Creating Edges in Watercolor

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 24, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Lisa Fertig
Creating edges in your shapes will improve your paintings. Exploring edges in a landscape painting and finding hard, soft, muted edges and creating positive and negative edges will be the focus of this one day session.

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Tai Chi

Date/Time: 6 Thursdays, April 25 – June 6, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
*No Class May 9

Aimee Van Ostrand
Tai Chi is practiced by millions of people in the parks and squares of China. The practice of Tai Chi is a series of silent, fluid seamless slow-motion movements and studies show regular practice supports good health and longevity. It improves circulation, balance, mental focus and sense of wellbeing. It is low impact and can easily be modified to be practiced by those with mobility issues. Aimee Van Ostrand is a Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Healing Within Acupuncture. No experience or equipment is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing. There is always something new to learn in Tai Chi!

Sign up for a month at a time, or drop in when you can and pay $15 Member/$19 Non-Member per week.

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Introduction to Functional Woodworking

Date/Time: Saturday, April 27, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

James Putman of Farmhouse Style Furniture
Working from pre-cut kits, you will learn the basics of woodworking to make a functional object for your home. Experiment with different stains for a rustic or modern look. No prior wood experience required! You will use basic tools for this project; no power tools will be used. Choose between three practical objects: planter box, decorative box or floating shelf. Please let office know at time of registration which project you would like to complete.

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Alcohol Ink Painting for Beginners

Date/Time: Saturday, April 27, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Date/Time: Monday, May 13, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Debra Dresler
Join the fun and bring family and friends for an exciting painting event. This art ink medium can be used to create glowing paintings, gorgeous ceramic tiles, and more. Unpredictable, wildly colorful, vibrant inks are used on non-porous surfaces including metal, plastic, glass, Yupo paper, and tile. The possibilities are endless! The colors are fluid dye mixed with rubbing alcohol that can be used full strength for intense bursts of color or diluted for a subtle look similar to watercolor washes. The colors are intermixable and can be brush painted, dripped, splattered, stamped and air blown. This fun class will introduce you to the medium by crafting 2 ceramic tiles. Framing and finished options will be discussed. No painting experience required. $15 material fee paid to instructor for use of all her art supplies, 50 colors of ink, tiles and other equipment. Everything you need. Bring an apron or wear old clothes.

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Beginning Stained Glass

Date/Time: Saturday, April 27, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM & Sunday, April 28, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr & Lee Parr
This introductory class will give students the opportunity to learn the copper-foil stained glass technique. Students will first decide on the pattern of their piece. Pattern sheets are available for use or students can design their own. Glass is chosen and the pieces are cut using glass cutters, grinders, and saws. Once the pieces are cut and cleaned students will solder their pieces together and attach rings for hanging, No previous glass-cutting experience is necessary. Students should wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Long hair need to be pulled back and put into a binder. All tools are provided. Bring a lunch.

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Painted, Wrapped, Bundled & Bound Workshop

Date/Time: Monday & Tuesday, April 29 & 30, 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Jeanne Larson
In this mixed media workshop, you will paint small works of art on paper that will be bound together into beautiful bundles of personal expression. Along with collected bits of your favorite poetry, drawings, your own paintings and writing, you will build layers of stories to be bound with fibers, textured and handmade papers, found materials from nature and wire. We will focus on creating wonderful textures with molding paste, collage, acrylic paint and many other mixed media techniques, as well as several methods of cold connection to assemble these art bundles into your own story.

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SAORI Weaving with “Bloom”

Date/Time: Monday, April 29, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 1, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Ladies of “Bloom” & Chiaki O’Brien
SAORI weaving celebrates the unintentional beauty resulting from our natural creativity and does not try to imitate machine-made products. You are welcome to bring materials from home that you would like to use for your project such as homespun yarn or strips of fabric. This class is an especially unique and special opportunity to learn SAORI weaving from the 8 ladies who make up “Bloom.” While these ladies happen to have developmental disabilities they have already had two nearly sold out shows at Homewood Studios in Minneapolis, as well as having gained teaching experience through workshops held during their shows. SAORI is very different from traditional weaving, placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or the regularity of the woven cloth.

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Great iPhone Photography & Editing

Date/Time: Monday, April 29 & Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 PM – 8:30 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. 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.

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Felted Vases, Vessels, and Bowls

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 1, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Leslie Granbeck
Learn the fascinating art of seamless 3-D wet felting! Using wool and a variety of natural fibers, felt a small vessel to hold trinkets, chocolates or to simply brighten up any shelf. Choose bright or natural colors, then “sculpt” your vessel into any shape from organic to contemporary. You can even make it reversible. Some physical stamina needed for felting classes. $20 materials fee, payable to instructor, includes all fibers and project supplies.

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Silk Scarf with Bengala Dye

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 1, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Chiaki O’Brien
Let’s be creative and make a “one-of-a-kind” free style Itajime Shibori (clamp) silk scarf with bengala dye, or two! Natural Japanese dye, Bengala dyes are made from soil and are environmentally safe and fun to use. The dye process doesn’t require hot water so it is appropriate for students of all ages. You will find this to be a fun technique, just like playing with mud. You will learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form. You won’t be able to imagine the patterns you are creating when preparing the material. That’s the fun part of this class! You’ll enjoy the experience of “opening up an unexpected present” in the final product. The instructor will prepare some cotton/ silk scarves and shawls for you to choose from. If you have something extra to dye you will be charged a small dye fee. If you have latex allergy, this is not a good class for you as dyes have natural rubber latex in them.

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