MacRostie Art Center (MAC) has announced its summer schedule of art classes available for all ages.
Beginning June 12, the MAC’s resident pottery instructor will be teaching a class on how to make ceramic wind chimes. This will be a fun hand-building project that makes a great sound and is durable for indoor or outdoor use. On the First Friday in July, the popular Beers, Bowls, and Bites class will provide an opportunity to glaze two handmade pottery pieces while enjoying a selection of locally crafted beer. There is also a year-round Open Pottery session on Tuesday nights from 6-8:30 p.m.
While the MAC’s gallery hosts the “Fiber Jungle” exhibition in June, many of the featured artists will be teaching classes in the fiber arts. On June 15 and 16, Carol Rajala Johnson will teach a Rigid Heddle Weaving class, which is a great way to begin a weaving tradition. All materials and equipment are provided. On June 20, Tracy Krumm, featured artist in the Minnesota Gallery, will be teaching an unconventional way of weaving in her class Introduction to Using Metal in Textiles. Rounding out the fiber classes on June 27 is a nuno felting scarf class taught by Patty Salo Downs.
Summer painting classes include a one-day Introduction to Watercolor class on June 22 taught by Duluth area watercolor artist Sue Brown Chapin, and the popular Wine, Paint, Canvas! class held on the First Friday in August. Belva Shelhamer’s woodcarving class will meet for its summer session on Tuesday evenings beginning in June.
The summer schedule at MAC also offers creative fun for kids.
This year, the MAC is unveiling a new Summer Art Adventure program, which includes classes Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon for one week each month. This class will be focusing on the connection between art and science, with fun taking the highest priority. Along with this new class, there will be some returning favorites like the Wheel Thrown and Sculptural Pottery class for ages 9-16 on Tuesdays in June, and the Sculptural Pottery class for ages 5-8 on Wednesdays in June. Finally, the Punch and Painting Pets class for kids is a new twist on a popular format in which kids can bring in a picture of one of their pets and learn how to paint a pet portrait.
The full schedule of summer classes can be found at macrostieartcenter.org. For those with a limited schedule or looking for instruction in a specific medium, MacRostie Art Center staff can put together private classes for individuals and small groups. More information on anything related to arts learning at MacRostie Art Center can be found by calling Education Director David Dobbs at 218-326-2697.