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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Seeing New: Writers Revision Workshop

3 Mondays, March 13-27, 6:00-8:00 PM
Tracy Maurer

Bring one piece of your current writing and discover new ways to see it. Learn tips and techniques for the revision process that can help you to look deeply into your work. Each session focuses on different topics: character and dialogue, setting and plot, story arc and theme. As a group, we’ll set friendly workshopping rules for participating and commenting (no critique). All writing levels are welcome; this class is best for writers with a fairly complete draft of a picture book, short story, or novel.

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Drawing the Charcoal Portrait

Saturday, March 25, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Suzann Beck

This course teaches a specific charcoal technique to complete a formal portrait. The first part of the course features a demonstration followed by at least 3 hours for hands-on student work 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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Caricature Woodcarving Workshop

Friday-Sunday, March 31-April 2, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Morris Anderson

This woodcarving class will be use rough-outs from various Caricature Carvers of America carvers like PJ Driscoll, Gerald Sears, Harold Enlow, Phil & Vicki Bishop, and Stu Martin. Instruction will be given in the areas of physical anatomy, proportion, and proper techniques used in caricature carving. The rough-outs will vary from realistic to western caricatures.

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Fold and Wrap

Tuesday, April 4, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Tressa Sularz

Create a vessel in a shape you would like. Students will experience working with rattan. First you’ll create a simple paper pattern which will set direction. The rattan is pre-woven, speeding up the process and allowing more time to create your design. After the template is made out of paper we will apply it to the rattan, make magical cuts, and fold into the desired shape, allowing each student to wrap intersecting angles forming a lovely vessel. A variety of beads are available to add to the areas being wrapped. Please register at least 1 week in advance for this class.

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Cut Paper Art: Papercutting for Beginners

Saturday, April 8, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Andrea Martin

If you have ever wanted to create beautiful designs out of paper, this class is for you! Papercutting is a unique art form practiced by artists all over the world and has evolved into a wide range of different cultural styles. In this class, you will learn to create basic designs, which will then be cut out of paper using only the simple tools of the papercutter – a pair of scissors and/or a craft knife. These designs will be applied to a variety of projects. Andrea will provide templates that you can use, or you can create your own designs. No previous papercutting or drawing experience needed.

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Drawing Pet Portraits in Pastel Pencil

Tuesday, April 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Suzann Beck
Learn the basics of creating fur effects in pastel pencil and create a “head and shoulders” portrait of your pet from one of your own photos. The workshop will feature a demonstration in the morning session with hands-on student work in the afternoon. Students will learn how to draw an initial sketch and transfer it to pastel paper, and how to build fur in a step-by-step process. Attention will be paid to drawing accuracy and rendering light effect. Painting and drawing experience suggested but not required. Class will break for an hour at noon, please bring a lunch.

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Concentrate On Color

Monday, April 24, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Bonnie Cutts

Discover the beauty of clean color mixing with acrylic paints. Learn the difference between mineral (inorganic) and modern pigments (produced in the lab), why some are naturally matte and opaque and result in mixtures with a lower chroma, and others are more transparent and mix to create rich saturated colors. Save yourself time and money by knowing which pigments will give you the mixtures you are looking for. Create small paintings exploring your color mixtures and notice the difference between matte and gloss medium mixtures. Have some fun with iridescent mixtures, and watch the interference paints flicker like a butterfly’s wings before your eyes. Open to all levels of painting experience.

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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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