Watching Yourself Think in Watercolor

Date/Time: 4 Thursdays, March 8 – 29, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

James Nutt
Join architect and artist James Nutt as he shares a unique abstract approach to watercolor. James has developed this abstract approach from those evenings when you feel like painting but feel you don’t have any additional planning or decisions left. Over time he has found this to be a fun method to quiet your internal art critic, learn your palette, and give yourself permission to just go for it. James will encourage the class through the process of making a single simple decision and then intuitively react to that move with another, and then another. The finished piece is often surprisingly complex for not starting with a plan. The semi-controlled nature of this process allows room for the surprising magic of the watercolor media.

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Flower Arranging: Spring Baskets

Date/Time: Saturday, March 10, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Ginnie Peterson & Therese Sexe
Ginnie Peterson and Therese Sexe from Crocus Hill Studio will teach you how to make beautiful floral arrangements in these fun classes.

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Caricature Woodcarving Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, March 10 – 11, 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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Introduction to Clay: Handbuilding

Date/Time: 3 Saturdays, March 10 – 24, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Katie Bosley
Come play with clay! This class will introduce the basics of ceramic handbuilding. This class will explore pinching, coiling, and slab-building construction techniques to build a variety of pots. No Clay experience necessary.

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Tree Hotels

Date/Time: Sunday, March 11, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Margie Jones
Build a clay cylinder tree form and inhabit it with nesting critters. Explore basic handbuilding techniques including slab building and sculpting.

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Creating Ceramic Finger Labyrinths

Date/Time: 2 Sundays, March 11, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM & March 25, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Lisa Gidlow Moriarty
The idea of art-making as a spiritual practice becomes apparent in the making of ceramic finger labyrinths. The labyrinth is an ancient symbol that has gained new focus for today as a spiritual tool. Tabletop labyrinths are used by tracing one’s finger through the pathway. In this class participants will create a beautiful handmade meditation piece, a one-of-a-kind piece of sacred art for years of enjoyment. The labyrinth will be formed the first class session and glazed the second session, March 25th. All patterns, clay, tools, and instruction are provided. No experience needed, simply bring a creative spirit and wear clothes that can get muddy.

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MN Artists Workshop

Date/Time: Monday, March 12, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Lann Briel
Mn Artists visits White Bear Lake Center for the Arts for a lively workshop and discussion on artists’ participation in digital communities. For the first part, we’ll show you how to best use Mn Artists’ online professional development tools. Then we’ll facilitate a conversation on how emerging performing artists can learn, connect, and catalyze their work via web platforms. This workshop is recommended for artists who want to improve their online presence and connect to more opportunities, communities, and conversations, both locally and regionally. Share perspectives with your peers and other professionals on how digital platforms are transforming the practices, careers and communities of artists.

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Instagram 101

Date/Time: Monday, March 12, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Lars Samuelsson
With more than 700 million users worldwide, Instagram has rapidly become one of the most popular photo-sharing applications available today. If you are getting tired of Facebook and ready to try an application that is more streamlined, less cluttered, and geared toward sharing images, this is a class for you. We will explore topics such as settings, getting followers, using filters, third-party apps, tips on taking better images, and more. We will start from scratch by downloading and installing Instagram, sign up for a free account, and explore what is under the hood of one of the world’s most popular photo-sharing applications.

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Bread Making

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Peggy Doran
Peggy Doran from Margaux’s Table in downtown White Bear Lake will teach students how to make a classic slow rise French country loaf of bread as well as a baguette and focaccia from one recipe. Please bring an apron to class.

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Watercolor Landscape Elements

Date/Time: 5 Tuesdays, March 13 – April 10, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Catherine Hearding
You want to paint landscapes but struggle with how to paint trees, rocks, grasses and skies. This class will help you acquire the skills that you need. We will practice techniques for landscape elements so that you have more confidence when approaching your landscape painting. Each class will be devoted to a specific element of the landscape. Instructor demos will show you the technique and you will have time to practice in class with helpful guidance.

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