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Adult & Teen Classes

Classes include: wet felting, needle felting, drawing mandalas, and painting

Class Info

COVID Safety Modifications to Classes include:

  • Spaced seating to meet social distancing guidelines.

 

  • No more than 10 persons will be allowed in the classroom at any one time.

 

  • Surfaces disinfected before each class.

  • All students and instructors are required to wear a mask at all times.

  • Read more about specific mask requirements for class attendees HERE.

All classes require students to preregister. Walk-in registrations cannot be accommodated. Payment for the class must be received to reserve a spot. 

 

Each class has a predetermined minimum and maximum enrollment. LowellArts reserves the right to cancel a class if the minimum enrollment has not been met. In the event of cancellation, students will receive a full refund.

Needle Felted Owls

Saturday, January 23

10:30am – 1:00pm

These adorable, fun owls are great introductory projects for those interested in needle felting. With just this one project, there are so many possibilities! Ear tufts, no ear tufts, large or small eyes, feather patterns, and different face designs in varying colors. Wool breeds, needle types and safety precautions, sculpting bases with core wool, and 'painting' the design with colorful MC-1 wool will be gone over in this class. Examples will be provided.

Ages 10+ | Instructor: Sam Coon

Class Fee: $35 ($33 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Painting: Improving the Fundamentals, Techniques, & Procedures of the Painting Media

Saturdays

February 13 – March 13

1:00pm – 3:30pm

This 5 week class is geared to improving and mastering the basic fundamentals of light, volume, depth, color mixing, design, and content. Open to all media types. Some experience expected, but all levels of skill are welcome. Turn problem areas into strengths. Clarify correct procedures to create a sound painting statement.

 

Students should bring their own supplies they plan to work with. Students are asked to contact the instructor prior to the class stating what they want to learn and examples of their current artwork. Students can learn more about the instructor by visiting his website www.larryblovits.com.

Ages 16+ | Instructor: Larry Blovits

Class Fee: $165 ($150 for LowellArts Members).

Wet Felted Spring Flower

Saturday, February 13

10:00am – 12:00pm

Explore the art of wet felting by creating a lovely wet felted spring flower with dyed Merino wool. This is a wonderful introduction to wet felting, as well as a great project for those with previous experience. In this class you will learn about: fiber types and differences, layout, felting, fulling, cutting and healing edges, and shaping the finished flower. These flowers are a beautiful addition to hats, scarves, hand bags, or to be left as is.

Ages 12+ | Instructor: Sam Coon

Class Fee: $40($38 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Instructor BioS

Samantha Coon

Samantha is a self-taught artist working in both wet and needle felting. She was introduced to both types of felting in 2009 while living in Mid-coast Maine. She has taught classes to both children and adults that including projects using resists both sculptural and wearable, surface design techniques, working with pre-felts, and introductory needle felting. She has taught classes in a variety of settings such as summer camps, nature centers, fiber festivals, homeschool groups, private lessons and gatherings, and at LowellArts.

 

Larry Blovits

Larry Blovits received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University. His artistic career has centered around his love for the portrait and landscape. He has built a professional reputation making commissioned portraits and exhibiting in National and International juried competitions and has won numerous awards and honors. Larry has taught workshops across the country and abroad with his workshops taking him as far away as Australia.

Drawing: Creating Mandalas

Saturday, February 20

10:00am – 12:00pm

In this class, you will create your own Mandala drawing and circular bookmark while discovering the history and benefits of drawing mandalas with intention. For centuries, people of many cultures have created or drawn mandalas as meditative symbols with many different meanings. Learn Tammy's mandala method using colorful markers and simple line elements to inspire your creative expression. No prior drawing experience is required and all supplies are provided.

Ages 13+ | Instructor: Tammy Johnson

Class Fee: $35 ($33 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Needle Felted Chicken

Saturday, March 6

10:00am - 12:00pm

Create a fun felted chicken while discovering the art of needle felting. This is a wonderful introduction to needle felting, as well as a great project for those with previous experience. Create a chicken that is either fairly simple, or more complicated with fine details. Learn about: wool breeds, needle types and safety precautions, sculpting bases with core wool, and ‘painting’ the design with colorful dyed wool, and how to add wire legs. Examples will be provided.

Ages 10+ | Instructor: Sam Coon

Class Fee: $37 ($35 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Wet Felted Luminaries

Saturday, March 27

10:00am - 12:30pm

Create a beautiful wet felted Merino luminary. Explore the technique of wet felting to create a 3D object, focusing on a thin fiber layout. Also, the addition of embellishments to the wool layout will be addressed. No previous experience is necessary, and each participant will be able to felt, shape, and complete a luminary to take with them at the end of class.

Ages 12+ | Instructor: Sam Coon

Class Fee: $40 ($38 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Wet Felted Gathering Basket

Saturday, March 27

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Create a sturdy gathering basket using the wet felting process with coarser wool breeds, as well as a fairly thick layout. Learn about the entire wet felting process: wool types, layout and design using a resist, felting, and fulling. Whether you are new to wet felting, or experienced, this is a fun, very useful project to complete; expect to get a workout in the process! The wool to be used is undyed and natural. Examples will be provided. Driftwood will be provided for handles or students are welcome to bring their own special pieces to incorporate if desired. Finished basket will have an approximately 8” diameter.

Ages 12+ | Instructor: Sam Coon

Class Fee: $57 ($55 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Needle Felted Easter Egg

Saturday, April 3

10:30am - 12:30pm

OR

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Create your own one-of-a-kind needle felted Easter egg using various colors and patterns. This is a wonderful introduction to needle felting, as well as a great project for those with previous experience. The focus of this class is creating a firm core as well as ‘painting’ on colorful details to the exterior using dyed wool. Learn about: wool breeds, needle types and safety precautions, sculpting the core, and ‘painting’ the exterior with wool. Examples will be provided in class to show color combinations and patterns that range from simple to more complicated.

Ages 8+ | Instructor: Sam Coon

Class Fee: $37 ($35 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

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Instructor BioS

Samantha Coon

Samantha is a self-taught artist working in both wet and needle felting. She was introduced to both types of felting in 2009 while living in Mid-coast Maine. She has taught classes to both children and adults that including projects using resists both sculptural and wearable, surface design techniques, working with pre-felts, and introductory needle felting. She has taught classes in a variety of settings such as summer camps, nature centers, fiber festivals, homeschool groups, private lessons and gatherings, and at LowellArts.

 

Larry Blovits

Larry Blovits received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University. His artistic career has centered around his love for the portrait and landscape. He has built a professional reputation making commissioned portraits and exhibiting in National and International juried competitions and has won numerous awards and honors. Larry has taught workshops across the country and abroad with his workshops taking him as far away as Australia.

LowellArts
223 W Main Street

Lowell, MI 49331

616-897-8545

info@lowellartsmi.org

Artist Market Hours:

January 2 to 23

TUES thru FRI  10am-6pm

SAT 12pm-5pm

Accessibility

LowellArts is accessible to all visitors – whatever their ability. Ramped entrance directly accessible from the handicapped parking area. Automatic door accessibility. Wheelchair accessible restrooms and pathways. Certified Service Animals welcome. Feel free to call in advance of your visit so we can accommodate any special needs.

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LowellArts is supported in part by:

LowellArts is supported by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.