Drawing and Painting Classes With Louise

Louise Gillis is teaching in Gallery 389 on Monday mornings 9:30-12:30 and Saturday afternoons 12:30-3:30

Louise is a classically trained artist with over 25 years of teaching experience in drawing and painting in all mediums. This class accommodates all levels of skill and experience. Learn the fundamentals – good draftsmanship, color, mixing of colors, value and design. Choose your medium – graphite, watercolor or oil. Lots of individual attention in a warm inviting creative atmosphere!

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Classes at Claymate Creations


Sat, Mar 14 (3pm – 6pm) How to Make an Awesome Monster
Sun, Mar 15 (1pm – 3pm) New! Small Hands Play with Clay
Sat, Mar 21 (9am – noon) New! Mermaids & Sea Life Workshop
Sat, Mar 21 (5:30 – 8:30pm) Adults-Only Dragonfly Workshop


Fri, Apr 3 (5pm – 8pm) Post-n-Pendants Workshop
Sat, Apr 4 (9am – noon) How to Make an Awesome Monster
Sat, Apr 4 (5:30 – 8:30pm) New! Robots & Aliens Workshop
Sat, Apr 11 (3pm – 6pm) New! Fairies & Woodland Creatures
Sat, Apr 12 (1pm – 3pm) New! Small Hands Play with Clay
Fri, Apr 17 (5pm – 8pm) Dancing Monsters (Intro to Claymation)
Sat, Apr 18 (9am – noon) New! Dinos & Dragons Workshop
Sat, Apr 18 (5:30 – 8:30pm) How to Make an Awesome Monster
Sat, Apr 25 (9am – noon) New! Robots & Aliens Workshop
Sat, Apr 25 (5:30 – 8:30pm) Adults-Only Monster Workshop

Claymate Creations also offers workshops for private groups and parties.

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Saturday Workshops at Susan Fryer Voigt’s Studio

Saturday, January 3, Acrylics and Collage, 10-4 PM
$125 includes all materials.

You’ll use Golden Heavy Body Acrylics and Golden Open Acrylics to paint on canvas and paper. Open acrylics extend the time you can work with them without drying.

Come experiment and learn how and when to use metallic and interference acrylics and how to incorporate mediums such as: glass bead gel, mica, mat medium, gloss medium, pumice gel and mica. Then, add a little collage!

This is not just a demo, you will be doing the painting and learning. Bring your lunch and wear painting clothes. Call to register: 651-353-5045 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Art Immersion Classes: Susan Fryer Voigt Studio


During class: Work at your own pace on your own projects. Use Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastels, Casein, Ink, Oil (water-miscible or odorless solvents). Instructor assistance and demos provided. Learn more about: color, line, values, products, perspective, composition, design & lots of techniques! The fee is $30 per session. Come for one or both the same day.

December Sessions:
Monday, December 29, 10-1 PM Wednesday, December 31: 10-1 PM
Saturday, December 27: 9-12 Noon and/or 1-4 PM

January Sessions:
Mondays, January 12 & January 26: 10-1 PM
Wednesdays, January 14 & January 28: 11-2 PM

Please email Susan to register or call 651-353-5045. Small Classes – Maximum 6 participants. PLEASE LET HER KNOW YOU ARE COMING.

Behind the Looking Glass: Sculpted Mosaic Mirror Frames with Sharra Frank

Now available for the first time, an intensive class experience completely focused on Sharra’s process of creating of a Sculpted Mosaic Mirror Frame .

In this workshop students will create their own highly customized Sculpted Mirror Frame using the trade secrets and innovative techniques that Sharra has fine tuned and mastered since developing them in 2006.

Sharra’s sculpted mirrors have been exhibited with esteemed shows such as the International Mosaic Art Exhibition, SOFA NY and have been featured in numerous printed and online publications. Sharra is commissioned to create custom mirrors, ranging from $2,500-$12,000 by designers around the country. Her work is found in the homes of professional athletes, a Hollywood film producer, an infamous rockstar, an eccentric benefactor, an art museum founder and many other lovely collectors.

Workshop Dates for 2015:

In-Studio: April 14 – 18, 2015
Online: May 4 – June 12, 2015

To Register Contact Sharra by:
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Tel: (612) 203-1560

Learn more at:

In Michele’s Studio

Michele will share the lessons she has learned during her artistic development through painting exercises and discussions. You will explore your personal vision, in your art while building practical painting skills. The elements that make a painting (line, shape, color, value, edge, and texture) are constant. Deepening your understanding of these will increase your ability to build stronger paintings. Michele will help you learn and expand your knowledge to become a successful landscape painter.

Bring pictures of scenes you would like to turn into a painting to the first class or a small prochade (painting) you would like to turn into a larger painting. You will begin by exploring and establishing good composition. Through the use of pencil sketches, a black and white value study, and a color study you will establish a plan to create your painting. Michele will provide examples, demos, and individual help.
Increasing your artistic growth is always Michele’s goal, regardless of how long you have been painting.

Beginners welcome.

Saturdays, 10 – 1 pm
3 classes for $85.00, 1 class for $30.00

To register: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 763-442-0290

Spring Session

April 4
May 2
May 30

Layers 3 Day Oil & Cold Wax Workshop

Layers 3 Day Oil & Cold Wax Workshop – exploring abstract painting with oil paints and cold wax medium with James Edward Scherbarth.

In this 3 day workshop participants will learn the process of building abstractions by means of layering and utilizing cold wax medium, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments and a variety of implements. Students will explore new ways to create textures, color fields and mark making. Utilizing various tools and techniques we will “push the limits” of our mediums and welcome the surprises along the way deciding what works and what does not. This workshop is well suited for those who have had some prior painting experience and who enjoy the sharing, flexibility & happenstance of a group environment! The workshop focuses on the process itself – on the possibilities of that process and how it can be incorporated in your individual artistic practice.
Once comfortable with the basic techniques we start to look at form and content, deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, titling of work, working in series all within the discussion of process/passion/purpose. Technique demonstrations combined with student experimentation, group discussions and printed resources makes this a liberating experience which will enhance your appreciation for the content and meaning within abstraction.

Weekend Workshops held on Friday – Saturday – Sunday in Layers Art Studio 339, 1500 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

See website: for Current Workshop Schedule & Information on Individual/One Day Sessions

Additional Information/Registration contact Jim: email – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) tel. 952-210-6031

Mosaics and Tilemaking Classes with Sheryl Tuorila

Sheryl is excited to announce a change in her mosaic classes!

Now you can choose which project you want to do:

Intro to Mosaics or Glass on Glass

They will meet together the same weekend!

Choose dates:
Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th
Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th

So you can come with a friend, they do one project, you do the other!


Sheryl’s tile-making class is completely one on one for now! Personal instruction, inspiration, we meet according to our schedules and create your tiles!

Click here for the class schedule on Sheryl’s website

Dying to Get Out Night:  3 hour Dye Lab Party

Bring your friends and up-cycle your old sweaters with a three hour dye lab party. You will be taught different techniques and the dye will be provided. At the end of the night you will go home with a new piece of clothing for your wardrobe.

Types of clothing to bring include:

Wool Sweater – can have 20-30% nylon – Not a dark color Silk blouse or sweater Wool hats, mittens or scarves

You may bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy while your clothing is in the dye pot.

Cost: $38 per person for a 3 hour class.
Location: Studio 143
Instructors: Carole Hallman or Pam Ziegenhagen
Contact: Carole Hallman at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Pam Ziegenhagen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Oil Painting Basics - Workshops with Michele Combs

If you always wanted to paint but didn’t know where to start this class is for you. You will explore paint application, composition, values, and color through a series of exercises. Michele will help you understand the basics of picture making. Then she will guide you through steps to paint your own landscape. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Location: Studio 391
To be scheduled – check website for dates and times in 2015 at (classes are to be scheduled this coming fall)
Contact: Michele Combs at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (763) 442-0290

Art Immersion Sessions with Susan Fryer Voigt

Everyone will work on their own project with assistance from Susan.Susan will assist you in your artistic journey from concept through completion. She will help with:
o Your goal (perhaps it is to paint the inside of a flower similar to what Georgia O’Keeffe painted)
o In determining the medium, surface and tools that will work the best
o By providing demos, books, articles, links on the internet and critiques
o Options for how best to present your finished piece.

Requirements for Participation:
o Can join the immersion sessions at any time
o Participants who have never attended class are requested to meet with Susan for a one-hour private session ($45) prior to joining class
o No experience necessary
o Let Susan know you will be attending a session (limited to six participants)
o Attend as many sessions as you would like
o Determine what you want to paint or draw
o Compile inspiration materials: photos, clippings, websites, …..
o Bring any supplies you might want to use or purchase @ Susan’s Art Supply Store
o Make a commitment to your project

Two Art Immersion Shows will be held per year for those who have attended at least six sessions in the period leading up to the show. The shows will be held on First Thursday and each qualifying participant will be invited to show one completed piece of art in the classroom at Susan’s Studio. Shows will be held in Early May and Late October.

Location: Susan Fryer Voigt Gallery – Dock 5/Studio 184
Price: Price per three-hour group session: $30
Time: Alternating weeks (Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays) starting February 1, 2014
Contact: Susan Fryer Voigt at (651) 353-5045

The Jeweled Mosaic Ornament—A NEW ON-LINE CLASS

For The Jeweled Mosaic Ornament Class, instructor Sharra Frank literally records herself, step by step, as she made two ornaments. Then she went back and voiced over exactly what she was doing, what tools she was using, what materials she’s using, and why. Sharra went step by step from preparing her base to designing her ornaments, adding tesserae, grouting and finishing each piece.

The on-line class is designed just like her studio classes. It’s a two to three day project. The video also gives you new tools, techniques and skills that you can apply to any mosaic project you might be inspired to try. And since it’s an online course you can access these materials again and again. Try different styles, designs and techniques with each new piece. Quite a few of the things that Sharra is going to show you in this class are what she considers to be true “trade secrets” including what adhesive she uses for three-dimensional surfaces to prevent tesserae from sliding, beading techniques that I incorporated in these ornaments, and a whole lot more.
In fact, the course includes twelve separate short videos, each of which will give you ideas, materials, tools, tips, tricks and techniques to apply to your next mosaic project.

Here’s an outline of this course.
Video 1: Introduction: Tools & Materials, Mosaicking Your Piece, Grouting & Finishing Your Piece
Video 2: Ornament Base: Materials, shapes and sizes to use for your base
Video 3: Ornament Hanger: Adding a hanger to your base
Video 4: Tesserae: Materials to use on your ornament
Video 5: Adhesive: This is a real “secret” I’ve kept for the past ten years, the “secret adhesive” I use on three dimensional surfaces
Video 6: Applying Tesserae: How to mosaic your ornament
Video 7: Finishing Tesserae: How to add the finishing touches to your mosaic
Video 8: Introducing Grout: What you need to grout the right way
Video 9: Preparing to Grout: How to prepare to grout a delicate piece
Video 10: Grouting: How to grout your jeweled ornament
Video 11: Cleaning Your Grout: Revealing your true mosaic
Video 12: Finishing Polish: How to make your piece shine!

By registering for this class you’ll receive one year of unlimited access so you can watch it again and again and apply different tips, techniques and styles to each new piece. The regular price for this class will be $150 but Sharra is offering an introductory price of $99 if you register by January 1, 2013.

Register on-line at

Digital Photo Academy Classes

Digital Photo Academy is a year-round program offering Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced photography classes as well as Composition and Photoshop/NIK.

Instructor: Anthony (Tony) Schreck
Location: Studio 258
Dates and Times: Varies / year-round offerings
Cost: Varies depending on class
Register: Go to and click on Minneapolis

Woodworking and Upholstery Classes at Blue Sky Galleries

Numerous classes are available including classical carving basics, veneering, upholstery and hand cut dovetail joinery. Learn from these award winning instructors including Mark Laub, Tom Schrunk, Rose Liefeld Brennan, Frank Grant and Will Fifer. Register at All classes are held at Blue Sky Galleries, Studio 295 at the Northrup King Building.

Mosaic Workshops with Sharra Frank

Featuring Glass on Glass and Mosaic Design and Creativity workshops. For information on the the spring schedule, go to