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Champaign Park District offers a wide variety of Visual Art classes. Register online now or scroll down to view this season’s selections.


 


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Summer Programs

ART BEAST

Ages 5-11 
Students create new and interesting works of art using recycled materials in this fun and affordable workshop. All materials are supplied and new projects are tried in each 2-hour studio time slot.

  • Saturday, May 7 | Deadline: April 30

Time: 10:30a-12:30p
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee(R/NR): $10/$15
Min/Max: 5/12
Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3919
  


 


COMICS FOR KIDS

Ages 7-11 | Level: Beginner
Explore the world of comics! Comic strips, comic books, and even manga will be our creative inspiration. Students will create characters and build stories and worlds. Learn new drawing and discovery techniques to bring our stories to life and share with others. A supply list of around $15 will print at time of registration. There is a $25 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: 6/18-7/30*
No Class: 7/2
Day: Sa
Time: 10:30a-12p
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $86/$129
Deadline: 6/11
Min/Max: 5/8
Instructor: Kelli Roos
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909


SUMMER ART SMART KIDS

Ages 3-5 not in Kindergarten
Develop your child’s creativity, imagination, and self-expression through activities in music, creative drama, storytelling, crafts, and two/three dimensional art projects. Sessions 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6 will provide different activities for participants. Requires a $35 non-refundable deposit per session. The remaining fee is due before class begins.

  • 1 | June 6-June 22 | M/W | $85/$127.50
  • 2 | June 10-June 24 | F | $48/$72
  • 3 | June 27-July 13* | M/W | $85/$127.50
  • 4 | July 1-July 15 | F | $48/$72
  • 5 | July 18-August 3 | M/W | $85/$127.50
  • 6 | July 22-August 5 | F | $48/$72

No Class: 7/4*
Time: 9-11:30a
Max: 10
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3919


ART SMART FOR THE OLDER GENERATION

1st-3rd graders (in Fall 2022)
Develop your child’s creativity, imagination, and self-expression through activities in painting, drawing, printmaking, crafts, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, and design. Session 1 will focus on two dimensional art, session 2 on three dimensional art, and session 3 on crafts. Requires a $35 non-refundable deposit per session. The remaining fee is due before class begins.

  • 1 | June 7-June 23
  • 2 | June 28-July 14
  • 3 | July 19-August 4

Time: 1-3p
Day: Tu/Th
Fee: $85/$127.50
Max: 12
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3919


ART IN ACTION

Ages 8-11 | Level:Beginner
Want to splatter some paint? Spin some art? Make art that moves? Try Art in Action! Learn to create art which moves and/or gives the impression of movement. We’ll discuss several famous artists such as Jackson Pollock and Alexander Calder, as well as use different mediums/objects to create a sense of movement in your artwork. One day the class will be held at West Side Park. A supply list of approximately $30 will print at the time of registration. There is a $25 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: 6/13-6/16
Time: 1-2:30p
Day:M-Th
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $59/$88.50
Deadline: 6/6
Min/Max: 6/8
Instructor:Patty Pyrz
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909


COURAGEOUS COLLAGING

Ages 9-13 | Level: Beginner
Courageous collaging! In this class we will collect and use materials of different textures, colors, and patterns to construct various collage art projects. Come explore the world through the sense of touch and learn to use different materials to manipulate shapes and arrangements of various textures, forms, and color. Expect to get messy with: glue, buttons, tissue paper, twigs, feathers, felt, stickers, contact paper, corrugated cardboard, etc. A supply list of approximately $20 will print at the time of registration. There is a $25 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: 6/13-6/16
Time: 3-4:30p
Day:M-Th
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $59/$88.50
Deadline: 6/6
Min/Max: 6/8
Instructor:Patty Pyrz
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909


ANIME & MANGA: HOW TO DRAW CHARACTERS

Ages 11+ | Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Study the dynamic and imaginative art of Japan’s greatest and current anime (cartoon) and manga (comic) artists. Learn the techniques and materials used by professional artists in Japan and America as we explore and discuss examples. Discover ways to draw people and characters expressively and accurately. Learn drawing techniques and character-building to bring your characters to life. This class may be repeated to continue developing skills. A supply list of approximately $35 will print at the time of registration. There is a $25 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: 6/14-7/26*
No Class: 7/5
Day: Tu
Time: 6-7:30p
Fee (R/NR): $95/$142.50
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Deadline: 6/7
Min/Max: 5/8
Instructor: Kelli Roos
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909


ANIME & MANGA: COLOR TECHNIQUES

Ages 13+ | Level: Intermediate
Colors and pop culture come together in Color Techniques! Learn and use basic color theory and techniques professional artists use to create their lush and colorful illustrations. We will explore how artists use lighting and how to apply them to create emotional effects. We will also engage in exercises to discover your own personal color style and how to express it! A supply list of approximately $50 will print at the time of registration. Prerequisite: Anime & Manga: How to Draw Characters. There is a $25 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: 6/16-7/28*
No Class: 7/7*
Day: Th
Time: 6-7:30p
Fee (R/NR): $95/$142.50
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Deadline: 6/9
Min/Max: 5/8
Instructor: Kelli Roos
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909


BEGINNING ACRYLIC PAINTING

Ages 18+ | Level: Beginner
Have you always wanted to learn how to paint, but didn’t know where to start? This class offers the basics of painting with acrylics. Students will use a limited palette to create a still life painting from observation. Topics covered will include care and use of brushes, fundamental factors of color, color mixing, palette layout, terminology, and more. A supply list of approximately $130 will print at time of registration. There is a $35 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: 6/15-7/13*
No Class: 7/6*
Time: 6-8:30p
Day: W
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $150/$200
Deadline: 6/8
Min/Max: 5/8
Instructor: Paula McCarty
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909


BEGINNING WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Ages 18+ | Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Create wonderful works of art with this exciting medium! Local illustrator Kelli Roos will guide you through all the materials and techniques. We will practice effective ways to control the watercolor paint to bring your vision to life! We will explore and create landscapes and still life subjects and discover how painters will structure successful paintings. A supply list of approximately $85 will print at the time of registration. There is a $35 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: 6/18-7/30*
No Class: 7/2*
Time: 12:30-2:30p
Day: Sa
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $112/$162
Deadline: 6/11
Min/Max: 5/8
Class ID: 222021
Instructor: Kelli Roos
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

  

Fall Programs

ART BEAST

Ages 5-11 
Put your creativity to work using recycled resources, glue, paint, and more! We supply the materials, you supply the creativity. New fun ideas will be posted in each 2-hour studio time slot. Let your inner art beast loose with us!

  • Saturday, September 10 | Deadline: September 3
  • Saturday, September 24 | Deadline: September 17
  • Saturday, October 8 | Deadline: October 1
  • Saturday, October 22 | Deadline: October 15
  • Saturday, November 12 | Deadline: November 5

Time: 10:30a-12:30p
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $15/$22.50
Min/Max: 5/12
Class ID: 222021
Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3919

  

DRAWING FOR KIDS

Ages 7-11 | Level: Beginner
Kids will explore the exciting skill of drawing through age appropriate discoveries and lessons. Use of drawing, shapes, and other innovative
activities will grow your child’s ability to see the world around them and create spatial awareness with confidence. A supply list of approximately $15 will print at the time of registration.

There is a $25 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: September 17 – October 22
Time: 10:30a-12p
Day: Sa
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $86/$129
Deadline: September 10
Min/Max: 5/8
Class ID: 222022
Instructor: Kelli Roos
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

  

COMICS FOR KIDS

Ages 7-11 | Level: Beginner
Explore the world of comics! Comic strips, comic books, and even manga will be our creative inspiration. Students will create characters and build stories and worlds. Learn new drawing and discovery techniques to bring your stories to life and share with others. A supply list of around $15 will print at time of registration. 

There is a $25 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: November 5-December 17*
No Class: November 26*
Time: 10:30a-12p
Day: Sa
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $86/$129
Deadline: 10/29
Min/Max: 5/8
Class ID: 222023
Instructor: Kelli Roos
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

  

ANIME AND MANGA: LET’S DRAW ACTION!

Ages 13+ | Level: Intermediate
Add and extra punch to our art! Aspiring artist will review works of famous manga artists from many popular manga (Japanese comics) and practice the techniques that make the art so engaging. Students will create their own manga-inspired action comics with vehicles, accessories, and characters. Learn how artist work through creating an exciting and complete action sequence. Prerequisite: Anime & Manga: How To Draw Characters. A Supply list of approximately $30 will print at the time of registration. 

There is a $25 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: 9/13-10/18
Time: 6p-7:30p
Day: Tu
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $95/$142.50
Deadline: 9/6
Min/Max: 5/8
Class ID: 222024
Instructor: Kelli Roos
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

  

ANIME AND MANGA: COLOR TECHNIQUES

Ages 13+ | Level: Intermediate
Colors and pop culture come together in Color Techniques! Learn and use basic color theory and techniques professional artist use to create their lush and colorful illustrations. We will explore how artist use lighting and how to apply them to create emotional effects. We will also engage in exercises to discover your own personal color style and how to express it! A supply list of up to $50 will print at the time of registration. Prerequisite: Anime & Manga: How To Draw Characters.

There is a $25 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: 11/1-12/13*
No Class: 11/22*
Time: 6p-7:30p
Day: Tu
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $95/$142.50
Deadline: 10/25
Min/Max: 5/8
Class ID: 222025
Instructor: Kelli Roos
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

  

WATERCOLOR PAINTING – FLOWERS AND STILL LIFE

Ages 18+ | Level: Intermediate
Develop your technique further using flowers and still life. Learn principles to further your painting and how to successfully execute wet on wet techniques and other brush work to achieve what your want in your work. We will study your photos and live still life in class. All activities have one-on-one instruction from local illustrator Kelli Roos. Beginning watercolor required. A supply list of approximately $100 will print at the time of registration. 

There is a $35 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: 9/17-10/22
Time: 12:30p-2:30p
Day: Sa
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $112/$162
Deadline: 9/10
Min/Max: 5/8
Class ID: 222088
Instructor: Kelli Roos
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

  

WATERCOLOR FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Ages 18+ | Level: Beginner
Learn how to use watercolor while creating colorful and fun seasonal themed works! Follow basic step-by-step lessons to create cards, ornaments, paintings, and other crafty winter fun! All activities have one-on-one instruction for local illustrator Kelli Roos. A supply list of approximately $60 will print at the time of registration.

There is a $35 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: 11/5-12/17*
No Class: 11/26*
Time: 12:30p-2:30p
Day: Sa
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $112/$162
Deadline: 10/29
Min/Max: 5/8
Class ID: 222026
Instructor: Kelli Roos
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

  

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