Basic Botanicals: Drawing Plants from the Ground Up

Date/Time: Tuesday & Thursday, August 21 & 23, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Vera Ming Wong
Explore the amazing world of plants! What role do plants occupy in your artwork? Your environment? Your life? Infuse plant colors, shapes and textures (adaptations to diverse and extreme environments) with deeper meaning and metaphor in your artwork. Delve into the significance of plant gesture, anatomy, behavior and diversity with natural science artist and illustrator Vera Ming Wong.

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The Abstracted Landscape

CLASS ID: 5W03 This class is full.
Date/Time: Wednesday – Thursday, August 22 – 23, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Calvin deRuyter
People understand realistic landscape, and non-objective abstract but between those two points are a multitude of points where one can intermingle the concepts from both. In this two-day workshop we will explore the abstracted landscape. We will talk about the concepts of abstraction by looking at other visual artists and how they have abstracted the landscape to meet their specific abstract goals while still maintaining the viewer’s perception that the painting is a landscape. We will discuss color, texture, shapes/forms, and composition(s) with the abstracted landscape in mind. We will work with drawing tools and mixed water media (acrylic and/or watercolor), although you can ultimately apply the principles we discuss to any medium.

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Find Your Future in Art

Date/Time: Monday, November 12, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Scott Hochhalter, MCAD
Scott Hochhalter, from Minneapolis College of Art and Design will lead a discussion for teens about putting together a portfolio, art school, careers, and vocabulary surrounding a critique.

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Encaustic Effects with Acrylics

Date/Time: Monday, September 17, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Bonnie Cutts
Learn to create encaustic effects using acrylic materials. Mimic the soft, luminous effect of beeswax by applying multiple layers of various acrylic gels and mediums and paint. Bury images and patterns deep below the surface and create lovely soft transparent and translucent layers. Become familiar with encaustic-like formulas and give your work a whole new feeling. Create the wax-like look of encaustics with the durability of acrylics. Open to all levels of painting experience. $10 materials fee paid to instructor.

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Mosaic Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30, Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Open Studio Time: Sunday, September 30, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Wouterina De Raad
Learn the basic skills of mosaic tiling. Students will learn how to cut and break glass and ceramic tile, and what materials and adhesives to use for subzero climates. There will be a grouting demonstration and discussions on cement formulas and how to use pigments and texture a cement surface. Students provide the object or sculpture to be decorated. You can bring the sculpture you created in the concrete sculpture workshop or bring a new object. If you need suggestions or examples, call WBCA. On day 2 if you need more time, come to the Open Studio hours in the morning before class. All other materials and tools are provided.

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Concrete Sculpture Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9, Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Open Studio Time: Sunday, September 9, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Wouterina De Raad
Learn to make a concrete statue in this 2-day workshop. Wouterina will teach her own techniques, not offered in books or schools. During the first day of this workshop, participants will make a multi-layered metal form, which will be cemented on the following day. You will learn how to cut and shape metal lath and when and how to use reinforcements. There will be a demonstration on various cementing techniques, discussions on cement formulas, and what pigments to use for coloring cement. Wouterina has a technique to create concrete environments without any welding. With this knowledge you can create benches in any shape you like, that can seat as many people as you want, as well as outdoor adobe style fireplaces, fences and arches that light up, life size sculptures, bird baths, planters, and smaller objects. On day 2 if you need more time, come to the Open Studio hours in the morning before class. Sign up for the Mosaic workshop to adorn the sculpture you make in this class! All materials and tools are provided.

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Peruvian Weaving Demonstration

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 11, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Melanie Ebertz
Be transported to the heights of the Andes with a lively cultural presentation. Welcome the two Andean weavers from Chinchero, Peru, while they demonstrate their artistry on traditional back strap looms. This ancient craft has its roots in Incan ancestry and is an important part of the rich indigenous culture. Melanie Ebertz, owner of ArtAndes, leads culture, art, and history trips to Peru and is dedicated to helping preserve the Andean weaving techniques. Unique finely woven weavings will be available for sale.

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Community Concert with Thursday Musical

Date/Time: Saturday, October 27, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Thursday Musical Musicians
Thursday Musical, one of the oldest arts organizations in the country, was founded in 1892 by a group of 12 women from Minneapolis. Currently, Thursday Musical supports three distinctive recital series featuring a wealth of classical solo and chamber ensemble repertoire: the Thursday Morning Artist Series, Home Programs, and Community Concerts. This fall, White Bear Center for the Arts will be hosting a Community Concert. Detailed program information to follow.

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On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson – William Souder Lecture

Date/Time: Thursday, November 8, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

William Souder
Award-winning author William Souder will present his book On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring. Elegantly written and meticulously researched, On a Farther Shore reveals a shy yet passionate woman more at home in the natural world than in the literary one that embraced her. William Souder also writes sensitively of Carson’s romantic friendship with Dorothy Freeman, and of Carson’s death from cancer in 1964. This extraordinary biography captures the essence of one of the great reformers of the twentieth century. A New York Times Notable Book of 2012.

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Hand Sewing Leather 201 – Tote Bag and Laptop Case

Time: Sunday, November 18, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Dan Horan of Merchant Leather
This advanced leather-working class will build on your sewing skills, allowing students to create a larger, more complex project. Students will work from custom patterns while being guided through the basics of leather design and construction  including the skills necessary to design their own goods. Project options include a tote bag, cross body purse, 13” laptop case or 15” laptop case. You will be required to choose your project at signup but a variety of leather choices for each project will be available at the beginning of class. Previous hand-sewing (saddle stitch) experience is strongly recommended. While the basics will be covered, the more experience you have, the happier you will be with you finished project. (please see for project examples)

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