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 sign in to receive your 10% class discount. 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.

COMMUNITY INDIGO DYE VAT

POSTPONED! In this unique NEW class, experiment using indigo grown this year in Rice county, to create an indigo vat, to dye fabric a deep rich blue color. While it is getting ready(about 1 hour), students will also dye a silk scarf using fresh indigo leaves, and ice in a blender, manipulating the fabric  with their hands to dye it. The color results in a gorgeous turquoise. Then, dye a scarf, bandanna or napkins a darker blue in the vat. (Materials included in class fee)

Indigo, which comes from a plant, is the blue dye that made Levi Straus famous, and was grown in the southeastern US in the early 1800s. Today there is still a commercial indigo growing and processing operation in Tennessee. Many tobacco farmers have switched to growing indigo and there are smaller growers across the country. Participate in the community vat and learn more about this mysterious centuries-old blue color. All ages welcome, youth accompanied by adult.

TBA | TBA
Art Studio
Guild Member: $74.70 | Non-Member: $83
Instructor: Judy Saye-Willis

GET BACK TO MAKING ART

Join us as we get back to enjoy making art at Parkview East! Bring your watercolors (gouache paints), or acrylics to paint subjects of your own choosing, or to follow suggestions by the instructor, who has taught a similar class for a long time. Riki will address composition, color use, and techniques, while giving gentle critical feedback and also encourage group response. This is a chance to be with your family member and engage in an endorphin producing activity. This class is limited to Parkview  Community residents and their adult vaccinated family members, and takes place at the Northfield Retirement Community’s Parkview Center, 910 Cannon Valley Dr W.

Thursdays, July 8-29 | 1:30-3 pm
Parkview Center
Guild Member: $64.80 | Non-Member: $72
Instructor: Riki Kölbl Nelson

Past CLASSES

Did you miss one of these classes or want to take it again? Have a great idea for a class or workshop? Want to teach one? Let us know! Email Education and Engagement Manager Jennie Eubank at jennie@northfieldartsguild.org with class requests or ideas – we do our best to offer what our community wants!

INK FROM NATURE’S GENTLE COLORS

Students will become familiar with a basic ink-making process using easily sourced local materials. Two inks will be prepared in class depending on available materials. Possibilities include: marigold, black walnut, avocados, and/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 two 30ml bottles of ink and a calligraphy pen. Ages 12+

WOW MOBILE METAL LAB: CUTTLEFISH LEAD-FREE PEWTER CASTING

Returning This Fall Semester! Stay Tuned!!

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.

BEGINNING WATERCOLOR FOR ADULTS

ONLINE CLASS! Water and pigment. What could be simpler? But how many watercolor paintings do you have that you LIKE? Lucy LeMay has been teaching beginners to watercolor successfully for 10 years. She has students connecting through Zoom from as far away as FL and NC. Join her on Saturdays for two hours to produce a FINISHED 6 ×9 painting every week, for 6 weeks. Feel confident in watercolor paint and technique. Ages 16+

POLYMER CLAY – SAY WHAT?!

Returning This Fall! Stay Tuned!!

Come learn all about the versatility and beauty of polymer clay! In this first 4-week session of 8 classes, you will not only learn how to work with this amazing material, but you will also make a clay object every class from the very first day. Build on your experiences to become more and more adept and creative in your art making. Ages 16+

VIRTUAL PAINT A PORTRAIT OF YOUR PET

Returning This Fall! Stay Tuned!!

ONLINE CLASS! Artist Julie Fakler will teach you step by step 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 juliefakler@gmail.com prior to class starting. Wear clothes that can get paint on them. Ages 12+.

VIRTUAL PAINT A PORTRAIT OF YOUR PET 2.0

Returning This Fall! Stay Tuned!!

ONLINE CLASS! Artist Julie Fakler will teach you step by step 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 juliefakler@gmail.com prior to class starting. Wear clothes that can get paint on them. Ages 14+.

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.

ARTE EN ESPANOL

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!

OH MY GOUACHE!

Explore using the gouache painting medium in this 4 session class. Discover the variability and interesting characteristics of gouache, a versatile opaque painting medium often compared to a cross between watercolors and acrylics. Class is designed for beginners, ages 14+. Supplies provided by instructor.

THE BRIDGE BETWEEN SEEING AND DRAWING

Make the bridge between what you see in front of you to what you put down on paper! During this two-part class, you’ll practice drawing techniques specifically designed to improve observation skills. Both beginning and experienced artists will benefit from the skills you build in this class through individual and group exercises. All materials are provided.

USING CHARCOAL TO DEFINE SPACE

Explore using charcoal to define the negative space while drawing an observed subject. An online course with all supplies provided by the instructor.

THE ART OF EMBROIDERY

Embroidery is one of the most portable and accessible needle arts around! With just a needle and colored floss, the world is your expressive oyster! Look at vintage examples and updated designs with a vintage feel, and see how contemporary artists are using embroidery to communicate a cause. Learn a variety of stitches and talk about design and layout. Whether you want to embellish your clothes and jeans, or want a relaxing project to go with you as you travel or hang out at home, you’ll be able to easily fit your hoop and floss in a resealable bag. All tools and materials provided. Each student will work on an individual project with the creative support of a group. All levels welcome. Instructor: Kathleen Richert

THE ART OF BATIK

Discover the ancient art of batik, a process of dying cotton using wax resist. Use wax and dye in progressive layers. Then iron the finished pieces between newspapers to remove the wax. Your result will be a unique one-of-a-kind design! Be sure to wear old clothes as you’ll be working with hot wax. Ages 14+. Instructor: Susan Hayes

PEN AND BRUSH INK DRAWING

Experience the dramatic, beautiful and fun medium of India or Sumi ink! In this two-part class, you’ll first prepare paper surfaces with diluted ink and watercolors. The second class will be dedicated to adding a selected subject with ink lines and bold shapes.

ACRYLIC POURING WORKSHOP

This class has been postponed until we can meet in person! Stay tuned for a new date. Sometimes art makes itself! Through the process of acrylic paint pouring, you’ll prepare supplies but the paint will do whatever it wants! This fun, kind of messy technique will give you amazing results that are different every time. Instructor: Kate Douglas

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