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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

Final Spring Session Date: Jun 2
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Ages 18+
Fee: $10, 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.

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Pottery Night Out

Saturday, June 15 @ 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 12, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 19, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Ages 18+
Fee: $49 per person, including concessions beverage voucher

Have you ever wanted to learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel? This one-night workshop is for you! It will be a fun night out, so bring your partner or group of friends. 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 glaze and fire pieces to be ready for pick up 2 weeks after the class date. Beverage voucher may only be redeemed that evening at Phipps concessions.

Class size is limited to nine.

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Pottery Studio Crash Course

Three Mondays, 6/22, 7/29, 8/5
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Ages: 16+
Fee: $95

Curious about the Ceramics Studio, but not ready to commit to one of our eight-week classes? In this fast-paced, fun introduction to working with clay, we will cover multiple approaches and basic techniques. Get firsthand experience working with various ceramic making processes, including wheel-throwing, hand-building functional pottery, and creating sculptures using a variety of methods.

Class size is limited to nine.

Glazing Workshop Pottery

Getting the Most Out of Glazing

Wednesday, June 12 @ 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 21 @ 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Ages 16+
Fee: $54
Instructor: Jenn Angell

Discover why glazes will sometimes work the way you want them to and sometimes they don't. In this workshop, students will learn the science and chemistry of why and how glazes work and learn techniques for testing and experimenting with new glazes and how to adequately track your results. Students are encouraged to bring glazed pieces to discuss. Bring pen and paper to take notes!

Class size is limited to limited to twelve; minimum four.

Bag pottery

Surface Design and Decoration

Thursday, July 18 @ 6:30–8:30 pm
Ages 18+
Fee: $65

Take your pottery to the next level! In this workshop, students will learn about various ceramic materials and techniques for creating dynamic surfaces. There will be an instructor demonstration and discussion, and students will be able to try out new techniques on their own ceramic tiles. This class is designed for adults with some ceramics experience who wish to broaden their knowledge of surface decoration. Tiles made in class will be fired and ready to pick up 2 weeks after class.

Class size is limited to twelve; minimum four.
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Open Studio Weekends

June 15–August 17
Saturdays @ 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and 2–6 p.m.
Sundays @ 12:30–4:30 p.m.
Ages 18+
Fee: $199

Open studio gives experienced students the freedom to practice their wheel throwing and handbuilding skills independently. 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 session. Includes 8 hours of studio access per week on Saturdays and Sundays only, one 25lb bag of clay, access to pottery wheels, clay tools, glazes and kiln firing. Additional bags of clay can be purchased for $25 each. Studio participants must sign up in advance for timeslots in order to secure a wheel to work on.

Class size is limited to nine.

What We Need Is Here 2023

What We Need Is Here: Phipps Artists Group

Ongoing monthly Monday meetings (September–June)
Ages: Adult artists of all mediums, 18+
Fee: $40

What We Need Is Here is an ongoing series of discussions organized by and for member artists to explore the role of art in creating a vision of a better world. The group meets monthly from September through June on Monday mornings. For 2024, the artists examine the theme of “Vision of Hope” through group discussion, guest speakers and visits to local venues. Their response will culminate in a gallery exhibition at the Phipps in April 2024. What We Need Is Here is no longer accepting new members for the current season, please join us again beginning in September 2024.

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Teen Arts Studio

Mondays & Wednesdays @ 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Ages: Teens, Grades 8 through 12
Fee: Free or Pay What You Want
Instructor: Teen Arts Teaching Artist, Desire Dillon

Hang out and make art at the Phipps art studio! This semester, Teen Art Studio meets Mondays and Wednesdays. The beginning of each Monday session will feature an in-studio demo of an art technique or material with a chance to try it out on your own. Some weeks, we will head into the Phipps galleries on Mondays to check out the exhibiting artists and get inspired! You are welcome to bring your own materials and use the studio time to work on your own projects, use materials available in the studio to work independently on projects, or join a planned project exploring new techniques led by our teaching artist Desiré Dillon, from 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.