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    • May 16, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • June 27, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
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    Mondays,  May 16, 23, June 6, 13, 20, 27

    6:00–8:00p

    Instructor:  Anya Nelson

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks 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: 5/14

    • May 17, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • June 21, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 2
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    Tuesdays,  May 17, 24, 30, June 7, 14, 21

    10:00a–12:00p

    Instructor: Nancy O'Neill

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks 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: 5/15

    • May 17, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • June 21, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
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    Tuesdays, May 17, 24, (skip 31), June 7, 14, 21

    10:00 am–12:00 pm

    Instructor:  Sue Abare

    IDPH and 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: 5/15


    • May 17, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • June 21, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
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    Tuesdays, May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21

    6:00–8:00p

    Instructor: Lynette Porter

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    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: 5/15

    • May 18, 2022
    • 2:30 PM
    • June 22, 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
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    Wednesdays, May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22

    2:30–4:30p

    Instructor: Nancy O'Neill

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks 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: 5/16

    • May 19, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • June 23, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 2
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    Thursdays, May 19, 26, June (skip 2), 9, 16, 23

    10:00 am–12:00 pm

    Instructor: Sue Abare

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    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. This class is for those who have attended Sue's previous classes, no beginner students.   Students bring their own supplies. 

    Register by: 5/17

    • May 19, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • June 23, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
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    Thursdays, May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23

    6:00–8:00pm

    Instructor: Lynette Porter

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    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: 5/17

    • May 21, 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • June 25, 2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
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    Saturdays, May 21, 28, June (skip 4), 11, 17, 25

    1:00–3:30pm

    Instructor: Anya Nelson

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    This 4-week course, will be perfect for anyone who wants to learn the basics of throwing clay 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. At the end of this course, you will have a small collection of functional pottery as well as the confidence and 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: 5/19

    • May 24, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
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    Tuesday, May 24

    6:00 pm–9:00 pm

    Instructor: Pat Sullivan

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Learn the art of fused glass -- make your own nightlight! In this exciting new class, you will learn about the ancient art of glass fusing and create your own nightlight, using crushed glass and scrap or cut glass. Your creation will then be fired to 1480° in a kiln, cooled, then slumped into a curve. The finished glass will be mounted onto a nightlight form, and your completed nightlight will be available for pickup at Womanspace in three to five days. All supplies included. Class size is limited, a face mask is required and safety glasses will be provided.

    Register by: 5/22

    • May 26, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio
    • 12
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    Thursday,  May 26

    6:00–9:00 pm

    Instructor: Karla Lombardo

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Don't you just love making cute things for your flowerbed!! ArtbyKarla will show you step-by-step on how to make this super sweet Toad Abode! All supplies are included in the class (except for the Toads, of course! LOL). You are welcome to bring anything extra you may want to put on your Toad House (eg: old costume jewelry). The Abode is made out of a 6" plastic garden pot and will be the perfect size for your adorable toads. Don't wait too long to size up because there is limited seating.

     Register by: 5/24


    • May 28, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • June 25, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
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    Saturdays, May 28, June 4, 11, 25 (skip 18th)

    9:00am–12:00pm

    Instructor: Jennie Johnson Sic

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Ages 16+. Advanced Beginner–Intermediate Level. If you have mastered the skill of creating basic forms on the pottery wheel, you are ready to move to the next level! This 4-week 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, hand towel, and your own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).

    Register by: 5/26

    • June 02, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • June 30, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 1
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    Thursdays, June 2, 9, 23, 30 (skip 16th)

    9:00am–12:00pm

    Instructor: Jennie Johnson Sic

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Ages 16+. Beginner–Advanced Beginner. 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).

    Register by: 5/31

    • June 06, 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • June 27, 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
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    Mondays, June 6, 13, 20, 27

    1:00–4:00 pm

    Instructor: Linda Ewalt

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Ages 16+. Intermediate–Advanced. In this four-week course, we will explore new techniques and skills in pottery. The focus will be 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. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes, and firing. 

    Register by: 6/04

    • June 07, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio
    • 8
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    Tuesday, June 7

    1:00–4:00 pm

    Instructor: Rebecca Taylor

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Adding Color to Your Tangles! Now that you have learned the beautiful art and benefits of tangling, let’s go a few steps further. Learning to add color to your finished tangles you will be able to create an even more beautiful and impressive style of artwork. You will also be learning some of the more advanced and difficult tangle patterns. Practice pages will be provided but feel free to bring any of your own finished tangle tiles or pen & ink artwork to add color to if you like. Please bring Tombow or Arteza markers ONLY IF YOU ALREADY OWN THEM, all other supplies will be provided.

    Register by: 6/05

    • June 07, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • June 23, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio
    • 8
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    Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23

    6:00–8:00 pm

    NOTE: This class meets twice a week on Tuesdays & Thursdays

    Instructor: Cindy Bear

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Intermediate–Advanced. [Prerequisite: Must have previous watercolor experience; no drawing skills required.] This  watercolor class is an up close look at what is happening on the paper when water and then color is applied. Learn in detail, water management, wet-on-wet, glazing, and dry brushing, so you can learn to control watercolor as much as possible. Mistake making is encouraged to learn how to fix it. Students will complete two paintings in this 6-session class as each class builds on the previous class. 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. 

    Register by 6/5

    • June 08, 2022
    • 9:30 AM
    • July 06, 2022
    • 12:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 2
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    Wednesdays,  June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6

    9:30a–12:30p

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks 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: 6/06



    • June 09, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 15
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    Thursday,  June 9

    12:00–1:00 pm

    Instructor: Sister Mary Boyd

    This class is Zoom only. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link. 

    Post-Impressionist Georges Seurat (1859-1881) is well known for his banner painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte, which is one of the prized possessions of The Art Institute of Chicago. This session will be about this painting in detail, and also about his magnificent drawings and other paintings he painted in the style he called “divisionism.” 

    Register by: 6/07

    • June 10, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • June 24, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio
    • 6
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    Fridays,  June 10, 17, 24  

    10:00–12:00 pm

    Instructor: Cindy Bear


    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Ages 16+. Intermediate–Advanced. [Prerequisite: Previous watercolor experience required.] Line and wash is another style of watercolor. Using a variety of permanent ink pens, lines are created to enhance or express subject matter. A small amount of instruction will be provided. Students are encouraged to work on their own but may draw on the talents of the artists in the class. Students may bring their own ink pens (Uniball, Micron pen, The Elegant Writer, gel pens, etc., but it must be permanent ink), a palette with watercolor and paper of choice. Of course, sharing of supplies is encouraged so students don't have to buy an exhausting list of different type ink pens. This will be a fun,  collaborative, work at your own pace class.

    Register by 6/8

    • June 11, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Upper Studio
    • 10
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    Saturday, June 11

    9:00–12:00 pm

    Instructor: Norm Knott

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Do you have a favorite, outdated piece of clothing that you just can’t part with? Turn it into a one-of-a-kind wearable “art piece.” In this class, you will create your own design pattern, learn how to carve it into a synthetic block, and imprint it onto your piece of clothing. The imprints can then be embellished with paint, fabric paint/glitter, and markers during our process. Additional sewing (trim, quilting, etc.) can be completed at home afterward. When finished…voila!!! A new fashion statement, piece of art, and recycled inspiration for others! 

    Bring some test scraps of material to practice on and one item of used fabric clothing: jeans, t-shirts, etc. (or even canvas shoes if you’re up for a challenge). If you don’t already have something at home, maybe you find something at the Glitzy Garage Sale or thrift store.  Also, feel free to bring any of your own embellishments. Norm will bring his collection of vintage Asian woodblocks. All embellishing supplies provided.

    Register by: 6/10

    • June 12, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 7
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    Sunday, June 12

    10:00–12:00pm


    Presenter: Nicole Landreth & Rhiannon Yandell

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Join Nicole Landreth and Rhiannon Yandell for this relaxing two hour workshop. Rhiannon will begin the session with a meditation followed by a 45 minute gentle, all levels vinyasa flow yoga to promote creativity.. In the second hour, mandala artist, Nicole, will guide us through the making of mandala art and you'll have your own to take home.  Fee includes supplies. Bring your own mat. Space is limited so sign up early! Come relax and leave your hectic life behind...at least for 2 hours!

    Register by: 6/10

    • June 13, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • June 27, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Upper Studio
    • 10
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    Mondays June 13, 20, 27

    6:00-9:00 pm

    Instructor: Nancy Mayhew

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Intermediate–Advanced. Learn how to make a china or stained-glass pet portrait. You will be making the framed pet portrait from your own pet photo. You will also learn how to make your pet’s nose out of polymer clay. 

    You will need to bring to class:

    1) Two 12 x 12" photos of your pet one in color and one in black and white. Make sure you have a picture straight on of your pet’s head. If you are worried about your photo or are not able to have it made into two 12 x 12" photos, email the instructor (nlmayhew@charter.net) and she will help you.

    2) Colorful china to use for your portrait. Or, for an exact likeness of your pet, stained-glass that matches your pet’s coat. Plates can be purchased at the Goodwill or any thrift shop. Stained glass and china won’t be used the first class so Nancy can give students better information on china and stained glass choices at the first class.

    Nancy will provide the 12 x 12" frames and the polymer clay.

    Register by:  6/11

    • June 15, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • June 22, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 8
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    Wednesdays, June 15 & 22

    6:00–8:00 pm

    Instructor: Nicole Landreth

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    In this beginner level macramé class, you will learn several variations of the most basic macramé knot: the square knot. You will make a few small projects to practice the variations, then create a plant hanger with the knots you’ve practiced. By the end of this class, you will have made three keychains and a plant hanger to hang from your ceiling. Feel free to bring any beads or charms you’d like to add to your macramé projects. All material included in the class fee.

    Register by: 6/13

    • June 16, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery and Online Zoom
    • 19
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    Thursday,  June 16

    6:00–7:30 pm

    Instructor: Patricia Chávez

    This class is being offered as an in person or online Zoom. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. 

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Join Patricia Chavez for this in-depth lecture on Frida Kahlo! In today's world, you see the image of Frida Kahlo at every turn, on towels to shirts to watches. You may even know a few facts about her, or have memorized one or two of her quotes on life, love, and death. In this lecture, we will connect her paintings with her own words, written and spoken, so to have a better understanding of her as a person, a woman, a Mexican woman, and an artist.

    Register by: 6/14

    • June 17, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
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    Friday,  June 17

    10:00a–2:00p

    Instructor: Nancy O'Neill

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Ages 16+. [Prerequisite: must have taken a pottery class at Womanspace.] This workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn about glazes from Womanspace’s glazing queen, Nancy O’Neill! Learn what some of the technical glazing lingo means, the different types of glazes there are, and how to properly apply them for best finished results. Nancy will make suggestions, assist in troubleshooting, or any other glazing questions. Peer support and inspiration is encouraged to enhance everyone’s experience. You must bring a few of your own bisque-fired pieces to glaze. Fee includes glazes.

    Register by: 6/15

    • June 21, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio
    • 7
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