Hand Sewing Leather 201 – Tote Bag and Laptop Case

Time: Wednesday, February 27, 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 MerachLeather.com/WBCA for project examples)

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Paint, Print and Collage

Date/Time: Friday, January 25, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Bonnie Cutts
Explore making monoprints and collage materials using Golden OPEN acrylics and a Gelli Plate. In this fast paced and fun class you will work in multiples and see what fun it can be to build and print your images quickly. Roll out paint, stencil a pattern, lay down shapes, and create images layer upon layer as the day goes by. You will work prints on printmaking paper as well as create collage materials. We will work quickly and make several prints without the use of a press. Open to all levels of creative experience and anyone ready to dive in and have some fun!

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Painting Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Date/Time: Tuesday – Thursday, July 30 – August 1, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Karen Knutson
Learn to loosen up and paint from the heart! We will be drawing more contemporary versions of people, in the loosest fashion possible. Simplicity is the name of the game in this workshop. Many techniques for texture, how to build layers for depth, working with limited colors, and lots of fun tricks done with rubbing alcohol and other tools, are just some of the new skills that you will learn.

One day, we will learn how to do wire drawings, which will help the students to loosen up! (Wire drawings are done with permanent markers and they resemble wire sculptures when completed.) This workshop is geared for all levels of acrylic students. We will also be trying other mixed media for detail work, like caran d’ ache crayons and prismacolor pencils. Karen Knutson is a very sought after instructor who believes that painting should be fun, but also likes to teach good design at the same time! www.karenknutson.com

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Modular Art Creations

Date/Time: Monday-Wednesday, May 13 – 15, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Kathleen Hope
This workshop will explore the secrets and techniques of what makes these small paintings work together. We will use small 8x8x2 wood panels and apply acrylic and collage to create unique designs. Learn how and why collectors love this grid-like form of art, and where to sell these small gems. Modular art has become popular at art shows and galleries. Kathleen Hope is a master at modular art and has created thousands of designs. Learn Kathleen’s secrets to success. Bring a lunch.

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Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

Date/Time: Thursday, May 16, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet returns to the White Bear Center for the Arts with special guest Linda Chatterton on flute. The program will include music of J.S. Bach, Leo Brouwer, Astor Piazzolla and Maja Radovanlija.

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Beginning Memoir: Finding the Story

Date/Time: Saturday, January 12, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Angela Foster
Do you have a memory that shimmers in your mind? One that begs to be written? Do you find it difficult to get started? Through the use of prompts and free writes, we’ll get those memories on paper. We’ll talk about the basics of memoir and the details that bring them to life. You’ll leave this class with at least three works-in-progress and ideas for many more.

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Abstract Figure or Portrait

Date/Time: Tuesday & Wednesday, January 15 & 16, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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

Students must bring photographs that feature figures in some way, or other references from which to work. Photographs of people engaged in activities are especially helpful, or figures in interesting positions and poses. This workshop should be a starting point for you to push your boundaries beyond where your current art work has taken you, while keeping your portraits/figures fresh, exciting and uniquely yours. This workshop should be perfect for any student willing to reach new artistic levels and who wants to “loosen up” their paintings. Students interested in experimentation while learning new techniques will gain the most from this workshop, whether a new artist or a more established artist that is feeling “stuck.”

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Mindfulness and Creativity in Poetry and Art

Date/Time: Saturday, March 2, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Greta Gaard, Ph.D. in English, MSW in Clinical Social Work & Mina Leierwood, M.A. in Education
Mindfulness practice teaches one how to set aside habitual patterns of thought, and to pay attention to a deeper level of sensations, images, emotions. Similarly, both good writing and expressive art address life’s greatest questions through a grounded awareness of sensations, environments, other beings, and earthly elements. This workshop introduces mindfulness practice accompanied by the practices of reading and writing poetry, and creating art.

In the morning session, we will read short poems that use mindfulness as a lens on life itself — poems by Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Lynn Ungar, David Wagoner, Naomi Shihab Nye — discussing these poems in terms of form, metaphor, sensory detail, rhythm and stanzas. The format alternates mindful poetry reading, reflection, discussion, and the practice of mindful poetry-writing.

In the afternoon session, participants will explore paper, ink, watercolor and assemblage to reflect and expound upon their written works. No artistic experience is necessary, only a sense of curiosity is needed. We’ll be learning to trust our intuitive, artist-selves, and with a little coaxing, your inner spirit is sure to come and play. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a complementary pairing of poetry and art.

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Sculpting Workshop for All Ages

Date/Time: Saturday, January 26, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM & Sunday, January 27, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Erik Pearson
Join Erik Pearson for a two day sculpture workshop. Bring the whole family and work together on one piece, pay per sculpture. Erik will show you how to mix a plaster-like material using household items and then apply the material to a framework of cardboard and tape to create a table top sculpture. It’s like frosting a cake. The material will need approximately 24 hours to cure, after which additional refinements can be made to your piece, or it can be painted and ready to bring home. Come and work individually on a sculpture or with friends or family for a group project. Wear work clothes. Think of some ideas to sculpt: a person, animal, etc. Sign up early! 12 sculpture limit. Bring from home: cardboard and duct tape

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Am Now Writer: Public Reading

Date/Time: Monday, February 4, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Mary Jane LaVigne
Join us for a public reading for writers of poetry, fiction, non- fiction, and more. Sign up to share anything you can present in 5 minutes or less. Or, just come to listen to Special Guest Rob Thomas. Rob is of Dakota ancestry and has written a play about the Dakota/US War of 1862.

“Am now writer” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald on his army discharge form, though he’d not yet sold a story. Whether writing is your vocation or avocation, it is our hope that this public reading inspires you to claim this title for yourself. When registering for this event please indicate whether you would like to read or attend in as audience. Prior approval is required to read.

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