Adult Classes at the OAC

Super Bowl of Clay
Calling all fans of clay! If you’ve had some experience in throwing on the wheel, this class will concentrate on making matching, stackable forms such as a set of cereal bowls or mixing bowls in graduating sizes, or even a set of tumblers or mugs. You may also want to create a pitcher to compliment your drinking vessels. All pieces are oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Students will create for 2 sessions and decorate during the third session.
January 23 - February 6
6:30 - 8:30 pm Tuesdays
$39
Sessions: 3
Arts Center - Studio II
Instructor: Judy Srsen
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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! 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. One 25 lbs. bag of clay is included in the course fee; 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 adult class and therefore the start time for this class will 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 specific to this class.
February 1 - March 15
6:30 - 9 pm Thursdays
$99
Sessions: 7
Arts Center - Studio I
Instructor: Joan Mooney
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Beginning Tatting
Let's tat! Find out how practical and portable this skill is and how easy it is to make lace! Shuttles will be provided with thread to start. Bring your favorite threads to try too. Class size will be limited so instructor can give individual attention to her students. Please register at least ten days prior to class start date.
February 1-22
6:45 - 8 pm Thursdays
$39
Sessions: 4
Arts Center - Studio I
Instructor: Susan Rypka
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Gals' Night Out at the OAC
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 3 weeks after class. Dress casually in clothes that can get messy. All supplies are included in the course fee, including creative treats!
February 2
6:30 - 9 pm Friday
$22
Sessions: 1
Arts Center - Studio II
Instructor: Judy Srsen
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Date Nite/Create Nite!
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 3 weeks. CREATive treats will be available.
February 16
6:30 - 9 pm Friday
$39
Sessions: 1
Arts Center - Studio I
Instructor: Judy Srsen
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Hand Building in Clay
Anything that can be made on the wheel can also be created using hand-building methods. In this class, you will explore slab, coil or pinching methods in order to create a wide range of bowls, vessels, trays, baskets, pitchers, and decorative objects and objects for the garden. Come with your ideas. We’ll figure out the best way to make it your very own. All pieces are oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Students will create for 2 sessions and decorate during the third session.
February 22 - March 8
6:30 - 8:30 pm Thursdays
$39
Sessions: 3
Arts Center - Studio II
Instructor: Judy Srsen
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Acrylic Pouring Art
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! As demonstrated at the OAC “Art on the Hills” this past summer, Beth will take you into the studio to help you create your own one of a kind. Class includes two complete paintings ready to hang on your wall (frames not included). Wear clothes that can get paint on. All supplies are included in the course fee. See you at class!
February 3
9 am - 12 pm Saturday
$29
Sessions: 1
Arts Center - Studio II
Instructor: Beth DeCoux
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Beginning Drawing
This course allows students to approach drawing fundamentals and fresh approaches
to traditional observational drawing. Different mark-making tools will be explored, with an overall emphasis on discovering comfort and confidence with preferred materials. Class discussions and exercises will focus on translating what the eye sees into two-dimensional, handcrafted images. The class offers an experience perfect for beginning artists as well as those with more experience looking for an opportunity to polish their skills. Your instructor holds a BA in Art from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is an illustrator focusing on visual storytelling, emphasizing the combination of traditional and digital techniques and has provided storyboards for several televised commercials. His drawings have been featured as part of retail in-store marketing materials. He has been teaching since 2004, leading students to develop their art and design skillsets into a
clear, industry-focused career path.
February 8 - March 15
6:30 - 8:30 pm Thursdays
$79
Sessions: 6
Arts Center - Studio I
Instructor: Lafe Smith
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Barn Quilt Painting Workshop
Join the barn quilt movement by creating your own painted quilt for your barn, home,
garage, or garden fence. After a short historical overview of barn quilts, you will begin with a pre-primed 4' x 4' or 2’ x 2’ board and be guided through each step including: drafting, taping, and painting. After you get some tips to paint the masked areas, you will work at your own speed. Depending on your design and pace, you will leave with a finished quilt or with it almost completed along with full instructions on how to finish/seal it confidently. When you register you need to decide which size you will do- 4' x 4' OR 2’ x 2’ pre primed box. Your finished board will prove to be quite a showpiece for years to come! Note: there is a detailed list included in the online course description at www.owatonnacommunityed.org including suggested pattern choices. Please review it as it also shows the supplies you need to bring to class. It is vital you refer to this! Call us if you need assistance or stop by Roosevelt and we can print off everything you need to be ready for class! If you have specific questions about this workshop, please email the instructor at naomi4664@gmail.com
March 10
8:30 am - 12:30 pm Saturday
$99
Sessions: 1
Arts Center - Studio I
Instructor: Naomi Jirele
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Youth Classes at the OAC

Clay for Kids: Pottery Wheel for 10+
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 507-451-0533 if you have any questions.
February 1 - March 15
5 - 6:30 pm
$84
Sessions: 7
Minimum age: 10
Arts Center - Studio 1
Instructor: Joan Mooney
Register online


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! 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. One 25 lbs. bag of clay is included in the course fee; 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 adult class and therefore the start time for this class will 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 specific to this class.
February 1 - March 15
6:30 - 9 pm Thursdays
$99
Sessions: 7
Arts Center - Studio I
Instructor: Joan Mooney
Register online