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    • Thu, August 22, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 4
    Register

    Thursdays,  August 22, 29, September 5, 12, 19

    Facilitator: Sue Abare

    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 08/20

    • Wed, August 28, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 5
    Register

    Wednesdays,  August 28, September 4, 11, 18, 25

    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 08/26



    • Tue, September 03, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6
    Register

    Tuesdays,  September 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8

    Facilitator: Sabrina Tassoni

    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 09/01


    • Tue, September 03, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6
    Register

    Tuesdays,  September 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8

    Facilitator: Sabrina Tassoni

    This class will be perfect for anyone who wants to learn the basics of creating pottery on a pottery wheel or someone with little experience who wants to further develop their skills. Learn essential wheel-throwing techniques from centering to trimming. Mugs and small vases will be the first forms we practice throwing on the wheel. Then enhance these pieces with hand-built elements such as handles and decorating the surfaces with underglaze, sgrafitto, and more. This class will give the student with little or no experience the opportunity to learn and develop a basic set of wheel-throwing skills. After taking this class, the student will take with them a small collection of functional wheel-thrown pottery as well as the confidence and skills needed to create more advanced pieces in the future. Fee includes up to 25lb 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 09/01


    • Wed, September 04, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register

    Wednesdays,  September 4, 11, 18, 25

    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! 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 09/02

    • Mon, September 09, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6
    Register

    Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14

    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 25lb of clay, glazes and firing. Come ready to learn this enticing new skill!

    Reg by 09/07



    • Mon, September 09, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6
    Register

    Mishima & Sgrafitto

    September 9, 16, 23, 30

    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 09/07



    • Mon, September 09, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6
    Register

    Mondays,  September 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14

    Facilitator:  Anya Nelson

    Start your week off by doing something you love, while learning to 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 tailer 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, so 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.

    Prerequisite beginner throwing skills mastered or instructor approval.

    Reg by 09/07



    • Tue, September 10, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 15
    Register

    Tuesdays, September 10 (6:00- 9:00 pm) & October 1 (6:00- 8:00 pm)

    Facilitator:  Rafaela Wickstrum

    Calling all witches! Get your broom fired up and come out and join us for an adventure in sculpting! Create your one of a kind witch sculpture with her own special personality, no two will be alike! Learn the age-old craft of sculpture by manipulation and skillfully moving the clay. The first class you will spend creating your sculpture. In the second class you will paint and add the finishing touches to your masterpiece! This class will include ALL materials including your very first set of sculpting tools. Just come have fun and create something magical!


    Reg by:09/08

    • Thu, September 12, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 5
    Register

    Thursdays, September 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17

    Facilitator: Jennie Johnson Sic

    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).

    Reg by 09/10



    • Thu, September 12, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 15
    Register

    Thursday,  September 12

    Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

    David Hockney, OM, CH, RA (born 9 July 1937) is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer. As an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. 


    Register by 9/11

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    • Thu, September 12, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 6
    Register

    Wednesday  September 12

    FacilitatorKim Morhardt

    f you've ever wanted to learn how to make soap, then this is the class for you! You will learn to make goats milk soap using the cold process method. At the end of the class you will be taking about two pounds of soap home with you. We will talk about using essential oils and natural colorants in your soap to keep it as pure and natural as possible. The soap will be molded into milk carton, which will be provided. If you would like to use a decorative mold, please bring only silicone molds, since plastic molds do not work well with the cold process soap. Silicone molds may be found in the cake decorating isle at local craft stores or online. You will be working with lye and will learn how to handle it properly. Please wear long sleeves, pants and closed toed shoes. Gloves and goggles will be provided, as well as all the ingredients for the soap. If you wish to use essential oils, please bring only 100% pure oils from a reputable company. This class will be fun, informative and easy to do!

    Reg by: 9/10

    • Thu, September 12, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register

    Thursdays,  September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17

    Facilitator: Eammon Talkington

    Leave your brushes at home! In this course you will learn how to utilize non-traditional paint application techniques as you create two original abstract pieces. Together you, your class mates, and your instructor will explore the "Moment" through the creation of these abstract works of art. Paints and application utensils will be provided. Please bring two canvases no larger than 24x36, any additional you would like to use, and a tree branch (optional).”


    Register by 09/10

    • Sat, September 14, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 12
    Register

    Saturday, September 14

    FacilitatorJudith Koren Shanahan

    In this class, you will learn about combining disparate papers and ephemera to make a 5"x7" piece of art which can be mailed as a postcard, given as a small gift, or framed as a keepsake for yourself or friends. Participants should bring their own scissors (marked with their name), and any small decorative pieces of paper or stamps, etc. they want to include. I will provide a variety of papers, adhesives, brushes, coloring agents (such as Marabou crayons) and your art will be sealed with acrylic medium, or sprayed, as a final finish.

    Reg by:09/12


    • Sat, September 14, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6
    Register

    Saturdays, Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19

    Facilitator: Sabrina Tassoni

    This class will be perfect for anyone who wants to learn the basics of creating pottery on a pottery wheel or someone with little experience who wants to further develop their skills. Learn essential wheel-throwing techniques from centering to trimming. Mugs and small vases will be the first forms we practice throwing on the wheel. Then enhance these pieces with hand-built elements such as handles and decorating the surfaces with underglaze, sgrafitto, and more. This class will give the student with little or no experience the opportunity to learn and develop a basic set of wheel-throwing skills. After taking this class, the student will take with them a small collection of functional wheel-thrown pottery as well as the confidence and skills needed to create more advanced pieces in the future. Fee includes up to 25lb 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).



    • Mon, September 16, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register

    Mondays, September 16, 23, 30, October 7

    Facilitator:  Alicean "Li" Slough

    Learn more about the simplicity of Chinese brush painting. We’ll focus on controlling water and mixing colors, balance and composition. Learn new techniques and allow the brush to do all of the work. The subject matter will be season specific, but will include bamboo, flowers and landscape. During each lesson we will create a painting and scale it down to make a matching bookmark. Supply List: Rice paper (roll or pad), Traditional or Authentic Chinese watercolors, Brushes: 1 small, med, large, brush holder, Ink stick or traditional Chinese Ink (liquid), Ink Stone, porcelain palette or 8 jar lids. You can purchase most things at area craft stores.

    Reg by: 09/14



    • Mon, September 16, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 7
    Register

    Mondays, September 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14

    Facilitator: Rebecca Downing Pelley

    Add excitement to ink drawings by enhancing them with color via pencil, marker, watercolor, collage and combinations.  Students will be provided with a variety of potential ideas to explore as they desire.   Students should bring to class: a small selection of waterproof drawing pens (microns)  a variety of ball point pens,  a small selection of inexpensive synthetic brushes, a 7”x10”, or 14" x 17" or larger mixed media drawing pad, a #2 pencil and art eraser. Hobby Lobby, Michaels and Walmart have these supplies.    level:  Intermediate/Advanced      Register by 09/14

    • Mon, September 16, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 6
    Register

    Mondays, September 16, 23, 30, October 7

    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.

    Reg by: 09/14


    • Tue, September 17, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio
    • 6
    Register

    Tuesday,  September 17

    Facilitator: Regina Lombardo 

    Using images (photos or scanned drawings, prints, and already made decals) you will work on collaging onto a finished glazed piece of pottery. The decals are created by converting prints, drawings, etc., into a digital image that can then be printed using a specialized printer that uses a ceramic toner. Once printed, the image is then laminated, converting it into a water slide. The image(s) are then attached to the surface of your piece. Once this image is placed onto the surface, it is fired, melting the ceramic toner into the ceramic piece, creating a permanent image on the piece. The design possibilities are endless. Class fee includes one mug and one tile, plus many decals to choose from.

    Register by 09/15


    • Tue, September 17, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 8
    Register

    Dutch Pour

    Tuesday, September 17

    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!    Using cups, straws, plastic wrap and a hair dryer you can make beaufiful layers and cells!  Everything you'll need to make two 12x12 paintings is included!  Paints are also included, but if you would like to bring your own colors you will need 4 small bottles of craft paint.

    Reg by:9/15


    • Wed, September 18, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 8
    Register

    Wednesdays, September 18 & 25

    Facilitator: Rebecca Downing Pelley

    Crash Classes are designed to introduce a new medium, new concepts, or deepen existing skills and understanding.

    Explore the versatility and range of charcoal as a dramatic drawing medium. Students will experiment with various charcoal grades and techniques to practice mark-making, powerful line work, texture, shading and tone. All materials provided.

    Register by 09/16

    • Sat, September 21, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register

    Saturday, September 21

    Facilitator:  Lincoln Bias

    Join this fun class to learn the art of Thai fruit and vegetable carving, or “kae sa luk,” from one of Rockford’s very own artists, Lincoln Bias! Kae sa luk is a 700 year old art form practiced by chefs all over the world, and an ancient cultural treasure of Thailand. In this 3 hour workshop, students will learn basic cutting techniques, creating designs in carrots and cucumbers, before moving on to their first large sized carving challenge: a giant watermelon flower! At the end of the workshop, students can take their masterpieces home for all to see!


    Reg by:09/19


    • Tue, September 24, 2019
    • 1:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register

    Tuesdays, September 24, October 1, 8

    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:09/22


    • Tue, September 24, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register

    Tuesday, September 24

    Facilitator:  Lincoln Bias

    Mandala Stones are the latest trend to go viral. The colorfully dotted patterns are a real eye catcher and easy to recreate. There are many different patterns and interpretations of Mandala Stones and the great thing about it is, you can do them without a lot of practice. You don’t need special skills or be an amazingly talented painter to get great results. It is not so hard to paint dots. Join Lincoln for this fun class and learn some simple tips and tricks to get the hang of it in no time!


    Reg by: 09/22


    • Tue, September 24, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 15
    Register

    Sales & Marketing For Artists  - FREE Informational Session

    Tuesday, September 24

    Facilitator: Emily Watson Rice

    Join Emily and other artists for this free informational session as she talks about what the full day workshop, Sales & Marketing for Artists on October 13th, will be about.   This day long workshop will include two sessions:

    Part A: Sales skills for artists who don’t like selling   (9:00am-Noon)

    Part B: Marketing & Technology  (1:00pm-4:00pm)

    Reg by: 09/22


    • Wed, September 25, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 6
    Register

    Wednesday, September 25

    FacilitatorKim Morhardt

    Come join me for an Eco Dyeing experience that will have you never looking at nature the same way again! We will learn how to use plants to dye silk scarves and will imprint leaves for a unique and beautiful piece of art that you can wear. If you have maple, oak, peony, or any fun leaves, please bring them fresh or dried flat for your scarf. If not I will have plenty for you to use!

    Reg by: 09/23

    • Thu, September 26, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 15
    Register

    Sales & Marketing For Artists  - FREE Informational Session

    Thursday, September 26

    Facilitator: Emily Watson Rice

    Join Emily and other artists for this free informational session as she talks about what the full day workshop, Sales & Marketing for Artists on October 13th, will be about.   This day long workshop will include two sessions:

    Part A: Sales skills for artists who don’t like selling   (9:00am-Noon)

    Part B: Marketing & Technology  (1:00pm-4:00pm)

    Reg by: 09/24


    • Thu, September 26, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6
    Register

    Thursday, September 26

    Facilitator:  Linda Ewalt 

    Learn a new technique for clay! Linda will show you the intriguing technique of Lithography. Though the name sounds a bit intimidating, photo lithography image transfer onto clay is an interesting process. Students should bring several 4x6, high quality, high contrast, black and white images printed on plain white copy paper from a copy machine that uses toner. Inkjet and laser prints will not work. Two images will be selected to print on clay, the extras will be for backup or future use. This is a messy process, dress accordingly and leave your jewelry at home. All supplies included.

    Register by 09/24



    • Fri, September 27, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6
    Register

    Friday, Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1

    Facilitator: Sabrina Tassoni

    Sick of the same ol same ol date night or girls night out? This is a perfect fun night out for those who want to learn the basics of creating pottery on a pottery wheel with their spouse, significant other or friends! Learn essential wheel-throwing techniques from centering to trimming. Mugs and small vases will be the first forms we practice throwing on the wheel. Then enhance these pieces with hand-built elements such as handles and decorating the surfaces with underglaze, sgrafitto, and more. This class will give the student with little or no experience the opportunity to learn and develop a basic set of wheel-throwing skills. After taking this class, the student will take with them a small collection of functional wheel-thrown pottery as well as the confidence and skills needed to create more advanced pieces in the future. Fee includes up to 25lb 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 9/25


    • Sat, September 28, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register

    Saturday, September 28

    Facilitator:  Lincoln Bias 

    Mandala Stones are the latest trend to go viral. The colorfully dotted patterns are a real eye catcher and easy to recreate. There are many different patterns and interpretations of Mandala Stones and the great thing about it is, you can do them without a lot of practice. You don’t need special skills or be an amazingly talented painter to get great results. It is not so hard to paint dots. Join Lincoln for this fun class and learn some simple tips and tricks to get the hang of it in no time!


    Reg by: 09/26


    • Tue, October 01, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register

    Tuesdays, October 1,  8, 15, 22, 29

    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 09/29


    • Wed, October 02, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register