Oil Paintings by Matt Duckett

Oil Paintings by Matt Duckett

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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Spring Clay Sampler: Mug Madness

May 2 (6 - 8 pm) Throwing on the Wheel
May 4 (6 - 7:30 pm) Trimming
May 9 (6 - 8 pm) Slab Work
May 11 (6 - 7:30 pm) Finishing & Glazing

$90 Non-Members/ $80 Members

Get ready for a crash course in clay!  In four sessions you'll learn how to throw a mug on the potter's wheel and make a mug by using slab hand-building techniques.  No prior experience with clay necessary.  Your finished pieces will be microwave and dishwasher safe. Join us for this creative, messy, and engaging class!  

Space is limited to 6 students.

Clay Sampler: Mug Madness

May 2, 4, 9 & 11

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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

Jewelry Workshops

Spring Jewelry Workshops with Deb Hess 

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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 piece

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!

Call 320-632-0960 to claim your spot!

Check out some of the pieces you can choose from!

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.