Culinary Arts
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All Ages Cooking Classes

Gingerbread Workshop

All ages welcome. Make jolly gingerbread men and holiday houses to take home!

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Date: December 20

Day & Time: Saturday, 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Fee: $30 Members / $40 Non-Members






Calligraphy Classes

Basic Calligraphy

Basic Calligraphy is an introduction to the techniques required to master beautiful writing. There is a brief discussion of the history / significance of calligraphy, but the course will concentrate on the practical side of the art. Five 2.5 hour sessions guide students through Chancery Cursive alphabet and basic layout. Two practical layout assignments and a frame worthy piece complete the course.

Instructor: Mick Hartsfield

Dates: December 3, 10, 17 January 7, 14

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Fee: $100 Members / $110 Non-Members

Instructor will provide materials for the first class. Students will receive a supply list for the remaining classes - approximately $10.00.






Fiber Art Classes

Fiber Art Lunch and Learn

The Polar Blast is finding its way to South Mississippi again this year. Learn to knit a lovely scarf or fingerless mitts to wear, or share, this winter. Students will be using alpaca yarn harvested from a local farm to learn to knit. All supplies included in class fee.

Instructor: Maryanne Anthony

Class fee includes lunch in The Mary C Cafe)




Sewing Classes







Beaded Jewelry - Making Workshop

During this 4 - hour session, students will learn different techniques to design and create a variety of beautiful jewelry using crystals, glass beads, sterling silver charms, etc. Select your colors and designs from a huge selection of high quality beads, charms, and findings. You will learn how to attach the clasps for a professional finish and show off your one-of-a-kind pieces. 
We will use sturdy nylon-coated stainless steel wire. During the first two hours, we will be creating jewelry for the Mary C. O'Keefe Gift Shop. During the second part of the workshop, you will create a set of necklace and earrings to take home and wear. Swarovskis, Czech crystals, cultured pearls, and natural stones will be available for your designs. Jewelry supplies include sterling silver charms and spacers. All supplies and tools are provided and included in the fee. Lunch is included in this workshop.

Instructor: Shirley Cahela
Date and Time: Tuesdays, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Class Fee: Member Fee $35; Non-Member Fee $45 per session

(Class fee includes lunch in The Mary C Cafe)


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Ocean Springs Figure Drawing Group

Figure drawing is a great way to stretch your artistic muscles, and we can all use a break this time of year! Come take some time for yourself with the Ocean Springs Figure Drawing Group to draw from a live model. There is no instructor, just a session organizer.

Class Organizer: Jessie Zenor

Age requirement: 21 years and older

Day and Time: Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dates: November 20, December 4, 11, and 18, and will resume after the new year on January 8

Fees: $15 per session (pre-registration requested)




Landscape Painting in Acrylics

Learn about acrylic painting from local artist Bruce Seabolt. Recognized for his beautiful coastal landscapes, his was was chosen recently for the cover of DeSoto Magazine. In this class you will learn how to paint skies, clouds, water, trees, sandbars, marshes and other landscape elements using representational realism. This class is for all levels of painters. Choose a landscape scene of your own or one can be provided. Please call the Mary C office for a list of supplies you will need to bring to class - 228-818-2878.

Instructor: Bruce Seabolt

Class Fees: $130 for Member Fee; $150 for Non-Member Fee (Fee includes lunch in the Mary C Cafe)






Beginning Drawing

Learn to draw what you see! Improve your paintings by beginning with accurate drawings. Learn skills that build talent! Veteran art teacher, Dave Jones, is back with his fun and comprehensive five session drawing course. This individually paced course is for absolute beginners, as well as experienced artists. It provides the eye training and teaches the manual skills that lead to better paintings and drawings. Dave Jones is an accomplished artist and teacher, as well as a jazz saxophonist. His web site is www.davidjonesgallery.com. 





Painting Studio 

Veteran Mary C art teacher, Dave Jones, is back. He is teaching this fun and comprehensive acrylic painting studio, for both beginners and advanced students. Learn color theory, paint mixing, composition, and a wide variety of acrylic painting techniques. Get one on one coaching  that leads to visible improvement in your work, whether you are an absolute beginner, or an advanced painter. Learn the skills that develop talent and produce paintings you like! You will complete at least two finished paintings during the five sessions. Build a top notch tool and supply kit using a provided online shopping cart (cost is about $100 in addition to tuition), or use supplies you already have. Dave Jones is an accomplished artist and teacher, as well as a jazz saxophonist. His web site is www.davidjonesgallery.com. 

Instructor: Dave Jones

Visit http://www.davidjonesgallery.com/acrylicsupplylist.html or http://www.dickblick.com/lists/blicku/JRRJ4FGEEJOU4/items/ for a supply list for this class.


Intro to Digital Photography with your SLR Camera

This class is for SLR cameras only (you can remove and replace the lens). Do you look at your photos and wonder “what was this shot about?” Ashley Rodriguez, our fun and informative instructor will help you get ready to take that “perfect shot” of that important moment. Ashley will teach class participants how their camera works including aperture, shutter speed, white balance and many other functions. Learn all about the different menu options that your camera has and how to put them to proper use. Participants will also learn the basics in digital photography using general composition techniques.

Instructor: Ashley Rodriguez



Youth Art Programs
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Kids Need More Art in Stuart welcomes you!

Art Exploration for Kids

Students will explore a range of media and learn to use them in instructor guided projects. Painting, print making, pastels and collage projects are included in this fun and inspirational class for kids. All supplies and materials are provided.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo
Dates: Monthly
Youth Member Fee: $78.75 per student per month

Grades 1 - 6

Dates: January Session: January 6, 13, 20, 27

Day & Time: Tuesdays, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Grades 1 - 6

Dates: January Session: January 7, 14, 21, 28

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Grades 1- 6

Dates: January Session: January 8, 15, 22, 29

Day & Time: Thursdays, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm







Stained Glass
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Stained Glass Classes

Come and learn the basics of glass cutting and stained glass window construction in this five part introduction to stained glass fabrication class. Each student will learn how to cut basic shapes out of glass, soldering techniques and window assembly while creating their own piece.




Music and Performing Arts
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Beginner's Private Voice Lessons

Learn the fundamentals of voice including posture, proper breathing techniques while learning to fine tune your vocal instrument. Whether for a young child just learning to sing or an adult wanting to try something new, these one-on-one classes will get you started and help you improve your singing voice.

Advanced Private Voice Lessons

Come study voice with one of the top vocal educators in Mississippi. Whether you are getting ready for auditions or just want to improve your singing voice these classes will help you reach your goal. These lessons are for the true vocal academic. Learn everything you need to know from pitch, diction, posture, audition tips and attitude in these one-on-one 30 minute classes.

Dates: Monthly
Days & Times: Call the Mary C to schedule lessons


Private Guitar / Bass Lessons

Bring your guitar / bass and learn to play with one of our experienced instructors. Whether you are just starting to learn or need to improve your skills, our instructors will get you to your goal.

Age Requirement: Ages 6 and up

Dates: Monthly
Days & Times: Call the Mary C to schedule lessons



Song Writing Club

Are you inspired by the Mississippi Songwriters Festival? Have you ever been interested in writing your own songs? Join us for the first song writing class at The Mary C where you will learn about different genres of music through the history of several Mississippi songwriters. Students will also learn tips for song writing, including writing on demand and co-writing. Guest speakers and performances can be expected, as well as a group song writing project at the end of the session.






Jazz Improv

Join veteran jazz saxophonist Dave Jones for this weekly class / jam session to learn how to improvise and practice jazz tunes, in a comfortable group setting. Students will listen to and play along with recordings of jazz rhythm sections playing the chord progressions from the vast jazz standards repertoire. These recordings cover all jazz styles - Swing, Latin, Dixieland, Gypsy Jazz, BeBop - and will be used to learn the melodies and how to improvise on the chords used in those tunes. Students will learn to work in a jazz band setting, listening and responding to each other's improvisation, and composing on the spot arrangements. 

Age Requirement: 16 years and older, 
You must have at least 1 year of lessons on your instrument
Instructor: Dave Jones

Member Fee: $100
Non-Member Fee: $120