visual arts classes

We are excited to present both in-person and online education programming! Classes taking place in person are dependent upon ongoing health and safety recommendations. Please let us know if you require any accommodations and we will do our best to help you. If for any reason classes cannot take place as scheduled, we will work with you to offer another online class option, reschedule the program or refund you in full. 

To register for a class click on the class name or session title. Completing the class registration page will create a shopping cart so you can continue to register for as many classes as you like! If you’re a Guild member, don’t forget to register and sign in to receive your 10% class discount on other classes. If you’re having trouble with registering for a class, please visit the  How to Register for Classes Online page for more information and frequently asked questions.

Looking for more art making opportunities? Check out Community Art Making at the Guild! Free arts opportunities for all ages!


Ages 12 & up. Artist Julie Fakler will teach you step by step on how to paint a portrait of your pet. In class you’ll learn about under painting, form, shape and color. Email your pet reference photo to prior to class starting. Wear clothes that can get paint on them.

Tuesday, June 8 | 5-7 pm
Online Class
Guild Member: $21.60 | Non-Member: $24
Instructor: Julie Fakler


Ages 14 & up. Artist Julie Fakler will teach you step by step on how to paint a portrait of your pet. In class you’ll learn about under painting, form, shape and color. In the first class we will complete the first layer of colors(paint), and we’ll return the next day to add a second layer of colors(paint). If time allows more layers can be added to your masterpiece. Email your pet reference photo to prior to class starting. Wear clothes that can get paint on them. Instructor: Julie Fakler

Tues & Wed, June 29 & 30 | 5-7 pm
Online Class
Guild Member: $43.20 | Non-Member: $48
Instructor: Julie Fakler

Julie Fakler is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


The WOW Mobile Metal Lab and Show, a city bus turned metal workshop and foundry, brings the cast metal process to you! In this all hands-on, creative and exciting class you will carve an original design (or choose from a selection of symbols and imagery) into a cuttlefish bone to create negative space for your two-piece mold. That space is filled with lead-free pewter to create your small sculpture, pendant, jewelry, keychain or charm. You pour the metal into your mold, do finishing work with hand files/power tools and apply colored inks if desired. Choose from metal/wood/stone bases and jewelry hardware/findings. No experience necessary. Ages 10 and up. Limited to 12 participants.

COVID19 Precautions: WOW classes comfortably accommodate distancing for 12 participants
working inside/outside of the bus. We mask, sanitize and trace. If you are experiencing any
symptoms or have been exposed, let’s reschedule or refund!

Saturday, July 10 | 10am-1pm
Bus and area in front of Guild Building
Guild Member: $50 | Non-Member: $55
Instructor: Sara Hanson


The students will become familiar with a basic ink making process using easily sourced local materials. Two inks will be prepared in class, colors depending on available materials. Possibilities include marigold, black walnut, avocados, or onion skins. A pop-can calligraphy pen will also be made in class. These inks can be used with dip pens and brushes on paper. Each student will take home 2 30ml bottles of ink and a calligraphy pen.

Saturday, July 24 | 1-4 pm
Art Studio
Guild Member: $45.90 | Non-Member: $51
Instructor: Judy Saye Willis


The indigo vat is already made, students bring a piece of cotton clothing or linen napkins up to 5 ounces to dye .. preferably white. Organic cotton napkins, bandanas, market bags and scarves available for purchase. If interested in purchasing something, contact when you sign up. Indigo is the blue dye that made Levi Straus famous and it comes from a plant. Indigo was grown in the southeastern US in the early 1800s. Today there is a commercial indigo growing and processing operation in Tennessee. Participate in the community vat and learn more about this mysterious centuries-old blue color. Instructor may bring a vat made from indigo grown locally in Rice County. Students will be contacted to sign up for 45 minute slots on dye day!

Saturday, July 31 | Beginning at noon
Art Studio and outdoors
Guild Member: $19.80 | Non-Member: $22
Instructor: Judy Saye Willis

past classes

Did you miss one of these classes or want to take it again? Let us know!  Email Education and Outreach Coordinator Jennie Eubank at with class requests or ideas – we do our best to offer what our community wants!


IN SPANISH An immersion-style art class for beginner and early level Spanish speakers. Do fun art projects while being given instructions in Spanish! Learn basic conversational Spanish as you draw, paint and make fun paper crafts. Materials and bilingual supply list provided weekly by instructor. All ages welcome!


Explore using the gouache painting medium in this 4 session class. Discover the variability and interesting characteristics of gouache. Class is designed for beginners, ages 14+. Supplies provided by instructor.


Make your own art inspired by the great Spanish and Latin American masters like Picasso, Velázquez, Dalí, Gaudi, Miró, Rivera, Botero and others! Individual creativity is highly encouraged in this class, where you’ll use a wide variety of techniques and supplies. Younger learners are encouraged to register with a friend. Grades K to 8


Are you crazy for painting? You will love this! Explore several methods of painting techniques such as pour, splatter, water, chalk, chain pull and more. Several types of surfaces will be used to paint on and you will leave class with display-ready art pieces! Dress in clothes that can get messy. Grades 1-4.


Become a fashion designer and create several pieces of art you can wear! Create custom clothes and accessories such as a cool tie-dye t-shirt, a colorful tote bag, hat, bandana and more! Assemble several jewelry pieces to accessorize your look. Explore a variety of fun media like fabric markers, crayons, stamps and stencils, while using methods like tie-dye, splatter and a few surprise methods! Grades 1-4.


Do you like to draw? Is fashion your passion? Learn the basics of costume design, and let your imagination run wild as you render costumes of your own. Create designs for a play, a musical, a dance piece, an opera, and more! All of your designs will be compiled in an online portfolio. This class is a combination of online instruction and individual work to be completed outside of instructional hours. Grades 6-12.

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