October Woodfire Exploration

CLASS ID: 10A3B
Date/Time: TBA
Tuition: $250 Member/$310 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Experienced Beginner and Beyond
Location: Zac Spates Pottery Studio

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 regularly 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 Zac’s kiln/studio and to discuss clay and glaze surfaces, wadding techniques, etc. in preparation for the firing. The loading and firing occurs 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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Clay Open Studio

Every Wednesday & Saturday from September – December

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. Instructors 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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Pottery Wheel for All Skill Levels

CLASS ID: 9B3H
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays, September 5-26, 6:30-9:00 PM
Tuition: $136 Member/$168 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

CLASS ID: 10B3K
Date/Time: 5 Thursdays, October 3-31, 6:30-9:00 PM
Tuition: $170 Member/$210 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

CLASS ID: 11B3H
Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, November 7-21, 6:30-9:00 PM
Tuition: $102 Member/$126 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

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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Beginning/Intermediate Clay

CLASS ID: 9B3B
Date/Time: 4 Mondays, September 9-30, 6:00-8:30 PM
Tuition: $136 Member/$168 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults 17+, Beginning to Intermediate

CLASS ID: 10B3D
Date/Time: 4 Mondays, October 7-28, 6:00-8:30 PM
Tuition: $136 Member/$168 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults 17+, Beginning to Intermediate

CLASS ID: 11B3B
Date/Time: 4 Mondays, November 4-28, 6:00-8:30 PM
Tuition: $136 Member/$168 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults 17+, Beginning to Intermediate

Clarice Allgood

Explore basic hand-building and wheel-throwing skills with this beginner/ intermediate course. Focus on learning to make different shapes using the wheel or hand-building skills like pinching, coiling, and slab building. Use your shapes to create utilitarian pottery or sculptural forms. Bring your ideas for specific forms you’d like to learn to make. Class will offer demonstrations and individualized instruction. No clay experience necessary. Materials are included.

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Drawing from the Paper Up

CLASS ID: 9B2B
Date/Time: 4 Mondays, September 9-30, 5:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: $105 Member/$135 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Beginner

CLASS ID: 9B2C
Date/Time: 4 Fridays, September 13-October 4, 1:00-3:30 PM
Tuition: $105 Member/$135 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Beginner

Julie Erickson
This class is for those who have a desire to draw but have had little or no prior drawing instruction, as well as those who have held back from signing up for beginning drawing classes, fearing it may be assumed that the ‘basics’ are already known. This is a true introductory drawing class, and it will be assumed that you have not had much, if any, prior drawing instruction. The atmosphere will be light and fun and no ‘natural ability’ is required, so come and discover the joys of drawing. After completing this class, you will have the knowledge, tools, and confidence to draw on your own and sign up for other drawing classes. We will learn the differences in and uses of various pencils, pencil strokes, papers, erasers, shading and measuring tools, how to lay out a drawing, as well as some bonus advanced tips and techniques. Drawing will be done from photos provided by the instructor.

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Tuesday Evening Clay

CLASS ID: 9B3D
Date/Time: 3 Tuesdays, September 10-24, 6:30-9:00 PM
Tuition: $102 Member/$126 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Teens 17+, All Levels

CLASS ID: 10B3F
Date/Time: 5 Tuesdays, October 1-29, 6:30-9:00 PM
Tuition: $170 Member/$210 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Teens 17+, All Levels

CLASS ID: 11B3D
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, November 5-26, 6:30-9:00 PM
Tuition: $136 Member/$168 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Teens 17+, All Levels

Come explore the endless possibilities in clay! Although this course is self-guided, each class will start with a short demonstration or show- and-tell followed by time to work on individual projects: throwing techniques, hand-building, surface decoration and form resolution, etc. Zac will work with students one-on-one to discuss projects and troubleshoot conceptual and construction issues. Over the course of the quarter, you will build your ceramics vocabulary and develop work that is unique to you. All levels are welcome. Materials are included.

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Paint & Sip at Margaux’s Table

CLASS ID: 8AAB
Date/Time: Wednesday August 14, 6:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: $40 Member/ $50 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults 21+, All Levels
Location: Margaux’s Table, 4742 Washington Square, White Bear Lake, MN

CLASS ID: 9BAC
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 11, 6:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: $40 Member/ $50 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults 21+, All Levels
Location: Margaux’s Table, 4742 Washington Square,
White Bear Lake, MN

CLASS ID: 10BAF
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 9, 6:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: $40 Member/ $50 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults 21+, All Levels
Location: Margaux’s Table, 4742 Washington Square,
White Bear Lake, MN

CLASS ID: 11BAD
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 6, 6:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: $40 Member/ $50 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults 21+, All Levels
Location: Margaux’s Table, 4742 Washington Square,
White Bear Lake, MN

Paint! Sip! Chat! Have Fun! No experience necessary. It’s relaxing and FUN. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and some light snacks while you paint. One complimentary glass per person is provided by the instructor. You are welcome to bring additional wine for the rest of the evening. Mary will demonstrate and walk you through the process of creating your own painting; how to mix colors, what brush stroke to use etc…everything you need to know to complete your own piece of art. The image, 16” X 20” canvas and all of your painting supplies are included. If you prefer to use your own paint brushes, feel free to bring them. Although there will be a few aprons available; you are welcome to bring a smock or apron to protect your clothing.

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Introduction to Watercolor

Finding success in working with watercolor includes learning the basics. Sylvia will describe in detail the materials used in watercolor paintings and how the water and pigment work together on the paper. The class also involves learning brush techniques, mixing colors, graying colors or knocking down the intensity, methods for producing textures, doing value studies, and discussing what makes a good composition. Use a viewfinder to choose an eye-catching composition that can be painted in a larger abstract version, illustrating high, medium, and low key value. Curious? Join us to experience, enjoy, and relax while learning.

CLASS ID: 9BWD 
Date/Time: 2 Wednesdays, September 11-18, 10:00 AM -12:30 PM 
Tuition: $53 Member/$68 Non-Member 
Material Fee: $5 payable to instructor 
Age/Level: Adults, Teens, Beginner

CLASS ID: 11BWD 
Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, November 2-9, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM 
Tuition: $53 Member/$68 Non-Member 
Material Fee: $5 payable to instructor 
Age/Level: Adults, Teens, Beginner

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Studio Landscape Painting with Mike Rada

CLASS ID: 5ZOE
Date/Time: 5 Thursdays, May 2 – June 13, 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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Clay Textured Dish

CLASS ID: 10B7B
Date/Time: Sunday, October 13, 1:00-3:30 PM
Tuition: $34 Member/$42 Non-Member
Age/Level: 6-13

Transform ordinary slabs of clay onto gorgeous dishes or platters using a variety of hand building tools to create your textures. Finished projects may be picked up in approximately 2 weeks.

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