All Ages Clay Class

Friday afternoons in June – August
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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Moving Beyond the Basics

Monday mornings in June – August
Lisa Fertig

Moving on from a beginning watercolor class, explore a little more challenging subject matter as you start to develop your own individual style of painting. This class is designed to create a sound foundation from which to build, with lesson plans to help enforce the principles and elements of design. Demonstrations with a wide range of subject matter will help you gain self-confidence.

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Beginning Watercolor

Monday afternoons in June – August
Lisa Fertig

Come and explore the wonder of watercolor by learning the fundamentals and techniques of this exciting medium. Basic class lessons will help you feel comfortable as you discover your journey using watercolors. Pay the instructor an optional material fee of $1 if you wish to keep the lesson plans.

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Improving Photographic Skills

Tuesdays – June 13, July 11, August 8, 7:00-9:00 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 and

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Urban Sketchers

Thursday evenings in June – August
James Nutt

Urban Sketching in White Bear Lake! Urban Sketching happens indoors and out! Join instructor/architect James Nutt in this casual multimedia class in the spirit of the Urban Sketchers movement. Urban Sketchers is a nonprofit group started in 2007 with international and local presence with a goal of seeing the world one sketch at a time. The first class will start at the art center and discuss examples of work, portable mediums, travel kits, tips and tricks, and lessons learned. The subsequent classes will meet at Washington Square in downtown White Bear Lake and surrounding venues. The instructor will help with critique and encouragement. This class is open to all skill levels, sketchers and painters, all portable mediums, and generally done in sketchbook-size media. Class will discuss tools of the trade but at minimum bring a sketchbook and pen/pencil. Suggested reading/browsing: The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location Around the World.

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Hip Hop Dance Lessons

7 Tuesdays & 7 Thursdays, June 20-August 8, 3:30-6:00 PM
CHAT Artist Perry Lee
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) presents a summer of fun with their hip hop dance lessons. Learn the newest and coolest moves from one of the Twin Cities premier arts organizations. A six week program that meets twice a week Tuesday and Thursdays that will keep you in shape jamming to some great music and have an opportunity to perform your dance routine on stage. This youth oriented class is for students ages 14-18.

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Writing Roundtable

Tuesdays – June 20, July 25, August 22, 7:00-9:00 PM
Mary Jane LaVigne

Join with fellow writers to talk about craft, try a short exercise, and share work. Bring paper, pen, and a writing sample of up to 500 words to read. Bringing work is optional.

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Experience the Labyrinth

Wednesdays, June 21, July 19, August 23, 9:30-11:30 AM
Mary Silvaroli Daul

Whether an experienced traveler or new to the way of the labyrinth, come join others on the path for a morning of reflection and renewal. Gather together for a brief introduction to the labyrinth followed by time to walk, reflect, and share at the close of the morning. You may bring a journal to extend and integrate your experience. Discover how each labyrinth journey offers the gift of time and space to rest…release… receive…and return, renewed and refreshed.

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Alcohol Ink Painting for Beginners

Thursday, June 22, 12:30-4:30 PM
Saturday, August 5, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Debra Dresler

Come join the fun with this fairly new art medium that can be used to create glowing paintings, gorgeous ceramic tiles, and more. Unpredictable, wildly colorful, vibrant inks are used on non-porous surfaces including metal, plastic, glass, Yupo paper, black glossy paper, and tile. The possibilities are endless! The colors are fluid pigment mixed with alcohol that can be used full strength for intense bursts of color or diluted for a subtle look similar to watercolor washes. They are intermixable and can be brush painted, dropped, dripped, stamped, or spattered. This fun class with introduce you to the medium by crafting 2 ceramic tiles. We will do one floral, and one utilizing stamps and washes. Framing and finishing options will be discussed. $12 material fee covers all supplies, or you may purchase your own Ranger Ink complete kit (available at Hobby Lobby and Michaels).

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WBCA Writers’ Group

Mondays, June 26-August 7, 2:00-3:30 PM
Elise d’Entremont
The focus of this group is to encourage fellow writers in their aspirations of writing. We will meet weekly to discuss our work, our writings, our resources, and ways to overcome our obstacles.

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