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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 (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.


Parent and Child Paint Exploration
Explore the world of paint with your child.  Work together to express yourself with fun, exciting and creative projects.  This is an opportunity for bonding and celebrating the creative process. Tempura paint and other art supplies is included in the cost of the class.

Days: Saturday October 21st
                      November 4th
                      November 11th
Time: 1pm-3pm in room 18A
Cost per Workshop: $20 for one parent and one child and $3 for each additional participants, or if you book all three Saturday workshops the cost will be $45 for one parent and one child and an additional $3 for each additional participant. 

Instructor: Deb martin

Deb Martin is an avid painter in the Great Falls Community.  In her studio practice she explores portraiture, animals and still-life’s.  She understands the importance of the creative process and loves to share her knowledge with adults and children.  She is looking forward to exploring paint with your whole family and expresses that this class is meant for exploration and fun, no expertise or previous knowledge is necessary.


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)