Drawing • Painting • Mixed Media • Clayworks • Open Studio •Art Uncorked • Art Lectures
Mondays, Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2
Facilitator: Jennie Johnson Sic
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make wheel thrown pottery? Then this class is for you! Starting from the beginning, you will learn how to wedge, center, pull and shape the clay on a potters wheel. You will get the opportunity to practice both bowl shapes as well as vase shapes and learn how to add handles or other decorative aspects to your work. You will complete the process of thrown pottery by trimming your pieces to get them ready to fire. Once out of the kiln you will glaze and finish off your artwork. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. Each student must bring an apron, hand towel and their own pottery tool kit (available at craft stores or online).
Register by: 10/19
Mondays, Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25
Facilitator: Anya Nelson
Ages 16+. Bring your wheel throwing skills to the next level. This class is an excellent opportunity to work alongside peers who are serious about improving their form, throwing larger pieces and incorporating other methods into your pieces. Instructor will tailor each class to the individual participants throwing needs, assist in troubleshooting and take time to work with each person individually. Excellent peer support and inspiration is encouraged to enhance everyone’s experience. This class is for you if you if you seriously want to improve your proficiency and think outside the box. Come to this “Monday Funday” and let your pottery grow at your own pace. Please bring a list of pottery goals with you or we can work on that together. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. Each student must bring an apron, hand towel and their own pottery tool kit (available at craft stores or online).
Prerequisite beginner throwing skills mastered or instructor approval.
Tuesdays, Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26
Facilitator: Eamonn Talkington
Register by: 10/20
Thursdays, Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5
If you have mastered the skill of creating basic forms on the pottery wheel then you are ready to move to the next level! This class will allow you to take your skills further and learn to throw with larger amounts of clay and create more intricate forms such as bottles, plates, and lidded vessels. Students are welcome to suggest forms they're interested in creating and demonstrations will be given based on interest. Students are also free to work on their own personal projects and receive assistance from the instructor as needed. Students must have some experience throwing on a wheel and feel comfortable creating the most basic forms. Fee includes up to 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firing. Please bring to class an apron and hand towel. Each student must bring their own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).
Register by: 10/22
Saturdays, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, Dec. 7
Facilitator: Sabrina Tassoni
Register by: 10/24
Wednesdays, October 30, November 6, 13, 20
Facilitator: Ron Wick
This class is for beginners and intermediate painters who love to paint with acrylics. Join Ron's class and enjoy painting with acrylic on canvas and other surfaces. "To paint well is to have control of the medium". Together we will explore your potential. Ron will give demonstrations on different subjects each week. Come! Let's enjoy the experience together! Students can bring a painting they have done if they would like to have it critiqued in the first class. Please bring your paints, brushes and canvas and be ready to paint at the first class!
Register by: 10/28
Mondays, November 4, 11, 18, 25
Facilitator: Alicean "Li" Slough
Reg by: 11/02
Mondays, November 4 & 11
Facilitator: Rebecca Downing Pelley
Crash Classes are designed to introduce a new medium, new concepts, or deepen existing skills and understanding.
Register by 09/16
November 4, 11, 18, 25
Facilitator: Linda Ewalt & Jean Schnack
Jean and Linda will help you explore new techniques and skills in pottery. Focusing on wheel throwing, additions, lids, feet, handles, trimming, creative diversions, glazing and whatever directions the students would like to pursue. Class demos and collaboration will promote a fun learning environment while pushing skills and creativity to a higher level. Come and join the fun! Fee includes up to 25lbs of clay, glazes, and firing. Ages 16+. Int- Adv
Register by 11/02
Mondays, November 4 (6:00- 9:00 pm) and November 25 (6:00- 8:00 pm)
Facilitator: Rafaela Wickstrum
Tuesday, November 5
Facilitator: Lincoln Bias
Wednesdays, November 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11
Facilitator: Delores Burkholder
Age 18+. Int.-Adv. Join this fun, free form handbuilding clay class and create something you are interested in . We use forms, natural elements, and your imagination to build practical, unusual or whimsical forms with guidance from the instructor. Lots of tools to play with, lots of colors to choose from. So many choices for you to enjoy. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes & firing.
Register by 11/04
Wednesdays, November 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11
Thursdays, November 7, 14, 21
Facilitator: Kathy Rasmus
Have you always wanted to learn how to make baskets? Come and learn the coiling technique to create unique and beautiful baskets. We will explore how create baskets with a variety of forms, embellishments and finishes. You learn ways to add beads, fringe and interesting edges to clay pieces. The only supplies you will need is medium weight yarn. This is a great new way to use up all that extra yarn you have laying around. Each class time we will concentrate on the steps in building your basket. All other supplies will be provided.
Reg by: 11/05
Thursday, November 7 (1:00- 4:00 pm) and December 5 (1:00- 3:00 pm)
Note Date Change!
Saturday, November 9 (was Oct 12)
Facilitator: Judith Koren Shanahan
Getting started in Art Journaling will teach you how to prepare a background on the page, then how to layer, add color, add your own handwriting or apply a printed phrase which is meaningful to you. Each journal is completely unique to the artist making it. Participants should bring an 8 x10 blank wire bound journal, such as a Canson mixed media pad (easily found at Michael's stores or Dick Blick), which is strong enough to take wet or dry mediums, scissors, and any pictures, clippings, or other ephemera they want to use, and a waterproof maker. Adhesives and more will be provided
Tuesdays, November 12, 19, Dec 3, 10, 17
Facilitator: Sue Abare
This class is for those first timers wanting to experience watercolor or someone who wants to expand beginning skills. Have fun exploring the enchantment of water and paint in their irresistible dance. As with all painting, a little drawing experience is helpful. Feel free to bring supplies you may already have or wait for suggestions on what you may want to purchase. Some basic supplies are furnished. We will discuss preparing paper to paint, brushes and their technique, some color theory - but mostly we will jump in the water, and do it!
Register by 11/10
Swiping with Acrylic Paint!
Wednesday, November 13
Facilitator: Tres Testolin
New pour painting techniques! Come and have fun, get messy with this free flowing medium! Tres will guide you through the steps using different techniques to achieve some amazing pour painting results. Each session offers a new interesting outcome! Paints are included, but if you would like to bring your own colors you will need 4 small bottles of craft paint. Make a 16 x 20 painting with layers of colors and lots of beautiful cells and flowers! Everything you'll need is provided, including the sink strainer!
Reg by: 11/11
Thursdays, November 14, 21, Dec 5, 12, 19
Intermediate & Advanced Level. In this five-week class we will continue to practice our skill building toward simplicity, spontaneity and success. We will discuss value, wetness, color and composition. Do you know what NOT to paint? Ideas abound, lots of thinking goes on as students and instructor continue learning. Students bring their own supplies.
Register by 11/12
Thursday, November 14
Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd
Gustav Klimt, (1862-1918) Austrian painter, muralist and sketcher, was involved in Realism, Abstraction, Art Nouveau and Symbolism. He was a leader in the “Vienna Secession,” a group who rebelled against the Austrian art establishment. He is most famous for his hybrids of realism and decorative art, in which he often used cold leaf and created awesome, complex and dazzling patterns.
Register by 11/13
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Thursday November 14
Facilitator: Kim Morhardt
Reg by: 11/12
Saturday, November 16
Facilitator: Norm Knott
Jizo statues have been used ceremonially for centuries in Japanese Buddhism to help loved ones spiritually "cross over". We will reinterpret them into dolls after a brief history of their devotional uses by Norm. The dolls will be personalized in a meaningful way through our creative and decorative process and become useful spiritual tools for our home shrines and meditations. Supplies provided, participants can bring fabric paint, glitter, rhinestones, acrylic paint, meaningful accessories, etc. for personal use on their dolls or to share with the group
Register by: 11/08 *Note Early Registration Deadline!
Mondays, November 18, 25, December 2, 9
Facilitator: Christi Russell
Tapestry weaving is an ancient technique used by many cultures to create fabrics for clothes, wall hangings and furniture. In this class students will learn the basics of tapestry weaving, how to plan and design a tapestry project, and traditional easy to learn tapestry techniques. Students will also learn how to build and set up a loom, add plain weave, utilize rya knots, incorporate soumak and create shapes while experimenting with color, pattern and texture. Plus, a few important finishing steps to get your work off your loom and onto your wall. Take your loom home and keep creating after the class! Students need to bring: 4 skeins of different types of yarn in colors of their choice, optional beads and other things to add to their weaving.
Tuesdays, November 26, Dec 3, 10, 17
Learn techniques of hand-building with clay. Join this fun class with fellow clay artists to bring yourself to your next level of creativity. Instructor led, mentoring, or independent study, whatever your skill level, you will enjoy this class of slab, coil, press mold, textures, image transfer and more. Bring your ideas to brainstorm since the sky's the limit! Wheels available for those who are proficient in throwing and wish to incorporate the two. Class includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings. Additional clay available for purchase. Please bring to class an apron and hand towel. Each student must bring their own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online.)
Register by 11/24
Tuesdays, November 26, Dec 3, 10, 17
Wednesdays, November 27, Dec 4, 11, 18
This class is for beginners and intermediate painters who love to paint with acrylics. Join Ron's class and enjoy painting with acrylic on canvas and other surfaces. "To paint well is to have control of the medium". Together we will explore your potential. Ron will give demonstrations on different subjects each week. Come! Lets enjoy the experience together! Students can bring a painting they have done if they would like to have it critiqued in the first class. Please bring your paints, brushes and canvas and be ready to paint at the first class!
Register by 11/25
Saturday, December 7
Namaste! For centuries Prayer Flags have been hung to send beneficial prayers and good fortune into the atmosphere every time the wind blows them. Using centuries old ground rules we will design our own interpretations of Tibetan Prayer Flags. Each participant will be given a blank set of five flags to be decorated with prayers, positivity, good vibes, and the artists' energy. To decorate the flags we'll use vintage wood blocks from Norm's collection along with pens and paints. When they are completed they can be used to decorate home and garden areas! All supplies provided.
Register by: 12/1 *Note Early Registration Deadline!
Monday December 9
Register by 12/7
Wednesday, December 11
New pour painting techniques! Come and have fun, get messy with this free flowing medium! Tres will guide you through the steps using different techniques to achieve some amazing pour painting results. Each session offers a new interesting outcome!
Register by: 12/09
Office Phone: (815) 877-0118
Fax: (815) 877-0265
3333 Maria Linden Dr.
Rockford, IL 61114
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