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Senior Art Projects

March 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 20, 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Diane Krebs Mays
DATES: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
The program continues this winter with an Open Studio setting that will feature a number of work stations as well as a new project at each session. Participants can choose to work at any given station or to join the group for the new project.  Work stations will include a wide variety of materials for wood-burning, paper-crafting, watercolors and more.

Teaching artist, Diane Krebs Mays will be on site and available for demonstrating the new project and for individual attention.

Check below for a list of the upcoming projects. Sessions continue twice monthly through June on Tuesdays
at the Bonifas. All sessions run from 1 to 3 p.m., but feel free to linger awhile and enjoy coffee and conversation after each session.

Thrivent Financial helps bring the Senior Art Program to Gladstone Senior Center so you can catch some creative fun and friendly conversation at two sites this winter.

We’ll take a summer break for July and August and see you back here in the Open Studio in September.
Call the Bonifas to register 906-786-3833.

January 10 – Beginning Crochet

Basic techniques are reviewed and you’ll be ready to crochet your set of coasters.

January 24 – Felted Crochet Pin Cushion

Take crochet a step further and make it the first step of a felting project. Felting is a simple process of shocking and shrinking wool fibers into a beautiful dense mass of wool material. Diane provides step-by-step instruction.

February 14 Globe Lamp

Repurpose a simple round vase into a one-of-a-kind globe lamp. Choose to use paints and other embellishments and add a string of battery powered mini lights to provide a soft glow to your winter evenings.

February 28 – Alcohol Ink Placemats

Here’s the latest rage in painting mediums – alcohol ink! It’s easy! Just let the pigment flow and do its own thing and you will have some winning design and luscious color and a beautiful set of four placemats.

March 14 – Wearable Art!

You’ll make a fashion statement in the kitchen when you wear your artful apron! Using carrots, potatoes and all kinds of produce, it’s an easy hand-stamp project and wearable art!

March 28 – Produce Printing

Produce printing continues with more hand-stamping fun. The take-home project today is a handy and stylish (that’s up to you!) printed canvas catch all bag, handy for the Farmer’s Markets or grocery shopping.

April 11 – All Occasion Cards

Personalize your own cards and create your own style from whimsical to fancy-fancy! Choose from a wide assortment of handmade and decorative papers and learn special techniques to make one-of-a-kind note cards. Participants go home with a set of 4 (or more!).

April 25 – Abstract Painting

Teaching artist Diane Krebs Mays offers inspiration, samples and demos and then walks you through step by step so that you can flex your creative muscles and create an abstract painting! You pick your colors and we provide all the materials and instruction. It’s a winning combo!

May 9 – Ceramics -2 part-class

Part 1: Al Hansen will lead the group in creating a beautiful piece of ceramic art. The class will start with stamping, shaping and texturing with dry plants.

May 23 – Ceramics

Part 2: The ceramic pottery shapes will be glazed.

June 6 – Introduction to Jewelry: Earrings

These earrings are a great beginners’ project for the newbie jewelry maker. We will introduce you to jewelry pliers, beads, charms and jump rings. Proper techniques will be introduced.

June 20 – Jewelry: Necklaces and Bracelets

Summer will soon be upon us and in this session, seniors will make necklaces and bracelets using tools from previous session and fabric strips and ribbons woven through large link jewelry. This technique produces a softer look as well as being comfortable to wear during hot weather.

Student Fee: FREE Introductory Rate as per description. Please call the Bonifas to pre-register. These classes tend to fill up.



March 28, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Bonifas Fine Arts Center
700 First Avenue South
Escanaba, MI 49829 United States
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