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  • Piano Lessons - Online Course

    Ages 16 and up. Adult beginners welcome! Learn or review the basics of reading notes, rhythm, technique and harmony. These are individual half-hour lessons. Before your first online lesson your instructor will contact you to discuss your current skill level and goals, as well as compositions or curriculum books you may need. You will need access to a piano or keyboard for your lessons and practicing. 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 more information on accessing your online class.
  • Summer Day Watercolor Painting

    The instructor works with you step by step to create this beautiful 11"x15" watercolor painting that lets you appreciate Summer on your walls all year long! A $15 supply fee is included in the class cost. Supply fee includes watercolor, paper and miscellaneous supplies. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program
  • Metal Casting with Sand Molds for Beginners

    The ancient art of sand casting can be used to create objects or art with bronze or aluminum. Design and create your door/drawer handle, light switch/door-bell plate or wall hook with plasticine clay, found objects, or a wood/foam pattern. Choose bronze or aluminum to pour your mold, and learn how to clean and treat your casting. $5.00 per pound of finished metal will be assessed at class and is payable to the instructor. Participants are required to bring and wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth while at class. Gloves will be made available, and all tools and work-spaces will be sanitized. Class is at the WOW Mobile Metal Lab - an MTC bus turned metal casting workshop on wheels - located at the Casket Arts Carriage House. Parts of class will be outside.
  • Beginning Watercolor Painting

    Flowers are blooming all around us - take advantage of this time to learn how to compose and paint floral watercolors. From a photograph or your favorite garden, we will sketch, compose and create a watercolor flower painting from light tones to dark. We will also review watercolor supplies, what paper to use, the properties of paint, color mixing, and how to compose a painting. Full supply list included in confirmation notes. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program
  • 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. *Face masks are recommended but not required. *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.
  • Watercolor Sketching

    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. First class meets at Como Park Pavilion. All subsequent locations will be chosen by instructor and participants weekly. 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. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program
  • Beginning On-Site Sketching

    Get outside and practice capturing what you see while focusing on line quality, composition, and observational drawing! Each week meets at a different location with a unique interest point. No experience necessary! All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program
  • On-Site Sketching Crash Course

    An on-site sketching class for people who want an intensive! This is suitable for beginning drawers or seasoned artists who want to return to purely observational drawing. Join us at Como Lakeside Pavilion with a sketchbook, pencil, pen or marker, and an eager mind. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program