ART CLASSES

We are offering Holiday Classes weekends in December 2021 in fused glass and more! These will be in-person, hands-on studio art classes taught by Grace Institute teaching artists in an environment with full COVID-19 precautions in place. All instructors are fully vaccinated.

How to Register

Fill out the Registration Form – it is a fillable PDF – and save it by a new name that includes your child’s first name and return by email it to Mariann Koop-McMahon. Once we have received your form and the class minimum is reached, our Business Manager Annie Rimmer-Weeks will email you a PayPal link with instructions on how to complete your payment. Scholarships are available – just ask. Due to COVID-19 precautions, registration by email and payment by credit card through PayPal are preferred. Registration opens November 1st.

2021 Holiday Class Descriptions

Pyrography on Wood!
Pyrography, or woodburning, is the art of making images on wood with heat. In this workshop you will learn the basics of pyrography while also creating some beautiful and fun seasonal ornaments and gifts!  Fun fact: pyrography translates from the Greek as “writing or drawing with fire”.
There are two opportunities to take this popular class:
SUNDAY November 28 – 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Completed
SATURDAY December 11 – 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – openings available

Fused Glass Holiday Cookie Plate – Completed
Using your own design, create a beautiful holiday cookie plate in this popular class. These make lovely gifts! Teaching artist Nancie Mann will guide you through the process, and then she will use a slumping mold in a second firing to achieve the final curved shape. Depending on shape, plates range from 7- to 9- inches. Class will run 2 to 2-1/2 hours. All materials included. Pick up your fired masterpiece the following week. Class offered only once this season!
SUNDAY DECEMBER 5 – 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Ages 8 and up
Location: Glass Studio on the Grace Campus with Nancie Mann
Cost $50 per person
Class limit 10

Learn to Dye Fabric with Ice!
Learn to safely use professional-grade Procion MX™ dyes (KN95 mask required for safety).  Use colors of your choice and a special ingredient – ice. The results are stunning! This would make the perfect gift for someone special.  We will supply gloves, dye, chemicals, and ready-to-dye linen scarf fabric (12×58-inches), and color catcher sheet. Participants will need to wear old clothes and bring a notebook, pencil, a KN95 mask (we have extras too), and a plastic watertight tub for transport safely home. You may also bring your own prewashed natural fabric in silk, cotton, linen, and wool. No synthetics. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.
Class offered only once this season!
SATURDAY December 11 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Class is Full!
Ages 12 and up
Location: Visual Arts Studio on the Grace Campus with Paula Benjaminson
Cost $60 per person (includes materials)
Class limit 8

NEW!  NACIMIENTO – Make your Own Nativity Set
Beginning with wood shapes, create a one-of-a-kind Nativity set inspired by the Mexican tradition.  Learn about Nacimientos from teaching artist Christian Barrios as you paint and embellish your figures. These Nativity sets make treasured family heirlooms or lovely gifts. This class is great for a parent and child to take together. All materials included with fee. There are two opportunities to take this class.
SATURDAY December 11 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – openings available
SATURDAY December 18 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – only 3 spots available
Ages 8 to adult
(or Ages 5 to 7 with participating adult)
Location: Visual Arts Studio on the Grace Campus with Christian Barrios
Cost: $45 per person
Class limit 10 per class

Fused Glass Snowscapes Class is Full
Learn how to “paint” with glass and create your own sparkling, one-of-a-kind winter landscape or snowscape. After firing, your fused glass “painting” may be displayed on a stand. Finished pieces are approximately 6 x 8-inches.  All materials, including special edition glass, glass paint and frits are included with fee. Pick up your fired masterpiece the following week. Class offered only once this season!
SUNDAY December 12 – 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Ages 10 and up
Location: Glass Studio on the Grace Campus with Mariann Koop-McMahon
Cost: $60 per person
Class limit 10

Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments Classes
Explore the unique beauty of fused glass and design your own treasured holiday ornaments under the guidance of experienced teaching artists Nancie Mann, Lori Rowell or Hannah Bohart in these 90-minute classes. NOW two ornaments per participant are included with class registration fee. Additional ornaments cost $5 each, which must be pre-paid by noon the Friday before your class. (Unfortunately, we can no longer accept payment at class.)  Pick up your fired pieces the following week. There are six opportunities to take this class. (If you are interested in signing up for more than one ornament class, contact Mariann: mariannk@grace-institute.org)

SATURDAY December 4 – 10:00 to 11:30 am Completed
SATURDAY December 4 – 2:00 to 3:30 pm Completed

SATURDAY December 11 – 10:00 to 11:30 am Class is Full
SATURDAY December 11 – 2:00 to 3:30 pm Class is Full

SATURDAY December 18 – 10:00 to 11:30 am – only 1 spot available
SATURDAY December 18 – 2:00 to 3:30 pm Class is Full

Ages 8 to adult
(Or Ages 5 to 7 with participating adult)
Location: Glass Studio on the Grace Campus
Cost: $40 per person (includes two ornaments per person)
Class limit 10 per class

Precautions for COVID-19

To protect all participants and our staff during these single session classes, Grace Institute is implementing many precautions including:

  • Staggered drop-off and pick-up times with a brief health questionnaire.
  • Each participant will have a separate, sanitized bin for a jacket and other personal items such as a purse. Please do not bring anything else except a mask, filled water bottle, and small personal item.
  • Each class may have 10 participants maximum, plus an artist. Most have 8 participants.
  • Air purification and filtration will be throughout campus.
  • Masks for participants are required at all times. We have extra KN95s and 3-ply masks on hand.
  • Restroom breaks will also be staggered with thorough hand-washing.
  • No guests or additional staff will be allowed into the studio areas.
  • Sorry, at this time, snacks are not allowed.

More specific information will be provided in your welcome letter.