• In this fast-moving, immersive workshop, you will have an opportunity to select the glass, prepare a pattern, cut and fit glass, and then wrap and solder for a finished piece that can be hung suspended on its own or in a corner. Come learn the art of breaking glass!
    • Age: Adults and Mature Teens 14+
    • Sessions: One-Time Workshop
      • Session 1: Friday, March 22 | 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
      • Session 2: Friday, April 26 | 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
      • Session 3: Wednesday, May 15 | 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
    • Instructor: Kerri Brammy
    • Cost: $60/student
    • Class Size: minimum of 8 students registered to run class; no more than 12 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    • Registration Deadline:
      • Session 1: March 18, 2024
      • Session 2: April 22, 2024
      • Session 3: May 10, 2024
    Kerri Bram Kerri is a long time artist and art educator, specializing in the design, construction and repair of architectural stained glass windows. She is the owner and operator of Tea Stained Studio, is an old pickle deli/residence located in the Clifton/University Heights area of Cincinnati, Ohio. As an artist, she uses natural elements as the media for her work (glass, metal, rocks, wood and fibers) to alter both one’s perspective and relationship with their environment. At the end of the day, she loves the sound of breaking glass.
  • Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10:45 am or Thursdays, 7:15 - 8:30 pm

    Tai chi and qigong are complementary traditional Chinese arts that help to improve one’s health, vitality, and well-being. Tai chi is a series of gentle flowing movements based on martial arts. Qigong is a mind/body exercise that helps stimulate “elemental life force.” In this class, we will focus on the basic forms of traditional Yang tai chi and in particular the Yang 10 step form in January and the Yang 8 step form in March. Over time we will begin to explore the Yang 16 step. Both of these forms are excellent preparation to practice the longer Yang 24 step form. We will also learn the Daoyin Bao Jian Gong, a simple qigong form. Both the tai chi and qigong forms can be performed standing or seated. In addition we will explore some of the philosophy and basic principles behind these arts.
    • Ages: Adults (50+)
    • Session: 
      • Spring 2: Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., March 12 – May 14, 2024 (10 weeks)
      • Spring 3: Thursdays, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m., March 14 – May 16, 2024 (10 weeks)
    • Instructor: Rick Warm
    • Cost: $50 for 10-week session
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    Rick Warm Rick Warm has practiced martial arts including tai chi for 40+ years. His study of tai chi and qigong has become more serious and focused over the past 10 years, and he is a certified instructor from the prestigious Deyin Institute in the UK. Rick is also the director of the Center for Wisdom and Leadership. 
    Though the crux of Rick's work has centered on leadership and the development of wise leaders, for the last decade Rick has also focused on  wisdom in “second half of life,” the midlife transition, and in particular what it means to be an elder. Rick has taught classes and run seminars and workshops on the topics of wisdom, spirituality and aging. He also  leads a number of Elder Wisdom Circles around the city. Elder Wisdom Circles are groups of older adults, generally in retirement, that gather weekly to discuss such topics as conscious aging, spirituality, and the journey towards wisdom. The circles gather to learn from each other, encourage lifelong learning and growth, and discern how they can make a difference in the world – small or large. 
  • Tuesday, March 12 6:00 - 9:00 pm

    Learn how to needle-felt by creating a felt sculpture of a four-legged animal of your choice. Whether you choose a pet or your favorite wild beast, you will leave with a finished animal, perfect for a gift or special ornament! Bring photos on your phone of front, side, and back views of your animal.
    • Age: Adults and Mature Teens 13+
    • Session: One Time Workshop, meets on March 12, 2024
    • Instructor: Karen Saunders
    • Cost: $55/student
    • Class Size: minimum of 4 students registered to run class; no more than 20 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    • Registration Deadline: March 4, 2024

    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.

  • 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 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 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.
  • Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

    Tai Chi is the slow, meditative Chinese martial art practiced to promote health, balance, mental calm, and clarity. Come and join us to learn and practice this profound and wonderful art. No previous experience is necessary.
    • Ages: Adults and Mature Teens 14+
    • Session: Ongoing, meets year-round
    • Instructor: Uri Sella
    • Cost: Pay-what-you-can (suggested donation of $5/class.) Pay online below or in person before class with cash/check
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    • How to Register: Email classes@cliftonculturalarts.org with “Tai Chi” in the subject line.
    This is a "Pay-what-you-can" class! We determine the "suggested donation" amount based on the absolute minimum that it costs the center to run this class. If that amount is out of your reach today, enter an amount that you are comfortable with in the box below, then hit "donate" to register. If you can afford it, we encourage you to pay the "suggested donation" amount (or more) so CCAC can continue offering creative experiences that are available and accessible to everyone! If you do not see a "donate" option, the program is full.
    Uri Sella Uri grew up in Israel, where he served in the Israeli army and studied law. Upon graduation, he clerked on the Israeli Supreme Court and, in 1994, moved to New York City to start a career as a corporate lawyer. In New York, he discovered a passion to express himself with paint. Twice a week, after a long day in the office, he would shed his suit and tie and travel downtown to attend Jack Potter’s evening classes on drawing and composition at the School of Visual Arts. Several years later, he decided to abandon the practice of law and joined his wife in Cincinnati. Upon the birth of his first child, he became a stay-at-home father. He also studies and teaches tai chi.
  • 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.
  • Tuesdays, 8:15 - 9:15 p.m.

    The term “Jitterbug” means many different things to many different people of many different backgrounds. This class will start with the most universal 6-count rhythms and movements across all idioms of Swing Dance. We’ll get you on the dance floor quickly and present fundamental concepts that will guide the development of your technique and style in the future.
    • Age: Adults
    • Session: March 5 - March 26 (4 weeks)
    • Difficulty Level: Low
    • Instructor: Joel Domoe
    • Cost: $60/student
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    Joel Domoe Joel Domoe coordinates the design, development, and teaching of Swing Dance Foundations in collaboration with CCAC and other swing dance luminaries in the Cincinnati Area. Joel is the founder of SupermurgaNati, whose mission is: To amaze, enable, and empower Cincinnati's Jitterbugs and Lindy Hoppers creatively, technically, and socially by providing opportunities for elite instruction, generous mentoring, exciting collaboration, supportive connections, and amazing dance. Joel has been teaching, performing, community building, and producing events in the Swing Dance community all over the Eastern United States for 25 years. He is a former Virginia State Open Jitterbug Champion and Southwestern Regional Lindy Hop Champion. He has served as Competition Coordinator and/or Head Judge for the American Lindy Hop Championships (Stamford, CT), Lindy Focus (Asheville, NC), and Beantown Dance Camp (Boston, MA) multiple times. Joel has taught classes at far too many events to name. He is a founding and honorary lifetime member of the Piedmont Swing Dance Society in Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was a founding member and first president of the Atlanta Swing Era Dance Association. He has founded and directed three different Swing Dance Troupes: Bums and Bombshells (Greensboro, NC), Heavens to Murgatroid! (Atlanta, GA), and The Cinci SnapShots (Cincinnati, OH). In Cincinnati, among other things, Joel served as a co-producer of SwinGallery (Cincinnati’s longest-running weekly swing dance event) from 2006-2016. To learn more about SupermurgaNati, find out exactly who is teaching each course, and see other activities and offerings, please visit supermurganati.com.
    • All classes are open to students with any range of experience, from beginners learning for the first time to experienced dancers looking to solidify fundamentals or expand their knowledge base.
    • Students are not required to bring a partner to class.
    • In class, we use a partner rotation system where Leads dance with all the Follows and Follows dance with all the Leads. All students are expected to participate in the rotation unless there is an extenuating circumstance. Our classes are not designed for students to stay with the same partner.
    • Students are allowed to choose their own role in class, Lead or Follow. Students may also switch roles as frequently as they like.
    • It is highly likely that in every class, students will dance with some partners of the same gender and some of different genders during the rotation. The expectation is that all students be respectful of all other students at all times.
  • Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Blues music is diverse. So is Blues Dance. As we explore how to dance to blues music, we will focus on the “conversation” you have with your partner while dancing and how to establish and maintain great communication with each other. Difficulty level: Medium/Low
    • Age: Adults
    • Session: March 5 - March 26 (4 weeks)
    • Difficulty Level: Medium/Low
    • Instructor: Joel Domoe
    • Cost: $60/student
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    Joel Domoe Joel Domoe coordinates the design, development, and teaching of Swing Dance Foundations in collaboration with CCAC and other swing dance luminaries in the Cincinnati Area. Joel is the founder of SupermurgaNati, whose mission is: To amaze, enable, and empower Cincinnati's Jitterbugs and Lindy Hoppers creatively, technically, and socially by providing opportunities for elite instruction, generous mentoring, exciting collaboration, supportive connections, and amazing dance. Joel has been teaching, performing, community building, and producing events in the Swing Dance community all over the Eastern United States for 25 years. He is a former Virginia State Open Jitterbug Champion and Southwestern Regional Lindy Hop Champion. He has served as Competition Coordinator and/or Head Judge for the American Lindy Hop Championships (Stamford, CT), Lindy Focus (Asheville, NC), and Beantown Dance Camp (Boston, MA) multiple times. Joel has taught classes at far too many events to name. He is a founding and honorary lifetime member of the Piedmont Swing Dance Society in Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was a founding member and first president of the Atlanta Swing Era Dance Association. He has founded and directed three different Swing Dance Troupes: Bums and Bombshells (Greensboro, NC), Heavens to Murgatroid! (Atlanta, GA), and The Cinci SnapShots (Cincinnati, OH). In Cincinnati, among other things, Joel served as a co-producer of SwinGallery (Cincinnati’s longest-running weekly swing dance event) from 2006-2016. To learn more about SupermurgaNati, find out exactly who is teaching each course, and see other activities and offerings, please visit supermurganati.com.
    • All classes are open to students with any range of experience, from beginners learning for the first time to experienced dancers looking to solidify fundamentals or expand their knowledge base.
    • Students are not required to bring a partner to class.
    • In class, we use a partner rotation system where Leads dance with all the Follows and Follows dance with all the Leads. All students are expected to participate in the rotation unless there is an extenuating circumstance. Our classes are not designed for students to stay with the same partner.
    • Students are allowed to choose their own role in class, Lead or Follow. Students may also switch roles as frequently as they like.
    • It is highly likely that in every class, students will dance with some partners of the same gender and some of different genders during the rotation. The expectation is that all students be respectful of all other students at all times.
  • 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.

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