• Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Rediscover the joy of tie-dye! Explore new ways to twist, tie, and bunch your clothing items to create intricate and exciting patterns.
    • Age: Adults and Teens 13+
    • Session: April 23 - May 14 (4 weeks)
    • Instructor: Prari Parran
    • Cost: $130/student
    • Class Size: minimum of 7 students registered to run class; no more than 15 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    • Registration Deadline: April 15, 2023
    Prari Parran Coming Soon.
  • Saturday, March 16 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Art-making doesn't need to be done alone - you can experience the joy and surprise of collaboration!  Bring a friend, partner, relative, or neighbor! This drawing class will work with a variety of media and feature individual, paired, and group activities. No supplies needed! Please note! Registration covers two people: you and a friend. Only one of you needs to register
    • Ages: Adults 18+
    • Session: One-Time Workshop, meets on March 16
    • Cost: $70/two students
    • Class Size: Minimum of 4 students required to run workshop, no more than 16 students registered.
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    • Registration Deadline: March 13, 2024
    Deb Brod Deb enjoys teaching art and sharing her love of art-making and its countless therapeutic effects with people of all ages. She has taught and led community-based art projects through the Ohio Arts Council, community arts centers, schools, art museums, and many other organizations. She has created artwork for commissions (including for the Taft Museum of Art and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), and exhibited her artwork made with many media and approaches including, painting, textiles, and installation, in the midwest (including at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center), and occasionally other parts of the country and the world. In college, Deb studied French, art history, and fine art, culminating in a masters degree in fine art in painting. Although her work often appears abstract, or non-representational, the sources of Deb’s inspiration draw on both her inner life and the outer world, and range from nature to human nature.
  • Friday, May 17 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    Mark your calendars each month for the most fun evening of creativity that you'll find. Craft a unique piece of art while enjoying the evening's signature cocktail (or any other drink). At this month at Crafts & Cocktails, you can work with alcohol ink to fashion colorful and functional abstract works of art.
    • Age: Adults 21+
    • Session: One Time Workshop, meets on May 17, 2024
    • Instructor: Melinda Welch
    • Cost: $60/student (includes 1 drink ticket)
    • Class Size: minimum of 7 students registered to run class; no more than 24 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    • Registration Deadline: May 16, 2024
    Melinda Welch Melinda E. Welch earned her Master’s degree and teaching license in Art Education from the University of Cincinnati’s school of Design Architecture, Art and Planning. Melinda’s Masters thesis focused on developing a visual arts curriculum for a community arts center. Currently, Melinda is teaching for the Clifton Cultural Arts Center and leading art classes at Bridgeway Pointe, UC Health, an assisted living residence.  Melinda’s teaching experience includes 14 years as Art Director at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center. While Art Director, she developed her vision for a visual art community driven by a strong, cohesive art curriculum and relationships with her students and families. She sought to connect with surrounding communities by integrating free art programming through connections with local schools, libraries and recreation centers. She often collaborates with diverse music teachers, and other non-profit organizations such as Elementz and BioKoto.  While in graduate school, she was employed by Kennedy Heights Art Center to teach adult and youth art classes. She also taught after-school art at Pleasant Ridge Montessori and the Pleasant Ridge Library. Her student teaching experience includes Walnut Hills High School, Sherwood Elementary, North Avondale Montessori, and Anderson High School. For the Contemporary Art Center, she taught an arts integration curriculum at Bond Hill Elementary. For the CAC she also led art programing at various local schools and in the UNMuseum. She has completed internships at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum of Art, Manifest Gallery and Prairie Gallery. She was part of a youth community photography program in conjunction with Happen Inc, Prairie Gallery and the Mill Creek Restoration Project. Melinda is an active and experienced artist who works in ceramics, photography, collage and whatever else strikes her artistic fancy. She and her husband reside in Camp Washington with their two children.
  • Friday, April 19 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    Mark your calendars each month for the most fun evening of creativity that you'll find. Craft a unique piece of art while enjoying the evening's signature cocktail (or any other drink). At this month at Crafts & Cocktails, we're building mini terrariums.
    • Age: Adults 21+
    • Session: One Time Workshop, meets on April 19, 2024
    • Instructor: Melinda Welch
    • Cost: $60/student (includes 1 drink ticket)
    • Class Size: minimum of 7 students registered to run class; no more than 24 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    • Registration Deadline: April 18, 2024
    Melinda Welch Melinda E. Welch earned her Master’s degree and teaching license in Art Education from the University of Cincinnati’s school of Design Architecture, Art and Planning. Melinda’s Masters thesis focused on developing a visual arts curriculum for a community arts center. Currently, Melinda is teaching for the Clifton Cultural Arts Center and leading art classes at Bridgeway Pointe, UC Health, an assisted living residence.  Melinda’s teaching experience includes 14 years as Art Director at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center. While Art Director, she developed her vision for a visual art community driven by a strong, cohesive art curriculum and relationships with her students and families. She sought to connect with surrounding communities by integrating free art programming through connections with local schools, libraries and recreation centers. She often collaborates with diverse music teachers, and other non-profit organizations such as Elementz and BioKoto.  While in graduate school, she was employed by Kennedy Heights Art Center to teach adult and youth art classes. She also taught after-school art at Pleasant Ridge Montessori and the Pleasant Ridge Library. Her student teaching experience includes Walnut Hills High School, Sherwood Elementary, North Avondale Montessori, and Anderson High School. For the Contemporary Art Center, she taught an arts integration curriculum at Bond Hill Elementary. For the CAC she also led art programing at various local schools and in the UNMuseum. She has completed internships at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum of Art, Manifest Gallery and Prairie Gallery. She was part of a youth community photography program in conjunction with Happen Inc, Prairie Gallery and the Mill Creek Restoration Project. Melinda is an active and experienced artist who works in ceramics, photography, collage and whatever else strikes her artistic fancy. She and her husband reside in Camp Washington with their two children.
  • Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    Express yourself freely from the inside out!  We’ll journey without judgment into the land of shapes, colors, lines, and more: an experiential journey with drawing/painting exercises to deepen our understanding of visual language, our world, and ourselves. Students will learn from other artists’ work and words and discover how abstraction in art can resonate both personally and universally. See below for materials list.
    • Age: Adults and Teens 16+
    • Session: March 11 - April 8 (5 weeks)
    • Instructor: Deb Brod
    • Cost: $150/student
    • Class Size: minimum of 4 students registered to run class; no more than 15 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    • Registration Deadline: March 4, 2024
    Materials for the first day:
    • White paper pad: good quality drawing paper (about 60 lb or better), at least 11” x 14
    • Oil pastels and/or water-soluble oil pastels (with water-brush): at least 12 colors, including white, black
    • Conté crayon, black; and/or square charcoal stick
    • Graphite pencil and/or charcoal pencil
    • Cloth rag(s), q-tips, cotton balls, and/or tortillons for smudging, smoothing, cleaning, etc.
    Deb Brod Deb enjoys teaching art and sharing her love of art-making and its countless therapeutic effects with people of all ages. She has taught and led community-based art projects through the Ohio Arts Council, community arts centers, schools, art museums, and many other organizations. She has created artwork for commissions (including for the Taft Museum of Art and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), and exhibited her artwork made with many media and approaches including, painting, textiles, and installation, in the midwest (including at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center), and occasionally other parts of the country and the world. In college, Deb studied French, art history, and fine art, culminating in a masters degree in fine art in painting. Although her work often appears abstract, or non-representational, the sources of Deb's inspiration draw on both her inner life and the outer world, and range from nature to human nature.
  • Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Water is a most essential element: transfixing to watch, enjoyable and challenging to draw and paint. The class will meet at parks and other outdoor locations so that you can observe and draw from the water, whether close-up, on the shore of a small lake, or viewing the Ohio River from an Eden Park overlook. You will draw water’s movement, reflections, and colors, simultaneously developing a sense of its place in our compositions as well as the world. Color theory will be included, but you are also encouraged to work with color intuitively. Choose a medium that inspires you, whether traditional drawing forms like graphite, charcoal, and conté crayon or colored media like oil pastels, colored pencils, ink, and watercolor. See below for materials needed for the first day of class.
    • Age: Adults and Teens 16+
    • Session: April 24 - May 22 (5 weeks)
    • Instructor: Deb Brod
    • Cost: $150/student
    • Class Size: minimum of 4 students registered to run class; no more than 15 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave) – Weather permitting, class will also meet outdoors in Cincinnati Parks.
    • Registration Deadline: September 18, 2023
    • White paper pad: good quality drawing paper (about 60 lb or better); at least 11” x 14”; 50 -100 sheets, or watercolor paper, if you plan to use watercolor.
    • The materials you’re most interested in trying out or continuing to work with (see list in class description).
    Also, cloth rag(s), cotton balls, q-tips, tortillons, etc., for smudging, smoothing, cleaning, etc; erasers, esp. a kneaded eraser, if you choose “traditional” drawing materials.
    Deb Brod Deb enjoys teaching art and sharing her love of art-making and its countless therapeutic effects with people of all ages. She has taught and led community-based art projects through the Ohio Arts Council, community arts centers, schools, art museums, and many other organizations. She has created artwork for commissions (including for the Taft Museum of Art and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), and exhibited her artwork made with many media and approaches including, painting, textiles, and installation, in the midwest (including at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center), and occasionally other parts of the country and the world. In college, Deb studied French, art history, and fine art, culminating in a masters degree in fine art in painting. Although her work often appears abstract, or non-representational, the sources of Deb's inspiration draw on both her inner life and the outer world, and range from nature to human nature.
  • Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Each month of 2024, explore a new aspect of Fiber Art. See the full schedule HERE. In June, learn the basic stitches and essential techniques of crochet. Unleash your imagination as you create beautiful, handcrafted items with yarn and hooks.
    • Age: Adults (16+)
    • Session: June 3 - June 24 (4 weeks)
    • Instructor: Karen Saunders
    • Cost: $100/student + supplies fee of $10
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    Karen Saunders Karen is a multi-disciplinary artist who hopscotched across the Midwest before landing in Cincinnati, where she’s been practicing as an artist and arts educator for almost three decades. She has a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis on Ceramics and an MA in Art Education from Miami University at Oxford.

    For the better part of 20 years, she has worked with diverse audiences at local institutions, such as the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, and exhibiting her art at such venues as the Contemporary Arts Center, Canton Art Museum, Richmond Art Museum, and 21c Museum/Hotel.

    She routinely works collaboratively with community and artist groups, with one notable example being the Bombshells of Cincinnati, a largely anonymous group of local lady crafters who juxtapose vandalism with the non-threatening nature of fiber art.

    Karen is inspired by large-scale projects that might intimidate less resourceful and creative artists. She is ever challenging her own expectations and growing her ongoing practice.

  • Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Each month of 2024, explore a new aspect of Fiber Art. See the full schedule HERE. Hand stitching is found on everything these days.   It’s a hot trend as well as a time-honored tradition.  You’ve been dying to try it but don’t know where to begin, right?  Well, then, this beginning embroidery class is perfect for you!  We will learn the fundamental stitches, as well as some fun, frivolous ones, and then we’ll start exploring what to do with them.  Want to stitch into your clothing?  We’ll learn image transfer methods, the right materials to create the most success, and which stitches give you the most bang for your buck.  Interested in a more global outlook?  We’ll dive into traditions from around the world, including Japanese sashiko and Indian kantha.  You will come away from this series with lots of new skills and the confidence to apply them in a myriad of fun ways.  Best of all, you’ll experience the unique magic that is the sewing circle; a place where you are forced to slow down, be present, take your time, and have wonderful conversations with your newfound friends as you happily stitch away.
    • Age: Adults
    • Session: March 11 - Apr 1 (4 weeks)
    • Instructor: Abby Langdon
    • Cost: $100/student + supplies fee of $10
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    Abby Langdon Abby Langdon is a textile artist with more than 15 years of experience creating fiber art in fun, innovative ways.  Her career began on the indie craft show circuit in 2008 when she opened her business, abbydid, where she designed and produced plush creatures, mainly monsters, which now dwell (harmlessly) in homes around the world and have been featured in quite a few publications.  This focus eventually evolved into 2D and 3D fiber art that appeared in gallery shows, art fairs, and commercially commissioned settings.  Langdon's techniques and focus are ever-evolving, and now include a millinery business of handmade hats and accessories incorporating traditional techniques.

    Throughout Abby Langdon’s time as an artist, she has remained passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with the community.  She has been teaching workshops in hand and machine stitching to adults, teens, and kids for over a decade and has enjoyed the mentoring relationships she has developed immensely.  Having fun, bringing a touch of lighthearted irreverence to the work, stoking the creative fire within, and fostering community through art is of the utmost importance to her.

  • Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Each month of 2024, explore a new aspect of Fiber Art. See the full schedule HERE. In May, learn the art of combining loose fibers into new fabrics or sculptures.
    • Age: Adults
    • Session: May 6 - May 27 (4 weeks)
    • Instructor: Kelli Gleiner
    • Cost: $100/student + supplies fee of $10
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    Kelli Gleiner Bio coming soon.
  • Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Each month of 2024, explore a new aspect of Fiber Art. See the full schedule HERE. In April, learn how to produce beautiful patterns using knotted textiles.
    • Age: Adults
    • Session: April 8 - Apr 29 (4 weeks)
    • Instructor: Prari Parran
    • Cost: $100/student + supplies fee of $20
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    Prari Parran Bio coming soon.
  • Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Each month of 2024, explore a new aspect of Fiber Art. See the full schedule HERE. In August, study various surface design techniques, including mud cloth, stenciling, stamping, and more. You'll then use these techniques to embellish your own unique apron.
    • Age: Adults (16+)
    • Session: August 5 - 26, 2024 (4 weeks)
    • Instructor: Judy Dominic and Carole Douglas
    • Cost: $100/student + supplies fee of $10
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    Judy Dominic Judy is a native of southwest Ohio. She has been weaving in some fashion since 1979 and indulges in all sorts of fiber techniques. Her use of natural and odd materials has become her signature, and she teaches and exhibits locally, nationally, and internationally. Judy has been honored locally for enhancing the quality of community life through art. She lives with a wonderfully supportive husband and claims three handsome sons, two lovely daughters-in-law and six lively grandchildren. Carole Douglas Carole was born, raised, and educated in Cincinnati where she married, then raised three boys. She taught arts and crafts with Cincinnati Recreation Commission for thirty years before becoming happily retired. Carole’s true love is fiber arts, always returning to sewing and quilting, but continuing to add different colors and textures to her fabric. Second only to the doing is the learning and teaching of various techniques to add excitement and freshness to the surface of the fabric!
  • Saturday, March 30 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Create beautiful cards that have a handmade look using ink and your own linocut stamp.
    • Age: Adults and mature teens 13+
    • Session: One Time Workshop, meets on March 30, 2024
    • Instructor: Mary Woodworth
    • Cost: $60/student
    • Class Size: minimum of 7 students registered to run class; no more than 12 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    • Registration Deadline: March 27, 2024

    Mary Woodworth

    Bio coming soon.

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