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Youth Classes at The Square!

We are currently adding youth classes. Please check back soon. Thank You!


Homeschool Youth Pottery (ages 10 and up) with Dino Pfaff

This 6 week class will teach your child the basics to wheel throwing of functional pottery.  Bowls and cylindrical forms will be explored as well as trimming and glaze techniques.  This class is an energetic and fun way for your child to gain knowledge of this historical technique of throwing clay to make something useful.

When: Friday’s October 13th-November 17th
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm
Where: Room 17/19
Cost: $45

Dino has 30 years of K-12 art teaching experience in multiple mediums here in the great state of Montana..  His love and skill for pottery is evident in his teach style and works of art.   He has been teaching pottery classes here at the Paris Gibson Museum of Art for 4 years.

To register and pay for the workshop contact the homeschool Coordinator Coya Williams: 605-484-1537

Particle scholarships are available, please contact sarah@the-square.org


Improvisations- (ages 14 and up) with Keern Haslem
Tuesday’s October 10th- November 14th 6:30pm-8:00pm
Cost: $85
Particle scholarships are available, inquire at the front desk.

Experiment with improvisational style of acting. This exchange will involve tried improv games such as: the alphabet game, machines, party quirks and more plus a bevy of new ones. Experienced improv artists will share their knowledge, techniques and ideas. Performance opportunities available.
Please join this semester's Improv Exchange, where exercises in personal growth, empathy through imagination and group unity will be experienced. 

Guidelines:
1. Say Yes! The first choice in improv is to say yes to other's ideas.
2. Opt in: You choose your comfort level. Play when you like, choose other options when you'd rather. Other artists will play along.
3. Show up: actors are their most valuable resource. Be present.

Keern Haslem has performed professional improv for four years at major functions and celebrations. He learned his craft while studying with the MAT improv troupe, in 2012 and 2013. His client list includes STARadio, The Ad Club, Montana Water Conservation District, The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, The Montana State Bar Association, Montana Young Professionals, and more. He's also written and produced two full length productions and multiple one-acts. His stage experiences are numbered and include performances for Act Normal Dinner Theatre, UGF Performing Arts, Center Stage, Montana Actors Theatre, and the troupe he founded in 2016 The Square Players. His film credits range from shorts for independent filmmakers to BBC Chanel 5 and the Smithsonian Chanel. His philosophy of positivity and visualization carry through in his daily life and creativity on stage and film. His aspirations include reproducing his 2008 play Scend as a stop motion animation and launching a Haunted Carnival, in which he will portray Zoltar, from the 80's classic "Big."


Parent and Child Paint Exploration
Explore the world of paint with your child.  Work together to express yourself with fun, exciting and creative projects.  This is an opportunity for bonding and celebrating the creative process. Tempura paint and other art supplies is included in the cost of the class.

Days: Saturday October 21st
                      November 4th
                      November 11th
Time: 1pm-3pm in room 18A
Cost per Workshop: $20 for one parent and one child and $3 for each additional participants, or if you book all three Saturday workshops the cost will be $45 for one parent and one child and an additional $3 for each additional participant. 

Instructor: Deb martin

Deb Martin is an avid painter in the Great Falls Community.  In her studio practice she explores portraiture, animals and still-life’s.  She understands the importance of the creative process and loves to share her knowledge with adults and children.  She is looking forward to exploring paint with your whole family and expresses that this class is meant for exploration and fun, no expertise or previous knowledge is necessary.


Kids to Teenager Pottery Classes

This 6 week class will teach your child the basics to wheel throwing of functional pottery.  Bowls and cylindrical forms will be explored as well as trimming and glaze techniques.  This class is an energetic and fun way for your child to gain knowledge of this historical technique of throwing clay to make something useful.

Note: Max 10 students per class so register soon before the class fills

Grades 2-8
Monday’s October 9th- November 13th
Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm
Cost: $55

Instructor: Dino Pfaff

Dino has 30 years of K-12 art teaching experience in multiple mediums here in the great state of Montana..  His love and skill for pottery is evident in his teach style and works of art.   He has been teaching pottery classes here at the Paris Gibson Museum of Art for 4 years.

Beginning Ceramics (14+)
This is an 8-week course designed to introduce students to clay using the potter's wheel to create functional tableware. Students will learn the basics and step-by-step instruction on how to throw a cylinder and a bowl. We will finish forms with trimming, adding handles, knobs and some surface decoration. You will learn a variety of techniques and be introduced to various decorating and glazing techniques. Please come to class ready to practice, get dirty and have fun! Mandatory clean-up day the last week for all students.

Skill level: No experience required!
Date/time: Wednesday’s 6:30-9:30pm Starting October 11th- November 29th
Cost: $125 plus $35 supply fee
Instructor: Lauren Smith


Intermediate to Advanced Ceramics (14+)
This 8-week course is designed to further develop and refine technique. We will explore different forms such as; mugs, plates, lidded jars, baking dishes and vases. We will practice throwing larger, altering forms and joining sections. This class concentrates on improving your throwing skills and knowledge of clay. We will finish forms with trimming, adding handles, knobs and surface decoration as well as discuss various clay, glazes and firing processes that work well with producing functional pottery. Please come to class ready to practice, get dirty, and have fun! Mandatory clean-up the last week for all students.

Skill level: Must be able to center, open and throw a 2 lb wedge of clay.
Date/time: Monday’s 6:30-9:30pm Starting October 9th-November 27th
Cost $155 plus a $35 supply fee
Instructor: Lauren Smith


Pallet Knife Workshop
Taught by David Mensing

Reserve Your Spot: Saturday, November 4, from
9:00 A.M. until Noon for this Youth & Adult Intermediate Workshop!

Professional artist David Mensing will help you express a personal language with the pallet knife while forming one of a kind creations in this special three hour workshop for intermediate to advanced artists. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Fee: $60 (includes supply fee)  


Oil Painting (open to all skill levels) 14yrs+

This 6 week class is designed to explore oil painting techniques and color theory, through subjects such as still-life’s, landscapes, self-portraiture and even abstract painting.  Each subject designed by the instructor will be explored for 2 weeks.  This gives the artist time to work outside of class to hone their skills.

Days: Monday’s October 9th- November 13th
Time: 4:30-6:30
Cost: $45 
(particle scholarships are available.  Inquire at the reception desk)
Supplies needed: (3) 9”x12” hard board or (3) 9”x12” stretched canvas, assorted flat oil paint brushes.  Bring oil paint if you have some.  The instructor will provide some materials if you are unable to supply your own.

Instructor: Ashleigh McCann

Ashleigh is Great Falls native who’s work is meticulous and meditative, a practice of creating and then responding mindfully, over and over again until the image is resolved.  She finds that allowing the most spontaneous and unexpected marks to direct the image strengthens my work. With her imagery she is learning to let go of her control and to move unburdened.  Ashleigh not only works in abstraction, but is masterfully skilled in portraiture and rendering landscapes. You can view her website at www.ashmccann.com


Subconscious Starts- 1 Day Pastel Drawing Workshop (Adults 16yrs-up)

This workshop is designed to free the mind, release stress and awaken the subconscious mind. If you often have trouble sleeping, a stressful job, suffer from PDSD, or just need a break to quite the mind, or am an artist who needs to become unstuck,  this is the perfect workshop for you. You will learn a technique that can serve you anytime or anywhere. The process starts with small flakes and crumbs of oil pastel sticks and paper.  This is the beginning of a process that does not allow for perfection, but only freedom from perfection.  The work of art creates itself as your mind rests.  Towards the end of the work session you may find that a phenomena that occurs called Pareidolia.  Pareidolia (/pærɪˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists (e.g., in random data). Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations or tree bark.

In this workshop you will learn a technique that can serve you anytime or anywhere.
Note: You do not have any art experience to be a part of this workshop. 

Date/time: Saturday October 21st 2pm-4pm
Suggested Cash Donation: $6 students (high-school or college) $10 non-students
Instructor: Gloria Luna
Partial proceeds will be donated by the instructor to the Arts Association of Montana to help raise funds for the Shakespeare in the Park production.

Gloria Luna began working in this way to help with her sleepless nights.  She is a vibrant person with a creative spirit and has worked with adults and children by creating art in non-traditional ways.