2017 Winter Term Classes




Painting Workshop: Figure Painting w/ a Knife
Instructor: Kim Rhoney

Painting from a live model, you will use painting knives to express the figure by
exploring its essential forms. We will paint on a variety of tinted grounds to encourage
the build-up of layers and depth. Working from a live figure always brings challenge and

2112.52.02.17  All Levels
Saturday, March 25
10:00 am-4:00 pm, 1 session
$162 Members, $202 Guests, $5 Materials Fee, $20 Model Fee



Painting: Contemporary Portrait in Oil
Instructor: Edward Duff

This class will cover the basic foundations of portraiture from a live model. With an
emphasis on form, light and shadow, accurate color mixing, proportion and composition,
students will hone their observational skills to capture not only the likeness of their
subject, but to express the character. Throughout the course, students will receive
individual instruction, and will benefit from demonstrations, group critiques, and lectures
on both classical and contemporary portraiture. This class uses a clothed, live model.
Please see the materials list for the necessary supplies for the first day.

1112.32.09.17   Level 2 & Up
Wednesdays, February 22- March 29
9:00 am-3:30 pm, 6 sessions
$295 Members, $335 Guests, $5 Materials Fee, $120 Model Fee



Painting: Mixed Watermedia/ Wet & Wild
Instructor: Laura Whitesides Host

This class allows students to expand their paintings by exploring and experimenting with
non-traditional mixed water media techniques to enrich the painting surface. Traditional
and experimental painters will benefit as they adapt these experiments into their own
painting styles. This class is also a great way to start painting for the student who is
willing to jump in and bring a sense of adventure. Both new and returning students are
welcome, as each semester offers something different.

1112.52.02.17 All Levels
Wednesdays, February 22-March 29
7:00 pm-10:00 pm, 6 sessions
$148 Members, $188 Guests



Printmaking: Painterly Prints
Instructor: Laura Whitesides Host

Monotypes are a combination of painting and printmaking which is a spontaneous way 
of working and readily lends itself to experimentation. Class instruction concentrates on water-based media such as paints, crayons, pencils and inks. This class explores different painting/printing processes using gelatin plates, plexiglass plates and collograph plates.

1115.52.04.17 All Levels
Thursdays, February 23-March 30
12:30 pm-3:30 pm, 6 sessions
$148 Members, $188 Guests, $25 Materials Fee



If you are registering online, please know that we are ALWAYS happy to help (248.644.0866).




Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have art classes for children?

Yes. Youth classes are held after school Monday – Thursday & on Saturdays.  During the summer, we offer a great variety of camps for Pre/K through Grade 12.  Mom & tot art classes start at age 2, independent classes start at age 4.

How long are your classes?

Classes generally run 8-12 weeks, with quarterly terms starting in September, January, April & June. Adult art classes are offered Monday – Saturday with start times of 9am, 12:30pm, & 6:30 (with some variations).  In addition, there are several workshops to choose from during each semester.

What is the difference between a class and a workshop?

Our classes follow similar formatting: 8-12 weeks in length, 2-3 hours in class each week.  On the other hand, workshops might be anywhere between 3-6 hours all done on one day.  Workshops may also span 1 or more days, 6 hours daily (for example).  Lengthy workshops are most common in the summer months. 

Does the BBAC offer scholarships?

Yes. For information about scholarships, click here.

Do you offer any course discounts? i.e., seniors, students, AARP, frequent flyers, etc.

Course discounts are available to current BBAC members.  The membership discount is $40 off per class enrollment.  Starting at $50, they last one year from the day of purchase.  For more about memberships, click here.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for – give us a call or stop by!
PHONE 248.644.0866 with questions and/or to sign up by phone. 
STOP BY – Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm; Friday-Saturday, 9am-5pm
(Summer hours: 9am-5pm; Mon-Sat)
If you want the creative experience but aren’t ready to commit to a class for three months, consider our monthly drop-in workshops:
A Sunday @ the Center & Seniors @ the Center. And you can always wander through our exhibits & visit the Gallery Shop.