Adult Technique Classes to Art Beat: BYOB Workshops

Enjoy the little things in life!

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!

Let us know at least 48 hours before the actual class date and you’ll be refunded the full amount. If you need to cancel within 48 hours of the class date, you’ll receive an internal credit to use towards another class. No shows will not be given a refund or credit!

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!

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Expand your creativity with us, take a look at our upcoming classes and workshops. We're always adding new things!

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Upcoming Workshop Schedule


Sgraffito Pottery with Jessi Tucci

Thurs, 9/6, 9/13 & 9/27 | 6-8:30pm

$55/Art Center Members, $65/Non-Members

Create hand build or wheel thrown pieces & let dry slowly dry over a week. Session two, practice the ancient technique of sgraffito by painting the surface of the pieces with slip & sculpting patterns and/or images into it. Last session, glaze. Finish multiple smaller pieces or one larger piece.

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Life Drawing & Artistic Academy with Judith Hans-Price

Thurs, Sept 20-Oct 25 | 6 - 8pm 

$90/Art Center Members, $100/Non-Members
Please bring the following to the first class: One 18”x 24”newsprint pad, charcoal sticks, kneaded eraser.

Classes focus on the artistic anatomy of drawing the human figure. Each lesson spotlights an individual part of the body showing its basic construction and artistic anatomy. When the artist understands the simple forms needed to construct the figure, they can capture the model’s pose or draw the figure from their imagination. Included are instructions in basic drawing skills: Contour, Gesture, Light and Shade, basic Perspective, Proportion and Composition.

All skill levels are invited and beginners are treasured.
Each class includes Instruction, drawing from a live model and personal critique.


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Leaf Pressing with Jessi Tucci

Sat, 9/15, 1-3:30pm & 9/29, 2:15-3:30pm

$25/Art Center Member, $35/Non-Member

Bring in leaves, flowers, or any other items found in nature for class. Roll out slabs & press leaves into them. Create organic forms or press into molds to create bowls & plates. Session two, glaze. Finish multiple smaller pieces or one larger piece.

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Raku Pottery with Lillian Rubin

Mondays | Sept 17-Oct 1 6:30-9:00pm + Tues, Oct 2 (Firing) | Anytime

$60/ Art Center Members, $70/Non-Members | includes clay, glaze, and firing

Make clay pots and vases the first two classes at the Art Center. Glaze the third class at the firing site (John Bybee's) and firing all day (come when you can) on Tues, Oct 2 . Glazing in typical black and white or Raku reds and greens - reducing in the pine needles resulting in iridescent colors accented by smoke. Very cool experience!


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Statement Bracelet

with Kelli Lundgren Designs
Tues, Sept 25 | 6 - 8pm 

$25/Art Center Members, $35/Non-Members

Create a statement bracelet using Burlington Button Factory buttons and other bits and bobs.  Feel free to bring your grandmothers stash!  If you have needle nose pliers bring those as well.

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Outdoor Landscape Drawing: Crapo Park

with Heidi Merrick
Sat, Sept 29 – Oct 13 | 12:30pm-2:30pm

$30 Art Center Members / $40 Non-Members

Get outside and experience the beauty of the great outdoors! We will be focusing on drawing landscapes, trees, and whatever else we find interesting! Each class, we will meet at a different location in Crapo Park, but each location will be handicap accessible.

All levels of artists are welcome, from beginner to intermediate! You can use whatever drawing medium you would like, but here are some recommended supplies if you are new to drawing:

A set of drawing pencils, ranging from about 5H to 8B, large eraser (preferably one from an art store rather than that standard pink ones at home), pad of drawing paper (at least 9" x 11"), kneaded eraser, drawing stumps/tortillons, and a large paper clamp (to stop paper from blowing in the breeze


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Ceramic Plate & Bowl Sets with Jessi Tucci

Thurs, 10/4-10/25 | 6-8:30pm

$75/Art Center Members, $85/Non-Members

Focus on press molds. Session one, roll out slabs & press into plate/bowl molds (2-4x each mold). Session two, finish last of the molds, trim edges, & plan decoration. Session three, complete decoration & set to dry. Last session, glaze. Make 2-4 sets. Beginners welcome!

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Potters Wheel with Lillian Rubin

Mondays | Oct 8-Nov 5 | 6:30-9:00pm
Wednesdays | Oct 10-Nov 7 | 1-3:30pm
Wednesdays | Oct 10-Nov 7 | 6:30-9:00pm
+ Glaze Day, Wednesday, Nov 14 FOR ALL CLASSES

$90/ Art Center Members, $100/Non-Members

Beginning & Intermediate students will learn throwing techniques in the first 5 classes & glaze on the 14th. Limited to 6 students.

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Family or Couple Handprints with Jessi Tucci

Sat, 10/13 | 1-3pm

$25/Art Center Members, $35/Non-Members (Limited to 4 families)

Roll clay into slabs & press everyone’s hands into it. Cut out a shape that suits each couple/family, place holes for hanging option & smooth out edges. Finally decorate & paint. **Instructor will fire & clear glaze each piece. Finished pieces will be ready 2-3 weeks after class date.

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Paint your Pet on a Mug! with Lillian Rubin

Tues, Oct 16 | 6:30 - 8:30pm 

$35 per person includes clay, firing, & glazing
$10  goes to the Des Moines County Humane Society

Send us a picture of your pet by ahead of time (at least by Oct 2 to so we can size it to fit a mug. You will paint the image on the print & apply it to the mug. It's easy, fun, & makes a great gift!


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Wind Chimes with Jessi Tucci

Sat, 10/27, 1-3:30pm & 11/10, 2:15-3:30pm

$25/Art Center Members, $35Non-Members

Roll out slabs, cut out shapes, & paint them colors. Session two, complete wind chime with yarn/string/twine.

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Cat/Dog Dishes with Jessi Tucci

Sat, 11/3, 1-3:30pm & 11/10, 1-2:15pm

$25/Art Center Members, $35/Non-Members

Roll out slabs & build up walls to form dishes for our pets. Use slip & score method to add personalized details such as fish or bones & pet names. Second session, glaze. Food Safe.

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Coil Vases with Jessi Tucci

Thurs, 11/8, 11/15, & 11/29 | 6-8:30pm

$55/Art Center Members, $65/Non-Members

Roll clay into snakes (coils) & construct vase with slip & score method. Coils may be left exposed or smoothed out. Glaze last session. Vases can be larger or students can create a set good for flowers, pens, etc.

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Winter Plates

Sat, 11/10 & 11/17 10-12:30pm

$35/Art Center Members, $45/Non-Members

Roll out slabs & press into plate molds. Trace a winter/holiday image into the surface of the plate. Boldly trace your animal image, smooth out any rough edges & paint the surface with underglaze. Food Safe.


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