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Youth & Teen Classes

New classes for Summer 2021!

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 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.

Create a Horse!

​Thursday, June 24

10:30am – 12:00pm

Youth (Ages 7 to 10): Create a drawing of a horse using pencil. Learn to draw the correct proportions of a horse and how to use pencil to create values.


Teen (Ages 11 to 18): Create a horse portrait using charcoal drawing techniques. Learn how to create values and blend charcoal to create realism.

​Ages 7 to 18 | Instructor: Sharon Brandner

​Class Fee: $17 ($15 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Create a Monkey!

Saturday, June 26

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Youth (Ages 7 to 10): Create a monkey using basic Chinese brushstrokes. Learn how to handle Chinese brushes using minimal strokes.

Teen (Ages 11 to 18): Create a monkey using Chinese painting techniques. Learn how to use deliberate brushstrokes and simplicity to create an expressive monkey character. Experiment with different kinds of Chinese brushes and rice paper.

​Ages 7 to 18 | Instructor: Sharon Brandner

​Class Fee: $17 ($15 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

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Instructor BioS

Brent Alles

Brent Alles has experience acting, directing, and writng plays including two plays for kids – Danny Trooper in the Land of ModMyth and Danny Trooper in the Hall of Valhalla. He was the winner of the LowellArts Playwright Short Play Festival in 2018. Brent is a member of the sketch comedy trio Public Domain with Rob Freund and Jeff Stacer. Brent has a Master of Arts in Humanities from Central Michigan University, an MBA from Capella University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Syracuse University. Besides working as a Client Administrator for CompHealth Medical Staffing, he also is an adjunct faculty member for GRCC in both the Language & Thought and Business departments.

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.

Create a Rabbit!

​Thursday, July 1

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Youth (Ages 7 to 10): Create a realistic drawing of a rabbit using colored pencils. Fur and texture will be created like the artist Albrecht Durer.

Teen (Ages 11 to 18): Create a realistic drawing of a rabbit using scratchboard tools. Fur and texture will be created like the artist Albrecht Durer.

​Ages 7 to 18 | Instructor: Sharon Brandner

​Class Fee: $17 ($15 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Create a Rooster!

​Thursday, July 8

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Youth (Ages 7 to 10): Create a colorful rooster with paint. Learn how to use water-based paint to create a very colorful rooster with fantastic feathers.

Teen (Ages 11 to 18): Create a rooster using Chinese brushstroke techniques with watercolor. Learn how to use only a few brushstrokes to create form. Experiment with different kinds of Chinese brushes and rice paper.

​Ages 7 to 18 | Instructor: Sharon Brandner

​Class Fee: $17 ($15 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Theater Class: On with the show!

Auditions: Sat, July 10, 10:00-11:00am​ | Rehearsals: July 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 & 21, 6:00-7:30pm | Performance: Thurs, July 22 at 7:00pm

Ever want to know what it’s like to perform on stage? Or maybe you’ve performed before and want to gain some more experience? Brent Alles and Rob Freund will take you through the experience of putting on a show, from auditioning to blocking to performing!

The theme of this show is “Kid Superheroes”. The parts in this one act production will be given out during an “audition” and then the actors will rehearse, leading up to a final performance for friends and family!

​Ages 7 to 18 | Instructors: Brent Alles and Rob Freund from the LowellArts Players

Class Fee: $90 ($81 for LowellArts Members).

Instructor BioS

Samantha Coon

Samantha Coon 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.

Rob Freund

Rob has been with the Lowell Arts Players since 2005. During that time he has acted in numerous shows and has had the chance to direct a few. Outside of the Lowell Arts Players, he is active with the Grand Rapids based vaudeville group known as Frivolous Follies. Rob is also founding member, writer, and performer for the comedy group Public Domain. The theater has been a passion of Rob’s that first developed in elementary school. He looks forward to teaching some acting techniques and the workings of a play to another generation of actors. 

Create a Leopard!

​Saturday, July 10

10:30am – 12:00pm

Create a drawing of a snow leopard using charcoal. Learn about shading and proportion and how to use charcoal pencils.

​Ages 7 to 10 | Instructor: Sharon Brandner

​Class Fee: $17 ($15 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Create a Penguin!

Saturday, July 17

10:30am – 12:00pm

Youth (Ages 7 to 10): Create a penguin in action using tempera paint. Learn how to show action in painting with penguins sliding on ice and snow. Learn to mix values and how to create a three-dimensional penguin body.

Teen (Ages 11 to 18): Create penguins using watercolor. Learn watercolor painting techniques to create different values and how to blend colors.

​Ages 7 to 18 | Instructor: Sharon Brandner

​Class Fee: $17 ($15 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

Painting with Wool Prefelts

Saturday, August 21

10:00am – 12:00pm

Create a lovely picture using colorful prefelts placed on a prefelt background and learn the wet felting process. This class will cover the entire wet felting process through instruction and demonstration. Using partially felted pieces of wool, the possibilities are endless. Pictures may take on a mosaic look, abstract art, etc., depending on the desired outcome. There is not one set subject, but rather individual creative inspiration.

​Ages 8 to 13 | Instructor: Sam Coon

Class Fee: $35 ($32 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.