Inspired by Nature Open House Event

Date/Time: Saturday, August 11, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Mahtomedi Garden Club
Inspired by Nature, an anniversary collaboration between White Bear Center for the Arts (50 years) and the Mahtomedi Garden Club (75 years), will highlight gardening for pollinators on August 11, offering visitors a pleasing spectrum of art and gardening viewing opportunities. The Mahtomedi Garden Club will invite area floral artists to build on Project Art for Nature (PAN)’s art installation called Natural Reflections in the Ford Family gallery by submitting floral interpretations of PAN artwork featuring pollinator plants. Beyond increasing public awareness of the need for pollinator-friendly plantings, the beautiful floral entries will provide visitors with ideas for their own centerpieces and home decoration. The afternoon program will include several free public talks on related subjects.

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Woodfire Exploration

Meeting: Sunday, August 12, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Slip & Glaze: Sunday, October 14, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Loading & Firing: Friday – Sunday, October 19-21
Unloading: Sunday, October 28, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Zac Spates
Woodfire 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 at 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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Fresh Dishes Inspired by the Farmers’ Market

CLASS ID: 4W02 This class is full.
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 14, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Peggy Doran
This class will make three dishes inspired by fresh produce from the Farmers’ Market in downtown White Bear Lake. Learn how to make a delicious soup from a home-made stock and a special dish that features fresh produce. A wonderful salad with a homemade dressing will accompany the meal. Bring an apron to class.

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Photographic Technique & Critique

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 13, 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 and

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Alcohol Ink: Birch Trees & Koi Ponds

Class ID: 2W75 This class is full.
Date/Time: Saturday, August 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sylvia Benson 

Give alcohol ink a try! Paint a beautiful birch forest or a koi pond in this exciting medium. Whether you have experience with alcohol ink or are brand new, this class is for you.

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iPad Painting: Let’s Learn Art Set Pro App

Date/Time: Saturday, August 18, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Debra Dresler
If you have wanted to try digital painting, this is the class for you. The Art Set Pro app is like having a portable painting set up all on your iPad or iPhone. No mess no fuss. We will begin with a photograph that you paint over with different tools and mediums. There are 7 brush sizes. Included in the app are oil paint, oil pastel sticks, colored pencil, crayons, marker, conte crayon, paint markers, charcoal, eraser, and a variety of pencils. Included are blending tools, like sponge, fabric, thinner, sandpaper and pastel blenders. The color palette includes 55 colors in different opacities and the ability to mix colors. A stylus is nice, but not required. Amazon has an inexpensive clear disc one made by Meko. You can choose from 27 papers and canvas to paint on. No experience needed. Come and try some fun painting. This class is best on an iPad for its size. Come with the ArtSetPro loaded. Purchase in the App Store $6.99, IOS (Apple) only, Sorry No Android, Galaxy etc.

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Painting with Dan Mackerman

Date/Time: 2 Tuesdays, August 21 – 28, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Date/Time: 2 Tuesdays, August 21 – 28, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Dan Mackerman
This course is designed for experienced beginner to advanced painting students who wish to broaden their knowledge and experience. Work on your own projects while taking advantage of Dan’s 40+ years of painting. The purpose of this class is to improve upon what you already know, expose you to new possibilities and to make you a better painter. For some that may mean inspiring conversation on topics that relate to your work. For others it may mean tips or demos on materials and tools that fine-tune your technique or improve a specific piece. Dan will regularly give demonstrations, share references from his personal library of over 500 books, lead critiques, and give museum tours when the need arises. Solvent-free oil painting dating back to the time of Rembrandt is highlighted but any opaque media such as pastel or acrylic are also welcome.

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Alcohol Ink Painting for Beginners

Date/Time: Friday, August 24, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Debra Dresler
Come join the fun and bring family and friends for an exciting painting event. This art ink medium 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, and tile. The possibilities are endless! The colors are fluid dye mixed with rubbing alcohol that can be used full strength for intense bursts of color or diluted for a subtle look similar to watercolor washes. The colors are intermixable and can be brush painted, dripped, splattered, stamped and air blown. This fun class will introduce you to the medium by crafting 2 ceramic tiles. Framing options will be discussed. No painting experience required. $20 material fee paid to instructor for use of her art supplies, plus tiles and equipment. Or a nice option is to purchase your own Ranger Ink complete kit (including inks, paper, stamps, blender, and more is available at Hobby Lobby so you can continue at home after class.) If you choose this option, the supply fee will be $10 for tiles, and some use of instructor’s colors to expand your palette. Bring an apron or wear old clothes.

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Drawing Pet Portraits in Pastel Pencil

Date/Time: Saturday, August 25, 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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Clay Open Studio

Date/Time: Wednesdays & Saturdays, June – August
Various Artists
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 or Katie 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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