Adult (14+) Visual Art Classes

Class enrollments are limited to allow for distancing. Masks required and supplies are not sharedAll participants are asked to take a COVID self-check before each class. Temperatures will be checked on arrival. Please call us with questions.

Monotype Printmaking

Instructor: Mary Gordon McFall                 
Day: Tuesdays                         
Dates: Mar 2- Apr 6 (5 weeks, no class Mar 16)             
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm                            
Cost: $150 No prior experience necessary.
This class is an introduction to monotype printmaking without a printing press. Monoprint and Monotype are generally considered the most painterly printmaking processes—great for their spontaneity and combination with other media. Through hands-on demonstrations, students will learn various monotype techniques while exploring line quality, texture, and color layering possibilities for image-making. Play and experimentation is encouraged! Supplies provided. Ages 14+. Min class size: 3 Max class size: 6 

Intro to Metal Smithing

Instructor: Spencer Lawson                                                         Days: Tuesdays                                                        
Time: 6:30-8:30pm                           
Dates: Feb 16–Mar 30 (6 sessions, no class Mar 16)
Cost: $145
No prior metals experience needed. In this introduction to the basics of metal smithing we will learn forging, riveting, stamping, and the proper use of metal tools. During this 6 week course we will be using copper and brass to make name plates, brooches, pendants and small scale sculpture. Ages 16+. Min. class size: 3 Max class size: 6

Bookbinding: Link-Stitch Booklet

Instructor: Mary Gordon McFall                
Days:  Saturday       
Date: April 10                                           
Time: 1:00pm - 5:30pm
Cost: $45
Create a small, hardcover book using a single link-stitch: a non-adhesive, hand-sewn binding that allows the stitch-work to be visible and the book to lay flat. Great for small sketches, keeping notes, or as a gift! No experience required, but some hand-dexterity will be helpful. Ages 14+. Min class size: 3 Max class size: 6   

Basic Batik

Instructor: Robert Hubbard                   
Days: Mon-Thu       
Dates: Apr 26-29**                                
Time: 6:00-10:00pm
Cost: $130
Spend an artful week with us! This wax resist medium will have you learning the techniques to apply the wax and fabric dyes to cotton fabric. Students will supply their own plain white, pre-washed material about 20”x30” (old pillowcases or sheets are prefect). Students may also bring their own inspiration photo or use the still life set up by the teacher as their subject. Other supplies provided. Ages 14+. Min class size: 3 Max class size: 6   **Please enroll by April 22 so that we can prepare the supplies!  

Beginning Watercolor & Beyond

Instructor: Robert Hubbard                  
Day: Tuesdays        
Time: 6:30-9:00 pm
Dates: Jan 12-Feb 16 (6 weeks)                
Cost: $135
For both new and experienced students. All students will complete a painting. Beginner students will complete several experiments and basics lessons before starting their watercolor painting. Beyond students will start their paintings with the first class period and have refresher lessons and individual time with the instructor in more advanced techniques.

Beginning Soft Pastels & Beyond

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Wednesdays   
Time: 6:30-9:00 pm
Dates: Jan 13-Feb 17 (6 weeks)
Cost: $125
For both new and experienced students. All students will complete a drawing. Beginner students will complete several experiments and basics lessons before starting their pastel drawing. Beyond students will start their drawings with the first class period and have refresher lessons and individual time with the instructor in more advanced techniques.

Acrylic Painting - Daytime

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 11:00am-1:30pm
Dates: Mar 2-Apr 6 (6 weeks)
Cost: $140
This class is designed for students with basic acrylic painting experience who would like teacher guidance to see their project through to completion. The teacher will be there to assist in whatever way the student needs. Students should bring their ideas with them to class in the form of sketches or photographs (at least 3). These ideas can be realistic, abstract, or design. In this class, anything goes in acrylics!

Design in Acrylics

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Wednesdays   
Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
Dates: Mar 3-Apr 21 (8 weeks)
Cost: $150
Design is an important concept in art and painting. Design helps the artist understand composition and how items should be placed on a canvas to create a pleasing, cohesive painting. Students will experiment with the elements of a good design to come up with a good composition and then execute their ideas with acrylics. A solid painting will show off the principles of good design.

Graphite Pencil Drawing

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Dates: May 4-May 25 (4 weeks)
Cost: $75
Picasso said “Drawing is the foundation of all art”. We must always remember the importance of drawing and continue to practice in order to keep up our skills. This class will start with each student completing four exercises to refresh the students’ knowledge of what graphite can do. Students should bring to the first class three photos as possible project ideas. These may be in the form of photographs or magazine clippings. Please no images on phones.

Colored Pencil Drawing

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Wednesdays
 Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Dates: May 5-May 26 (4 weeks)
Cost: $75
Colored pencils aren’t only for kids anymore! Come to this class to find out how beautiful colored pencils can be when used the correct way. Students will complete at least one drawing by the end of this class. Each student should bring with them three color photographs and a black-and-white copy of each of the colored photographs to the first class. One of the photographs will be your first colored pencil drawing.

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Mixed media class October 2017

Robert Hubbard - Artist

Robert Hubbard taught grades K-12 in the Kansas public education system for 28 years. During this time he taught outreach classes for KSU, Washburn, Allen Count Community College, and Cloud County Community College. After retiring from teaching, he continued teaching classes at Topeka Art Guild, NOTO, and his gallery in Brookwood Shopping Center in Topeka.

Robert has given workshops in ten different states and has art works on display in all fifty states and five countries. He works primarily in acrylics, but has knowledge in many art mediums. Robert has won “Kansans Paint Kansas,” and was included in the exhibit of 150 Kansas artists for Kansas’ 150th birthday. A few other awards include the Denver International, and the Atlanta Olympic Exhibit in Acrylic Painting.  

Robert’s gentle but firm teaching style puts his students at ease and encourages creativity. He has found Manhattan to be the best place he has ever lived and enjoys getting to know as many people as possible. At MAC, Robert currently teaches adult art classes in many mediums, substitutes for our youth classes, keeps our Art Studio organized, and serves as a mentor and friend for our instructors, studio members, staff, and students.

Spencer D. Lawson - Metalsmith

From the rolling hills, valleys, and forest of Oklahoma, Spencer Lawson built up a love for wildlife and nature.  After graduating from Berryhill high school, he attended Oklahoma State University where he was introduced to the arts and metalsmithing. After a brief adventure into the world of high school teaching and graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Spencer traveled to Kansas State University to further his metals education and acquire a Master of Fine Arts in metalsmithing. There he learned new techniques and materials in metals and jewelry. Spencer then furthered his education at Penland School of Craft where he learned how to create objects out of pewter and is currently using it as the dominant metal in his organic works today. While completing his final pieces in the sculpture department, Spencer met the love of his life Sarah Lomasney. A romance started over applying ceramic shell to molds and discussing video games into the night in an aging dank studio space. They both later graduated KSU in 2010 and create art in their home studio.

Mary Gordon McFall - Printmaker

Mary Gordon was born in Weinheim, Germany, but calls the Flint Hills of Kansas home. She received her MFA with an emphasis in Printmaking & Book Arts from Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, and BFAs in Printmaking and Painting from Kansas State University. Crossing over between media, Mary explores her natural environment, everyday interactions and overlooked happenings through a lens of play. Mary has participated in residency programs nationally, and exhibited work nationally and internationally. She currently lives and works in Manhattan, Kansas.