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McKinney Center

Pre-Teen and Teen Classes & Workshops

Creative Circle Writers Group


with Jules Corriere

Calendar Sep 7, 2023 at 10:30 am, runs for 10 weeks

Ages 15- Adult

This writers group meets every Thursday of the month at the McKinney Center. The group this year will focus on developing and generating stories for possible use in the monthly radio show “StoryTown Radio Show and Podcast” which performs at the McKinney Center and airs on WETS 89.5 FM. The group will also develop stories and pieces for other special story-based programs that are part of the StoryTown Initiative. In addition, members are encouraged to bring creative works to develop for their own purposes. Techniques in writing for radio and the stage are regularly discussed. 

10:30 am - Noon, Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7.

Painting Workshop


with Beverly Thomas Jenkins

Calendar Oct 9, 2023 at 6 pm

Grades 9 - Adult

This 2-day workshop is for the person who wants to try painting without having prior knowledge of painting.  Students will be creating a beautiful vase of flowers using water-solouble oil paint.  The style is intuitive, casual, and abstract.  The canvas is a 9"x12" flat board which will fit a frame of your choice (not included).  This is a great workshop to take with family or friends!  

You can also reserve a private workshop with a minimum of 6 guests!  Please call the McKinney Center to make this reservation.

6:00 - 8:00 pm, Monday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 11.

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Young Potters
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Young Potters


with TBD Check at Registration

Grades 6-8

This is a pottery class for older elementary and middle school age children. In this course, students will create fun, decorative, and functional projects and have the opportunity to explore different techniques for working with clay including the pottery wheel.

9:00 -10:30 am - Saturdays, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18.

Glass Fusion - Sushi Dish Workshop


with Karen Hitchcock

Calendar Oct 17, 2023 at 6 pm

Grade 9- Adult

You will learn about different types of glass and how to use the tools to create a project. This particular class will be creating a sushi plate which can be used for many things.

Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Full Course

Metals for Kids and Teens


with Linore Huss

Calendar Oct 19, 2023 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Grades 4- 8

This is a great class for kids, grades 4 - 8, who want to learn about wire wrapping, basic hammer texture, plier use, the properties of different metals, beadwork, and much more!  Students will leave with a collection of bracelets, ornaments, earrings, necklaces, and rings as they choose what they would like to create with each process we learn.

4:00 - 5:30 pm, Thursdays, October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30. No class on November 23.

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Zentangle Method of Drawing - Dingbatz


with Kay Grogg

Calendar Nov 4, 2023 at 10 am

Grade 9- Adult

Dingbatz are a fun way to incorporate Zentangle in any of your own art projects.  They add creativity to your snail mail, name tags, scrapbook art, hand lettering or journaling projects.  We will learn the basics of using this new way of Zentangling along with how to create "fake calligraphy".  We will create a Thank You Card, Name Tag, and learn a fun way to add interest to other art projects.  Basic Zentangle understanding is encouraged but not necessary for this class.  Materials will be supplied with class fee.

Saturday, November 4, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.


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Clay - Daytime Throwing


with Kara Bledsoe

Calendar Nov 7, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Grade 6- Adult

All levels of experience welcome.  This daytime throwing class will offer plenty of one-to-one instruction for beginners plus plenty of wheel time for the more experienced thrower to hone their skills.  All tools, materials, and firing time is included.  Small class size ensures wheel access and daily demos will provide tips and techniques needed to become confident on the potter's wheel.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12.

Full Course

Glass Fusion - Holiday Ornaments Workshop


with Karen Hitchcock

Calendar Nov 9, 2023 at 6 pm

Ages 14 - Adult

In this two-hour glass fusion workshop, students will make decorative glass holiday ornaments. This hands-on session is designed for fun!  Students will make up to five ornaments while learning the basics of fused glass.  Students will have the chance to use frit, and stingers glass to make unique creations!  All materials are included and fired projects will be available two weeks after the class.

6:00 - 8:00 pm, Thursday, November 9.

Full Course

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