Adult & Teen Classes

Register on-line, at LowellArts, or call 616.897.8545

Saturday, Dec 7 - 10:00am-6:00pm
Monday, Dec 9 - 6:00-8:00pm

Holiday wreath-making workshop. You will receive an artificial wreath, wreath decorating supplies, as well as a bit of guidance and inspiration. This is a great activity for a child to do with an adult!

Fee: $30 (to support LowellArts). First come-first served until we run out of wreaths. 

Drop-in! Registration not required.

Wreath it Up

December 19

Thursday, 4:00-6:00pm

In this workshop, you'll explore the art of wet felting by creating a colorful and unique poinsettia - a perfect addition to a purse, hat, scarf, wreath, or Christmas ornament. You'll learn about fiber types and differences, layout, creating pre-felts, fulling, and shaping the finished piece. You'll use fine merino roving and batting and beads for embellishment. Age 12+

Instructor: Samantha Coon

Class Fee: $37 ($35 for LowellArts Members)

Wet Felted Poinsettias

January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5 & 12
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

In this six week course, you'll learn how to hold a calligraphy pen and control the flow of ink onto a page as well as how to form upper and lowercase letters in modern style and join them together to create beautiful words and phrases. This class is perfect for beginners and includes exercises to practice your new skills. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to apply calligraphy to anything imaginable: quotes, envelope addressing, cards, and more! Left handed? Please let us know! Age: 18+

Instructor: Jennifer Helner 
Class Fee: $67 ($61 for LowellArts Members) – Includes materials valued at $25

Beginning Italic Calligraphy

February 15

Saturday, 12:00-3:00pm

In this workshop, you’ll explore ekphrastic poetry – poetry about works of art. You’ll study examples, identify different methods: narrative, metaphoric, and allusive. You’ll do exercises in the LowellArts Gallery using prompts to inspire poems based on selected works. You’ll be able to share your completed poem, or an ekphrastic poem of your choice, with your peers for critique. Age 14+

Instructor: Phillip Sterling

Class Fee: $30 ($28 LowellArts Members)

Writing About Art: The Ekphrastic Poem

December 13

Friday, 2:00-4:00pm

Come create forest critter ornaments! Think - owls, squirrels, badgers, raccoons, foxes, and skunks! These adorable, yet simple ornaments are a great introduction to needle felting. You'll learn all about wool breeds, needle types, safety precautions, sculpting bases with core wool, and "painting" your design with colorful Mc-1 wool. Example pieces will be provided. 8+ (children 8 to 12 need an accompanying adult)

Instructor: Samantha Coon

Class Fee: $33 ($30 for LowellArts Members)

Needle Felted Critter Ornaments (Child + Adult Class)

December 21

Saturday, 10:30am-12:30pm

Use leaves and other natural materials to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind silk scarf. Scarves are 100% silk. Additional scarves are available for $7 each payable to the instructor at the class. Age: 14+

Instructor: Julia Voake

Class Fee: $35 ($31.50 for LowellArts Members)

Eco Printing Scarves

January 17 & 18
Friday & Saturday, 10:30am - 4:30pm


In this class, you'll learn how to create an accurate charcoal drawing working from photography. You’ll be provided with images to work from. You will be working with charcoal and grey toned paper. A full materials list will be available to you before class. Age: 14+

Instructor: Candice Chovanec

​Class Fee: $166

Portrait Drawing from Photography

March 26

Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM

In this workshop, you'll look at examples of traditional and contemporary poetry and learn to determine how poets decide what form a line of poetry takes, that is, where to "break" or end a line.  You'll complete exercises and prompts that will challenge you to think outside of traditional forms, like the sonnet, and consider alternative line lengths in revision. You'll have the opportunity to share a poem with your peers for critique. Age 14+

Instructor: Phillip Sterling

Class Fee: $30 ($28 LowellArts Members)

Playing with Poetry: Whose Line Break is This Anyway?

December 14

Saturday, 10:30am-12:30pm

Not dyeing ice! Dyeing WITH ice! Use ice as part of the dyeing process to make colorful silk scarves. Ice-dyed scarves are incredibly fun to create and make wonderful gifts. Additional scarves are available for $10 each payable to the instructor at the class. Age: 14+

Instructor: Julia Voake

Class Fee: $35 ($31.50 for LowellArts Members)

Ice Dyeing Scarves

December 21

Saturday, 2:30-5:00pm

Sculpt using felting needles and wool to create a fun, keepsake folk bird ornament. You'll learn how to use wool beads and felting needles to sculpt a base using core wool. You'll "paint" your project using a plentiful variety of MC-a wool colors. Age: 12+

Instructor: Samantha Coon

Class Fee: $37 ($35 for LowellArts Members)

Needle Felted Folk Bird Ornaments

January 23

Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM

In this workshop, you’ll explore how rhyme and other sound patterns have been used in poetry through hands-on exercises. You’ll try out alternative approaches to using sound mechanisms like slant rhyme, off rhyme, and sight rhyme. You’ll be able to share your creations and work with your fellow classmates to peer review. Age 14+

Instructor: Phillip Sterling

Class Fee: $30 ($28 LowellArts Members)

Playing with Poetry: Rhyme

Instructor Bios

Candice Chovanec
Candice Chovanec was born in Catania, Sicily, and has lived most her life in Southern California. In 2008, she completed her BFA in Drawing and Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design. In 2017, she completed her MFA from California State University. Candice has won numerous awards and shown in group exhibitions throughout the United States. In 2017, her work received 1st Place from the Portrait Society of America in their Members-Only Competition and “Best in Show” from the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art for portraiture. When she isn’t painting in her studio, Candice teaches at Lansing Community College and Michigan State University in Lansing, MI.

Jennifer Helner
Jennifer is an art instructor and custom framer who lives in Lowell. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Wayne State University. Jennifer teaches calligraphy, watercolor, drawing, modern and creative lettering, and pastels at LowellArts and the Northville Art House. She also offers private lessons. Jennifer was the Featured Artist at the Northville Art House, and has been in numerous art competitions in Northville, Lowell, and Livonia. She has been custom-framing for 24 years and currently has a framing studio business at her home. Some of Jennifer’s framing clients include: Madonna University, Northville Public Schools, Kenwal Steel in Dearborn, Mood Events, and The China Closet in Birmingham.

Phillip Sterling
Author, Phillip Sterling, writes fiction and poetry. His published works include In Which Brief Stories Are Told, And Then Snow, Mutual Shores. His next book will be released in November 2019. He has won contests including 2015 Monstrosities of the Midway, 3rd Annual Dickens Christmas Fiction, and was selected for Best Small Fictions 2017. His awards include the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Fulbright Awards, and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. He founded the Literature In Person Reading Series at Ferris State University, where he is Professor Emeritus.

Julia Voake
Julia Voake has been a practicing artist forever. She is a painter and teacher for all ages and loves to see the creative spark emerge in her students. Always interested in exploring different mediums--she works with fabric, sewing, embroidery, quilting, natural materials, metals, wood, found objects, paint, and anything else that looks intriguing.

General Info
All classes / workshops require students to preregister. Walk-in registrations cannot be accommodated. Payment for the class / workshop must be received to reserve a spot in the class / workshop. Each class has a predetermined minimum and maximum enrollment. LowellArts reserves the right to cancel a class/workshop if the minimum enrollment has not been met. In the event of cancellation, students will receive a full refund.


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