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.


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.


FREE ART 2ND SATURDAY

Mark your calendars for Free Art 2nd Saturday's Spring Series!  Drop your 1st-5th graders off at the Art Center to enjoy a free art project in the Gallery the second Saturday of the month. Call or stop in BEFORE the scheduled class date to reserve your child's spot, class maximum 20. Class media are subject to change. To Register call: 320.632.0960

One Session ONLY! 11 am - 12:30 pm

June 10               Tiki Totems
July 8                     Adventure Scrolls
August 12              Dream Tree House
September 9         NO CLASS


SUMMER CAMPS

Great River Arts is excited to partner with the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Five Wings Arts Council to offer an expanded set of Summer Art Camp opportunities!
 

Children's Theater Camp "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" 
July 24 - 28 (1 - 4 pm) 
6 - 9 year olds

Petite Picasso Mastering the Messy Art Camp
July 31 - August 3 (9 am - noon)
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Mastering the Messy Summer Art Camp
August 7 - 10 (10 am - 3 pm)
3rd - 9th Grade

Teen Musical Theater Camp "Cinderella" 
August 14 - 18 (9am - 3 pm) 
10 - 15 year olds


ONCE FIRED

Local potter Michelle Young has thrown a selection of bisque fired pottery pieces available for purchase and customization. These projects are PERFECT gifts for all ages. Fun, easy and so unique.
Parents must remain with children during the session.

Prices Dependent on Project Selection. $10 - $44 per piece

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 (10 AM - NOON


KIDS ART IN THE PARK

THURSDAY, JUNE 29
4 - 6 PM

Join us for a fun afternoon in the park! Enjoy FREE creative projects for the whole family, a community art project, side walk chalk, food & treat trucks and stick around to enjoy the live music at Rock the Park 8! 


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)


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.


Chia Pets & Other Pots

May 2, 4, 9 & 11 (4 - 5:15 pm) 
2nd - 5th Grade
$45 Non-Members/ $35 Members

Students will spend 4 days working with local potter & art teacher Michelle Young to create Chia Pets and dive into other hand building techniques. Each day, students should come to class ready to work since we have limited time. Get ready to get messy! 


Kids, Camera, ACTION!!! 
Lego Lesson

April 26 (4 - 6 pm)
3rd - 5th Grade
$25 Non-Members/ $20 Members

Students will work hands on with Media Specialist, Sam Deans, as they create story boards, design a production and shoot a short, stop-action film using the Stik Bot App. Class will move quickly and students will be able to download the app to continue making films at home! 

Space is limited.


Fashion Trashion Classes

Runway Ready Teen Fashion Trashion Workshop

April 11 & 18th (4 - 6 pm)
4th - 10th Grade
$40 Non Members/ $30 Members

Students who are interested in fashion, fabrication, costume design and have endless amounts of imagination are going to love this class. Sam will teach students techniques from weaving pop tabs to fusing plastic bags. In the first session students will be asked to begin sketching concept designs for a costume they will create and wear down the runway on April 21st at the GRA goes GREEN! opening reception. Students will spend the remainder of the two sessions bringing the costume to life during after school sessions. Depending on the determination of the student, some outside work may be necessary. This workshop will be fun, creative and very informative. 

Mini Fashion Trashion Workshop

April 15 (12:30 - 2 pm)
k - 4th Grade
$20 Non Members/ $15 Members

Sam will lead students through a quick session creating outfits and costumes made completely from paper bags and recycled materials.  Students are encouraged to bring recycled materials from home to use on their projects! This will be a fun, creative exposure to making costumes and bringing sketches to life. Parents can stay and help if they would like, but it is not required.  

 


Mini Monet Clay

Have your 2nd - 5th grader join us the 1st Saturday of every month to build knowledge of hand-building, creating texture, using glaze and designing custom clay creations. The goal of these classes are to encourage creativity and problem solving skills. Take one session or the entire series! 

February 4, 2017: Pop Art Cakes
March 4, 2017: My Tiny House
April 1, 2017: Peacock Tea Light
May 6, 2017: Dragon Hatchlings

2nd - 5th Grade
(12 - 1:30 pm)
$15 Non-Members/ $12 Members

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.


Petite Picasso CLay

Give your 4, 5, 6 & 7  year old the chance to learn hands on clay building techniques during these fun sensory sessions. Come to one class, or join us for the entire series! Just be prepared to get a new shelf at home to house all of the fantastic clay creatures your student creates. Parents are welcome to work on projects with their child or run errands during the session. Art making clothes are highly encouraged, this can be a messy process.

February 4, 2017: Cranky Crocs
March 4, 2017: Bunny Keepsakes
April 1, 2017: Flying Birds
May 6, 2017: Coiled Snakes

$10 Non-Member/$8 Member
10:30 am - 11:30 am


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.


Art Bar 39

Based out of Alexandria, MN, the experienced staff of ART BAR 39 provides a stress-free and approachable environment to learn a variety of painting skills. All creation materials are provided in addition to easels, aprons and instruction. Beverages are available for purchase throughout the evening.


Ukrainian Egg Dying
WITH Rubinski Works

April 8, 2017
12 - 2:30 pm
$30 Non-Members/ $25 Members

Learn how to decorate Ukrainian Easter Eggs (pysanky) with the talented Madison Holler from Rubisnki Works. She will lead students through the process of dying & writing in beeswax to create traditional Ukrainian & contemporary designs. All of the materials are included. No experience is needed! 

Space is limited to 10 students. 


Woven Orbs
WITH Len Sharon

April 5, 2017
6 - 9 pm
$50 Non-Members/ $40 Members
SOLD OUT! 

Local artist Len Sharon will be sharing his knowledge of Willow Weaving to instruct students in the creation of 12 inch diameter woven willow orbs. The class fee includes the materials fee for the locally harvested red willow. 

Space is limited to 6 students and will likely sell out. 


Rembrandt Saturday Sampler

Art Class is in session at Great River Arts the 3rd Saturday of the month. Join us for one or all of the Sampler Classes, each 2 hour session explores a different media and technique that encourage the creative development of 6th - 8th graders. These classes will have specific goals, but lots of room for exploration. 

6th-8th Graders
(10 am - Noon)
$18 Non-Members/ $15 Members


January 21: Felt Monsters
Media: Mixed (felt, glue, fabric, stitching, found objects, fibers)

February 18: +/- Zentangle Drawings
Media: Drawing with markers & sharpies

March 18: Green Man Wall Hanging
Media: Clay

April 15: Double Exposure Drawings
Media: Drawing with graphite and water color

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.


Pressed Flowers & Ink Pens
WITH Anita Hendrickx

March 25, 2017
9 am - 1 pm
*Will break for lunch

Learn the calligraphy scrip Copperplate and apply it to a decorated surface. Decorations to be used are paint & real pressed flowers. All materials provided. 

$50 Non-Members/ $40 Members


DIY Mosaic Table
WITH Pam Collins

February 18 (10 am - 4 pm) *Will break for lunch
February 22 (5 - 8 pm) Grout
February 23 (5 - 8 pm) Cleaning

This class will take you from introduction of tools and materials, to cleaning & completing a final piece.  You do not need to be experienced in mosaics to succeed in this class.  Beginners to experienced students will complete the job. 

Pam Collins, an experienced mosaic artist will walk you through all steps to completion.  There will be demonstrations along with some lecture(very little).  You will get one on one time to help when you hit a stumbling block or just need encouragement.  Most supplies will be provided by Pam, but you will need to bring your own table!

Bring a table or surface that is no bigger than 28 inches in any direction.  You will need to be able to carry it in and out. 

This class is scheduled for three days, just in case things don’t go as quickly as hoped.  It will be important to attend all classes, because each one will involve a new step. The last class might be shortened in time.

Each student will bring with them:  
*a table/ surface to mosaic.  If you are in doubt, email me                           
*Ice cream bucket for use when grouting.
*images to use as GUIDELINES.  You will not be recreating an image. You will tap into your imagination!
*Ideas of what colors you want to use.
*Family dishes, or mementos to incorporate into your design.


2016

REMBRANDT AT THE WHEEL

This specialized class is for students looking to broaden their understanding, or try for the first time, the potters wheel. During this 7 session workshop students will get intense, hands on training using the potters wheel and preparing projects for firing in an electric kiln. Since the class can only accommodate 6 students, we ask that you are able to attend ALL sessions. 

NOVEMBER 30, DECEMBER 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15 (4 - 6 PM)
GLAZING DAY: DECEMBER 21 (4 - 5:30 PM)

(6th - 8th Grade)
4 - 6 pm
$80 Non-Members / $70 Members

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED


MINI MONET AFTER SCHOOL CLAY

During this kid’s clay workshop, students will be working in-depth with the clay building techniques of pinch, slab, and coil.  Students will have the opportunity to build a variety of original creations! This session will focus on bobbleheads, turkey bowls, and coil mugs. Join us for this messy and imaginative class! 

OCTOBER 26, 27 AND NOVEMBER 2, 3, 9 & 10

(2nd - 5th Grade)
4 - 5:30 pm
$60 Non-Members / $50 Members


MINI MONET CLAY

Have your 2nd - 5th grader join us the 1st Saturday of every month to build knowledge of hand-building, creating texture, using glaze and designing custom clay creations. The goal of these classes are to encourage creativity and problem solving skills. Take one session or the entire series! 

October 1: Piranha Pinch Pot
November 5: Sitting Bears
December 3: Complex Coils

2nd - 5th Grade
(12 - 1:30 pm)
$15 Non-Members/ $12 Members 


Art Bar 39

NOVEMBER 16: PHEASANT FEATHERS

(6:30-8:30 PM)


WHEEL THROWING 101

Have you always wanted to learn to throw on the potter's wheel?  This class is your golden opportunity!  Learn to wheel throw in a small group setting with fellow beginners.  This class will move as quickly as your skills develop and will be tailored to your pottery goals and interests.

Fall 2016 Dates:
October 26, 27 and November 2, 3, 9 & 10 (6 - 8 pm) 
Glazing Day November 16th (6 - 7:30 pm) 
**All dates necessary for completing projects

$120 Non-Members/ $110 Members


INTRODUCTION TO CALLIGRAPHY
WITH ANITA HENDRICKX

OCTOBER 29, 2016
(9 AM - 3 PM)
*STUDENTS SHOULD BRING A LUNCH

Learn simple, basic letterform for calligraphy using two scripts, roman capital and chancery cursive. These scripts are common calligraphy scripts that appear on greeting cards, used in scrapbooking, wall murals, and more. 

Parchment paper, calligraphy markers and ink will be provided. 

$60 Non-Members/ $50 Members


DIFFUSER PENDANT JEWELRY WORKSHOP
WITH DEB HESS

OCTOBER 5, 2016
(6:30 - 8 PM) 
 

Learn the basics of jewelry making with local jeweler Deb Hess. She will teach participants how to use jump rings, wrap beads, attach charms and create stylish necklaces that double as essential oil diffusers. Students will leave with a completed necklace and an essential oil sample. 

$30 Non-Members/$25 Members

SOLD OUT! 


SUMMER MUSICAL THEATER CAMP

King Artie & the Knights of the Rad Table

AUGUST 15 - 19

1st - 6 th grade
9 am - 3 pm
***students should bring a lunch

$90 Non Members/ $80 Members

Take the stage for the first ever Great River Arts theater camp! Your child will spend the week with two theater professionals as they audition, rehearse, learn lines and get in costume for an official performance that will take place Friday afternoon at 3 pm. 

King Artie and the Knights of the Rad Table is a smash hit with a flexible cast, amazingly simple staging, a fun story with wonderfully goofy characters and great roles for the chorus- with the added sparkle of music.  So join Gwen and Artie on a typical day...  until Merlin wakes up from a 1,500 year nap to sweep them away to the exhilarating days of chivalry!  Not only is Artie majestically crowned king, but Gwen gets to meet the ’to-die-for’ Lancelot and the equally legendary ’Knights of the Rectangular Table.’ When Artie is kidnapped by the evil Morgan La Fey, the newly-crowned king’s clumsy (but devoted!)  knights set out on an unforgettable journey to rescue him.  

This activity has been made possible by an Education grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

MASTERING THE MESSY SUMMER ART CAMP

AUGUST 8 - 11

SOLD OUT!! Wait List Open
3th - 8th Graders  
10 am - 3 pm
***students should bring a lunch

$60 Non Members/ $50 Members

Students will join Nancy Ratzloff and Michelle Young as we explore the messiest of projects, this year the theme will be clay & mixed media. 

This year's summer clay camp portion of Mastering the Messy will feature more fun, messy activities!  We will learn clay hand-building techniques to make fairy houses and bobble heads, to name a few.  Kids will also get the experience of throwing on a pottery wheel!  Join us for this engaging, messy experience! Aside from clay, students will learn exciting techniques for collage. They will create fun works of art using a variety of materials: various papers, cardboard, magazines, fabric, beads, buttons along with paint and glue. Students will discover how to take a fresh look at common, everyday items and give them a new image by learning about the principles of composition and design. 

AFTER SCHOOL CLAY: MINI WORKSHOP

APRIL 14 & 21, 4 - 5:30 PM

3th - 8th Graders  - Maximum 12 Students 

$25 Non Members/ $20 Members

Join us for a mini-clay workshop!  Kids will have the opportunity to construct and glaze two ceramic projects.  We will be making animal bobble-heads and monster bowls which will be food-safe!  Kids will explore pinch, slab, and coil ceramic hand-building techniques all while being creative and adding their own personal flair to each piece!


RUNWAY READY TEEN WORKSHOP

APRIL 12 & 19, 4 - 5:30 PM

4th - 10th Graders  - Maximum 15 Students 

$30 Non Members/ $25 Members

Students who are interested in fashion, fabrication, costume design and have endless amounts of imagination are going to love this class. Sam will teach students techniques from weaving pop tabs to fusing plastic bags. In the first session students will be asked to begin sketching concept designs for a costume they will create and wear down the runway on April 22nd at the GRA goes GREEN! opening reception. Students will spend the remainder of the two sessions bringing the costume to life during after school sessions. Depending on the determination of the student, some outside work may be necessary. This workshop will be fun, creative and very informative. 


MINI FASHION TRASHION WORKSHOP

APRIL 16, 11 AM - 12:30 PM

k - 4th Graders  - Maximum 15 Students 

$15 Non Members/ $10 Members

Sam will lead students through a quick session creating outfits and costumes made completely from paper bags and recycled materials.  Students are encouraged to bring recycled materials from home to use on their projects! This will be a fun, creative exposure to making costumes and bringing sketches to life. Parents can stay and help if they would like, but it is not required.  

Students will have the opportunity to bring their costumes back on April 22nd for the GRA goes GREEN! opening reception where Little Falls students will be walking the runway in their creations at 7 pm! 


ART BAR 39 @GRA

4th Wednesday of the Month!

Based out of Alexandria, MN, the experienced staff of Art Bar 39 provides a stress-free and approachable environment to learn a variety of painting skills. All creation materials are provided in addition to easels, aprons and instruction. Beverages are available for purchase throughout the evening.

April 27: Nest of Freedom

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


MOSAIC HOUSE NUMBERS

WITH PAM COLLINS

APRIL 16 (10 AM - 2 PM) & APRIL 20 (6 - 9 PM)  

$100 NON-MEMBERS/$80 MEMBERS
**MATERIALS FEE INCLUDED

Spring is coming, and we are all looking for something new!  Why not join me for a fun and creative class that will give you a unique way to display your house number. No experience is needed as you learn the ins and outs of this great art medium.

You will learn to use the tools and materials utilized in this art form.  As you are guided through making a design and choosing colors for your house number, you will watch demonstrations for each step.  You will learn the process of cutting, breaking, and nipping tiles and dishes, gluing, grouting, and cleaning and finishing your mosaic.

This art form is addictive, and after learning the basics, you will want to move onto another fun project!

This class is intended for adults only


ADULT MUG-MAKING 101

APRIL 14 (6 - 8 PM) & APRIL 21 (6 - 7:30 PM)  

$60 NON-MEMBERS/$50 MEMBERS
**MATERIALS FEE INCLUDED

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making pottery?  This is the perfect opportunity!  During this two night class you will be constructing and glazing your own ceramic mug.  We will be adding texture to our mugs to create an interesting surface decoration.  Finished pieces will be food and dishwasher safe.


BASKET WEAVING 101
WITH LEN SHARON

MARCH 30 (6 - 9 PM)
SOLD OUT!

In this class you will learn the basics of basket weaving with locally harvested Red Willow branches and local basket maker Len Sharon. Each student will leave class with a completed basket and informational sheets to further their understanding.


PRE-SCHOOL CLAY: CREEPY CRITTERS

APRIL 2

11 - 12:00 pm

4 -6 yr olds

$10 Non Members/ $8 Members

This workshop is a hands on clay workshop for pre-schoolers & kindergartners! We will be playing with clay, using bright under glazes and exploring the possibilities of our imagination! Parents can stay for class and work with your little one, or you can drop them off and run some errands. 

* 15 students maximum 


KIDS, CAMERA, ACTION!

LEGO LESSON
 

SOLD OUT!!!
Tuesday, March 22
(4 - 6 pm)

3rd - 6th Graders

$25 Non Members/ $20 Members

In this class students will work one on one with Chris Weis, Great River TV station manager for a hands on stop action film making class. Using lego's and a smart phone app students will document construction & story frame by frame to create a short film. 


Free Art 2nd Saturday

January:
February: Styrofoam Printing
March: Watercolor Cacti


Pre-School Clay: CAT BOWLS!
MARCH 5

11 - 12:00 pm

4 -6 yr olds

$10 Non Members/ $8 Members

This workshop is a hands on clay workshop for pre-schoolers & kindergartners! We will be playing with clay, using bright under glazes and exploring the possibilities of our imagination! Parents can stay for class and work with your little one, or you can drop them off and run some errands. 


ADULT CLAY 101

FEBRUARY 4 (6 - 8 PM) & FEBRUARY 11 (6 -7:30 PM) 

$60 NON-MEMBERS/$50 MEMBERS
 

In this class you will learn ceramic hand-building techniques necessary to create your own slab mug and platter.  You will have the opportunity to use textures and glazes to add creative flair to your pottery.   Night one will be construction, night two will be glazing and decorating. Finished pieces will be food safe and ready for you to use! 


KIDS AFTER SCHOOL CLAY

February 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18
4 pm - 5:30 pm 

3rd - 8th graders

$60 Non-Members/ $50 Members

During this kid’s clay session, students will be working with the clay building techniques of wheel, pinch, slab, and coil.  Students will have the opportunity to build a variety of original creations including pinch pot monsters, decorated coil pots, wheel-thrown pots, and even bird baths fired with real glass pieces!  Join us for this messy and imaginative class!


Goofy Faces from Goofy Pre-Schoolers with their owl projects!

Goofy Faces from Goofy Pre-Schoolers with their owl projects!

PRE-SCHOOL CLAY: OWLS

FEBRUARY 6

11 - 12:00 pm

4 -6 yr olds

$10 Non Members/ $8 Members

This workshop is a hands on clay workshop for pre-schoolers & kindergartners! We will be playing with clay, using bright under glazes and exploring the possibilities of our imagination! Parents can stay for class and work with your little one, or you can drop them off and run some errands.