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Teens & Adults

Classes for Teens & Adults
Registration is required for most classes and programs. Call 319.291.4490, email museum@waterloo-ia.org, or stop by the Center to sign up.


Wheel Throwing
Spend a couple hours a week playing with clay. Our instructors will teach you the basics and provide tips on how to advance your craft. Ten pottery wheels are available or you may want to focus on slab work.
Session I: January 29 – March 18 (8 weeks)
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Instructor: Dick Hill
Session II: March 31 – May 19 (8 weeks)
Tuesdays | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Instructor: Lisa McClurg
Members: $72 | Non-members: $90
Fee includes use of studio/tools and 25 lbs. of clay
Register 3 days prior to session

Stained Glass
Learn techniques including design, glass cutting, soldering and framing for making a copper-foiled or leaded stained glass panel. After six weeks you will have a beautiful completed stained glass piece.
Session I: February 1 – March 7
(6 weeks)
Saturdays | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Session II: March 26 – April 30
(6 weeks)
Thursdays | 6:00 – 9:00pm
Members: $54; plus $32 materials fee paid to instructor
Non-members: $68; plus $32 materials fee paid to instructor
Instructor: Gail Gavlock
Register 3 days prior to session

Drawing Basics
Step by step you will learn to draw realistic images by learning proportion, perspective and patience – a great class for beginners and intermediate students.
February 6 – March 12 (6 weeks)
Thursdays | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Members: $52 | Non-members: $65
Instructor: Lori Schmidt
Register by: February 4
Supply list provided

Book Binding
Learn several binding styles and basic skills, plus important fundamentals of materials, equipment and techniques. Your finished books will make perfect gifts or journals for self-reflection.
February 6 – February 27 (4 weeks)
Thursdays | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Members: $31 | Non-members: $39
Instructor: Annie Walsh Alvarado
Register by: February 4

Lettering & Penmanship
In this beginning class, you will learn how to make beautiful signs using various
hand-lettering techniques.
February 12 − February 26 (3 weeks)
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:30pm
Members: $24 | Non-members: $30
Register by: February 7
Instructor: Vanessa Worrell

Art & Wine
Spend a Friday evening creating, sipping wine and gathering with friends.
February 21 | Canvas Painting
March 27 | Canvas Pours
April 17 | Mandalas
Fridays | 7:00 – 9:00pm
Members: $16 | Non-members $20
Instructor: Kathy Simmons
Register 3 days prior to session

Relief Print Making 101
Spend the day with Northeast Iowa artist, Lori Biwer-Stewart and learn how to draw, cut and press an image onto paper. The Soft-Kut printing blocks make it easy to carve out the perfect image for either a wall hanging or individualized cards.
February 22
Saturday I 9:00am – 4:00pm
Members: $39 |Non-members: $49
Instructor: Lori Biwer-Stewart
Register by: February 19

Artistic Journaling
Rev up your creativity and learn new journal techniques using a variety of mixed medial materials. Each week you will explore a new artistic technique.
March 5 – April 9 (6 weeks)
Thursdays | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Members: $28; plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor
Non-members: $35; plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor
Instructor: Carol Hedberg
Register by: March 3

Beginning Basket Weaving
Learn the basics of basket weaving by making a woven reed basket. By the end of this class, you will have a completed berry basket and enough knowledge to continue this new craft at home.
March 29
Sunday | 1:00 – 5:00pm
Members: $23 plus $10 materials fee paid to instructor
Non-members: $29 plus $10 materials fee paid to instructor
Instructor: Margaret Stone
Register by: March 25

Leather Working 101
Join us to design and create your own original leather items that you can keep, gift or use to start your own business. You will leave this class with the skills of a leather crafter and 2-3 items.
March 10 – March 31 (4 weeks)
Tuesdays | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Members: $28; plus $49 material fee to instructor
Non-members: $35; plus $49 materials fee to instructor
Register by: March 6
Instructor: Saba Abebe

Batik
Batik is a method of dyeing a fabric by which the parts of the fabric not intended to be dyed are covered with removable wax. This method of artistic hand-dyeing is fun and an easy way to bring color into your life.
March 25 – April 29 (6 weeks)
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Members: $48 | Non-members: $60
Instructor: Peggy Novak
Register by: March 20

Beginning Sewing: Aprons
Learn how to use a sewing machine and follow a basic pattern. After completing your apron, you will also learn how to hand-stitch fun appliques.
April 16 – May 7 (4 weeks)
Thursdays | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Members: $38 | Non-members: $48
Instructor: Nancy Neessen
Register by: April 10