Adult (14+) Visual Art Classes

Watercolor Beginning & Beyond

Instructor: Robert Hubbard                                                                         
Day: Wednesday                                                           
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Dates: Jun 8-Jul 13 (6 weeks)                                                                     
Cost: $160
For both beginner and advanced watercolorists, students will complete at least one project. Beginner students will receive more detailed instruction while advanced painters will work with the instructor on problems and questions and will receive more critique time. Basic supplies provided. Min number of students: 3, max: 12

Framing Techniques for Display 

Instructor: Robert Hubbard   
Day: Saturday Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Dates: Jun 4-25 (4 weeks)  
Cost: $160
 “How should I frame my project?” We’ll answer this questions for two-dimensional works. Students will receive practical experience in stretching a canvas and building a frame. The class will also address the questions to ask and choices to make when choosing your frame, whether you do it your self or use a professional framer.  

Glorious Drawing

Instructor: Robert Hubbard   
Day: Wednesday Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Dates: Jul 27-Aug 31 (6 weeks) 
Cost: $115
All art begins with drawing, and drawing is also very therapeutic. Students will bring a subject they wish to draw and will use a medium of their choice. The instructor will guide and assist students, demonstrating new techniques and brushing up on established skills.  

Mixed-Level Metalsmithing

Instructor: Spencer Lawson  
Day: Tuesday Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Dates: Jun 14-Jul 19 (6 weeks) 
Cost: $165 includes all supplies
No prior metals experience needed. Beginning students are given an introduction to the basics of metalsmithing (forging, riveting, stamping, soldering, and the proper use of metal tools) and more experienced students advance their skills under instructor guidance. During this 6 week course we will be using copper and brass to make name plates, brooches, pendants and small scale sculpture. Enameling will be introduced in the second session. Ages 16+. Min. class size: 3 Max class size: 6


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Mixed media class October 2017

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.