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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.


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.


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)


Raku Firing
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.

Date: November 18th, 2017
Time:
12pm-3pm
Instructors: Dino Pfaff and Morgan Hodge
Price: $10 for up to 5 pieces
        $12 for 25lb bag Raku Clay


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


Day Time Beginning Ceramics

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 Jan 24th- March 14th 2018
Time: 10:30am-1:30pm
Instructor:
Lauren Smith  
Price: $125 plus $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: 6:00pm-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


Adult Figure Drawing (18yrs+)

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 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.

Skill level: No experience is necessary.
Dates:
Tuesday evenings Jan. 23rd 2018-Feb. 27th2018
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor: Sarah Justice
Price: $60.00 includes supplies for in-class use
(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.