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  • Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Join us this summer to observe and draw the world around us. Drawing techniques and color theory will be included in this class and you will also be encouraged to work intuitively. Choose your media: from "traditional" drawing media (graphite, charcoal, conte crayon, etc.), to drawing media with color (oil pastels, water-soluble oil pastels, colored pencils, etc.) to ink to watercolor.
    • Age: 16+
    • Session: 4 weeks (June 13 - July 11, 2022. No class July 4)
    • Instructor: Deb Brod
    • Cost: $120/student
    • Class Size: minimum of 3 students registered to run class; no more than 12 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC @ Short Vine (2728 Short Vine Street)
    • Registration Deadline: EXTENDED! June 10, 2022
    About the Instructor: Deb Brod Deb Brod enjoys teaching art and sharing her love of art-making and its countless therapeutic effects, with people of all ages.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    The Nia technique is an expressive body-mind movement and fitness program incorporating dance, martial arts and healing arts, including yoga. It is a cardiovascular program that uses whole-body, expressive, grounded movement. Nia is adaptable to most levels of fitness, age and body types. Class payment options:
    • $10 per class for a single class
    • $6 per class for students (with a valid student ID) and seniors (over 65 years)
    • $80 for a 10 class pass
    • $140 for a 20 class pass
  • Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

    Doodle, design and draw your own cartoon characters, then make them leap to life on the page! Students will have fun exploring the twelve principles of animation: from superheroes and villains to manga, we’ll create model sheets, expression storyboards, comic books and more. Course fee includes all supplies.
    • Ages: 8 - 12
    • Session: 3 weeks (September 17 - October 1, 2022)
    • Instructor: Lynn Arnsperger
    • Cost: $150/student
    • Class Size: minimum of 3 students registered to run class; no more than 12 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC @ Short Vine (2728 Short Vine Street)
    Lynn Arnsperger Lynn's training is in fine art as well as commercial art & advertising, and includes training at Hanna-Barbera for teaching animation. While there she trained to be (and eventually became) the Dean of Animation at ACA College of Design. At Hanna-Barbera Lynn learned how a real animation studio operates. Many of her students have gone on to have successful careers in art like a graphics designer for the Super Bowl, department head at Disney, and Assistant Editor for Dungeons and Dragons Magazine. Lynn is a regular teacher at CCAC, and has led classes, workshops, and camps for numerous years.
  • Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    This class meets at the Cincinnati Art Museum, a visually rich and inspiring place to sketch and discover! We’ll draw from the CAM’s varied collection (mostly but not only sculpture), learning and practicing how to capture the essence of a subject quickly, as well as focusing on details, light and shadow, shape, form, and proportion. We’ll also examine and learn from the amazing art that surrounds us in the museum.

    See below for materials list.
    • Age: 16+
    • Session: 5 weeks (January 19 - February 16, 2022)
    • Instructor: Deb Brod
    • Cost: $150/student
    • Class Size: minimum of 3 students registered to run class; no more than 12 students total
    • Class Location: Cincinnati Art Museum (953 Eden Park Drive). Transportation is not provided.
    • Registration Deadline: January 16, 2023
    • Newsprint paper pad, approx. 12” x 18” or 14” x 17”
    • Graphite drawing pencil (Ebony brand or others)
    • Graphite stick/bar
    • Kneaded eraser
    • “Magic” eraser, or similar
    • Small portable pencil sharpener, with enclosure for pencil shavings
    • Q-tips, cotton balls, and/or tortillons for smudging, smoothing, etc.

    Additional supplies you may want to try: white paper pad: good quality drawing paper (about 60 lb or better), at least 11” x 14”; neutral-toned paper, including gray; white pencil

    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, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Explore hot-glue sculpture making while embracing your inner weirdo in this new drop-in art class led by Bridget and Madison of Weird Girl Energy. Championing the idea that everyone is an artist, Weird Girl Energy encourages students of all ages and artistic abilities to celebrate their differences and create community through artmaking. Students will utilize thrifted items and traditional art materials – as well as inspiring items from home – to construct an upcycled art piece each week. Come to class every week or when you can!
    • Ages: 6+, students under 12 must attend with an adult
    • Session: Ongoing year-round
    • Instructors: Madison Britt and Bridget Hamilton, Weird Girl Energy
    • Cost: Free, suggested donation of $5 per class
    • Location: CCAC @ Short Vine (2728 Short Vine Street)
    How to Register: enter your first class donation amount in the box below, then click "Donate". Pre-registration requested, so everyone is included on class email roster.
    Madison Britt and Bridget Hamilton, Weird Girl Energy Madison Britt is a visual artist engaging with a variety of mediums including sculpture, painting, digital illustration, collage, and fiber arts. Her background is in social justice work and community organizing. Madison brings this training to her work as she views her art as a radical expression of identity and joy, and strives to make art education more accessible and community-centered. Bridget Hamilton is a writer and visual artist, focusing on sculpture and found-object art. Her work seeks to change the way art is perceived and expand the definition of fine art to include unconventional materials and methods. In her art, Bridget explores creation as an essential healing practice.
  • Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Drawing is one of the oldest forms of visual art - think of the caves! - and yet it is also an immediate and vital form of communication today. In this class, we’ll learn to draw by observing real objects. By exercising hand, mind, and heart, we’ll also focus on the healing potential of drawing, which engages the “right side” of the brain. For additional inspiration, we'll study examples of drawings and other art forms throughout history. Main requirement: open-mindedness! See below for materials list.
    • Age: 16+
    • Session: 5 weeks (March 20 – April 17, 2023)
    • Instructor: Deb Brod
    • Cost: $150/student
    • Class Size: minimum of 3 students registered to run class; no more than 12 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC @ Short Vine (2728 Short Vine Street)
    • Registration Deadline: March 13, 2023
    Materials for the first day:
    • Newsprint pad, 18” x 24” or 14” x 17” approx. or white paper pad, 14” x 17” approx. or larger
    • Graphite pencil(s) - 2B to 6B (softer)
    • Graphite sticks, bars - 2B to 6B (softer)
    • Charcoal sticks - one or two square sticks
    • Charcoal pencil - 2B to 6B (softer)
    • Erasers: kneaded, esp; also “magic rub” eraser, etc.
    • Smudging tools: rag, cotton balls, q-tips, tortillons, etc.
    Additional materials:
    • Conté crayons - black, 2B or softer (also, if you’d like, brown, sanguine, white)
    • Water-soluble graphite sticks, bars; water-brush/pen
    • Vine charcoal (very soft and lightweight)
    • Pencil sharpener
    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.

    Express yourself freely from the inside out!  We’ll journey without judgement 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: 16+
    • Session: 5 weeks (January 23 – February 20, 2023)
    • Instructor: Deb Brod
    • Cost: $150/student
    • Class Size: minimum of 4 students registered to run class; no more than 12 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC @ Short Vine (2728 Short Vine Street).
    • Registration Deadline: January 16, 2023
    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.
  • Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    In the first class students will learn everything needed to crochet without a pattern by creating a stuffed mushroom. Empowered by their new skills, each student will work on a project of their own design or inspired by provided list of sculptural or utilitarian projects throughout the rest of the class session. Instructor will assist students along the way with their creations, with students leaving the class with a finished product. See below for materials list.
    • Age: Adults and Teens 13+
    • Session: 4 weeks (February 2 - 23, 2023)
    • Instructor: Karen Saunders
    • Cost: $100/student
    • Class Size: minimum of 3 students registered to run class; no more than 15 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC @ Short Vine (2728 Short Vine Street).
    • Registration Deadline: January 27, 2023
    Crochet hooks and yarn will be provided for the first class; students are encouraged to bring hooks and yarn as best suit their chosen projects to subsequent classes.

    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, 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.

  • TBA 2023 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST

    As a Master Class participant, each student has the opportunity to present a piece and learn from our instructor’s expert coaching and advice. Remember to tune your guitar and warm up beforehand, and to prepare a well-lit space (light source in front or to the side, not behind you) with a straight-back, armless chair and a music stand (or a second chair) for your music, as well as a WiFi-connected device. View upcoming Guitar Master Classes!
    • Ages: 5+
    • Session: One-time workshop on date to be announced in 2023
    • Cost: Free; suggested donation $20
    • What to bring to master class: 
      • Your guitar (please tune and warm-up beforehand).
      • A classical guitar piece you are currently working on.
      • Your questions for the guest artist.
      • Your open, “beginner mind”.
    How to Register: enter your donation amount (from $0 - $20+) in the box below, then click "Donate"
    Dr. Enrique Madriguera Dr. Madriguera is a master of the classical guitar. His recordings of Spanish and Latin American music have received critical praise. He is in demand as a performer and teacher. Enrique has appeared at the International Guitar Festival Rust in Austria, the Chamber Art Festival in Madrid, and the Ramon Noble Guitar Festival in Mexico. He has taught at the Escuela de Artes in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico, as a guest professor on a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2001, he toured Vietnam and taught in the country’s music conservatories. Since forming a guitar duo in 1996, Enrique and his wife, Sabine Rabe, have performed in festivals in the Americas and Europe including prestigious halls such as the Sala Manuel M. Ponce at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City and the concert hall of the Villa de Madrid for the Guitar Society of Spain. Enrique is a co-founder and artistic director for the Texas Guitar Competition and Festival, and the Guitar Series at UT Dallas. He is also the director of The Collegiate Competition and Festival at Eastfield College, which focuses on high school and undergraduate students. He is a past advisory chair for the Dallas Classic Guitar Society and a current advisory member to the Allegro Guitar Society. Since 2009, he has been invited to perform in Brazil, Sao Paulo and Ecuador. Recently, he was honored by the Cuenca International Festival for his work there over the last two decades. Enrique attended the 2011 Luys Milan Festival where he performed and was president of the jury. Dr. Madriguera earned a master’s degree in humanities in 1984 and a PhD in humanities in 1993, both from UT Dallas.
    Having trouble registering? Call CCAC at 513-497-2860 to register over the phone. Suggested Donation: $20.00
  • Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Water is a most essential element: transfixing to watch, enjoyable and challenging to draw and paint. Class will meet at parks and other outdoor locations, observing and drawing from the water, whether close-up, on the “shore” of a small lake, or viewing the Ohio River from an Eden Park overlook. Students will draw water’s movement, reflections, colors, simultaneously developing a sense of its place in our compositions as well as the world. Color theory will be included, and students are also encouraged to work with color intuitively. Choose your media: from “traditional” drawing media (graphite, charcoal, conté crayon, etc.), to drawing media with color (oil pastels, water-soluble oil pastels, colored pencils, etc.) to ink to watercolor. See below for materials needed for the first day of class.
    • Age: 16+
    • Session: 5 weeks (May 4 - June 1, 2023)
    • Instructor: Deb Brod
    • Cost: $150/student
    • Class Size: minimum of 3 students registered to run class; no more than 12 students total
    • Class Location: CCAC @ Short Vine (2728 Short Vine Street). Weather permitting, class will also meet outdoors in Cincinnati Parks.
    • Registration Deadline: May 1, 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.
  • Sale!

    Saturday, April 8

    with Highly Improvable Doors open at 7:00pm, show begins at 8:00pm Cincinnati’s own improvisational (improv) comedy troupe returns to CCAC for an evening of unscripted fun!  Performing a series of improvisational games fueled by audience suggestions, Highly Improvable makes each show uniquely entertaining. This event is for adults and children 13 and older. Highly Improvable has been performing since 2011, when the troupe formed in a Hyde Park basement with three members.  Now, the troupe has close to twenty members and regularly performs at the Lebanon Theatre Company and CCAC, as well as at the Improv Festival Cincinnati (IF Cincy).  Their shows include long and short form comedy at a variety of venues, and the troupe has branched out into sketch, stand-up, and podcasting. Highly Improvable alumni have gone on to perform at Second City, iO, the Annoyance, as well as a variety of different dramatic theater productions.

    Performance Location

    CCAC @ Short Vine: 2728 Short Vine Street, Cincinnati OH, 45219

    Parking

    Parking is available on-street, as well as in a few close-by garages. Click here for a map of nearby lots and garages!

    Tickets

    Tickets are $10 in advance, available for purchase online until April 7, 2023 or until sold out. Tickets are $12 at the door.
  • Saturday March 11, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Be inspired by the masters while also learning art history! In this one-time workshop, students will study Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night masterpiece and the techniques used in the artwork's creation: then, they will create mini oil pastels and paintings using the same techniques.
    • Ages: 8 - 12
    • Session: One-Time Workshop, meets on March 11, 2023
    • Instructor: Lynn Arnsperger
    • Cost: $45/session
    • Class Size: Minimum of 3 students required to run class; no more than 12 enrolled.
    • Class Location: CCAC @ Short Vine (2728 Short Vine Street, Cincinnati OH, 45219)
    • Registration Deadline: March 6, 2023
    Lynn Arnsperger Lynn's training is in fine art as well as commercial art & advertising, and includes training at Hanna-Barbera for teaching animation. While there she trained to be (and eventually became) the Dean of Animation at ACA College of Design. At Hanna-Barbera Lynn learned how a real animation studio operates. Many of her students have gone on to have successful careers in art like a graphics designer for the Super Bowl, department head at Disney, and Assistant Editor for Dungeons and Dragons Magazine. Lynn is a regular teacher at CCAC, and has led classes, workshops, and camps for numerous years.

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