Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished painter, this is the painting class for you! For those of you who don’t know Kathy, she’s a gifted artist, but equally important to her students, she’s a patient, empowering instructor. You will learn a lot from her calm, skilled approach! Oil painters bring oil paints, no-odor turpentine and Liquin paint medium. Acrylic painters bring acrylic paints, acrylic gel medium. Everyone bring brushes, pallet knife and a canvas, board or whatever surface you wish to paint on. Bring images if you want them for reference. Register early, class size is limited to 8 students.
Instructor for Thursday classes: Kathleen Laybourn, MFA
Color Theory - 3 week session NEW
Thursdays September 14- 28th 1-3.30pm
This class is where intuition and knowledge meet. Based on the theories of Albers and Itten, students will explore the concepts of value and color by painting a 10 pt. gray-scale and color wheel, which are useful reference tools for painters or graphic designers, along with other exercises that demonstrate useful color theory concepts. You will need a basic set of acrylic paints, a few brushes, pallet and water container. Paper will be supplied by the instructor.
Instructor: Kathleen Laybourn MFA
Acrylic Grounds and Drawing: Combining Media from paints to pencils
Saturday November 4th 12:00 - -4:00pm
There are amazing surfaces with acrylic grounds and on which to combine drawing media with paints. We will cover the amazing surfaces of micaceous iron oxide, molding paste with charcoal and conte crayon, and drawing on molding pastes . We will transform black and white photos with colored pencils over a layer of acrylic ground for pastels as well as using our acrylic "high Flow" paint in paint pens. Also covered will be a discussion of prepping unusual surfaces.
Artists of all levels are welcome
Instructor: Sandie Bacon
Exploratory Drawing - 4 week session
Wednesdays- Sept 20th - Oct 11th 6-8:pm
Open to those exploring drawing on their own, seeking guidance and to those taking various art classes. The goal of this class is to further the students vision, sight and confidence to continue drawing exploration long after the class is over. Self-chosen assignments will be given and discussed at the end of class, to help students grow their goals and ideas. Supplies: large drawing paper pad, pencils, charcoal products, graphite, Conte crayons( natural colors), of own choosing. Erasers, rag/paper towels. Can bring in object/photo they want to work on. Realism, abstraction, light sources, and perspectives can be addressed.
Instructor: Kim Halley
Stained Glass Seminar
Sept 17th 9am - 1pm FULL
Oct 22nd 9am - 1pm FULL
Nov 19th 9am - 1pm FULL
Dec 17th 9am - 1pm
Jan 21st, 2018 9am - 1 pm
This hands-on class introduces students to copper-foil method (Tiffany style) stained glass craft by completing a small project. You will design a small sun-catcher, select and cut the glass, grind each piece, foil them and then solder the glass pieces together. The supply fee of $5. (paid to the instructor) covers all supplies needed.
Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese braiding technique that goes back to the day of the samurai. Jeanne Richard from Florida will be teaching a series in this unique braiding technique.
Intro to Kumihimo (Choose from one date)
Wednesday Oct 18th 6pm - 9pm
Friday Oct 20th 6pm - 9pm
Saturday Oct 21st 9am - 12pm
This 3 hour class will provide an opportunity to learn the technique of using two colors to make a round braid using 8 cords on a special Kumihimo disk. We will learn the basics of kumihimo: building your toolkit; choosing braiding material; determining amount of braiding material; setting up your disk; making a keychain. Class size is limited to 8 students. Appropriate for ages 14 and up. Supplies provided by the instructor include Kumihimo disk; Bobbins; small tube of glue; dental floss; weight to attach to braid; braiding material; end caps; handout. Supply fee of $12. To be paid to instructor the day of class. Supplies to bring: sharp scissors; tape measure. Appropriate for ages 13+
Instructor: Jeanne Richard
Laramie Braid- Advanced Kumihimo
Thursday Oct 19th 5:30pm – 9:30pm OR
Sunday Oct 22nd 2pm – 6pm
The Laramie braid requires a core to braid around. The core can be made of many materials; a piece of rope or satin cord, several pieces of yarn, a piece of plastic tubing or wire. It can be firm or flexible depending on the intended use. The core is completely covered in the process of braiding. The size of the core will affect the width of the braid. A thicker core means a wider braid and vice versa. The core should measure approximately 12 inches longer than the desired finished braid. Class Pre-requisite: Intro to Kumihimo. Materials brought by students from beginning class: kumihimo disk, weight, bobbins, and glue (from basic class) sharp scissors, measuring tape. Materials provided by instructor for $6.00 supplies fee: 2 additional bobbins, braiding materials, seed beads. Because we will be using 10 cords, additional bobbins are required.
Class: 4 hours. Limit 8 students. Appropriate for ages 13+
Instructor: Jeanne Richard
Half Round Braid - Advanced Kumihimo
Saturday Oct 21st 1pm – 4pm
Tuesday, Oct 24th 6pm - 9pm
This pattern produces a beautiful flat braid with one side being slightly rounded. An interesting chevron pattern runs down the center. It works best with wider threads, yarns and ribbons. This braid can be very effectively embellished with beads after braiding. Make a key chain or necklace using this technique. We will use 2 colors of nylon cord. Pre-requisite: Intro to Kumihimo. We will make a necklace so time does not allow teaching basic principles. Materials provided by instructor include: Braiding material; Keychain handout; end caps; bail. Materials fee $6.00 for a keychain OR $10.00 for necklace. Materials to bring: Kumihimo disk, glue, weight, bobbins (from basic class)
Class: 3 hours; limited to 8. Appropriate for ages 13+ Instructor: Jeanne Richard
Upcylced Mittens – Choose from one workshop
Monday November 6th 11am – 2 pm OR
6pm - 9pm
Monday December 4th 11am – 2pm OR
6pm – 9pm
Warm, fuzzy and made from upcycled sweaters. Keep your hands cozy the rest of the winter in this workshop with Betsy. Using a pattern made from tracing your hand (or pre-traced from someone special) and new fleece for a lining you will leave with a one of a kind re-purposed accessory. Class: 3 hours. Basic sewing skills are a must. Please bring fabric shears if you have them. Let us know if you can bring a sewing machine too!
Instructor: Betsy Davis Supply fee: $5 to instructor
Class fee: $35
ART al a Carte!
Gather four to six of your friends for a private 3-hour class. Choose from stained glass, soap making, soaps fordogs, bath salts, soap felting, flirty flip-flops, clay pinch pots, or mosaic mirror. The cost is just $100 for up to 6 people plus a small materials fee. Classes are scheduled at your group's convenience. Email
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During this 4 week session, students will learn basic hand-building techniques like coil, slab and pinch pots and how to create both
functional and sculptural masterpieces. Additionally, surface design and glaze interactions will be discovered. All clay required for this class is included. Learn the ins and outs of our open clay studio while gaining the confidence to work independently in an open studio environment.
Instructor: Betsy Davis
Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel
Tuesday & Thursday Aug 22nd (6-9pm) & 24th (6-8pm) FULL
Monday & Wednesday Sept 25th (6-9pm) & 27th (6-8pm) FULL
Monday & Wednesday Oct 23rd (6-9pm) & 25th (6-8pm) FULL
Tuesday & Thursday Oct 24th (6-9pm) & 26th (6-8pm)
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Monday & Wednesday Nov 13th (6-9pm) & 15th (6-8pm)
Tuesday & Thursday Nov 14th (6-9pm) & 16th (6-8pm)
Monday & Wednesday Dec 11th (6-9pm) & 13th (6-8pm)
Tuesday & Thursday Dec 12th (6-9pm) & 14th (6-8pm)
Learn the basics of throwing on a potter’s wheel in this introductory two session workshop. In the first class, students will learn the techniques of wedging, centering and opening a vessel. The second session students will learn to trim the vessel made in the first class. This workshop is designed to build confidence in students enabling them to work in the open clay studio independently. Class size is limited to 4 students so register early! If registering for more than one, please call 262-605-4745 for availability. Clay included in the tuition.
Instructor: Betsy Davis
Surface Design Workshop
Wednesday October 11th 6-8:30pm
Expand your knowledge of surface design/decorating techniques in this workshop. The group will work on pre-made clay tiles at various stages to create visual and textural interest. See what happens when making textile impressions, clay stamps and slip decorations wet clay. Additionally learn Sgrafitto, carving, etching and appliques on firm clay. Layering glaze, washes and using resists on fired clay will also be part of this class. Bring your own textiles or tools that you think would make interesting textures and experiment!
Instructor: Betsy Davis
Halloween Pottery Workshop
Friday October 6th 6-8:30pm
Create something together at this Halloween inspired pottery workshop. Team up with your child, partner or work on your own to bring out your inner monster by making your own ghostly or ghoulish or witchy keepsake for the popular fall festivities. In this class you will watch a short demonstration by Betsy Davis and you will be ready to dig in and create! Your pieces will be clear glazed by us, fired and ready in plenty of time to be spooktacular! Instructor: Betsy Davis Fee: $30 Includes clay, glaze and firing.
Christmas Ornaments – Choose from two sessions
Wednesday November 1st 6-8pm or
November 8th 6-8pm
The holidays will be here before you know it! Ornaments you create yourself make great gifts for teachers and friends, stocking stuffers and keepsakes for years to come. You and your child or partner (or on your own) will get a pound of clay from which you will roll out flat and cut your own ornaments. We have a bin full of cookie cutters to cut out the shapes and even more bins full of stuff you can press into the soft clay to add interesting surface decorations. Feel free to bring your own cookie cutters or textures to use. When you finish making your ornaments, we’ll let them dry in our studio and then bisque fire them. After the ornaments are fired once, you can take them home to paint with acrylic paint or return at any time you like to glaze them in our studio. Once finished, we’ll glaze and fire them again. Instructor: Betsy Davis Fee: $30