Youth Classes

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.

Youth Classes

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, participants 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: 7

 
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

 
Kid's Clay Camp! Session B - Mondays and Saturdays in August 8/12, 8/17, 19th, and 24th

For ages 8-14        MONDAYS & SATURDAYS August 12th, 17th, 19th, and 24th   10-11:30 am

Your young artist will learn different methods of hand building and tools to create texture to create fun and creative keepsakes with instructor (and mom) Rachel Liebler. We will make an imprint dish (think fossils or flowers and greenery), learn different building techniques using slabs and coils, as well as explore glazing. Students get to take home 2 completed  works: an imprint dish, and a piece led by their own imagination demonstrating the techniques they've learned.

Instructor Info:  Rachel Liebler has been working with clay for over 15 years, originally studying under local artist Karl Sporck. She has been slowly making a name for herself while she raises her young family. She currently is a Beulah resident and the artist and creator of Cold Creek Arts, selling functional and decorative wheel thrown Ceramic pieces featuring hand painted woodland inspired illustrations. She has a background in painting and illustration as well as Ceramics and would love to share her in depth knowledge of clay, tools, and techniques with new and experienced potters alike!

Mon August 12, 2024

Member Price: $90.00

Non-Member Price: $100.00

Available Spaces: 1

 
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, participants 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