Arts & Crafts

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The Art of Sketching

 Th, Aug 11 & 25|2pm|No Cost

 (Stella Reeves) 

The basic premise behind all beginning-level sketch classes is to provide training necessary to view an object and reconstruct it on paper using basic sketching tools. Learn how to draw with pencils, pens, charcoals, pastels, sketch forms and add shading and dimension. Please bring a sketch book. 

Crafty Caring Hands

F, Aug 12 & 26|10am|No Cost

F, Sep 9 & 23|10am|No Cost

F, Oct 14 & 21|10am|No Cost

(Instructor: Mary Kos)

This arts & crafts workshop gives seniors an opportunity to create and give back. The group completes projects such as lap robes and crocheted caps to donate to local organizations including cancer treatment centers, hospitals, and medical centers.  FAQ- Do I have to be talented to join?  Not at all.  Depending on your comfort level, the group will make simple to more complex crafts. 

Hand Clay Sculpting Group

F, Jul 1-Aug 26|1pm|No Cost

F, Sep 2-Oct 28|1pm|No Cost

Clay sculpting is the art of shaping, casting, or carving a moldable material and is a brilliant way to ignite your creativity. Numerous types of materials are used for sculpting today, with the most popular being clay. A material fee will be requested per class by the leader.

Service Project-Reusable Sanitary Napkins

Tu, Sep 6 –Oct 25|10am|No Cost

The NSC will be partnering with God’s Child Project to make reusable sanitary napkins to distribute to girls in developing countries. Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is an important public health issue for girls worldwide. Menstruation is associated with stigma and marginalization for millions of girls, especially among girls living in low-income countries.  This project is suitable for every craft level, from beginning to advanced. If you would like to donate supplies, please contact the group Tuesday morning.  

Hooks, Needles & Yarn

Tu, Sep 6-Oct 25|10:30am|No Cost 

Would you enjoy spending time with friendly, fun women with your same interest? Join Sandra and Kathy to crochet together, and meet new friends—beginners are welcome. If you have extra yarn that you are not using, Sandra will gladly accept donations for this program.

Watercolor Class with Carol Luc

Tu, Sep 6-27|2pm|$52M/$57NM 

Tu, Oct 4-25|2pm|$52M/$57NM 

With this fun creative approach you will learn traditional techniques, including mixing colors, wet-into-wet, glazing, flat and graduated washes, and more.  Carol is an accomplished artist with a masters degree in painting and bachelors in advertising design. If you would like to see her work and read more about the instructor visit   

Robert’s Floral Design

W, Sep 14|2pm|$30M/$35NM

W, Oct 12|2pm|$30M/$35NM

Chicago florist and artist, Robert Neri, creates stunning custom made flower arrangements for any event or occasion. Robert has been in business for nearly 40 years and has been an instructor at his studio and Mather. Robert will teach once a month and will try to coordinate the floral design to a special holiday or occasion associated with the month.  Cost includes all materials and instruction.

History of Gloves

M, Oct 17|1pm|$7M/$12NM 

(Instructor: Aleca Breneman)

How old are gloves? Who wore gloves and why? View a display of antique and handmade gloves. Learn how to embellish gloves for yourself or as a gift. There will also be a drawing for a special gift.

Save Money Wrapping Gifts & Reduce Waste

M, Nov 14|1pm|$3

(Instructor: Aleca Breneman)

Learn about numerous ways to wrap a gift, not using expensive wrapping paper, tape or bags while helping the environment. See how household items can be used for wrapping decorations. You may bring a gift item; we’ll review how to wrap it. There will be a drawing for a gift also.