MRAC 2018 Classes

The MRAC offers different classes throughout the year, by professional artists and teachers. We hope you do not only learn new artistic skills, but that you become a member of our creative community, whatever your level. We have fall, winter, spring and summer classes. The summer classes are specifically for kids. If you would like to join a class we don't offer, don't hesitate to contact us and we can check our network to see if we can start a new class.

For questions or to sign up for a class you can contact our curriculum director: Leah Macdonald at or phone 610.247.9964. You can also sign up and pay directly via this website.


Fundamentals of Portraiture! with Mateus Costa

Fundamentals of Portraiture (beginners and more advanced)

In this class Mateus Costa will guide you through the fundamentals of a specific subject: the portrait. Mateus will help you to develop your skill to ‘see’, which is key to successful portraiture. Furthermore, he will help you to relate to form and give you an understanding of how light effects form. All the techniques he teaches can be applied to drawing or painting all sorts of subjects, but Mateus will focus specifically on the art of portraiture and all difficulties you might encounter with this particular subject.

This class is suited for both beginners and more advanced students, since the different topics that are discussed in the class can be applied by the students at their own level.

This class will be held every Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm for 8 weeks and starts October 6th 2018.

Costs: $120,-, materials not included (a list of essentials will be provided).

Mateus also invites students to the November opening reception of ‘Portraits’, an exhibition revolving a special portraits project by Mateus Costa.

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Fundamentals of Still Life Painting with Mateus Costa

Still Life Painting (beginners and more advanced).

This still life class will focus on the approach of setting up a still life and how to use a shadow box to create an atmosphere. Student will explore the concept of how light travels through the objects and creating a focal point. Composition elements are also reviewed. The class will also focus on the use of color and value relationships to create a 3 dimensional feel on the objects being created. Finally, we will focus on the benefits of a limited palette.

Materials are not included; essentials are a paint box or pochade box (studio easels can be provided), odorless spirits of turpentine such as turpenoid or gamsol. Basic color requirement: cad yellow pale, cad red light, ultramarine blue, burnt umber, titanium white. Flat and filbert hog hair brushes 1, 3 , 4, 6 or your favorite sizes. Recommend are masonite boards of around 12 x 16 , 14 x 18  or 16 x 20. They may be primed with gesso or have a glued canvas base.  Pre made stretched canvas purchased at any michaels, or art supply store are ok.

This class starts Wednesday October 3rd and runs for 8 weeks.

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Yoga / Body & Mind with Bonnie Hauck
from 15.00

This class offers a means to meditate through movement: allow yourself to be reminded of the beauty & miracle that you are, as Bonnie Instructs & emphasize consistent, deep breathing that will illuminate your heart! Classes involve chanting, asanas(poses), deep relaxation & meditation and are suited for all levels.

This class is held on Mondays from 11 am - 12 pm and starts October 1, 2018 or on Sundays from 10 - 11 am and starts October 7, 2018.

You can drop in for any individual class for $15,- a class, or you can get a very good deal and pay only $60,- if you sign up for a series of 6 classes up front!

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Kids Fall Classes with Leah Macdonald
from 45.00

After the successful Summer Kids classes, MRAC now also offers 4 Fall classes for kids. These classes will focus on mixed media, painting, drawing and collage arts and are suitable for kids aged 4-12.

Classes are held November 24th, December 1st, 15th and 22nd from 11am to 2pm. You can come to one, two, three or all four!

$45 per student per class.

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Lets Draw! with Donald Stephens

Let's Draw!!
So you say you want to draw that scene that you love, but you don’t know where to start? Okay! You want to paint, but your drawing skills aren’t what you think they should be? Okay! Or you need to get back into the fundamentals to push forward in your creative endeavors? Okay! How about “I can only do stick figures”, then "Let’s Draw" with Donald Stephens. Don will assist in the understanding of drawing and observation to create any image needed from still life to figure drawing. Through the understanding of line, shape, form (space the final frontier), light (tonality) and surface movement will challenge all levels on their creative journey.

In this series of 8 classes you can expect to obtain the ability to translate surroundings to drawings, you gain the ability to create more than 'stick figures' and you will be directly encouraged to understand personal creative abilities. 

This class will be held every Tuesday from 6-8 pm for 8 weeks and starts October 2, 2018.

Costs: $180.  Materials not included (a list of essentials will be provided).

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What Color is That!!! painting class with Donald Stephens

What Color is that!! 
How come when I paint, my color seems to turn to mud or my color is flat? How about you want to paint, but don’t know where to start and what color to start with? What Color is That!! with Donald Stephens teaches the concepts and basic processes of water based or oil based painting: Color theory basics, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary and all other color movements. You also learn about the understanding of surfaces and their preparation including canvas construction. Finally, you will be challenged through the study of Photographs and Still Life Painting.

In this series of 8 classes you will appreciate additive and subtractive color and its properties, you will gain the ability to identify colors in visual space, you will get a working knowledge of water-based or oil based paints and you will learn how to create landscapes, a still life and so much more.

This class will be held every Thursday from 6-8 pm for 8 weeks and starts October 4, 2018.

Costs: $190,-, materials not included (a list of essentials will be provided).

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Private photography lessons

Leah Macdonald offers private photography lessons at a rate of $25 per hour.

For more information, contact Leah directly by phone 610.247.9964.

Celebrate your birthday party at the MRAC!

Looking for a creative way to celebrate your birthday?! We offer custom workshops for birthday parties. Whether you are 8 or 80, we can offer a festive and entertaining afternoon for you and your family or friends to celebrate your birthday. We provide an inspirational location, an enthusiastic teacher and all the needed materials, you bring the food and drink!

Contact Leah for possibilities and prices and lets get this party started! or phone 610.247.9964