Thursday, September 24
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: 9/23
Facilitator: Karla Lombardo
Class size is limited. 6 ft. social distancing and face masks are required.
Monday, October 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9
Facilitator: Jaymee Fedor
Learn the basics of acrylic painting in this six-week class. This class is perfect for those who’ve always wanted to learn how to paint but need some help getting started. Geared towards beginners, we will focus on color-mixing, techniques, and value before creating a final painting. Supplies included in fee.
Register by 10/03
Mondays, October 5, 12, 19, 26
Instructor: Linda Ewalt
Due to the Covid-19 social distancing recommendations class size is limited to 3 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: 10/3
Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4
Facilitator: Delores Burkholder
Due to the Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 4 students and the wearing of a face mask is required.
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: 10/5
Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28
Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 6 students and face masks are required.
Instructor: Angie Nofsinger
Beginner - Advanced. Learn how to create lifelike images of eyes using colored pencils. This class focuses on shaping eyes, color theory to mimic realistic skin tones, highlights and textures. Please have ready your favorite sketching pencils, handheld sharpener, artist's eraser, artist quality colored pencils. In this class you will be using specific colors of artist quality colored pencils. A list will be supplied after your registration. For paper, the instructor would like you to have pastel card stock or pastel paper. A heavy weight drawing paper will work if that is what you have available.
Register by: 10/05
Thursday, October 8
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.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) was a genius in many areas including intertwining the secular and the sacred. This class will focus on some aspects of his life and selections of his sacred works: St. Jerome, Virgin of the Rocks, St. John the Baptist, The Last Supper, The Drawing of St. Anne, Salvator Mundi and more.
Register by: 10/7
Wednesday, October 14
Instructor: Nancy Mayhew
Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 7 and face masks are required to be worn.
No mosaic experience needed! Make a one-of-a-kind original piece of mosaic jewelry and learn some new skills in this fun 2-hour workshop. Students will design and complete two pieces of mosaic jewelry (pendants, ring, earrings) from start to finish. All materials will be supplied. Cost includes $40 in materials.
Register by: 10/12
Tuesdays, Oct. 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Instructor: Sabrina Tassoni
Due to the Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 4 students and the wearing of face masks is required in the studio.
Beginning–Intermediate Level. Limited to four students. 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: 10/18
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).
Fridays, Oct. 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4
Due to the Covid-19 social distancing recommendations class size is limited to 4 students and the wearing of face masks is required in the studio.
Register by: 10/21
Monday, October 26
Join us for a fun afternoon of drawing from the human figure. Grab your favorite supplies, and get ready to sharpen up those proportion skills! Guidance from an instructor is available as needed, but this will be a primarily self-directed class. Please note that the model will be nude, but masked! Poses will vary from 1 minute to 15 minutes long.
Register by 10/24
Mondays, Oct. 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Facilitator: Anya Nelson
Due to the Covid19 social distancing recommendations class size is limited to 4 students and masks will be required in the studio.
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: 10/24
Mondays, November 2, 9, 16, 23
Register by: 11/01
Monday, November 2, 9, 16, 23
In the first two weeks of this drawing class, you will learn some nifty new tricks for drawing from real life and improving proportion. In the last two weeks, you'll get guidance and individualized instruction on your own drawing projects. Some previous drawing experience is recommended, but not required. Supplies included in fee.
Register by 10/31
Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21, Dec 5 (Skip 11/28)
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: 11/5
Wednesdays, November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9
Register by: 11/9
Thursday, November 12
Thomas Heflin (1934–Present) is a local Rockford, Winnebago County artist, who has worked in many styles and mediums. This class will include some of his interesting life and beautiful art. Much of the presentation will be based from his own book, Roots and Wings and newspaper articles about him. His Heflin Gallery is located in the Rockford area.
Register by: 11/12
Mondays, November 30, Dec 7, 14, 21
Register by: 11/29
3333 Maria Linden Drive, Rockford, IL 61114 • Phone 815.877.0118 • Fax 815.877.0265 • Hours Monday–Thursday 9:00a–5:00p