Oil Paintings by Matt Duckett

Oil Paintings by Matt Duckett




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Painting the figure
with matt duckett


Join artist and Great River Arts staff member Matt Duckett for an afternoon as we explore painting the figure and portrait from life. Topics include creating a palette, composition, drawing, likeness, color mixing, edges and brush work.

Matt Duckett has exhibited across the United States and internationally, in galleries including the Salmagundi Club in NYC and Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. He has been recognized with awards and multiple national publications for excellence in art, including Fine Art Connoisseur and Poets & Artists. He has created bodies of work that explore various subcultures and marginalized peoples, from Scandanavian traditional lifestyles in rural Wisconsin, to Chicago's unique Irish musical heritage, to displaced aboriginal tribes in the remote mountains of the Philippines. Matt weaves storytelling and characterization together with a mastery of technique to create portraits that go beyond likeness with their layers of meaning, story and atmosphere. 

Recommended Materials List can be found here.

Painting the Figure
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Mug Rugs

September 30, 10 am–1 pm

Creating a mug rug is a great way to practice new techniques, try out new fabrics, and bust a stash of scraps. They can be simple or complex pieces of usable art, fantastic gifts, and are quick to create. In this class, you will learn how color and value will enhance your fiber art, and how to:

Paper piece, free motion quilt, attach binding, appliqué, add embellishments, and 'quilt as you go'

You can choose from 5 original designs of mug rugs that I will provide.

This class is designed with a few things in mind, it is for beginners as well as experienced quilters, and it is all about fun and enjoyment.

Your Instructor: My name is Joe Muehlbauer and I have been an artist for over 20 years. I started my "sewing" career about 15 years ago by making porcelain dolls. I then entered the world of quilting and never looked back. I have won several awards for quilting, illustrations, and photography. I enjoy all mediums of art from pottery to metalwork, jewelry to quilting. But my favorite thing to do is teach others and share my knowledge of art and design.

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Clay Sampler: Mug Madness

Adult Mug Madness will be a great time learning how to build mugs and use the potters wheel!

Class runs September 26 and 28 and October 3 and 5. Kids are from 4–5:15 and Adults class is 5:45–7:45.

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Once Fired

Saturday, April 22 (10 am - noon)

How it works: 
1. You call GRA and register for a time slot (10 am or 11 am) 
2. You select a pottery piece
3. You use underglaze to decorate the surface with the guidance of GRA Staff
(it usually takes between 45 min - 1.5 hours)
4. We fire the piece & you come back to get it in a week
5. You enjoy your food safe, custom designed, hand thrown pottery!

Local potter Michelle Young has thrown a selection of bisque fired pottery pieces available for purchase and customization. 

Prices Dependent on Project Selection. $10 - $44 per pieceCall 320-632-0960 to claim your spot!

Check out some of the pieces you can choose from!


Jewelry Workshops
with Deb Hess

Learn what it takes to design & make your own custom jewelry. Each session will focus on building techniques & skills to create unique, wearable art. 

All materials will be provided.  *There will be a cash beer & wine bar

Spring 2017 Dates:

May 10: Window Necklace (6:30 - 8:30 pm)

$35 Non-Members/$30 Members


The adult education programs are made available by the voters of Minnesota through grant support from the Five Wings Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board.