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Artist Talk: Approaches to Water


Lake Superior is the primary subject matter of Karen’s artwork. She will discuss her depictions of its waters as points of departure in the development of a painting, as well as her uses of it, which span from metaphor to emotional driver to design element. This event is free and open to all. (more…)


Studio Painting: Water as Metaphor


Come into the studio this winter with your favorite images and ideas and, with Karen’s guidance, discover how to use visual metaphors in your work. Specifically, students will explore how water is used as a metaphor by the masters to symbolize drama, emotions, serenity, and power. Through quick exercises and discussions students will study their (more…)


Second Level Clay


This session is for students who have taken at least one beginning clay class and are looking to go to the next step. Students will continue to build on their foundational knowledge of wheel-throwing and then move beyond to more advanced methods. Natalie will include instruction on surface design, firing schedules, glazing techniques, and hand-building (more…)


Professional Practice: Critical Response


Critical Response Process is an artist-led multi-step, group system for giving and receiving feedback on creative processes and works-in-progress. This process allows artists to ask questions about their work in a non-judgmental setting through a facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. Students who sign up will be part of the peer critique group and (more…)


Introduction to Sewn Structures

Students will create a variety of sewn book structures, including Japanese stab bound books, western style pamphlets, and double pamphlets. Sharon will also teach students to create a small hard cover pamphlet that is perfect as a sketchbook or address book. View supply list here. This class will remain open until January 19, 2018. Please (more…)


Winter Morning Reading Group: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes


Reading Group Facilitator: Ann Possis The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan. The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface freshwater and provide livelihoods and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. Prize-winning reporter, Dan Egan, blends the story of the lakes and the sense of place (more…)


Winter Morning Reading Group: Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime


Reading Group Facilitator: Nina Simonowicz Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime by Patricia Hampl is a watercolor of writing; musing on observation, art, and leisure in the creative life. As creators, we all must show up and engage in our practice, be inspired, and be open to, and able to give, constructive criticism. Let’s read this (more…)


Winter Evening Reading Group: The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World


Reading Group Facilitator: John Books The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde. Lewis Hyde says in his introduction, “I have hoped to write an economy of the creative spirit: to speak of the inner gift that we accept as the object of our labor, and the outer gift that has (more…)


Winter Evening Reading Group: Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence


Reading Group Facilitator: Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron is packed with advice on captivating the reader. Learn exactly what you need to know about your characters’ pasts—what you can skip, how to set readers up for a satisfying (more…)