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    • January 22, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • February 12, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 10

    Sundays, January 22, 29, February 5, 12

    1:00 –4:00 pm

    Instructor:  Nicole Landreth

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.


    Ages 16+. All levels.
     
    There's something special about making art with fire. The smell. The slow burn. The deep rich color of a hot burn. Have you tried pyrography yet?

    Join Nicole Landreth, local artist, in this introductory wood burning class for a chance to play with this popular medium. As the course title suggests, the primary focus in this class is to learn to let the wood burn, to let thermodynamics guide your pace.

    You will learn about the tools, burn tips, play with line techniques, transfer techniques, and different wood/burnable surfaces. The first session will focus on experimenting/learning, the subsequent sessions will focus on a larger artistic piece with more detail. All supplies provided.

    This session is cancelled. Please see the next session here

    • January 30, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • February 13, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
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    Mondays,  January 30, February 6, 13

    1:00–4:00 pm

    Instructor: Kathy Rasmus, Connie Pratt

    IDPH & CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Ages 16+. Advanced. This is a fast paced workshop focusing on collaboration and independent study. Instruction of various techniques to explore or expand on will be present. Implementation of the process will be determined by the students own artistic interests. Students are encouraged to share their own creative variations with the class. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes, and firing. 

    Register by: Jan 28

    • February 02, 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • February 16, 2023
    • 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 0
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     Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16

    6:00–8:00 pm

    Instructor: Cristi Hopp Kniess

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    High flow acrylics, watch out! Alcohol ink is the new fluid medium on the block. Learn how to LET GO and let the ideas flow while playing with vibrant colors, allowing no boundaries to limit how this medium takes over your canvas…or your hands! In this 3-session course, you will work (and play) with alcohol inks on ceramic tile, Yupo paper, and a stretched canvas. You will complete 3 unique and vibrant pieces in this class series with the guidance of Cristi Hopp Kniess as you learn how this high flow medium acts and reacts on various surfaces with various tools.  All supplies provided.

    Register by: Jan 31

    • February 08, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 9
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    Wednesday, February 8

    10:00a–12:00p

    Instructor: Laura Gomel

    IDPH & CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Age 16+. Beginners. Learn some fun techniques that will wow your friends in this fun watercolor class focusing on creating loose watercolor creatures. We will be using liquid watercolor, and tricks such as wet on wet and rubbing alcohol to make your paintings amazing! Supplies included. You may bring photo references. Silhouettes encouraged.

    Register by: Feb 6

    • February 09, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online Zoom
    • 12
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    Thursday,  February 9

    12:00 - 1:00p

    Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

    This lecture will online Zoom only.  The  zoom code will be sent in your confirmation email.

    Vera Hall is a former educator, political activist and a textile artist for over 50 years. During her retirement, she has been creating a series of African-American history quilts based on her extensive research, visits to historic sites and her own creativity. A quote from her, “Fabric has been the love of my life.”

    Register by 2/7


    • February 11, 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • March 04, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
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    Saturdays,  Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 4

    9:00am–12:00pm

    Instructor: Jennie Johnson Sic

    IDPH & CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Ages 16+. [Prerequisite: beginner throwing skills mastered* or instructors approval]. This class is for anyone who has already taken a class or two as well as anyone who is brand new to the wheel. If you already have some experience this class will help you to hone your skills. If you are brand new, you will learn how to wedge clay, as well as, throw simple forms on the wheel such as cylinders and bowls. Students will learn how to trim their thrown pieces and on the last class will learn how to apply glazes.

     Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. Please bring to class an apron, hand towel, and your own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).

    *Experience wheel throwing and creating basic forms is required to take this class.

    Register by: Feb 9

    • February 11, 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • February 25, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 7
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    Saturdays, February 11, 18, 25

    10:00 am–2:00 pm

    Instructor:  Cindy Bear

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Ages 16+. All levels. If you have taken a beginner's watercolor and wonder what's next, this class is for you. In this class, it's all about the water in watercolor. By learning to control the water, you will learn how to better control watercolor. It takes careful observation and timing to best use the techniques you learned in beginner's watercolor.

    Bring any supplies you already have, a supply list will be attached in your confirmation email. Special paper from the instructor will be available for a small fee.

    Prerequisite: Previous watercolor class or experience, no drawing skills required
    Register by: Feb 9

    • February 13, 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • March 27, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 9
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    Monday, February 13, 20, 27

    10:00am –12:00 pm

    Instructor:  Laura Gomel

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.


    Ages 16+. All levels.
     
    Intimidated by acrylic painting? This is the class for you! Instructor Laura Gomel takes the fear out of learning to paint and replaces it with fun! You will learn What acrylic paint is and how it works. The differences in paint surfaces and brushes.How to use Gels, mediums & palate knives and color theory and blending. Our goal is to give you the tools to paint on your own! Supplies are included in this 3 part class. Already have something you’d like to paint in mind? Bring in a reference!

    Register by: Feb 11

    • February 15, 2023
    • 9:30 AM
    • March 15, 2023
    • 12:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 4
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    Wednesdays,  Feb 15, 22, Mar 1, 8, 15

    9:30a–12:30p

    Instructor: Delores Burkholder

    IDPH & CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Age 18+. Intermediate–Advanced. Join this fun, independent clay study group and create something you are interested in. You can use forms, natural elements, and your imagination to build practical, unusual or whimsical forms. Delores will be able to offer some guidance, but no specific instruction will be provided. You must be an advanced clay worker and be able to work independently. There are lots of tools to play with, lots of colors to choose from and so many choices for you to enjoy. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes & firing.

    Register by: Feb 13



    • February 20, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • March 13, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
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    Mondays,  February 20, 27, March 6, 13

    1:00–4:00 pm

    Instructor: Linda Ewalt

    IDPH & CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Ages 16+. Advanced. This is a fast paced workshop focusing on collaboration and independent study. Instruction of various techniques to explore or expand on will be present. Implementation of the process will be determined by the students own artistic interests. Students are encouraged to share their own creative variations with the class. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes, and firing. 

    Register by: Feb 18

    • February 20, 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • March 27, 2023
    • 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 4
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    Mondays, Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27

    6:00–8:00p

    Instructor:  Anya Nelson

    IDPH & CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Ages 16+Prerequisite: beginner throwing skills mastered or instructor approval. Start your week off by doing something you love while learning to bring your wheel throwing skills to the next level. This 6-week 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 student's throwing needs, assist in troubleshooting, and take time to work with each individually. Excellent peer support and inspiration is encouraged to enhance everyone’s experience. If you seriously want to improve your proficiency and think outside the box, this class is for you. 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. Bring a list of your pottery goals, an apron, hand towel, and your own pottery tool kit (available at craft stores or online).

    Register by: Feb 18

    • February 21, 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • April 04, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 2
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    Tuesdays, February 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28, Apr 4, no class March 14

    10:00a–12:00p

    Instructor: Nancy O'Neill

    IDPH & CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Age 16+. Beginners. Join in this fun pottery class to learn the basics of handbuilding! Working with textures, stamps, decals, different glaze techniques, and more, Nancy will guide you through the process to create your one of a kind pottery pieces. Bring your ideas and inspirations! Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. Please bring to class an apron, hand towel, and your own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).

    Register by: Feb 19

    • February 21, 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • March 21, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 8
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    Tuesdays, Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21

    10:00 am–12:00 pm

    Instructor:  Sue Abare

    IPDH & CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    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: Feb 19 

    • February 21, 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 10
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    Tuesday, February 21

    12:30–2:30 pm

    Instructor: Lindsey Butz

    IPDH & CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    We will be creating feminine flower portraits. We will use responsibly foraged flowers and botanical elements to create lovely, unique artwork. This workshop is very eco-friendly therefore we will not be using any glue or tape to adhere the materials. We will be thinking creatively and embrace our natural surroundings by using flowers, sticks, vines, petals, leaves, feathers and various other foliage. Snap a photo of your work and frame it!

    Register by: Feb 19

    • February 21, 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • March 28, 2023
    • 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
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    Tuesdays, Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28

    6:00–8:00p

    Instructor: Lynette Porter

    IDPH & CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Ages 16+. Learn essential wheel-throwing techniques from centering to trimming. Bowls and mugs will be the first forms we practice throwing on the wheel. 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 skills needed to create more advanced pieces in the future. 

    Fee includes up to 25 lb. of clay, glazes and firing. Bring an apron, hand towel, and your own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).

    Register by: Feb 19

    • February 22, 2023
    • 2:30 PM
    • April 05, 2023
    • 4:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 3
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    Wednesdays, February 22, March 1, 8, 22, 29, April 5, no class  March 15

    2:30–4:30p

    Instructor: Nancy O'Neill

    IDPH & CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Age 16+. Beginners. Join in this fun pottery class to learn the basics of hand building! Working with textures, stamps, decals, different glaze techniques, and more, Nancy will guide you through the process to create your one of a kind pottery pieces. Bring your ideas and inspirations! Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. Please bring to class an apron, hand towel, and your own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).

    Register by: Feb 20

    • February 22, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 5
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    Wednesday, February 22 

    6:00–9:00 pm

    Instructor:  Joei Krutza

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Ages 16+. All levels. These introductory level drawing classes are designed to give basic instruction on different proportions for drawing the human face to body and how to maintain proper proportions. Each class will take students through step-by-step instructions, with visual aids and as needed one on one instruction. Students will work with graphite pencil and paper. Supplies are not included. 

    Register by: Feb 20

    • February 23, 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • March 23, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 3
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    Thursdays, Feb 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23

    10:00 am–12:00 pm

    Instructor: Sue Abare

    IPDH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Intermediate & Advanced Level. In this 4-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. This class is for those who have attended Sue's previous classes, no beginner students.  Students bring their own supplies. 

    Register by: Feb 21

    • February 23, 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • March 30, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
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    Thursdays, Feb 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

    10:00am–12:00pm

    Instructor: Rebecca Rehpol

    IDPH & CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Join this class to begin your journey learning to throw pottery.  This is a class for those with no knowledge of throwing on a wheel or with little experience of throwing and need more practice. The instructor will provide demonstrations during each class and assist  learners with improving their skills. The class will start throwing simple forms of cylinders and bowls.

    The class will include throwing and trimming vessels. Glazing will be demonstrated after the greenware is low fired in the kiln. Each glazed piece will then be high fired to finish the process. Each student should purchase basic clay tools and bring them to each class session. 

    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: Feb 21

    • February 23, 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • March 30, 2023
    • 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 3
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    Thursdays, Feb 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

    6:00–8:00pm

    Instructor: Lynette Porter

    IDPH & CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Ages 16+. Advanced Beginner–Intermediate. Advance your hand-building skills while having fun. Explore many hand-building techniques to make mugs, plates, functional pieces and pieces students are interested in creating. Create your own texture and templates and explore many decorating and glazing options.

    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: Feb 21

    • February 23, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 7
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    Thursday, February 23 

    6:00–9:00 pm

    Instructor:  Joei Krutza

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Ages 16+. All levels. These introductory level drawing classes are designed to give basic instruction on different proportions for drawing the human face to body and how to maintain proper proportions. Each class will take students through step-by-step instructions, with visual aids and as needed one on one instruction. Students will work with graphite pencil and paper. Supplies are not included. Sign-up for entire course or individual classes.

    Register by: Feb 21

    • February 25, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 8
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    Saturday, February 25

    12:00 pm –4:00 pm

    Instructor: Karla Lombardo

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Create your very own Walking Stick. ArtbyKarla will show you a variety of ways to paint your walking stick. Then she will teach you how make the handle from paracord by using different knots. Afterwards, it can be used for it's purpose or you can hang it to display as artwork. All supplies included.

    Register by Feb 23

    • February 26, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • March 19, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 9
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    Sundays, February 26, March 5, 12, 19

    1:00 –4:00 pm

    Instructor:  Nicole Landreth

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.


    Ages 16+. All levels.
     
    There's something special about making art with fire. The smell. The slow burn. The deep rich color of a hot burn. Have you tried pyrography yet?

    Join Nicole Landreth, local artist, in this introductory wood burning class for a chance to play with this popular medium. As the course title suggests, the primary focus in this class is to learn to let the wood burn, to let thermodynamics guide your pace.

    You will learn about the tools, burn tips, play with line techniques, transfer techniques, and different wood/burnable surfaces. The first session will focus on experimenting/learning, the subsequent sessions will focus on a larger artistic piece with more detail. All supplies provided.

    Register by: Feb 24

    • February 27, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 12
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    Monday, February 27 

    6:00–8:00 pm

    Instructor:  Laura Gomel

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Ages 18+. All levels. The best way to learn to draw the human figure is from a live model! Join us for this 2 hour workshop that will include poses from 30 seconds to 45 min. Newsprint, charcoals and conte included. Colored art paper available for purchase or bring your own! Model will be nude or draped. Instructor Laura Gomel will help guide you with proportions and materials!

    Register by: Feb 25

    • March 01, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • March 15, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 4
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     Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15

    12:00–2:00 pm

    Instructor: Cristi Hopp Kniess

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    High flow acrylics, watch out! Alcohol ink is the new fluid medium on the block. Learn how to LET GO and let the ideas flow while playing with vibrant colors, allowing no boundaries to limit how this medium takes over your canvas…or your hands! In this 3-session course, you will work (and play) with alcohol inks on ceramic tile, Yupo paper, and a stretched canvas. You will complete 3 unique and vibrant pieces in this class series with the guidance of Cristi Hopp Kniess as you learn how this high flow medium acts and reacts on various surfaces with various tools.  All supplies provided.

    Register by: Feb 27

    • March 03, 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • March 31, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 0
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    FULL Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  

    11:00 am–1:00 pm

    Instructor:  Jaymee Fedor 

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Ages 16+. All levels. Want to keep moving forward with your painting skills? Check out this guided open studio class for watercolor and acrylic painters! Jaymee will provide individual instruction based on your creative goals. Feel free to bring your own reference imagery and ideas, or peruse Jaymee's collection of art samples for inspiration!

    Some previous painting experience is beneficial, but not always necessary. Absolute beginners should be prepared to work on painting exercises before moving on to individual work. Since instruction is individual, there will be plenty of independent work time as Jaymee spends time with each student. All supplies are provided, including paper, brushes, canvases and professional grade paints, but feel free to bring your favorites!

    UPDATE: This session is FULL. Keep a look out for Summer registration opening April 1st.

    • March 04, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 1
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    Saturday, Mar 4

    10:00 am–2:00 pm

    Instructor:  Cindy Bear

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Ages 16+. All levels. Ever wonder how to paint a clear glass? It begins with how to set up a proper still life so the beauty of glass can be seen. Next its about how to preserve highlights or reflections. And finally how objects refract when they are viewed through glass. If you love botanical's, learning how to paint glass will be a nice skill to have.

    A supply list will be attached in your confirmation email. Special paper from the instructor will be available for a small fee.

    Prerequisite: Previous watercolor class or experience: no drawing skills required
    Register by: Mar 2

    • March 06, 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • March 13, 2023
    • 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 7
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    Monday, Mar 6, 13 

    6:00 –8:00 pm

    Instructor:  Laura Gomel

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.


    Ages 16+. All levels.
     
    If you've always been interested in drawing but don't really know how to get started, then this is the course for you. Gain a solid foundation and understanding of the basics of drawing and become the artist you've always dreamed you could be! In this 2 part course, students will learn different drawing tools, paper types, drawing styles, rendering techniques, and the basic principles of composition, shading, perspective, & proportion.

    Register by: Mar 4

    • March 09, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online Zoom
    • 13
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    Thursday,  March 9

    12:00 - 1:00p

    Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

    This lecture will online Zoom only.  The  zoom code will be sent in your confirmation email.

    Niki de Saint Phalle was a French-American feminist sculptor, film-maker, painter and author of hand-illustrated books. She is celebrated as one of the few female artists of monumental sculptures. She used interdisciplinary approaches in her creations that engaged pressing social issues.

    Register by 3/7


    • March 14, 2023
    • 5:30 PM
    • March 21, 2023
    • 7:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 7
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    Tuesday, March 14, 21

    5:30–7:30 pm

    Instructor: Pat Sullivan

    IDPH & CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    You can make a gorgeous window decoration of fused glass -- in our suncatcher class, each student will make a suncatcher, comprised of a central glass scene, accented by dangling beads. In the first class, you will decorate a 6"x6" piece of glass with your theme, then each piece will be fired in a kiln. In the second class, students will string beads in the pre-drilled holes in the glass, for a beautifully unique suncatcher. No glass cutting experience is required.  Safety glasses and masks will be provided if working with powdered glass. Closed-toe shoes will be required.

    Register by: Mar 12

    • March 18, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 11
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    Saturday,  March  18

    12:00–3:00 pm


    Facilitator: Karla Lombardo

    Learn how to make a beautiful Wind Chime. It is made with wood, beads, and washers. It will be a fabulous addition to any garden. All supplies included.

    Register by Mar 16
    • March 21, 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio (Upper Studio)
    • 10
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