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EVENTS & EDUCATION

Before registering, please review the registration information & policies at the bottom of this page. 

For a list of just summer art camps, click here.


 Those attending an event, class, or workshop must provide proof of vaccination and valid ID. 

MORE INFORMATION     SUBMIT YOUR PROOF OF VACCINATION ONLINE

Upcoming

    • 04 Jan 2022
    • 27 Dec 2022
    • 47 sessions
    Register

    Weekly Open Studio 

    Tuesdays, 12:30pm-3:30pm

    Lincoln Park Building

    $5 + DAI Membership


    Bring your supplies and artistic visions to the beautiful and inspiring historic Lincoln Park Building. Connect with other creative people and spend time experimenting with your medium of choice. Each session will include time to create and optional end-of-session group critiques. Non-members can attend one free session of open studio before becoming a member. Members receive three free sessions. 


    How to Sign Up for Open Studio Sessions: 


    1) Become a member of the Duluth Art Institute. 

    Online 

    Visit www.duluthartinstitute.org/membership, select your membership level, and pay online. 

    In Person
    The business office is open 12:00pm–5:00pm, Monday–Friday at 506 W. Michigan Street in Duluth.

    Phone
    Use your credit card and call (218) 733-7560


    2) Purchase sessions, or claim your three free sessions.

    All DAI members receive three free open studio sessions (registration is still required). After your three free sessions, you can purchase sessions in increments of 1, 5, 10, and 15.


    3) Arrive at the Lincoln Park Building, sign in, and create art! 

    Check in with Karen, Kris, or Sarah and sign in on the sign up sheet. The DAI will track the number of sessions you attend. 


    Scholarships are available. Please email espooner@duluthartinstitute.org for more information. 


    ***Covid-19 Protocol: Beginning on September 13, 2021, students, event attendees renting artists, teaching artists, and staff will be required to provide proof of receipt of your first vaccination shot before the start of your activity with the DAI. Proof of full vaccination status is required by October 25, 2021.


    UPLOAD PROOF OF VACCINATION OR NOTARIZED EXEMPTION HERE: https://forms.gle/rvsbG66GuEo3vwCD9 



    • 13 Sep 2022
    • 13 Dec 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Park Building (2229 W 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55806)
    Register


    Youth Photography Club (Ages 13+)

    2nd Tuesday of Each Month 

    Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13

    4:00pm-6:00pm 

    DAI Lincoln Park Building 

    2229 W 2nd Street

    $20 per session ($70 for all 4 sessions)


    Spend time at the historic Lincoln Park Building exploring the art of photography with local artist and educator, Susanna Gaunt. Learn the ins and outs of your camera, creatively compose images, and develop a photographic vision that will enhance your work.

    Students have access to a photo studio equipped with backdrops and lighting at the Lincoln Park Building. In addition to the set up at the Lincoln Park Building, the group will have an opportunity to visit the Duluth Art Institute Darkroom, located at the Depot to learn about developing film and printing. This group is pretty self directed, so come with ideas and excitement! Since photo club will take walking field trips throughout the Lincoln Park neighborhood, participants will be required to submit a signed permission/emergency contact form prior to their first photo club session. 

    Artists are encouraged to bring their own equipment (digital cameras, film cameras, phones, etc), but the DAI will have a limited number of cameras on hand. Contact Emma at espooner@duluthartinstitute.org with questions about equipment. 

    Partial and full scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis. Please email Emma at espooner@duluthartinstitute.org if you're interested in registering with a scholarship!

    • 03 Dec 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • DAI Lincoln Park Building (2229 W 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55806)
    Register


    December Free ArtDAI 

    Saturday, December 3rd 

    1:00pm-4:00pm 

    Lincoln Park Building 

    2229 W. 2nd Street

    All Ages

    FREE 


    The Duluth Art Institute hosts Free ArtDAI four times a year at our historic Lincoln Park Building. These events are free, open to the public, and are for all ages and abilities. Stop by and create painted ornaments, hand-carved stamps and greeting cards, wet felted decorations, and paper lanterns to brighten up your house through the winter. There will be snacks, beverages, and a casual, creative vibe!


    RSVP for event reminders and updates. 

    • 05 Dec 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 8
    Register


    Inspired By: Emmy Lou Packard Linocut Prints

    Monday (1 Session) 

    December 5, 2022

    5:30pm-8:00pm 

    DAI Lincoln Park Building 

    2229 W. 2nd St. 

    Ages 13+

    $30 ($35 Non-Member)


    Multiply your art! Learn how to transfer your designs onto a linoleum block, carve, print, and repeat. Artist Alyssa Swanson facilitates creating imagery based on the print “Coral Fantasy” by the renowned printmaker Emmy Lou Packard using a collaborative process. Packard was known for her paintings, prints, and murals, as well as her activism. At the end of class, students will have 3 prints to gift, keep, or trade. This class is structured for students ages 13+. No experience is necessary.

     "You can't erase a knife cut. Soon you learn to make decisions and lose your fear of mistakes, for mistakes often lead to discovery. You become an explorer and your expression, like your fingerprints, will be uniquely your own." - Emmy Lou Packard


    Partial and full scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis. Please email Emma at espooner@duluthartinstitute.org if you're interested in registering with a scholarship! 


    • 06 Dec 2022
    • 31 Jan 2023
    • 8 sessions
    • 0
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    Beginning Clay with Craig Bruce

    Tuesdays (8 Sessions)

    December 6-January 31

    *No Class on December 27*

    6:30pm–9:00pm

    DAI Lincoln Park Building

    2229 W 2nd Street

    $215 Member ($245 Non-Member)


    Learn and practice the basics of throwing on the potter's wheel from centering to glazing. Clay, glazes and firing fees included. Open to all levels; instruction directed to the beginning potter, but intermediate students are welcome! Students will have studio access outside of class time when a ceramic studio monitor is present and are highly encouraged to practice outside of class hours. A monitor schedule will be given to students on the first day of class.

    Class is held at our Lincoln Park Building, 2229 W 2nd Street. Street parking is available, please be aware of alternate side parking or park in the paved lot on 23rd Ave West or in the alley off of 23rd Ave West. One bag of clay is included in the class tuition, additional bags may be purchased from the studio as needed.



    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • DAI Lincoln Park Building (2229 W 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55806)
    • 6
    Register


    DAI Lincoln Park Building

    First Saturday of each month, 10 AM - 12 PM (Unless Otherwise Noted)

    $10 for members and $15 for non-members

    Artists must individually register online for each session.

    Check-in at the door is required.

    Attendees must be 18+


    Sessions are open to all serious artists, from beginner to expert. Every session includes a live model, starting with short gestural poses and moving into longer holds. Work time is self-directed, no instruction offered. Headphones and water bottles are welcome. Paper, sketching materials, and easels are available.

    Covid-19 Protocol: Participants must wear masks at all times. 


    • 07 Jan 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • DAI Lincoln Park Building (2229 W 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55806)
    • 10
    Register



    DAI Lincoln Park Building

    First Saturday of each month, 10 AM - 12 PM

    $10 for members and $15 for non-members

    Artists must individually register online for each session.

    Check-in at the door is required.

    Attendees must be 18+


    Sessions are open to all serious artists, from beginner to expert. Every session includes a live model, starting with short gestural poses and moving into longer holds. Work time is self-directed, no instruction offered. Headphones and water bottles are welcome. Paper, sketching materials, and easels are available.

    Covid-19 Protocol: Participants must wear masks at all times. 



    • 10 Jan 2023
    • 09 May 2023
    • 5 sessions
    Register


    Youth Photography Club (Ages 13+)

    2nd Tuesday of Each Month 

    Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9 

    4:15pm-6:45pm 

    DAI Lincoln Park Building 

    2229 W 2nd Street

    $25 per session ($105 for all 5 sessions)


    Spend time at the historic Lincoln Park Building exploring the art of photography with local artist and educator, Susanna Gaunt. Learn the ins and outs of your camera, creatively compose images, and develop a photographic vision that will enhance your work.

    Students have access to a photo studio equipped with backdrops and lighting at the Lincoln Park Building. In addition to the set up at the Lincoln Park Building, the group will have an opportunity to visit the Duluth Art Institute Darkroom, located at the Depot to learn about developing film and printing. This group is pretty self directed, so come with ideas and excitement! Since photo club will take walking field trips throughout the Lincoln Park neighborhood, participants will be required to submit a signed permission/emergency contact form prior to their first photo club session. 

    Artists are encouraged to bring their own equipment (digital cameras, film cameras, phones, etc), but the DAI will have a limited number of cameras on hand. Contact Emma at espooner@duluthartinstitute.org with questions about equipment. 

    Partial and full scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis. Please email Emma at espooner@duluthartinstitute.org if you're interested in registering with a scholarship!


    • 14 Jan 2023
    • 04 Mar 2023
    • 8 sessions
    • DAI Lincoln Park Building (2229 W 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55806)
    • 9
    Register


    Saturday Morning Clay: Independent Study with Sheila Staubus

    Saturdays (8 Sessions) 

    9:30am-12:00pm 

    January 14th - March 4th at the DAI Lincoln Park Building 

    $215 Member ($245 Non-Member) 

    $20 Deposit 


    Focus on your interests or experiment with new techniques and take your work to a new level under the guidance of ceramicist Sheila Staubus. Class includes discussions, demonstrations and practical applications of wheel throwing and glazing techniques in a relaxed atmosphere. Class culminates with a cone 8 or 10 gas kiln firing.

    Previous clay experience preferred. This class is structured for students interested in exploring techniques to create functional pottery. 


Registration Information 

Online registration with credit card payment preferred. To pay by cash or check, contact espooner@duluthartinstitute.org. Following payment, check all inboxes for a confirmation email.

Be sure to register early to ensure your place at the event/class/camp/workshop. If there is insufficient enrollment 7 days prior to event date, the DAI may cancel the event, notify registrants, and refund all payments including deposits. Last-minute cancellations may also occur for weather, emergency, or instructor illness.

Check calendar details for event-specific policies.

Registration Policies

  • Tuition must be received one week prior to the class start date and two weeks prior to camp start dates to ensure both your place and adequate class materials.
  • Class tuition includes a $10 non-refundable registration fee, not including subsequent sessions of multi-day classes. Camp tuition includes a $25 non-refundable deposit due upon registration.
  • Students cancelling one week before the first class session or two weeks prior to the first day of camp are eligible for a refund, not including deposits or registration fees. Refunds cannot be made after classes begin.
  • Student Members are not eligible for membership discounts on classes.

Scholarships

Scholarships may become available at times. For more information, or to request a partial or full scholarship for a class, camp, or workshop, contact espooner@duluthartinstitute.org







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