Intergenerational Ceramics

Monday afternoons in June – August
Brittany Trushin

Explore basic hand building and wheel-throwing skills with this intergenerational beginner/intermediate course for adults, kids, and teens. 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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All Ages Clay Class

Friday afternoons in June – August
Adama Sow

This all-ages class with teaching artist Adama Sow is the perfect class for kids, teens, and adults, or for parents to take with their children! Demonstrations will cover basic wheel throwing, hand-building, sculpture, and glazing techniques as well as more advanced concepts upon request. Work at your own pace with both individualized and group instruction. No clay experience necessary; all levels are welcome. Materials are included.

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From Sketch to Print; Plein Air to Studio

3 Thursdays, June 15-29, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Robyn L. Smith

Class will meet at a Conservatory, Arboretum, or local garden (location TBA) for the first class to sketch the plants, birds, and insects directly from life. Allow the buzzing biosystem with the butterflies, the flowers, the bees, and the birds to inhabit your drawings. We will have a short introduction to block printing during the first class as well. For the second class, we will meet at WBCA and create a woodblock print from your sketches, which you will already have drawn directly onto the wood. In this class you will learn to carve your block and to prepare it for printing. For the third class, we will complete any unfinished carving at WBCA and then make several prints of your selected image.

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Drawing the Horse from Life

Saturday, June 17 OR June 24, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Robyn L. Smith

Draw the horse in motion and face-to-face on-site at Idylwood Equestrian Center. Start with loose sketches and work up to a fully-composed drawing. Emphasis will be placed on proportion, expressive line, value, and composition. Experience the excitement and energy of drawing the magnificent horse up close and personal.

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Hip Hop Dance Lessons

7 Tuesdays & 7 Thursdays, June 20-August 8, 3:30-6:00 PM
CHAT Artist Perry Lee
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) presents a summer of fun with their hip hop dance lessons. Learn the newest and coolest moves from one of the Twin Cities premier arts organizations. A six week program that meets twice a week Tuesday and Thursdays that will keep you in shape jamming to some great music and have an opportunity to perform your dance routine on stage. This youth oriented class is for students ages 14-18.

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Whimsical Birds on a Wire

Thursday, June 29, 1:00-3:00 PM (new!)
Sylvia Benson

Using acrylic paint on canvas, draw and paint fanciful birds. Don’t worry about exact shapes, the more “out there”, the better. No experience necessary. This class will be tons of fun for everyone, even if you’ve never painted before!

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I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More

Friday, July 14, 10:00-11:30 AM
Erika Arndt

These preschool classes are designed for children and their grown-ups to explore and create together in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Each month features a different children’s book. We will make art inspired by the story and have fun with music and movement. Ah, yes, this kid really gets into his painting in a story song by Karen Beaumont. You’ll get messy too, as we take this project outdoors and drip, splatter, and drop paint onto your paper.

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Make a One-of-a-Kind T-Shirt with Bengala Mud Dyes!

Tuesday, August 22, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Chiaki O’Brien

Bengala dyes are natural Japanese dyes made from soil, which are environmentally safe and fun to use. Come learn how these unique dyes are made while you dye your own T-shirt! Play with your shirt by knotting, folding, tie-dyeing… be creative and have fun! There will be 12 colors to choose from and some tools for everyone to play with. The dye contains natural rubber latex, so if you have a latex allergy, this is not a good class for you.

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