Clay Studio for All Skill Levels

Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, May 16 – 30, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

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

Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, May 16 – 30, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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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Make Your Own Jewelry (Teens)

Date/Time: Friday, July 12, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Would you like to be able to make a bracelet or necklace to match your favorite outfit? Come and learn about bead stringing and how to use jewelry findings (the metal parts that hold jewelry together). We’ll also learn how to repair jewelry. Bring any broken jewelry that you have.

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Create a Magical Fairy Garden

Date/Time: 2 Fridays, July 12 & 19, 1:00-3:00 PM
Tuition: $42 Member/$54
Non-Member Age: 7-14

You will create a unique magical fairy garden featuring a fairy house (your own custom design), a fairy or elf, stream, arbor, fence, welcome bell, patio, swing and more! You will all learn a basic landscaping design and will be able to customize your garden using your own creativity. You will be using succulents which are wonderful, drought tolerant plants that are perfect for low maintenance fairy gardens. You will learn all about using the proper soil, sun exposure, propagating new plants, watering schedules and fairy garden maintenance so that your garden will last for years to come. A generous grant and class volunteers provided by the Mahtomedi Garden Club helps support this class.

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Foci Glass Blowing: Glass Flowers

Date/Time: Saturday, July 13, 10:00 AM
Tuition: $70 Member/$87 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Teens 15+, Beginner and Beyond
Location: Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts

Meet a group from WBCA at Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, where a professional glass instructor will mentor you along in the process to create blown glass flowers. This hands-on experience is designed to provide you with an exciting introduction to working with molten glass. The thrill of shaping molten glass is unlike anything else available in the Twin Cities metro area. This is an excellent team building experience and truly a unique special event. You may bring food and drinks to enjoy, as there is some downtime while everyone takes turns making their glass. Finished projects can be picked up from Foci one week after the class. Please register at least 2 weeks in advance for this class.

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Whimsical Dragonflies

Date/Time: Monday, July 15, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Tuition: $26 Member/$34 Non-Member
Material fee: $5 payable to instructor
Age/Level: All Ages 10+, Beginner and Beyond

Use acrylic paint on canvas to draw and paint whimsical dragonflies. Don’t worry about exact shapes, the more “out there,” the better! No experience necessary. This class will be tons of fun for everyone, even if you’ve never painted before!

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How to Draw Faces

Date/Time: Saturday, July 20, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuition: $135 Member/$169 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Teens 14+, Beginner and Beyond

Even if you’ve never drawn a face before, this class will give you a solid approach to drawing faces. If you have, there are lots of tips and details to help you capture your subject better. This workshop emphasizes placing and drawing the features of the face accurately, including:
• How to analyze light and shadow, and create a light effect.
• How to map the features of the face.
• Common errors in portrait drawing.
Both the morning and afternoon sessions will include demos covering the principles of drawing a face and hands-on experience drawing from sculptor’s casts and a live model.

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Stained Glass Suncatchers

Date/Time: Monday-Tuesday, July 22 & 23, 6:00-9:00 PM
Tuition: $84 Member/$108 Non-Member
Material Fee: $5 payable to instructor
Age/Level: All Ages 12+, All Levels

A Suncatcher is a small stained glass project that is light enough to be hung in a window with a suction cup. In this class you will learn the basics of making stained glass without having to invest in all the tools. There will be a variety of patterns available from beginner to more advanced, for those of you who have already had some training working with glass. You will have time to make one or two suncatchers depending on the complexity of the ones you choose. Next you will choose the colors of glass that you want for each part. Then you will be scoring and breaking glass. Tools and grinders will be used to shape the glass to match each pattern piece. When the glass is ready, you will be applying a thin copper foil to the edge and soldering the pieces together. Students should wear a crew necked t-shirt and shoes with a hard surface and closed top (not an open sandal or mesh top tennis shoe).

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Ladybugs on the Path!

Date/Time: Friday, July 26, 10:00-11:30 AM
Tuition: $18 Member/$22 Non-Member
Material Fee: $4 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Ages 3-6

Ladybug Labyrinth: A Journey Home by Lea Goode-Harris sets us on a path of fun ladybug art and movement adventures from the heart of this sweet tale. Story time on the labyrinth is followed by active play to transform our explorers into “labyrinth ladybugs” on the path. Our morning art adventure prepares us for the journey back home with a ladybug labyrinth to walk on their own.

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Teen Hand Sewing Leather 101

Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

This entry level class is designed to introduce the classic techniques of hand-sewing with leather. Students can choose from projects that demonstrate the basics of working with leather including cutting, punching, hand sewing, riveting, snap setting, finishing and care. No previous experience with any type of craft or sewing is required. Students will be able to choose from a wide assortment of projects and leather at the beginning of class, including: clutches, belts, coin purses, wallets, Fieldnote covers, phone cases, keychains, sunglass cases and more. (please see for project examples).

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