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  • Glasswork Fundamentals: Succulent Pot

    Design and BLOW your own succulent pot with help from the instructors at Vandalia Glassworks. Experience working with blow pipes, punties and optic molds that allow for more complex manipulation of the molten glass and get a glimpse of the skills that are needed to create more complex shapes. Though not required, it is recommended that students have taken a previous Glassworks Fundamentals class, or have equivalent experience, before registering for this class. All participants must be registered, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. Please note the following before registering for this class: Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your class start time to check-in and sign waivers. Also note that vital safety procedures are covered at the very beginning of class. If you miss those, you could forfeit your place in class without reimbursement. Materials are provided; foreign substances (i.e., people/animal remains, stones, jewels, sand, etc.) cannot be added to the glass in this class. You may bring your own leather work gloves (that allow for easy movement of wrists and fingers) and safety glasses. If you can't, there will be some to use. Rubber and latex gloves are not allowed due to the heat. It is required to wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth while at Vandalia Glassworks, but note there will be moments during class when you and others will need to temporarily remove your face mask to complete your project. All pipes and tools are sanitized before each use. You must return a few days later to pick up your finished project. Projects will not be mailed or delivered.
  • Explore Textile Collage - Online Course

    Explore how to create collages with a variety of fabric scraps and textiles like clothing, dish towels, napkins, sewing projects - any fabric scraps you have on hand, or new fabrics you purchase to work with! We'll incorporate slow stitching into our pieces with a variety of beautiful threads too in this experimental, playful and tactile process. The first class will be demonstrations of techniques and compositions before you create your own textile collage to share with the group during week two. Receive encouragement and inspiration to keep creating! Supply list is included in the Registration Confirmation email you receive after registering and includes fabric, archival glue, thread, needle, scissors and paper. This class is being offered using the Zoom online platform. Before registering, make sure your device meets the minimum requirements; view minimum requirements here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux. Please see your Registration Confirmation email for your online meeting information and more information on joining meetings.
  • Intermediate Watercolor Painting - Online Course

    Great for people who have taken Beginning Watercolor with Paige, or have some watercolor experience and want more. Compose and paint your own landscape, floral arrangement, or portrait, choosing your own source material with guidance from your instructor! Review watercolor techniques taught in beginning watercolor, and build on them as you make a tonal painting based off a photograph or sketch, before starting a final painting in class. This class can be taken more than once; work on different projects and continue developing your skills! Supply list is included in the Registration Confirmation email you receive after registering, and includes paper, professional grade watercolors, brushes and more. This class is being offered using the Zoom online platform. Before registering, make sure your device meets the minimum requirements; view minimum requirements here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux. Please see your Class Confirmation email for your online meeting information and more information on joining meetings.
  • Watercolor Sketching - Online/In-Person Hybrid Course

    For both beginners and those with some experience. Watercolor sketching is a great way to gain confidence in your brushstroke. We'll focus on both sketches of flowers or plants, as well as broader sketches of scenery. Our first meeting will be online using the Zoom platform to go over basics. Week two will be on the grounds of Como Park, meeting by the Como Zoo and Conservatory. We'll discuss the location of our last meeting at class. Feel free to sign up for back-to-back sessions for day-long instruction. Supply list is included in the Registration Confirmation email you receive after registering and includes: watercolor paper sketchbook; pencils; micron pens; eraser; watercolor paints; brushes; viewfinder. The first class date meets online using the Zoom online platform. The second class dates meets in-person near the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. The last class will meet in-person. The location will be discussed at class. Please see your Registration Confirmation email for your Zoom online meeting information, information on joining online meetings, as well as details about the in-person locations. In accordance with the state mask guidelines (https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facecover.html), masks are not required for outdoor programs where participants can maintain physical distancing. We ask that you (and/or your child) continue to bring a mask and wear it in all outdoor instances where physical distancing cannot be maintained. If you are feeling ill on the day of class, please do not attend.
  • Blacksmith Fundamentals: Bottle Openers

    Ages 18 and up. Begin building your blacksmith skills by forging your own bottle opener! Bottle Openers are quick to make and can incorporate all basic blacksmithing processes in one compact project. End class with a celebratory bottle-opening to try out your new tool (that means a beer or soda is included!). Open to all experience levels. Class is limited to 8 participants. Please note the following before registering: *Wear closed toe shoes and dress in layers. Wear clothes you can get dirty. *Bring and wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth while you are at the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center. *It is recommended that you bring your own work gloves and safety glasses. If you can't, there will be some to use; you will be asked to help sanitize them after use. *The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center is located near George Floyd Square and the street with access to the parking lot may be closed to traffic. Please give yourself a little extra travel time in case you need to find street parking a block or two from the studio.