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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Whimsical Dragonflies

CLASS ID: 2W09 This class is full.
Date/Time: Friday, August 17, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CLASS ID: 2W76  This class is full.
Date/Time: Monday, August 20, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sylvia Benson
Using acrylic paint on canvas, 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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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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Tin Thread Bracelet

Date/Time: Friday, August 24, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Katherine Buenger
You will use tin thread made in Sweden from wire wrapped around a cotton core. The wire is 96% pewter and 4% silver with no nickel or lead. You will string beads on the wire and then learn a four strand braid. The closure will be glue in magnetic clasp. This is an easy to make elegant bracelet! Bring from home: Small sharp scissors

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Intergenerational Ceramics

Date/Time: 4 Mondays, August 6 – 27, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Brittany Trushin
Explore basic hand-building and wheel-throwing skills with this intergenerational beginner/intermediate course for adults, kids, and teens. Focus on learning to make different shapes using the wheel, or use 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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Paint & Sip Night

Date/Time: Thursday, August 9, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Lisa Fertig
Bring your friends and learn how to paint in acrylics in a relaxing social setting. Sign up for one or all three and enjoy creating your masterpiece. No experience necessary. Students are encouraged to bring snacks and a favorite beverage to this class. Relax and have fun while learning to paint!

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Melding with Welding

Date/Time: Saturday, September 22, 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Greg Kraft
In this 4 hour course you will learn about the history of welding and weld a sculpture. TIG Welding melts metal to metal. No sticks, rods or wire. You will learn to use power-tools. Tap into your creativity and take home a sculpture. Safety first, do not wear shorts, dresses or open toed shoes. Do wear jeans, a long sleeved cotton shirt, closed toed leather shoes or boots. Bring leather work gloves and a stone about the size of your fist.

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Cloudscapes in Watercolor

Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, October 2 – 30, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
No class October 23

Catherine Hearding
In this watercolor class, you will learn how to paint convincing cloud formations and skies. Focus will be on brushwork, edges and wet-into -wet work, creating soft and blended edges. Concepts covered will include blended washes, mixing colors, values and paint application.

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Basic Color Theory: Take the Fear Out of Color

Date/Time: 7 Wednesdays, October 3 – November 28, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
No class October 24 & November 21

Catherine Hearding
This watercolor class will focus on how to mix clean, vibrant color. We will explore concepts of color value, intensity and temperature, color mixing and application of color. Move past the basics of color theory, explore structured color schemes and strengthen your color knowledge. This class will introduce students to strategies that will help them to use color with confidence and create paintings that have more visual impact.

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Introduction to Watercolor

Date/Time: 2 Tuesdays, September 11 – 18, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Sylvia Benson
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, 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. Finally, we will find inspiration in the labyrinth outside where we’ll create a watercolor mandala. Curious? Join us to experience, enjoy, and relax while learning.

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