Tuesdays, February 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17
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: 2/16
Wednesdays, February 19, 26
Facilitator: Rebecca Downing Pelley
Monoprints are one-of-a-kind prints that bridge the gap between painting and printmaking. The results are spontaneous and expressive. Students will explore a variety of monoprinting methods and may work back into their prints with drawing materials. The process is fun, fresh and immediate. Come experiment with this unique medium! Supplies included.
Register by: 2/17
Thursdays, February 20, 27, March 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 and lots of thinking goes on as students and instructor continue learning. Students bring their own supplies.
Register by: 2/18
Thursdays, February 20, 27
Facilitator: Eamonn Talkington
Friday, February 21
Facilitator: Kim Morhardt
Register by: 2/19
Mondays, February 24, March 2, 9, 23, 30, April 6
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: 2/22
Mondays, February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
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).
Tuesdays, February 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
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: 2/23
Tuesdays, February 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
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).
Wednesday, February 26
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: 2/24
Thursdays, February 27, March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 9
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: 2/25
Date change to February 27th due to weather forecast
Thursday, February 13
Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd
Register by: 2/26
Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23
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: 2/28
Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6
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: 2/29
Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19
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.
Register by: 3/3
Thursday, March 12
Register by: 3/10
Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15
10:00 am–1:00 pm
Learn how to paint with hot wax! In this unique two-day workshop, you will learn how to use encaustic wax materials and tools to create beautiful original paintings. Exploring multiple ways to add depth and texture, compatible mediums, and collaging techniques. You will also learn how to frame, care for, pack and ship your encaustic works. Fee includes encaustic wax, pigments, brushes and tools as well as panels for you to work on — just show up and create!
Register by: 3/12
Saturdays, March 14, 21, 28, April 4
10:00 am–1:00 pm
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).
Register by: 4/12
Wednesdays, March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15
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: 3/16
Wednesdays, March 18, 25
Oil pastels are perfect for bold colorful art works. They’re relatively inexpensive, portable and easy to use. This two-session class will introduce students to techniques and methods with this soft drawing material. Smooth, textural blends and variations are all achievable with this uniquely expressive medium. Come discover the possibilities!
Students should purchase a simple, small set of oil pastels available at art & craft stores (a simple set of 12 Pentel brand oil pastels will provide good blend-ability at a reasonable price), an XL sketchbook (or a size that is comfortable) is recommended but not required. As always, please select materials to fit your own goals and dreams.
Wednesday, March 18
Note Date Change!
Thursdays, March 19 & 26
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 (March 18)
Part B: Marketing & Technology (March 25)
Please bring a laptop if you have one, but it’s not required
Register by: 3/17
Thursdays, March 19, 26
Tuesdays, March 24 & April 7
Facilitator: Rafaela Wickstrum
Beginner Level. By the light of the silvery moon...Learn to sculpt your own moon and use a variety of materials in this class. Paper mache is an exciting medium where you can create 3D objects. Your imagination makes this class a stepping stone to limitless creativity! No kiln or oven — 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. Come and create something magical! Bases, armature material and dowels will be provided. Wear old clothes or bring an apron.
Register by: 3/22
Tuesday, March 24
Wednesdays, March 25 & April 8
Register by: 3/23
Tuesdays, March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28
Register by: 3/29
Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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
Register by: 3/31
Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11
Register by: 4/4
Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12
Register by: 4/5
Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12