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.
7 Tuesdays & 7 Thursdays, June 20-August 8, 3:30-6:00 PM
Tuesday, June 27, 1:00-4:00 PM
Melanie Ebertz, founder of ArtAndes, a textile and travel business focused in the Andean region of Peru, has been working closely with a Quechua weaving community since the mid-eighties. Their work will be on display in WBCA’s Ford Family Gallery from June 19-29. On June 27, stop by anytime from 1:00-4:00 PM for a weaving demonstration as well as a colorful slide show of Peruvian culture & art to give you a better understanding of Peru’s cultural richness and biodiversity through the heights of the Andes and the depth of the Quechua Indigenous people.
Tuesday, July 18, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
Thursday, August 10, 6:30-8:30 PM
Inner Gold: Tressa Sularz is a solo exhibition of fiber art at White Bear Center for the Arts. On Tuesday, July 18, from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM, Tressa will demonstrate her unique twining techniques in the gallery with an informal discussion about her work. On Thursday, August 10, from 7:00-8:30 PM, Tressa will talk about her work, and there will be a screening of a short film about the artist and her artwork by Mike Hazard. To learn more about Tressa and to view her work, visit www.mnartists.org/tressasularz.
Tuesday-Thursday, August 15-17, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Back for her third summer workshop at WBCA, Karen Knutson loves to introduce students to fun techniques and stretch their imagination into making their paintings semi-abstract. In this workshop we will be making our own stencils using a glue gun. Then we will paint illusionary birds and have fun with color exploration. Another day, we will pour water on a charcoal surface and then incorporating a bird of your choice onto the charcoal surface. Karen will be demonstrating a cardinal, but you can pick your own subject. Collage will be incorporated into an abstract design on the third day, and again, birds will be the subject of this painting, but just the outside shape of the bird. No drawing necessary for this workshop. Get ready to learn so many new textural tricks! Fun to incorporate into any subject for future paintings!
Tuesday-Thursday, August 15-17, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
In this Watermedia/Mixed Media workshop, we will explore how to translate your emotions and channel that energy into your work. Some of the instruction will be based on various concepts of “Expressive Drawing”–how that can translate to your beginning point, or into your finished artwork. We will explore the expressive nature of line, shape, color, and texture and how you might use them to communicate your message to your viewers and collectors through your finished artwork. All experience levels are welcome, but come prepared to really stretch your artistic vision in an attempt to move beyond your current thinking.
Tuesday-Thursday, August 22-24, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Explore painting outside and capture the beauty of August in Minnesota. Instructor demonstrations will be in pastels, but feel free to join the class and explore plein air (outdoor) painting in whatever medium you feel comfortable with. The basics of outdoor painting will be discussed throughout the workshop, as well as topics including choosing your subject, design and compositional considerations, the importance of accurate drawing, painting fundamentals, and more. Delve into the effective application of color, value, intensity, and temperature. This will be a gentle introduction to the joys of the plein air experience and will include time inside the studio as well as outdoors, weather allowing. Instructor demonstrations, personal assistance, and group critiques will give us a chance to learn as we explore plein air painting in a fun and supportive environment. Visit lisastauffer.com to view examples of Lisa’s work.
Wednesday-Friday, September 20-22, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
This is the perfect technique for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering, or sitting in a café. Students will learn to capture what they think they see in 25 minutes or less using a water soluble pen, a 4 x 6 inch pad of paper, and a small paint set. This class is ideal for the timid beginner to learn to paint fearlessly in public, and for the advanced artist who wants minimal equipment, total portability, speed, no interruptions, and no clean-up. To quote a former student at Canyon Ranch, “You just changed my life: I can do this!” $40 material fee covers paint set, paper, water soluble pen, and water container. Please sign up at least 2 weeks in advance for this class.
Monday-Wednesday, September 25-27, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Collage is an ancient art enjoying resurgence in the fine art arena. Join Shirley for an adventure into the limitless expression possible using mixed media as your base. This opportunity for creative work is non-intimidating and expansive for all levels of artists. The workshop focuses on making and using various handmade papers with a variety of materials, mixed media, and acrylic paints. Each session (morning and afternoon) will be on different collage methods and techniques. The instructor will give step by step demonstrations with guidance on combinations for maximum impact in your collage. Individual help and critique is a part of each class. To accommodate travel plans, please register for this class at least 3 weeks in advance.
Saturday, October 7, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
David S. Cargo
Join award-winning baker David S. Cargo to learn how to build a portable stacked-brick oven. The oven is built from stacked bricks that are not mortared together and can be moved after the oven is built. Learn how to build a small oven by yourself and go from bare ground to cooking pizza in about 4 hours. Class discussion covers some of the differences between these portable brick ovens and more familiar designs such as Alan Scott ovens, Forno Bravo Pompeii ovens, and cob ovens such as those made popular by Kiko Denzer. The class covers siting the oven, preparing the ground for the oven, and then the practical techniques for construction. Everyone will get a handout with plans for three different sizes of ovens, their bills of materials, and recipes for use with the oven. The oven is built to demonstrate the techniques used, and the plans that show how the ovens go together will be read. While the fire is heating the oven up, David demonstrates how to make dough for pizza, bread, naan, and pita bread. Later in the afternoon, the dough is formed into the proper shapes for baking, and some dough is formed for a loaf of bread. Finally, the pita bread, naan, and pizzas are baked (and eaten) and then the loaf of bread goes into the oven.