Other Mediums

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly as we add new classes online throughout the season. Dates and times are subject to change.
Cancellation Policy:  Occasionally classes must be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met for our visiting instructors, there is a health or weather emergency, or other unforeseen events.  We understand that this may be a disappointment to our students, and we’ll do our best to inform you as early as we can of the cancellation.
If Oliver Art Center cancels a class, we’ll offer a full refund or credit towards another course, at your discretion.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. After that time, no refunds are provided. If you sign up for a multi-day or multi-week class but do not attend the entire course, we will not pro-rate the class as we need to pay our guest instructors for your spot in the class.

Other Classes

Family Puppetry Workshop with Alexandra Herryman

This is fun for all ages - children can sign up as well as parents (children under 14 must be accompanied by parents).

We will explore techniques that make a puppet appear alive and how movements express feelings and tell stories. By the end everyone will have constructed some
elements that can be used to tell a story out of our primary medium: cardboard and tape. But more importantly, participants will have a good grasp of how to think about puppets as objects that tell stories, and ways to turn those objects and stories into performances that make people smile. Ages 14 and up may register alone. Ages 10-14 may assist an adult who is also participating. More classes added this summer - watch the website for updates!

Instructor Info:  Alexandra Herryman has a long history of design, construction, and management for live theater, which she honed in New York and Chicago before settling down in northern Michigan. In 2009 she ran away from grad school to join the puppeteers in Boston, becoming the stage manager for a monthly puppet slam. This introduced her to the multitude of puppet styles and techniques that exist, an interest she further studied at regional and national puppet festivals. Many of her puppets are still out in the world performing in theatrical productions.

Sun July 28, 2024

Member Price: $22.50

Non-Member Price: $25.00

Available Spaces: 8

Framing Workshop with Jennifer Helner

This one day workshop will provide you an overview of the picture framing process from start to finish. Pick out frames to suit your art, choose mats with a mat cutting demo and how to mount many different mediums of artwork. How to cut and clean glass and Plexiglas and how to hold the contents in a frame. Properly wire the finished framed artwork to be ready to hand in to the gallery. Unlock the secrets of professional framers in a wide variety of areas and overcome common errors.

Instructor Info:   Jennifer Helner is the owner of Scripted Expressions Studio located in Lowell, Michigan. She achieved her BFA in painting from Wayne State University in 1991. At Scripted Expressions Studio she creates, educates and is a custom framer. Jennifer is a Michigan realist watercolor painter of flowers, landscapes, and creative lettering. At her studio she provides art classes and workshops along with art instruction at Lowell Arts. After graduating from Wayne State Jennifer learned the craft of custom framing under a master framer. She continued her art education through classes at the BBAC, the College of Creative Studies and Kendell along with attending numerous workshops of nationally and internationally recognized artists. Jennifer is a juror for the arts at the Kent County Fair, the Artist Chair for the Fallasburg Art Festival in Lowell, Michigan, and the Chair of artists for the Fallasburg Village Festival.


Sat August 24, 2024

Member Price: $45.00

Non-Member Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 11

Journaling Through Art with Trevor McCauley
In this class we will connect journaling to three distinct art projects:
1. In the first project we will write what is called, A Postcard to No One.  We will write about a past experience with someone, and we will draw or paint a design that fits the narrative of the postcard message.
2. The second project will focus on the present tense.  We will journal while reflecting on what is positively going on right now and then we will create artwork using at least two different media - a scene that is indicative of what is going on right now.
3. In the last project we will focus on the future.  Classmates will be given a list of affirmations that will be used to create a journal writing that looks forward with positive intention.  The corresponding art poster will be a collage of various media, writing and cut out images from magazines.
Instructor Statement:  My artist journey really began in high school where I was introduced to ceramics and scratchboard. When I went on to the University of Michigan all my elective classes were art classes. I took a broad range of classes including drawing, oil painting, ceramics, and sculpture. I was also introduced to stream of consciousness writing as well as piano music composition during my undergraduate studies. Post college I dabbled in digital photography as well as took ceramic classes. Throughout college and beyond I have continued to write creatively and have written 5 poetry books.  Today my artistic endeavors juggle between sculpture/ceramics, painting, scratchboard, poetry, music composition and 2-D collage making.

Mon August 26, 2024

Member Price: $91.00

Non-Member Price: $99.00

Available Spaces: 11

Photoshop Post-Production For Beginners - Digital Editing Workshop with Tamara Hoffbauer

In this introductory class, students will be taught a variety of tools and techniques in Photoshop to post- process or “develop” digital or scanned photos. These techniques will help students understand when and why to use Photoshop, how to process a digital image for use in print or online, how to set up an efficient workflow, and how to get the best results from their digital or scanned images. Topics will include image cleanup techniques, creating selections, use of adjustments like levels, sharpening, curves, color balance, and more. We will also discuss what formats to save images in for different uses. Students should leave the class feeling confident in their ability to apply what they have learned to their own photos and to tackle further study of Photoshop!

Instructor Info:  Tamara Hoffbauer has been working in the digital design industry for 25 years. She has trained in Adobe software since it first launched, creating and editing digital art for print publications, retail product design, and online stores. Previous work as a Creative Director included 14 years of photographing products for print catalogs and e-commerce sites. Tamara earned a BFA in Design from DePaul University.

Sun October 6, 2024

Member Price: $91.00

Non-Member Price: $99.00

Available Spaces: 6