Unique Letterpress & Printmaking Classes offered this Fall

A unique opportunity is available this fall at the Adrian Center for the Arts (ACA), for people who would like to learn the art of letterpress artist Kristine Willimann will teach several classes to whet the appetite of those wondering about this art that has been all but lost to the digital world.

Letterpress Mini Posters is a two-session class October 5 and 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Lino and Letterpress Notecards a two-session class on November 9 and 16 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Screenprint Custom Coasters on November 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

ACA member and local artist Lorenzo Cristaudo is offering “Print Palooza” on October 6 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  and a "Date Day: Chocolates & Print Palooza" on October 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

No experience in letterpress is necessary, just a desire to expand their creative repertoire.

Click here for a full description of the classes.

Youth Classes offered at ACA this Fall

Once again, the Adrian Center for the Arts (ACA) is offering a robust program for area youth – and there is something for everyone!

Preschool: ACA member and illustrator Dori Durbin will teach Citrus Art on Sept. 24, Tissue Paper Art, Oct. 22; Squeegee Art, Nov. 19 and 3D Wooley Sheep Art, Dec. 17. All classes will be from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Parents can participate! Warning: there may be some sticky and colorful fingers at the end of the classes! 

Youth 8 -12: Durbin will also offer Drawing Real and Whimsical People, Nov. 16; 3D Picasso People, Nov. 30; Bottlecap 3D art, Dec.17.

Clay: ACA resident clay artists Jim and Amy Anderson will return to the ACA Youth Studio to offer a great selection of clay classes for young people: Whimsical Windchimes, Sept. 22; Friendly Creature Pinch Pot, Oct. 2; Holiday Tree Nov. 10 and Express Yourself in Clay, Dec. 8. All are offered from 2-4 p.m. and are geared toward 8 – 12 year olds who are interested in expanding their skills in clay or just getting to know the medium.

See the full list of classes and register online.

Adrian Center for the Arts offers Metal Sculpture Classes this Fall

The Adrian Center for the Arts (ACA) is offering a metal sculpture class at three different times this fall.

ACA Resident Metal Sculptor Jim Bundshuh will teach two, four-session courses in October and November. The classes are the same, offered at two different times: Wednesdays October 2-23 from 6 – 9 p.m. and Mondays Nov. 4- 25 from 1 – 4 p.m. Register online here

His class will give students the opportunity to learn the metal medium and make some  unique sculptures. Students will learn the basics of cutting steel with a torch, grinding rough edges and then use a wire welder to join steel pieces together. Throughout the four weeks students can make one or more sculptures and build upon each experience. The sculptures will be finished using a variety of techniques. 

Bundshuh studied sculpture at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and works in steel, wood, concrete, ceramics and found materials.  His work has been exhibited at Detroit area galleries and Art-a-Licious in Adrian.

Adrian Center for the Arts Community Clay Classes this Fall


There is a full compliment of offerings for the ceramicist in you at the Adrian Center for the Arts (ACA) Community Clay Studio this fall.

Long-time Clay instructor and ACA Programming Director Pi Benio is offering “One and Done Plus One –Plates,” Oct. 6 and 13; and “One and Done – Christmas Candle Holder,” November 15. Benio also offers a six-week session “Exploring Clay” for all ability levels. This will run Saturdays from Oct. 5 – Nov. 9.

ACA resident artist Laura Van Camp will offer, “Raku Jack-O-Lanterns” a two-session class on Sept. 29 and Oct. 20. Raku is an ancient art using an outdoor kiln in a process that transforms the piece quickly and in interesting fashion. Van Camp will also offer, “Cocktail Party” – creating functional vessels in six sessions Thursdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 7 and “Pinch’n Bells” Dec. 1.

Cravens will offer a “Create an Angel,” Nov. 2.

Click here for a full description of the classes

ACA offeres Special Effects Makeup Class on October 5

The Adrian Center for the Arts (ACA) welcomes ACA member and new instructor Brian Smith who will teach a class in special effects makeup just in time for Halloween.

Smith is self-taught, and has done effects make up work for his own independent films. He was lucky enough to make gelatin effects for Bob Keen of Star Wars fame, in an early, low budget picture. His work has become a loved hobby that he will share that with students.

The class is geared to those 13 and older. Students will learn the basics of special effects in a 4-hour session when Smith shares the secrets of creating gelatin prosthetics, skin lesions and fake blood. Ample time will allow students to become familiar in the execution of these easy techniques. The class will include a complete gelatin kit which also features a how-to booklet revealing all the recipes and secrets, so that the journey into special effects can continue at home with easily available materials.

The class will be held from noon – 4 p.m., October 5 in the Youth Studio in ACA Gallery Bldg. 46. To sign up for “Monsters, Blood, Guts and Gore,” visit adriancenterforthearts.org/special-effects