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Winter Classes for Adults

Our roster of professional artists bring fun, skill-developing classes for adults to begin and advance within multiple art forms including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, mixed-media and more.

Photography

TUE / JAN 10 - MAR 14, 2023 / 6 PM - 8 PM
$175 / $155 (Museum Members)

This will be a ten-week class with eight classroom sessions and two local field trips to do outdoor photos. The classroom sessions go through basic camera operation. Some of the topics we will explore are: correct exposure, aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, focus, film speed, exposure compensation, and lighting. Composition will be an ongoing part of this class. Bring your camera (DSLR, mirrorless, smart phone, etc.), its manual, and tripod to the first class.

Stephen K Grewe / Beginners & Intermediate

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MON / JAN 9 - MAR 13, 2023 / 6 - 8 PM
$175 / $155 (Museum Members)

Intermediate photography will give students the opportunity to enter the world of editing. There will be weekly photo assignments with subsequent discussion of those assignments. Bring your camera (DSLR, mirrorless, smartphone, etc.), its manual, and tripod to the first class. Students will be required to bring their own laptop and editing software.

Jonathan Harrison / Intermediate

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Ceramics

MON / JAN 16 - FEB 20, 2023 / 6 - 9 PM
$140 / $125 (Museum Members)

Are you new to the world of pottery?  Are you a potter in love with hand building? Join Pam Hart and explore the three major hand building methods:  pinch pot, coil, and slab using a project-based approach. Hand building helps students to understand the properties of clay and learn skills all potters need.  The projects demonstrated will allow students to explore making both functional and artistic work. Experienced potters can build on their own work with instructor support.

Pam Hart / Beginners & Intermediate

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MON / FEB 27 - APR 10, 2023 / 6 - 9 PM
$140 / $125 Museum Members

The second session gives students choices: hand building or wheel boot camp.  Hand building will continue to use a project-based approach to revisit pinch pot, coil, and slab with all NEW projects. Hand building is key to helping students understand the properties of clay and learning skills they can use in all aspects of ceramics.  Experienced students can choose to work with the projects introduced or build upon their own work.  

If you’re hoping to explore throwing on the wheel, join Beth in this six-week introduction course to wheel throwing. You will learn to center clay and throw the basic forms of cylinders, bowls, and plates. This course is a fast-paced introduction, but don’t worry, it also includes a great deal of hands-on instruction and help along the way.

Pam Hart and Beth Thomas / Beginners & Intermediate

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TUE / JAN 17 - FEB 21, 2023 / 6 - 9 PM
$140 / $125 (Museum Members)

In this class we will be reviewing basic forms like the bowl, cylinder, and plate as well as introducing new forms such as handles, jars, lids, and spouts. Learning these new forms will teach you more skills as well as give depth to your work. Beth will give you a very hands-on experience, and will help you achieve your goals and vision for the class.

Beth Thomas / Intermediate

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TUE / FEB 28 - APR 11, 2023 / 6 - 9 PM
$140 / $125 (Museum Members)

This class will continue to build basic skills while introducing some new concepts. We will continue to expand our skills by learning how to alter pots with stacking and darting. We will also begin to think more about surface techniques such as sprigs, wax resist, and found object texture as well as explore unique functional forms.

Beth Thomas / Intermediate

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THU / JAN 19 - FEB 23, 2023 / 6 PM - 9 PM
$140 / $125 (Museum Members)

Are you looking to grow your advanced Ceramic skills? If you are, this course is for you! Students will work with Mike to define their project plans, explore, and develop advanced hand building and wheel throwing techniques, cultivate aesthetic sensibilities, consider glazing options, analyze works, and self-critique their works with a healthy dose of fun.

Mike Zureich / Advanced

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THU / MAR 2 - APR 13 / 6 - 9 PM
$140 / $125 Museum Members   

The second session will be a continuation of the Advanced Wheel & Hand Building Session 1 for Students that just completed Advanced Wheel & Hand Building Session 1. Otherwise, Session 2 will be a Session 1 for newcomers. I am really looking forward to facilitating and contributing to your ceramic growth and development and hope to see you this fall in the Advanced Wheel & Hand Building class.

Mike Zureich / Advanced

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FRI / FEB 10, 2023 / 6:30 - 9 PM
$70 / $55 (Museum Members)

Are you looking for something fun and unique to do with your Valentine this year? Come reenact that moment from “Ghost” between Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in our pottery studio! We are opening up our studio for this special date night event to interested couples - no previous clay experience needed! You and your significant other will get a crash course in throwing pottery, as well as some excellent photo opportunities, and finish with chocolate-covered strawberries and a glass of champagne!

Beth Thomas / Beginners

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Jewelry & Glass

FRI / APR 21, 2023 / 6 - 9 PM
$60/ $50 (Museum Members)
OFFSITE at Instructor's Studio

The glass fusing workshop is an exciting opportunity to be working with glass pieces, frits, and powders. The instructor will teach how to cut glass, about glass compatibility, and firing schedules. Students will make a 6”x6” flat fused piece and several small jewelry pieces. The instructor will add skills if you have already taken a workshop before. Use of necessary tools and kiln firings are provided. This class takes place in the instructor’s studio, so please dress for the weather and a N95 mask is required as we will be working with glass powders. Requires $30 materials fee, paid to the instructor.

Emmy Heger / Beginners

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WED / JAN 11 - MAR 15, 2023 / 6 - 9 PM
$210 / $195 (Museum Members)

Take your designs on paper through the process of lost wax casting to create finished jewelry. Beginning students will execute a guided project; intermediate and advanced students will work on their own designs. Wax working, casting, and finishing techniques will be demonstrated. At the start of the class, a group order will be placed for metal and supplies.

Sharon Berkan-Dent / Beginners & Intermediate

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Painting & Drawing

FRI / JAN 13 - MAR 17, 2023 / 1 - 4 PM
$210 / $195 Museum Members

The goal of this class is to explore a variety of 2D media and artistic styles to discover which forms of 2D art you like best. This class is beneficial for those just beginning to experiment with art, but will also help those who have experience learn new skills and techniques. We will also learn how you can combine a variety of materials, integrating found objects, collage, and fibers into drawings and paintings to play to your strengths as a creator.

Allise Noble / Beginners and Intermediate

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WED / JAN 11 - MAR 15, 2023 / 6 - 9 PM
$210 / $195 Museum Members

This class is a continuation of the Exploring Multimedia class and is centered around using multiple artistic media as a means of self-expression and communication. We will explore 2D fiber art, pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, and watercolor, as well as collage and assemblage as we learn how to create symbolism, inspire emotion, share what is important to us, and tell a story with our art. We will also work in a variety of styles including realism, abstract, and surrealism as we discover our own artistic leanings and preferences.

Allise Noble / Beginners and Intermediate

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MON / FEB 27  - APR 10, 2023 / 9:30 AM - 12 PM
$135 / $125 (Museum Members)

Learn the basics of oil painting or hone your current skills as you learn to manipulate brushes, mix color and apply paint using traditional and contemporary processes. Students will study old masters’ techniques such as grisaille and painting alla prima, and develop an individual painting style while painting from still life, landscape and portrait subject matter.

Ruth Howell / Beginners & Intermediate

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WED / MAR 1 - APR 12, 2023 / 9:30 AM - 12 PM
$135 / $125 Museum Members

Explore the creative possibilities of transparent and opaque watercolor while learning about color mixing, brush handling, value, composition and the characteristics unique to watercolor. Class sessions include instructor demonstrations, student practice time and group discussions.

Ruth Howell / All Levels

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