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Adult Technique Classes to Art Beat: BYOB Workshops

Enjoy the little things in life!

It doesn't matter your level of experience, we promise if you come to art class here you will have a fun time!

We offer adult technique classes like oil painting, drawing, and pottery. Most of these are 4-6 week sessions.

Our Art Beat: BYOB Workshops are 2-3 hour workshops. Our instructors will guide you through a step by step artsy process mostly using acrylics on canvas to create a finished masterpiece that you get to take home! We like to throw other fun projects into this mix from string art to jewelry making. Again, no experience required, just bring your creativity and any snacks/beverages you'd like.


Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Your space will not be confirmed until both your registration and payment have been received!

Something unexpected come up? Bummer!

Let us know at least 48 hours before the actual class date and you’ll be refunded the full amount. If you need to cancel within 48 hours of the class date, you’ll receive an internal credit to use towards another class. By canceling within 24 hours of a class or not showing up, you will not get a refund or credit. Thank you for understanding.

Space is limited and often times we have a waiting list. Please let us know as early as possible if you’re not able to make it, there might be someone else who can!


Interested in hosting your own private Art Beat BYOB party? Click here!

Expand your creativity with us, take a look at our upcoming classes and workshops. We're always adding new things!

 
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Upcoming Workshop Schedule

 

Give it a Spin: Wheel Throwing with Jessi Tucci

Watch a demo from our instructor, then try your own hand at throwing 2-4 pieces. If you choose not to keep your pieces, we will recycle the clay. If you choose to keep the pieces, pay $10 at the end of the first class to come back for the glaze session the following week!

$20 per person for throwing
$10 extra for glazing and firing (optional)
Limited to 6 students.

Friday, July 2 from 6-8:30pm (Throwing)
Friday, July 9 from 6-8:30pm (Optional Glazing)

OR

Friday, July 16 from 6-8:30pm (Throwing)
Friday, July 23 from 6-8:30pm (Optional Glazing)

OR

Friday, August 6 from 6-8:30pm (Throwing)
Friday, August 13 from 6-8:30pm (Optional Glazing)

 

Join our waitlist for July 2+9

 

Register Now for July 16+23

 

Register Now for August 6+13

 

 

 

BYOB Paint Night with Corrine Dengler
Tuesday, July 6 from 6-8pm

We'll take you step by step through the artsy process of painting a beautiful watercolor piece. Choose your own color palette! We provide all of the supplies. Just bring your creativity and wine, if you'd like!

$25 Art Center Member / $35 Non-Member

At this time, we ask those who have not been vaccinated to please wear a mask during our classes. Soap, water, and hand sanitizer are available for use. Stations will be cleaned thoroughly. This is subject to change depending on CDC and state guidelines. Thank you for understanding.

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Glow of the River, a Plein Air Workshop with David Garrison

Monday, July 12-Friday, July 16 from 9:30-4:30pm (1 hour lunch, bring your own lunch)

There is a Sunday afternoon (July 11) orientation at David's Studio from 1-4pm.

Highlights of the week: Demonstration each day by David, Personalized teaching to each student 

Supplies needed: pastels, Portable easel, drawing board, quality pastel paper, suggested: Art Spectrum, Sennellier, quality Canson

$55 Art Center Member / $65 Non-Member PER DAY

$275 Art Center Member / $325 Non-Member ALL WEEK

WEEKS SCHEDULE

Sunday: Orientation afternoon 1pm to 4pm at David's studio. 831 S Garfield, Burlington, IA

Monday: Paint from Tammy's porch, overlooking river

Tuesday: Nauvoo's riverfront and its period homes

Wednesday: Ft Madison, overlooking the river bluffs

Thursday: The river islands, close up. Burlington

Friday: Student's choice of where to paint, this last day

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Wheel Throwing with Jessi Tucci
Tuesdays, July 13, 20, 27 from 6-8:30pm

A wheel throwing class for all levels. Beginners welcomed! Start with a throwing demo. Spend first two classes throwing as many forms as time allows. Trimming, handle pulling, and some surface treatment demos. Glaze last class.

$55 Art Center Member or $65 Non-Member includes all clay, glaze, and firings

At this time, students are required to wear masks during our classes. Soap, water, and hand sanitizer are available for use. Stations will be cleaned thoroughly. This is subject to change depending on CDC and state guidelines. Thank you for understanding.

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Coil Pot Planter with Jessi Tucci
Thursdays, July 15, 22, 29 from 6-8:30pm

Learn how to create coils of clay and join them one on top of another to create a fun planter! Create several small planters or one large one. Glaze last class.

$40 Art Center Members or $50 Non-Members includes clay, glaze, and firings

At this time, we ask those who have not been vaccinated to please wear a mask during our classes. Soap, water, and hand sanitizer are available for use. Stations will be cleaned thoroughly. This is subject to change depending on CDC and state guidelines. Thank you for understanding.

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Expression Through Collage with Jessi Tucci
Saturday, July 31 from 2-4:30pm

We will start with a formula. One that describes oneself, someone we know or who we may want to be/become or once was. 5-10 descriptions will be put on our list. We will search magazines old and new for images that will represent our formula. Option of adding free hand, painting background and 3d elements will also be provided. Then strategically organize a composition with our chosen images.

Formula:
Strength/health, Femininity/masculinity, Knowledge, Helpful/serving, Sin/bad habits, Gifts/surprise, Material/things, Escape route, Inner child

Many vintage, nat geo and more modern magazines will be provided. Feel free to bring in your own magazines or printed images, small 3d objects or photos, etc to possibly include.

$20 Art Center Member or $30 Non-Member

At this time, we ask those who have not been vaccinated to please wear a mask during our classes. Soap, water, and hand sanitizer are available for use. Stations will be cleaned thoroughly. This is subject to change depending on CDC and state guidelines. Thank you for understanding.

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Get Fired Up! Pots, Brats, & Beer fundraiser
NEW DATE September 11 | 5:30-9pm
$50 per person

Experiment with horsehair or Raku on a premade pot, enjoy brats and beer, and the experience of firing in John Bybee’s outdoor kiln, 14214 145th Street, Burlington. JUST 2 SPOTS LEFT FOR RAKU!

Fundraiser is full. Call 319.754.8069 to be put on our waitlist.

 

 

Online Classes

 

Online Painting Lessons with Heidi Merrick
$40 Art Center Member or $50 Non-Member
You will receive the link to the YouTube lessons in your confirmation email once you pay.

Learn how to paint with acrylics in these 6 videos! Lessons include mixing colors, shading and highlighting, learning about painting styles, painting from an image, painting a still life, and creating your own composition. 

Materials needed for this class are: Acrylic paints (at least red, blue, yellow, black, and white), paint brushes, and something to paint on (canvases, canvas boards, or thick paper). If you do not want to purchase these items on your own, we sell take home painting kits with all these supplies for $20! We are currently out of stock of painting kits, but will be ordering more soon.

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Online Drawing Lessons with Heidi Merrick
$20 Art Center Member or $30 Non-Member
You will receive the link to the YouTube lessons in your confirmation email once you pay.

This class is all online and includes 6 drawing tutorial videos. Lesson 1 is an introduction to how to use the materials, lesson 2 demonstrates a bird drawing, lesson 3 demonstrates a dog drawing, lesson 4 demonstrates a landscape drawing, lesson 5 demonstrates drawing the contour lines of a city scene, and lesson 6 demonstrates adding shadings to a city scene. In lessons 2-6, you will watch the instructor draw as she explains her process. You can either follow along or create a total different drawing!

Suggested materials:
-set of drawing pencils (You want to have at least three: a hard pencil that is labeled with an H, a dark pencil that is labeled with a number and a B (like 5B), and one in the middle that is labeled with an HB or F.), drawing eraser, kneaded eraser, blending stump (if you don't have one, you can use your finger), drawing paper (you can use printer paper, but something more suited to drawing will work better) Drawing kits are available at the Art Center for $20.


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