• Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Learn about printing by carving imprints and using them to add flair to your new tote bag.
    • Age: Adults and mature teens 16+
    • Session: May 8 - May 15 (2 weeks)
    • Instructor: Melinda Welch
    • Cost: $70/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: May 15, 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.
  • Saturday, April 27 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Since 1987, Cincinnati has seen tremendous growth in salsa music from the days of the Havana Martini Club featuring a salsa band every Sunday evening to the twenty-two weeks of Salsa on the Square during the summer months. But, how did salsa music evolve? How did it get to Cincinnati? This workshop will time-travel back to Cuba, the origins of salsa music. It will visit and explore the evolution of salsa music through each decade from the 1920s to the 2000s and its arrival in Cincinnati. We’ll listen to music from the 1930s during the rhumba era, the mambo craze of the 1950s, boogaloo of the 1960s in New York City, and finally the salsa explosion of the 1970s. If you want, come with your dancing shoes!
    • Age: Adults (18+)
    • Session: One Time Workshop, meets on April 27, 2024
    • Instructor: Victor Vélez
    • Cost: $40/student
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    • Registration Deadline: April 20, 2024

    Victor Vélez

    Victor Vélez, a native of Puerto Rico, grew up in New York City and now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. His creative talents are expressed through multiple artistic disciplines as a writer, poet, photographer, and musician.  Victor studied Communication Arts at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York and began his writing career as a freelance writer in the early 1980s. Victor’s published work includes A Quest for Answers: A Personal Journey (2003)Salsa on the Square: A Summer of Photos (2010) celebrating the annual summer salsa series on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square, Donde Esta, Señor? (Where Are You, Lord?) written in Spanish, and most recently, the suspense thriller Triduum of All Hallows (2022).  He is the author of five poetry books.
  • 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. 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!

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