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Arte Preescolar y Familiar 

En este programa, invitamos a niños de 3 a 6 años a hacer arte. En esta clase de arte continua basada en el juego, nos enfocamos en la socialización, la conexión, el aprendizaje sensorial y el fomento de la imaginación. 

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.

Spring 2024 Semester 

 

Classes are in different colors to denote location

Kendall College of Art and Design - gray

Cultivate - white

Weaving by Hand

Introduction to Fiber Art 
Artisan Mastery Series


Discover the artistry and limitless possibilities of working with textiles and fibers as you explore a range of techniques. From selecting and manipulating fiber materials to mastering hand embroidery, weaving, surface design, and fiber sculpture, you will develop a strong foundation in fiber art. Explore mixed media and fiber collage to create visually captivating compositions. Gain inspiration from renowned fiber artists and engage in discussions on history, cultural significance, and contemporary practices. Receive personalized guidance and feedback as you refine your artistic voice.

Course Dates: Thursdays in January and February
Course Starts: January 11, 2024
Course Ends: February 29, 2024
Time: 6-9pm

Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St SE

Acrylic Paints

Introduction to Acrylic Painting
Starting from Scratch Series


Join our Introduction to Acrylic Painting class to learn the basics of working with acrylics. Our experienced instructors will teach you about mixing colors, applying paint, and creating simple compositions. This class is perfect for adults new to painting or those looking to brush up on their techniques.

Course Dates: Mondays in February
Course Starts: February 5, 2024
Course Ends: February 26, 2024
Time: 6-8pm

Location: East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation, 750 Lakeside Dr SE

Note - Registration is on East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation website.  Please follow the link and click on 'Adult Activities' to sign up

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Introduction to Watercolor
Starting from Scratch Series


Starting from Scratch: Intro to Watercolors is a comprehensive course tailored for adults who are new to the medium. The program covers the basics of watercolor painting techniques, color theory, and composition. Whether you have never picked up a brush before or are looking to brush up on basic skills, this course aims to provide you with the foundational knowledge and hands-on experience needed to express yourself creatively through watercolors.

Course Dates: Saturdays in March and April
Course Starts: March 2, 2024
Course Ends: April 20, 2024
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Kendall College of Art and Design, 17 Pearl Street 

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Introduction to Drawing
Starting from Scratch Series


Discover the fundamentals of drawing in our beginner-friendly Intro to Drawing class. Guided by expert artists, you'll learn essential techniques such as shading, perspective, and line work. Gain the confidence and skills to start bringing your artistic ideas to life on paper.

Course Dates: Mondays in March
Course Starts: March 4, 2024
Course Ends: March 25
, 2024
Time: 6-8pm

Location: East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation, 750 Lakeside Dr SE

Note - Registration is on East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation website.  Please follow the link and click on 'Adult Activities' to sign up

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Introduction to Photography
Starting from Scratch Series


Immerse yourself in the foundational elements of photography. Learn the intricacies of various types of cameras, parts of the camera, and basics of photography.  Participants may use smartphones, point-and-shoot, film, or DSLRs. Develop a deep understanding of exposure, composition, and different genres of photography, while also subtly focusing on the intentionality behind each shot.

Course Dates: Thursdays in January and February
Course Starts: March 7, 2024
Course Ends: May 2, 2024
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St SE
 

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Advanced Comics for Adults 
Artisan Mastery Series


Advanced Comics for Adults is aimed at refining and expanding the existing skills of adult learners in the world of comic arts. Over eight weeks, learners will deep-dive into specialized storytelling methods, advanced visual techniques, and complex character development, among other topics. The course combines rigorous creative exercises with theoretical understanding to help artists create more nuanced and complex comic narratives.

Course Dates: Wednesdays in March and April
Course Starts: March 6, 2024
Course Ends: April 24, 2024
Time: 630-930pm

Location: Kendall College of Art and Design, 17 Pearl Street 

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Sustainable Mending
Artisan Mastery Series


Immerse yourself in the captivating world of sustainable mending and discover the meditative beauty of Sashiko embroidery and other stunning stitching techniques in this immersive 8-week course designed for adult learners. Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of repair and reimagining, you will learn how to transform damaged garments and textiles into wearable works of art. Through guided projects, hands-on practice, and expert instruction, you will master the art of mending and embark on a creative journey that celebrates sustainability and mindful craftsmanship. Explore the vast potential of fiber materials, learn the intricate stitches of Sashiko embroidery, experiment with creative patching and visible mending techniques, and discover the artistry of reverse appliqué and patchwork. Engage in independent exploration, receive personalized feedback, and celebrate your achievements in a final showcase. 

Course Dates: Thursdays in March and April
Course Starts: March 7, 2024
Course Ends: April 26, 2024
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St SE

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Comic Writing for Adults
Artisan Mastery Series


In this dynamic course designed for adult learners, delve into the art of comic writing and learn the essential techniques to create captivating narratives and develop memorable characters. Explore the principles of storytelling, dialogue, pacing, and visual storytelling specific to the medium of comics. Through a combination of interactive exercises, group discussions, and expert guidance, students will gain the skills and knowledge to craft their own compelling comic scripts that resonate with readers.

Course Dates: Thursdays in May
Course Starts: May 1
, 2024
Course Ends: May 22, 2024
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Location: Kendall College of Art and Design, 17 Pearl St 

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Surface Design - Batik and Stamping 
Artisan Mastery Series


Explore the vibrant world of Batik and Stamping, where ancient wax resist techniques and intricate designs converge to create stunning textiles in this immersive adult continuing education course. Delve into the mesmerizing art forms of Batik and Stamping, exploring their rich traditions and contemporary applications. From the intricate patterns of hand-drawn Batik to the precision of stamped designs, you will learn to create one-of-a-kind textiles that reflect your unique artistic vision.

Course Dates: Thursdays in May
Course Starts: May 2, 2024
Course Ends: May 23, 2024
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St SE

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Painting for Personal Expression
Starting from Scratch Series


Painting for Personal Expression aims to guide adult learners in exploring painting as a form of personal and emotional expression. Whether you are completely new to painting or are a professional artist seeking to find or further define your style, this course offers an engaging, hands-on learning experience. You'll explore a variety of painting techniques and materials while focusing on self-expression and honing in on your personal style.

Course Dates: Saturdays in May
Course Starts: May 4
, 2024
Course Ends: May 25, 2024
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Kendall College of Art and Design, 17 Pearl St 

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Acrylic Essentials: Color Theory and Brushwork
Starting from Scratch Series


Dive into the vibrant world of acrylic painting in this transformative course designed for adult learners. Acrylic Essentials: Color Theory and Brushwork offers a comprehensive exploration into the fundamental techniques and creative potentials of acrylic paints. From the basics of color theory to the intricacies of brushwork, this course is tailored to inspire and elevate your painting practice. Through expert instruction, hands-on projects, and stimulating discussions, participants will unlock new avenues of expression, mastering the art of conveying their unique vision on canvas.

Course Dates: Wednesdays in June
Course Starts: June 12, 2024
Course Ends: June 26, 2024
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Kendall College of Art and Design, 17 Pearl St 

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Sketchbook Explorations: Inspiring Your Artistic Practice
Part one of our Summer Creativity Course series. 


Sketchbook Explorations: Inspiring Your Artistic Practice is a course thoughtfully designed to merge the exploratory spirit of Julia Cameron's creativity-enhancing practices with rigorous artistic exploration. This program aims to foster new ideas, nurture personal growth, and encourage innovative thinking through a variety of guided sketchbook exercises. Participants will delve into activities that are introspective, observational, and interactive, pushing the boundaries of traditional sketchbook use. The course is structured to provoke thought, invite curiosity, and challenge participants to view their surroundings and internal landscapes through an artistic lens.

Course Dates: Thursdays in June
Course Starts: June 13, 2024
Course Ends: June 27, 2024
Time: 6:00-9:00pm

Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St SE

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Urban Sketching: On-the-Spot Drawing

Urban Sketching: On-the-Spot Drawing is an engaging course aimed at adult learners who wish to explore the dynamic world of urban sketching. This course offers participants the unique opportunity to capture the energy and essence of urban landscapes directly from life. Focusing on techniques for quick sketching, accurate observation, and effective use of color and line, students will learn to document the world around them in their sketchbooks, transforming everyday scenes into compelling artworks.

Course Dates: Saturdays in June
Course Starts: June 15, 2024
Course Ends: June 29, 2024
Time: 1:00-4:00pm

Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St

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Acrylic Essentials: Techniques and Practices

Acrylic Painting Mastery: Exploring Techniques and Expression is designed to immerse adult learners in the vibrant and versatile world of acrylic painting. This course spans the essentials of acrylic mediums, from foundational color theory and the diversity of brushwork to the realms of texture, composition, and personal artistic voice. Whether you're a novice eager to dip your brush into the acrylic palette for the first time or an experienced artist looking to deepen your practice, this course offers a rich exploration of acrylic painting's technical and creative potentials.

Course Dates: Wednesdays in July
Course Starts: July 10, 2024
Course Ends: July 24, 2024
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St 

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Muse Hunting: Idea-Making and Designing your Art Canon
Part two of our Summer Creativity Course series. 

Muse Hunting: Idea-Making and Designing Your Art Canon is an immersive course designed for adults seeking to broaden their artistic influences and create a personalized canon of inspirations. This program encourages participants to embark on a journey of discovery, exploring a diverse range of artists, movements, and mediums to ignite their creativity and refine their artistic voice. Through guided research, thematic exploration, and creative exercises, participants will identify and analyze works that resonate with their personal aesthetic and conceptual interests, culminating in the development of a rich, individualized art canon.

Course Dates: Thursdays in July
Course Starts: July 11, 2024
Course Ends: July 25, 2024
Time: 6:00-9:00pm

Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St SE

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

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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! 

"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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