Ed & Fine Arts

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Immersing yourself or a child in the arts and in educational programming is a great way to lead a more fulfilling and enriching life. Whether it’s learning to play an instrument or read music, or taking a shot at singing, dancing, or acting, there is a place to develop your talent and pursue your dreams here at The Kroc Center.

If the fine arts are more for you, classes in sculpting, drawing and painting are also available for you to create your masterpiece. Our state-of-the-art performance and studio spaces allow artists to hone their skills and showcase their work.

Jonathon Weller

Education & Fine Arts Specialist | 217-231-5641

Jonathon Weller is a professional singer who has extensive experience in performing a wide variety of music. He will meet you where you’re at now and help you grow. Contact him today to find the time and day that works the best with your schedule.

Want to teach a class? Would you like to suggest a class to be offered? Please let us know!

Benefits of Private Music Lessons

• Provide instruction that meets the specific learning style of each student

• With a private instructor, a student learns the fundamentals of playing much more quickly

• Students will discover what new music to explore and what goals to pursue

• Siblings (or friends!) can have fun together while enhancing their music skills

How to Register

Work with the Education & Fine Arts Specialist Jonathon Weller to find the time and day that works the best with your schedule. Contact him at at 217-231-5641 or at Jonathon.Weller@USC.SalvationArmy.org

Instrumental Music Lessons

GUITAR, VOICE, UKULELE, PIANO, BRASS, WOODWIND, & PERCUSSION

Private and group music lessons are available for all levels. No matter if you are a beginner or advanced, we can help you reach your next level! Pricing is for six (30-minute) lessons.

Voice Lessons

Private voice lessons are a great way for singers of all ages and abilities to improve their singing. Education and Fine Arts Specialist and Voice Lessons Instructor Jonathon Weller is a professional singer who has extensive experience in performing a wide variety of music and will meet you where you’re at now and help you grow. Beginners (10+) through adults and budding professionals will work on good vocal technique, music reading & theory, and solo repertoire.

Choose from virtual, in-person private, or group voice lessons!

Music Classes

Group Ukulele – Returning Fall 2022

$25 Gold | $27 Silver | $35 Non Member

Have you ever wanted to try learning a new instrument? Even if you’ve never touched an instrument before, the Ukulele is a great way to start learning – no matter what age you are! We’ll meet once a week during the day to explore this fun and easy-to-learn instrument. Instruments and music will be provided, but if you have your own ukulele, feel free to bring it along. Open to ages 14+.

Great Class for Seniors!

Spaces are limited. Call 217-222-5762 to register.

Teen & Youth Music Classes

Mondays 5–6pm through May 16 – Returning Fall 2022

Ages 7+ meet 4–5pm

Ages 12-18 meet 3–3:45pm

Learn how to play a brass instrument, piano, or ukulele with other musicians your age who are just starting out! These FREE CLASSES are great way to start learning to play an instrument!

Please Contact Jonathon at 217-231-5641 or at Jonathon.Weller@USC.SalvationArmy.org for more info.

Fine Arts Classes

Artists of all abilities are invited to join us for joint classes brought to you by The Kroc Center and The District Art Gallery! At the end of these classes, you will have beautiful pieces of art at a cost less than you would pay to take the class at The Art Gallery itself. Snacks to eat during class welcome. Non alcoholic drinks also welcome.

Paint Pouring

$23 Gold | $25 Silver | $30 Non Member (Prices are per night)

Join us for a fun and easy night of art Instead Instead of using traditional paint brushes, we’ll pour paint directly onto the canvas to create beautiful works of art. Fun for artists of all ages and a great family night activity! Ages 14 + or 8+ with accompanying adult.

Friday, July 22 | 6-8pm

Spaces are limited. Call 217-222-5762 to register.

Arty Party Paint Night

$27 Gold | $30 Silver | $35 Non Member (Prices are per night)

Create a step-by-step painting on a canvas using acrylic paint and different brush techniques. Artists of all abilities are welcome! Ages 14 +

Friday, July 1 | 6-8pm

Spaces are limited. Call 217-222-5762 to register.

Jewelry Making

$23 Gold | $25 Silver | $30 Non Member (Prices are per night)

Kevin Hoing will guide you through the steps to create beautiful jewelry for you, or that someone special, to wear! All supplies will be provided. Ages 14 +

Friday, June 17 | 6-8pm

Friday, August 19 | 6-8pm

Spaces are limited. Call 217-222-5762 to register.

Hand Lettering

Hand Lettering Basics Class

Tuesdays, June 14-July 26 | 6:30-8pm

$37 Gold | $40 Silver | $45 Non Member -Fee includes sketch book and pens

Learn about this art form with talented local artist, Leah Hanlin. In this 6-week class, Leah will teach you the basic skills and then work alongside you as you hone your abilities! Cost for this class may seem higher than other classes, but it includes brush pens and sketchbook for you to take home with you! No class July 5.

Ages 14+ or ages 10+ with accompanying adult.

Spaces are limited. Call 217-222-5762 to register!

Hand Lettering Workshop

$25 Gold | $27 Silver | $35 Non Member

Saturday, August 6 | 1:30-4pm

During this one-day class, you’ll work with Leah to create a beautiful hand lettering project! All the supplies will be provided and you’ll have something to take home by the end of our class! *Ages 10+ with accompanying adult.

Ages 14+ or ages 10+ with accompanying adult.

Spaces are limited. Call 217-222-5762 to register!

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