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 13, 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.