Classes & Camps

For All Ages and Interests.

More than 130 classes for adults, children, and parent/child pairs are offered year-round, and more than 30 engaging summer camps for children ages 4 to 14 are offered each summer. Camps vary from week-long to 4-day to 1-day camps and run from mid-June through mid-August.

Tips for Signing Up

The schedule for summer camps publishes in February; sign-up early as space is limited. Here is a complete list of the 2014 summer camps. Sign up for camps below.

For more information about any individual class or camp, email our Classes Coordinator or call (616) 975-3147. Scholarship assistance for children and adults is available; for information, call 616-975-3184. If a class or camp is full, call (616) 975-3147 to put your name on a waiting list.

Class Discounts

All members receive discounts on classes.
Check out other membership benefits and find out how to join or renew.

Events

May
3
10:00 am 11:30 am
Classes & Camps: Adult

Introduction to Light Room

Looking for imaging software? Curious about Light Room’s features? Investigate the possibilities of Light Room with an experienced photographer who will explain Light Room’s features and discuss how the software fits into a photographer’s workflow.

Instructor

Ed Post

Cost

  • Members $25
  • Non-Members $32
May
7
9:00 am 12:00 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult

Spring Flowers in Pastel

Enjoy a demonstration of flower arranging and put together your own small arrangement of colorful spring blooms. Then discover techniques for layering and blending pastels, and create your own pastel in a 5” X 7” format. Flowers provided; bring your own small vase or taller one with a small opening.

Instructor

Rose Allerding and Kathleen Kalinowski

Cost

  • Members $35
  • Non-Members $42
May
10
9:00 am 12:00 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult, Bonsai Workshop

“Beginners Only” Workshop

Full Class

Gain hands-on experience pruning, wiring and repotting a lovely yew bonsai. Learn what to look for when selecting a tree with “bonsai potential” and how to determine the best style for your tree. All materials provided.

Instructor

Gene Deci

Cost

  • Members $50
  • Non-Members $57
May
10
12:30 pm 2:00 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult, Bonsai Workshop

Create an Erodium Bonsai

Experience level: Beginner to Intermediate

Create a “mame” bonsai, one that can be held in the palm of your hand, using Erodium, also known as alpine geranium. Rake out the soil, cut back the roots and pot it into a small pot. Then clean out the foliage to expose the trunk and discover the style for your new bonsai. This plant, ideal for beginners, can be grown on a windowsill, where you can enjoy its tiny leaves and small flowers. All materials provided.

Instructor

Kenneth Huth

Cost

  • Members $30
  • Non-Members $37
May
10
2:30 pm 5:30 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult, Bonsai Workshop

Bring-Your-Own-Tree Workshop

Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced

Bring one or two bonsai and work on styling or refining your trees with expert guidance from guest artist Peter Tea. Peter will discuss each tree, give each student an assignment, and then provide one-on-one assistance. Bring your own tools and copper wire (for conifers) or aluminum wire (for deciduous and broadleaf evergreens).

Instructor

Peter Tea

Cost

  • Members $60
  • Non-Members $67
May
11
11:00 am 2:00 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult, Bonsai Workshop

Create a Shohin Amur Maple Bonsai

Full Class

Experience level: Beginner to Intermediate

Receive a lovely Amur maple tree, prized for its small leaves and vibrant fall color, and receive guidance as you prune, shape and wire your new bonsai. “Shohin” bonsai are increasing in popularity due to their smaller size—they require less space, time and expense. Repotting will not be done in class. Instructions will be given on how to repot and care for your new bonsai. All materials, except for a pot, provided.

Instructor

Linda Camp

Cost

  • Members $55
  • Non-Members $62
May
11
12:00 pm 2:00 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult, Bonsai Workshop

Create a Cotoneaster Bonsai

Experience level:  Novice to Advanced

Discover how lovely a cotoneaster bonsai can be, with small, glossy leaves, white flowers and coral-red berries. Receive a ‘Coral Beauty’ cotoneaster and then prune, shape and wire your bonsai. While repotting will not be done in class, instruction will be given on when and how to repot your new bonsai. All materials, except for a pot, provided.

Instructor

Frank Mihalic

Cost

  • Members $70
  • Non-Members $77
May
11
2:30 pm 5:30 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult, Bonsai Workshop

Bring-Your-Own-Tree Workshop

Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced

Bring one or two bonsai and work on styling or refining your trees with expert guidance from guest artist Peter Tea. Peter will discuss each tree, give each student an assignment, and then provide one-on-one assistance. Bring your own tools and copper wire (for conifers) or aluminum wire (for deciduous and broadleaf evergreens).

Instructor

Peter Tea

Cost

  • Members $60
  • Non-Members $67
May
13
6:00 pm 8:00 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult

Acrylic Heirloom Still Life

Bring a favorite plate, pitcher, vase or bowl with a simple design to use in your own still life arrangement. Create the composition, incorporating spring flowers and our extra props. Then use vibrant acrylic paints to capture your personal still life.

Instructor

Nancy Hart

Cost

  • Members $45
  • Non-Members $52
May
15
6:00 pm 8:00 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult

Acrylic Heirloom Still Life

Bring a favorite plate, pitcher, vase or bowl with a simple design to use in your own still life arrangement. Create the composition, incorporating spring flowers and our extra props. Then use vibrant acrylic paints to capture your personal still life.

Instructor

Nancy Hart

Cost

  • Members $45
  • Non-Members $52