Cooking Classes

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Cancellation Policy:  Occasionally classes must be cancelled.  We understand that this may be a disappointment to our visitors and we’ll do our best to inform students as early as we are aware of the cancellation.  Many of our workshops are led by instructors who have to come a long distance or prepare a lot of supplies, so if a minimum enrollment is not met, the class will be cancelled.

If Oliver Art Center cancels a class, we’ll make every attempt to inform students and to offer a full refund or credit towards another course.

If a student must withdraw from a class a full refund less $10 processing fee will be issued if cancellation is received at least one week prior to the first day of class.

Cooking Classes

Handmade Pasta with Mark Videan 12-3pm

Have you ever noticed how much more flavorful pasta is from some restaurants?  (Or from your Italian grandmother?). That is the difference between freeze-dried and fresh, homemade pasta.  Learn to make (and taste!) a variety of fresh, flavorful, unique pastas with home chef Mark Videan. Learn a basic pasta recipe/method and explore delicious variations. All ingredients supplied. Participants will "knead" a hands-on mind-set and are encouraged to bring lidded plastic containers (to take their creations home in.)

Instructor Info: 

Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

Sun June 2, 2024

Member Price: $45.00

Non-Member Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Gazpacho & Assorted Fresh Summer Cold Soups - Cooking with Mark Videan

Just in time for the summer sun!  We will create and enjoy some tasty, refreshing cold soups.  Perfect for lunch on a hot summer's day! Included will be gazpacho, avocado soup, and 1 or two more "chef surprises"!

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

Fri June 14, 2024

Member Price: $45.00

Non-Member Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 6

 
Kids Cook! Summer Youth Cooking Classes with Mark Videan

In addition to teaching Art Camp this summer at OAC on Fridays, Mark Videan will also be teaching afternoon youth cooking classes from 1:30 - 3:30 starting Friday, June 17    $25/week (members 10% off)  (Scholarships available - call OAC to inquire)

Kids ages 8-12 will learn basic kitchen skills and food safety while making tasty but healthy kid-friendly dishes each week.  By the end of the summer, pareticipants will have a take-home recipe book and the skills to help out with family meals!  All supplies included.

Kids Cook! Sample classes:  The Incredible Edible Egg; Homemade Spaghetti Sauce; Get to Know Herbs and Spices; Elevated Grilled Cheese; Build a Better Sandwich; Easy & Delicious French Toast; and MORE!

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

Fri June 21, 2024

Member Price: $22.50

Non-Member Price: $25.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Kids Cook! Summer Youth Cooking Classes with Mark Videan

In addition to teaching Art Camp this summer at OAC on Fridays, Mark Videan will also be teaching afternoon youth cooking classes from 1:30 - 3:30 starting Friday, June 17    $25/week (members 10% off)  (Scholarships available - call OAC to inquire)

Kids ages 8-12 will learn basic kitchen skills and food safety while making tasty but healthy kid-friendly dishes each week.  By the end of the summer, pareticipants will have a take-home recipe book and the skills to help out with family meals!  All supplies included.

Kids Cook! Sample classes:  The Incredible Edible Egg; Homemade Spaghetti Sauce; Get to Know Herbs and Spices; Elevated Grilled Cheese; Build a Better Sandwich; Easy & Delicious French Toast; and MORE!

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

Fri June 28, 2024

Member Price: $22.50

Non-Member Price: $25.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Kids Cook! Summer Youth Cooking Classes with Mark Videan

In addition to teaching Art Camp this summer at OAC on Fridays, Mark Videan will also be teaching afternoon youth cooking classes from 1:30 - 3:30 starting Friday, June 17    $25/week (members 10% off)  (Scholarships available - call OAC to inquire)

Kids ages 8-12 will learn basic kitchen skills and food safety while making tasty but healthy kid-friendly dishes each week.  By the end of the summer, pareticipants will have a take-home recipe book and the skills to help out with family meals!  All supplies included.

Kids Cook! Sample classes:  The Incredible Edible Egg; Homemade Spaghetti Sauce; Get to Know Herbs and Spices; Elevated Grilled Cheese; Build a Better Sandwich; Easy & Delicious French Toast; and MORE!

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

Fri July 5, 2024

Member Price: $22.50

Non-Member Price: $25.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Kids Cook! Summer Youth Cooking Classes with Mark Videan

In addition to teaching Art Camp this summer at OAC on Fridays, Mark Videan will also be teaching afternoon youth cooking classes from 1:30 - 3:30 starting Friday, June 17    $25/week (members 10% off)  (Scholarships available - call OAC to inquire)

Kids ages 8-12 will learn basic kitchen skills and food safety while making tasty but healthy kid-friendly dishes each week.  By the end of the summer, pareticipants will have a take-home recipe book and the skills to help out with family meals!  All supplies included.

Kids Cook! Sample classes:  The Incredible Edible Egg; Homemade Spaghetti Sauce; Get to Know Herbs and Spices; Elevated Grilled Cheese; Build a Better Sandwich; Easy & Delicious French Toast; and MORE!

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

Fri July 12, 2024

Member Price: $22.50

Non-Member Price: $25.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Kids Cook! Summer Youth Cooking Classes with Mark Videan

In addition to teaching Art Camp this summer at OAC on Fridays, Mark Videan will also be teaching afternoon youth cooking classes from 1:30 - 3:30 starting Friday, June 17    $25/week (members 10% off)  (Scholarships available - call OAC to inquire)

Kids ages 8-12 will learn basic kitchen skills and food safety while making tasty but healthy kid-friendly dishes each week.  By the end of the summer, pareticipants will have a take-home recipe book and the skills to help out with family meals!  All supplies included.

Kids Cook! Sample classes:  The Incredible Edible Egg; Homemade Spaghetti Sauce; Get to Know Herbs and Spices; Elevated Grilled Cheese; Build a Better Sandwich; Easy & Delicious French Toast; and MORE!

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

Fri July 19, 2024

Member Price: $22.50

Non-Member Price: $25.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Kids Cook! Summer Youth Cooking Classes with Mark Videan

In addition to teaching Art Camp this summer at OAC on Fridays, Mark Videan will also be teaching afternoon youth cooking classes from 1:30 - 3:30 starting Friday, June 17    $25/week (members 10% off)  (Scholarships available - call OAC to inquire)

Kids ages 8-12 will learn basic kitchen skills and food safety while making tasty but healthy kid-friendly dishes each week.  By the end of the summer, pareticipants will have a take-home recipe book and the skills to help out with family meals!  All supplies included.

Kids Cook! Sample classes:  The Incredible Edible Egg; Homemade Spaghetti Sauce; Get to Know Herbs and Spices; Elevated Grilled Cheese; Build a Better Sandwich; Easy & Delicious French Toast; and MORE!

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

Fri July 26, 2024

Member Price: $22.50

Non-Member Price: $25.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Kids Cook! Summer Youth Cooking Classes with Mark Videan

In addition to teaching Art Camp this summer at OAC on Fridays, Mark Videan will also be teaching afternoon youth cooking classes from 1:30 - 3:30 starting Friday, June 17    $25/week (members 10% off)  (Scholarships available - call OAC to inquire)

Kids ages 8-12 will learn basic kitchen skills and food safety while making tasty but healthy kid-friendly dishes each week.  By the end of the summer, pareticipants will have a take-home recipe book and the skills to help out with family meals!  All supplies included.

Kids Cook! Sample classes:  The Incredible Edible Egg; Homemade Spaghetti Sauce; Get to Know Herbs and Spices; Elevated Grilled Cheese; Build a Better Sandwich; Easy & Delicious French Toast; and MORE!

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

Fri August 2, 2024

Member Price: $22.50

Non-Member Price: $25.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Kids Cook! Summer Youth Cooking Classes with Mark Videan

In addition to teaching Art Camp this summer at OAC on Fridays, Mark Videan will also be teaching afternoon youth cooking classes from 1:30 - 3:30 starting Friday, June 17    $25/week (members 10% off)  (Scholarships available - call OAC to inquire)

Kids ages 8-12 will learn basic kitchen skills and food safety while making tasty but healthy kid-friendly dishes each week.  By the end of the summer, pareticipants will have a take-home recipe book and the skills to help out with family meals!  All supplies included.

Kids Cook! Sample classes:  The Incredible Edible Egg; Homemade Spaghetti Sauce; Get to Know Herbs and Spices; Elevated Grilled Cheese; Build a Better Sandwich; Easy & Delicious French Toast; and MORE!

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

Fri August 9, 2024

Member Price: $22.50

Non-Member Price: $25.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Kids Cook! Summer Youth Cooking Classes with Mark Videan

In addition to teaching Art Camp this summer at OAC on Fridays, Mark Videan will also be teaching afternoon youth cooking classes from 1:30 - 3:30 starting Friday, June 17    $25/week (members 10% off)  (Scholarships available - call OAC to inquire)

Kids ages 8-12 will learn basic kitchen skills and food safety while making tasty but healthy kid-friendly dishes each week.  By the end of the summer, pareticipants will have a take-home recipe book and the skills to help out with family meals!  All supplies included.

Kids Cook! Sample classes:  The Incredible Edible Egg; Homemade Spaghetti Sauce; Get to Know Herbs and Spices; Elevated Grilled Cheese; Build a Better Sandwich; Easy & Delicious French Toast; and MORE!

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

Fri August 16, 2024

Member Price: $22.50

Non-Member Price: $25.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Kids Cook! Summer Youth Cooking Classes with Mark Videan

In addition to teaching Art Camp this summer at OAC on Fridays, Mark Videan will also be teaching afternoon youth cooking classes from 1:30 - 3:30 starting Friday, June 17    $25/week (members 10% off)  (Scholarships available - call OAC to inquire)

Kids ages 8-12 will learn basic kitchen skills and food safety while making tasty but healthy kid-friendly dishes each week.  By the end of the summer, pareticipants will have a take-home recipe book and the skills to help out with family meals!  All supplies included.

Kids Cook! Sample classes:  The Incredible Edible Egg; Homemade Spaghetti Sauce; Get to Know Herbs and Spices; Elevated Grilled Cheese; Build a Better Sandwich; Easy & Delicious French Toast; and MORE!

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

Fri August 23, 2024

Member Price: $22.50

Non-Member Price: $25.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Lavender Recipes - Cooking and Cocktails with Jennifer Flynn

Using Lavender Sugar and Lavender Syrup we will make and taste several drinks and baked items. We will also make savory roasted vegetables using Herbs de Provence.

Bio  Jennifer and her husband, Don, live in Northwest Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, where they grow lavender for sale at the Frankfort Farmer’s Market.  She volunteers regularly at numerous organizations and events in the region and is a member of the Oliver Art Center board of directors.  Flynn is also an accomplished artist who has been creating batik painting since 1987.  She has exhibited in shows, galleries, and museums, and her work is in homes all over the world.  In 2005 she received the award of “Best in Show” in fiber art at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  She has also authored and illustrated a children's book.

Thu September 19, 2024

Member Price: $40.00

Non-Member Price: $45.00

Available Spaces: 6