Happy Hour at the Art Center

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Try something new while relaxing after a long day. Bring your favorite work team, plan an outing with friends, organize a special evening or come meet and meet new people. Each week features a different project that can be done by any participant with no prior experience. This is a great opportunity to meet the Art Center instructors and learn about and explore the magnificent facility. Feel free to bring your favorite drink (adult or otherwise) to enjoy. Fees include all supplies. Register for all 13 sessions and save $40 using code 366213. Registration is required.

April 8, weaving on a loom – Beverage Cup Cozy
Learn about the loom by creating a cozy woven hot drink mug. Instructor-led demonstrations cover the basics of creative weaving and how to add textured details for a unique gift or to take home.

April 15, The Gift is the Box – Paper Marbling and Origami
Create a box as beautiful as the gift it contains. Participants learn how to marble paper, then use the Japanese paper-folding technique of origami to create an original paper box to keep or give to someone special.

April 29, clay surface design
Discover all the ways texture can take clay pieces to a new level. Participants learn the clay slab technique combined with a variety of texturing processes such as stamping, carving, and sliding and scoring to produce unique patterns or designs in clay. Participants are encouraged to bring a flat, textured item for printing, such as lace, leaves, flowers, or stamps. Completed projects available two weeks after the workshop.

May 6, Fire and Glaze – Wheel Thrown Pottery
Get hands-on and try the potter’s wheel in a relaxed and supportive environment. With instructor-led demonstrations and step-by-step guidance, participants explore turned pottery and discover their inner artist. At the end of the evening, participants can choose to keep or recycle their creation; Art Center staff will finish and draw one piece per person in the glaze of their choice. Completed projects can be picked up at the Art Center two weeks after the workshop.

May 13, Red fox in pastel
Dive into the fun and accessible world of pastels and develop your drawing skills with step-by-step guidance. Participants learn to use pencil, charcoal and chalk pastel to create a stunning image of a red fox.

May 27, Monoprinting – Unique prints
Monotypes are a fun way to get into printmaking by creating free-form designs or images with paint or ink. Participants learn to mix colors and textures on Gelli ® plates, then transfer their creations to paper to produce unique works of art.

June 10, Fused Glass – Create a Stained Glass Look
Play with geometric shapes and patterns made of glass stringers and frit on a clear glass tile to create a lovely piece that looks like stained glass. Must wear long pants and closed shoes. Completed projects available two weeks after the workshop.

June 17, Cloth Spool Bowl
Using a version of the simple blanket stitch, participants construct a small container from strips of fabric and cording that can be used as a plant stand, desk decor and more.

Ja 24, Papermaking – Handmade Seed Balls
Breathe new life into unused paper by using it to wrap a bunch of seeds, soil and some clay to make seed balls to plant in the garden or yard. Participants also make a sheet of seed paper that can be given as a single card that keeps on giving.

July 8, Print Block
Block printing is a versatile way to create stunning custom patterns or designs on almost any surface. Participants learn to use block carving tools on an embossed block, then ink their carved block and transfer the design to paper, fabric, or other substrates to create a unique work of art.

July 22, Collage, Zines and Found Poetry
Found poetry is a process that allows people to create a literary collage by combining borrowed text to create something new and fresh. Participants experiment with visual collage techniques to present newly formed poetry in a hand-bound zine from used books, acrylic and watercolor paint, ink and more.

August 5, watercolor painting
Watercolor is a flexible and accessible medium to start painting. Instructor-led demonstrations cover basic tools and a variety of methods such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and layering to produce a beautiful still life image. Participants leave with a finished watercolor and feel confident for further exploration.

August 19, reusable fabric tote
Learn how to plan, cut and sew a reversible fabric bag that can be used for shopping instead of plastic. Participants choose between a limited number of fabrics and add straps and pockets as they wish.

The Art Center continues to follow state and MDH guidelines for Covid-19 with some adjustments to ensure our community continues to thrive. Currently, we strongly recommend that all people wear a face mask at all times indoors and if they are within 6 feet of others outdoors, even if they are vaccinated. If not vaccinated, please plan to wear a mask for the duration of the program. Please bring your own mask or one will be provided.

If the cost of the program prevents you from registering, please contact Art Center Supervisor Jes Schrom at [email protected] to discuss fee options.