Spring Adult Classes


Drawing with Metal: Metalpoint Workshop II

A continuation of Metalpoint Workshop I, this class will focus on experimental techniques that can be used with metalpoint drawing. Attendance at Metalpoint Workshop I will be beneficial for this workshop, but not necessary. In this workshop we will use copper, steel, gold, silver, and brass to create unique artworks in which the metals will be applied over various media and aged to create selective patinas. There is a $20 materials fee per student.

Instructor: Aaron Squadroni
Free for members/$10 public
Feb 1 5:30-7:30PM


Advancing in Acrylics

Create a new painting each session, learning techniques as we go. You will be advancing your skills while becoming less fearful of paint. There is a story in each painting, beautiful, natural, fun! Students supply their own materials and a materials list will be provided. Students choose 4 out of 6 available sessions to allow for busy schedules, or attend all 6!

Instructor: Sharon Vanous
$90 member / $100 public
Thursdays, Feb 2 – March 9 6:30 – 9PM


Art + Wellness

Join us at MacRostie Art Center for the next session in our series exploring creativity and wellness. Sessions include yoga, art journaling, and creative cooking. Contact MacRostie Art Center for a detailed schedule and more information at 218-326-2697.

Sunday, Feb 12, 9AM – 5PM
$75 member/ $85 public


Intro to Natural Dyes

This workshop is an introduction to the ancient art of indigo vat dying. Indigo dye has been used worldwide for 6000 years. In this one day workshop, students will learn the basics of setting up and using a natural, indigo dye vat. Fabric, indigo dye, and all materials will be provided and are included in the course fee. Students will leave with their own indigo dye vat.

Instructor: Vernal Bogren-Swift
Fee: $55
Feb 18 10-3PM


Wine & Bowl Glazing

This is the ceramic version of a “wine and canvas” class. Join an experienced potter as he guides you from start to finish through hand-painted underglazing on two pre-thrown stoneware bowls. Cost of the class includes two stoneware bowls, cost of glazes, and firing fees. Drinks will be available for purchase throughout the duration of the event and there will be plenty of breaks to socialize, too. Absolutely no art experience is required. Come learn in a fun and supportive environment surrounded by your friends. Ages 21+.

Instructor | Bruce Bartos
$40 per session
Date: 3-Feb
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.


Wine, Paint, Canvas!

Join an experienced art educator as she guides you from start to finish through the creation of a new painting at each event. Drinks will be available for purchase throughout the duration of the event and there will be plenty of breaks to socialize, too. Absolutely no art experience is required. Come learn in a fun and supportive environment surrounded by your friends. Ages 21+.

Instructor: Rebecca Gramdorf
Fee: $35
Session 1: March 3
Session 2: April 7, 6-9PM
Session 3: May 5, 


Exploring and Understanding Color

This workshop will include exercises and experiments to better understand how colors are created, the relationships between colors, and how color placement can influence the adjacent colors or the whole canvas. Discover how to fully utilize hues, tints, gradients, value and balance colors. Explore techniques to make colors work together to be more vibrant or subtle, bold or harmonious. Students will create miniature paintings that serve as color exercises and small art works.

Instructor: Karlyn Berg
$40 member/$50 public
March 4 10AM – 3PM


Wheel Thrown Pottery

This workshop focuses on the fundamentals of throwing on the potter’s wheel, beginning with how to center clay, and moving on to opening and pulling pots. Those with wheel experience may also choose to use this workshop as an opportunity for continued practice at the potter’s wheel with guided instruction from an experienced potter and educator. Students choose 4 out of 6 available sessions to allow for busy schedules! Materials and Firing fees not included in class fee.

Instructor: Lynda Tarbuck
$70 member / $80 public
Thursdays, March 9 – April 13 6 – 8 pm


Turtle Time X Two

Create ceramic turtles with your child in this fun, family participation class. The instructor will walk you and your child through the steps of creating two cute turtles out of clay, and then two weeks later you will come back and glaze them together to give them a vibrant color! Ages 4+ accompanied by a parent. Class fee covers one adult and one child, as well as materials and firing costs for two turtles.

Instructor: Lynda Tarbuck
$40 member/ $50 public
Saturday, March 11, 25 10AM – 3:30PM


Weaving with Willow: The Trivet

Try your hand at working with locally harvested willow to create a beautiful and useable item- a trivet! Students will learn basic wicker basketry techniques and complete colorful pieces that will protect the table from hot serving dishes, and can be displayed proudly when not in use. This class is a great introduction for those interested in basketry, and working with natural materials. Please note that moderate hand strength is needed when working with willow. Tools to bring include pruning shears, an awl and a knife, though some tools will be available for loan. Materials fee is $20 per student.

Instructor:Emily Derke
$45 member/ $55 public
Saturday, April 15 10AM – 3:30PM


Pottery Basics

Experience the basics in pottery – throwing on the wheel, slab and glazing your final projects. Learn the low form and cylinders. Trim and finish your ware. Enjoy glazing your pottery and seeing the transformation after a glaze firing. Bring in your own tools or purchse them in class. Also bring a 5 quart bucket and towel. Prepare to be messy and creative!

Instructor: Joan Beech
$70 member/ $80 public
Wednesdays, April 19 – May 10 5 – 7:30PM


Classic Watercolor

Learn to use watercolor effectively by learning how to use color, design, and value. We will practice setting up our concept with paper and pencil, then proceed to apply washes to build our design and finally add details to the finished product. This class is suited for both beginners and experienced artists. There will be a materails fee paid to the instructor of $20.

Instructor: Jan Stenson
$85 member / $95 public
Tuesdays, April 25 – May 23 1 – 4 PM


Open Figure Drawing

This group meets weekly to draw from a live model. No instruction is provided and participants must provide their own materials. Poses usually range from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Serious artists of all levels are welcome to join this group. Please note that models are sometimes nude.

$10 session/ $40 month Thursdays, 6:30 – 9 PM


Wood Carving

Beginners to advanced woodcarvers are welcome to join this group. To enroll contact Belva at 218-326-5430.

Instructor: Belva Shelhamer $60 members/ $70 public

Session 1 PM: Tues, Jan 10 – Feb 14 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Session 1 AM: Thurs, Jan 12 – Feb 16 9:30am – 12:30pm
Session 2 PM: Tues, Feb 21 – March 28 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Session 2 AM: Thurs, Feb 23 – March 30 9:30am – 12:30pm
Session 3 PM: Tues, April 4 – May 9 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Session 3 AM: Thurs, April 6 – May 11 9:30am – 12:30pm


Open Pottery

Join area potters and students of all skill levels in this informal, on-going weekly class. The instructor will be on hand to give one-on-one guidance and tips about techniques, glazes, and firings. Call by noon on Tuesday to register for that day’s session 218-326-2697.

Instructor: Bruce Bartos
$15 / $10 HS & college students
Tuesdays, 6 – 8:30 PM

Scholarships are available for all ages! 

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