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Classes for Adults

Open Studio

Open Studio at the Lincoln Center
Thursdays, 1-4 PM, Feb. 2, March 2, April 6
$5/session + DAI Membership
Bring your supplies and artistic spirit to the beautiful and inspiring historic Lincoln Building. Connect with other creative people, spending time experimenting with your medium of choice. Each session will include time to create and optional end-of-session group critiques.

Open Studio at the Duluth Depot
Tuesdays, ongoing, 12:30 – 3 pm
$5/session + DAI Membership
Duluth Depot - Classroom
We offer regular sessions at the DAI Depot site. No matter what your medium or ability, join a weekly art group for practice and camaraderie. Bring your own supplies.

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Open Photo Critique  
First Wednesday of the month
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Free
Duluth Depot - DAI Darkroom
Open to all! Talk about your artwork with other artists and work through issues, questions, challenges, and excitement. Bring a printed photograph for discussion. Date changes occur so please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 218.393.2468 to confirm.

Express(ive) Evenings
Thursdays, 6 - 8:30 PM
$35/session ($40 non-member)
Spring into art this March with our Express(ive) Evenings. Share a drink with local artists while creating unique works of art. Guided instruction provides structure for the beginning artist yet room to experiment for the more experienced. All supplies and one beverage included.
>>March 2, Susanna Gaunt: Sunprints at the Depot (explore the DAI Darkroom and expose  your own beautiful images)
>>March 9, Adam Swanson: Acrylic Painting at the Lincoln Building (follow step-by-step to create your own acrylic masterpiece)
>>March 23, Kelly Dupre: Cupcake decorating at the Lincoln Building (learn tools and techniques of decorating sweet treats with frosting to craft your own edible art)


CERAMICS

Beyond the Basics: Firing Kilns with Pete Prudhomme and Sheila Staubus
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9 PM, February 8 - March 29 @ the Lincoln Center
$195 ($235 non-members)
Take your skills to the next level and gain experience in reduction and oxidation firing. Gas and electric kiln firings will include your own work as well as pieces for Empty Bowl. Kiln maintenance will be demonstrated with possible opportunities for practice.

Bill van Gilder Workshop
Friday, May 19, 6:30 PM Slide Show @ the Lincoln Center, and Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21, 9 AM -4 PM Workshop @ the Lincoln Center
$250 ($310 non-member)
Learn with an instructor from Maryland! By using a slow momentum kick wheel and soft clays, van Gilder pursues the casual nuance of form and surface. Van Gilder shares his pursuits through demonstrations in this two-day workshop including tips and techniques for pulling handles, throwing lids, using simple tools and much, much more. Includes Friday evening slide show. www.vangilderpottery.com. Refunds will not be issued for cancelations made on or after May 9th.

Make it! Empty Bowl Open Studio
Tuesdays, starting January 3, 10 AM - 5 PM
For experienced potters who wish to contribute bowls to the event. Call 723-1310 or 723-7110 for more information and directions to the studio.

Learn how! One-Night Lesson in Bowl Making
Tuesdays 6-8 PM
Sessions: Feb 21 - FULL; Feb 28 - FULL
Lack experience with clay but still want to contribute to the cause?  Schedule a one-night lesson with our instructors. All bowls will be contributed to Empty Bowl.  $35 fee includes one ticket to Empty Bowl plus instruction and supplies. Call to register: 218-733-7560.

Glaze it! Empty Bowl Glaze-a-thon
Saturday March 18, 10 AM - 4 PM
Experienced glazer? Join our Glaze-a-Thon at the Duluth Art Institute’s Lincoln Building!

Empty Bowl “Sea of Bowls”
Monday, April 10, 5 - 7 p.m.
The Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street, Duluth
FREE
An open to the public preview of the Empty Bowls will be held the evening prior to the traditional event. Choose your handcrafted bowl at the gallery-style showing complete with refreshments and meet–and–greet with local artists and potters. Bowls range in price from $25 - $100. Net proceeds benefit Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.

24th Annual Empty Bowl
Tuesday, April 11, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
The Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street, Duluth
$20 per bowl, entry and meal are FREE
Join us for Duluth’s premiere charitable arts and hunger event – Empty Bowl. Choose a handcrafted bowl created by area artists, school children and community members.  Dine on delicious soup, bread and beverage donated by some of the region’s best chefs and purveyors. Participate in our Silent Auction featuring the works of professional regional artists and enjoy local entertainment. Net proceeds benefit Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.


FIBER ARTS           


Nomadic Felts: Beautiful Rugs for your Home with Mary Reichert FULL
Friday, March 24, 6 - 9 PM; Saturday - Sunday, March 25 - 26, 9 AM - 4 PM @ the Fiber Studio at the Duluth Depot
$120 ($145 non-member) + $60 materials (paid to instructor)
Make your house a home by following Central Asian traditions. Explore different styles of felt rugs from Kyrgyzstan, and then begin crafting your pre-felt on Friday evening. Saturday, design and lay out your rug, and designate Sunday to wetting down and shrinking the rugs by hand. This is a physical process, so please come prepared to be on your feet and engaged in your project.  Your rug (beginning about 6 ft x 2.5 ft and shrinking approximately 40%) can be used in your home for many years to come.


DRAWING & PAINTING

Acrylic Painting: Color with Adam Swanson FULL
Thursdays, 6 - 9 PM, Jan. 26 – Mar. 2 @ the Lincoln Center
$150 ($180 non-member)
Infuse energy into your paintings by experimenting with color relationships and learning basic color theory. Whether you are a beginning or advanced acrylic painter, this class offers enough space to learn and grow with group and individual tutelage. Open to all levels. Download the supply list here.

Charcoal Portraits with Bill Wise
Wednesdays, 6 - 8:30 PM, Feb. 8 – March 8 @ the Lincoln Center
$100 ($125 non-member)
Start with learning to draw a generic human face, then progress to identifying differences which makes each face unique. Through instruction, demonstration and hands on experience, students learn classic formulas and methods to start drawings. Projected images and student’s own photo references are used as subject matter. Supplies will be provided the first night with information to aid in choosing supplies for the remainder of classes. For more information on this class visit www.WilliamWiseArt.com

Painting Your Voice with Karen Owsley Nease
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9 PM, March 29 - May 3 @ the Lincoln Center
$125 ($150 non-members)
Create a unique artistic voice through explorative exercises and individual instruction from local painter Karen Owsley Nease. Develop a sense of authorship in your painting by building a cohesive theme and style that is reinforced through composition, color and mark making.  Intermediate Painting, any medium.

Watercolor with Jeanne Larson
Thursday-Saturday, 9am-4pm, February 16-18 @ the Lincoln Center
$200 ($250 non-members)
Emphasizing design and fluid colors, Jeanne Larson creates paintings with vibrant energy that emotionally connects with the viewer. Through demonstrations and hands-on learning, participants will learn wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques as well as drybrush detailing, dramatic lighting, and design principles. Subsidized in part by the Lake Superior Watercolor Society. Access the supply list here.

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Express(ive) Evening: Acrylic Painting at the Lincoln Building with Adam Swanson
Thursday, March 9, 6-8:30pm
$35 ($40 non-member)
Paint alongside local artist Adam Swanson as he guides you step by step to create your own acrylic masterpiece.


MultiMedia

Beginning Printing (What a relief…printmaking without a press!) with Kelly Dupre
Tuesdays, 6 - 8:30 PM, May 9 - 23 @ the Lincoln Center
$100 ($120 non-member)
Start with the basics by making a single color print while learning printing techniques you can replicate at home: how to sharpen blades, ink the block, and choose paper and tools. Then take your prints to the next level and work with multiple blocks and reduction.

Express(ive) Evening: Cupcake decorating at the Lincoln Building with Kelly Dupre
Thursday, March 23, 6-8:30pm
$35 ($40 non-member)
Learn the different tools and techniques of decorating sweet treats with frosting to craft your own edible art

 


Photography

Beginning Photography: Exposure & Composition with Susanna Gaunt
Saturday - Sunday, 9 AM - 4 PM, March 11 and 12 @ the DAI Darkroom at the Depot
$90 ($110 non-members)
Learn the fundamentals of exposure and composition to confidently control the outcome of your photographs. During the workshop, we cover shutter speeds, f-stops, designing the image and more through lectures, a field shoot and image critiques. A camera with manual exposure mode is required.

Express(ive) Evening: Sunprints at the Depot with Susanna Guant
Thursday, March 2 , 6-8:30pm
$35($40 non-member)
Explore the DAI darkroom and expose  your own beautiful images.

 


ARTIST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Make a Statement with Amber White
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Monday, April 10, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
@ DAI Galleries - 506 W Michigan St.
$10/Session - choose one session
Registration Required

Join Amber White to discuss the importance and various functions of the artist statement while demystifying the writing and editing process. Instruction will include multiple approaches to writing an artist statement, Dos and Don’ts (and Whys), discussion surrounding the voice of the artist, and peer-to-peer review.

Please bring two printed copies of your artist statement as well as two to four images of current work.

*In order to maximize time for in-class discussion and personalized feedback, artists with a current artist statement are encouraged to send a copy to the instructor, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at least two days prior to the workshop.

Limited to 15 participants for peer-to-peer feedback.

 

 


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