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    • August 07, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • September 11, 2020
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    Fridays,  Aug 7, 14. 21, 28, Sept 4, 11

    10:00–12:00 pm 

    Facilitator: Sabrina Tassoni

    Due to the Covid19 social distancing recommendations class size is limited to 4 students and masks will be required in the studio.

    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: 8/05


    • August 09, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • August 16, 2020
    • 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • New Dimensions Upper Studio & Grounds
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    Sunday,  August 9, 16

    1:00–4:00 pm

    Facilitator: Emily Watson Rice

    Learn the art of silk dyeing! This simple technique is easy to grasp for novices but flexible enough to allow for loads of creativity. Once students have learned the basics of ombre dyeing, they will learn the unique technique of layering lace transfer dyes over top of their ombre. Students will experiment on practice fabric before moving to their main project — dyeing their own silk scarf. Dress for mess — wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting permanently dyed. 

    Fee includes rubber gloves, dye & two silk scarves. Additional scarves will be available for purchase during class, if students would like to work on additional projects. ($10-$25 each depending on the size)

      Register by: 8/7


      • August 12, 2020
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Upper Studio
      • 10
      Registration is closed

      Wednesday,  August 12

      6:00–9:00 pm

      Facilitator:  Rafaela Wickstrum

      Beginner level. Here comes the sun!...Learn to sculpt your own Sun and use a variety of materials in this class. Paper mache is an exciting medium where you can create 3-dimensional objects. Your imagination makes this class a stepping stone to limitless creativity! No kiln or oven, all air dry materials. There will be a 15 min. break with refreshments halfway through class. Wear old clothes or bring a smock. Come and create something magical! Fee includes ALL materials.

      Register by: 8/10

      • August 13, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
      • Anjali Pavilion
      • 5
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      Thursday, August 13

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

      Facilitator:  Sue Abare

      Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited and face masks are required.

      Summer's here and while still respecting the safety requirements of the experts, we want to take a dip! We're "skinning" things down to accommodate Corona 19. This is a watercolor open studio in the Anjali Pavillon, with Sue Abare. To provide social distancing, each person will have a card table and chair (provided), wear masks, and bring our own supplies and a table covering. Open studio means you will also bring your own subject matter reference, or feel free to paint from the beautiful scenery around you.  You are welcome to move your chair to the garden to paint! Please note this is a one day session and you must register for each individual session.

      Note:  This class is only for previous students of Sue Abare's watercolor classes.  

      Register by: 8/11


      • August 13, 2020
      • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
      • William Reif Gallery and Zoom
      • 11
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      Thursday,  August 13

      12:00–1:30 pm

      Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

      This class is IN-PERSON and online (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. In-person class size is limited.  6 ft. social distancing and face masks are required.

      James Audubon (1785–1851) was an ornithologist, naturalist and painter. He is famous for beautifully illustrating, discovering and documenting many types of birds in their U.S. natural settings. The Birds of America, (1827–1839) is a major work of his, and is considered one of the finest ornithological studies ever completed.


      Register by: 8/11

      • August 13, 2020
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Upper Studio
      • 6
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      Thursday August 13

      6:00–9:00 pm

      Facilitator: Eamonn Talkington

      Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 6 students and face masks are required.

      So often we think art requires special supplies and $15 tubes of paint. But that isn't always true. In this one night  course, you will be instructed in the creation of one original abstract works of art. You will be shown how use of various implements and tools for the application of paint, as well as, instructed in the use of various types of paints and mediums. Paint, brushes, and tools supplied. Please bring one canvas any size that "speaks" to you.

      Register by: 8/11

      • August 20, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
      • Anjali Pavilion
      • 10
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      Thursday, August 20

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

      Facilitator:  Sue Abare

      Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited and face masks are required.

      Summer's here and while still respecting the safety requirements of the experts, we want to take a dip! We're "skinning" things down to accommodate Corona 19. This is a watercolor open studio in the Anjali Pavillon, with Sue Abare. To provide social distancing, each person will have a card table and chair (provided), wear masks, and bring our own supplies and a table covering. Open studio means you will also bring your own subject matter reference, or feel free to paint from the beautiful scenery around you.  You are welcome to move your chair to the garden to paint! Please note this is a one day session and you must register for each individual session.

      Note:  This class is only for previous students of Sue Abare's watercolor classes.  

      Register by: 8/18


      • August 22, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Upper Studio
      • 4
      Registration is closed

      Saturday,  August 22

      10:00–1:00 pm

      Facilitator: Norm Knott

      Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 4 students and face masks are required.

      Namaste! For centuries Prayer Flags have been hung to send beneficial prayers and good fortune into the atmosphere every time the wind blows. Using centuries old ground rules we will interpret and design a single Prayer Banner. Each participant will be given a 20x20 cotton banner to decorate with prayers, positivity, good vibes, and the artists' energy. To decorate the banner, we'll use vintage wood blocks from Norm's collection along with pens and paints. When the banner is completed, it can be used to decorate home or garden! All supplies provided. 

      Register by: 8/18   


      • August 22, 2020
      • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
      • 2
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      Saturdays,  Aug 22, 29, Sept 12, 19 (No class 9/5)

      3:00–6:00 pm 

      Facilitator: Annalea Walker

      Due to the Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 4 students and face masks are required.

      Find your signature style! This class will teach you how to merge wheel thrown pottery with hand-building techniques to create beautiful intricate surfaces on functional forms. The instructor will work with each student to produce several wheel thrown forms to be used as blank canvases. Students will then enhance the forms by adding texture, under glaze, low-relief carvings, and more to achieve a one of a kind piece. Sketchbooks, stamps, unconventional tools are welcome! 

      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: 8/20

      • August 24, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
      • 0
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      Mondays, August 24, 31, Sept 14, 21

      1:00–4:00 pm

      Facilitators:  Linda Ewalt & Jean Schnack

      Due to the Covid19 social distancing recommendations class size is limited to 4 students and masks will be required in the studio.

      Ages 16+. Intermediate–Advanced. Explore new techniques and skills in pottery! In this Decorative Painting Series, you will use underglazes and Stroke and Coat to create uniques pieces of framable art in the styles of artists such as Monet, Lichtenstien, van Gogh and others.

      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.  Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes, and firing. 

      Register by: 8/22




      • August 26, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Upper Studio
      • 7
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      Wednesdays Aug 26, Sept 2, 9, 16

      10:00–12:00 pm

      Facilitator:  Angie Nofsinger

      Int.–Adv. Learn to draw animals! This class will emphasize creating natural looking fur and striking facial features bringing to life the charm of the animal you choose to draw. Paper will be provided. Supplies needed: your favorite sketching pencils, handheld sharpener, artists eraser, pan pastels set, and colored pencil set. 

      The set of Pan Pastels and the set of colored pencils used for this class will be available for purchase from the instructor. Cost will be $55. If you wish to purchase your own before class a list of supplies will be provided after you register for the class. 

      Register by: 8/24

      • August 27, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
      • Anjali Pavilion
      • 10
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      Thursday, August 27

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

      Facilitator:  Sue Abare

      Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited and face masks are required.

      Summer's here and while still respecting the safety requirements of the experts, we want to take a dip! We're "skinning" things down to accommodate Corona 19. This is a watercolor open studio in the Anjali Pavillon, with Sue Abare. To provide social distancing, each person will have a card table and chair (provided), wear masks, and bring our own supplies and a table covering. Open studio means you will also bring your own subject matter reference, or feel free to paint from the beautiful scenery around you.  You are welcome to move your chair to the garden to paint! Please note this is a one day session and you must register for each individual session.

      Note:  This class is only for previous students of Sue Abare's watercolor classes.  

      Register by: 8/25


      • August 27, 2020
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Upper Studio
      • 6
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      Thursday August 27

      6:00–9:00 pm

      Facilitator: Eamonn Talkington

      Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 6 students and face masks are required.

      So often we think art requires special supplies and $15 tubes of paint. But that isn't always true. In this one night  course, you will be instructed in the creation of one original abstract works of art. You will be shown how use of various implements and tools for the application of paint, as well as, instructed in the use of various types of paints and mediums. Paint, brushes, and tools supplied. Please bring one canvas any size that "speaks" to you.

      Register by: 8/25


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