Holland Area Arts Council Offering Variety of New, Unique Adult Classes and Workshops

The Holland Area Arts Council is excited to offer a variety of workshops and classes for adults this summer, featuring superior instructors who are masters in their craft. Classes offered include Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign classes, a four-week Alla Prima Portrait oil painting class, a four-day watercolor painting masterclass, and two bread workshops.

Newest to our roster is a series of Adobe classes offered by Zeeland-based instructor McCoy Khamphouy. In the introductory Adobe Photoshop class, students will learn how to edit photos like the pros and more! Photoshop allows you to make photo collages, paint, and alter images to create original artwork. Khamphouy’s next course delves into Adobe Illustrator. This course is ideal for those who want to learn how to create logos and illustrations for use in print and web design. Adobe Illustrator allows users to make crisp, vector images for brand and product development. The final course in this series is an introduction to Adobe InDesign, which is perfect for those interested in creating flyers, brochures, and publication layouts. All of the Adobe classes are for ages 14 and up, and offered Tuesday evenings from 6-8 pm. Tuition is $120 ($110 for Arts Council members). Dates are as follows: Adobe Photoshop: July 24, 31, August 7. Adobe Illustrator: September 11, 18, 25. Adobe InDesign: October 9, 16, 23.

Next month, the Arts Council is happy to welcome back award-winning instructor Candice Chovanec for an Alla Prima Portrait Painting in Oil class. Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing on only the essentials. This course will instruct students on painting the model from life. This class is for ages 16 an up and runs for four weeks on Saturdays, August 4-25, from 9 am- 12 pm. Tuition is $185 ($180 for members).

The Arleta Pech Watercolor Workshop Masterclass will demonstrate nationally known artist Arleta Pech’s process for creating dazzling and detailed watercolor paintings. Students will learn to artfully set up a still life with objects as well as how to use the Harmonic Armature on complicated still lifes.  Arleta will then demonstrate watercolor techniques on glazing to build values and dark backgrounds that were seen in her book “Painting Fresh Florals in Watercolor” published in 1998 and sold over 35000 copies.  Offered to ages 18 and up, this four-day workshop is $385 ($375 for members) from 9 am- 4 pm on MondayThursday, September 17-20.

In our Easy Artisan No-Knead Bread Workshops, instructor Ken Freestone will show you how to make bread at home with simple tools and ingredients, store your dough for up to two weeks, and have dough ready to bake (bread, pizza, Naan, rolls and more) in the time it takes to heat your oven!  No experience is necessary, and all participants will taste samples, bake bread, make dough, and leave with a fresh loaf of bread to take home. Students ages 16 and up can choose from two dates for this workshop, August 27 or October 8. Tuition is $65 ($55 for members).

For more information regarding the above courses, or to view a complete listing of the Arts Council’s offerings, please visit or call (616) 396-3278. Students can register for classes online at, call to pay over the phone, or stop by to sign up in person.

The Holland Area Arts Council is a nonprofit organization working to educate, engage and challenge the community through the arts. The Arts Council is located at 150 East 8th Street. Call (616) 396-3278, email or visit for more information.