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February: I LOVE Art

Smitten with the Mitten: Watercolor Painting

We love our home state, that's what makes us Michiganders! Learn how to mask off a Michigan shaped outline for your painting and create a “land of the lakes” landscape scene using different washes and color layering techniques.

Saturday, February 4th 2:00pm-4:30pm

$37.50/person

Tuesday, February 7th 2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person

 

His & Hers: Watercolor Painting

Have a romantic time and celebrate with your beloved by creating a memory you both can cherish through ART! Mask out your words (HIS/HERS, MR./MRS., YOU/ME, etc) and then use a variety of washes and abstract techniques to both express your love and individuality as a couple. Use opposite colors and compositions or make them match! Up to you! Bring in some wine and have a good time!

Tuesday, February 14th: VALENTINE's DAY 2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$32.50/person $50.00/couple

 

Love Birds: Watercolor Painting

Love birds are called such due to their monogamous pairings and the time those couples spend siting together. We will create a painting of a pair of lovebirds sitting together on a branch, a perfect symbol of love and devotion. Learn how create realistic colors and layer them to give depth to your painting.

Saturday, February 18th 2:00pm-4:30pm

$37.50/person

Tuesday, February 21st 2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person

 

DIY Memory Candle

They say that scent is the strongest link to memory. One whiff of a nostalgic fragrance can take you back to a time or place you haven't thought of in years. Photos, trinkets, colors and other tactile items and ideas can trigger memory as well. Why not have the best of both worlds? Create a memory collage with photos, trinkets or other memorabilia on the outside of a tall glass candle jar and fill it with a custom scent that will remind you of that special time.

Tuesday, February 28th  2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$47.50/person (includes a 16oz glass jar candle)

 

January: Try Something NEW!

Traditional Textiles: South African Printmaking

Tuesday, January 3rd 2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person

Different symbols and patterns suggest different attributes of the person who wears them.  In South Africa especially these patterns tell a story on every inch of traditional clothing.  What symbols say something about you?  Learn how to carve your own South African inspired wood block stamp, and then learn how to use it to print on your very own scarf! 

 

Birch Trees: Watercolor Painting

Tuesday, January 10th 2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00-8:30pm

$37.50/person

Often, you can walk into the gallery and see our owner and resident artist working on one of her paintings in the front of the gallery.  Moynihan’s logo is inspired by birch trees, we use birch tree wrapping paper and have many forms of birch tree merchandise; needless to say we love our birch trees.  Have you ever wondered how to paint them?  Learn a razor blade painting technique used by Kate Moynihan herself to create a birch tree landscape using watercolor.

 

Traditional Textiles: Chinese Printmaking

Tuesday, January 17th 2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person

Wood block prints have been famously used in China to create wonderful artwork since the Tang Dynasty.  They were the first to have a moveable type printing technique for printing books and manuscripts.  Printing ornate designs on fabric was also common. Learn how to carve your own Chinese inspired wood block stamp, then, learn how to use it to print on your very own scarf.

 

Winter Floral: Watercolor Painting

Tuesday, January 24th 2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person

When you think of a winter still-life, not often do you think of florals, but there are many winter floral elements that are both decorative and beautiful.  Let yourself be inspired by the nature that surrounds you, no matter the weather! Use masking and layering techniques to create a winter floral watercolor painting. 

 

Pampered: CYO Goat's Milk Bar Soap and Sugar Scrub

Tuesday, January 31st 2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$27.50/person 

Did you know that you can make more than just Candles in our Candle-ology department? Choose your fragrances and mix your very own Goats milk bar soap and for this class only, a sugar scrub! Learn how to use these products to pamper and moisturize your dry and dehydrated winter skin!  Add on a lotion too for only $16.50

 

December: Home for The Holidays

Klompen” Felt Ornament

Feast of St. Nicholas

Tuesday, December 6th 2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person

 

The gift giving associated with Christmas originated in traditions based on St. Nicholas Feast Day.  Different cultures would celebrate in different ways.  Dutch Children would leave out their wooden shoes or “Klompen” and fill them with hay and carrots for St. Nicholas' reindeer.  He would leave them coins in return.  Celebrate Dutch Heritage here in Holland, Michigan and learn how to make a felt version of “Klompen” Ornaments.

 

Paper “Star Lantern”  

Tuesday, December 13th 2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person

 

Star shapes at this time of year are commonly thought to represent the star that the Three Wise Men followed, however, many other cultures and religions use these illumines shapes. India, Germany, the Philippines, and even Mexico have their own versions of these festive lights.

Learn how to make, decorate and hang these fun additions to your Holiday Decor.

 

Winter Solstice Watercolor” Painting

Tuesday, December 20th 2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person

 

The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year and while the wind and snow and winter weather surround us a longer night encourages critters and humans alike to burrow down and snuggle into sleep.  But we live in Michigan, and Michiganders love the snow! (sometimes) Whether this is the first time you've picked up a brush or you've been painting for years, come and create a snow-scape scene using a rubber cement resist method commonly used by Kate Moynihan herself!

New Year's “Bathroom Bling

Tuesday, December 20th 2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$47.50/person (includes 8oz square colored glass jar candle & an 8oz hand soap)

 

Everyone needs a bit of R&R after the Gift Giving season, so get ready to relax with a bathroom set of a candle and a hand soap for your sensory indulgence.  Decorate these fun colored jars with beads and wire giving them an eclectic bling theme.  A girls gotta have fun, and sometimes the bathroom becomes that alone-time, fun sanctuary! Chose from any of our 100 fragrances to custom blend your very own stress-free zone.

 

November: "Big Lake Traditions"

Salt Dough “Sugar Skulls” for Dia de los Muertos Tuesday, November 1st

2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person ($5 off when you sign up with a friend)

 Sugar skulls are traditionally made out of sugar (and meringue powder) but these skulls will deteriorate over time. Instead we are going to use salt dough that hardens and can be painted.  Learn about Dia de los Muertos traditions both in Mexico and here in the USA. Learn how to make your own no bake- salt dough, mold, paint and decorate your skulls to venerate your dearly departed loved ones.

 

Michigan Ojibwa “Dream-Catchers” Tuesday, November 8th

2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:00pm

ONLY $27.50/person! (reg. $37.50) 

By looping willow branches together and weaving a web through the center using sinew, Ojibwa Native Americans would create Dream-catchers for their young children, meant to trap bad thoughts and dreams and only allow good ones through.  Learn what Dream Catchers mean to our Michigan Native Tribes, what they mean today and how one plays a role in Kate Moynihan's new book, "Mystery in the Spooky Old House," by receiving a free copy when you attend this class.

 

 “Michigan Watercolor” Painting Tuesday, November 15 

2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person ($5 off when you sign up with a friend)

Michigan is Algonquin for "Big Lake" which references our very own Lake Michigan.  We as Michiganders are proud of our Lakes, and won't hesitate to tell anyone about them, but how many of us knew that our namesake was given to us by our first Michigan Natives? Learn how to use water to control your colors and create a one of a kind painting in the the shape of our beloved state!  

 

Seed Bead "Flint (Indian) Corn" Pendant Bolo Necklace, Tuesday November 22nd

2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person ($5 off when you sign up with a friend)

Flint or "Indian" Corn was the first type of corn to be introduced to English settlers.  Believe it or not these colorful kernels can be eaten!  As a nod to our Michigan Native American history and the corn that would have probably been a part of the first Thanksgiving meal, learn how to create seed bead pendants mimicking the colorful kernels of Flint Corn.  Make 2 pendants for either a pair of earrings or a bolo necklace. 

 

Holiday Center Piece "Candle Wreath" Tuesday, November 29th

2:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:30pm

$47.50/person ($5 off when you sign up with a friend)

Holiday decor can bring a bit of festive cheer to any place setting, mantle, table or gathering space, and what brings out those gushy feelings of nostalgia better than I holiday fragrance candle and a hand made wreath decorated with baubles and ornaments that tell a story or maybe start a new tradition.  Learn about color schemes, placement and balance, decorating tips and tricks, and how to fit all your favorite holiday decor into one theme! Create a centerpiece candle wreath and receive an 8 oz jar candle in a Moynihan Original Holiday Fragrance. 

 

 

October: "Autumn Sass"

Paper Craft” Tuesday, October 4th

2:00pm-4:30pm or 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/ Person

Learn different techniques of cutting, layering and decorating with paper to create a one of a kind Autumn/Winter or Halloween/Christmas Double sided Banner. A fun and unique hand made way to decorate for any season. This project is inspired by Mexican, Polish and Chinese paper cutting.

 

Classy Pumpkins” Tuesday, October 11th

2:00pm-4:30pm or 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/ Person

Have you always wanted super cute stylish pumpkins without the carving mess? We will show you how to add a chic touch to your Fall décor with hand painted pumpkins accented in black, white and metallic tones using fun patterns and designs. This project is inspired by PUMPKINS!!!!!

 

Tree of Life” Tuesday, October 18th

2:00pm-4:30pm or 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/ Person

The tree of life, the sacred tree, the tree of knowledge, the world tree, or the cosmic tree, are all represented in one way or another in different religions, mythologies and philosophies around the world. What better way to celebrate the changing seasons with a colorful representation of this universal symbol. Learn how to create your own Tree of Life pendant using wire and beads.

 

Witch's Brew and Candles Too!” Tuesday, October 25th

2:00pm-4:30pm or 6:00pm-8:30pm (21 and up, BYOB, 6:00 class ONLY)

$47.50/Person

Eye of Newt and Wing of Bat, Tongue of Frog and Tail of Cat! All these witch-y ingredients need to be stored in something! Learn how to create spooky apothecary jars for your Halloween treats or candles! This class includes a Halloween inspired candle in one of four fun Candle-logy signature fragrances sure to have you cackling, grinning and howling with joy!

 

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September: "Back to School Bohemian"

"Traditional Textiles" Tuesday, September 6th

2:00pm-4:30pm or 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person

Each student will learn how design and hand carve their very own 2"x2" wood-block stamp and then learn how to print their unique design on a gauze scarf.  (One per person)  This project is inspired by traditional Indian textile prints and designs.

 

"Bollywood Bangles" Tuesday, September 13th

2:00pm-4:30pm or 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person

Hand weave colorful fabrics into unique designs using traditional metal bangles.  Each student will receive 9 metal bangles to make 3 bracelets of different widths.  A  Boho Chic accessory, these bangles will add a pop of color to any back to school outfit! This project is inspired by bohemian fashion.

 

"Elephants la vie Boheme"  Tuesday, September 20th

2:00pm-4:30pm or 6:00pm-8:30pm

$37.50/person

Learn how to draw the face of an elephant on mounted gauzy fabric and then decorate the 8.5"x 11" image using our collection of traditionally inspired hand carved wood-block stamps and other embellishments.  Finished piece will be hang-able as is without a frame.  This project is inspired by the cultural significance of elephants in India and many other countries.

 

"Mehndi Aromatherapy" Tuesday, September 27th

2:00pm-4:30 or 6:00pm-8:30pm

$47.50/person

Learn how to create traditional Mehndi (Henna) inspired designs hand drawn with gold paint on colored glass jars filled with our signature lotion and pump soap in unique Candle-ology Aromatherapy fragrances fit for any back to school mood.  This project is inspired my the meditative properties of both aromatic scents and Indian Mehndi designs. 

 

 

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