October Woodfire Exploration

CLASS ID: 10A3B
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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Introduction to Wet Felting

CLASS ID: 9B4A
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 25, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Tuition: $58 Member/$74 Non-Member
Material Fee: $20 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Teens 16+, All Levels

Leslie Granbeck
Explore the fundamentals of the ancient technique of wet felting. Using modern materials learn to lay out wool, the steps to create quality felt, and build a foundation for more complex projects. This is a great class for beginners and those who’d like to improve their felt making skills. $20 supply fee, payable to instructor, includes all fibers and supplies. Bring from home: A bag lunch, 2-3 hand towels, an old bath towel and a plastic bag to carry home wet items. Optional: Apron.

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Faux Marble End Table

CLASS ID: 10B9N 
Date/Time: 3 Saturdays October 5-19, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM 
Tuition: $120 Member/$150 Non-Member 
Material Fee: $100-$200 depending on project 
Age/level: Adults, All Levels 
**Location: White Bear Makerspace, 5966 State Highway 61, 
White Bear Township, MN

Learn how to make incredible looking simulated rock/marble using epoxy resin! You pick the colors,= shape, size/height and leg style of this table. Instructors will email you in advance to discuss your design, as this may affect the final price. This class will require 3 sessions, to allow for the epoxy coats to dry. You can make more than one table (material price will increase). This class can also be 
used as “practice” for learning how to redo your own kitchen counter-tops using these same epoxy techniques. Please register at least two weeks in advance. 

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Out of the Lines!

CLASS ID: 10BWH 
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 8, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM 
Tuition: $100 Member/$120 Non-Member 
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels


A one-day workshop for Watermedia artists to explore everything we can about line! Thick line, thin line, straight line, curvy line, zggy line, zaggy line… you get the idea. Line has been one of the most important elements in art since the beginning of time, but very few of us have learned to use the line effectively in our paintings. We will explore the nature of line, the way line has fascinated artists for centuries, and the wa to use it as either a major or a minor element in your own work. Come to the class to get creative, loosen up, and explore a brand new element for your paintings. 

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Loose Lush Landscapes

CLASS ID: 11BAA
Date/Time: Saturday, November 2, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Tuition: $95 Member/$119 Non-Member
Material Fee: $10 Payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

Bonnie Cutts
Approach landscape painting using photos for subject matter, and see what fun adding lots of color and texture can be. Come and paint all day in a loose way, applying bold, big brushstrokes with a lot of paint, and/or pour paint for an interesting effect. You will learn to add texture with gels and molding pastes and figure out which material best suits you as you create little paintings packed with emotion. The focus of the class will be on capturing larger shapes rather than details as you simplify the landscape images. Have fun using paint mixed with gels to create thick, textural paintings filled with lots of energy. Class will warm up with quick drawings to define shapes and forms in the landscape image to be painted. Each student will finish several small paintings during the class, all with a different feel depending on the acrylic materials used. All levels of painting experience are welcome. $10 Materials fee paid to instructor.
Bring to class: 4 large synthetic brushes, flats and filberts up to 1”; 6 – 8” x 10” surfaces to paint on – canvas, canvas boards, or gessoed hardboard surfaces; landscape photos – or use the instructor’s; drawing paper and pencils; palette knives; palette for paint; water container, rags, and a bag lunch.

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Print, Paint, Collage

CLASS ID: 10BAD
Date/Time: Friday, October 4, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Tuition: $95 Member/$119 Non-Member
Material Fee: $10 Payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

Bonnie Cutts
Join me for a day of painting with acrylics, applying patterns with stencils, printing with slow drying OPEN acrylics and then working to bring it all together. Apply OPEN paint to your Gelli plate and make multiple prints using stencils and patterns. Paint and draw on your prints, create collages with decorative papers and the prints you make, learn about new materials to draw and paint on and create unique pieces of art. Open to all levels of creative experience and anyone ready to jump in and mix things up.
Bring to class: 2 – 9” x 12” hardboard surfaces, 1 – 6” x 6” Gelli Plate, 1 tablet of Strathmore Printmaking Paper (11” x 14”), 1- 4” soft rubber brayer, palette for paint, scissors, straight edge, stencils, papers for collage, a variety of synthetic paintbrushes and palette knives, soft rags, paper towels, a water container and a bag lunch. Paint, gels, mediums and papers to make collage papers provided.

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Tote Bag, Bucket Bag and Laptop Case

CLASS ID: 10B4T
Time: Wednesday, October 2, 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.

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, a new bucket bag or a laptop sleeve. 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 MerachantLeather.com/WBCA for project examples)

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Felted Luminarias

CLASS ID: 11B4B
Date/Time: Monday, December 9, 10:00 AM-2:30 PM
Tuition: $48 Member/$61 Non-Member
Material Fee: $20 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Teens 16+, All Levels

Leslie Granbeck
Add a warm glow to the holiday season with pretty, felted luminarias. Learn traditional wet felting techniques using wool and a little soapy water. Add texture and other design embellishments using a variety of materials. Your luminarias are the perfect accent for the mantle, dinner table, or any spot that needs a little soft illumination. And they make great gifts! Make two in class. $20 materials fee, payable to instructor, includes all fibers and supplies.

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Fabulous Felted Hat

CLASS ID: 10B4B
Date/Time: Saturday, October 26, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Tuition: $84 Member/$108 Non-Member
Material Fee: $30 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Teens 16+, All Levels

Leslie Granbeck
Learn the fascinating art of seamless felting and design a stylish hat perfect for the cold weather ahead. Choose your look: whimsical high crown with lots of scrunch or the classic wide brim. No knitting required, create your hat using colorful wool roving and traditional wet felting techniques. A variety of surface embellishments add to the fun! Previous wet felting experience/laying out fibers helpful. Some physical stamina needed for felting classes. $30 materials fee, payable to instructor, includes all fibers and supplies.

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“Circles” Felted Table Runner

CLASS ID: 10B4A
Date/Time: Saturday, October 5, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuition: $68 Member/$88 Non-Member
Material Fee: $30 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Teens 16+, All Levels

Leslie Granbeck
Create a colorful runner or wall hanging from wool fibers and a little soapy water. No knitting or sewing required, learn the magic of wet feltmaking and create a work of art for your table or wall. Inspired by vintage penny rugs and the Russian artist Kandinsky, this design looks great in any home, office or cabin. $30 materials fee includes all fibers and supplies is payable to instructor. Some physical stamina needed for felting classes.

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