Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

Art After Dark - Art classes for adults


Painting Portraits
Mondays, Jan 4 – Mar 7 (7 classes*)
*No class on Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 15
Teaching Artist: Di-ay Battad
Open To: All Experience Levels
Experiment with acrylic and oil paints in this fast-paced portraiture course. Each class will begin with a fun exercise meant to get your minds in a creative space. You will start with a limited color palette and focus on proportions, perspective, and composition. Then you’ll move on to creating finished works from both observation and reference photos. Whether you’re interested in general fine arts, character design, illustration, animation, or just having fun, come and learn how to paint portraits!

Creepy Cuddly Creatures
Tuesdays, Jan 5 – Mar 8 (9 classes*)
*No class on Jan 26
Teaching Artist: Ben Pyles
Open To: All Experience Levels
Want to master the arcane art of sewing and bring deceptively cuddly creatures into this world? Create stuffed creatures so cute and cuddly your brain will turn to mush or so grotesque they’ll make your little brother’s stuffed animals go cry in the corner. Become a master with needle and thread, and a tamer of the beastly sewing machines. Want to make an eight foot octopus unicorn? This is the class for you.

Real Life Adventures
Wednesdays, Jan 6 – Mar 9 (10 classes)
Teaching Artist: Ben Pyles
Open To: All Experience Levels
Your characters are bored stuck inside your sketchbook—set them free! Use the power of Photoshop and lasers to bring your characters to life. Learn how to draw and paint in Photoshop and create a new friend. Then, using a laser cutter, cut a form for it to stand up and interact with the world. Take your new friend on an adventure and create a story with nothing but your character and the world around you.

Drawing & Printing All Day, Every Day
Thursdays, Jan 7 – Mar 10 (10 classes)
Teaching Artist: Di-ay Battad
Open To: All Experience Levels
Tackle a different challenge every day in this crash course in 2D media. One day will focus on gestures and figure drawing. Other days you’ll screen print, use other forms of printmaking, or incorporate sewing and textiles into 2D art. For the last three classes, you will design and complete your own final project. Advanced students are welcome to join the day’s instructional class, but may also begin advanced projects with the permission of the instructor.

We Offer:

• An environment that is a safe, nurturing sanctuary for creative expression;
• A climate that instills pride, personal value and hope;
• Student strengths are used to determine direction and goals;
• Relationships are the heart of the process;
• Successes are celebrated.

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Our varied studio courses and workshops offer great opportunities for:
• skill development;
• critical thinking;
• experiential learning;
• preparation for careers and higher education;
• individualized mentoring;
• portfolio development;
• educational travel;
• service learning;
• scholarship help.

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