Crafts & Hobbies

Beginning Stained Glass: The Copper Foil Technique – POPULAR

Have you always admired the beauty of stained glass and wondered if it might be a craft you would enjoy doing? Here is your opportunity to find out! Join us in this hands-on class to learn the copper foil technique and complete a project from start to finish. You will pick a pattern, cut the glass, grind it to size, foil the edges, solder the joints, then patina and polish the final product to create a beautiful stained glass sun catcher that will be at home in your favorite sun-drenched window. Please wear clothing that can get dirty; this is truly a “hands-on” class and your class fee includes materials. NOTE: Class will be held at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 157 Chapel Hill Drive, Battle Creek MI.

Thursdays * 9/28/17-11/16/17 * 6-8 pm * $139 (member) $169 (non-member)
CRFT CM016-01 * Don Zimmerman

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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. Your class fee includes two optional “open lab” dates. This class fills quickly, so please register early.

Tuesdays * 10/3/17-12/5/17 * 6-8:30 pm * $199 (member) $239 (non-member)
CRFT CS025-01 * George Wise

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Digital Photography: Level 1 – POPULAR

You can learn how to take the kind of photographs you’ll want to actually print and pass on to the next generation. In this class, you’ll learn the principles of good photography and get the skills necessary to create amazing photos. Learn the most essential functions of your digital camera and get ready to confidently put them to work. You’ll get the basics of photographic terminology and feel prepared to move on to more advanced classes. 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. NOTE: You should bring the textbook, Digital Photography Complete Course by David Taylor; you may purchase a copy at a bookseller website. Search for ISBN-978-1-4654-3607-8.

Tuesdays * 10/3/18-10/31/17 * 6-8 pm * $59 (member) $75 (non-member)
COMP CA010-01 * John Grap

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Digital Photography: Level 2

Are you ready to build upon the skills you gained in the Level 1 class, or do you have experience with your digital camera and you’re ready to take it to the next level? Join us to explore a wide range of genres including landscapes, still life portraits, and action shots as you discover the full range of your camera and learn how to take professional looking photos you’ll be proud to display. NOTE: This class is for users of DSLR cameras only; please bring your camera and textbook (see above) to class.

Tuesdays * 11/7/17-12/5/17 * 6-8 pm * $59 (member) $75 (non-member)
COMP CA010-02 * John Grap

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Best Deal! Both Digital Photography classes…

Tuesdays * 10/3/17-12/5/17 * 6-8 pm * $99 (member) $139 (non-member)
COMP CAD020-01 * John Grap

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Crochet for Beginners

Don’t know how to hold a crochet hook? Don’t worry; this class is the perfect place to get started. You will learn the basics of chain stitch, single, double, and even triple crochet. You will make three small interesting projects as you learn these basic techniques. Your instructor has been an avid crochet fanatic for years and she’s a great teacher. Please bring a size H crochet hook and a skein of good quality worsted weight yarn in a light color.

Tuesdays * 10/10/17-10/24/17 * 6-8 pm * $35 (member) $45 (non-member)
CRFT CB006-01 * Kassie Dunham

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Candle Making: Easy Candle Making for Beginners

Candle making is a craft as old as civilization itself, yet after so many millennia and technological advances, we still love the light, warmth, and beauty of a lit candle. Whether a seasoned artisan or a budding enthusiast, this workshop offers something for everyone interested in learning the craft of candle making. You’ll create both poured and dipped candles and learn the easiest and safest ways to work with wax, wicks and molds. All supplies and instructions are included and you will be able to take home your finished creations. Please wear comfortable old clothes (this is hands-on and not always neat and clean) and we guarantee you will have fun while learning.

Monday * 10/16/17 * 6-9 pm * $39 (member) $49 (non-member)
CRFT CN003-01 * Carli Ray

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Crochet 201: Cowl Scarf with Buttons – NEW

Do you get chilly as the weather cools down? This very cute crocheted cowl is just the thing to warm you up without wrapping you up! Bring your basic crochet skills to class as we share the pattern and help you craft your way to the perfect accent for simple winter sweaters. Please bring one skein of Size 5 bulky yarn (at least 150 yards), a size P crochet hook (10mm or 11.5mm depending on brand), three 1.25 inch buttons, and matching thread for sewing on the buttons.

Mondays * 11/6/17-11/13/17 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member)
CRFT CB004-01 * Kassie Dunham

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Arm Knitting for Beginners – NEW

There’s a new fad in the knitting world and we love it! It’s called “arm knitting” and once you see how it works you’ll be hooked too. In this class we’ll show you how to create either a cozy lap blanket or an amazing warm scarf (you pick your project). Simply bring your mega bulky yarn, your arms and yourself and in just a couple of hours you’ll have a lovely, chunky knit project that you can keep or give as a gift. NOTE: Please bring the following to class: For a scarf you will need 2 large skeins of mega bulky yarn (either one color, or two colors that you like together); for the blanket you will need 6-9 skeins of mega bulky yarn (how much depends on how large you’d like the blanket to be). You can find “mega bulky” yarn at local craft retailers or online.

Wednesday * 11/8/17 * 6-8:30 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member)
CRFT CD003-01 * Beverly Stevens

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Handmade Holiday Gifts

Tuesday * 11/14/17 * 6-8 pm * $29 (member) $39 (non-member)
CRFT CR002-01 * Carli Ray

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Create a Wire Woven Necklace – NEW

Are you ready for a necklace that shows you’re on trend for 2018? With its use of semi-precious gems and stones, this wire woven necklace taps into two major themes: geometric and retro! You’ll learn two wire wrapping techniques and you’ll select the stones and beads you prefer from our wide collection to create your very own and uniquely “you” necklace. We’ll share our tools and wire for this design and you’ll discover everything you need to know to make your own wire wrap jewelry in the future including the most important tools needed, the types of wire you can use, and different styles of wrapping. Your class fee included materials for one necklace.

Saturday * 12/2/17 * 12-3 pm * $45 (member) $55 (non-member)
CRFT CH003-01 * Carli Ray

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Create an Energy Mandala for 2018 – NEW

Mandalas are circular designs symbolizing the notion that life is never ending. Mandalas may be employed for focusing attention as a spiritual guidance tool, establishing a sacred space, and can aid meditation. During the creative process, you’ll be guided to connect to your higher self, universal love and knowledge to bring forth the energy you need to create your own personal mandala for 2018. This process can be very relaxing and calming. Plus, we’ll share ways you can incorporate your mandala into your healing, wellness, and spiritual practice. No artistic ability is needed for this enjoyable experience and all art supplies will be provided.

Wednesday * 11/29/17 * 6-8:30 pm * $29 (member) $35 (non-member)
HOLV CE003-03 * Patti Henderson

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Crochet a Cute Cat Toy – NEW

Do you have kitty at home that deserves a holiday gift? We love our fur babies and in this fun class you’ll use your basic crochet skills to create a cute little catnip-laced toy for your favorite cat! Or cats! Please bring kitty’s favorite color of worsted weight yarn (#4), a size F crochet hook, one locking stitch marker, and a tapestry needle. We’ll provide the stuffing and the catnip to finish out your project.

Saturday * 12/2/17 * 1-3 pm * $19 (member) $25 (non-member)
CRFT CB002-01 * Kassie Dunham

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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