Raku Pottery with Al Hansen

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Al Hansen Date: April 18 (indoor session), 6–8 p.m. and May 2 (outdoor firing), 6–9 p.m. Join local potter and retired Bay College instructor, Al Hansen in the pottery studio for a session of hand building and wheel throwing and a second session of glazing and firing raku pottery. Raku is a traditional form of Japanese pottery that has historically used in the Japanese tea ceremony. This is a low-fire, reduction process that involves handling red-hot clay pieces and combustible material. The result is an exciting firing process and flashes of beautiful metallic glazeware. Hansen leads you in both the glazing and firing process. Note: Raku is not food or dishwasher safe. The second session is pot luck, so bring a dish to pass.   Bonifas Member: $60 | Non-Member: $70 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Felting with Marikah – Introduction to Wet Felting, Cobweb Scarf

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Masha Kakhova Date: May 11 Master feltmaker Masha Kakhova leads a class in creating a light colorful cobweb felted scarf from fine wool, silk and other natural fibers. There will be an option to make a nuno felted scarf as well, using a piece of silk as a base for wool and other fibers. Make a beautiful one of a kind accessory for every season and occasion. Keep it for yourself or make your Mom a beautiful handmade gift for Mother’s Day. About the Instructor: Masha Kakhova, owner at Marikah, is a fiber artist, feltmaker and a designer who hails from Moscow, Russia and lives in Marquette, MI. She is a big advocate of natural materials and handmade goods. Masha works with different techniques of felting including needle felting, wet feting, and nuno felting. She enjoys making items for home as well as garments. As a part of the international community of feltmakers, Masha has learned and keeps learning the craft from the best feltmakers from different countries and teaches herself for several years. Check out Artist’s web-site: marikah.com FOR ALL LEVELS, NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. All the supplies and tools are provided. Snack is included. Ages: Children 8+ are welcome, but most kids before 12 need some adult assistance. Bonifas Member: $60 | Non-Member: $70 | Become a Bonifas Member » CLASS IS FULL  

Vinyasa Yoga at the Bonifas

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Heather Bruss Dates: May 6, 13, 20 Yoga creates calm and peace in the mind, as well as working the physical body. Strength, flexibility and balance are improved as yoga practice progresses. Students leave class feeling like they have gotten a great workout, while also feeling fully energized. They will also feel at peace with a settled mind and spirit. Our Bonifas yoga class will begin with meditation, and flow into a vinyasa style class, ending with shavasana at the end. Shavasana is the finishing yoga pose, it is the place we are recharged and find calm. All levels are welcome, beginners to advanced. Modifications will be shown for poses so every BODY can achieve the benefits from yoga. The class does not build from week to week so students can begin at any time. Walk ins are always welcome.   Bonifas Member: $27 | Non-Member: $34 | Each Session: $15 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Pre- School Music Class

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Lorne Watson DATES: April, 18, 25, May, 2, 9, 16, 23 AGES: 3 and up Designed as an extension of the Toddler Art class, Lorne will lead students’ ages 3 years and up in a 30 minute hands on music class. Introduction to pitch recognition through Solfege and basic rhythm exercise on percussion instruments will lay a foundation for a life full of music enjoyment. Thursdays from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. in the Bonifas Arts Studio.   Registration: $45 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Toddler Art

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Lorne Watson Dates: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Join us for creative play activities and music fun! Lead by professional teachers and musicians, toddlers will be combining fun and learning to help nurture imagination, problem solving and developing motor skills. Art stations and music provide hands on fun. For toddlers (mobile to age 3) and their caregivers.   Per Session: $5 | Become a Bonifas Member »

The Storyteller’s Night Sky

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Stewart Adams, Star Lore Historian and Escanaba Astronomy Club for stargazing portion after 10 p.m. (weather permitting) DATE: Friday, June 7, 7- 9 p.m. Followed by an astro photography talk by Paul Nelson at 9 p.m. and stargazing with Delta Astronomical Society after 9:40 p.m. (weather permitting) Mary Stewart Adams, Star Lore Historian, and founder of Michigan's only internationally dark sky park, will share the celestial highlights of the coming season, with its meteor showers, twinkling planets and brilliant stars. In addition, participants will create a compass rose of wind and stars. On historical navigation maps, a “compass rose” usually appears as an 8-pointed star used to indicate the cardinal and ordinal directions. On a ship’s compass, these points were named for the wind that came from that direction. The sidereal compass rose, or “rose of stars” on the other hand, marked 32 compass points based on certain stars as they rose and set in the sky. This type of compass originated with the nomadic tribes of the Middle East, who traveled through the desert lands gleaning their direction from the stars, rather than as sailors did, by making best use of prevailing winds. Joining the roses of wind and stars is a beautiful way to celebrate the season artistically and contemplatively! Immediately following Mary Stewart Adams’s presentation, Paul Nelson of Creator’ Hand Photography will display some of his amazing works of astro photography and explain basic techniques behind the art. Delta Astronomical Society invites you outside to look at the celestial bodies after 9:30 p.m. - as soon as it gets dark – weather permitting.   Bonifas Member: $20 | Non-Member: $25 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Tahitian Style Workout

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Jeana Harmon Date: Wednesdays, May 8 through June 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. There are many styles of Tahitian Dance and we will touch on each style to create a workout that is fun, and also gets you in shape fast. All levels are welcome, you don’t have to be a dancer to attend. Come join the fun!! Jeana Harmon is a veteran certified instructor who taught adult health and exercise at Bay College and has been teaching exercise for over 30 years.   Bonifas Member: $30 | Non-Member: $35 | Become a Bonifas Member » THIS CLASS IS FULL

Flower Arranging With Dave Gafner

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Dave Gafner Dates: June 14 Join the renowned florist and horticulturist Dr. David Gafner for an evening of flower arranging. You will learn techniques on how to choose, condition, and arrange flowers. The class is inspired by a seasonal story: arranging the flowers from our sum-mer gardens. Go home with your beautiful creation. All flowers and supplies are provided.   Bonifas Member: $30 | Non-Member: $35 | Walk-In: $40 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Fairy Houses

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Kate Oman Date: June 21 Celebrate the Summer Solstice by building a fairy house. The class will be held outside in the Bonifas garden, weather permitting. Ages: K+ to Adult. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.   Bonifas Member: $23 | Non-Member: $28 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Kids Drawing and Painting

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: April South Olson 
Dates: 5 weeks Series June 27 to August 1 {Skips July 4) Kids explore different art concepts, learn about materials and techniques in those delightful and diverse art lessons for the school-age kids. Ages 8 and up. The series consists of the following sessions: 1. Still life painting. Students will first create a line drawing from a still life exploring the art element of line.  Having a composition in place we will then use our imaginations to play with color and paint our vision in to complete our unique artistic expression. 2. Card board collage painting - They will stack cardboard shapes on top of each other to create a 3 dimensional depth and then paint the shapes to finish it off. 3. Print making Portraits - with Styrofoam 4. Pattern textured landscape - using oil pastels and watercolor. We'll head out to the garden and find a landscape picture to paint.  Focusing on surface texture using pattern and line students will come away with an exciting Plein Aire landscape. Students will first draw a simple lines and then they will break up the composition with dramatic pattern. 5. A yarn painting.   Bonifas Member: $$30 | Non-Member: $40 | Bonifas Member Per Session: $8 | Non-Member Per Session: $10 | Become a Bonifas Member »

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