Art Classes

Youth Art ClassesClay Play
Ages 3–5

Come experience the wonderful world of clay! Using one of the world’s most versatile and forgiving mediums, kids will have the opportunity to design their own personalized themed clay tiles and figurines. Don’t miss out on this fun approach to helping your child develop their fine motor skills. All pieces will be fired in the kiln.

PeeWee Picasso 
Ages 3–5

Your little ones will participate in a variety of art activities, encouraging curiosity, discovery, and self-expression. Led by our resident artist, Jan Lindell-Meinhard, this session is perfect for kids looking to explore new ways to expand their creative side. Each session provides the opportunity to create new projects.

Amazing Art
Ages 6–13
Express Yourself! Come try different styles and new techniques that will help bring out the inner artist in you. We’ll supply the paint, paper, and encouragement while you learn under the instruction of our resident artist, Jan Lindell-Meinhard. Be prepared to get messy, it’s art!

Youth Pottery
Ages 6–13

Let’s explore, create, and have fun with clay! Students will experience the joys of working with clay while letting their imaginations soar. Celebrate summer with some fun projects; expanding your art skills and knowledge.

Adult Art ClassesBasket Weaving Class
Different styles of baskets are made each season. All supplies are included in the fee. Instructor: Kathy McMinn is the owner of The Basket Sampler and has more than 20 years of basket weaving experience. A sample is on display at the Community Center. 

Mosaic Class

Since ancient times, artists have used small, colored pieces of glass, stone, tile, and more to create beautiful mosaic masterpieces. Follow in their footsteps and fashion your own mosaic. Class is for men and women—no experience necessary. Instructor: Mary Gilhuly, Art Director/Co-Founder of Song & Spirit Institute for Peace. A sample of the project is on display at the Community Center front desk. Registration is required. 

Knitting Classes

Instructor Naomi Frenkel has a teaching degree from MSU and is an avid lifelong knitter and experienced knitting teacher. Various levels of classes are available year-round. 

Clay Projects for Seniors

Participants will work with clay and glazes to design beautiful pottery. Under direction of our art instructor Jan Lindell-Meinhard you will have the opportunity to explore the world of clay.

Anyone Can Paint

Join award-winning artist and television host Steve Wood as he shares his painting tips and techniques that will have you painting like an artist in one class. He demonstrates and paints right along with the class. An 11 x 14 painting will be completed by the end of the session. Paint, brushes, canvas boards, and all other supplies are included in the fee. 

Watercolor Painting Lessons

For beginners through advanced painters. Noted Bloomfield Hills artist Karen Halpern will guide you in working with the beautiful nature of watercolor. An extensive supply list available on your receipt or from the front desk. 

Studio Art Class

This class provides the opportunity for students with prior painting experience to develop projects of your own choosing regarding subject, style, and medium. It will provide time to follow your own subject ideas, work on a more advanced level, to develop work you've begun previously, or pieces you want to begin in class. Bring your own project, and artist/instructor Karen Halpern will assist you in developing your ideas in the 2-dimensional medium in which you choose to work, e.g. watercolor, oils, acrylics, collage, or pen and ink. Karen will guide critical thinking, expose each student to work by famous artists working with similar style and thinking, as applicable, and offer direction for advancement. Bring the supplies which you are accustomed to using. 

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