The Art Center

Classes

All current Art Center classes are held at The Art Center, located at 1515 Jersey St in Quincy, IL. If you have questions about our classes or registration, please call The Art Center at 217-223-5900 or email Director of Education, Rachel Roundtree at rroundtree@quincyartcenter.org .

Mobile Users: Additional category tabs for classes can be found at the bottom of this webpage; please scroll down if you wish to sort the classes by age level or class duration.

All classes are ordered chronologically on this webpage based on start date.

Wednesday Night Wheel-Throwing!

$50 Non-members | $42.50 Members
Meets: every other Wednesday evening
Available Dates: January 24, February 7, February 21, March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Registration Deadline: Always the day prior at midnight
Age requirement: 15+

Don’t have time for a full clay course but want to experience the potter’s wheel? Join us for this exciting one-night clay wheel-throwing experience at Quincy Art Center! Students will receive thirty minutes of instruction for how to throw on the pottery wheel. Afterwards, students will have up to an hour and a half of independent work time on the wheel with the assistance of our qualified in-house instructor. If you manage to throw a pot successfully during your session, we’ll fire the first one for free, so come try your hand at this artform and get a little messy with us! No experience needed.

The $50 entry fee covers instruction and one fired vessel; if you’d like to fire more than one piece, prices start at $8.00 per clay vessel after the first one. Restrictions apply. Please email rroundtree@quincyartcenter.org for more details.

Notes: Due to the drying and firing requirements of clay, glazing is not included in Wednesday Night Wheel-Throwing; this event is for clay experimentation and learning only. Monthly glazing workshops occur on the third Saturday of every month if you are interested in glazing your pieces. All clay vessels intended for firing must have been created during a QAC clay class or Wednesday Night Wheel-Throwing session in order to qualify for firing. No outside clay or glazes allowed. NO EXCEPTIONS.

We cannot guarantee that you will successfully wheel-throw a pot during this session. You are not required to keep everything you make.

Monthly Glazing Workshop

Instructor: Elizabeth Swick
$35 Non-Members | $29.75 Members
Third Saturday of every month
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Spring Trimester Dates: January 20, February 17, March 16, April 20, May 18
Age Level: 15+
Registration Deadline: Always the day prior at midnight

Come and learn the basics of glazing pottery in this two-hour Saturday workshop that occurs once a month! All students will receive two blank stoneware tiles and access to a variety of mid- to high-fire glazes; no other tools or experience needed. If you have taken one of our pottery classes or Wednesday Night Wheel Throwing workshops and have some bisque-fired (unglazed) pottery that needs decoration, feel free to bring those pieces to this workshop, and we will help you glaze them!

NOTE: Students who bring their own pottery made during other QAC classes may glaze two of their pieces for the cost of the workshop; if you wish to glaze more than two clay pieces, you will be charged extra for each additional vessel/item. Prices range from $8 – $12 per piece, depending on size.

For additional questions, please contact rroundtree@quincyartcenter.org or call 217.223.5900.

Drawing with Colored Pencils
(Beginner, 3-week)

Instructor: Lexi Brumbaugh
$68 Non-Member | $57.80 Members
Thursdays, March 7th – 21st (3 weeks)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Deadline to Register: March 2

In this 3-week drawing class we will learn how to create warm and cool colors using Prismacolor™ colored pencils. Once that is done, we will learn how to create a glass effect with colorful liquids inside by using new blending techniques and designs. The finished piece will be a flight of wine glasses.

All students will receive a 12-count Prismacolor™ colored pencil set, a colorless blending pencil, and a three-pack of blending stumps to keep once the class is concluded.

Maximum number of students: 15

Silk Painting Workshop | March 9
(Beginner & Intermediate)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$63 Non-Members | $53.55 Members
Saturday, March 9
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Registration Deadline: March 2

In this three-hour workshop, students will decorate three colorful silk scarves using different fabric painting techniques: wet on wet, free expressive brushwork, and the creation of clean shapes with wax resist. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and have your favorite colors in mind when you come. All supplies will be provided. No experience necessary.

Maximum number of students: 8

Graphic Design for Small Business Owners
(Beginner – Intermediate)

Instructor: David Quach
$72 Non-Member | $61.20 Members
Mondays, April 1 – 15 (3 weeks)
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to Register: March 30

In this 3-week graphic design class, students will gain a foundational understanding of color theory, file types, layers in design files, typography, and visual hierarchy in graphic design. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with the skills needed to create visually compelling designs with a strong focus on conveying branding messages clearly and aesthetically. If you’re a small business owner or just want some extra help with visual communication and manufacturing digital/print marketing materials, this class is for you!

NOTE: In order to get the most out of this class, we recommend that students bring a device of their own (laptop, tablet, smartphone) with pre-installed design software (Microsoft Publisher, Canva, Adobe Express, etc.) to use for assignments in class. The class can be attended without a device, but your assignments will largely end up being hand-drawn or research-based instead.

Maximum number of students: 10

Make Your Own Clay Donut | April 3
(Beginner – Advanced)

Instructor: Elizabeth Swick
$43 Non-Members | $36.55 Members
Wednesday, April 3
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Registration Deadline: March 30

Create a clay donut! Designed for beginner and experienced clay people, this workshop will give step-by-step instructions on how to construct a donut using air dry clay. Students will learn technical skills that will help them unleash their inner creator and, hopefully, unlock inspiration for future creations.

Maximum number of students: 15

Exploring Fibers and Fabrics
K-2nd Grade (3-week)

Instructor: Elizabeth Swick
$49 Non-Members | $41.65 Members
Mondays, April 8, 15, 22 (3 weeks)
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Age Level: K-2nd Grade
Registration Deadline: April 6

Inspired by the upcoming Riverwork Project exhibit, students will be introduced to different types of fabrics and fibers and learn how to use them to create patterns and images. This is a great class for developing gross motor and problem-solving skills.

Maximum number of students: 15

Connection Through Fiber Arts
3rd-5th Grade (3-week)

Instructor: Elizabeth Swick
$54 Non-Members | $45.90 Members
Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 23 (3 weeks)
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Age Level: 3rd-5th Grade
Registration Deadline: April 6

Inspired by the upcoming Riverwork Project exhibit, students will use fibers to create individual works that connect with the works of their fellow classmates. Beyond fiber arts, we will study how our individuality is important in our community.

Maximum number of students: 15

Passion & Personality with Fiber Arts
6th-8th Grade (3-week)

Instructor: Elizabeth Swick
$59 Non-Members | $50.15 Members
Wednesdays, April 10, 17, 24 (3 weeks)
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Age Level: 6th-8th Grade
Registration Deadline: April 6

Inspired by the upcoming Riverwork Project exhibit, students will study the connection between fiber arts and the fibers of their community. Artworks will be created by students that tell their personal stories, journeys, and passions and will then come together to create a community piece.

Maximum number of students: 15

Photorealism with Colored Pencils
(Intermediate & Advanced, 3-week)

Instructor: Lexi Brumbaugh
$73 Non-Member | $62.05 Members
Thursdays, April 11th – 25th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Deadline to Register: April 6

In this 3-week drawing class we will be focusing on how to make a colored pencil piece look like photorealism. Our focus will be on creating a candy half exposed and half in its wrapper. We will focus on the warm and cool colors to create metallic foil on some candy bars without using copper or silver colored pencils. You my keep or eat the candy bar once your piece is finished!

All students will receive a 12-count Prismacolor colored pencil set, a colorless blending pencil, a metallic gold pencil, a metallic silver pencil, and a three-pack of blending stumps to keep once the class has concluded. (Plus a candy bar!)

Maximum number of students: 15

Embroidery | April 13
(Beginner)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$52 Non-Members | $44.20 Members
Saturday, April 13
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Registration Deadline: April 6

In this afternoon workshop, students will design and begin a stitched picture in embroidery. They will look at historical and contemporary examples, learn several ways to stitch in a decorative fashion, and where to source supplies for future projects. Tips and tricks for happy stitching are the teacher’s strong point for this class, so come have some modern-day fun with these not-so-modern methods!

Maximum number of students: 10

Photography for Small Business Owners
(Beginner – Intermediate)

Instructor: David Quach
$72 Non-Member | $61.20 Members
Mondays, April 22 – May 6 (3 weeks)
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to Register: April 20

Through practical exercises, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences, students will develop the skills needed to create visually striking photographs with proper composition, optimal exposure settings, and a clear understanding of the unique capabilities of both mobile devices and digital cameras. By exploring portraits, product photography, and moving subject photography, students will be equipped to approach a diverse range of subjects with confidence and clarity.

NOTE: In order to get the most out of this class, we recommend that students bring a smartphone or other photography device (iPhone, Android, digital camera, etc.) to use for assignments in class. The class can be attended without a device, but your assignments will largely end up being research-based instead.

Maximum number of students: 10

Embroidery for Kids | April 27
(5th-8th Grade, Beginner)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$36 Non-Members | $30.60 Members
Saturday, April 27
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Age Level: 5th-8th Grade (parents are welcome to attend)
Registration Deadline: April 20

In this afternoon workshop, students will explore how embroidery has been used for decoration to make pictures and express creative ideas. Students will make a sampler picture using simple stitches, play with color, and maybe even invent a new stitch themselves.

Maximum number of students: 10

The Fundamentals of Oil Painting
(Beginner, 4-week class)

Instructor: Nevin McNally
$119 Non-Members | $101.15 Members
Thursdays, May 2nd – 23rd (4 weeks)
6:00PM – 8:00PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to register: April 27

In this 4-week class, students will build a foundational understanding of oil painting before moving into more in-depth subjects such as color theory, tint/shade mixing, using value to build three-dimensional forms, and composition of an artwork. Students will learn the care and upkeep of tools and materials as well as safe handling of solvents and other oil painting media. Some experience with acrylic or watercolor painting preferred, but not required.

All students will receive a set of 10 Windsor-Newton oil paints to keep.

NOTE: Oil paint uses solvents and thinners for cleanup; students will use odorless turpenoid instead of regular turpentine, but some materials can still be hazardous if used incorrectly. Only students ages 18 and up may participate in this workshop.

Maximum number of students: 10

Oil Painting Workshop | May 11
(Beginner)

Instructor: Nevin McNally
$67 Non-Members | $56.95 Members
Saturday, May 11
1:00PM – 3:30PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to register: May 4

Students will learn the basics of oil painting in this afternoon workshop! After a brief overview of what oil paint is and how to use it, the class will jump right into an alla prima painting exercise together. The class will cover thinning and applying the medium correctly, using shapes and visual tips and tricks to paint what you see, working from dark to light to build forms, and painting wet-on-wet.

NOTE: Oil paint uses solvents and thinners for cleanup; students will use odorless turpenoid instead of regular turpentine, but some materials can still be hazardous if used incorrectly. Only students ages 18 and up may participate in this workshop.

Maximum number of students: 10

Video Editing for Small Business Owners
(Beginner – Intermediate, 3-week)

Instructor: David Quach
$72 Non-Member | $61.20 Members
Mondays, May 13, May 20, and Tuesday May 28 (3 weeks)
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to Register: May 11

NOTE: Due to Memorial Day (5/27) a make-up class session has been scheduled on Tuesday, May 28 from 6:30 PM–8:00 PM.

Through hands-on exercises, practical demonstrations, and guided projects, students will develop the skills necessary to create, edit, and share promotional and personal videos confidently on social media platforms. By the end of the course, students will have a strong foundation in video production and editing, allowing them to produce engaging content that effectively communicates their messages and stories to a wider audience.

NOTE: In order to get the most out of this class, we recommend that students bring a smartphone or other video device with pre-installed video/social media software (TikTok, Instagram, iMovie, CapCut, etc.) to use for assignments in class. The class can be attended without a device, but your assignments will largely end up being research-based instead.

Maximum number of students: 10

Quilted Landscapes | May 18
(Beginner)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$53 Non-Members | $45.05 Members
Saturday, May 18
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Registration Deadline: May 11

In this two-hour workshop, students will begin their fabric adventure by making a small landscape in cloth. We will show how piecing, appliqué (sewn and fused) can create a beautiful expression of your favorite place. Participants will get a great start on their project during this workshop, and if you need help to finish, you can attend June’s monthly Knitting Circle for more assistance. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of a landscape and any special cloth they might have. Sewing will be done mainly by hand, but if you have an easily portable sewing machine you are welcome to bring it.

Maximum number of students: 10

Intro to Quilting | May 25
(5th-8th Grade, Beginner)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$36 Non-Members | $30.60 Members
Saturday, May 25
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Age Level: 5th-8th Grade (parents are welcome to attend)
Registration Deadline: May 18

In this afternoon workshop, 5th-8th grade children will use freeform paper-piecing on cardstock to create a quilting pattern. Students will choose colors that play well together, learn about seam allowance, and use glue and simple sewing to make a quilted picture. Afterwards, students will do a quick fuse technique to add curvy shapes to the design. Participants are encouraged to bring any special cloth they might have. Sewing will be done mainly by hand, but if you have an easily portable sewing machine you are welcome to bring it.

Note: sewing machines are optional and may only be used by children who are accompanied by their parents. Parents attend free.

Maximum number of students: 10

Oil Paint en Plein Air Workshop | May 25
(Beginner, Intermediate)

Instructor: Nevin McNally
$67 Non-Members | $56.95 Members
Saturday, May 25th
1:00PM – 3:30PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to register: May 18

Students will learn to paint the great outdoors in this afternoon oil painting workshop that will take place on the lawn of Quincy Art Center. The main objective of this workshop is to learn how to paint what you see as the sun continually changes your subject lighting throughout the early afternoon—a challenging but fun exercise! This workshop will teach artists to see colors and value in a different way.

NOTE: Oil paint uses solvents and thinners for cleanup; students will use odorless turpenoid instead of regular turpentine, but some materials can still be hazardous if used incorrectly. Only students ages 18 and up may participate in this workshop.

WEATHER: In the case of inclement weather, this workshop will be moved to the following Saturday on June 1st from 1:00PM-3:30PM. If the May 25th workshop is cancelled and you cannot make the June 1st rescheduled session, please contact the Art Center to receive a refund.

Maximum number of students: 8

Exploring Fibers and Fabrics
K-2nd Grade (3-week)

Instructor: Elizabeth Swick
$49 Non-Members | $41.65 Members
Mondays, April 8, 15, 22 (3 weeks)
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Age Level: K-2nd Grade
Registration Deadline: April 6

Inspired by the upcoming Riverwork Project exhibit, students will be introduced to different types of fabrics and fibers and learn how to use them to create patterns and images. This is a great class for developing gross motor and problem-solving skills.

Maximum number of students: 15

Connection Through Fiber Arts
3rd-5th Grade (3-week)

Instructor: Elizabeth Swick
$54 Non-Members | $45.90 Members
Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 23 (3 weeks)
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Age Level: 3rd-5th Grade
Registration Deadline: April 6

Inspired by the upcoming Riverwork Project exhibit, students will use fibers to create individual works that connect with the works of their fellow classmates. Beyond fiber arts, we will study how our individuality is important in our community.

Maximum number of students: 15

Passion & Personality with Fiber Arts
6th-8th Grade (3-week)

Instructor: Elizabeth Swick
$59 Non-Members | $50.15 Members
Wednesdays, April 10, 17, 24 (3 weeks)
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Age Level: 6th-8th Grade
Registration Deadline: April 6

Inspired by the upcoming Riverwork Project exhibit, students will study the connection between fiber arts and the fibers of their community. Artworks will be created by students that tell their personal stories, journeys, and passions and will then come together to create a community piece.

Maximum number of students: 15

Embroidery for Kids | April 27
(5th-8th Grade, Beginner)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$36 Non-Members | $30.60 Members
Saturday, April 27
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Age Level: 5th-8th Grade (parents are welcome to attend)
Registration Deadline: April 20

In this afternoon workshop, students will explore how embroidery has been used for decoration to make pictures and express creative ideas. Students will make a sampler picture using simple stitches, play with color, and maybe even invent a new stitch themselves.

Maximum number of students: 10

Intro to Quilting | May 25
(5th-8th Grade, Beginner)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$36 Non-Members | $30.60 Members
Saturday, May 25
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Age Level: 5th-8th Grade (parents are welcome to attend)
Registration Deadline: May 18

In this afternoon workshop, 5th-8th grade children will use freeform paper-piecing on cardstock to create a quilting pattern. Students will choose colors that play well together, learn about seam allowance, and use glue and simple sewing to make a quilted picture. Afterwards, students will do a quick fuse technique to add curvy shapes to the design. Participants are encouraged to bring any special cloth they might have. Sewing will be done mainly by hand, but if you have an easily portable sewing machine you are welcome to bring it.

Note: sewing machines are optional and may only be used by children who are accompanied by their parents. Parents attend free.

Maximum number of students: 10

Silk Painting | March 9
(Beginner & Intermediate)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$63 Non-Members | $53.55 Members
Saturday, March 9
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Registration Deadline: March 2

In this three-hour workshop, students will decorate three colorful silk scarves using different fabric painting techniques: wet on wet, free expressive brushwork, and the creation of clean shapes with wax resist. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and have your favorite colors in mind when you come. All supplies will be provided. No experience necessary.

Maximum number of students: 8

Drawing with Colored Pencils
(Beginning, 3-week)

Instructor: Lexi Brumbaugh
$68 Non-Members | $57.80 Members
Thursdays weekly, March 7th – 21st (3 weeks)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Deadline to Register: March 2

In this 3-week drawing class we will learn how to create warm and cool colors using Prismacolor™ colored pencils. Once that is done, we will learn how to create a glass effect with colorful liquids inside by using new blending techniques and designs. The finished piece will be a flight of wine glasses.

All students will receive a 12-count Prismacolor™ colored pencil set, a colorless blending pencil, and a three-pack of blending stumps to keep once the class is concluded.

Maximum number of students: 15

Graphic Design for Small Business Owners
(Beginner – Intermediate)

Instructor: David Quach
$72 Non-Member | $61.20 Members
Mondays, April 1 – 15 (3 weeks)
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to Register: March 30

In this 3-week graphic design class, students will gain a foundational understanding of color theory, file types, layers in design files, typography, and visual hierarchy in graphic design. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with the skills needed to create visually compelling designs with a strong focus on conveying branding messages clearly and aesthetically. If you’re a small business owner or just want some extra help with visual communication and manufacturing digital/print marketing materials, this class is for you!

NOTE: In order to get the most out of this class, we recommend that students bring a device of their own (laptop, tablet, smartphone) with pre-installed design software (Microsoft Publisher, Canva, Adobe Express, etc.) to use for assignments in class. The class can be attended without a device, but your assignments will largely end up being hand-drawn or research-based instead.

Maximum number of students: 10

Make Your Own Clay Donut | April 3
(Beginning – Experienced)

Instructor: Elizabeth Swick
$43 Non-Members | $36.55 Members
Wednesday, April 3
2:00PM – 4:00PM
Age Level: 15+
Registration Deadline: March 30

Create a clay donut! Designed for beginner and experienced clay people, this workshop will give step-by-step instructions on how to construct a donut using air dry clay. Students will learn technical skills that will help them unleash their inner creator and, hopefully, unlock inspiration for future creations.

Maximum number of students: 15

Photorealism with Colored Pencils
(Intermediate & Advanced, 3-week)

Instructor: Lexi Brumbaugh
$73 Non-Member | $62.05 Members
Thursdays weekly, April 11th – 25th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Deadline to Register: April 6

In this 3-week drawing class we will be focusing on how to make a colored pencil piece look like photorealism. Our focus will be on creating a candy half exposed and half in its wrapper. We will focus on the warm and cool colors to create metallic foil on some candy bars without using copper or silver colored pencils. You my keep or eat the candy bar once your piece is finished!

All students will receive a 12-count Prismacolor colored pencil set, a colorless blending pencil, a metallic gold pencil, a metallic silver pencil, and a three-pack of blending stumps to keep once the class has concluded. (Plus a candy bar!)

Maximum number of students: 15

Embroidery | April 13
(Beginner)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$52 Non-Members | $44.20 Members
Saturday, April 13
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Registration Deadline: April 6

In this afternoon workshop, students will design and begin a stitched picture in embroidery. They will look at historical and contemporary examples, learn several ways to stitch in a decorative fashion, and where to source supplies for future projects. Tips and tricks for happy stitching are the teacher’s strong point for this class, so come have some modern-day fun with these not-so-modern methods!

Maximum number of students: 10

Photography for Small Business Owners
(Beginner – Intermediate)

Instructor: David Quach
$72 Non-Member | $61.20 Members
Mondays, April 22 – May 6 (3 weeks)
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to Register: April 20

Through practical exercises, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences, students will develop the skills needed to create visually striking photographs with proper composition, optimal exposure settings, and a clear understanding of the unique capabilities of both mobile devices and digital cameras. By exploring portraits, product photography, and moving subject photography, students will be equipped to approach a diverse range of subjects with confidence and clarity.

NOTE: In order to get the most out of this class, we recommend that students bring a smartphone or other photography device (iPhone, Android, digital camera, etc.) to use for assignments in class. The class can be attended without a device, but your assignments will largely end up being research-based instead.

Maximum number of students: 10

The Fundamentals of Oil Painting
(Beginner, 4-week class)

Instructor: Nevin McNally
$119 Non-Members | $101.15 Members
Thursdays, May 2nd – 23rd (4 weeks)
6:00PM – 8:00PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to register: April 27

In this 4-week class, students will build a foundational understanding of oil painting before moving into more in-depth subjects such as color theory, tint/shade mixing, using value to build three-dimensional forms, and composition of an artwork. Students will learn the care and upkeep of tools and materials as well as safe handling of solvents and other oil painting media. Some experience with acrylic or watercolor painting preferred, but not required.

All students will receive a set of 10 Windsor-Newton oil paints to keep.

NOTE: Oil paint uses solvents and thinners for cleanup; students will use odorless turpenoid instead of regular turpentine, but some materials can still be hazardous if used incorrectly. Only students ages 18 and up may participate in this workshop.

Maximum number of students: 10

Oil Painting Workshop | May 11
(Beginner)

Instructor: Nevin McNally
$67 Non-Members | $56.95 Members
Saturday, May 11
1:00PM – 3:30PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to register: May 4

Students will learn the basics of oil painting in this afternoon workshop! After a brief overview of what oil paint is and how to use it, the class will jump right into an alla prima painting exercise together. The class will cover thinning and applying the medium correctly, using shapes and visual tips and tricks to paint what you see, working from dark to light to build forms, and painting wet-on-wet.

NOTE: Oil paint uses solvents and thinners for cleanup; students will use odorless turpenoid instead of regular turpentine, but some materials can still be hazardous if used incorrectly. Only students ages 18 and up may participate in this workshop.

Maximum number of students: 10

Video Editing for Small Business Owners
(Beginner – Intermediate, 3-week)

Instructor: David Quach
$72 Non-Member | $61.20 Members
Mondays, May 13, May 20, and Tuesday May 28 (3 weeks)
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to Register: May 11

NOTE: Due to Memorial Day (5/27) a make-up class session has been scheduled on Tuesday, May 28 from 6:30 PM–8:00 PM.

Through hands-on exercises, practical demonstrations, and guided projects, students will develop the skills necessary to create, edit, and share promotional and personal videos confidently on social media platforms. By the end of the course, students will have a strong foundation in video production and editing, allowing them to produce engaging content that effectively communicates their messages and stories to a wider audience.

NOTE: In order to get the most out of this class, we recommend that students bring a smartphone or other video device with pre-installed video/social media software (TikTok, Instagram, iMovie, CapCut, etc.) to use for assignments in class. The class can be attended without a device, but your assignments will largely end up being research-based instead.

Maximum number of students: 10

Quilted Landscapes | May 18
(Beginner)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$53 Non-Members | $45.05 Members
Saturday, May 18
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Registration Deadline: May 11

In this two-hour workshop, students will begin their fabric adventure by making a small landscape in cloth. We will show how piecing, appliqué (sewn and fused) can create a beautiful expression of your favorite place. Participants will get a great start on their project during this workshop, and if you need help to finish, you can attend June’s monthly Knitting Circle for more assistance. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of a landscape and any special cloth they might have. Sewing will be done mainly by hand, but if you have an easily portable sewing machine you are welcome to bring it.

Maximum number of students: 10

Oil Paint en Plein Air Workshop | May 25
(Beginner, Intermediate)

Instructor: Nevin McNally
$67 Non-Members | $56.95 Members
Saturday, May 25th
1:00PM – 3:30PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to register: May 18

Students will learn to paint the great outdoors in this afternoon oil painting workshop that will take place on the lawn of Quincy Art Center. The main objective of this workshop is to learn how to paint what you see as the sun continually changes your subject lighting throughout the early afternoon—a challenging but fun exercise! This workshop will teach artists to see colors and value in a different way.

NOTE: Oil paint uses solvents and thinners for cleanup; students will use odorless turpenoid instead of regular turpentine, but some materials can still be hazardous if used incorrectly. Only students ages 18 and up may participate in this workshop.

WEATHER: In the case of inclement weather, this workshop will be moved to the following Saturday on June 1st from 1:00PM-3:30PM. If the May 25th workshop is cancelled and you cannot make the June 1st rescheduled session, please contact the Art Center to receive a refund.

Maximum number of students: 8

Wednesday Night Wheel-Throwing!

$50 Non-members | $42.50 Members
Meets: every other Wednesday evening
Available Dates: January 24, February 7, February 21, March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Registration Deadline: Always the day prior at midnight
Age requirement: 15+

Don’t have time for a full clay course but want to experience the potter’s wheel? Join us for this exciting one-night clay wheel-throwing experience at Quincy Art Center! Students will receive thirty minutes of instruction for how to throw on the pottery wheel. Afterwards, students will have up to an hour and a half of independent work time on the wheel with the assistance of our qualified in-house instructor. If you manage to throw a pot successfully during your session, we’ll fire the first one for free, so come try your hand at this artform and get a little messy with us! No experience needed.

The $50 entry fee covers instruction and one fired vessel; if you’d like to fire more than one piece, prices start at $8.00 per clay vessel after the first one. Restrictions apply. Please email rroundtree@quincyartcenter.org for more details.

Notes: Due to the drying and firing requirements of clay, glazing is not included in Wednesday Night Wheel-Throwing; this event is for clay experimentation and learning only. Monthly glazing workshops occur on the third Saturday of every month if you are interested in glazing your pieces. All clay vessels intended for firing must have been created during a QAC clay class or Wednesday Night Wheel-Throwing session in order to qualify for firing. No outside clay or glazes allowed. NO EXCEPTIONS.

We cannot guarantee that you will successfully wheel-throw a pot during this session. You are not required to keep everything you make.

Monthly Glazing Workshop

Instructor: Elizabeth Swick
$35 Non-Members | $29.75 Members
Third Saturday of every month
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Spring Trimester Dates: January 20, February 17, March 16, April 20, May 18
Age Level: 15+
Registration Deadline: Always the day prior at midnight

Come and learn the basics of glazing pottery in this two-hour Saturday workshop that occurs once a month! All students will receive two blank stoneware tiles and access to a variety of mid- to high-fire glazes; no other tools or experience needed. If you have taken one of our pottery classes or Wednesday Night Wheel Throwing workshops and have some bisque-fired (unglazed) pottery that needs decoration, feel free to bring those pieces to this workshop, and we will help you glaze them!

NOTE: Students who bring their own pottery made during other QAC classes may glaze two of their pieces for the cost of the workshop; if you wish to glaze more than two clay pieces, you will be charged extra for each additional vessel/item. Prices range from $8 – $12 per piece, depending on size.

For additional questions, please contact rroundtree@quincyartcenter.org or call 217.223.5900.

Silk Painting | March 9
(Beginner & Intermediate)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$63 Non-Members | $53.55 Members
Saturday, March 9
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Registration Deadline: March 2

In this three-hour workshop, students will decorate three colorful silk scarves using different fabric painting techniques: wet on wet, free expressive brushwork, and the creation of clean shapes with wax resist. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and have your favorite colors in mind when you come. All supplies will be provided. No experience necessary.

Maximum number of students: 8

Make Your Own Clay Donut | April 3
(Beginner – Experienced)

Instructor: Elizabeth Swick
$43 Non-Members | $36.55 Members
Wednesday, April 3
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Registration Deadline: March 30

Create a clay donut! Designed for beginner and experienced clay people, this workshop will give step-by-step instructions on how to construct a donut using air dry clay. Students will learn technical skills that will help them unleash their inner creator and, hopefully, unlock inspiration for future creations.

Maximum number of students: 15

Embroidery | April 13
(Beginner)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$52 Non-Members | $44.20 Members
Saturday, April 13
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Registration Deadline: April 6

In this afternoon workshop, students will design and begin a stitched picture in embroidery. They will look at historical and contemporary examples, learn several ways to stitch in a decorative fashion, and where to source supplies for future projects. Tips and tricks for happy stitching are the teacher’s strong point for this class, so come have some modern-day fun with these not-so-modern methods!

Maximum number of students: 10

Embroidery for Kids | April 27
(5th-8th Grade, Beginner)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$36 Non-Members | $30.60 Members
Saturday, April 27
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Age Level: 5th-8th Grade (parents welcome to attend)
Registration Deadline: April 20

In this afternoon workshop, students will explore how embroidery has been used for decoration to make pictures and express creative ideas. Students will make a sampler picture using simple stitches, play with color, and maybe even invent a new stitch themselves.

Maximum number of students: 10

Oil Painting Workshop | May 11
(Beginner)

Instructor: Nevin McNally
$67 Non-Members | $56.95 Members
Saturday, May 11
1:00PM – 3:30PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to register: May 4

Students will learn the basics of oil painting in this afternoon workshop! After a brief overview of what oil paint is and how to use it, the class will jump right into an alla prima painting exercise together. The class will cover thinning and applying the medium correctly, using shapes and visual tips and tricks to paint what you see, working from dark to light to build forms, and painting wet-on-wet.

NOTE: Oil paint uses solvents and thinners for cleanup; students will use odorless turpenoid instead of regular turpentine, but some materials can still be hazardous if used incorrectly. Only students ages 18 and up may participate in this workshop.

Maximum number of students: 10

Quilted Landscapes | May 18
(Beginner)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$53 Non-Members | $45.05 Members
Saturday, May 18
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Age Level: 15+
Registration Deadline: May 11

In this two-hour workshop, students will begin their fabric adventure by making a small landscape in cloth. We will show how piecing, appliqué (sewn and fused) can create a beautiful expression of your favorite place. Participants will get a great start on their project during this workshop, and if you need help to finish, you can attend June’s monthly Knitting Circle for more assistance. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of a landscape and any special cloth they might have. Sewing will be done mainly by hand, but if you have an easily portable sewing machine you are welcome to bring it.

Maximum number of students: 10

Intro to Quilting | May 25
(5th-8th Grade, Beginner)

Instructor: Carol Clay Mann
$36 Non-Members | $30.60 Members
Saturday, May 25
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Age Level: 5th-8th Grade (parents are welcome to attend)
Registration Deadline: May 18

In this afternoon workshop, 5th-8th grade children will use freeform paper-piecing on cardstock to create a quilting pattern. Students will choose colors that play well together, learn about seam allowance, and use glue and simple sewing to make a quilted picture. Afterwards, students will do a quick fuse technique to add curvy shapes to the design. Participants are encouraged to bring any special cloth they might have. Sewing will be done mainly by hand, but if you have an easily portable sewing machine you are welcome to bring it.

Note: sewing machines are optional and may only be used by children who are accompanied by their parents. Parents attend free.

Maximum number of students: 10

Oil Paint en Plein Air Workshop | May 25
(Beginner, Intermediate)

Instructor: Nevin McNally
$67 Non-Members | $56.95 Members
Saturday, May 25th
1:00PM – 3:30PM
Age Level: 18+
Deadline to register: May 18

Students will learn to paint the great outdoors in this afternoon oil painting workshop that will take place on the lawn of Quincy Art Center. The main objective of this workshop is to learn how to paint what you see as the sun continually changes your subject lighting throughout the early afternoon—a challenging but fun exercise! This workshop will teach artists to see colors and value in a different way.

NOTE: Oil paint uses solvents and thinners for cleanup; students will use odorless turpenoid instead of regular turpentine, but some materials can still be hazardous if used incorrectly. Only students ages 18 and up may participate in this workshop.

WEATHER: In the case of inclement weather, this workshop will be moved to the following Saturday on June 1st from 1:00PM-3:30PM. If the May 25th workshop is cancelled and you cannot make the June 1st rescheduled session, please contact the Art Center to receive a refund.

Maximum number of students: 8

Photo Release Policy

I understand that by registering myself or my child for class, I grant full permission to the Art Center to either use my or my child’s photograph, name, and/or likeness in any publication or advertising materials (printed and electronic, including, but not limited to, brochures, Facebook, Instagram, web content, etc.). I also waive all rights of privacy or compensation to which I may have in connection with the use of my or my child’s photograph, name, and/or likeness. If I do not give consent, I will submit notice in writing to the Art Center before the first class.

Code of Conduct

The Art Center and its employees reserve the right to remove participants from classes in cases of disruptive behavior, repeated insubordination toward a teacher or student, or other forms of misbehavior that negatively impact the classroom experience. For the first infraction, the student will receive an official warning from staff. If misbehavior continues, the parent/guardian will be informed of the child’s disruption personally by the Director of Education. Upon a third infraction, the student will be removed from the class entirely, and a refund may be given to the registrant based on the number of classes completed. If 75% or more of the class has been completed when a student is removed, no refund will be issued.

K-12 Scholarships

The Art Center offers a scholarship program for children 18 years and younger who are in financial need. Scholarships are awarded to students yearly and cover 1 class or workshop during the course of that year. The scholarship covers 100% of the price of the class, including art supplies. To receive a scholarship, please fill out a Scholarship Application Form below and submit it to the the Art Center.

College Student Discount

The Art Center is offering 50% off of all adult classes for any currently enrolled college students now – Dec. 2023! Students who want to receive this discount must fill out the application linked in the button below and submit it to Director of Education, Rachel Roundtree, at rroundtree@quincyartcenter.org