Your Artist Creativity Path

Date/Time: 5 Saturdays, July 13-August 10, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Tuition: $105 Member/$135 Non-Member Material
Fee: Pre-Purchase book, The Muse Is In by Jill Badonsky, & $20 payable to instructor for workbook companion
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

Learn to discover, nurture, support, define and enhance your creative self by joining in this journey. We will work together to discover our passions, truths, purpose, blocks, curiosities, fears, beliefs and goals. Through journals, artist dates, detective work exercises, dream visioning, mindfulness, and audacious FUN, we will meet and travel this creative path together.

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Stained Glass Suncatchers

Date/Time: Monday-Tuesday, July 22 & 23, 6:00-9:00 PM
Tuition: $84 Member/$108 Non-Member
Material Fee: $5 payable to instructor
Age/Level: All Ages 12+, All Levels

A Suncatcher is a small stained glass project that is light enough to be hung in a window with a suction cup. In this class you will learn the basics of making stained glass without having to invest in all the tools. There will be a variety of patterns available from beginner to more advanced, for those of you who have already had some training working with glass. You will have time to make one or two suncatchers depending on the complexity of the ones you choose. Next you will choose the colors of glass that you want for each part. Then you will be scoring and breaking glass. Tools and grinders will be used to shape the glass to match each pattern piece. When the glass is ready, you will be applying a thin copper foil to the edge and soldering the pieces together. Students should wear a crew necked t-shirt and shoes with a hard surface and closed top (not an open sandal or mesh top tennis shoe).

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Encaustic Effects With Acrylics

Date/Time: Saturday, July 27, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuition: $95 Member/$119 Non-Member
Material Fee: $10 Payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

Learn to create the wax like look of encaustic painting with the durability of acrylics. Mimic the soft, luminous effects of beeswax by applying multiple layers of acrylic paints and gels layer upon layer. Cut and bury paper images and stenciled patterns deep below the surface and create lovely soft translucent layers over them. Become familiar with encaustic-like wax formulas, explore a variety of applications and create a whole new feeling in your artwork. Open to all levels of painting experience. See for supply list.

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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!

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Painting an Oil Portrait from Photo Reference

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 27, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuition: $135 Member/$169 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Beginner, Intermediate

Personalize your art or your gift giving by painting a portrait of a loved one. Suzann will walk you through the process of painting a portrait start to finish from your own photo. This workshop includes a demo and hands-on work. Advanced students will have the opportunity to sharpen their accuracy and finishing techniques. This workshop will teach you:
• How to choose a photo to paint from.
• Ways to transfer a basic drawing to canvas.
• How to mix colors for flesh tones.
• Steps to paint a portrait in one or more sessions.
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Hand Sewing Leather 201- Tote Bag and Laptop Case

Time: Thursday, August 29, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuition: $63 Member/$81 Non-Member
Material Fee: $40 – $60 depending on the project payable to instructor
Age/level: Adults and teens 12+, 101 or other hand-sewing experience is strongly recommended.
Please bring reading glasses if you need them

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 your finished project. (please see for project examples)

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Art Quilting 101

Date/Time: Tuesday-Wednesday, August 20 & 21, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Tuition: $150 Member/ $187 Non-Member
Material Fee: $40 Payable to Instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Experienced Beginner and Beyond

You will study color, painting your own fabric, composition, and design elements, and make a small wall piece using a variety of techniques which will be demonstrated and implemented in class. Finishing and machine quilting will be discussed. See my book The Complete Photo Guide to Art Quilting.
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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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Symbolism in Your Painting

Date/Time: Friday-Sunday, October 25-27, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Tuition: $350 Member/$438 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

From ancient times to the present, symbols are a part of our communication both verbally and visually. Everywhere we look, we are aware of the symbolism in our lives. This course focuses on the daily symbols (ex. street signs) and the more meaningful symbols (love, joy, family) important to us. The exercises will be geared toward non-realistic paintings as you find your own vision of creative painting. Join in on the fun of this unique approach to your artful life. Artists will work on separate paintings in each morning and afternoon session. Past experience is helpful; however, an open, experimental and “anything goes” attitude is the best. Critique is a part of each session. All media and all levels of artists are welcome.

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