Adult Technique Classes

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Art Beat: BYOB Workshops

Oil Painting, Drawing, and Pottery

It doesn't matter your level of experience, we promise if you come to art class here you will have a fun time!

We offer adult technique classes like oil painting, drawing, and pottery. Most of these are 4-6 week sessions.

Our Art Beat: BYOB Workshops are 2-3 hour workshops. Our instructors will guide you through a step by step artsy process mostly using acrylics on canvas to create a finished masterpiece that you get to take home! We like to throw other fun projects into this mix from string art to jewelry making. Again, no experience required, just bring your creativity and any snacks/beverages you'd like.

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Your space will not be confirmed until both your registration and payment have been received!

Something unexpected come up? Bummer!

If you need to cancel your child's registration, let us know at least 48 hours before the actual class dayte and you'll be refunded the full amount. Class fees are non-refundable for cancellations less than 48 hours before the class date. Thank you for understanding.

Space is limited and often times we have a waiting list. Please let us know as early as possible if you’re not able to make it, there might be someone else who can!

Upcoming Workshop Schedule

Give it a Spin: Wheel Throwing with Jessi Tucci

(Two Part Workshop)

Watch a demo from our instructor, then try your own hand at throwing 2-4 pieces. If you choose not to keep your pieces, we will recycle the clay. If you choose to keep the pieces, pay $10 at the end of the first class to come back for the glaze session the following week!

$30 per person for throwing + $10 extra for glazing and firing (optional) 

Limited to 6 students.

Friday Dates (Throw on first date, glaze on second date):

  • Aug 12 & 19 // 6-8:30pm (FULL)
  • Sept 9 & 16 // 6-8:30pm
  • Oct 14 & 21 // 6-8:30pm
  • Nov 4 & 11 // 6-8:30pm
  • Dec 9 & 16 // 6-8:30pm

 Sunday Dates (Throw on first date, glaze on second date):

  • Sept 18 & 25 // 2-4:30pm
  • Oct 16 & 23 // 2-4:30pm
  • Nov 13 & 20 // 2-4:30pm
  • Dec 11 & 18 // 2-4:30pm

Cyanotype with Jessica Kirby

Saturday, August 27 // 10am-noon

$35 Art Center Members or $45 Non-Members (includes all materials and instruction)

Come learn one of the oldest photography techniques!  Cyanotype or sun prints are made using ultraviolet light. Feel free to bring findings from your garden or home to use for the prints! Email a favorite photo of yours and Jessica will turn it into a negative for you to print.

Teen friendly

Expressions through Collage with Jessi Tucci

Sunday, September 4 // 1-5pm

$25 Art Center Members or $35 Non-Members (includes all materials and instruction)

Say what you want through expressive imagery! Materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own too.


3 Part Wheel with Jessi Tucci

Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21 // 6-8:30pm

$65 Art Center Members or $75 Non-Members (includes all clay, firings, and glaze)

Learn the fundamentals of wheel throwing. Throw the first two classes and glaze the last class. Beginners + teens welcome.

Teen friendly

Life Drawing with Jessi Tucci

Saturdays September 10, 17, & 24 // 6:00-8:00pm

$50 Art Center Members or $60 Non-Members (includes all materials and instruction)

We will have a live model and learn basic proportions of the human figure.  First class will include quick poses, second class will include 20 minute poses, and last class will be spent on one pose, working on details such as hands, feet, face, and contrast.

Gradient Dyeing + Shibori on Fabric with Zetta Pilch

Saturdays, September 10, 17, 24, + October 1 // 10am-noon

$55 Art Center Members or $65 Non-Members (includes all materials and instruction)

In this 4 week class, we will spend the first two classes learning how dye bath works, creating multiple pieces of fabric of the same color.  The last two classes we will learn resist techniques such as folding, binding, pole and rope wrapping to create beautiful designs on our fabric.

Dye Paste Printing + Screen Printing on Fabric with Zetta Pilch

Wednesdays, September 14, 21, 28, + October 5 // 6pm-8pm

$55 Art Center Members or $65 Non-Members (includes all materials and instruction)

During the first two classes we will use dye in a print paste, using scraping, stomping, and other techniques to create unique patterns on fabric. The last two classes we will learn about various types of screen printing including wax resist, cut stencils, tape, etc.

Raku Pottery with Lillian Rubin

Mondays, September 19 + 26, Glaze October 3 // 6:30-9:30pm Fire (all day) October 4

$80 Art Center Members or $90 Non-Members (includes all clay, firings, and glaze)

Make projects in the first two classes (including one horsetail), glaze in third class (onsite), and participate in the all day (come when you can) firing at last class.

Pen + Ink Drawing with Jessica Kirby

Thursday, September 22 // 6-8pm

$35 Art Center Members or $45 Non-Members (includes all materials and instruction)

Pen & Ink techniques have been around for centuries.  There are numerous techniques from;  cross hatching, cross contour, stippling and ink washes to name a few. Artists and illustrators use pen and ink to create works with high contrast.  Pen and ink is also a great way to fill sketchbooks and journals.

Students are welcome to bring their own photo reference or choose from photos provided.  Students may also bring their own sketchbooks and pens; such as Micron, Copic, PITT or fountain pens as well as watercolor and brushes. Pens and ink will be available for those who do not want to bring their own. This is meant to be a fun way to experiment with different techniques to create dynamic drawings, journaling and sketching.

Teen friendly

Custom Clay Chess Set with Jessi Tucci

Saturdays, October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5 // 2-4:30pm

$90 Art Center Members or $100 Non-Members (includes all clay, firings, and glaze)

Spend 3 classes creating our own custom chess pieces. Glaze and create a box. Play against others in the class during the last session. Roll up boards, protective foam, and wooden boxes will be provided for each student for game storage. 

Teen friendly

Macrame Hanging Pot + Christmas Trees with Lillian Rubin 

Mondays, October 10 + 17 // 6:30-9pm

$35 Art Center Members or $45 Non-Members (includes materials and instruction)

Make a pot hanger in the first session and a Christmas tree in the second. In these two sessions, you will learn the basic knots to be able to follow any pattern.

Potters Wheel with Lillian Rubin

Wednesdays, October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16 // 1-3:30pm OR 6:30-9pm

$90 Art Center Members or $100 Non-Members (includes clay, firings, and glaze)

Great class for both beginners and intermediates. Focus on centering and raising a cylinder. Make bowls, cups, etc. Intermediates can progress at their own pace.

Custom Pet Mug with Lillian Rubin 

Monday, October 24 // 6:30-9pm

 $30 Art Center Members or $40 Non-Members (includes materials and instruction)

Trace your favorite photo of your furry loved one onto a pre-made mug and paint using under glaze. Piece will then be fired before ready for pick up. Please email us a good picture of your pet at least one week prior to class so we can size it to fit a mug.

The Art of the Envelope with Meghan Riley

Wednesday + Thursday, October 26 + 27 // 6-8pm

$35 Art Center Member or $45 Non-Member

Learn how to create beautifully decorated envelopes to send to friends and family through folding and layering! As we create we will also go over what it takes to write a good letter and how to connect with others!

Clay Tea Lights with Lillian Rubin 

Tuesdays, November 1, 8, + 15 // 6:30-9pm

$30 Art Center Members or $40 Non-Members (includes materials and instruction)

Make several clay tea light holders in the first two sessions. Glaze last class.

Life Sculpting with Jessi Tucci 

Sundays, November 6, 13, 20, 27 // 11am-1:30pm

$50 Art Center Members or $60 Non-Members (includes all clay, firings, and glaze)

Spend 3 weeks sculpting the human figure. Choose which parts of the figure or choose to do the entire figure. Learn about proportions and 3 dimensional perspectives. 

Teen friendly

Negative Painting with Positive Results with Karla Mundt 

Sunday, November 6 // 1-3pm

$25 Art Center Members or $35 Non-Members (includes all materials and instruction)

Negative painting is a simple but rewarding technique. With easy, step by step directions we will create a lovely nature themed watercolor painting.

Clay Nativity Figures with Lillian Rubin

Mondays, November 7 + 14 // 6:30-9pm

$30 Art Center Members or $40 Non-Members (includes materials and instruction)

Make 3 nativity figures in the first class and glaze in the second class. If you took this class in 2020, you could add to your set with shepherds or wisemen.

Photography 101 with Brandy Swartz 

Thursdays, November 10+17 // 6-8pm

$40 Art Center Members or $50 Non-Members

Have a nice camera but you don't know how to use it? Looking to become more familiar with all of the offered functions? Sign up for this two part workshop to get started on your new hobby!


Paper Mache Santa with Lillian Rubin 

Mondays, November 28 + December 5 // 6:30-9pm

$25 Art Center Members or $35 Non-Members (includes materials and instruction) 

Using a styrofoam base, we will apply the paper mache to form Santa's features and accessories.

Holiday Gift Wrapping Workshop with Meghan Riley

Thursday, December 1 // 6-8pm

$35 per person

Bring your holiday gifts and let's get wrapping! Be creative with modern, beautiful gift wrapping ideas in our Gallery. Wrapping supplies will be provided and we will have a cash bar and festive music. Bring a friend and let's get wrapping!

Lifestyle Photo Class with Brandy Swartz 

Wednesday, December 7 // 6-8pm

$20 Art Center Members or $30 Non-Members

Learn how to capture the everyday, seemingly mundane moments in a beautiful, creative, moving way. We will discuss tips and tricks on how to recognize those moments, capture new angles, and edit to capture the moments you never want to forget.

Macrame Angel with Lillian Rubin 

Wednesday, December 7 // 6:30-9pm

$25 Art Center Members or $35 Non-Members (includes materials and instruction)

Make a macrame angel decoration using half hitch knots.

Monthly Members Only DIY Group

The Dabblers try out various mediums and projects in both the arts and crafts. These two hour sessions are led by group members who have some expertise or experience to share. The goal is not to always finish a specific project but to get exposure to something new and to be with others in art and creativity. This group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7-9PM and there is a $5 fee for supplies. Please call 319.754.8069 by the Saturday before to reserve a space.


Dabbler’s Schedule for 2022

Sept. 13 – Acrylic pour with pull chains.  Pull chains will be used to create fancy swirls and feather shapes. Easy techniques to make your own masterpiece. Teacher- Diane Jennings

Oct. 11- Drawing our Furry and Feathery Friends. We will transfer your photo of a pet or a picture of an animal to paper as a guide for drawing an animal friend. Teacher- Karla Mundt

Nov. 8- Fibonacci. The Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio are found in many areas of nature, both plant and animal. Artists through the ages have used these formulas to create aesthetically pleasing images.  Create your own sketch or drawing using Fibonacci. Teacher- Christine Williamson

Dec 13 – It’s time for Reflection! Holiday lights and candles add a glow this time of year but how do we draw reflections on shiny surfaces?  With colored pencils we will try. Teacher- Karla Mundt

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