Woodfire Exploration

Loading & firing: Friday-Sunday, October 27-29
Unloading: Saturday, November 4, 4:00-7:00 PM
Zac Spates

Wood fire your pottery with Zac Spates at his beautiful, newly built pottery studio 25 minutes east of White Bear Lake in Hudson, Wisconsin. Class participants will learn how to load and fire Zac’s small anagama wood kiln. Participants can continue with their normally scheduled classes (or take Tuesday Evening Clay with Zac) to create the work to be fired. The class will meet two months before the firing to see the Zac’s kiln/studio and to discuss clay and glaze surfaces, wadding techniques, etc. in preparation for the firing. The loading and firing will happen over a Friday-Sunday weekend, and the kiln will be unloaded the following weekend. While it is not required to be onsite for the entire firing and unloading, participants are encouraged to help as much as they are able. No wood fire experience necessary.

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Tai Chi

CLASS ID: 9R08
Date/Time: 8 Thursdays: October 5 – November 30, 3:30-4:30 PM

Aimee Van Ostrand
Tai Chi is practiced by millions of people in the parks and squares of China. The practice of Tai Chi is a series of silent, fluid seamless slow-motion movements and studies show regular practice supports good health and longevity.  It improves circulation, balance, mental focus and sense of well-being. It is low impact and can easily be modified to be practiced by those with mobility issues. Aimee Van Ostrand is a Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Healing Within Acupuncture. No experience or equipment is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing.

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Bienvenue à la Conversation Française

CLASS ID: 5R29
Date/Time:  2 Thursdays:  November 2 & 16, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Carolynn Johnson
Join us for open-ended conversation amongst 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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Clay Open Studio

CLASS ID: 3R15
Date/Time: 12 Wednesdays: September 6 – November 29, 10:00AM – 12:30PM

CLASS ID: 3R26
Date/Time: 12 Saturdays: September 9 – December 2, 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Alexander Chinn
Need more studio time? This class is open to anyone who is enrolled in other clay classes and wants more work time. It is also open to those with clay experience who want to work independently. Alex will be available to answer your questions and to help with specific needs. Bring your tools for another fun clay day! Materials are included.

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Clay Studio for All Skill Levels

CLASS ID: 3R17
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays: October 5-26, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

CLASS ID: 3R18
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays: November 2-30, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Adama Sow
Senegalese teaching artist Adama Sow will assist potters with wheel throwing, hand-building, and glazing techniques. Demonstrations will cover hand-building and basic wheel-throwing 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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Pottery Wheel for All Skill Levels

CLASS ID: 3R24
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays: October 5-26, 6:30PM – 9:00PM

CLASS ID: 3R25
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays: November 2-30, 6:30PM – 9:00PM

Adama Sow
Senegalese teaching artist Adama Sow will teach beginning potters how to control the wheel, and show advanced students how to make a better pot. Demonstrations will cover basic wheel throwing techniques. No clay experience is necessary. Advanced students are welcome. Materials are included.

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All Ages Ceramics

CLASS ID: 7R08
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays: October 5-26, 4:00PM – 6:00PM

CLASS ID: 7R09
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays: November 2-30, 4:00PM – 6:00PM

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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Beginning Oils

CLASS ID: 2R78
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays: October 5 – 26, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

CLASS ID: 2R79
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays: November 2 – 30, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Julie Dobson Miner
This ongoing class will take you through the entire process from concept to completion of a painting. Julie gently helps you first paint what you see and eventually when you might let go. 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, and color. 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. Students can use supplies from the instructor for a fee or use the supply list.

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Intermediate to Advanced Watercolor

CLASS ID: 1R11 THIS CLASS IS FULL.
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays: October 5-26, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

CLASS ID: 1R12 THIS CLASS IS FULL.
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays: November 2-30, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

 This class is not available for online registration. To be added to the waitlist, please call the art center.

Frank Zeller
This class alternates between formal lessons and independent work. When appropriate, each lesson includes a handout describing the steps and colors needed to finish the work. Critiques are given every Thursday morning for completed works. Demonstrations are presented following the methods described in a handout, prior to independent work.

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Ballet Barre for All (Seniors Welcome)

CLASS ID: 9R10
Date/Time:  6 Thursdays: September 7 – October 26, 9:30AM – 10:30AM

CLASS ID: 9R16
Date/Time:  7 Thursdays: November 2 – December 21, 9:30AM – 10:30AM

Jan Chamberlin
This class is designed to allow anyone the chance to experience the benefits and joy of ballet. Most of class we will be at the barre performing basic exercises meant to increase strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility, and balance. For the last few minutes of class we will move to the centre and work on simple ballet combinations. Whether you want to try ballet for the first time, return to class after many years off, learn proper technique to apply at your Pilates Barre class, or want to exercise and need something to hold onto for balance or arm support; this is the class for you! Jan has developed multiple classes to meet the needs for older adults and personally manages lymphedema through regular ballet classes.

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