REGISTER BELOW for classes in CLAY, WEAVING, WRITING! You’ll then receive a Google calendar invite to the class, which serves as confirmation of your registration.

View class offerings in calendar format on our Events page.

You may also register through St. Peter Community & Family Ed., by calling 507-934-3048 M-F during business hours.

CLAY

 

CERAMICS FOR BEGINNERS – CLOSED!

If you’ve been meaning to explore or get back into pottery, this is your winter! The Arts Center of Saint Peter is launching a new, 16-week program to welcome absolute beginners into the clay studio community. Participants will develop and refine basic skills in all aspects of wheel-throwing and hand-building, from clay prep to trimming and glazing techniques. Each participants receives: 1) a one-hour orientation and Q-and-A session with the instructor; 2) one hour of private instruction for 16 weeks (Sunday, Jan. 9 – Saturday, April 30); 3) unlimited supervised practice time in the studio, every Monday and Tuesday 4-8 p.m. You’ll also have unlimited access to studio equipment, glazes, and recycled clay for practice projects (for other projects, clay may be purchased @$15/30 lbs). For beginners, 18+. All sessions and practice times must take place Mondays and Tuesdays, 4-8 p.m., Jan. 9 – April 30 (after you register, the Arts Center will contact you to schedule specific dates/times). $120/month (4-month max; pay only $120 at registration, with further billing to be arranged). Instructor: Thomas Prahl. Registration is CLOSED because the class is FULL! To get on the waiting list, email Ann at director.acsp@gmail.com.

 

WEAVING

 

INTRODUCTION TO WEAVING ON A TABLE LOOM Explore the world of weaving on table looms from starting a pre-warped project to finishing techniques. Learn basic weaving skills by exploring a variety of twill structures while experimenting with texture. In this course we will learn to operate a loom, as well as the terminology to create a solid foundation of weaving knowledge. By the end of this four-week course you will have a weaving sampler that can serve as a wall hanging or a helpful reference for future projects. The Arts Center will provide looms and fiber materials in advance. Please provide your own fork (a standard table fork will do) and approximately 2 yards of toilet paper. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 6). Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23. Via Zoom. $40. Instructor: Freya (Caitlin) Heyer. Register here.

INTERMEDIATE WEAVING Take your weaving to the next level by exploring a new structure – waffle weave! Learn about shrinkage, balance, and other key aspects of weaving a completed project. Solidify weaving skills and challenge yourself by completing a matched set of waffle weave washcloths in this four-week guided course. The Arts Center will provide a warped loom and fiber materials in advance. Please provide approximately 2 yards of toilet paper. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 6).  Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., March 9, 16, 23, 30. Via Zoom. $40. Instructor: Freya (Caitlin) Heyer. Register here.

PRIVATE WEAVING/WARPING CLASSES For floor loom or table loom — the Arts Center will provide a table loom for home use (lessons via Zoom), or a floor loom for use on site at the Arts Center (private students use an advance sign-up system to ensure no more than two people in the studio at once, wear masks, and observe all other CDC protocols). Get personalized instruction for your next weaving project starting with a free one-hour consultation to determine a project overview and lesson plan based on your weaving goals. Lessons as arranged: $60 per 2 hour session, 2-session minimum. To learn more, email Freya (Caitlin) at fiber.acsp@gmail.com.

TAPESTRY WALL HANGING Explore dimension and texture in weaving during this two-week course. Use a tapestry loom to create a weaving from warping to finished project. Create a soft a neutral weaving using a free form weaving technique based on your own personalized tapestry story board. The Arts Center will provide a loom and the necessary fiber materials in advance. Please provide a fork, a ruler, scratch paper and a writing utensil. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 6).  Saturdays, April 16 & 23, 6-8 p.m. Via Zoom. $20. Instructor: Freya (Caitlin) Heyer. Register here.

 

WRITING

 

MODERN LOVE: THE ESSAY CHALLENGE

The New York Times column Modern Love is a long-standing literary tradition in our popular culture. In this class, we will read a handful of essays, deconstruct them to see what makes them compelling, and then write out our own Modern Love stories. Participants will work within the length restrictions required by the Times as they write an essay in the spirit of the column. We will share drafts in each class and help each other generate fresh ideas and revise them into tight essays worthy of submission. Oh, yes. We WILL submit them to he New York Times! Who knows if YOUR Modern Love story will make it to print. Whether you end up with an amazing publication credit or a written rejection, you will be in the game and living the writing life. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8). Tuesdays 6-7:30 p.m., Feb. 22, March 1, 8. Class will take place at the Arts Center, and participants may attend in person or via Zoom. $30. Instructor: Ronda Redmond. Register here.

THUNDER & LIGHTNING: CRACKING OPEN THE WRITER’S CRAFT

In this four-week class, we will read Natalie Goldberg’s book Thunder & Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer’s Craft (provide your own copy, available at most used book sources). If you have been trying to jump start your writing life, this class is for you. Goldberg’s book is a practical and inspiring guide to launching, or re-committing to, a writing practice. We will share tips and tricks for firing up your writing mind and share our experiences as we live out the highs and lows of the writing life. Participants will have the option to share work with the class, but it is not required. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8). SECTION I: Tuesdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1. SECTION II: Tuesdays 6-7 p.m., Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1. Class will take place at the Arts Center, and participants may attend in person or via Zoom. $40. Instructor: Ronda Redmond. Register here.


Need the info in another format? Upon request, Arts Center information may be made available in alternative format such as large print or audio. To request an alternative format, contact the director at director.acsp@gmail.com, call 507-931-3630, or speak with an Arts Center staff member or volunteer.


These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Community Arts Education Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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