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All classes and workshops are offered to adults 18 and older unless otherwise noted.
Prepayment and Preregistration is required and may be done over the phone.

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. 

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."

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.

Raku Firing- November 18th, 2017
Time: 12pm-3pm
Where: In the Kiln yard at the PGSMOA
Cost: $10 for up to 5 pieces
        $12 for 25lb bag Raku Clay

For current and past ceramic students and experienced local potters
Raku has unpredictable results, often with  intense color which attracts modern potters. These patterns and color result from the harsh cooling process and the amount of oxygen that is allowed to reach the pottery. Depending on what effect the artist wants, the pottery is either instantly cooled in water, cooled slowly in the open air, or placed in a barrel filled with combustible material, such as newspaper, horse hair, then covered, and allowed to smoke. Water immediately cools the pottery, stopping the chemical reactions of the glaze and fixing the colors. The combustible material results in smoke, which stains the unglazed portions of the pottery black. The amount of oxygen that is allowed during the firing and cooling process affects the resulting color of the glaze and the amount of crackle.

Potters Dino Pfaff and Morgan Hodges will be firing the Raku Kiln at the Paris Gibson Square Museum on November 18th from 12pm-3pm.  This is a great time to join us and have your work be fired in the Raku kiln and drink some hot coco!!!!

A Raku Clay Body will be custom made and sold in 25lb bags for $12 here at the PGSMOA.  Remember potters, that Raku is for non-functional pottery, meaning you cannot eat or drink from this type of pottery, but you could make small vessels, vases, small sculpture, decorative bowls and plates, etc… These would make great holiday gifts.

Note: For those who are currently taking classes from Dino Pfaff or Lauren Smith, a demonstration, for the preparation of your of your pottery for Raku, will be discussed during the 8 week course.

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