Hmong Filmmaker Series

Saturdays in February – April, 4:00-7:00 PM
Steve Y. Thao, Executive Director of CHAT

WBCA is excited to partner with the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) to present this series of films by Hmong filmmakers, made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. These evenings will include appetizers prior to each film and a discussion afterwards. All films are in Hmong, two with English subtitles (see below).

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Private Technology Instruction Session

Pick a date!
Elise d’Entremont

Bring your own laptop, netbook, tablets or iPad for a private, customized instruction session one-on-one with a very knowledgeable and patient technology instructor. No geek talk, just straight, everyday language to help you succeed with your technology, software, and business-related technology needs. Here are only a few of the many software programs (PC or Mac) Elise can help you with: QuickBooks, Quicken, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, PhotoShop, Photoshop Elements, Google Drive/Docs/Slides/Sheets/Forms/Calendar, Skype, Creating Websites, Photo Editing, Social Media, Cloud storage, keyboarding (typing), or computer basics. Please inquire for any other software help.

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Clay Open Studio

Wednesday mornings, Saturday mornings, or Tuesday afternoons in March – May
No Instructor

Need more studio time? This class is open to anyone who is enrolled in other clay classes and wants more work time. It is also open to those with clay experience who want to work independently. A WBCA clay instructor will be available to answer your questions and to help with specific needs. Bring your tools for another fun clay day! Materials are included.

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Open Studio: Artist to Artist

13 Fridays, March 3-May 26, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM
7 Thursdays, March 2-April 20, 6:00-8:30 PM
No Instructor

Get to know other artists. Grow in knowledge, support, and community by creating together in any medium. Work on your own project with your own supplies. No instruction will be provided; this is an opportunity for open studio with like-minded artists. Bringing snacks is encouraged. Registration is required to attend this class.

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Real Life Oil Painting

Thursday mornings (new!) or evenings in March – May
Christopher Copeland

In an art school tradition, we simply study and paint what is real. More than copying, we learn to make decisions regarding composition, drawing, color, values and edge work. This course will run throughout the fall and winter months. “Perseverance, Patience, and Practice” is our motto. Come join us!

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Pottery Wheel for All Skill Levels

Thursday evenings in March – May
Adama Sow

Senegalese teaching artist Adama Sow will teach beginning potters how to control the wheel, and show advanced students how to make a better pot. Demonstrations will cover basic wheel throwing techniques. No clay experience is necessary. Advanced students are welcome. Materials are included.

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Beginning/Intermediate Clay

Monday afternoons or evenings in March – May
Brittany Trushin

Explore basic hand building and wheel-throwing skills with this beginner/ intermediate course. Focus on learning to make different shapes using the wheel or hand-building skills like pinching, coiling, and slab building. Use your shapes to create utilitarian pottery or sculptural forms. Bring your ideas for specific forms you’d like to learn to make. Class will offer demonstrations and individualized instruction. No clay experience necessary. Materials are included.

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Acrylic Painting Explorations

Monday evenings in March & May
Doug Garder

Acrylics are versatile, and you can make them behave like oil paints! Learn how to use gloss and gel mediums to enliven and propel the acrylics into thick and thin layers across the surface of your painting support, whether it be a canvas or on paper. The nice thing is that you can’t make a mistake, because acrylics dry so fast and you can repaint your surface quickly. A variety of subjects, including landscapes, portraits, still-life, and non-objective approaches can be explored. As far as color choices go, you can juxtapose warm against cool, intense and achromatic, and learn how to mix your complements to achieve a wide range of hues, just like the Impressionists did in the 1800’s!

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The Path of Wood Firing: Workshop

7 Tuesdays, March 7- April 18, 6:30-9:00 PM at WBCA,
Thursday-Sunday, April 20-23 loading and firing kiln in St. Joseph,
Sunday, April 30 unloading kiln in St. Joseph
JD Jorgenson

Experience an extensive wood firing workshop, which includes discussions and considerations for firing wood kilns. Topics to be covered range from glazing and loading to the interactions between fire and form. Teaching artist JD Jorgenson will discuss different styles of wood kilns, wood-fire philosophy, and clay bodies and glazes appropriate for wood firing. White Bear Center for the Arts is excited to continue the partnership with JD Jorgenson and his studio to wood fire in St. Joseph, MN, about an hour and half northwest of White Bear Lake. Students will meet 7 times at White Bear Center for the Arts for discussions and open studio time. Later, they will meet in St. Joseph for 3-4 days to load and fire one of the wood burning kilns to temperatures between cone 6 and cone 10. We will meet one final time to unload the kiln. This workshop is designed for intermediate through advanced handbuilders and wheel-throwers. No wood firing experience necessary. Materials are included. All participants should be onsite for the whole firing process.

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Tuesday Evening Clay

Tuesday evenings in March-May (new dates added!)
Zac Spates

Come explore the endless possibilities in clay! Although this course is self-guided, each class will start with a short demonstration or show-and-tell followed by time to work on individual projects: throwing techniques, hand-building, surface decoration and form resolution, etc. Zac will work with students one-on-one to discuss projects and troubleshoot conceptual and construction issues. Over the course of the quarter, you will build your ceramics vocabulary and develop work that is unique to you. All levels are welcome. Materials are included.

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