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Day-Time Beginning Ceramics (Adult) with Lauren Smith

When: Wednesdays, September 12th - November 14th, 2018
Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Where: Wheel Room
Cost: $175 plus $35 supply fee (includes glazes, firing and one 25lb bag of clay)
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

This is a 10-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. You 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!

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) with Lauren Smith

When: Wednesdays, September 12th - November 14th, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Where: Wheel Room
Cost: $175 plus $35 supply fee (includes glazes, firing and one 25lb bag of clay)
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

This 10-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. You 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!

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

When:Mondays, September 10th - November 12th, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Where: Wheel Room
Cost: $200 plus a $35 supply fee (includes glazes, firing and one 25lb bag of clay)
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

This 10-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. You 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.

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


Beginning Watercolor Class 16yrs+ with Ashleigh McCann

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

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: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where: 10A
Cost: $110, Plus $15 supply fee
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

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.


Adult Hand-Building Ceramic Figurative Sculpture with Sarah Justice

When:Tuesdays, October 9th - November 13th, 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Room 18
Cost: $150 plus $35 supply fee (one 25lb bag of clay, glazes and firings included. Any additional clay needed will be purchased by the student.)
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

In this 6 week class students will learn how to approach the making of a 1/2 life-size human figure. Demonstrations on how to hollow-build, sculpt hands, feet and faces will be discussed. The building process will entail pinch and coil slab methods. Finish techniques will be discussed and demonstrated for the final completion of the figure.

Instructor: Sarah Justice

Sarah Justice is the Education Director here at PGSMOA. Sarah has her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Montana with a concentration in figurative sculpture. She has been sculpting and drawing the human figure professionally for over a decade. Justice has taught intro to ceramics at the University of Montana and figurative sculpting at the Clay Studio of Missoula. Sarah has exhibited her sculptures throughout the United States. www.sarahjusticefineart.com


Adult Digital Photography Course

When:Wednesdays, October 3rd - November 21st, 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Room 18
Cost: $150
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

This 8 week course is designed to introduce photography to adults who range in skill from "point and shoot" to some intermediate experience using a digital camera. This class will cover basic functions of most cameras, composition, lighting, and the exposure triangle. The focus will be placed on improving knowledge, function of the camera and how to get better images in most situations. Class will feature hands-on activities and outside projects with students creating a final project displaying their work and highlighting their interest.

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.


For more information, contact the museum at 406.727.8255