You may only use open studio if you have previously taken a class at Womanspace. Please check the studio availability by clicking the link below to view the calendar. You may pay here for use of the Lower Clay Studio or Upper New Dimensions Studio. Please indicate on the sign-in sheet in the studio that you paid on the website, how much and what the payment was for. Thank you
Tuesdays, March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28
10:00 am–12:00 pm
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: 3/29
Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Facilitator: Rebecca Downing Pelley
Inklings provides a home for those who enjoy drawing with all sorts of ink mediums including: micron pens, pen and ink, brush and ink, ballpoint ink and combined mixed media. This ink drawing class is designed for those who've taken previous ink drawing courses. Personal preferences for direction will be honored and new ideas will be introduced for those eager to expand their explorations.
SUPPLY LIST: Since this is an ongoing class, students should bring their choice of waterproof drawing pens, brushes, Crayola markers, ballpoint pens, eraser, glue, and mixed media supplies including those they've enjoyed using before. A sketchbook that suits the student's preference for size and usefulness is recommended as well.
Register by: 3/30
Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
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 and lots of thinking goes on as students and instructor continue learning. Students bring their own supplies.
Register by: 3/31
Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11
Facilitator: Anya Nelson
Ages 16+. Prerequisite: beginner throwing skills mastered or instructor approval. 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).
Register by: 4/4
Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12
Facilitator: Sabrina Tassoni
Beginning–Intermediate Level. Learn techniques of hand building & wheel throwing 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! Maybe even incorporate the two. 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: 4/5
Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12
Beginning–Intermediate Level. 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, sgraffito, 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 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).
Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28 – ONLINE
Facilitator: Emily Watson Rice
Pull back the curtain and learn the inner workings of the art business. As Director and Curator of two major art galleries in Chicago, Emily Watson-Rice spent the last 20 years of her career running successful galleries & supporting artists at all stages of their career. This workshop will give you the sales & marketing skills and industry secrets that are vital to managing your own art career and selling more of your artwork. In these two workshops you will get practical knowledge mixed with coaching and constructive practice to hone your new skills before trying them out on your next potential collector.
You will learn how to:
Part A: Sales skills for artists who don’t like selling (April 7 & 14)
Part B: Marketing & Technology (April 21 & 28)
Please bring a laptop if you have one, but it’s not required
Thursday, April 9 – ONLINE
This class will only be shown online through Zoom. You will be sent a link to join the class after you register. There will be no late registrations allowed after April 8th.
Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd
Kathe Kollwitz (1867–1945) was a German expressionist artist who worked in sculpture, painting and printmaking in an art world dominated by men. Her compassionate art vision centered on women and the working class. She was concerned with the effects of poverty, grief, war and suffering of all kinds on people. She created about 50 self-portraits. Her woodcuts are especially famous. As with most expressionists, her personal story is important to understand her art.
Register by: 4/8
Thursdays, April 9, 16
Facilitator: Eamonn Talkington
Register by: 4/7
Saturday, April 11
9:00 am–1:00 pm
Facilitator: Judith Koren Shanahan
In this class, you will learn about combining disparate papers and ephemera to make a 5x7" piece of art which can be mailed as a postcard, given as a small gift, or framed as a keepsake for yourself or friends. A variety of papers, adhesives, brushes, coloring agents (such as Marabou crayons) will be provided and your art will be sealed with acrylic medium, or sprayed, as a final finish. Participants should bring their own scissors (marked with their name), and any small decorative pieces of paper or stamps, etc. they want to include.
Mondays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18
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: 3/4
Facilitator: Linda Ewalt & Jean Schnack
Ages 16+. Intermediate–Advanced. 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. Think outside the box and develop a more creative and artistic expression in clay. Photo lithography and Raku possibilities. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firings. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes, and firing.
Register by: 4/11
Thursdays, April 16 & 30
Facilitator: Rafaela Wickstrum
Intermediate Level. Learn the age-old craft of sculpting on a board by manipulating the paper mache and using armatures to get the desired work of art. This process requires no oven, no kiln — all air dry materials. The first class you will spend creating your sculpture. The second class you will paint and add the finishing touches to your masterpiece! Feel free to bring your own special additions to make your sculpture one of a kind. Come have fun and create something magical! Fee includes ALL materials. Wear old clothes or bring an apron.
Register by: 4/14
Friday, April 17
Facilitator: Kim Morhardt
Register by: 4/15
Saturday, April 18
9:00 am–4:00 pm
Facilitator: Valerie Gibbons
Step into spring and discover your joy flow during this day-long retreat. Join Valerie Gibbons, founder of FootsieStools™ Ltd., for an uplifting day of expressive collage making. Create meaning and positivity through two collage art forms, one that engages your right brain and the other your left brain. The result is a unique expression of what makes you a happy “sole.”
In the morning, create an art collage around a whimsical shoe design by piecing together magazine pictures, book pages, decorative paper, small objects, and other mixed media. Bring a magazine that inspires you (it will be cut up). Optional: Scrap and printed papers, old book, stickers, one-dimensional object or memento that complement your theme. Instructor will have magazines and ephemera on hand. Your finished artwork will be matted and ready to display.
In the afternoon, engage in collage writing, the playful assembly of scattered pieces of language and self-contained moments into an artistic whole, much like the art form. Create a written mosaic that positively expresses your “sole” journey, using your art collage theme as a source of inspiration. Examples and prompts will be provided. Bring writing paper or journal, pen, inspirational quotes, memorable lines from a literary work, or snippets of dialogue and humor from your own life to embellish your theme. Your finished collage essay or poem will be handwritten on decorative paper.
Participants will be invited to share their art and writing collages with the group. Includes a brief introduction on the benefits of art and humor for health and well-being. FootsieStools (footstools with shoes) will be in attendance, so smiles are guaranteed.
Some supplies are included. Bring a sack lunch.
Register by: 4/16
Wednesdays, April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20
Facilitator: Delores Burkholder
Age 18+. Intermediate–Advanced. 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: 4/20
Wednesdays, April 22 & May 6
Saturday, April 25
9:00 am–3:00 pm
Learn how to prepare a background on the page, then 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. Adhesives and more will be provided. Bring an 8 x 10” blank wire bound journal strong enough to take wet or dry mediums, such as a Canson mixed media pad (available at Michael’s or Dick Blick), scissors, any pictures, clippings, or other ephemera you want to use, and a waterproof marker.
Register by: 4/23
Mondays, April 27, May 4, 11, 18
Intermediate to Advanced students will enjoy instruction tailored to personal interests. These two hour classes are limited in size and designed to suit student goals and ensure progress. Students select art media with which they are most comfortable to pursue individual directions. If you've already taken a variety of classes in drawing and painting but seek more, or if you've tabled your passion as life intervened, we've got a home for you here. This class assumes a comfort level with drawing and/or painting and is not for beginners.
Register by: 4/25
Wednesday, April 29
Facilitator: Tres Testolin
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. Wear an old shirt or smock, this is a messy process!
Register by: 4/27
Office Phone: (815) 877-0118
Fax: (815) 877-0265
3333 Maria Linden Dr.
Rockford, IL 61114
Monday - Thursday
9:00a - 5:00p