MCA Community Education to Offer Family Art Workshops in 2016-2017 Year

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator (901)272-5113

Sept. 1, 2016


Family Art WorkshopsMCA Community Education to Offer Family Art Workshops During the 2016-2017 Year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art’s (MCA) Community Education department will host free family art workshops on the first Saturday of each month (with a few exceptions surrounding holidays) in the 2016-2017 year. Local artist and Community Education Associate Chloe York will teach the first workshop in the series on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 2–4 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

MCA’s Director of Community Education Cecilia Palazola said the inspiration for the workshops first began after seeing families earlier this year at the Summer Art Camp Showcase reception. The workshops will provide an affordable and accessible family activity for those who usually cannot commit to formal programming. “We love to see families making art together in our tents and booths at off-site festivals, so this was a way to expand on that at our Midtown location,” said Palazola. “In our traditional youth programs, parents don’t participate in the classroom experience, and this is a way for them to better understand our approach and class offerings, and get to know our facilities and instructors. We wanted to provide an environment where parents feel more involved in their children’s art making, and help families understand the power of making art together.”

2016–2017 Free Family Art Workshops include:
Sept. 3: Abstract Collaborative Painting with Chloe York
Oct. 1: Zombie Halloween Make-Up with Eric Quick
Nov. 5: Sketching in the Park–Landscapes (instructor TBA)
Dec. 3: Holiday Ornaments with J.T. Wilbanks
Jan. 7: Painting with Ice with J.T. Wilbanks
Feb. 11: Puppets (instructor TBA)
March 4: Sci-Fi Concepts with Eric Quick
April 1: Crazy for Color (instructor TBA)
May 6: Folk Art–Decorative Masks with Eric Quick

The Community Education department expects each workshop to draw 75–100 people in attendance. The workshops are open to families of all ages and experience levels. All families that attend must include at least one parent or guardian for any child under the age of 18. No registration fee is required, but donations will be accepted in support of the Community Education Youth Scholarship Fund. Walk-in participants are welcome to attend on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve spaces ahead of time, contact Community Education at or (901) 272-5116.

MCA’s Community Education program offers various art classes for all ages throughout the year. Saturday School classes, Summer Art Camp sessions, and the IDEALS Program (Inspiring and Developing Emerging Artists for Lifelong Success) are open to children under the age of 18, as well as Continuing Education classes for adults in all skill levels.

More information about MCA’s Community Education programs can be found online at

Photo: Family at the 2015 Summer Art Camp Showcase

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