Adult/Teen Classes at the OAC

ACRYLIC PAINTING (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.

04/02/19
6:00–9:00 pm Tuesdays
$39
Sessions: 3
Instructor: Kerry Ohnstad


BEGINNING POTTERY ON THE WHEEL FOR TEENS AND 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 at 507-451-0533 if you have questions.

04/04/19
6:30–9:00 pm Thursdays
$99
Sessions: 7
Instructor: Joan Mooney


CHARACTER DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

In this class, students will observe and discuss successful characters from visual media (film, animation, comics, games) and apply fundamental storytelling and design practices to the creation of their own character. The class will feature exploration of character development through a variety of approaches, including research, sketching and ideation, and application of drawing media. Students will produce a final character portfolio, featuring illustrations and a brief written narrative. For more information about our newest art instructor go to www.lafesmith.com.

04/04/19
6:00–8:30 pm Thursdays
$85
Sessions: 6
Instructor: Lafe Smith


GALS NIGHT OUT

Calling all gals and friends who would like a night out of fun and creativity. During this evening, you will be shown the variety of ways that clay can be manipulated into useful, decorative and “gifty” creations. You may try throwing pots on the wheel, hand-building, and or utilizing clay slabs to make your unique creation come to life. Delve into your imagination, experiment and have fun. No experience necessary! All supplies included. The pieces that you have created will be bisque fired, glazed with the color of your choosing and fired a second time. Your pieces are then microwave, oven and dishwasher safe. You may pick up your treasures at the Arts Center three weeks after class. Dress casually in clothes that can get messy. All supplies are included in the course fee, including creative treats.

04/05/19
6:30–9:00 pm Friday
$22
Sessions: 1
Instructor: Judy Srsen


DATE NIGHT/CREATE NIGHT!

Make your date night - CREATE Night. This is an evening to create together or work individually - with the goal of having fun. Try your hands at throwing pots on the wheel and/or to create something practical or whimsical using hand-building techniques. NEN = No Experience Necessary. The pieces that you have created (individually or as a team) will be fired once, glazed with the color of your choosing, and fired a second time. Dress casually in clothes that can get messy. You may pick up your pieces at the Arts Center in three weeks. CREATive treats will be available.

04/12/19
6:30–8:30 pm Friday
$39/couple
Sessions: 1
Instructor: Judy Srsen


TRY ART!

Curious about different forms of art but reluctant to sign up for a whole class? The “Try Art” events are self-guided opportunities where you can experiment with different media and explore the OAC studios. Simple visual instructions and guidance will be available provided by the instructor. The medium varies by date. Call the OAC to see which medium will be offered on each date, or just come with an open mind and a willingness to try something new! Workshops run from 1-3 pm and are open-house style. Stay the whole time or just drop in and “Try Art!” For more details please call or email the Arts center. Preregistration is encouraged.

Saturdays: April 13, and April 20
1-3 pm, open-house style
$5

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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.

04/13/19
9:00 am–12:00 pm Saturday
$34
Sessions: 1
Instructor: Beth DeCoux


CLAY CREATIONS FOR YOUR YARD & GARDEN

Spring is here, or will be soon! As you gaze into your garden spaces, dream and plan for what plants will be sprouting and adding just the right touch of color, how about adding some unique objects that are certain to enhance your spaces. How about a toad house or a bird house to hang in a tree or a bird feeder or wind chimes? Let your own creativity and your own garden be your guide. Students will be using hand-building techniques to create their objects. No previous clay experience necessary. Your garden objects will be created on the first and second evenings. They are then bisque fired and the following week, you will “paint” and glaze your objects to make them colorful and water-proof. The third class may not take as long as the others. Pieces will then be glaze fired and may be picked up at the Arts Center 10 days after the third class.

04/18/19
6:30–8:30 pm Thursdays
$34
Sessions: 3
Instructor: Judy Srsen


WINE & DESIGN: SPRING FLORALS

Let Dar guide you through the easy steps to paint the soft tones of flowers using watercolors. With Dar’s easy to follow demos, students will discover how to create using these concepts: pleasing composition, leaving whites, color values, developing a focal area, magical watercolor backgrounds, texturing techniques, using stencils and rubber stamps, and finishing ideas with interesting art materials. No experience necessary! All supplies (paint, canvas, brushes and a glass of wine are included in the course fee). Additional refreshments may be purchased from the OAC. Students must be 21 years or older to register. You will leave with a colorful completed piece of art! Please bring an apron and roll of paper towels to class. Registration deadline is one week prior.

05/03/19
6:00–9:00 pm Friday
$39
Sessions: 1
Instructor: Dar Brooks


ALCOHOL INKS

Use alcohol inks to create gorgeous vivid art! This is an amazing free flowing medium that is exciting to paint with! Enjoy learning what the inks are and how to use them to create vivid flowers, landscapes, and abstracted looks. Tools inks and the best products will be discussed. Students will receive a list of how the inks can be used for many different art projects. Dar’s motivating demonstrations are broken down to a step-by-step painting process on a 12 X 12 canvas. The class will have the opportunity to practice on different kinds of papers before working on canvas. Your imagination and creativity will be sparked in this no mistakes class. N0 experience needed to complete your unique piece of art to take home. All supplies included. Please register one week prior.

05/04/19
10:30 am–3:00 pm Saturday
$69
Sessions: 1
Instructor: Dar Brooks


GLASS FUSING WORKSHOP

This will be an introductory class! You will have the opportunity to learn the basics and then create a small fused glass piece ( 6” x 6”). Design ideas will be shared by your instructor. Your project will be fired at the OAC and you will be notified when it is ready to be picked up (at a later date). A $20 supply fee will be payable the day of class. Please bring safety glasses with to class as well as a glass cutter (pencil like) which can be purchased at ACE Hardware or a craft store such as Michael’s. Please register by April 25.

05/11/19
10:00 am–12:00 pm Saturday
$20
Sessions: 1
Instructor: Rose Marie James


Intermediate Glass Fusing

If you’ve taken our beginning glass fusing workshop - you are ready for this one! You will work on a larger project (11” x 11”) in this workshop. If you have your cutter or other tools (ruler) from your first workshop, as well as your safety glasses, bring those! We will review the skills covered in the beginning workshop and new techniques will be covered before you get started on your project. Your instructor will have suggestions for your project such as holiday gift ideas (fall leaves, Christmas tree, pendants). Additional supply fee of $25 is payable to your instructor the day of class. Please pre- register by April 25.

05/11/19
12:00 - 2:30 pm Saturday
$20
Sessions: 1
Instructor: Rose Marie James


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 include 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.

05/17/19
6:30–8:30 pm Friday
$19
Sessions: 1
Instructor: Karly Ohnstad


Wine & Design at the OAC - Visual Illusions - Landscapes

This exciting class is enjoyed by all levels of students! You will expand your visual self-expression and go home with a wonderful painting. You will learn how to create good design using depth, as you create visual illusions with watercolor and acrylics. Create texture that is both tactile and visual, an important element that will enhance your art. Your instructor will guide you through the easy steps! No experience necessary. All supplies (and a glass of wine) are included in the course fee). Additional refreshments may be purchased from the OAC. Students must be 21 years or older to register. You will leave with a colorful completed piece of art! Please bring an apron and a roll of paper towels to class. Registration deadline is one week prior. 

08/09/19 
6:00 - 9:00 pm Friday
$49
Sessions: 1 
Instructor: Dar Brooks 


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 usable 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 at 507-451-0533 if you have any questions.

04/04/19
5:00–6:30 pm Thursdays
$84
Sessions: 7
Instructor: Joan Mooney


INTRO TO UNDERSTANDING COMPOSITION (AGES 8-12)

In this class students will learn the beginning of drawing structure. The instructor will show students how they can actually create a drawing that still expresses their thoughts and reactions without feeling limited by having even the simplest tools and resources available to them. How to make a well balanced structure and the importance of having one, while showing how these skills can be used in all of the arts will also be focused on. 

06/10/19--06/14/19
1:00–2:30 pm Monday–Friday
$55
Sessions: 5
Instructor: Al Tandem


THEME GUIDED DIORAMAS (AGES 8-12)

Students will get to invent their own scene or create one based on choices provided by the instructor. There are many creative ways to make a diorama including recreating a memory, duplicating a picture of a place you’d like to visit, or creating scene-based visual stories. We will be creating the scene in a wood box, and learning how to give our scenes depth and perspective using a variety of paper and creative 3D effects.

06/25/19
9:00–11:00 am Thursday
$36
Sessions: 1
Instructor: Stacy Billings


POP-UP STORYBOOK WORKSHOP (AGES 8-11)

Students will make their own Pop Up Story Book based on different themes provided by the instructor. Various pop up and moving parts book techniques will be taught and they will then use them to create a story of their own to take home. Participant should bring scissors and a utility knife if they have one, but the instructor will have them available for use in the class.

06/25/19-06/27/19
9:00–11:00 am Tuesday–Thursday
$56
Sessions: 3
Instructor: Stacy Billings


CLAY ON THE WHEEL FOR KIDS (GRADES 4+)

Develop a new skill or work on improving your clay techniques. In this class, students who are new to creating pottery on the wheel will learn the basic techniques for successful completion of bowls, plates, mugs, etc. Those students with experience are encouraged to work on improving techniques and trying new and larger forms on the wheel. Returning students are able to work independently, with instructor support always available. Students also have the option of hand-building later on in this summer session. Please wear clothing for playing in the mud and athletic shoes, and long hair tied back.

06/25/19
3:30–5:00 pm Tuesday
$72 + $14 supplies
Sessions: 7
Instructor: Judy Srsen


MAKE BELIEVE AND MYTHICAL CREATURES (CHILD /ADULT CLASS)

Parents bring your children (+6 yrs and up) to learn how to make clay mythical creatures. Your instructor will go over the basic techniques to make successful three-dimensional figures out of clay, then students will have the opportunity to make their own creature. Think unicorns, dragons & phoenixes or make a creature straight from your own imaginations! Aprons will be provided, but wear clothes that can get clay on them and underglazes.

07/13/19
10:00 am–12:00 pm Saturday
$17
Sessions: 1
Instructor: Karly Ohnstad


Authentic Art Youth Camp (Ages 8-14) 

Kids love this class! Their ideas, their colors, as they create authentic art. Dar will bring exciting new art projects. She will inspire individual students to create art at their level and progress to their next level while developing their artistic potential. There are no mistakes in this camp, and students will be encouraged to have the confidence to create art that is uniquely theirs. They will select an art project of their choice within each lesson category. Students will learn how to use different visual elements. They will explore design concepts using a wide array of art materials, including acrylics on canvas, crayons, inks and mixed media supplies. Techniques include drawing, sculpting clay, painting, printing, personal symbols, composition, and collaging. Dar facilitates a spontaneous, non-threatening class with exciting demos that makes each hour a new adventure. All levels welcome. Students need to wear paint clothes, and bring: paper towels, sketch book, bag lunch, two snacks, two beverages, sunscreen, and a jacket. Every hour is a new adventure in art. Questions? Please call Dar at 612-940-2094. 

08/06/19-08/08/19
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM Tuesday-Thursday
$135 
Sessions: 3 
Instructor: Dar Brooks