Adult (14+) Visual Art Classes

Enrollment for Fall classes opens Aug 10 at noon.

Acrylic Design Exploration

Square, circle, free form and more shapes are used to create non-objective and objective abstract paintings. Students choose their own designs. One 18x24” canvas provided. Students may bring a larger canvas if they choose. Subjects may be abstract or design in nature. Masks may be required.

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Tuesdays Time: 1 - 3 pm
Dates: Oct 4 – Nov 1 (5 weeks) 
Cost: $160 All materials included

Play & Print: Experimental Printmaking

This mixed-level printmaking class is for new and experienced students interested in exploring printmaking processes, including relief-block printing and mono prints. Using easy-carve rubber, carving tools, ink and paper, the class will cover color-mixing, image transferring, carving, and printing images by hand to create editions or one-off artist prints. Experimentation with materials and concepts is encouraged!
Masks may be required.
Min class size: 3   Max class size: 8

Instructor: Mary Gordon McFall
Day: Tuesdays Time: 6 - 8:30 pm
Dates: Sep 27 – Oct 25 (5 weeks)
Cost: $155 All materials included


Acrylic Landscape

Students will draw and paint a landscape subject of their choosing and/or design. Instructor will provide guidance on principles and elements of good art and composition to aid students in joyful painting with good quality results.
Masks may be required.

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Tuesdays Time: 1 - 3 pm
Dates: Nov 15 – Dec 13 (5 weeks)                             
Cost: $160 All materials included


Let’s Paint Big Flowers with Acrylics and Oils

Inspired by Georgia O’Keefe, students will work from close up flower subjects to create their own large scale flower painting. 18 x 24” canvas provided.
Masks may be required.

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Wednesdays Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Dates: Sep 21 – Oct 19 (5 weeks) 
Cost: $160 All materials included


Let’s Do Art & Relax

Students will create art with a subject of their own choosing and using the following mediums: graphite, Sharpie pens, colored pencils, pen & ink, crayon, collage, watercolor, etc. The instructor will guide students toward making a good quality work of art.
Masks may be required.

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Wednesdays Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Dates: Nov 9 – Dec 14 (5 weeks, no class Nov 23)
Cost: $130 All materials included


Watercolors I & II

This class is for beginning and more experienced watercolor students. Beginning students will develop skills to transform their watercolor paintings into fine works of art through numerous exercises. Advanced students will refine their skills through instructional critiques, strategic questions, and learning new ways to approach challenging areas in their paintings.
Masks may be required.

Instructor: Robert Hubbard
Day: Saturdays Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm 
Dates: Nov 12 – Dec 17 (5 weeks, no class Nov 26)
Cost: $140 All materials included

Mixed-level Metalsmithing

No prior metal experience needed. In this class, students are introduced to the techniques of forging, riveting, stamping, soldering, and the proper use of metal tools. We will use copper and brass to make name plates, brooches, pendants and small-scale sculptures.
Min class size: 3   Max class size: 6

Instructor: Spencer Lawson
Day: Tuesdays Time: 6:30 - 9 pm
Cost: $165/session   All materials included

Session IAug 30 - Oct 11 (6 weeks) No class Oct 4
Session IIOct 18 - Nov 29 (6 weeks) No class Nov 22

Scholarships are available for school age students. Please ask before enrolling.

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Mixed media class October 2017

Education Season Sponsors:

Keating & Associates, Inc

Robert Hubbard - Artist

Robert Hubbard taught grades K-12 in the Kansas public education system for 28 years. During this time he taught outreach classes for KSU, Washburn, Allen County Community College, and Cloud County Community College. After retiring from teaching, he continued teaching classes at Topeka Art Guild, NOTO, and his gallery in Brookwood Shopping Center in Topeka.

Robert has given workshops in ten different states and has art works on display in all fifty states and five countries. He works primarily in acrylics, but has knowledge in many art mediums. Robert has won “Kansans Paint Kansas,” and was included in the exhibit of 150 Kansas artists for Kansas’ 150th birthday. A few other awards include the Denver International, and the Atlanta Olympic Exhibit in Acrylic Painting.  

Robert’s gentle but firm teaching style puts his students at ease and encourages creativity. He has found Manhattan to be the best place he has ever lived and enjoys getting to know as many people as possible. At MAC, Robert currently teaches adult art classes in many mediums, substitutes for our youth classes, keeps our Art Studio organized, and serves as a mentor and friend for our instructors, studio members, staff, and students.

Spencer D. Lawson - Metalsmith

From the rolling hills, valleys, and forest of Oklahoma, Spencer Lawson built up a love for wildlife and nature.  After graduating from Berryhill high school, he attended Oklahoma State University where he was introduced to the arts and metalsmithing. After a brief adventure into the world of high school teaching and graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Spencer traveled to Kansas State University to further his metals education and acquire a Master of Fine Arts in metalsmithing. There he learned new techniques and materials in metals and jewelry. Spencer then furthered his education at Penland School of Craft where he learned how to create objects out of pewter and is currently using it as the dominant metal in his organic works today. While completing his final pieces in the sculpture department, Spencer met the love of his life Sarah Lomasney. A romance started over applying ceramic shell to molds and discussing video games into the night in an aging dank studio space. They both later graduated KSU in 2010 and create art in their home studio.

Mary Gordon McFall - Printmaker

Mary Gordon was born in Weinheim, Germany, but calls the Flint Hills of Kansas home. She received her MFA with an emphasis in Printmaking & Book Arts from Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, and BFAs in Printmaking and Painting from Kansas State University. Crossing over between media, Mary explores her natural environment, everyday interactions and overlooked happenings through a lens of play. Mary has participated in residency programs nationally, and exhibited work nationally and internationally. She currently lives and works in Manhattan, Kansas.