupin Art Collective
You will learn how to utilize Color Theory, Composition and Painting Techniques to create works in Acrylic paint. We will facilitate quick, lecture-style, explanations of these fundamental painting elements as you work. This will help you improve your knowledge in art and technical skills.


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Think drawing is a gift that must come naturally? Drawing is a skill that can be developed with practice. You will learn how to draw with proper techniques, discovering how to represent what you see through studies in contour drawing, perspective, positive/negative space and value.


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Learn to knit in a relaxed environment. You will learn basic stitches, yarn and tool selection, and how to read a pattern and complete a simple project. Don't be scared! It's just string!


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You will learn how to utilize Color Theory, Composition and Painting Techniques to create works in Watercolor. We will facilitate quick, lecture-style, explanations of these fundamental painting elements as you work. This will help you improve your knowledge in art and technical skills.


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You will attain a basic understanding of Japanese calligraphy through practicing writing Japanese hiragana, katakana, and kanji. The class will focus on drawing the elementary level of Japanese calligraphy. You will learn basic strokes and techniques for writing Japanese characters and be able to practice Japanese Kanji Characters using calligraphy tools and materials.


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In this ceramic art studio course, you will be introduced to essential clay handbuilding techniques: pinch, coil, slab, and one-piece molds/stamps. Designed for all skill levels, you can pursue various representational, abstract, large-scale, and/or functional objects. You will engage in additional aspects of the ceramic process such as: glazing, kiln-loading/unloading, and mixed-media/cold finishes.


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In this ceramic art studio course, you will be introduced to essential sculptural techniques: pinch, coil, slab, stamps, and multi-piece molds. Designed for all skill levels, you can pursue various representational, abstract, large-scale, and/or functional objects.


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In this ceramic art studio course, you will be introduced to essential ceramic wheelthrowing techniques: centering, throwing, altering, trimming, and functional attachments. Designed for all skill levels, you can pursue various functional pottery forms such as cups, bowls, plates, jars, teapots, and pitchers.


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In this one-week, half-day ceramics camp, your camper will be introduced to age-appropriate, essential skills in ceramics to make a variety of projects such as: pinch and coil pots, small figurines, decorative tiles, and more. Your camper will finish work with a variety of colorful glazed surfaces.


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In this one-week, half-day ceramics camp, your camper will be introduced to age-appropriate, essential skills in ceramics to make a variety of projects such as: pinch and coil pots, small figurines, decorative tiles, and more. Your camper will finish work with a variety of colorful glazed surfaces.


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In this one-week, half-day ceramics camp, your camper will be introduced to age-appropriate, essential skills in ceramics to make a variety of projects such as: pinch and coil pots, small figurines, decorative tiles, and more. Your camper will finish work with a variety of colorful glazed surfaces.


This course contains no sessions
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In this one-week, half-day ceramics camp, your camper will be introduced to age-appropriate, essential skills in ceramics to make a variety of projects such as: pinch and coil pots, small figurines, decorative tiles, and more. Your camper will finish work with a variety of colorful glazed surfaces.


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Designed for advanced skill levels only, you will engage in a self-directed studio practice in ceramics with guidance and critical feedback from Alex Thomure. Building upon the essential technical skills of ceramics, you are encouraged to develop a unique voice as an artist working in ceramics.


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This exciting technique is when still glowing-hot ceramic artwork is taken out of the kiln and immediately placed into combustible materials such as sawdust, newspaper, horsehair, grasses, and leaves, resulting in unique and unusual surface effects.


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This exhilarating and unpredictable technique involves the introduction of soda ash into the kiln near the end of the firing, resulting in rich and varied surface effects not possible with traditional ceramic glazes. You will create ceramic artworks with slips and glazes specifically designed for soda firing and participate in the soda firing process.


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Join us and learn the basics of Tiffany style stained glass. You will learn how to cut glass, how to use a stained glass grinder, how to use copper foil tape to wrap each piece. At the end of the second class, you will walk away with an intricate cicada stained glass- approximately 8" x 4".


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For any couple! Friends, neighbors, significant others, sisters, brothers, mother-daughter pairs...anyone you love! Miss Ruthie will teach you how to create an abstract watercolor using a wet-on-wet technique. You will use pens or markers to create doodles and drawings on the watercolor using what you see in the watercolor.


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Miss Ruthie will teach you how to create forests of trees in watercolor. In this great for beginner's class, you will learn watercolor techniques and gain an understanding of watercolor and its properties. You will learn how to create representations of several types of trees.


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Miss Ruthie will teach you how to create ceramic plant markers/stakes - a nice addition to your spring indoor/outdoor/potted gardens! You will learn simple slab and stamping techniques, how to use a variety of clay tools, and gain an understanding of clay and its properties.


Friday, April 19, 2024, Macoupin Art Collective
So you want to learn to crochet, but making granny squares and wash cloths sounds boring. Well this is the class for you!!! In this class, you will learn the basic stitches required to complete an Amigurumi (crocheted stuffed creatures) project and over five weeks we will work through the basics of creature creation, stuffing, and assembly!


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This course provides an overview of digital photography for those who are not familiar with the technology. You will learn the basic functions of their camera and controls to create high quality images on their smartphone, DSLR, compact, or mirrorless image-making devices.


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This weekend intensive foundational class introduces you to traditional techniques in metalsmithing and jewelry making through the manipulation of copper and brass utilizing power tools and hand tools. You will learn sawing, piercing, surface manipulation, basic forming, and cold and hot fabrication methods (riveting, gas torch soldering).


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You will work to study the basics of drawing pencil portraits. Visual aids and reference materials will be used to enhance your understanding of line, shape, form, shadow, and anatomy.


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Always wanted to take a photography class but felt intimidated by trying something new? Don't have a digital DSLR? That's okay in this class! Whether you are shooting with your digital DSLR, mirrorless/point and shoot digital camera, or phone, you will learn to take better pictures with what you already have.


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Join us for a visually exciting experience of the ancient art of Indigo dyeing, hosted over two Saturdays. Techniques for making white resists on blue cloth will be taught including Itajime, block resists and other shibori stitch resists developed in Japan, tie resists from Nigeria and knot resists from India.


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For those who already have some experience using acrylic paints, we will focus on learning new techniques, observational skills and painting styles. As you move through this course, we will also facilitate projects of your interest and give you helpful feedback to improve your painting skills.


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For those with some drawing experience, you will refine and expand your drawing and observation skills.


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The application of powdered glass on metal is an ancient technique that can transform the surface and color of your work. This course will introduce you to the vast world of enameling. You will learn how to prepare metal surfaces to accept enamel, kiln fire and torch fire techniques, and sample a variety of enamel application methods.


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Join us for a hands on introduction to traditional glassblowing techniques. Included in your time spent with us will be a one-on-one experience with the instructor, scheduled at the participants' convenience, to execute a decorative or functional piece suitable for display.


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Join us for a weekend intensive hands on introduction to traditional glassblowing techniques. Included in your time spent with us will be a one-on-one experience with the instructor, during the weekend, to execute a decorative or functional piece suitable for display.


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If you have always wanted to learn to paint in oil or hone in on your oil painting skills, this is the course for you. In this course, Kenzie will walk you through techniques used by some of your favorite master artists, as well as new fun ways of working in oil.


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A visual arts course, which will focus on bringing landscapes to life through paint. You will be encouraged to use both acrylics and watercolors to create a variety of landscapes. We will facilitate explanations of fundamental painting elements as you work, as well as give some examples of different styles used in history to paint the great outdoors.


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Beginner to intermediate students will have the opportunity to work with an instructor learning the foundational skills of interpreting and drawing from a model. If you have some level of experience, you may take advantage of this time to work with a live model at your own pace.


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Join us and learn the basics of Tiffany style stained glass. You will learn how to cut glass, how to use a stained glass grinder, how to use copper foil tape to wrap each piece. At the end of the second class, you will walk away with an intricate moth or butterfly stained glass- approximately 8" x 4".


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Whether you are an absolute beginner or advanced painter, this class offers you the flexibility to undertake projects of your own interest with the guidance of an instructor. Throughout you will work at your own pace in your chosen painting medium (watercolor, oil or acrylic).


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Join Ms. Ruthie and paint along with Mr. Bob! This is a fun class for all skill levels. You will be working with oil paints, brushes and turpenoid to clean your brushes.


Friday, May 10, 2024, Macoupin Art Collective
Each week a different 20th Century Modern artist will be studied. You will attempt to emulate their style and techniques to understand how these individuals changed the way we view art.


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Embark on a creative journey into the world of photography editing in this immersive workshop. Whether you're new to editing or seeking to enhance your skills, this workshop offers an opportunity to elevate your photos. Explore the art of photo enhancement in Adobe Lightroom, delve into introductory photo compositing in Adobe Photoshop, and learn to edit on-the-go with mobile photo editing apps.


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Join us and learn the basics of Tiffany style stained glass. You will learn how to cut glass, how to use a stained glass grinder, how to use copper foil tape to wrap each piece. Then you will learn how to use the soldering iron to combine all of the pieces together.


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Join us and learn the basics of Tiffany Style Stained Glass. You will learn how to cut glass, how to use the stained glass grinder, and how to use copper foil tape to wrap each piece. Then you will learn how to use the soldering iron to combine all of the pieces together. At the end of the class each you will leave with one small sun catcher.


Friday, May 3, 2024, Macoupin Art Collective
Join Brandace Cloud and learn how to use several handbuilding techniques to create small organic shaped shelves. These shelves are perfect for the tiny flower your kiddo gave you, or that rock that was super cool at the creek.


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This course introduces the basic East Asian brushwork and tools used in traditional Chinese and Korean calligraphy. You will learn and practice the basic skills used in writing the Standard or Regular script in traditional Chinese calligraphy and Korean calligraphy.


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Whether you are an absolute beginner or advanced painter, you will learn how to paint various types of animals in watercolor. Throughout this course you will follow Kenzie to learn how to paint different types of animals, as well as choose your own images to paint with the help of Kenzie!


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Whether you are a very beginner or have some experience with watercolor and want to learn more, this course will assist in learning important techniques in this painting medium. From landscape to botanical, this course will assist in your understanding of how to depict through watercolor!


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