Education Blog April

Hello Hello wonderful people!  I hope your are all enjoying your Friday.  Winter session 2 is in week 4 and our children’s classes are coming to an end.  What does that mean?  That means we have a whole new line up available for you to check out for Spring/Summer!  Spring classes start the week of May 16th!  We have kids classes, camps, and workshops so check out our catalogue available at Studio 23 or our website at

Class Spotlight

Beginning Colored Pencil with Julie Tyslicky

April 19, 2022

Tuesday, 3–5 p.m.

8 weeks

$110 members/$125 nonmembers

This class teaches you how blend and layer colored pencils your colored-pencil work to create fine art pieces. You will learn about color theory while learning how to use your pencils. You do not have to know how to draw in this class (though it helps) as we concentrate on spheres and eggs.

Spring/Summer 2022 Classes


Adult Clay

There is no limit to what you can make with clay! These classes provide instruction for the novice as well as those experienced with clay. Students new to clay will work on projects designed to introduce techniques such as pinch, coil, and slab. Instruction is also available to those who wish to try the potter’s wheel. Roll up your sleeves and give it a try. Advanced students may work in the direction of their choice. Various glazing techniques will be covered as well. Come with ideas and to meet new friends!

Spring classes start the week of May 16, 2022.

Summer classes start the week of July 18, 2022.

7 weeks

$140 members/$190 nonmembers

Monday, 6–9 p.m.

Instructors: Pat Lightfoot and Maureen Bokhart

Tuesday Day Class, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Instructors: Pat Lightfoot and Maureen Bokhart

Tuesday Evening Class, 5–8 p.m. (spring only)

Instructor: Sean Gallagher

Wednesday, 6–9 p.m.

Instructor: Mike Zureich

Thursday, 6–9 p.m. (spring only)

Instructor: Sean Gallagher

Saturday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Instructor: Ben Quinno


Watercolor with Bill Brinker

July 13–August 17

Wednesday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

OR July 14–August 18

Thursday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

6 weeks

$125 members/$170 nonmembers

Would you like to learn how to paint with watercolors? Would you like to become a better watercolor painter? Let artist Bill Brinker help you become a flourishing artist!


Color Theory 101 with Debra LaRocque

Spring session: May 16–June 27

6:30–9 p.m.

$125 members/$170 nonmembers

Ever wonder what a tertiary color is? Then this class is for you. It is for anyone who wants to understand color better. The class will learn about color terminology and color mixing, will paint a color wheel, and more. Participants will learn how to use color to improve their paintings and achieve the feeling or mood they are trying to convey. Some supplies are included. You may bring your own brushes and acrylic paints that you are comfortable with.


Inter./Adv. Graphite Drawing w/ Armin Mersmann

Mondays 6 PM – 9 PM

This is an IN PERSON class.

Class Starts April 25-June 6
(No Class May 30th)
6 weeks
$180 for members $205 for non-members
Studio 23 is excited to offer Intermediate/Advanced Graphite Drawing Class with Armin Mersmann!
Experienced and advanced draughtsmen, comfortable in their technique, will learn to develop and enhance their personal artistic language. Focus and intent of an artist’s drawings are fluid and change over time – the end goal is not to execute that “perfect drawing”. This is not an assignment-based class and any drawing medium is permitted and expected. You will set personal goals and using a series of drawings strive to move your artistic language forward. As a class we will discuss the strengths and weakness of student work and objectives through engaging critiques; the class will include learning through demos as well.

Watercolor with Nancy Philo

Spring session: May 20–July 22, 2022.

Friday, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

6 weeks

$125 members/$170 nonmembers

Students must have some watercolor training for this intermediate to professional level class.  Work from life on both still life and models.  We will discuss all the finer points of watercolor and how to move to the next level in your practice.


Screen Printing with Ben Quinno

Spring session: May 21–July 2, 2022

Summer session: July 23–August 27, 2022

Saturday, 1–4 p.m.

6 weeks

$125 members/$170 nonmembers

Interested in screen printing? Want to print your own T-shirt, apparel, or greeting cards?

In this class you will learn about the basic materials and techniques you’ll need for screen printing at home through watercolor monotypes and hand-applied stencils. In the first project, students will create abstract compositions with watercolor pigments printed on paper, putting a graphic-like twist on watercolor painting. In the second project, students will learn hand-applied stenciling techniques and will have the opportunity to print on any substrate (paper, T-shirt, fabric, etc.).


Beginners Relief Carving and Printmaking with Alexia Hall

Spring session: May 16–June 27, 2022

Monday, 4–6 p.m.

6 weeks

$100 members/$125 nonmembers

Learn a new printmaking technique! This class will teach you to carve, ink, and print linoleum on paper. This type of printmaking can give a very graphic quality. The class encourages experimentation, and this means trying new materials and techniques including variations in inking process.


Intermediate Colored Pencil with Julie Tyslicky

June 21–July 19, 2022

Tuesday, 6–8:30 p.m.

8 weeks

$140 members/$155 nonmembers

This class builds on the skills learned in Beginning Colored Pencil by continuing to build your layering and color theory skills through the four assignments given. You will be working from real life and photography images and will be instructed on how colored paper can enhance your colored pencil drawings. Prerequisite is Beginning Colored Pencil.


Beginning Colored Pencil with Julie Tyslicky

April 19, 2022

Tuesday, 3–5 p.m.

8 weeks

$110 members/$125 nonmembers

This class teaches you how blend and layer colored pencils your colored-pencil work to create fine art pieces. You will learn about color theory while learning how to use your pencils. You do not have to know how to draw in this class (though it helps) as we concentrate on spheres and eggs.


Fundamentals of Drawing 4 with Julie Tyslicky

April 19–July 12, 2022

Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

12 weeks

$480 members/$580 nonmembers

The final session of the Fundamentals of Drawing series. This intermediate drawing session will concentrate on honing the skills learned in previous classes by working in a series and why this is important. We will also touch on creating an artist statement, artist bio, and information on how to enter a juried show. Prerequisite to take this session is Fundamentals of Drawing 1 and 2, or show the instructor your portfolio.


Kids’ Classes

Kids’ Klay w/ Angela Griebe 

April 29th–June 10th
(no class May 27th for Memorial Day) $80 members/$100 nonmembers (additional $30 clay fee)
Fri., Intro to Clay: 4–6 p.m.
Fri., Inter./Adv. Clay: 6:30–8:30 p.m. 6 weeks 


Afternoon Art Academy with Jocelyn

May 18–June 22, 2022

Wed., 4–5:30 p.m.

6 weeks

$80 members/$110 nonmembers


Afternoon Art Academy with Jericho

May 6–June 17, 2022

Fri., 4–5:30 p.m.

6 weeks

$80 members/$110 nonmembers


YADA (Young Adults Doing Art) w/ Katie

May 5–June 9, 2022

Thursday, 5–7 p.m.

6 weeks

$100 members/ $125 nonmembers


Virtual Art School

More information to come!


Summer Art Camp

In-studio art camp runs 8:30–3:30. Have some fun with Ms. Ava or Ms. Jericho while you learn great art techniques and history! You’ll use all different art mediums so, be prepared to paint, draw, mold, and everything in between!

Limit of 10 students for in-studio camp. Camp is recommended for ages 7–12. Students need to bring a cold lunch.

All art materials provided.

Camp dates available;

Session I: June 13–17 (Ava)

Session II: June 20–24 (Ava)

Session III: July 11–15 (Jericho)

Session IV: July: 25–29 (Jericho)

Session V: August: 1–5 (Jericho)

Session VI: August: 15–19 (Jericho)

Cost is $160 for members, $190 for nonmembers. Save $10 by referring a friend!


Upcoming Workshops

April 23: Woven Wrapped Bracelet Workshop with Angela Griebe, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., $35

April 28: Advanced Stained Glass with Donna Martin, four-week workshop, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., $130 and $40 material fee

April 30: Try It Watercolor with Bill Brinker, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., $35 members/$45 nonmembers

May 7: Say It in Embroidery with Kim Ballor, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., $35 members/$40 nonmembers

Macramé Bracelet Workshop, 2–4 p.m., $15 members/$25 nonmembers, ages 7+

May 13: Wood-burn your own decorative tray with Julie Tyslicky, 6–9 p.m., $35 members/$45 nonmembers

May 14: Golden Presentation “A to Z” of Acrylics with Valerie Allen, 1–2:30 p.m. FREE

Must register to participate.

The Golden “A to Z” of acrylics This artful presentation, complete with demos by Valerie Allen, packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics, guiding participants through the basics while opening up new possibilities. Gain information about mineral and modern pigments and how they relate to clean color mixing, glazing, and the creation of fabulous new colors, and learn the unique properties of Golden Fluid, Heavy Body, OPEN, and High Flow acrylics. Discover Golden Interference and Iridescent paints for unusual effects. Get a comprehensive overview on the many gels and mediums and how they can change texture, saturation, and intensity of color, and be used for sculptural effects and more. The presentation includes a review of grounds that create truly contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing, pastel, digital printing, and mixed media. Each presentation includes an array of examples of these materials put to use. Attendees leave the program enthusiastic to explore the extensive potential of acrylic painting!

May 28: Try It Adult Calligraphy, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., $25 per person or two for $40

Try It Kids Calligraphy, 2–4 p.m., $10 per child

May 28: A Taste of Plein Air w/ Ruth Howell, 10 a.m.-2p.m., $30 members/$40 nonmembers

This mini workshop will give you the opportunity to explore painting “en plein air” like the impressionists did. The class will begin with a short lecture and demos to familiarize you with plein air painting methods.  You will learn how using a limited palette and value patterns can help you to simplify your subject and create strong compositions.  Following the demonstrations, students will receive individualized instruction as they paint the landscape of downtown Bay City.  Inclement weather make-up day will be June 4th.

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