Enjoy Hands-on Art Experiences in Pontiac

Enjoy Hands-on Art Experiences in Pontiac

The Pontiac Creative Arts Center invites artists, young and not so young, to enjoy a hands-on art experience this winter. Participants may be at level with their art skills. Offered this time are dance & movement classes, ceramics, woodturning, and photography. Open to members and non-members – save a few dollars on the class by becoming a member and supporting the arts.

Dance and Movement

Pontiac Creative Art Center

Pontiac Creative Art Center

Children will enjoy the creative movement and tumbling classes – a sort of pre-dance class – ages 7 and older may prefer the tap, ballet & modern dance class being offered. Dance and movement classes begin January 16 and run eight weeks.

Playing with Clay

Ceramics with Ilham is for ages 6 and older and runs Saturday mornings. Explore the ancient art of building with clay. Students will learn the various techniques of hand building, such as coil, slab, and pinch-pot. There will also be an opportunity to throw clay on the potter’s wheel. After building their projects, students will learn the art of adding color through the process of glazing.

Ceramics with Michael is for ages 18 and older and runs Thursday evenings. Students will create ceramic pieces of art with the techniques of wheel throwing using a pottery wheel. This class will focus on centering, pulling, and shaping the clay by making simple vases, bowls, and cups. Students will finish with adding color by glazing their work. Both ceramics classes run for 10 weeks.


Learn the joy of turning wood into beautiful and functional pieces of art in this beginner’s class. With an emphasis on safety and wood turning principles, students will learn how to use and maintain a lathe and sharpen tools. Students will explore basic wood turning exercises with simple projects to build their skills, progressing to the techniques that will help you to make bowls and small platters. For ages 18 and older, woodturning classes are held on Saturdays starting January 16 for six weeks.


A photography class is offered as well, begins April 2, and runs six weeks. Students will learn how to use the camera correctly and creatively to make better pictures. Class will be hands-on so bring a DSLR camera (no point and shoot cameras please). Fully charge the camera’s battery prior to each class. Students may bring and use a laptop or tablet to view images in class. The class will include a field trip; however, transportation will be the responsibility of the student.

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Harold Furlong, Founder of the PCAC

Harold Furlong, Founder of the PCAC

Pontiac Creative Arts Center

47 Williams Street
Pontiac, MI 48341



Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


The Pontiac Creative Arts Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization

The Arts Center was created through efforts of Dr. Harold Furlong, a World War I hero, holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and physician. He believed passionately that children deserved a place in their community where they could see, learn about and experience art.

Since 1965, the Arts Center has served the community in a variety of ways. Ongoing exhibits, classes, summer Confetti Camp, and various community events are held during the year. In addition, the Arts Center supports local schools by presenting workshops and performances and by sending artists in to the school to hold art classes.


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