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Youth Classes at The Square!

Pottery Camp (2nd-6th grade)

When: Monday-Friday, July 23rd-27th, 2018
Time: 7:30am-5:30pm
Where: Room 18
Cost: $130, A deposit of $50 is required to book the camp and the balance is due the first day. 15 students maximum
What to bring: Your child, have them wear clothes that they can get clay on, bring a lunch and two snacks and beverages.

Explore the art of ceramics by getting first hand experience with techniques such as hand-building sculptural objects by learning multiple building styles. Styles such as: coil/slab, solid and pinch methods. Students will also focus on wheel-throwing to create functional pottery. Surface techniques like sgraffito, slip trailing, underglaze painting and traditional glaze processes will be explored. Exciting and unique works of art will be made daily. Students will have art lessons twice a day for 2 hours each session with our visiting professional artist. Art sessions are booked from 10:00am-12:00pm and then again from 3:00-5:00pm. There will be two camp councelors working with your child, watching movies, playing outdoor games, in between art lessons.

Art Instructor/ Visiting Artist: Kelly Stevenson, MFA

Kelly Stevenson is a former ceramics professor from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She is transitioning into a long-term residency of the Archie Bray Foundation starting in late September, for 1 year. Stevenson has an extensive exhibition record and was a prestigious Welsh Foundation fellowship which fully funded three years of Graduate School at Georgia State University. Her expertise in wheel throwing and hand-building sculptural techniques makes her a perfect match for leading this week long intensive pottery camp.

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Theatre Camp (2nd-6th grade)

When: Monday-Friday, August 13th-17th, 2018
Time: 7:30am-5:30pm
Where: Room 18
Cost: $130, A deposit of $50 is required to book the camp and the balance is due the first day. 15 students maximum
What to bring: Your child, have them wear clothes that they can get clay on, bring a lunch and two snacks and beverages.

Theatre camp at the Square will be an amazing experience for children that love drama, have great expression and show signs of theatre interest. This camp will focus on team building, "improv", character building, costume design, props and make-up. Each day there will be a specific theme, and the full day will be devoted to the art of theatre. Students will have Theatre lessons twice a day for 2 hours each session, from 10:00am-12:00pm, and then again from 3:00-5:00pm, with instructor Keely Ronish. In-between theatre lessons, there will be two camp counselors working with your child, watching movies, playing games, and making theatre related crafts. The last day of camp the students will put on a short play for their families.

Theatre Instructor: Keely Ronish

Keely Ronish has been involved in the world of theatre for 10 years.  She has held many roles such as Little Red in "Into The Woods", The production of "1776", and "Pilgrims Progress". She was, Jenny, in "Swiss Family Robinson" in which she also Co-directed. Keely also produced and acted in C.S. Lewis's "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe". Her career in theater began when she was 7 were she played the 'Biting Rat' in the "Pied Piper". She loves sharing her passion with youth. As the founder of The Storytellers, Great Falls newest youth theatre group, she looks forward to providing the opportunity for young people to explore and participate in the world of theater in a supportive environment. Keely believes that by empowering kids through theatre they can change the world.

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Sculptural Ceramics ( 16yrs +) Intermediate to Advanced wheel throwers with Rob Kellenbeck

When: Tuesday's. July 10-31
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Wheel Room
Cost: $150, plus $35 supply fee
10 students maximum

This Sculptural Ceramics class entails combining wheel thrown and hand-built elements to create sculptural vessels. Students will be learning to throw on the wheel multiple parts to create large scale sculpture. The sculptures that will be created will be fired in our cone 10 gas kiln. Come step outside the box and explore a new approach to ceramics, in this fun and relaxed environment.

Instructor: Rob Kellenbeck

Rob Kellenbeck has over 4 decades of experience in the ceramics field. He began his college academic studies in math and science, but once he took a ceramic elective course, he was hooked and started a more creative academic path in the arts. His major became ceramics which lead him to earn his BFA from Texas Tech. He went on to open Deer Creek Pottery in the early 70's. His accomplishments in the ceramic industry are vast and we are happy to have him here as an instructor and fellow potter in the Great Falls community. To learn more about Rob and Deer Creek Pottery, please go to this link (Ceramic Monthly, pages 26-30), https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2015/06/Ceramics_Monthly_dec93_cei1293d.pdf

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Wheel-throwing Ceramics Class (open to all levels) with Lauren Smith

When: Wednesday's, August 1st-22nd
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Wheel Room
Cost: $125, plus $35 supply fee
10 students maximum

This 4-week course is designed to develop and refine technique. You will be exploring the different forms of functional pottery. Beginning 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. Advanced students will concentrate on improving your throwing skills and knowledge of clay. Surface decorations will be explored 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 day for all students.

Instructor: Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith lives and maintains her studio practice in Ulm Montana. She received her MFA from the University of North Texas in 2011 and has been a resident artist at renowned clay centers such as The Archie Bray Foundation and Red Lodge Clay Center. Lauren has taught classes in the past at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, in Pomona CA, and Ceramic Services in Ontario, CA. She looks to historical, antique and contemporary pottery for her inspiration and wants to share the magic of how one can take a ball of clay and make something that can be treasured. Please visit her website at www.laurensmithpottery.com

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Youth Drawing Class (4th-8th grade) with Lori Anderson

When: Tuesday's, June 5th-July 10th
Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm
Where: Room 18
Cost: $55 plus $15 supply fee
(Min 5 students, and Max 15 students)

Youth Drawing will explore a variety of drawing materials, including graphite, charcoal, conté crayon and pastels. Subjects like pets and anime will give students a fun and creative outlet! In this class, students will also be learning perspective, line quality and how to shade their subjects to create volume!

Instructor: Lori Anderson

Lori graduated with her BFA in Art Education from Colorado State University in 1981. She has taught youth classes at Saint Joseph with Sister Mary Bernard and at Head Start here in Great Falls. She is an avid drawer and also explores other artistic styles such as painting and photography.

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2 Day Photography Intensive with Robert Kruithoff (14 yrs plus)

When: Session A: Friday and Saturday- July 27-28
Session B: Friday and Saturday-August 17-18
Time: Friday, 5:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday 12:00p-5:00pm
Where: Room 18, Paris Gibson Square
Cost: $100.00 per session
(Min 5 students, and Max 15 students)

Do you want to upgrade your photography skills? This 2 day Photography Intensive is for those who own a DSLR Camera and want to get more out of their equipment. Friday evening will feature a tour of your camera and its features and capabilities, but also its limitations. Discussion topics include: the Exposure Triangle, lighting (natural and artificial), golden hour and night photography, reading histograms, additional gear suggestions, and tips and tricks to help you get the shots you want. Following classroom discussion, there will be Photo Walk with model to practice topics covered.

Saturday begins with Classroom discussion to review information from previous evening. Topics for discussion will include: Finding and using advanced features on your camera, White Balancing and Color Temperature, Advantages and disadvantages of daylight. Following classroom discussion, there will be a Photo Walk with model to practice topics covered.

Required equipment: DSLR camera with lenses and 32-64GB of memory card space.
Suggested equipment: Tripod, External flash, Neutral Density Filter, Polarizing Filter

Instructor: Robert Kruithoff

Robert Kruithoff is a local photographer who grew up in the Golden Triangle and Central Montana. He started his photography career at 9 years old with a Kodak Instamatic 110 camera. High School brought him some photojournalism training and the dark room, mixing chemicals and making prints. Always the picture taker at family events and an avid hobbyist, Robert began serious study to move onto a professional level 5 years ago.  His primary interests are landscape, portrait and fine art photography. Robert loves haring his knowledge and experience with others so they can improve their skills and enjoyment of the medium.

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Fiber Frolic (Grades 3-6) with Gretchen Wilson

When:Tuesdays, October 9th - November 13th, 2018
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Where: Room 18
Cost: $55 with $10 supply fee
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

Explore the Fiber Arts! Make wool felt, dye with Kool-Aid, spin yarn with a CD, and weave on a loom! Students will learn the history of fiber and how fiber is prepared in this exploratory class. What is "quiviut", "byssus" and "kapok"? Come find out in this 6 week class!

Instructor: Gretchen Wilson

Gretchen received her art degree from University of Washington. She raised sheep in Washington State and currently raises a small flock in Highwood MT , has operated a wool mill, and taught numerous classes through various institutions in Washington state and Montana. Gretchen loves the organic aspects and textural elements of the myriad fiber arts.


Youth Pottery Class (Grades 4-12) with Dino Pfaff

When:Tuesdays, October 9th - November 13th, 2018
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Where: Wheel Room
Cost: $55 plus $10 supply fee (All firings and glaze included)
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

This 6 week class will teach your child the basics of wheel-throwing 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.

Skill level: Must be able to center, open and throw a 2lb wedge of clay.

Instructor: Dino Pfaff

Dino Pfaff 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 teaching style and works of art. He has been teaching pottery classes here at the Paris Gibson Museum of Art for 4 years.


Homeschool Youth Pottery (Grades 4-12) with Dino Pfaff

When:Fridays, October 12th - November 16th, 2018
Time:10:30am - 12:00pm
Where: Room 17/19
Cost: $55 plus $10 supply fee (included glazes, firing)
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

This 6 week class will teach your child the basics of 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.

Instructor: Dino Pfaff

Dino Pfaff 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 teaching style and works of art. He has been teaching pottery classes here at the Paris Gibson Museum of Art for 4 years.

Register through Coya Williams (homeschool Coordinator) call 605-484-1537 or cjwsbg@gmail.com


Homeschool Pottery Parent and Child Workshop with Dino Pfaff (Youth 7yrs old and up)

When:Thursdays, October 11th - November 15th, 2018
Time:10:30am - 12:00pm
Where:Wheel Room
Cost: $60 for one parent and one child. $10 for each additional child (includes supplies and firings)
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

This 6 week class will give the opportunity for parent and child/children to work together with the wheel throwing process. You will learn throwing fundamentals for creating 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 family to gain knowledge of this historical technique of throwing clay to make something useful.

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.

Register through Coya Williams (homeschool Coordinator) call 605-484-1537 or cjwsbg@gmail.com


Parent and Child Ceramic Workshops (max 10 students) with Dino Pfaff (Youth 7yrs old and up)

When:Saturdays, October 13th - November 3rd, 2018
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Where:Wheel Room
Cost: $60 for one parent and one child. $5 for each additional participant. Includes clay, glaze and firings.
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

This 4 week class will give the opportunity for parent and child/children to work together with the wheel throwing process. You will learn throwing fundamentals for creating 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 family to gain knowledge of this historical technique of throwing clay to make something useful.

Instructor: Dino Pfaff

Dino Pfaff 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.

Register through Coya Williams (homeschool Coordinator) call 605-484-1537 or cjwsbg@gmail.com


Origami Madness with BJ Buckley (K-6th grade)

When:Saturdays, October 13th - November 3rd, 2018
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Where:Room 10A
Cost: $45 plus $5 supply fee
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

Come join BJ for 4 Saturdays, to learn the ancient art of Origami. Fold colorful critters, toys, books and pop-ups. Something new every week for the young and the old. K-2 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Instructor: BJ Buckley

BJ Buckley studied art at Wesleyan University and Boston University. She received her Masters Degree from the University Of Montana in the Creative Pulse Program. She has been teaching Arts in Schools programs for over 40 years. She currently teaches seniors, children and adults with disabilities through the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. On her down time she focuses on poetry and book-making.


Beginning Watercolor Class 16yrs+ with Ashleigh McCann

When:Mondays, October 8th - Nov 12th, 2018
Time:6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where:Room 10A
Cost: $125 plus $15 supply fee
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

Beginning Watercolor is a 6 week class introducing you to the basics. Working from still-lifes, you will explore color theory and multiple techniques including flat washes and gradients. Come be a part of this opportunity to learn the art of watercolor!

Instructor: Ashleigh McCann

Ashleigh McCann is a Great Falls native whose work is meticulous and meditative, a practice of creating and then responding mindfully, over and over again until the image is resolved. Ashleigh finds that allowing the most spontaneous and unexpected marks to direct the image strengthens her work. With imagery Ashleigh 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. Ashleigh completed a 9 month residency at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in 2016. Ashleigh has her BFA from BYU in Idaho. You can view her website at www.ashmccann.com


Beginning Pastel Class 16yrs+ with Sherry Tuss

When:Tuesdays, October 9th - November 13th, 2018
Time:6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where:Room 10A
Cost: $110, Plus $15 supply fee
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

In this 6 week class students will learn the basic of drawing with soft pastels. Pastels are a fun, vibrant art medium and have been a popular medium for artists since the 17th century. Come explore in this workshop using the purest form of artists color made!

Instructor: Sherry Tuss

Sherry Tuss graduated with both an elementary education and minor in art degree. She also has a Masters Degree in appreciation and art education. She has taught all levels from kindergarten through adult. Sherry teaches at GFC/MSU for their Life-long learning program teaching watercolor and travels the state doing art workshops. She participates in art auctions and sells her work during Western Art Week and does custom pet portraits


Youth Hand-Building Ceramics Weekend Workshops (ages 7 years old and up)

When:Saturdays, October 13th, 20th, 27th and November 10th,, 2018 (dates are subject to change)
Time:1:00pm - 2:30pm
Where:Room 18A
Cost: $90 plus: $15 supply fee
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

In these Saturday workshops on hand-built pottery, you will make a dish and learn how to decorate it with the art of sgraffito. Students will make a bowl, a cup and/or vase with different textures and glaze. Students will create a pinch pot of the potter’s choice (mini bird bath, monster form, and design with melted glass) or whatever your mind can create! This will provide a brief introduction to the creative world of clay in a relaxed environment.

Instructor: Jimmy Henry and Colleen Johnson

Jimmy and Colleen are both pharmacists and life long artists. Jimmie took her first pottery class 17 years ago and has taken classes from more than 5 different instructors at Paris Gibson. Colleen has been taking pottery classes for several years at Paris Gibson Square. Both are accomplished painters and enjoy all kinds of crafts. They both enjoy pottery because there is always something new to learn and they look forward to sharing their passion and knowledge of pottery with students.


Homeschool Learn and Draw Kinders (Kindergarten) with Sherry Tuss

When:Tuesdays, October 9th - November 13th, 2018
Time:10:00am - 11:00am
Where:Room 18
Cost: $50 plus $15 supply fee
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

This class is designed to help Kindergarten students learn number and letters through the art of drawing. This class is fun and will engage your child in the creative arts while simultaneously teaching them important fundamentals.

Instructor: Sherry Tuss

Sherry Tuss graduated with an elementary education/minor in art degree. She also has a Masters Degree in art appreciation and art education. She has taught all levels from kindergarten through adult. Sherry teaches at GFC/MSU for their Life-long learning program teaching watercolor and travels the state doing art workshops, also here in the city. She participates in art auctions and sells her work during Western Art Week and does custom pet portraits. 

Register through Coya Williams (homeschool Coordinator) call 605-484-1537 or cjwsbg@gmail.com


For more information, contact the museum at 406.727.8255