• Wednesday, March 20 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: One Time Workshop, meets on March 20, 2024
    • Instructor: Melinda Welch
    • Cost: $25/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: March 11, 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.
  • 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!
  • Tuesday, Apr 2, 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    In this art class for the preschool set (ages 2-4), we will read and explore a different picture book each week and then make our own art inspired by the story using a variety of materials. Dress to allow for a mess! Grownups must stay with their young artists during the class. Space is limited: registration is required to reserve your seat! View and register for upcoming Art + Tales events by clicking here.
    • Ages: 2-4 with an adult
    • Session: April 2, 2024
    • Instructor: Kelli Gleiner
    • Cost: Free, suggested $5 per class donation
    • Class Size: maximum of 12 children registered per program day
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Avenue)
    How to Register: enter donation amount in the box below, then hit "donate"! Registration closes prior to the program. If you do not see a "donate" option, the program is full!
    Kelli Gleiner Kelli is an author, fiber artist, and art educator in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a BFA in drawing and painting from Bowling Green State University. She’s taught art in the public and private sectors, made a lot of coffee, stayed home with a little human, wrote grants for a nonprofit, and coordinated events for the best children’s bookstore in the world, all while making art. Her two board books, Cheer Up, Monster and A Day With Monster, feature a quirky felted monster/abominable snowman friend that was popular on her (now defunct) Etsy site, and are available now from blue manatee press. 
    Meet a winning, winsome inchworm, proud of his ability to measure anything under the sun, from a robin's tail to a toucan's beak. When a hungry nightingale threatens to eat him for breakfast unless he can measure her song, the inchworm calls on his craft and skill to creatively solve the dilemma.
  • Tuesday, Apr 9, 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    In this art class for the preschool set (ages 2-4), we will read and explore a different picture book each week and then make our own art inspired by the story using a variety of materials. Dress to allow for a mess! Grownups must stay with their young artists during the class. Space is limited: registration is required to reserve your seat! View and register for upcoming Art + Tales events by clicking here.
    • Ages: 2-4 with an adult
    • Session: April 9, 2024
    • Instructor: Kelli Gleiner
    • Cost: Free, suggested $5 per class donation
    • Class Size: maximum of 12 children registered per program day
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Avenue)
    How to Register: enter donation amount in the box below, then hit "donate"! Registration closes prior to the program. If you do not see a "donate" option, the program is full!
    Kelli Gleiner Kelli is an author, fiber artist, and art educator in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a BFA in drawing and painting from Bowling Green State University. She’s taught art in the public and private sectors, made a lot of coffee, stayed home with a little human, wrote grants for a nonprofit, and coordinated events for the best children’s bookstore in the world, all while making art. Her two board books, Cheer Up, Monster and A Day With Monster, feature a quirky felted monster/abominable snowman friend that was popular on her (now defunct) Etsy site, and are available now from blue manatee press. 
    A small boy imagines what it would be like to have his own rainbow to play with.
  • Tuesday, Apr 16, 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    In this art class for the preschool set (ages 2-4), we will read and explore a different picture book each week and then make our own art inspired by the story using a variety of materials. Dress to allow for a mess! Grownups must stay with their young artists during the class. Space is limited: registration is required to reserve your seat! View and register for upcoming Art + Tales events by clicking here.
    • Ages: 2-4 with an adult
    • Session: April 16, 2024
    • Instructor: Kelli Gleiner
    • Cost: Free, suggested $5 per class donation
    • Class Size: maximum of 12 children registered per program day
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Avenue)
    How to Register: enter donation amount in the box below, then hit "donate"! Registration closes prior to the program. If you do not see a "donate" option, the program is full!
    Kelli Gleiner Kelli is an author, fiber artist, and art educator in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a BFA in drawing and painting from Bowling Green State University. She’s taught art in the public and private sectors, made a lot of coffee, stayed home with a little human, wrote grants for a nonprofit, and coordinated events for the best children’s bookstore in the world, all while making art. Her two board books, Cheer Up, Monster and A Day With Monster, feature a quirky felted monster/abominable snowman friend that was popular on her (now defunct) Etsy site, and are available now from blue manatee press. 
    A lively and inspiring poem weaves together facts about water and the need for water conservation.
  • Tuesday, Apr 23, 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    In this art class for the preschool set (ages 2-4), we will read and explore a different picture book each week and then make our own art inspired by the story using a variety of materials. Dress to allow for a mess! Grownups must stay with their young artists during the class. Space is limited: registration is required to reserve your seat! View and register for upcoming Art + Tales events by clicking here.
    • Ages: 2-4 with an adult
    • Session: April 23, 2024
    • Instructor: Kelli Gleiner
    • Cost: Free, suggested $5 per class donation
    • Class Size: maximum of 12 children registered per program day
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Avenue)
    How to Register: enter donation amount in the box below, then hit "donate"! Registration closes prior to the program. If you do not see a "donate" option, the program is full!
    Kelli Gleiner Kelli is an author, fiber artist, and art educator in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a BFA in drawing and painting from Bowling Green State University. She’s taught art in the public and private sectors, made a lot of coffee, stayed home with a little human, wrote grants for a nonprofit, and coordinated events for the best children’s bookstore in the world, all while making art. Her two board books, Cheer Up, Monster and A Day With Monster, feature a quirky felted monster/abominable snowman friend that was popular on her (now defunct) Etsy site, and are available now from blue manatee press. 
    A moving picture book for ages 3 to 8 about a daisy who is told she’s “just a weed”—and embarks on a journey to find her place in the garden. Daisy is new to the garden and just opening her petals to the sun when Rose tells her that she's just a weed. What’s a weed? Daisy asks. Weeds aren't planted on purpose, Rose explains, and they only get in the way. Soon Daisy compares herself to other plants in the garden: she isn't tall like Sunflower, nor sweet like Strawberry, nor fragrant like Rose. Daisy worries that Rose might be right—that she is a weed after all—until a strange and beautiful plant offers Daisy a different perspective. Maybe Daisy can choose her own purpose! And why do others get to decide who she is?
  • Tuesday, Apr 30, 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    In this art class for the preschool set (ages 2-4), we will read and explore a different picture book each week and then make our own art inspired by the story using a variety of materials. Dress to allow for a mess! Grownups must stay with their young artists during the class. Space is limited: registration is required to reserve your seat! View and register for upcoming Art + Tales events by clicking here.
    • Ages: 2-4 with an adult
    • Session: April 30, 2024
    • Instructor: Kelli Gleiner
    • Cost: Free, suggested $5 per class donation
    • Class Size: maximum of 12 children registered per program day
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Avenue)
    How to Register: enter donation amount in the box below, then hit "donate"! Registration closes prior to the program. If you do not see a "donate" option, the program is full!
    Kelli Gleiner Kelli is an author, fiber artist, and art educator in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a BFA in drawing and painting from Bowling Green State University. She’s taught art in the public and private sectors, made a lot of coffee, stayed home with a little human, wrote grants for a nonprofit, and coordinated events for the best children’s bookstore in the world, all while making art. Her two board books, Cheer Up, Monster and A Day With Monster, feature a quirky felted monster/abominable snowman friend that was popular on her (now defunct) Etsy site, and are available now from blue manatee press. 
    From the acclaimed author/artist of Beyond the Pond and Rulers of the Playground comes a breathtaking new book with a powerful message about the environment, perfect for fans of Peter Brown’s The Curious Garden and Kadir Nelson’s If You Plant a Seed. Each day, the big trucks go to work. They scoop and hoist and push. But when Digger discovers something growing in the rubble, he sets in motion a series of events that will change him, and the city, forever.
  • Tuesday, May 7, 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    In this art class for the preschool set (ages 2-4), we will read and explore a different picture book each week and then make our own art inspired by the story using a variety of materials. Dress to allow for a mess! Grownups must stay with their young artists during the class. Space is limited: registration is required to reserve your seat! View and register for upcoming Art + Tales events by clicking here.
    • Ages: 2-4 with an adult
    • Session: May 7, 2024
    • Instructor: Kelli Gleiner
    • Cost: Free, suggested $5 per class donation
    • Class Size: maximum of 12 children registered per program day
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Avenue)
    How to Register: enter donation amount in the box below, then hit "donate"! Registration closes prior to the program. If you do not see a "donate" option, the program is full!
    Kelli Gleiner Kelli is an author, fiber artist, and art educator in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a BFA in drawing and painting from Bowling Green State University. She’s taught art in the public and private sectors, made a lot of coffee, stayed home with a little human, wrote grants for a nonprofit, and coordinated events for the best children’s bookstore in the world, all while making art. Her two board books, Cheer Up, Monster and A Day With Monster, feature a quirky felted monster/abominable snowman friend that was popular on her (now defunct) Etsy site, and are available now from blue manatee press. 
    Spare, rhythmic text and pairs of simple circular shapes convey opposite relationships in the arc of a day in this very simple concept book. Dots here, dots there, you can see dots everywhere! Some are loud, and some are quiet. Some are happy, and some are sad. Some dots even taste yummy, while others taste bad. Graphic designer Patricia Intriago sets bold, circular shapes against a stark white background to emphasize opposite dot relationships.

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