Class archives

CultureWorks offers a wide range of art and design classes each year.  Check out our recent studios and check back often to see what is new!


MAY 30 Day Challenge - Congratulations to Iain for winning our 30 Day challenge and over $300 in art supplies!

The deal:

May 1, 2018 through May 30, draw the corresponding challenge for each day and submit it in one of three ways.  If you complete the challenge, you will be entered to win over $300 worth of art supplies!  Click Here for a printable version.

The details:

Anyone currently in 6th-12th grade (or equivalent) may enter.  You may use any medium (pencil, marker, charcoal, digital...), but all work must be signed or initialed and be your own original work.  By participating, you agree to let your work be posted on our website, FB, and Instagram.  You may submit your work in any of the following ways:

1)   Take a photo of it and post it to instagram and tag @thecultureworks

2)    Email a photo of the work to

3)   Drop off your completed collection of drawings in a self-addressed mailing envelope to the Herrick Public Library, Teen Circulation Desk sometime between May 31 and June 7.  Your artwork will be mailed back to you at the address on your envelope.

the prize:  

Mixed media art package from Dick Blick, valued over $300!

Our thanks to Kevin White of The Illustration League, for the use of this 30-day challenge! 



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The practice of drawing from life is a fundamental skill for every visual artist.  It helps us gain spatial awareness and trains our eyes to accurately observe and portray movement, emotion, gesture, and form.  The ability to portray the human form accurately and convincingly allows us the freedom to sketch and create new forms from our imagination – giants, trolls, sirens…even anthropomorphic animals, are all rooted in reality, and begin with drawing from life.  In this class Illustrator Alysha Lach White will lead students through the process of drawing from a live model, using classic techniques and a mix of traditional and playful media.



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Photographer Jack Burk is back!  This studio is for those who have taken an introduction to photography studio with CultureWorks or elsewhere, and are ready for a more in-depth study of the camera and its capabilities.  Whether you want to pursue a career in photo-journalism, marketing, or enjoy photography as a hobby, this class is a great place to cultivate your skills and explore the possibilities.  We will be learning how to capture personality through portraits, tell stories with images, and use Adobe software to enhance photos.  Come dressed for the outdoors – we will be walking to various sites downtown Holland, photographing the faces and places that make this city unique.    





Your voice matters! Art is a powerful way to advocate with your voice TO BRING ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGE. Explore personal and pressing social issues in society today in supportive community. Learn the importance of self-awareness, teamwork, and creative problem-solving as you become a creative leader for our community. The best part: youth dialogue and pick the topics, and then are challenged with new materials each project.  Expect to create for an authentic audience so your work can inspire others. This is a class for seasoned CultureWorks students! This class requires an application; email for details. Please see application for details and class expectations.





From Dick and Jane to Dr. Seuss to JRR Tolkien and the Harry Potter series, we have seen an unbelievable transformation of Youth and YA literature and illustration in just two generations!  But, what exactly goes into the making of a book?  How do illustrators, art directors, publishers and book binders influence the experience of reading a book?  With artist and educator Jazz Sambrina, we'll explore the art of bookmaking, and also make some art from books.  We'll be looking at some of your favorite books for inspiration as we create our own characters, illustrations, comics, handmade books and paraphernalia related to the world of story.





Has anyone ever used words like “animated” or “dramatic” to describe you?  Would you like to like to spend more time on stage?  Or perhaps behind the scenes as a playwright or director?  In this class, you will learn to physically and vocally create interesting characters in order to tell a story. You’ll have the opportunity to work individually or with others to write, direct and perform a short original or adapted performance piece. Instructor Elissa Lappenga (long-time theater nerd) and other special guests will introduce you to the various elements that will help create your story, including staging, voice work, movement, physicality, costumes, make-up, and more. The skills you will develop can be applied in school and community theater productions, public speaking, and even your interpersonal relationships!


bugs, birds and beasts! 


Wednesdays 10/25/17 - 12/6/17  (No class the week of Thanksgiving)


Inspired by the work of early explorers, this class will head into the wild and draw the creatures we find.  We will also play around with making these drawn animals into characters, logos, or mascots.  We'll take advantage of the beautiful animals on display indoors, but please dress for the weather!  Class meets at the Outdoor Discovery Center's Field Lab; see registration for details.


character design 101


Thursdays 10/26/17 - 12/7/17  (No class the week of Thanksgiving)


Are you interested in working for an animation studio in the future?  Or perhaps working to develop video games or illustrating graphic novels?  Designer and illustrator Alysha Lach White will lead students through the process of developing a character of your choosing from start to finish.  Class meets in downtown Holland; see registration for details.


open studio for 9th-12th grade (application only)


Mondays 10/23/17 - 12/4/17  (No class the week of Thanksgiving)


Open Studio is a place for you to grow as an artist while exploring issues and topics that affect you and your generation.  It is a chance to dig deeper into the joys and struggles we face, while creating art that challenges and invites positive changes in ourselves and others.  Class meets at Fellowship Reformed Church in the Art Studio; see registration for details


student advisory council


1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month 11/7/17 - 12/5/17  (No class the week of Thanksgiving)


Would you like to learn more about how to run a non-profit?  Do you have great ideas about future classes and events we could offer at CultureWorks? Do you like dessert?  This may be the place for you!

The Student Advisory Council provides an opportunity for students to exercise their voice in the running of CultureWorks.  We will meet every other Tuesday to learn about, and practice, skills in marketing, event planning, brainstorming, and fundraising, helping to ensure the short-term and long-term sustainability of the organization.  We’ll also make some great art together, which will be sold at student shows and our yearly fundraising event. 


field trip to grand rapids

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Thursday, December 14, 3:30 pm-8:30 pm

We'll leave from the front circle drive of Holland High School at 3:30 and head to the Scott Group Studio for a tour of their space with designer Ann Cole.  They specialize in designing and hand making luxury carpets.  Check out their beautiful work at  After that, we'll grab some dinner and then head to the Grand Rapids Art Museum for a look at the Andy Warhol exhibit.  We will return to Holland High at 8:30 pm.  Please let me know if you need a ride to or from Holland High and I will see what we can do!


black friday ink fest


Friday, November 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Are you missing CultureWorks classes this week? Drop in from 10am - 12pm and create. Brush, pen, marble, and print with good old fashioned black ink.

Fellowship Reformed Church art studio 2165 W Lakewood Blvd. Holland, MI 49424.  Come in Door D, from the North Parking Lot, which is on 168th St, just north of Lakewood.