January 22, 2020, Midland, MI. – Creative 360 is announcing that its Winter Term Schedule, which includes all classes and events, including Artshop, will begin on Monday, February 1, 2021
“We are starting a bit late this year because we were pretty sure that partial closures would be in effect through January 2021,” said executive director Laura Vosejpka. “The state’s most recent Emergency Order means that we will be able to welcome our students and guests back, with specific safety limits, starting in early February.”
The short hiatus that Creative 360 took in order to be in compliance with the December 18th MHHS Emergency Order has given the non-profit a chance to change things up a bit and to get ready for the Winter Term. Included in the improvements are a number of new classes, a new Digital Maker Space featuring a brand new MakerBot Sketch 3D printer, and a revamped classroom area.
“We were fortunate to receive a donation from the James R and Anita Horne Jenkins Family Foundation for the purchase of our first 3D printer,” remarked Vosejpka. “It is the highlight of a new maker space that also includes other donated items like a Sizzix die cutter, a Cricut machine, and HP photo printers. We were also very fortunate to receive a donation of office shelving and cabinets from Horizon Bank. Our art classroom space is organized and ready to go for 2021!”
In addition to some of the longtime favorite classes and workshops on the Creative 360 schedule: Cocktails & Canvas, Kids & Canvas, Beginning Ukulele, and Beginning Crochet to name a few, there are a number of new classes and workshops for the new year.
“We have new classes in Watercolor & Ink Illustration, Wool Felting, Yoga for Everyone, and Chocolatiering just to name a few,” said Colleen Reed, program director. “Many of these will be available both in-person and via Zoom or videotape so that everyone will feel safe attending.”
Artshop classes will be held in two 6-week sessions, with Session 1 running February 1 through March 11 and Session 2 running March 22 through April 29. Express Yourself Artshop is an inclusive program for artists of all ages and abilities, including those with disabilities, with classes held Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm. New Artshop courses this term include Art Journaling, Mixed Media, and Comic Book & Manga Art. The timing of the courses make them an option for students who are in virtual school for the 20-21 school year.
“Artshop classes are designed to happen at a more relaxed pace, making them the perfect environment for learning a brand new skill,” said Allise Noble, Artshop director and instructor “Artshop instructors are very supportive and classes are kept small so that students have the chance to learn and refine a new skill. The classes are designed to be fun for all – our director recently took the Clay Handbuilding class and she had such a good experience that I am signed up for it this term!”
Sign up is available now for all classes and workshops. Schedules are not being distributed in the Midland Daily News this year because the COVID crisis has resulted in too many last minute changes to make this practical. You can find a current schedule on the Creative 360 website – becreative360.org, or you can call to have one mailed to you.