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Art Classes & Studios

Explore your creativity with the Phipps! Deepen your skills or learn something new with an ongoing class, a one-day workshop, or a studio experience! We offer art classes and studios for all ages and skill levels in pottery, drawing, and more. Each art experience is an opportunity to realize your vision.

Figure Drawing Co Op Phipps

Figure Drawing

Ages 18 and older

Fall Session Dates:
September 10
September 24*
October 8
October 22*
November 5
November 19*

*Single pose session, low-odor paints permissible

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $10 per day or $50 for Entire Session, pre-registration required

Phipps Figure Drawing provides visual artists the opportunity to work independently and achieve self-improvement in a safe environment on a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Enjoy life drawing with fellow artists from the St. Croix River Valley and across the Twin Cities. We employ professional models. Sessions are facilitated by a Phipps Visual Arts Council member. Artists must bring their own supplies and an easel, if they have one. The Phipps has six easels available on a first-come basis. Low-odor paints are permissible for the single pose sessions.

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Open Ceramics Studio - FULL

Ages 18+
Eight Weeks
September 18 – November 10

Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Fee: $199

This class is full. Open studio is available to adults who want to practice their wheel throwing and handbuilding skills.

Participants must have taken an 8-week ceramics course at the Phipps within the last 3 years or seek special permission from the Studio Manager; no instruction will be provided during this 8-week session.

Participants will receive 10 hours of studio access per week, one 25lb bag of clay, access to pottery wheels, clay tools, kiln firing and glazes (additional bags of clay can be purchased for $20 each).

Studio participants must sign up for time slots on a weekly basis in order to secure a wheel to work on. Class size is limited to 15.

Bag pottery

Beginning Pottery on the Wheel - FULL

Ages 14 through Adult
Eight Thursdays, September 21 – November 9
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Fee: $289
Instructor: Jenn Angell

This class is full. Beginning participants will learn basic techniques for throwing pots on the potter’s wheel. For the intermediate potter, this class offers an in-depth development of more advanced skills and techniques. All students will be supported by the instructor in developing the skills they would like to work on; and if they are unsure, the instructor has many ideas. Having a mix of skill levels in class makes for a fun and diverse learning environment. Students will also receive 8 hours of studio access per week to work on projects independently. Studio participants must sign up for timeslots on a weekly basis in order to secure a wheel to work on. Class size is limited to eight; minimum four.

Handbuilding pots

Pottery Handbuilding

Ages 14 through Adult
Six Wednesdays, October 4 – November 8
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Fee: $217

In this class students will learn how to make pottery without the use of the potter’s wheel. Students will learn a variety of handbuilding techniques including pinch, coil, and slab. This class is a great option for people who want to make functional pottery but don’t want to use a pottery wheel. Open to all skill levels. Students will receive 8 hours of studio time per week to work on projects independently. Participants must sign up for timeslots on a weekly basis in order to secure a space to work in the studio. Class size is limited to eight; minimum four.

Pottery date night

Pottery Date Night

Ages 18+
Saturday, October 14
7–9 p.m.
Fee: $98 per couple, including a beverage voucher to be redeemed at Phipps concessions the night of class.
Instructor: Jenn Angell

Bring your partner (or a friend) and learn how to throw a pot on the potter’s wheel. In this class, participants will receive a wheel throwing demonstration and time to throw on the wheel with instructor guidance. Students will choose a glaze color and instructors will finish off pieces to be ready for pick up 1 – 2 weeks after the class date. Class size is limited to 4 couples/8 individuals.

Holiday Ornaments and Mugs Smaller

Holiday Ornaments and Mugs for Adults and Kids

Adult with child 4+
Saturday, December 2, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
$32 per person

Adults and children ages 4 and older will work closely together as they learn basic handbuilding techniques including pinch, coil, and slab to make one-of-a-kind hanging ornaments such as snowmen, snowflakes, and unique holiday mugs for apple cider, tea, or eggnog—yum! Participants will make and decorate their pieces, then instructors will coat with a clear, food-safe glaze. Pieces will be ready for pick up 1–2 weeks after class. Class size is limited to 14; minimum 4.

Teen Arts Studio Comic Strip

Teen Arts Studio

Ages: Teens, Grades 8 through 12
Dates: Ongoing through December 20, 2023
Times: Wednesdays 4–6 p.m. & Saturdays 2–4 p.m.
Fee: Free or Pay What You Want
Instructor: Teen Arts Teaching Artist, Desire Dillon

Hang out and make art! Teens can bring their own materials and use the studio time to work on their own projects, use materials available in the studio to work independently on projects, or join a project lead to learn new techniques and art forms from the Teen Arts Teaching Artist, Desire Dillon, a graduating senior in the art education program at University of Wisconsin–River Falls.

The Teen Arts Studio is made possible with support from the Hudson Community Foundation and through a generous contribution from Winkie and Bill Coyne. Special thanks to the Teen Leadership Circle, a group of 12 teens from Hudson and surrounding communities, who have helped to shape and advise on this program.

There will be no Open Studio Studio September 3, 9, and 23.