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We’ll have a different workshop every Friday night this season. Make it a date, get together with a friend or come on your own and get to know someone new.

Experiences take place at Bell School Road Center, 3350 N. Bell School Road, Rockford, IL - Room 007 unless otherwise stated.
  • All Experiences begin at 6:30pm
  • Each Experience is just $32/person
  • Limited seating available - register early!
  • Experiences are for ages 15 and up
  • No refunds one week before each Experience

June 15: Crystals 101

Do you have crystals or special rocks tucked away in your home? Not quite sure what to do with them? We will cover the basics of crystals, rocks and stones, how to select them, how to clean and clear them, how to use them to change your energy, and much more! Feel free to bring your favorites and share with the class. Or, we have a selection of at the Center for purchase.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV
Instructor: Melissa Paluzzi
Location: Bodycraft Wellness & Massage Center, 461 N. Mulford Road, Rockford

Example of a black and white printmaking piece

June 22: Printmaking

Welcome scenes of summer with relief printmaking! Join in an evening of fun exploring your creative side with easy linocut. Whether it is flowers or trees, birds or bees, you will create a piece of art that is unique to you. Be prepared for the possibility of getting dirty, but having tons of fun in the process!

Course Code: FUN-800-RV2
Instructor: Jenn Dyer
Location: RVC Classroom Building I - Room 0220

Person working on a wood piece at a Lettering WorkshopJuly 13: Lettering Workshop

Join us for a hand lettering workshop with Jill~Marie Design! If you have ever wanted to improve your lettering, make your own artwork for your home, or just want a fun activity, this workshop is for you! During our time together we will be focusing on basic lettering tips and tricks, embellishments, and will end with creating your own artwork to take home! Perfect for a mother/daughter night out!

Course Code: FUN-800-RV3
Instructor: Jill-Marie
Location: Bell School Rd Center, 3500 Bell School Rd - Room 007

Examples of hand lettering
July 20: Hand Lettering-Envelopes

Snail mail senders unite! Do you love writing letters? Then this “Experience” is for you! Join us for a hand lettering workshop focusing on addressing your envelopes. Sophisticated and whimsical styles will be discussed and each participant will spend time practicing their new skills.

BRING: Your favorite writing instruments (pens, markers, etc.)

Course Code: FUN-800-RV4
Instructor: Jill-Marie
Location: Bell School Rd Center, 3500 Bell School Rd - Room 007

Alcohol Inks Art SampleJuly 27: Exploring Alcohol Inks

Learn to create a stunning floral painting using alcohol inks on tiles. Alcohol inks are so incredible to work with and the fluidity of the medium is perfect for those that want to learn to paint loosely and quickly to create one of a kind artwork. This new media has so many applications and using it on tiles creates one of a kind displays for your wall or on a desk. Come and explore what is possible with this creative new process!

Wear: Clothing appropriate for splatter and thin gloves for keeping your hands clean. Alcohol inks are harsh on the skin for those with sensitive skin.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV5
Instructor: Sally Roldan
Location: Bell School Road Center, 3350 N. Bell School Rd. - Room 007

Hand-Tied BouquetAugust 3: Hand-Tied Bouquet

Join Jordan Calgaro, floral designer from Event Floral to learn tips and techniques for creating a beautiful floral design. From selecting your flowers, processing and preparing them for a design, choosing the right containers and accessories and actually starting the design, learn how you can turn store bought flowers into a custom arrangement. We will work with fresh blooms to create a simple and seasonal hand-tied bouquet using techniques you can easily replicate at home.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV6
Instructor: Jordan Calgaro
Location: Bell School Road Center, 3350 N. Bell School Rd. - Room 007

Woman with cucumbers on her eyes and a face mask on
August 10: Beauty Experience

Join us for a night of relaxation with spa beauty treatments and pampering. You will experience multi-masking using a detoxing charcoal mask and moisturize rich mask, lip and hand treatments while enjoying fruit infused water and desserts. Products will be provided and you will be given a mask to continue the pampering experience at home.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV7
Instructor: Debbie Larson
Location: Bell School Road Center, 3350 N. Bell School Rd. - Room 007

Example of CCE Experience - Illustrating Your FaithAugust 17: Illustrating Your Faith

Whether you’re using a personal journal, your Bible or another faith-based text, art journaling is a fun, beautiful way to express your thoughts or reflect on important passages. Join us as we share our favorite tips, tricks and tools. Bring: Your own text and any tools you’d like to work with. We’ll have time to create together as a part of this workshop. Email for a list of Becca’s favorite art supplies and pick your favorites before class

Course Code: FUN-800-RV8
Instructor: Rebecca Jensen
Location: Bell School Road Center, 3350 N. Bell School Rd. - Room 007