There's an artist within us all - it just might need some coaching to emerge. With classes for beginners to more advanced artists, there are classes to suit every interest and skill level.
Fall Creative Arts Classes
Registration for fall classes is now open. See days and times below.
Intro to Artistic Welding & Metalworking
Beginning students only. You will be introduced to beginning welding techniques and metalworking. You will learn a variety of processes, including oxy/acetylene welding, MIG welding (GMAW), torch cutting, plasma cutting, and the use of metal shears, benders, grinders, punches, saws, and drill presses. If you are interested in learning other processes, such as TIG welding (GTAW) or stick welding (SMAW), you will be given special instruction and opportunity to practice on your own. You will be given an opportunity to complete an artistic project of your choice. This is not an Industrial Welding class. Supply list will be handed out and discussed at the first class. Instructor: Marycolleen Foley.
Sep 20-Oct 25 M 5:30pm – 8:30pm TEC 103 Code 30045 Course CS 138A $195
Nov 1-Dec 6 M 5:30pm – 8:30pm TEC 103 Code 30046 Course CS 138B $195
Intermediate/Advanced Metalworking & Welding
This course is designed for students that have taken Intro to Artistic Welding and Metalworking class and/or students who want further instruction in technical areas of metal forming and welding. Shop space and grinding room, as well as welders and various metal forming, shaping and cutting equipment provided. The instructor will be available to answer questions, provide feedback and technical support assistance, and offer refresher instruction. A $25 lab fee to cover welding gasses and wire is included in tuition cost. This is not an Industrial Welding class. Instructor: Marycolleen Foley.
Sep 22-Oct 27 W 5:30pm – 8:30pm TEC 103 Code 30049 Course CS 138C $195
Nov 3-Dec 8 W 5:30pm – 8:30pm TEC 103 Code 30050 Course CS 138D $195
Blacksmithing & Forging Basics
This is an introduction to blacksmithing class. Students will learn a brief history of blacksmithing to encourage the use of forge to make decorative leaves and handrails, reshaping of horseshoes, tools, and BBQ skewers. Students are introduced to tools and basic techniques. Supply list will be handed out and discussed at the first class. Instructor: Marycolleen Foley. No class Nov 26.
Sep 24-Oct 29 F 1:00pm – 4:00pm TEC 103 Code 30053 Course CS 138E $195
Nov 5-Dec 17 F 1:00pm – 4:00pm TEC 103 Code 30054 Course CS 138F $195
NEW! Let’s Dot Mandalas!
Have you seen those really pretty Mandalas created with dots in gorgeous colors? You can create them too! In these 3 session classes, learn the basic techniques and more. Class covers how to top, top dot, walk the dot, swooshes, and combine them to create beautiful designs. You’ll learn how to use different tools to create your dots, what paints and consistency works best for dotting, what to paint on and what you might use to finish your projects. Class is held at 17831 Applegate St SW, Rochester. Call for directions, 360-480-4854. Tools and supplies are provided for class use, may be purchased from instructor for $18. Instructor: Joan Hitchcock.
Oct 11, Nov 1, Nov 22 M 10:00am – 12:00pm Code 30096 Course CS 136A $75
Oct 25, Nov 15, Dec 6 M 10:00am – 12:00pm Code 30171 Course CS 136B $75
Oct 11, Nov 1, Nov 22 M 6:00pm – 8:00pm Code 30172 Course CS 136C $75
Oct 25, Nov 15, Dec 6 M 6:00pm – 8:00pm Code 30173 Course CS 136D $75
Silk Dyeing with Wax Resists
Learn the techniques to make and complete designs on silk using soy wax and professional dyes from Jacquard. Class covers how to use the wax, tools for application of wax and dye, what dyes to use, and how to finish your product. It’s a fun and simple process – learning how to handle the medium happens quickly and allows for lots of experimenting. Class is held at 17831 Applegate St SW, Rochester. Call for directions, 360-480-4854. $15 per scarf. Instructor: Joan Hitchcock.
Sep 29 W 10:00am – 12:00pm Rochester Code 29926 Course CS 101E $40
Oct 27 W 10:00am – 12:00pm Rochester Code 29928 Course CS 101F $40
Dec 1 W 10:00am – 12:00pm Rochester Code 29936 Course CS 101G $40
Sep 29 W 6:00pm – 8:00pm Rochester Code 29938 Course CS 101H $40
Oct 27 W 6:00pm – 8:00pm Rochester Code 29949 Course CS 101J $40
Dec 1 W 6:00pm – 8:00pm Rochester Code 29950 Course CS 101K $40
Pine Needle Basket Weaving
Pine needle art is one of the oldest crafts known. It dates back some 9000 years, even before pottery, which was made by lining twig baskets with clay. The indigenous people were the first to make pine needle baskets. They used a sharp piece of sea shell or bone as a needle. Some of the baskets were used for carting water, also for winnowing seeds, or as feed baskets. During the Civil War the women made hats of pine needles. Today the art of pine needle basketry is still being done by a few creative people. There is no limit to what one can do with pine needles along with a little imagination and skills, which will come with patience and practice. Instructor: Theresa Shortman.
Sep 30-Dec 9 Th 6:30pm – 7:30pm FTC 109 Code 29952 Course CS 102A $100
This class is for returning Intermediate and Advanced Silversmithing students. More stone setting methods will be introduced, plus additional metalworking methods will be pursued. Students will work on individual projects. Supplies will range from $20 - $75 and are payable to the instructor.
Instructor: Ann Rawls
Class Full - Sep 20-Nov 29 M 12:00pm – 3:00pm FTC 111 Code 29953 Course CS 104A $106 Lifelong Learners 50+ Code 30475 Course SNRC 81A $72
Sep 20-Nov 29 M 3:00pm – 6:00pm FTC 111 Code 29963 Course CS 104B $106
Lifelong Learners 50+ Code 30571 Course SNRC 81B $72
Class Full - Sep 20-Nov 29 M 6:00pm – 9:00pm FTC 111 Code 29964 Course CS 104C $106 Lifelong Learners 50+ Code 30514 Course SNRC 81C $72
Instructor: Kevlyn Hoisington
Sep 21-Nov 30 T 12:00pm – 3:00pm FTC 111 Code 29965 Course CS 104D $106
Lifelong Learners 50+ Code 30517 Course SNRC 81D $72
Sep 21-Nov 30 T 3:00pm – 6:00pm FTC 111 Code 29967 Course CS 104E $106
Lifelong Learners 50+ Code 30519 Course SNRC 81E $72
Weekly Jewelry Workshop - Class is Full
This class is for returning intermediate/advanced Jewelry students. This is a project class; each student should come prepared with a project to complete at the workshop. The instructor will be on hand to teach students individual skills required to complete their project. All students must have taken Beginning and Intermediate Jewelry classes prior to registration for this workshop. Supplies will range from $20 - $75 and are payable to the instructor. Instructor: David Furuli.
Sep 22-Dec 1 W 12:00pm – 3:30pm FTC 111 Code 29968 Course CS 104F $70 Lifelong Learners 50+ Code 30523 Course SNRC 81F $50
*NEW* Intermediate Silversmithing
This class is for those students who have completed Beginning Silversmithing. Several cabochon stone setting methods plus prong stone setting will be taught in addition to hinges, split ring shanks, forging, and hollow beads. Supplies range from $20 - $75 and are payable to the instructor. No class Nov 11 & 25. Instructor: Ann Rawls.
Sep 23-Dec 16 Th 12:00pm – 3:00pm FTC 111 Code 29969 Course CS 104G $106
Lifelong Learners 50+ Code 30526 Course SNRC 81G $72
Stained Glass – Lead & Foil
Learn the techniques to make and complete your first stained glass panel. Class covers selecting design, leading basics, soldering, and finishing techniques. *Must wear closed toe shoes to class* Bring your own glass tools or purchase supplies and tools from the instructor at class. Glass and material supplies will cost approximately $100-200, payable to the instructor. Class is held at 18245 Irwin St SW, Rochester. Call for directions (360) 273-6562. Supplies: Bring a fine or medium black and silver Sharpie. You may bring a sack lunch or snack to the day classes. Instructor: Karen Milton.
Class Full - Sep 22-Oct 20 W 10:00am – 1:00pm Rochester Code 29970 Course CS 103A $107 Lifelong Learners 50+ Code 30528 Course SNRC 81H $54
Class Full - Oct 27-Nov 24 W 10:00am – 1:00pm Rochester Code 29971 Course CS 103B $107 Lifelong Learners 50+ Code 30531 Course SNRC 81I $54
Dec 1-Jan 5 W 10:00am – 1:00pm Rochester Code 29972 Course CS 103C $107
Lifelong Learners 50+ Code 30532 Course SNRC 81J $54
Sep 9-Oct 7 Th 6:00pm – 9:00pm Rochester Code 29973 Course CS 103D $107
Lifelong Learners 50+ Code 30534 Course SNRC 81K $54
Class Full - Oct 14-Nov 11 Th 6:00pm – 9:00pm Rochester Code 29974 Course CS 103E $107 Lifelong Learners 50+ Code 30540 Course SNRC 081L $54
Nov 18-Dec 23 Th 6:00pm – 9:00pm Rochester Code 29978 Course CS 103F $107
Lifelong Learners 50+ Code 30547 Course SNRC 081M $54
Beginners welcome! Workshops are a great way to sample stained glass and create a project to keep or give as a gift. Material costs listed below. *Must wear closed toe shoes to class.* Classes held at 18245 Irwin St SW, Rochester. Supplies: Bring a fine or medium black and silver Sharpie. You may bring a sack lunch or snack to the day classes. Instructor: Karen Milton.
All Things Christmas ($15-25)
Oct 16 Sa 10:00am – 3:00pm Code 29980 Course CS 101A $35
Dec 3 F 10:00am – 3:00pm Code 29981 Course CS 101B $35
Fused Standing Christmas Tree ($15-25)
Nov 6 Sa 10:00am – 2:00pm Code 29986 Course CS 101C $35
Dec 6 M 5:00pm – 9:00pm Code 29988 Course CS 101D $35
I Can’t Even Draw Stick People – Art Exploration
Three nights of art exploration with other students seeking art confidence. Take the risk of finding your inner artist with a private small group of beginners. Sue Wachter once thought she was not artistic. She started learning who she was as an artist in her 50’s. Sue’s favorite class to teach is beginners. Sign up and plan to have fun experimenting with a variety of mediums and find your favorite with other beginners. (Please note this is not a drawing class). $30 supply fee payable to instructor. Instructor: Sue Wachter.
Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16 T 5:30pm – 8:00pm SWFT 108 Code 30705 Course CS 102B $60
Art Exploration – Next Steps
This class is for students who have had introductory art instruction and have previously taken Sue Wachter’s “I Can’t Even Draw Stick People” class (not required) and would like to dive deeper into developing their skills and personal style. Each night will explore a different media. Watercolor, acrylics and silk dying. $30 supply fee payable to instructor. Instructor: Sue Wachter.
Oct 20, Nov 10, Nov 17 W 5:30pm – 8:00pm SWFT 108 Code 30706 Course CS 102C $60
How to Register
Register by phone using a credit card at 360-623-8940.
Fax your registration form with credit card information to 360-330-7106.