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Spring Classes


Print-Making with Margie Schindele

This 6-week class will explore multiple print-making techniques such as: mono-printing and how to use the printing press and much more. Students will also have an opportunity to view the multiple galleries here in the museum and see other artists that work in the print-making style. Participants will gain knowledge of historical techniques and will create their own original prints.

When: Mondays, April 1- May 6
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Room 18
Cost: $125 plus $15 supply fee (includes watercolors, paper and pencils for each class.)
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

(Inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register.)
10% off class fee with a current Museum Membership

Instructor: Margi Schindele
Margi Schindele studied art at CAL State University in Long Beach California. She puts her thoughts and feelings down on paper, through the art of Print-Making. Mark-making is an expression of freedom which resonates with her. To be able to make multiples and additions is rewarding and she looks forward to sharing her technical skills with her students, while using the printing press.


Adult Intro To Ceramics: Hand-building

In this 6-week class, students will explore multiple hand-building techniques such as solid building, coil slab building and pinch methods to create three different sculptural ceramic projects. Final finish techniques such as glazing, majolica, sgraffito and cold finishes will be integrated into the sculptures. This class is fast and furious! It is suggested that students work outside of class to complete projects. Ceramics takes time and dedication, but the final results are worth all the time that was spent.

When: Wednesdays, April 3rd- May 8th, 2019
Time: 6pm-9pm
Where: Room 18
Instructor: Sarah Justice
Cost: $150 plus $45 supply fee (includes clay, glaze and firings)
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

(Inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register.)
10% off class fee with a current Museum Membership

Instructor: Sarah Justice
Sarah Justice is the Education Director here at the PGSMOA. She has her MFA 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, Missoula Art Museum and PGSMOA. 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.


Beginning Acrylic Painting Class 16yrs+ with Ashleigh McCann

This 6-week class will introduce you to different ways to approach painting with the acrylic medium. Working from imagination, observation and collaborative ideas, students will explore color theory and multiple techniques including pallet knife, brush work, experimenting with gel mediums and mark-making. Come be a part of this opportunity to learn the art of acrylic painting in a fun and relaxed environment.

When: Mondays, April 1st- May 6th, 2019
Time: 6pm-9pm
Where: Room 10A
Instructor: Ashleigh McCann
Cost: $125 plus $15 supply fee
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

(Inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register.)
10% off class fee with a current Museum Membership

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


Day-Time Beginning Ceramics (Adult 14 yrs and up) with Lauren Smith

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 with step-by-step instruction on how to throw a cylinder and a bowl. Participants will finish forms with trimming, adding handles, knobs and some surface decoration. Students 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.

When: Wednesdays, April 3rd– May 22nd, 2019
Time: 10:30am-1:30pm
Where: Wheel Room
Instructor: Lauren Smith
Cost: $150 plus $35 supply fee (includes glazes, firing and one 25lb bag of clay)
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

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


Evening Beginning Ceramics (Adult 14 yrs and up) with Lauren Smith

This 8-week course is designed to introduce students to clay using the potter's wheel. In this class students will create functional tableware. Students will learn the basics with step-by-step instruction on how to throw a cylinder and a bowl. Students will finish forms with trimming, adding handles, knobs and some surface decoration. Students will learn a variety of techniques by being 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.

When: Wednesdays, April 3rd– May 22nd , 2019
Time: 6:30pm -9:30pm
Where: Wheel Room
Instructor: Lauren Smith
Cost: $150 plus $35 supply fee (Included glazes, firing and one 25lb bag of clay.)
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

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


Intermediate to Advanced Ceramics (Adult) with Lauren Smith

This 8-week course is designed to further develop and refine technique. Students will explore different forms such as: mugs, plates, lidded jars, baking dishes and vases. Students will practice throwing larger altering forms and joining sections. This class concentrates on improving throwing skills and knowledge of clay. Instruction will include finishing 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 day the last week for all students.

Skill level: Must be able to center, open and throw a 2lb wedge of clay.
When: Mondays, April 1st- May 28th, 2019 (The last class will be on Tuesday May 28th, due to the Museum being closed on May 27th, for Memorial Day and Lauren will be gone on April 15th)
Time: 6:30pm -9:30pm
Where: Wheel Room
Instructor: Lauren Smith
Cost: $175 plus a $35 supply fee (includes glazes, firing and one 25lb bag of clay)
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

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


Sculptural Ceramics (adult: 16 Years and older)

Intermediate to Advanced students (prerequisite: Beginning ceramics)

This 6 week class 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. 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.

When: Tuesdays, April 2nd - May 7th, 2019
Time: 6:30pm -9:30pm
Where: Wheel Room
Instructor: Rob Kellenbeck
Cost: $150 plus $30 supply fee (Includes a 50lb bag of clay, glazes and firings)
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

10% off class fee with 1-year Museum Membership 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


Winter Classes 2019


Print-Making with Margie Shindele

This 6 week class will explore multiple print-making techniques such as: mono-printing and how to use the printing press and much more. Students will also have an opportunity to view the multiple galleries here in the museum and see other artists that work in the print-making style. Participants will gain knowledge of historical techniques and will create their own original prints.

When: Mondays, February 4 - March 18, 2019 (no class on Presidents Day, Feb 18)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30
Where: Room 18
Cost: $125 plus $15 supply fee (includes watercolors, paper and pencils for each class)
Instructor: Margi Shindele
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

(Inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register.)
10% off class fee with 1-year Museum Membership

Instructor: Margi Shindele
Margi Schindele studied art at CAL State University in Long Beach California. She puts her thoughts and feelings down on paper, through the art of Print-Making. Mark-making is an expression of freedom which resonates with her. To be able to make multiples and additions is rewarding and she looks forward to sharing her technical skills with her students, while using the printing press.


Adult Figure Drawing (18yrs and older, no exceptions) No experience is necessary

This will be a 6 week course focusing 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 live nude model present every class. This class treats the model with respect and gives the students the opportunity to draw with intention, the anatomical figure.

When: Tuesdays, January 22 - February 26, 2019
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Second floor, Room 37
Cost: $125 plus $15 supply fee (includes paper and drawing tools for each class)
Instructor: Sarah Justice
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

(Inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register.)

Instructor: Sarah Justice
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, Missoula Art Museum and PGSMOA 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.


Sculptural Ceramics (adult: 16 Years and older)

Intermediate to Advanced students (prerequisite: Beginning ceramics)

This 6 week class 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. 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.

When: Tuesdays, January 22 - February 26, 2019
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Wheel Room
Cost: $150 plus $30 supply fee (includes a 50lb bag of clay, glazes and firings) Instructor: Rob Kellenbeck
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

10% off class fee with 1-year Museum Membership

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).


Beginning Watercolor Class 16yrs+ with Ashleigh McCann

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

When: Mondays, January 21 - March 4, 2019 (no class on Presidents Day, Feb 18)
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: 10A
Cost: $125 plus $15 supply fee (includes watercolor, paper and pencils for each class) Instructor: Ashleigh McCann
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

10% off class fee with 1-year Museum Membership

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.


Day-Time Beginning Ceramics (Adult 14 yrs and up) with Lauren Smith

This is a 8-week course designed to introduce students to clay using the potter's wheel to create functional tableware. Students will learn the basics with step-by-step instruction on how to throw a cylinder and a bowl. Participants will finish forms with trimming, adding handles, knobs and some surface decoration. Students 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!
When: Wednesdays, January 23 - March 13, 2019
Time: 10:30pm - 1:30pm
Where: Wheel Room
Cost: $150 plus $35 supply fee (includes glazes, firing and one 25lb bag of clay) Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

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


Evening Beginning Ceramics (Adult 14 yrs and up) with Lauren Smith

This 8-week course is designed to introduce students to clay using the potter's wheel. In this class students will create functional tableware. Students will learn the basics with step-by-step instruction on how to throw a cylinder and a bowl. Students will finish forms with trimming, adding handles, knobs and some surface decoration. Students will learn a variety of techniques by being 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!
When: Wednesdays, January 23 - March 13, 2019
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost: $150 plus $35 supply fee (includes glazes, firing and one 25lb bag of clay) Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

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


Intermediate to Advanced Ceramics (Adult) with Lauren Smith

This 8-week course is designed to further develop and refine technique. Students will explore different forms such as: mugs, plates, lidded jars, baking dishes and vases. Students will practice throwing larger altering forms and joining sections. This class concentrates on improving throwing skills and knowledge of clay. Instruction will include finishing 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 day the last week for all students.

Skill level: Must be able to center, open and throw a 2lb wedge of clay.
When: Mondays, January 21 - March 18, 2019 (no class on Presidents Day, Feb 18)
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Wheel Room
Cost: $150 plus $35 supply fee (includes glazes, firing and one 25lb bag of clay) Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

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