Crafts & Hobbies

Beginning & Intermediate Welding Art – POPULAR

Have you always been curious about metal art and wondered if it was for you? In this combination beginning and intermediate level class we’ll take your vision of a metal art object, whether it’s a wall hanging, a table top piece, a garden object or an abstract sculpture and convert it into a real, steel object. After you’ve determined your project design (either beginning or intermediate depending on your experience level), you’ll begin by observing and then, with your instructor’s guidance and supervision, you’ll experience each step in the metal forming process: bending, cutting, welding and grinding. If you have completed Welding Art Basics, you can expand your project scope and gain experience with new techniques. All equipment, tools, safety gear, protective clothing and supplies for one small to medium sized art project are included in the cost of the class. NOTE: If you wish to build a larger sculpture, you will work with your instructor to determine the cost and source of additional materials. This class will be held at KCC’s RMTC, 405 Hill Brady Rd, Battle Creek MI 49037. No class 4/1/19.

Mondays * 3/4/19-4/29/19 * 6-8 pm * $179 (member) $199 (non-member)
George Wise * Location: RMTC Welding Lab

 

Crochet: Design Your Own Beret – NEW

The beret style hat is a classic for any wardrobe, it’s easy to wear and very flattering. Plus, this year it’s also a fashion trend. Join us to crochet your own fabulous beret in this fun hands-on class. Please bring 1 skein of worsted weight yarn in your favorite color; crochet hooks size H and I; and ¾ yard of half-inch elastic. After this class you’ll walk out into the cool March night looking fabulous in your new beret! Some crochet experience is required.

Mondays * 3/18/19-3/25/19 * 6-8 pm * $29 (member) $39 (non-member)
Kassie Dunham * Room: LT-303

 

Hello Spring! Rustic Pallet Sign – NEW

Spring is here and it’s time to add your own personal “welcome” touch to your porch, deck or yard. Join us to create a bright bouquet with paint and crafts on charming pallet wood. You’ll be the envy of the neighbors when they see your creativity on display after you hang up this lovely artwork for all to see. Visit our website to see a sample photo of this item. Your class fee includes all materials.

Tuesday * 3/19/19 * 6-8:30 pm * $65 (member) $85 (non-member)
Toni Gore * Room: LT-303

 

Beginning Acoustic Guitar

Learn to play the guitar, and become the musician you’ve always wanted to be! In these fun and informative lessons, you’ll build basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, and your skilled instructor. By the time you’re finished, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a guitar player. Learn the basic techniques—chords, rhythm, how to tune the guitar, scales, and music fundamentals—that will give you a solid foundation and be applicable to all styles of guitar music. This class is also great for guitar players needing a refresher and you will learn in a relaxed and fun environment. No class 4/3/19.

Wednesdays * 3/20/19-5/15/19 * $79 (member) $99 (non-member)
Cory Green * Room: O-109

 

Macramé Basics: Create a Bold Bracelet – NEW

Macramé arts were very popular back in the 1970s, and bold woven jewelry is super trendy this summer! In this beginning class you will learn basic knots including square knots and half knots, all while making a wearable wrap bracelet. Using natural hemp twine, a variety of beads and your own creativity, you’ll leave class with a trendy bracelet and the skill you need to create more for friends and family. Embrace your retro-self, be a part of the trend and learn how to macramé!

Thursday * 3/28/19 * 6-8:30 pm * $49 (member) $59 (non-member)
Carli Ray * Room: LT-304

 

We Love Spring: Make Your Own Spring Baby Grass Wreath

It’s that time of year again, time for super cute spring projects! This decoration embodies everything you love about springtime, and requires very little craftiness to put together.  Are you looking for a new signature piece or a decoration for your door?  Let Toni guide you through the steps to create a bright and sunny spring baby grass wreath that will be sure to bring a smile to your face. NOTE: All materials included in your class fee.

Monday * 4/8/19 * 10 am-12 pm * $55 (member) $70 (non-member)
Toni Gore * Room: LT-304

 

Ravelry: The Social Site for Fans of Knitting & Crocheting – NEW

Are you always looking for new and unique knitting and crocheting designs? Ravelry is a website that connects you to other users who can help you work through vague patterns or give you amazing design ideas. Some of the interesting things Ravelry can do includes: keeping track of your yarn and tools; searching thousands of patterns (both free and paid) for inspiration; even searching for yarn that you already have to see what others have made from it! In this hands-on class we’ll show you the basics of setting up your account, how to use the notebook features, search for patterns and yarn, keep inventory of your needles and hooks, and perhaps the most fun—connecting with friends, groups and events. If you’d like, bring a finished project to class and we’ll use your smart phone to upload a photo of it so you can share with others and start your Ravelry adventure!

Monday * 4/8/19 * 6-8 pm * $20 (member) $30 (non-member)
Kassie Dunham * Room: O-105 Computer Lab

 

Upcycling: Making the Marvelous Out of the Discarded

Do you have stuff hanging around your house that you no longer use because it’s worn out, broken or has lost its luster? You don’t want to throw it away, but you have no idea what else to do with it, so it just keeps cluttering up your house or garage. In this interesting hands-on class, you will learn about upcycling and how to upcycle common items that can be found in anyone’s home.

Thursday * 4/18/19 * 10 am-12 pm * $25 (member) $40 (non-member)
Ann Michels * Room: LT-304

 

Knit a Lacy Scarf/Wrap – NEW

If you have some knitting experience then you’ll want to join us for this fun class. Do you have “thermostat” wars at work or home? If the air conditioning is set too low for you, this lovely creation will be just the right thing to keep you comfortable year-round. You’ll create a beautiful reversible lacy knit scarf that can be made with many different yarns. Please bring one skein of yarn for the scarf, two skeins for a wrap, the pattern can be adjusted to any size you would like. The needles you’ll bring depend on the type of yarn you’re using but they should be at least 3-4 sizes larger than your yarn calls for (that makes the lacy pattern work). Bring your yarn, your needles and a friend—this is a great girls’ night out class! Understanding basic knitting stitches required.

Mondays * 4/22/19-4/29/19 * 6-8 pm * $29 (member) $39 (non-member)
CRFT CE004-01 * Kassie Dunham * Room: LT-303

 

Make a Statement: Summer Beaded Earrings

Statement earrings are on trend for 2019! Join us for a fun, hands-on workshop where you’ll have a wide variety of beads to select for your very own designer earrings! Then you’ll be coached through the creation process and you will walk out of class with two pairs of signature earrings—designed by you, for you! This is a great class for moms and daughters or a girls’ night out!

Tuesday * 4/23/19 * 6-8 pm * $45 (member) $55 (non-member)
Carli Ray * Room: LT-303

 

Pallet Craft: It’s Your Birthday! – NEW

If you’re like many of us, you often forget the birthdays of family and friends—no longer! Join us to create this fun craft creation that you’ll be proud to display in your home, and you’ll always be reminded of the days that celebrate those you love most. Visit our website to see a sample photo of this item. Your class fee includes all materials.

Thursday * 4/25/19 * 6-8:30 pm * $55 (member) $75 (non-member)
Toni Gore * Room: LT-303

 

Understanding Your Digital Camera – NEW

It’s easy to see why digital photography has taken over analog in popularity—it’s affordable, convenient, and versatile. Above all, it makes photography more fun than ever before. In this class you’ll learn the most essential functions of your digital camera and get ready to confidently put them to work. NOTE: This class is for users of DSLR cameras only; please bring your camera to class.

Thursdays * 5/2/19-5/9/19 * 6-9 pm * $35 (member) $45 (non-member)
Bailey Scott * Room: LT-303

 

Digital Photography Essentials – NEW

Are you tired of cutting off the top of your friends’ heads in pictures? Designed for beginning digital photographers, this class is filled with tips and tricks to help you take better photographs. You’ll learn the principles of good photography and get the skills necessary to create amazing photos. You’ll get the basics of photographic terminology and your instructor, a professional photographer, will share must-know lighting and composition techniques. Learn how to position yourself and your subject so you capture the best photo possible with the camera you have – no additional gear needed. If you want to take more memorable and inspiring photographs of your travels, your friends and family, or the great outdoors, then this class is for you. NOTE: This class is for users of DSLR cameras only; please bring your camera to class.

Thursdays * 5/16/19-5/30/19 * 6-9 pm * $55 (member) $65 (non-member)
Bailey Scott * Room: LT-303

 

Best Deal – Take Both Understanding Your Camera & Photography Essentials for only $75

Thursdays * 5/2/19-5/30/19 * 6-9 pm * $75 (member) $85 (non-member)
Bailey Scott * Room: LT-303

 

Proud to be an American: Create a Unique Porch Flag – NEW

Memorial Day and the 4th of July holidays encourage us to proudly proclaim our love for our country and those who have served. Join us to create a unique flag display that you can hang on your porch or next to your front door to let your community know you care. This flag creation is beautiful and rustic at the same time. Visit our website to see a sample photo of this item. Your class fee includes all materials.

Monday * 5/13/19 * 6-8:30 pm * $55 (member) $75 (non-member)
Toni Gore * Room: LT-303

 

Making Fun Play Structures for the Grandkids! (Daytime)

Do your grandkids love an imaginary world filled with excitement and fun? In this hands-on class you will learn to build fun play structures constructed from plastic plumbing pipe (PVC pipe).  We’ll share all the plans with instructions and we’ll build a structure that can be designed as a castle with a functional drawbridge, a science explorer’s hut in the Amazon, or a simple playhouse for fun and games. We’ll also share tips on working with children to enhance their imaginations, plus ideas for other activities and materials to help the kids in your life excel. NOTE: Please bring a ratchet-cutting tool for 1” PVC pipe, and we’ll have some to share too.

Wednesday * 5/15/19 * 1-4 pm * $30 (member) $45 (non-member)
Paul Rheaume * Room: O-109

 

Discover Henna: Hand & Wrist Art

Have you seen the beautiful traditional, temporary tattoos that are used to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, Hindu weddings, and other auspicious occasions? The magical art of mehndi, or henna painting, has been practiced for centuries in India, Africa and the Middle East, and now we’re bringing it here to you. Don’t miss this fun class where you’ll learn the history and traditions of henna, and you’ll discover the art of mixing and using henna with a painting technique to create a unique design that will last up to three weeks; plus, you’ll get a kit to take home to freshen up your artwork later. It’s summer…show off your henna designs!

Monday * 5/20/19 * 6-9 pm * $45 (member) $55 (non-member)
Carli Ray * Room: LT-303

 

Making Fun Play Structures for the Kids & Grandkids – NEW

Do your kids and grandkids love an imaginary world filled with excitement and fun? In this hands-on class you will learn to build fun play structures constructed from plastic plumbing pipe (PVC pipe). We’ll share all the plans with instructions and we’ll build a structure that can be designed as a castle with a functional drawbridge, a science explorer’s hut in the Amazon, or a simple playhouse for fun and games. We’ll also share tips on working with children to enhance their imaginations, plus ideas for other activities and materials to help the kids in your life excel. NOTE: Please bring a ratchet cutting tool for 1” PVC pipe, and we’ll have some to share too.

Wednesday * 5/22/19 * 6-9 pm * $35 (member) $45 (non-member)
Paul Rheaume * Room: O-109

 

Folk Art with Paul

If you can hang onto a paintbrush, then you can paint! Painting provides a fun hobby that sharpens your mind and expands your horizons. In this beginner course, join Paul as he guides you step-by-step on how to use the simple one-stroke method as you create incredibly beautiful folk art rose and iris paintings that you will be proud to display in your home. Learn to put the strokes together in different ways to develop your own unique style. Not only will you have fun, it will be amazing to see what you can do with just a stroke of the brush. NOTE Your class fee includes a your paint, a paper pad and folk art brush set so you can continue to paint after class is completed.

Thursdays * 5/23/19–5/30/19 * 2-4 pm * $50 (member) $65 (non-member)
Paul Edwards * Room: LT-304

 

Online Offerings

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner

Discover Digital Photography

Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking

Photographing Nature with Your Digital Camera

Photographing People with Your Digital Camera