Create—or Find—Unique Halloween Art at Claymate Creations’ Handmade Halloween!

Register for a clay workshop and make your own fun (or creepy!) Halloween figurine to bring home.

The following Halloween Clay workshops are open for registration:

Friday, October 3 (1pm – 4pm)

Friday, October 3 (6pm – 9pm)

Saturday, October 4 (9am – noon)

Handmade Halloween continues through the weekend at Claymate Creations, where you’ll find a great selection of clay décor and gifts for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos: monster and ghouls; zombies, mummies and skeletons; black cats and pumpkins. Magnets, jewelry, figurines and more.

More information: or 612-888-4252.


Are you fascinated by the autumn colors and light? Then join the fun on Tuesday, September 23rd (the autumnal equinox) and paint a fabulous time of the year! This class demo will focus on catching the mood of fall colors and light. Bring a bag lunch, some reference material, and your watercolor supplies. Class size is limited to six to provide for lots of interaction with the teacher. Fee is $60 and you must register in advance.

Date: September 23, 10:00am to 2:30pm
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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 2014:

Session One: September 30th – October 4th
Session Two: October 21st – October 25th

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

Learn more at:

Fall 2014 Classes With Nancy Patrick Carney

PLEIN AIR CLASSES: Tuesdays, 10am to 12:30 pm – $25 per class
Join in the fun of painting out-of-doors the many inspirational scenes the Twin Cities have to offer. Classes include demo of the specific location, how to edit and compose the scene, and lots of individual help and encouraging critique. Rain outs will paint an indoor scene nearby. Sign up for one class or all five and pay as you go. Bring basic watercolor supplies, water for painting, and a chair or blanket to sit on.

Sept 2 Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis, MN – Perspective and value on the mighty Mississippi.

Sept 9 Eveland Family Farm, Andover, MN – Peacocks and llamas and goats – oh my!

Sept 16 Wayzata Depot, Wayzata, MN – Lake, flowers and fall reflections.

Sept 23 No Class – Nancy will be at “art camp”

Sept 30 Como Park, St. Paul, MN – Pen + ink techniques at the McNeely Conservatory

Oct 7 Farmers Market, Minneapolis – Color and contrast – both the produce and the people.

*Please pre-register *by calling Nancy Carney at (612) 961-7075 or by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The week before each class Nancy will email you exact directions, meeting place, lesson plan, and supply list,

Weekend Workshops
Oct 25 It’s a Matter of Perspective – 10 am to 3 pm $60/5hr class Mastering the techniques of linear and aerial perspective.
Nov 15 & 16 Designing Your Holiday Greeting Card – $125/10hr class Learn multiple techniques for making your own holiday card.

Visit Nancy’s website at for additional details of all these classes. Register early – space is limited to 10 for the weekend workshops.

Cloisonne Enamel Class

Have you ever wanted to learn the fine art of cloisonné?

Camille Knutson is currently offering intensive, personalized instruction with a maximum of 6 students per class. This is a perfect opportunity for those of you wishing to establish strong technical skills.
This is a great class for an aspiring beginner.

To learn more click on the link below!…


Classes at Claymate Creations

Anjee Mai Emerson of Claymate Creations offers fun, step-by-step sculpting workshops for adults and kids ages 8 and up. Each 3-hour workshop involves creating a custom piece in polymer clay. Anjee’s specialty is sculpting whimsical monsters; in addition to teaching participants How to Make an Awesome Monster, Anjee also offers workshops to create custom jewelry, light switch plates, dragonfly wall hangings and keepsake boxes. Her Dancing Monsters workshop offers creatives an introduction to creating a claymation video. For current class lists and registration links, visit

How to Make an Awesome Monster – Wed, Aug 6 (1pm – 4pm)
Light Switch Plate Workshop (ADULTS only) – Wed, Aug 6 (5pm – 8pm)
Keepsake Box Workshop – Fri, Aug 8 (1pm – 4pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster (ADULTS only) – Fri, Aug 8 (6pm – 9pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster – Fri, Aug 15 (5pm – 8pm)
Light Switch Plate Workshop – Mon, Aug 18 (1pm – 4pm)
Dragonfly Wall Hanging Workshop – Wed, Aug 20 (1pm – 4pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster (ADULTS only) – Wed, Aug 20 (6pm – 9pm)
Dragonfly Wall Hanging Workshop (ADULTS ONLY) – Fri, Aug 22 (6pm – 9pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster – Sat, Aug 23 (9am – noon)
Dancing Monsters: Intro to Claymation – Sat, Aug 23 (1pm – 4pm)
Posts N Pendants Workshop – Wed, Aug 27 (1pm – 4pm)
Keepsake Box Workshop (ADULTS ONLY) – Wed, Aug 27 (6pm – 9pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster – Thurs, Aug 28 (noon – 3pm)
Posts n Pendants Workshop (ADULTS only) – Wed, Sept 3 (5:30 – 8:30)
Keepsake Box Workshop – Wed, Sept 3 (12:30 – 3:30pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster – Fri, Sept 5 (12:30 – 3:30pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster (ADULTS only) – Fri, Sept 5 (6pm – 9pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster – Sat, Sept 6 (9am – noon)
Dragonfly Wall Hanging Workshop – Sat, Sept 6 (1pm – 4pm)
Light Switch Plate Workshop – Wed, Sept 10 (12:30 – 3:30pm)
Light Switch Plate Workshop (ADULTS only) – Wed, Sept 10 (6pm – 9pm)
Posts N Pendants Workshop – Fri, Sept 12 (12:30 – 3:30pm)
Dragonfly Wall Hanging Workshop (ADULTS ONLY) – Fri, Sept 12 (5:30 – 8:30pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster – Sat, Sept 13 (3pm – 6pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster – Mon, Sept 15 (noon – 3pm)
Dancing Monsters: Intro to Claymation – Wed, Sept 17 (1pm – 4pm)
Posts N Pendants Workshop – Fri, Sept 19 (noon – 3pm)
Dragonfly Wall Hanging Workshop – Mon, Sept 22 (1pm – 4pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster – Wed, Sept 24 (1pm – 4pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster (ADULTS only) – Wed, Sept 24 (6pm – 9pm)
Keepsake Box Workshop – Fri, Sept 26 (1pm – 4pm)
Dragonfly Wall Hanging Workshop (ADULTS ONLY) – Fri, Sept 26 (6pm – 9pm)
Posts N Pendants Workshop – Sat, Sept 27 (9am – noon)
Keepsake Box Workshop – Sat, Sept 27 (1pm – 4pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster – Sat, Sept 27 (6pm – 9pm)
How to Make an Awesome Monster – Mon, Sept 29 (1pm – 4pm)

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

Fall session
October 18th
November 8th
December 6th

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

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)

Highway 12 - Road Trip Photography Workshop

Join the fun with a photography workshop that begins in Minneapolis with Howard Christopherson as well as expert guest photographers Chris Faust, Tom Quinn Kumpf and Sid Kaplow.
Participants drive caravan style and photograph along the way to Lily, South Dakota. The very small town of Lily will become the base camp for the workshop.

This unique opportunity provides encouragement, instruction, critique, and inspiration to bring out your own personal creative expression stimulated from fellow photographers and the wide-open mid-western countryside in the rain or shine.

Leave from Minneapolis in the early morning. Drive alone or we will help to arrange a car pool. There will be several photo opportunities along the way and a late lunch stop. The drive is almost entirely on Highway 12, The Yellowsone Trail, a beautiful two-lane road that passes through many small towns and picturesque farmland.

Lily is located 250 miles from Minneapolis on a plateau between Aberdeen and Water Town near the eastern South Dakota border with Minnesota. Lily is now a “ghost town” of the past surrounded by farmland under a big sky. The surrounding area is made up of smoothly shaped hills, tree groves, gravel roads, lakes, raptors, waterfowl, pheasants, deer, farm animals and giant fields of crops. Close to Lily you will find abandoned buildings, animals, prairie churches and many lakes. The light around sunset and sunrise is wonderful for photography.

Dates: June 19-22, 2014 with photographers Howard Christopherson, Chris Faust and Tom Quinn Kumpf August 7-10 with photographers Howard Christopherson and Sid Kaplow (from New York)

For more information and to register go to

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 2014 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

Mosaics and Tilemaking Classes

Traditional mosaics, Glass on Glass Mosaics and Tilemaking classes offered in my studio 403 at Northrup King Building, Sheryl Tuorila Fine Art Tile – visit for more information or call 612- 423-9197.

Plein Air Landscape with Michele Combs

Plein Air Painting – Instructor: Michele Combs

Join instructor Michele Combs for some plein air adventure! There is unpredictable weather and unpredictable surprises! We will venture to a new landscape each session, for new opportunities. What Michele loves about plein air painting is taking in the sights, sounds, smells, and translating it on to her canvas. The challenge for each person is to capture the light and a sense of place. Nature is the best teacher for learning to see and understand landscape. Michele will demo and provide individual help. In all sessions the elements that make a good painting will be emphasized. Learning in nature makes for better studio paintings! Beginners welcome.

  • If there is bad weather the class will be held in studio #391 at the Northrup King Building. (A little rain is not bad weather!)

Cost – $30.00/class or 3 classes/$85.00

To Register contact Michele Combs at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (763) 442-0290


Monday, August 4, 5:30 – 8:30, French Park, Meet in main parking lot by play ground.

Tuesday, August 12, 1:00 – 3:00, Loring Corners, European looking alley/Loring Park. Meet at alley by Lurcat.

Tuesday, August 19, 3:30- 6:30, Westwood Nature Center, St Louis Park

Thursday, September 4, 1:30 – 4:30 pm, Father Hennepin Park, Meet by the Stone Arch Bridge.

Tuesday, September 16, 4-7 pm, Lake Harriet, Meet at picnic tables by food building.

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