Adult Classes at the OAC

beginning pottery on the wheel for teens & adults

How do you work clay on the wheel? Beginners will learn how to use the wheel to create three dimensional forms and vessels. Demonstrations will cover the basics of wedging, centering, pulling, trimming and forming functional vessels. Come and get your hands muddy! Dress for a mess and wear tennis shoes. Come to the first class with ideas, excitement and inspiration! One 25 lb. bag of clay is included with the class; any additional clay can be purchased from the OAC. Basic glazing will be covered to finish pieces. Note that it is sometimes necessary to combine the youth and beginning adults into one class, and therefore the start time for class could be moved up. You will be notified if that happens! Call instructor at 507-835-1192 or the OAC 507-451-0533 if you have questions.  

01/31/19
6:30 - 9 pm Thursday
$99 
Sessions: 7
Instructor: Joan Mooney 


Acrylics: Beginning & Refresher

Learn the foundations of working with acrylic paint and see why they are the simplest and most effective way for an absolute beginner to learn how to paint successfully. Acrylics can be used in thin layers like watercolors or in thicker, more opaque applications like oil paint. They dry quickly and can be diluted and cleaned with water, making them simple to use. Bring several photos of what you would like to paint during class. Your instructor has over 40 years of painting with acrylics and watercolor. Her own essential techniques to acrylics will be covered at class. Students are encouraged to bring their own acrylic supplies from home or purchase a complete starter acrylic paint set at local stores or online. Check your email course confirmation after you register for the recommended list of supplies needed. 

0101 
02/05/19 
6 - 9 pm Tuesday
$39
Sessions: 3 
Instructor: Kerry Ohnstad 


Watercolor: Beginning & Refresher 

In class you will start with learning the basics of watercolor while working on your own watercolor painting. Bring several photos of what you would like to paint during class. Teacher has over 40 years of painting with watercolor and acrylics. Techniques essential to watercolor will be covered during classes. Students are encouraged to bring their own watercolor supplies from home or purchase a complete starter watercolor paint set at local stores or online. Please refer to your course confirmation that will be emailed to you after you register for your supply list. 

0102
02/07/19 
6 - 9 pm Thursday
$49
Sessions: 4 
Instructor: Kerry Ohnstad 


Acrylic Paint Pouring Art Class - Level I 

Create fluid organic designs through the use of acrylic paints and pouring medium. Each piece created will be unique and original. No two pours are ever the same! This class includes two complete paintings ready to hang on your wall (frames not included). Wear clothes you can get paint on. All supplies are included the class fee. Come try this fun new painting technique. No previous painting experience or drawing skills required.

0116
02/16/19 
9 am - 12 pm Saturday
$34
Sessions: 1 
Arts Center - Studio II 
Instructor: Beth DeCoux 


I-Doodle

Parents come help your children learn how to find art in their “scribbles,” and try making some doodles of your own. This technique of doodling will focus on using one continuous line that winds across the paper smoothly, sharply or both, forming all kinds of shapes and outlines, while trying not to lift the pen or marker from the page. Once the doodles are completed, you’ll use your imaginations to turn the doodles into something, maybe there will be a hidden face, buildings or make belief animals. The outcomes are endless. Then you’ll use washable paints to add details to the drawings. 

Ages 5 and up
0111
02/16/19
1 - 3 pm Saturday
Cost: TBA
Instructor: Karly Ohnstad


Acrylic Paint Pouring Art Class - Level II 

If you were in Beth's class last year - you are now ready to move on to this one! You will explore additional techniques and styles of creating fluid acrylic art. You will practice pouring tree rings, blowing flowers from puddle pours, and swiping. Each piece will be original and unique – no two pours are ever the same. This class includes two complete paintings ready to hang on your wall (not including the frames). Wear clothes you can get paint on. All supplies included in the course fee.

0117
03/02/19 
9 am - 12 pm Saturday
$34
Sessions: 1 
Arts Center - Studio II 
Instructor: Beth DeCoux 


Handbuilding Flowers for Your Garden & Decorating

Learn how to create layered three-dimensional flowers for your garden and home. Instructor will go over the techniques to create one’s own flower. Students are encouraged to bring along pictures of their flowers of choice or attempt making up their own kind of flower. Finished flowers look specifically like the heads of flowers and the under leaves can be added or not, but will not have stems. The students will then have the choice to take their flowers home to attach to the walls or for table decoration, the instructor will provide tips on how best to do this. The instructor will attach the flowers meant for the garden to garden stakes. If time allows and depending on individual skills, students may be able to make more than one flower. Underglazes will be able to be applied at the class, and the Instructor will provide details on glazing options during class. Aprons will be provided, but clothes that can get clay on them and potential underglazes on them recommended. Beginning at the start of March, instructor can be emailed for pictures of pieces or with any other questions: karly.ohnstad@oacarts.org

0106
03/02/19
9 am - 12 pm Saturday
Cost: TBA
Instructor: Karly Ohnstad


Family Handbuilding Make Believe Animals and Mythical Creatures

Parents, bring your children to learn how to make mythical creatures and characters. The instructor will go over the basics techniques to make successful three-dimensional figures out of clay and then students will have the opportunity to choose what kind of creature they would like to make or create their own. Think unicorns, dragons, phoenixes or mummies! Students can try to make up a creature or monster straight from their own imaginations instead too! Aprons will be provided, but clothes that can get clay on them and potential underglazes on them recommended.

Ages 8 and up
0112
03/02/19
2 - 4 pm Saturday
Cost: TBA
Instructor: Karly Ohnstad


Splatter Art 

Splatter painting is energetic, unpredictable and fun! If you’ve ever thought about trying... here's your chance! Your instructor will demonstrate various techniques including dripping, splashing, and pouring. Then it's your turn to make your own abstract piece! Get into a meditative state or be carefree and get out some emotion! Class fee includes supplies and a glass of wine or non-alcoholic bubbly. Aprons will be provided, but please dress with the fact in mind that clothes could get paint on them. 

03/15/19
6:30 - 9 pm Friday
$19
Sessions: 1


Open studio for members

Arts Center members, this is your opportunity to be creative and use the studios for your projects (clay, painting, etc.). Open Studio is on Wednesdays from 5 to 9 pm. You must arrive before 7 pm, otherwise the doors will be locked. Bring your own materials, except you must purchase the clay through the Arts Center.


Youth Classes at the OAC

Clay for Kids: Pottery Wheel 10 yrs +

How do you throw clay on the wheel? It’s not what it seems. Learn how to use the wheel to create three dimensional forms and vessels. Demonstrations will cover the basics of wedging, centering, pulling, trimming, and forming useable vessels. Beginners come and get your hands muddy! If you are accustomed to clay come fine tune your skills, learn a new technique, and challenge yourself with larger more complex forms. Dress for a mess and wear tennis shoes. Come to the first class with ideas, excitement and inspiration! Call instructor at 507-835-1192 or call the OAC 507-451-0533 if you have any questions.

0963
01/31/19
5 - 6:30 pm Thursday
$84
Sessions: 7
Owatonna Arts Center - Studio I
Instructor: Joan Mooney