Encore! Mt Morris

Painting Our Legacy on The Canvas of History
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Encore! Mt. Morris
And
Highland Community College’s
Lifelong Learning
Offer Art Classes in
Old Sandstone Gallery
& Mt. Morris Senior and Community Center


Learning to create original art for your own use and enjoyment or to give as gifts to those you care about is a joy! And think of the new friends you will meet while learning new skills!


Encore! Mt. Morris is hosting five art classes this Spring, including:


Classes include
• Macrame Spring Gnome Garland
• Essential Skills for Basic Wood Carving
• Mastering Smartphone Photography
• Extreme Beginner Drawing with Pencil
• The Art of Drawing with Colored Pencils
• Introduction to Watercolor Painting

All supplies are included in the course fees. Classes are held in the Old Sandstone Gallery, 122 S Wesley Ave, Mt. Morris. See complete information below.

Click on the class title or photo to be linked to HCC for registration.
Please email Molly Baker if you have any questions.
mollyb@encoremtmorris.com

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Click on the class title or photo below to be linked to HCC for registration.

Note: 1022 Personalized Jewelry Making
Has been moved to November 16th, 2023

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Macrame Spring Gnome Garland
Location: Old Sandstone Gallery
122 S Wesley Ave, Mt. Morris, IL 61054

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Fee: $49 (all supplies included)
Instructor: Catherine Urban
Description: Learn how to create the cutest garland using one beginner friendly macrame knot! Your admission includes materials for 4 gnomes in colors of your choice, wood charms, twine, and instruction by The Urban Art Studio.
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Essential Skills for Basic Wood Carving

Location: Old Sandstone Gallery
122 S Wesley Ave, Mt. Morris, IL 61054

Dates: Monday, March 11, 2024
& Monday, March18, 2024

Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Fee: $35* (all supplies included)
Instructor: Rick Davis
Description: This two-session class is for adults who would like to explore the beginning skills and tools of wood carving as a hobby. Topics include wood selection, carving tools, carving techniques, safety and sharpening tips, and references to a local user’s group and supply store. A simple project will give you practice in using the tools and applying the various carving techniques.
*The price for this class has been reduced to $35 from $59 thanks to a generous donation!
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Mastering Smartphone Photography
Location: Old Sandstone Gallery
122 S Wesley Ave, Mt. Morris, IL 61054

Dates: Thursday, March 14, 2024
And Thursday, March 21, 2024

Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Fee: $49 (all supplies included)
Instructors: Wolf and Linnea Koch
Description: This two-session course will provide a summary of photography fundamentals and how to apply them while using a smartphone or tablet camera. Part 1 of the class focuses on developing an understanding of photography basics and discusses limits of the cameras. It reviews the variables that affect the photo and how to control them in order to achieve the desired selective focus, depth of field, highlights, etc. and provides an overview of available tools such as phone grips, small tripods and external lighting. Part 2 will take the participant on a journey of how to select unusual images and avoid common stereotypes via real examples covering landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife and florals, spanning the use of internal and add-on lenses and filters. The emphasis will be on how to express an artist’s vision using the capabilities of a smartphone or tablet.
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Extreme Beginner Drawing with Pencil
Location: Old Sandstone Gallery
122 S Wesley Ave, Mt. Morris, IL 61054.

Dates: Monday, April 8, 2024
And Monday, April 15, 2024
Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Fee: $45 (all supplies included)
Instructor: Sharon Asp
This two-session class is for adults who stopped their drawing development or perhaps never had art instruction, so continue to draw like a child. Children’s art work is beautiful, but that may not be what you want your work to look like. This class is designed to open your mind to the possibility that you can draw. The simple pencil you know how to use, but we will explore what more a pencil can do and develop your observation skills as you apply these skills to hands-on exercises. The humble pencil is the tool we will use to explore the vocabulary of art and drawing. If you say you can’t draw a straight line, this class is for you!
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The Art of Drawing with Colored Pencils

Location: Old Sandstone Gallery
122 S Wesley Ave, Mt. Morris, IL 61054

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2024
And Thursday, April 18, 2024
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Fee: $59 (all supplies included for two classes)

Instructor: Donna Smith
Description: This two-session class will include demonstrations and hands-on exercises that focus on drawing skills that serve as a basis for a colored pencil creation. Then, strategies that produce layered, colorful works of art using colored pencils will be taught and practiced while creating a piece of art.
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Introduction to Watercolor Painting
Location: Old Sandstone Gallery
122 S Wesley Ave, Mt. Morris, IL 61054

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024
Time: 10:00am–3:00pm
Fee: $49 (all supplies included)

Instructor: Cindy Bear
Description: If you have ever wanted to learn how to paint with watercolors, this is the class for you. In this class you will learn the six watercolor techniques and when to use them. You will then apply these techniques to a simple painting project. All the supplies will be provided. So pack a lunch, bring a friend and come dip your toes into watercolor.

Click on the class photos below linked to Highland for more information and to register through Highland for any or all classes.

Click on the class title or photo above to be linked to HCC for registration.
Please email Molly Baker if you have any questions.
mollyb@encoremtmorris.com