Next Step Beginning & Intermediate Oils

CLASS ID: 1Y218
Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, January 17 – 31, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

CLASS ID: 2Y214
Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, February 14-28, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Julie Dobson Miner
If you have taken the First Step Beginning Oils class or have painted in oils before this class is for you. This ongoing class will take you through the entire process from concept to completion of a painting. Julie will gently help you first paint what you see and eventually will let you work independently. Most classes will begin with a demo, small discussion/lecture or sharing to increase your knowledge of all the aspects of art including drawing, value, color, planning for success and how to move beyond your reference /not be restricted by it.

The instructor will use traditional oil paints, however, students can also use water mixable oils or acrylics. Julie promotes learning to mix colors by use of a suggested limited palette (warm and cool primaries) as well as limited use of solvents and safe handling practices. Beginner student projects will be offered and eventually progress to help you find your own artistic voice. Julie has a wealth of knowledge to share, and continuing students will keep growing in their knowledge and skill level.

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Studio Landscape Painting with Mike Rada

CLASS ID: 1Y215
Date/Time: 5 Thursdays, January 17 – February 14, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

CLASS ID: 2Y291
Date/Time: 5 Wednesdays, February 21 – March 21, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mike Rada
Whether you are just getting started or have painted for many years, this class has much to offer. You will work from your own studies, sketches, drawings, or photos and will learn what it takes to create a successful painting from start to finish. Mike will show examples of his work and give demos, short lectures, and lots of positive encouragement while you work on your own projects and style. The information provided applies to all mediums, so you may work in oils, acrylics, or pastels. Class is limited to 10 students. Students cannot miss the first day of class, as Mike will be giving important lectures and demos. No supplies are needed the first day of class, except paper and pen to take notes.

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Walker Art Center Gallery Tour

CLASS ID: 1Y103
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 23, 11:15 AM – 2:30 PM
Lunch: 11:15 AM -12:30 PM
Tour: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Walker Art Center staff
Join us for a private guided tour of the Walker Art Center! Learn more about current exhibitions including the politically charged I am you, you are too permanent collection show, conceptual Mexican artist Mario García Torres’ Illusion Brought Me Here, and immersive moving image works by Elizabeth Price and rotating Platforms exhibition.

Meet at Rudy’s Redeye Grill in the White Bear Country Inn (on Highway 61 across from WBCA) for lunch from 11:15 AM 12:30 PM. Guests will pay for their own lunch. We will then board a bus leaving at 12:30 PM for the museum in Minneapolis, MN. The tour is from 1:00-2:00 PM, there will be 30 minutes of free time and the bus will depart at 2:30 PM. Please bring a tip for the driver. Visit walkerart.org to learn more about Walker Art Center.

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Artist Talk: Smashing the Invisible

CLASS ID: 2Y102
Date/Time: Saturday, February 2, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Mary Simon-Casati & Dr. Liliya L.R. Williams
Mary Simon-Casati, Artist, and Dr. Liliya Williams, Astrophysicist, will talk about the intersection of art and physics. Both scientist and artist ask how we know the world? We are investigators. What exactly is color, shape, space, volume, and light? These are the means by which physicists artists have long flirted with the limits of representation. Join us as we  examine these concepts in a conversation led by Bethany Whitehead, Program and Communications Director at MRAC.

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Your Artist Creativity Path

CLASS ID: 12Y104
Date/Time: 5 Saturdays, December 15, January 5, 12, 26 & February 2, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Debra Dresler, Certified Facilitator—Finding your Creative Journey with Uber Bliss
Learn to discover, nurture, support, define and enhance your creative self by joining in this journey with others. We will work together as creatives to discover our passions, truths, purpose, blocks, curiosities, fears, beliefs and goals. Through journals, artist dates, detective work exercises, dream visioning, mindfulness, and audacious FUN, we will meet and travel this creative path together. No matter if you are a curious newbie, already started, or a continuing creative, this class is for you. I just ask that you bring your sense of wonder. Please be aware that some introspection, reading and worksheets will be done outside of class. This is not a lecture series. Much like making art, you just have to do the work, but it will be fun and supportive. We are all in the same tribe, whether it be visual arts, music, floristry or cake-making. Creativity is in everything and everyone.

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Studio Coffee

CLASS ID: 12Y103
Date/Time: 9 Fridays, December 21 – February 22, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
*No class December 28

Neil Johnston
We will gather over coffee to discuss all topics related to art making – studio practice, marketing, philosophy, culture, materials, ideation, process, events, etc. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary – we have artists, designers, writers, non-artist art enthusiasts, beginners, professionals, musicians, dancers… Just stop in and let the conversation carry you!

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Open Studio: Artist to Artist

CLASS ID: 12Y201
Date/Time: 9 Fridays, December 21 – February 22, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
*No Class December 28

No Instructor
Get to know other artists. Grow in knowledge, support, and community by creating together in any medium.  Artists work on their own projects with their 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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Bienvenue à la Conversation Française

CLASS ID: 12Y801
Date/Time: 6 Thursdays: December 6 & 20, January 3, 17, 31 & February 14, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Carolynn Johnson
Join us for open-ended conversation among friends. Whatever your proficiency, we’d love to see you. If you’ve always wanted to be more conversational with your French, here’s your opportunity. Bring a notebook if you wish to take notes.

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Photographic Technique & Critique

CLASS ID: 12Y503
Date/Time: 3 Tuesdays: December 11, January 8 & February 12, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Robert Cuerden & David Parker
This course will be an open discussion and critique of photographic skills and technology. Join Robert and David, along with an invited professional photographer, for a session of critique and review of their compositions. Time permitting, there will be an opportunity to do a photo walkabout at the art center and a critique of those images. Be prepared to complete assignments for following sessions. You are encouraged to bring a selection of up to 3 images (digital or prints), which will be reviewed by the instructors and class members in an open critique. Please email questions and/or requests to the instructors at rcuerden@mac.com and dave@davidaparker.com. Come to one class or all 3!

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Soar! Mixed Media Mentoring

CLASS ID: 1Y207
Date/Time: 4 Mondays, January 7 – 28, 9:30 AM – 11:45 AM

CLASS ID: 2Y206
Date/Time: 4 Mondays, February 4 – 25, 9:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Susan Hartzell Vannelli
This class is for those who would like to complete a piece of art, an unfinished painting, pastel, watercolor, drawing, collage, or whatever! This instructor will mentor and help you with a new way of seeing your creative abilities, get you started on a new piece of work, and inspire you to press on and work in a series. Please bring supplies and a project. The instructor will have demonstrations each week for optional projects.

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