Gearing up for new classes

Published 7:01 am Sunday, December 6, 2015

While fall classes are winding down at the ArtWorks Center, we’re already gearing up for another knot of them set to kick off in January and February. Here are a few:

Julie Fjetland’s crowd-favorite, Bob Ross Landscapes, will return on Feb. 20. We have a trio scheduled for the spring (March 19 and April 30 are the others), and look forward to watching all those happy trees come to life.

Beth Hamilton brings a paper mache mask class to the Center on Feb. 9, just in time for Mardi Gras. We know we’re a little far north of New Orleans, but who’s to say we can’t still celebrate? Ages 16 and up are welcome to this class.

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Mary Kleis and Jennifer Forbes will return with their fused glass classes starting Jan. 27. These projects, which are open to beginners as well as more advanced students, never fail to result in some amazing pieces.

Andrea Gates is new to the ArtWorks Center but certainly not new to ceramics; the artist has been working in the genre for the last 15 years, and studied under the late Richard White (himself a stunningly talented ceramicist and invaluable mentor to many).

“Working in clay doesn’t need to mean going in circles,” Gates says. “When most people think about doing ceramics they think about working on the potter’s wheel, but Wheel has a lesser known big sister called Handbuilding.”

Gates invites adults of all skill levels to learn the joys of this versatile and creative side of clay, and will host four projects throughout the spring. Her first project on Jan. 26, just in time for Valentine’s Day, will be embellished hearts. (A good class for couples. Just saying.)

Check out the full spring line-up at the ArtWorks Center or online at