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Adult Art Program

Unlock your inner artist with Cultivate's Adult Continuing Education Program, where studio-based, foundational art practices meet modern innovation. Whether you're just starting your artistic journey or looking to refine your craft, our program has something for everyone.

 

Our two distinct series cater to your specific needs: the "Start from Scratch" series lays a solid foundation for new or returning artists, while our "Artisan Mastery Series" elevates the skills of artists from intermediate to professional levels.

 

Grounded in hands-on studio practices, both series cultivate not just skills but a creative community that inspires and supports you at every turn. Learn from experienced instructors in a setting that nurtures creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. This isn't just a course; it's an investment in your creative potential. Elevate your art. Elevate your life. Choose Cultivate and watch your artistic capabilities soar.

Starting from Scratch
Introductory Program

Starting From Scratch is our introductory series, specially curated for individuals who are either completely new to the world of art or are returning after a long hiatus.

This program provides a safe, nurturing space to explore basic art principles and techniques, laying the foundation for your artistic journey.

With easy-to-follow lessons and supportive instructors, the Starting from Scratch series is the perfect start to reignite your creative spark.

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View our Different Programs to Support All Skill Levels 

Not sure where you may land?  Please contact us and we can support you in finding the right class for you! 

Artisan Mastery Program

The Artisan Mastery Series is an inclusive program designed to serve artists across a range of experiences—from those with some foundational skills to professional artists looking to refine their techniques or learn new ones.

This series offers a dynamic curriculum that scales in complexity, allowing you to advance at your own pace.

Whether you're an emerging artist aiming to deepen your understanding of various mediums, or a professional keen on pushing your creative boundaries, the Artisan Mastery Series provides a stimulating environment for skill enhancement and artistic growth.

Summer 2024 Semester 

 

Classes are in different colors to denote location

Kendall College of Art and Design - gray

Cultivate - white

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Pastel Techniques: Vibrant Landscapes

Pastel Techniques: Vibrant Landscapes is a course designed for adult learners interested in exploring the unique qualities of pastels to create striking landscape art. This course covers a range of techniques from basic to advanced, focusing on the use of color, texture, and layering to capture the beauty of natural landscapes. Students will learn how to effectively use soft and oil pastels to bring their outdoor scenes to life with vibrancy and depth.

Course Dates: Saturdays in July
Course Starts: July 13, 2024
Course Ends: July 27, 2024
Time: 6:30-8:30

Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St 

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Still Life Drawing: Composition and Light

Still Life Drawing: Composition and Light is crafted for adult learners aiming to develop or enhance their drawing skills through the focused study of still life. This course emphasizes the importance of composition and the manipulation of light and shadow to create depth, volume, and interest in still life drawings. Students will explore a variety of drawing mediums and techniques, with an emphasis on observing and capturing the intricate details and textures of objects.

Course Dates: Saturdays in August
Course Starts: August 3, 2024
Course Ends: August 31, 2024
Time: 1:00-4:00pm

Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St

Note: this is a 3-week course, and we do not have class August 10.

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Dynamic Landscapes: Capturing Nature with Acrylics

Dynamic Landscapes: Capturing Nature with Acrylics is designed for adult learners interested in exploring the natural world through the vibrant and versatile medium of acrylic paint. This course focuses on teaching students how to capture the essence of various landscapes, from serene countrysides to dramatic seascapes, using acrylics. Emphasis will be placed on color blending, layering techniques, and creating textures that bring landscape paintings to life.

Course Dates: Wednesdays in August
Course Starts: August 7, 2024
Course Ends: August 28, 2024
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St

Note: this is a 3-week course, and we do not have class August 14.

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Idea Lab: Conceptual Play and Practice
Part three of our Summer Creativity Course series.

Idea Lab: Conceptual Play and Practice is an immersive course designed to serve as a laboratory of creativity for adults interested in merging the process of artistic creation with conceptual development. This course is dedicated to fostering a dynamic environment where idea generation and experimental practices take center stage, encouraging participants to explore and push the boundaries of their chosen mediums. Through a series of workshops, collaborative projects, and individual explorations, participants will learn to navigate the space between thought and expression, making this course ideal for anyone looking to refresh their artistic practice with new concepts and techniques.

Course Dates: Thursdays in August
Course Starts: August 15, 2024
Course Ends: August 29, 2024
Time: 6:00-9:00pm

Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St

Note: Students do not have to take the other classes of this Creativity Course series to enroll, though it is encouraged for maximum support! 

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Watercolor Basics and Techniques

This eight-week course is designed for adults seeking to explore the fundamentals of watercolor painting. Whether you are a beginner or someone looking to refine your skills, this class offers a comprehensive introduction to the materials, techniques, and concepts essential to mastering watercolor.

Participants will learn about various brushes, papers, and paint qualities, and will practice techniques such as wet-on-wet, dry brush, gradients, and more. Each session combines demonstrations with hands-on practice, encouraging experimentation and personal expression. By the end of the course, students will have developed a deeper understanding of watercolor painting and the confidence to create their own artistic works.


Course Dates: Wednesdays
Course Dates: 09/04/2024, 09/11/2024, 09/18/2024, 09/25/2024, 10/02/2024, 10/09/2024, 10/16/2024, 10/23/2024
Time: 6:30-9:30pm

Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St

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Starting from Scratch: Art Survey: Drawing and Color Basics

Starting from Scratch: Art Survey - Drawing and Color Basics is an eight-week course designed for adults who are new to the world of art or seeking a refresher in the foundational skills.

This course provides a broad overview of basic drawing techniques and an introduction to the theory and application of color. Students will explore a range of drawing materials, such as graphite, charcoal, and ink, and learn how to use them effectively to create form, texture, and dimension. Additionally, the course will cover essential aspects of color theory, including color mixing, shading, and blending with various mediums like colored pencils and pastels. With a focus on hands-on learning and personal exploration, this course aims to build confidence and foundational skills in both drawing and color application.


Course Dates: Thursdays 
Course Dates: 09/05/2024, 09/12/2024, 09/19/2024, 09/26/2024, 10/03/2024, 10/10/2024, 10/17/2024, 10/24/2024
Time: 1:00-4:00pm

Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St

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Introduction to Oil Painting: Techniques and Textures

Introduction to Oil Painting: Techniques and Textures is an eight-week course designed for adults who wish to explore the rich and versatile medium of oil painting. This course is suitable for beginners and those looking to deepen their understanding of oil-based art. Students will learn about the fundamental techniques of oil painting, including brush handling, color mixing, layering, and glazing. The course will also delve into various textures that can be achieved with oil paints, from smooth gradients to impasto effects. Each session combines practical demonstrations with hands-on projects, allowing students to apply what they learn directly to their canvases. By the end of the course, participants will have a solid foundation in oil painting techniques and the confidence to express their creative visions through this enduring art form.

Course Dates: Thursdays 
Course Dates: 09/05/2024, 09/12/2024, 09/19/2024, 09/26/2024, 10/03/2024, 10/10/2024, 10/17/2024, 10/24/2024
Time: 6:00-9:00pm

Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St

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Painting Expressive Landscapes in Various Mediums

This course invites adult students to explore the vibrant world of landscape painting across multiple mediums such as acrylics, oils, and watercolors. Geared towards both beginners and intermediate artists, this class focuses on capturing the essence of natural and urban landscapes through expressive techniques. Participants will learn to interpret and express landscapes in an artistic manner, focusing on composition, color, and mood. Demonstrations in each medium will provide students with the technical skills necessary to manipulate different paints and tools, while individual projects will encourage the development of a personal style. By the end of the course, students will be able to create compelling landscape paintings that resonate with emotional depth and personal expression.

Note - 
This course has seven weeks due to the holidays, and is therefore less than our regular adults classes. 


Course Dates: Wednesdays 
Course Dates: 11/06/2024, 11/13/2024, 11/20/2024, 11/27/2024, 12/04/2024, 12/11/2024, 12/18/2024
Time: 6:30-9:30pm

Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St. 

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Starting from Scratch: Learn to Paint - Holiday Edition

Starting from Scratch: Learn to Paint - Holiday Edition is a condensed six-week course tailored for absolute beginners who want to explore painting just in time for the holiday season. This festive course focuses on basic painting techniques using acrylics and watercolors, ideal for creating holiday-themed artwork and handmade gifts. Participants will learn about essential painting tools, color mixing, and simple finishing techniques to create vibrant and cheerful pieces.

Each session is designed to build confidence in beginners, with step-by-step guidance and a focus on festive motifs such as winter landscapes, holiday ornaments, and seasonal flora. By the end of the course, students will have completed several holiday-themed paintings, perfect for decorating their home or giving as personalized gifts.

Note - 
This course has six weeks due to the holidays, and is therefore less than our regular adults classes. 


Course Dates: Thursdays
Course Dates: 11/07/2024, 11/14/2024, 11/21/2024, 11/28/2024, 12/05/2024, 12/12/2024, 12/19/2024
Time: 1:00-4:00pm

Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St SE

"These classes are so inspiring!  When I feel like I need more structure or a push creatively, I sign up for a new class with Cultivate.  It helps me with my whole art practice and pushes me to think in new ways.

- Adult student 

"I love these courses and have been signing up for all of them.  I find that it's "me time" in my week -and it's so relaxing to sit down with the group and make art together."

-Adult student 

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Art Classes at East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation

We are proud to share fine art classes at East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation.  

​Sharing our courses for ages three to adult, we offer easy going introductions to art for preschoolers, lower elementary, upper elementary, teenagers, and adults, including month-long courses, spring and summer camp opportunities, and more.  

​Registration for the East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department classes is done so through their website.  If you would like to see, or register for our courses there, please follow the link below.  If you have questions in the registration process, please email education@cultivategrandrapids.org 

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