You may be wondering what’s happening lately at Memphis College of Art in light of the school’s announcement that it will be closing in 2020. The answer is lots, actually. MCA is forging ahead with exhibitions and classes, including a full slate of Community Education programming for all ages this spring.
Adult courses are open to ages 16+ and take place over a single session or up to eight sessions depending on the subject. Try your hand at oil painting, digital photography, Adobe Photoshop, Metalsmithing, and more.
Whether you’re a beginner who’s ready to explore that inkling of creative potential that’s been tugging at you, or you’re an experienced artist refining your technique, MCA’s Community Education programs cater to varying skill levels and the class sizes are kept small to allow for individualized attention.
Private lessons are also an option for people who want to dive deeper into a particular technique or media. Youth classes are also offered in an after school series and on Saturdays for ages 5 to 17.
Check out the Spring Catalog for class descriptions, pricing, and instructions to register.
New to the lineup this spring is a Makers Series aimed at those who want to elevate the branding of their original products. Makers Branding + Packaging sessions (for ages 18+) begin in April and will be taught by local professionals in marketing and design: Dana Mwangi and Eso Tolson of Cheers Creative, Katie Steed of Archer Malmo, and MCA’s Adam Hawk.
Cece Palazola, director of community education, says they try to keep programming fresh by responding to the needs of Memphis’ creative community.
Our program keeps evolving in response to community needs. A great example of that is our fashion design certificate program. Our partners at Memphis Fashion Design Network alerted us to the need and desire for more fashion design programming. The Maker Series came out of recent research findings that the makers in our area were masters at making their products. However, they were asking for support in some areas such as branding and packaging. We make an effort to actively listen to what people need and want in a community art education experience. — CeCe Palazola, Director of Community Education
Other new offerings of note are Zines & Books delving into the DIY culture of self-publication, the On Location Photography Class at the Dixon providing training in composition as you capture “the beautiful flora and textures of the garden,” and a Partners Ring Workshop where you can make a token of your love for one another just in time for Valentine’s Day.
If you’re not ready to commit to sessions just yet but want to pop by for some family-friendly creative time, there are Free Family Art Workshops on Saturdays throughout the spring:
- Feb. 3 – Zines with Anna Craig & Katie Dean
- March 3 – Spring Art with Anna Craig
- April 7 – Summer Art Camp Preview Day
- May 5 – Pop Art with Katie Lepo