Melding with Welding

Date/Time: Saturday, June 8, 12:30 PM-4:30 PM
Tuition: $89 Member/ $110 Non-Member
Material Fee: $20 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Teens 16 +, Beginners

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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Intro to Zine Art

Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 6:00-8:30 PM
Tuition: $26 Member/$34 Non-Member
Material Fee: $5 depending on project, payable to instructor
Age/Level: Teens 14+, Adults, All Levels

Have you always wanted to put your story on paper? Are you a creative writer, a comic artist, an illustrator, or do you simply love books? This intro class addresses the fundamentals and possibilities of the zine format. Zine Art is a popular format because it is self-published, easily produced and can benefit your artistic practice personally and professionally. Join this class and share your story: every voice matters, and zines are a powerful way to communicate ideas that you’re passionate about, no permission needed.

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Paper Lamps

Date/Time: Saturday, June 29, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Tuition: $26 Member/$34 Non-Member
Material Fee: $10-$15 depending on project, payable to instructor
Age/Level: Teens 14+, Adults, All Levels

Learn how to create a magic and beautiful lamp using only a piece of paper and your imagination! This workshop will apply the Japanese technique of Kirigami (cut and fold) to a common object such as a lamp.

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Cut’n’Fold: The Art of Kirigami and Paper Sculpture

Date/Time: Thursday, June 20, 6:00-8:30 PM
Tuition: $26 Member/$34 Non-Member
Material Fee: $10-$15 depending on project, payable to instructor
Age/Level: Teens 14+, Adults, All Levels

From Japanese culture this class will explore the technique called Kirigami. You will learn to turn a simple piece of paper into a beautiful pop-up card or into a 3D sculpture by cutting, folding, drawing, painting, and more. You will also explore how light and projection interacts with your 3D object and give it texture and new life. Outcomes can be: 3D paper sculptures, pop-up cards and booklets, paper architecture, small sets, prototypes for furniture.

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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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Found Metal Figure Sculpture

Date/Time: 3 Mondays, July 8 – 22, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuition: $150 Member/$187 Non-Member
Material Fee: $50 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

Fabricate your own found metal figure sculpture. Wrenches, nuts, bolts, nails, pipes, tools, almost anything made of steel can be cut, ground, or welded together to form a sculpture. Public sculptor Jon Kamrath can help you learn how in this class.

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Papermaking 101

Date/Time: Friday, June 14, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tuition: $52 Member/$67 Non-Member
Material Fee: $10 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

In this class, students will learn about the history of western papermaking and then step outside to make some colorful sheets of their own. After the basic skills are mastered, decorative options such as inclussions, two-plys and stencils will be explored. Wear casual clothes and shoes that can get wet.

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Sculpture Garden Tour

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 10, 11:15 AM – 4:15 PM
Tuition: $20 includes bus, $15 if you drive yourself
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

Join friends from WBCA for a fun day of food, flowers, and folk art! This is your chance to visit folk artist Wouterina De Raad’s 100 concrete sculptures nestled into 3 acres of perennial flower gardens. Meet at Rudy’s Redeye Grill in the White Bear Country Inn (on Highway 61 across from WBCA) for lunch from 11:15 AM-12:15 PM. Guests will pay for their own lunch. We will then board a bus leaving at 12:30 PM for the sculpture garden in Beldenville, WI. The tour is from 1:45 -3:15 PM, and the bus will return to Rudy’s by 4:15 PM. Please bring a tip for the driver. Visit to learn more about Wouterina and her sculpture garden. Contact WBCA for address if driving yourself.

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Inspired by Nature: Garden Art & Floral Arrangements

Date/Time: Saturday, August 3, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration

Inspired by Nature will highlight gardening and pollinators on August 3, offering visitors a pleasing spectrum of art, flower arrangements, speakers and activities. The Mahtomedi Garden Club will invite area floral artists to build on the exhibition Summer Celebration by the Lake Country Pastel Society in the Ford Family gallery by submitting floral interpretations of the artwork.

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Beginning/Intermediate Clay

Date/Time: 3 Mondays, May 6 – 20, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Soojin Choi
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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