Enjoy new art experiences at art center’s winter workshops

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The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts' winter workshops, held at The Left Bank Shop and Gallery in McGregor, will kick off Saturday, Jan. 12, with the first of three pottery sessions. (NIT file photo)

Enjoy new art experiences this winter at one of the workshops offered by the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts. 

Held on Saturdays from mid-January through early-March, all workshops will be taught by local artists at The Left Bank Shop and Gallery, in McGregor. Beginners are welcome at these classes, which are suitable for both teens and adults. All materials will be included in the class fee. Classes offered this year include: 

Pottery (Session One), Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to noon—Mike Kabele will lead participants in making wheel thrown candle holders. 

Pottery (Session Two), Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to noon—Judy Carlson will share her skills in creating “garden ornaments.” 

Pottery (Session Three), Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to noon—Art center staff will guide the class in glazing projects from the two previous sessions. 

Acrylic Painting on Canvas, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to noon—Explore the versatility of acrylic paint while creating a work on canvas panel in this class taught by Sally Marshall. 

Wire Sculpture, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to noon—In this course, which will be taught by Hans Gil and offered for the first time this year, explore 3-D drawing by bending and forming wire into realistic or abstract shapes. Wire can be used to give dimension and interest to your creations, whether realistic and/or abstract. Using hand tools, you will learn to form, join and splice wire to create your own wire sculpture. 

Basket Weaving, Feb. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.—Spend a Saturday morning with Margaret Stone, turning raw materials into a small basket with embellishments. 

Wool Felting, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.—In this workshop taught by DeeAnna Weed, you will learn the ancient art of wet felting with loose sheep wool. 

Water Color Painting, March 9, 9 a.m. to noon—Explore the medium of watercolor with David Prehm. You’ll have a chance to meet the artist and learn how he goes about creating a painting. He will lead participants through some basic watercolor techniques, then you’ll have a chance to create your own masterpiece under his guidance. This is a great opportunity for the beginning painter or anyone who wants to advance their skills. 

Detailed class information and registration forms can be found at mmcenterforthearts.weebly.com, or call (319) 404-4148. 

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