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Youth & Teen Classes

Classes are back! Check-out the line-up for fall 2020.

Class Info

All LowellArts classes have been modified to meet social distancing guidelines. No more than 10 persons will be allowed in the classroom at any one time. All students and instructors are required to wear a mask at all times. Surfaces will be disinfected before each class.

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.

Pumpkin Still Life's Using Tempera Paint

Saturday, October 24

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Celebrate the fall season and learn to use tempera including how to mix colors to create some exciting pumpkin paintings.  We will be drawing and painting a variety of pumpkins from real life. Wear a painting smock or old t-shirt to protect your clothing.

 

Ages 6 to 9 | Instructor: Sharon Brandner

Class Fee: $15 ($13 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Watercolor Series: Pumpkin Still Life's

Saturday, November 7

10:30am – 12:00pm

Celebrate the fall season and learn to use watercolor techniques including wet on wet, dragging color, loading your brush, and mixing paint. Create a painting you are proud to hang on your wall!

 

Ages 10 to 17 | Instructor: Sharon Brandner

Class Fee: $15 ($13 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Watercolor Series: Landscape of Birch Trees

Saturday, November 14

10:30am – 12:00pm

Create a beautiful watercolor landscape of birch trees. Learn masking techniques and how to create a background. Experiment with spattering and dry brush techniques.

Ages 10 to 17 | Instructor: Sharon Brandner

Class Fee: $15 ($13 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Instructor Bio

Sharon Brandner

Sharon has an art education degree from Northern Illinois University, and also took graduate classes at Northern Michigan University in painting. She has a masters degree in education from Cornerstone University. She has taught many art classes including: classes at Homewood Flossmoor High School, private art lessons, adult education, and gifted art classes. Sharon received a ZA endorsement to teach early childhood from Northern Michigan University. Since moving to Lowell, she has taught art for 15 years at New Branches School in Grand Rapids. She currently teaches K-8 art classes at Innocademy in Zeeland. In addition to teaching summer art classes at LowellArts, she also teaches art classes in Menominee, MI, for a collaborative program she started with 4H and Menominee County Mental Health. She has had her work in ArtPrize for the past 5 years, and has been in several exhibitions at LowellArts.

Watercolor Series: Animal Portraits

Saturday, November 21

10:30am – 12:00pm

Create real-life looking animal using watercolors. We will create the animal step by step together and use watercolor to create fur and texture. Practice watercolor techniques including wet on wet, dragging color, and dry brushing.

Ages 10 to 17 | Instructor: Sharon Brandner

Class Fee: $15 ($13 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Needle Felted Whale

Saturday, December 5

1:30pm - 4:30pm

For this class, various kinds of whales will be examples for options to create, such as a humpback, narwhal, sperm, and beluga. These lovely miniature whales are great introductory projects for those interested in needle felting, as well as those with previous experience. 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.

 

Ages 10 to Adult | Instructor: Sam Coon

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

Origami Poinsettia Pop-Up Card

Saturday, December 12

10:30am – 12:30pm

For greetings, gifts, or just for fun, students will enjoy making a pop-up card with a lovely, folded Poinsettia tucked inside. Using the Japanese art of origami, the flower is made with 6 petals cut from one single template and folded so that the petals unfurl as the card is opened.

Ages 10 to 17 | Instructor: Jennifer Helner

Class Fee: $22 ($20 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Instructor Bio

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.

 

Needle Felted Owls

Saturday, December 19

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 to Adult | Instructor: Sam Coon

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

Instructor Bio

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.

 

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LowellArts
223 W Main Street

Lowell, MI 49331

616-897-8545

info@lowellartsmi.org

Gallery Hours:

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.