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


Parent and Child Ceramic Workshops

Dates: Saturday's Jan. 20th & 27th and February 10 & 17, 2018
Times: 10:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: Dino Pfaff
Cost:
$60 for one parent and one child.  $10 for each additional child
(includes supplies and firings)

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.


Kids to teenage 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.

Grades 2-4
Dates: Monday’s January 22nd- February 26th 2018
Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm
Instructor: Dino Pfaff
Price: $55 includes supplies and firings
(inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register)

Grades 5-12
Dates: Tuesday’s Jan. 23rd- February 27th 2018 (Room 17/19)
Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm
Instructor: Dino Pfaff
Price:
$55 includes supplies and firings
(inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register)

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: Wednesday’s Jan 24th—March 14th
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Instructor: Lauren Smith
Price: $125 plus $35 supply fee (included glazes, firing and one 25lb bag of clay)
(inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register)

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


Intermediate to Advanced Ceramics

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 2lb wedge of clay.
Date: Monday’s January 22nd-March 12th 2018
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Instructor: Lauren Smith
Price: $155 plus a $35 supply fee  (included glazes, firing and 1 25lb bag of clay)
(inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register)

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


Oil Painting (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.

Skill level: All skill levels
Dates:
Monday’s Jan 22nd- Feb. 26th 2018
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00pm
Instructor: Ashleigh McCann
Price: $45 (includes oil paint and brushes for class use and one small canvas) any other supplies needed will be at the expense of the student.
(particle scholarships are available.  Inquire at the reception desk)

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


Sculptural Ceramics Weekend Workshop (adult: 16 Years and older)
Intermediate to Advanced students (prerequisite- Beginning ceramics)

This is an intensive two day workshop which entails combining wheel thrown and hand-built elements to create sculptural vessels.  Demonstrations as well as discussions surrounding the elements and principles of design will be addressed in the beginning of each class.  After a lunch break students will have the rest of the class to create their work with assistance from the instructor.  This is a rare opportunity to work with a master potter to build upon your technical skills and creative ideas.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 13th 2017 to Sunday, Jan 14th 2107
Time: 10am – 4pm
Instructor: Rob Kellenbeck
Price: $65 (Includes a 25lb bag of clay, glazes and firings)
(inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register)

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 click HERE (Ceramic Monthly, pages 26-30)


Drawing the human figure for grades 5th-12th (clothed and draped models)

This will be a 6 week course focuses solely on drawing the human figure.  Master Drawing techniques will be explored which include the importance of mark-making and intentional lines, grounding the figure, foreshortening techniques and proportion.  There will be a clothed and or draped model present every class. This class treats the model with respect and gives the students the opportunity to really “see” the figure and draw with intention.  Basic drawing techniques are discussed and explored.  This will be a fun class where they get to explore with many drawing mediums, including India ink.

This is a rare opportunity for this age group because they often begin to explore the human figure as a subject.

Dates: Thursday’s January 25th 2018 – March 1st 2018
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Instructor: Sarah Justice
Cost: $55 Included supplies
(inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register)

Sarah Justice is the Education Director here at the PGSMOA.  She has her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Montana.  She has been sculpting and drawing the human figure professionally for over a decade.  Justice has taught figure drawing at the University of Montana and the Missoula Art Museum.  She feels there is nothing else like drawing from life.  This class will teach you how to “see”, which will translate into all other forms of artistic practice.  Drawing is a fundamental tool for creating art of all kinds.  This will be a fun and unforgettable class.


Homeschool Youth Pottery (ages 10+)

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 January 26th -March 2nd 2018
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm
Instructor: Dino Pfaff
Cost:
$45  (included glazes, firing)
(inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register)

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

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.


Home School Pottery Parent and Child Workshop (kids 7yrs old and up)

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.

Dates: Thursdays Jan. 25th- March 1st 2018
Times: 10:30am-12:00pm
Instructor: Dino Pfaff
Cost:
$60 for one parent and one child.  $10 for each additional child  (includes supplies and firings)
(inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register)

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

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.