October Woodfire Exploration

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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Photo Editing and Organization Using iPhone or iPad

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 1, 6:30-8:30 PM
Tuition: $21 Member/$27 Non-Member
Age/Level: All Ages, All Levels

Are the number of photos on your iPhone. IPad getting overwhelming? Do you have trouble finding the one photo you wanted to print? In this class we will dive into “Photos”, your iPhone’s app that stores all photos taken by your iPhone. We will look at using folders to organize photos into categories of your choosing, making favorites and tips and tricks for making your photo collection to be more streamlined and less confusing. For iPad or iPhone only.

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Watching Yourself Think in Watercolor

Date/Time: 2 Thursdays, October 10 & 17, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Tuition: $48 Member/$58 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

Join architect and artist James Nutt as he shares a unique abstract approach to watercolor. James has developed this abstract approach from those evenings when you feel like painting but don’t have a plan. Over time he has found this to be a fun method to quiet your internal art critic, learn your palette, and give yourself permission to just go for it. James will encourage the class through the process of making a single simple decision and then intuitively react to that move with another, and then another. The finished piece is often surprisingly complex for not starting with a plan. The semi controlled nature of this process allows room for the surprising magic of the watercolor media.

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Hand Building from Models and Templates

Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday, October 12 & 13, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Tuition: $163 Member/$205 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

In this class we will combine simple hand building techniques such as pinching, coiling, modeling and slab construction with the use of models and several different kinds of templates. Emphasis will be placed on gaining a deeper understanding of the clay itself, establishing a paradigm of creative problem solving and developing a personal set of integrated building methods that accomplishes each students artistic goals. Additionally, Eric will include a bit of Argentine tango-based movement into this class.  The tango was and is essential to Eric’s development as an artist. And he promises it isn’t as random as it sounds.

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Photographing Your Work

Date/Time: Call WBCA to schedule
Tuition: $30 per person for 15 minutes for one piece, $5 for each additional piece

Lars Samuelsson
Get your work professionally photographed by WBCA instructor and professional photographer Lars Samuelsson.  Lars will also teach you tips and tricks on how to best present your piece digitally. This service is useful for art show submissions, posting on social media, and more! Bring one work to photograph.  If you wish to have more than one piece photographed, there is a $5 fee per each additional piece.

For more information on Lars’ photo sessions please visit: artistdocumentation.com

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Youth Arts Advisory Council

WBCA is looking for youth to help inform us on their thoughts about art and how they think it would be best to better promote art in our community.  Find more details below. Call or Email WBCA to sign up for the Youth Arts Advisory Council    

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