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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Becoming a Better Painter in Oils or Acrylics

Friday, March 10 (new!), Wednesdays in March – May
Mary Jo Van Dell
You will quickly notice an improvement in your work with the instruction and ideas you receive in this workshop. You will be personally coached and encouraged to develop or better individual skill and style. Come with an open mind and blank canvas to refresh your passion for painting. Subject matter is up to you. Starting a new piece is preferable but you may also bring a piece in progress. This is the perfect workshop to bring that idea that’s been haunting you to life or to start that big canvas you’ve always wanted to do. A small canvas is fine too! Enthusiasm and some experience are required for this class.

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Introduction to Pastel Portraiture

Saturday, April 29, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Suzann Beck

Suzann’s approach to portraiture in soft pastels will teach you to build colorful portraits step by step. This forgiving technique will help you gradually build to a luminous finish. The workshop will also include tips on achieving drawing accuracy and light effect. The morning session will feature a demonstration with hands-on student work in the afternoon from a live model. Drawing experience suggested but not required. Class will break for an hour at noon, please bring a lunch. Model fee included.

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Painting the Alla Prima Rose

Tuesday, May 9, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Suzann Beck
Students will learn an alla prima process to paint a rose in oil in one session. The workshop will feature a demonstration followed by hands-on student work. Drawing experience suggested but not required. Class will break for an hour at noon, please bring a lunch.

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Gelli Plate Printing: Printing Without a Press

Saturday, May 13, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Bonnie Cutts

Explore making monoprints and collage materials using Golden OPEN acrylics with a Gelli Plate and QoR watercolors on a Dura-Lar printing plate. In this fast paced and fun class you will work in multiples and see what fun it can be to build and print your images quickly. Roll out paint, stencil a pattern, lay down shapes, and create images layer upon layer as the day goes by. You will work on prints on printmaking paper as well as create collage materials. We will work quickly and make several prints without the use of a press. Open to all levels of creative experience and anyone ready to dive in and have some fun!

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How to Draw Faces

Tuesday, May 23, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Suzann Beck

This workshop for beginning as well as advanced artists will emphasize placing and drawing the features of the face accurately. You’ll learn to analyze light and shadow, create a light effect, how to map the features of the face, and how to avoid common errors in portrait drawing. The class will consist of demos covering the principles of drawing a face and hands-on experience drawing from sculptor’s casts and a live model. Drawing experience suggested but not required. Class will break for an hour at noon, please bring a lunch. Model fee included.

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Painting Birds with Lots of Texture!

Tuesday-Thursday, August 15-17, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Karen Knutson

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!

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