Adult (14+) Visual Art Classes

Fall 2021 registration opens August 11.

Class enrollments are limited to allow for distancing. 
Masks may be required.


Ages 14+

Using Washes in Painting

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Tuesday
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm

Dates: Nov 9-Dec 14 (5 weeks, no class Nov 23)
Cost: $140

Washes are created by a specific blend of paint, water, and varnish. Learn how to make and store washes and how to manipulate them on your canvas. Students will also learn how to create and use washes in other mediums including marker, watercolor pencil, ink, and wax resist. Students will complete a painting using learned wash techniques. Supplies provided for use in class.


Creating a Landscape: Rules & Techniques

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:30-9:00pm

Dates: Oct 27-Dec 15 (7 weeks, no class Nov 24)
Cost: $175

For beginning students, the study of both principal rules and specific techniques of landscape painting take works from good to great. For the experienced painter, this class is an excellent review. Supplies provided for use in class.

Acrylic Landscape

Instructor: Robert Hubbard                                              
Days: Tuesdays                                                           
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm

Dates: Sep 28 (6 weeks) *                                                   
Cost: $175

Learn how to plan, paint, and finish an acrylic landscape painting through demonstrations, critiques, and observing others. Students will work with the instructor to complete an outstanding landscape. Supplies provided for use in class. * Date of last session will be discussed in class. 


Paint Like Van Gogh

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:30-9:30pm

Dates: Sept 1-Oct 20 (8 weeks)
Cost: $190

We often study “Master Painters” and Van Gogh is well known for his use of intense color and unique paint application. We’ll explore the secrets and techniques of Van Gogh including color and blending. Painting exercises will help students understand shades, tints, highlights, and full tones of color. Students will complete a painting using the techniques learned. Supplies provided for use in class.

Printmaking & Metals

Mixed-Level Printmaking

Instructor: Mary Gordon McFall
Day: Tuesdays    

Dates: Sep 28-Oct 26 (5 weeks)
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Cost: $165
This mixed-level printmaking class is for new and experienced students interested in exploring monotype and relief-block printing by hand. The class will include carving, color-mixing, inking, and printing images by hand to create editions or one-off artist prints. Through demonstrations, students will learn various monotype techniques while discovering line quality, texture, and color layering possibilities for image-making. Play and experimentation are encouraged! Supplies provided. Ages 14+. Min class size: 3 Max class size:  6 


Mixed-Level Metal Smithing

Instructor: Spencer Lawson                    
Day: Tuesday          
Time: 6:30-9:00pm                                 
Dates: Sep 28-Nov 16 (6 weeks)
Cost: $165
No prior metals experience needed. In this introduction to the basics of metalsmithing we will learn forging, riveting, stamping, soldering, 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


Block Printing

Sat, Nov 13, 10:00am-12:30pm
$40 per person
open to ages 12+ (anyone under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Learn block printing that you can use with paper, fabrics, and more. This is a fun introduction to printmaking! All supplies provided. 

mini art
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.