Marion Art Center

Online Registration Opens for ArtStart 2020 – Online registration for ArtStart, the Marion Art Center’s summer program for young children ages 4 ½ through 9, opens Friday, February 1. The MAC has added a fifth session to ArtStart in 2020. This year’s summer camp will run as follows: Session 1: June 29-July 3; Session 2: July 6-10; Session 3: July 13-17; Session 4: July 20-24; Session 5: July 27-31. Tuition for each five-day session is $215 for MAC members and $240 for nonmembers. Camp runs 9:00 am to 12:30 pm daily, except for “show day” each Friday, which releases at 1:00 pm. Please note that MAC membership at the Family Level is required for discounted ArtStart tuition. If you are uncertain if your membership is current, please call the MAC at 508-748-1266.

            Children’s Art Lab at the MAC – April Vacation Week – The Marion Art Center will host Children’s Art Lab with five days of programming during school vacation week, April 20 to 24. The camp is for ages 5-10 and runs 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day. The cost for one day is $40 for MAC members and $45 for nonmembers. Receive discounts for registering for three or more days! Camp themes are as follows: Monday, April 20: Mixed Up and Messy; Tuesday, April 21: Art and Science; Wednesday, April 22: Moon and Stars; Thursday, April 23: Plants and Flowers; Friday, April 24: Amazing Animals. For more information, or to register for April Vacation week, Art + Music (preschoolers), or Art in the Afternoon (grades 2-5) please visit

            Adult Art Classes – Register for two new drawing classes at the MAC! Instructor Jane Bregoli will lead a five-week course, Beginning Drawing for Adults, on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, February 4 through March 3. In this course, students will learn the basics of realistic drawing using pencil and paper, while developing observational and mark-making skills through traditional exercises. The cost is $135 for MAC members and $155 for nonmembers. Continue building your skills in Botanical Drawing for Adults with instructor Jane Bregoli on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, March 17 through April 14. In this class for beginners or intermediates, students will use colored pencils to explore the complex shapes and intricate surfaces of botanical subject matter, with a focus on value, color, and composition. The cost is $145 for MAC members and $165 for nonmembers, including the $10 materials fee. Instructor Jay Ryan will teach Continuing and Advanced Watercolor Painting beginning March 13. The session includes eight three-hour classes on Fridays in the MAC Studio, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. This course is a perfect “next step” for those who would like to explore watercolor painting beyond a basic understanding of color and brush strokes. Cost for eight-week session: $280 for MAC members, $320 for nonmembers. For more information or to register online, visit

            Arts in the Park 2020 – The Marion Art Center is accepting applications for Arts in the Park, scheduled on Saturday, July 11, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This annual festival is Marion’s premier juried outdoor art event. For the last twelve years, artists and artisans have exhibited their work in Bicentennial Park, opposite the MAC. The MAC is pleased to host the event featuring creative and talented artists from the region. The festival, sponsored in part by a grant from the Marion Cultural Council, provides live music, a food truck, a raffle, and two hours of free activities for children in the NBAM/Artworks! ArtMobile. Artists wishing to be considered for Arts in the Park are invited to submit a request for jury form at Space is limited, and early applications are recommended.

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