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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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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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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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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Hand Sewing Leather 201- Tote Bag and Laptop Case

CLASS ID: 8A4T
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 MerachantLeather.com/WBCA for project examples)

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Introduction to Wet Felting

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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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Birds and Blooms: Painted Paper Collage Workshop

CLASS ID: 8E1A
Date/Time: Tuesday-Thursday, August 4-6, 2020, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuition: $445 Member/$555 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

This workshop is a comprehensive class in which students are taught a unique figurative collage technique. Emphasis will be on developing form using light, shadow, and directional ripping– very similar to traditional painting techniques. No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting experience would be helpful, but not imperative. Please register for this class at least 5 weeks in advance.

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