Art Education



Art Class with Bridget Hanley

Aug. 17 AND 19 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Brick City Center for the Arts (The Brick)

$60 MCA Members | $65 Non Members



In honor of our August Exhibit: CREATURE FEATURE, MCA invites you to join us for our next art workshop #atTheBrick!
PAINT YOUR PET: An Acrylic Pouring and Embellishing 2-Day Workshop! Come CREATE with us August 17 & 19 (2-days apart) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Brick Gallery in gorgeous downtown Ocala (23 SW Broadway Street).
MCA Members: $60
Non Members: $65
ALL materials included for both days!
Limited spots available – REGISTER TODAY AT THE LINK PROVIDED:…/32797-creature…
In this 2-day workshop, students will explore the super fun pour painting technique and create surprise random patters with flow acrylic on canvas. Bring a few printed photos of your pet or favorite animal for reference. Learn brush techniques for fur, hair and how underpainting can create real effects. There is instruction about eyes, ears, and different shapes of noses, and perspective.
Class#1 Students will pour two canvases using two different techniques. Color theory, composition and design will be discussed also.
Class#2 Students will embellish their paintings with an animal of their choice. Printed reference photos are encouraged to bring to class. All students will be in a drawing for a free framing of their work.
All materials will be provided! This is a messy class, so make sure to wear your “play” clothes. We will also have aprons available. All students will be entered in a drawing by the instructor to win a free framing of their work.
BYOB! Students 21+ can bring their own beer, wine and snacks. Grab a bottle of wine from Stella’s Modern Pantry or The Keep Downtown right across the street and make it a “Paint & Pour” class (wink, wink)!
About the Artist: Bridget Hanley
Recently transplanted to Florida from Pennsylvania, Bridget, and her husband Jim, left the cold winters and retired from their horse farm to live on a beautiful lake in Dunnellon. Bridget now could dedicate herself to art and re establish her picture framing business. Bridget has always been extremely creative, and mostly self taught. She had a niche for pen and ink animal portraits for years and has drawn over 200 portraits of dogs, cats and horses–even a parrot! While she loves watercolors and mixed media, 2020 gave her time to explore new mediums and acrylic pour painting is her latest passion. She developed a unique style which she calls “fusion” between slightly abstract and realism. Her Paint Your Pet Portrait and landscape classes are very popular, and allows her to enjoy her other passion–teaching. She teaches painting and calligraphy at her studio and also Rainbow Springs Art in Dunnellon. See some of Bridget’s work at
Questions? Contact MCA at 352-369-1500 or email [email protected]

Second Saturday Art Studio

Monthly Creative Workshop

Every Second Saturday of the Month | Noon – 3 p.m.

Brick City Center for the Arts (The Brick)

FREE admission. Donations appreciated.


Welcome to Second Saturday Art Studio at The Brick! Join us for a monthly workshop of arts & crafts making and fun play at Brick City Center for the Arts, home of MCA, from 12pm to 3pm on the first Saturday of each month.
Designed for all ages, Second Saturday Art Studio (SSAS) is a monthly open art studio / workshop where artists of all levels and ages are invited to CREATE while enjoying a serene studio session in our gorgeous gallery located in the heart of downtown Ocala. Inspired by #352Creates, a local movement which promotes the idea that creativity connects us and can engage / promote healthy communities.
We will have monthly art activities set up to help guide emerging artists create their very own masterpiece. Professional artists are invited to use our gallery as studio space to CONVENE and CREATE amongst other creatives. Our lovely adjacent courtyard will also be available for plein-air sessions. BYOS: bring your own (art) supplies! Post your creations on social media and #352Creates to be featured!
Saturday, March 13: Monochromatic Art Making!
Saturday, April 10: Paint Like Van Gogh!
Saturday, May 8: Art Trading Cards
Saturday, June 12: TBA
Saturday, July 10: TBA
FREE for MCA members & guests! Includes art activity, art supplies, and complimentary coffee & water. Professional artists are encouraged to bring their own set-up and materials of preference. Space is limited with social distancing in place. Masks required inside the gallery. This series is rain or shine, so come and make ART with us! #mca4art #atTheBrick #SupportLocalArt
Questions? Contact MCA at 352-369-1500 or email [email protected]

CREATE at The Brick:

Jewelry Making!

Third Saturday of the Month | 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Excluding July)

Brick City Center for the Arts (The Brick)



COLD-CONNECTED JEWELRY MAKING SERIES, with Denny Machette Pizarro at The Brick Gallery!
In this monthly workshop series, students will explore a variety of methods that can be used to join layers of metals, stones, glass or other found objects together. Cold-Connections refers to mechanical ways to attach two metals, etc. together without using a torch or solder. Learn how to use metal tabs to hold a stone, or other object to create a pendant, earrings, rings, and more all while exploring the use of wires or tubes to rivet objects together!
Try your hand at using a jeweler’s saw to cut out metal designs, learn the proper use of files and sandpaper to smooth rough edges. Drilling holes, doming and texturizing, as well as riveting. This class is open to novices or returning students.
Think of this as an introduction to many different techniques that can be used to make jewelry. The only thing missing is the torch! Not all skills will be taught; however, demonstrations of techniques will be given and students will have time to practice their new skills as they create a pendant and earrings.
Bring a sketch pad, fine point sharpie and lots of ideas for inspiration. A variety of tools will be available for students’ use. Metals will include copper as well as stones, glass and beads. If you have a special stone or shell you’d like to include in a piece of jewelry, bring it along. Bronze and silver can be purchased for an additional fee through the instructor. For Safety Purposes: Please wear closed-toe shoes and have hair tied back. Masks and social distancing is required while inside the gallery.
Bring your imagination and be prepared to be amazed at what you can make.


Read more about our instructor at
Questions? Contact MCA at 352-369-1500 or email [email protected]