Date/Time: Friday, January 18, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Date/Time: Friday, February 15, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Carol Lui
Ikebana literally means, “the arrangement of living material in water.” It is the art of Japanese flower arrangement developed in the 15th century and has its roots in ancient Chinese flower arrangement. It began as an aid to meditation and as a way to personalize nature and reflect on the human experience. There are several thousand schools of Ikebana at present, Ichiyo and Ohara being among the most popular. The Ichiyo School was founded in 1937 and is one of the ‘modern’ schools of Ikebana, famous for innovative, free style of Japanese flower arrangement.

Carol will teach the first lesson in the Ichiyo School, the Upright Style. The second class will be in the Slanting Form. Students will use the instructor’s vase and needle holder (kenzan). The vase will be returned to instructor after class. If students prefer to find out more about keeping their arrangement intact by bringing their own vase and kenzan, please read about what to purchase by click the link to learn more. Students must register at least one week in advance.

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Family Fun with Bronze Clay

Date/Time: Sunday, January 20, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, playing and creating with bronze clay. After firing, this clay turns into a solid piece of bronze metal. After rolling, shaping and texturing the pieces the clay can be cut out using a cooling cutter to make great Christmas tree ornaments or charms. Prepare to be messy!

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Clay Face Pots

Date/Time: Sunday, January 20, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Erika Arndt
Make a mug with a mug! Try your hand at hand-building as you create a whimsical face on a pinch pot.

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Introduction to Tai Chi

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 23, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 26, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Aimee Van Ostrand
Learn about this beautiful and healthy art form during a free class. Just dress comfortably so you can move, no special outfits required! Aimee will let you know about the health benefits and give you a brief history before she guides you through the Yang Style short form.

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Finger Labyrinths: A Path for HeART and Hand

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 23, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 20, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Mary Silvaroli Daul
Come explore the smallest of all labyrinths, known as finger or tabletop labyrinths, and discover how these miniature patterns offer an ever present “path of possibilities” at your fingertips, to inspire art and a more artful way of living. Armed with only the simplest of art tools and a simple guide for drawing the classical labyrinth from its “seed pattern,” participants will move through drawing, “walking”, collaging, and journaling exercises designed to increase curiosity and creativity. Grounded in the ancient wisdom and ways of the labyrinth and a unique “labyrinth as life coach” approach, this class is designed to provide rest for your soles and awareness that all you ever need to journey on the path of the labyrinth is as close to your heart as your hand.

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Walker Art Center Gallery Tour

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 23, 11:15 AM – 2:30 PM
Lunch: 11:15 AM -12:30 PM
Tour: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Walker Art Center staff
Join us for a private guided tour of the Walker Art Center! Learn more about current exhibitions including the politically charged I am you, you are too permanent collection show, conceptual Mexican artist Mario García Torres’ Illusion Brought Me Here, and immersive moving image works by Elizabeth Price and rotating Platforms exhibition.

Meet at Rudy’s Redeye Grill in the White Bear Country Inn (on Highway 61 across from WBCA) for lunch from 11:15 AM 12:30 PM. Guests will pay for their own lunch. We will then board a bus leaving at 12:30 PM for the museum in Minneapolis, MN. The tour is from 1:00-2:00 PM, there will be 30 minutes of free time and the bus will depart at 2:30 PM. Please bring a tip for the driver. Visit walkerart.org to learn more about Walker Art Center.

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Felted Winter Scarf

Date/Time: Friday, January 25, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Leslie Granbeck
Cozy and soft, your new felted wool scarf is perfect for the cold days of winter. No knitting required. Learn the magic of felt making using wool fibers and warm soapy water. You’ll also learn several surface design and embellishing techniques. Dress comfortably and get ready to roll up your sleeves! If you made felted mittens in November, make a scarf to match! All levels welcome, but some physical stamina is needed for felting classes.

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Sculpting Workshop for All Ages

Date/Time: Saturday, January 26, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM & Sunday, January 27, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Erik Pearson
Join Erik Pearson for a two day sculpture workshop. Bring the whole family and work together on one piece, pay per sculpture. Erik will show you how to mix a plaster-like material using household items and then apply the material to a framework of cardboard and tape to create a table top sculpture. It’s like frosting a cake. The material will need approximately 24 hours to cure, after which additional refinements can be made to your piece, or it can be painted and ready to bring home. Come and work individually on a sculpture or with friends or family for a group project. Wear work clothes. Think of some ideas to sculpt: a person, animal, etc. Sign up early! 12 sculpture limit. Bring from home: cardboard and duct tape

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Great iPhone Photography

CLASS ID: 1Y571 *new class ID
Date/Time: Tuesday & Wednesday, January 29 & 30, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Debra Dresler
This comprehensive iPad and iPhone class will make your photographs look professional and grow your skills using the editing app, Snapseed. This is the “go to” for most photographers. This class will teach you better exposure, focus, composition, tricks and tips of the iphone. We will also cover resolution vs. compression, backups, jpgs, and tiff. We will look at the 25 best editing and camera apps, places to show your photos and websites to sell your work, and where to print your treasures on to clothing, canvas, glass, bags and more. There will be a resource list for tripods and additional lenses. Basic knowledge of the operation of your device is necessary, but No photography experience needed. Just bring your iphone or ipad with Snapseed app downloaded onto your device. A fine clear tip stylus is nice, but not required. Amazon has one called a Meko stylus.

On day two, you will learn to use the app Snapseed (free from the App store). This great all-purpose app will give you all its editing and enhancing features. Snapseed also has facial portrait enhancing, adding text, and white balance and sharpening. Time and weather permitting, we will go on a photo Safari around town to take to practice our skills in the classroom. IOS Apple only, Sorry no android, Galaxy etc.

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Weaving Rugs on a Peg Loom

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 30, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Decorating areas with handwoven rugs are the perfect way to add a bit of “sheik” to your favorite spaces. The Peg Loom Rug is an easy plain-weave structure made on a sturdy wooden Peg Loom. These cushy rugs are made from core wrapped fleeces, Roving, even mega bulky rug yarn in the color of your choice.

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