Adult (14+) Visual Art Classes

Enrollment for Summer 2023 Classes begins March 28.

(Scroll down for remaining Spring 2023 Class offerings)

Glass on Metal 

This class will start with an intro to the world of metalsmithing, teaching you the basics of how to manipulate metal.  After learning forming, soldering, texturing, and etching, it is time for some color! You will learn how to apply enamel glass to your art. Give your earrings, bracket, or fish sculpture a splash of color using high temperatures. For new and experienced students.

Instructor: Spencer Lawson
Tuesdays 6:30 – 9 pm WEST Annex
Dates: June 13 – Aug 8  (8 weeks) 
Cost: $185 includes all supplies 

Relief Printmaking 

This class is an introduction to carving and printing linoleum blocks. Students will learn how to plan a multi-colored linocut print. This includes carving, color-mixing, inking up the block, lining up the image, and printing by hand or through a press to create an edition or artist prints. Throughout the process, we will discuss paper and ink qualities, as well as basic elements and principles of design. No prior experience needed.

Instructor: Mary Gordon McFall
Tuesdays – 6 – 8 pm, Art Annex
Dates: June 13 – July 25 (6 wks) No class July 4
Cost: $155. All tools and supplies included.


Watercolor Pencil Drawing 

A good alternative to watercolor painting is watercolor pencil drawing. When you finish your work it IS a watercolor painting! Students will learn how to plan, render, and transform their drawing into a painting. It’s FUN!

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Wednesdays 6:30 – 9 pm, Art Annex
Dates: Jun 7 – July 12 (6 wks)                             
Cost: $155 Supplies included

Batik Workshop 

Batik is an ancient Indonesian method of hand-printing textiles by coating with wax the parts not to be dyed. Students will learn the steps needed so complete two batiks during the duration of this class. Please note, this class meets 5 nights in succession.

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Mon-Fri   6 – 10 pm, Art Annex
Dates: July 24 – 28 (1 wk)
Cost: $215 All materials included

Pen and Ink Drawing  

In this class, students will learn to take the ordinary tools of pen and ink to create extraordinary work. Students will learn about composition and the principles and elements of art. With the teacher’s assistance, students will plan their drawings in good composition and finish an excellent drawing in this class.

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Wednesdays 6:30 – 9 pm, Art Annex
Dates: Aug 9 – 30 
Cost: $145

Spring 2023 Offerings

Abstracted Landscape

The student will learn how to look at a subject and abstract it. This style of painting was invented by Paul Cézanne, who brought it to popularity in the 1800’s. He became frustrated having to paint landscapes that looked exactly like what he saw. He decided to put a twist on how things would appear in his paintings. People soon became intrigued, and the art form was very quickly accepted. Students will be taught how to plan, execute, and finish a painting in this style.

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Wednesdays Time: 6:30 - 9pm
Dates: Apr 5 - May 10 (6 weeks)
Cost: $160


Plexiglass Etching

Etching is a very old and revered printmaking form of art. Instead of using copper plates, we will go modern and use plexiglass plates. The result is the same, but it cuts out the acid and tar needed for all other metal plates.

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Thursdays Time: 12 - 2pm 
Dates: Mar 30 - Apr 20 (4 weeks)
Cost: $155

Values in Graphite Drawing

Learning how to do a graphite (pencil) drawing helps build a good foundation for all art mediums. In this class you will learn how to assess a value and improve your ability to see values across the board. Be it painting, drawing, or working with a color subject, getting the values right, your finished product will be that much more satisfactory.

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Thursdays Time: 12 - 2pm 
Dates: May 4 - 25 (4 weeks)
Cost: $120

Glass on Metal

This class will start with an introduction to the world of metalsmithing, teaching you the basics of how to manipulate metal. After learning forming, soldering, texturing, and etching, it is time for some color! You will learn how to apply enamel glass to your art. Give your earrings, bracelet, or fish sculpture a splash of color using high temperatures.
Min class size: 3   Max class size: 6

Instructor: Spencer Lawson
Day: Tuesdays Time: 6:30 - 9pm
Dates: Feb 21 - Apr 25 (9 weeks, No class Mar 14)
Cost: $185 All materials included
Location: Clay/Metals Studio (West side of Arts Annex)

Scholarships are available for school age students. Please ask before enrolling.

Click HERE for Adult (14+) Clay Classes

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Mixed media class October 2017

Education Season Sponsors:

Keating & Associates, Inc

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 County 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.