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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.

Intro to drawing

Intro to Drawing

Mondays, 4/1-4/22, 10 a.m.–noon
Ages: 18+
Instructor: Kim Gordon
Fee: $125

NEW! Join teaching artist Kim Gordon for this 4-week exploration of drawing! Drawing is fun, meditative, and a great way to remember and improve your connection to the world around you. And, it is a skill that can be learned! In this class you experiment with drawing tools and papers and learn techniques to build your confidence in the world of drawing. You will take home new skills and materials to continue your drawing practice. This class is appropriate for all levels, from beginners to advanced artists. All materials included. Class size is limited to twelve.

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Figure Drawing

Remaining Winter Session Dates: Sundays, Feb 18*, Mar 3, Mar 17*

Spring Session Dates: Sundays, Apr 14*, Apr 28, May 12*, Jun 2

*Single pose sessions

1:00–3:00 p.m.
Ages 18+
Fee: $10 per day or $35 for entire spring 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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Pottery Night Out

Saturday, February 24 @ 6:30–8:30 p.m. (Full)
Saturday, April 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Friday, May 3, 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 eight; minimum four.

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Open Studio

April 1 – May 25
Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 8 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 8 week session. Includes 10 hours of studio access per week, one 25lb bag of clay, access to pottery wheels, clay tools, glazes and kiln firing. Additional bags of clay can be purchased for $20 each. Studio participants must sign up in advance for timeslots in order to secure a wheel to work on. Class size is limited to twelve.

*Open studio will end at 5 p.m. on April 13 & May 3

Bag pottery

Beginning Pottery on the Wheel

Wednesdays, April 3–May 22 @ 6:30–8:30 pm
Ages 14+
Fee: $289

In this multi-level class, beginning students learn basic techniques for throwing pots on the potter’s wheel. For the intermediate potter, this class offers in-depth development of more advanced skills and techniques. All students will be supported by the instructor in growing and strengthening their skills. Having a mix of skill levels in class makes for a fun and diverse learning experience. In addition to class time, students receive 8 hours of open studio access per week to work on projects independently. Open studio timeslots must be signed up for in advance, in order to secure a wheel to work on. Class size is limited to eight; minimum four.

Handbuilding pots

Pottery Handbuilding

Thursdays, April 4–May 23, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Ages 14+
Fee: $289
Instructor: Moz Rude

Handbuilding is a great option for making functional and sculptural pottery without the limitations of the potter’s wheel. This class is open to all skill levels. Students will learn how to make pottery without the use of the wheel, using a variety of handbuilding techniques including pinch, coil, and slab. In addition to class time, students receive 8 hours of open studio time per week to work on projects independently. Open studio timeslots must be signed up for in advance, in order to secure a wheel to work on. Class size is limited to eight; minimum four.

Fairy houses

Clay for Kids: Springtime Fairy and Frog Houses

Saturday, April 20 @ 1–3 p.m.
Ages 6–14
Fee: $32

Come celebrate springtime and make your own fairy or frog house for your garden! Kids will create, build and decorate their houses, experimenting with clay techniques for construction and design. The instructor will coat with a clear glaze and kiln fire the projects which will be available for pick up 2 weeks after the class. Class size is limited to ten; minimum five.

Gnomes

Creative Together: Adult/Child Clay Garden Gnomes

Saturday, May 4 @ 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Saturday, May 4 @ 1–3 p.m.
Ages 5+ with adult
Fee: $32 per person—adult and child must register as separate students

Kids (ages 5+) and their adults will make their own handbuilt garden gnomes using slab, pinch, and coil techniques. Design, create and decorate your projects and make memories together along the way! The instructor will coat with a clear glaze and kiln fire the projects which will be available for pick up 2 weeks after the class. Class size is limited to fourteen; minimum four.

Weaving in the round

Creative Together: Adult/Child Weaving-in-the-Round

Saturday, May 11 @ 1–3 p.m.
Ages 8+ with adult
Fee: $32 per person—adult and child must register as separate students

You and your special child (ages 8+) will be introduced to the basics of circular weaving to create your very own, ready-to-hang tapestry during this two-hour workshop! Circular weaving is a flexible and expressive way to create woven artwork. It’s a perfect introduction for anyone who’s ever been interested in weaving but may feel overwhelmed by the specialized equipment or techniques. All materials included.

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 Spring 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.

*Monday/Wednesday time will change to 4:00–6:00 in April.