Adult & Teen Studio Art Classes

Charles H. MacNider Museum will be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic starting the afternoon of March 17. The staff will continue to work and will be available to answer questions during this time via phone and email.  The ceramics studio will remain closed during this time, as well as the Imagination Playground.  The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum will also discontinue youth and adult activities through April 10. Click here for full release.

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Classes are listed by START DATE


CLASS C: HANDBUILDING—Morning (Ages 13+)
All museum classes are postponed through April 10. 

Learn the basics of handbuilding with clay. All skill levels welcome. Clay and
tools are an additional charge.
Tuesdays, March 3—April 14 (no class March 10), 9:30 a.m. — Noon
Fee: $75, Members $65    Instructor: Peggy Cornick

All museum classes are postponed through April 10. 

Learn how to center on the potter’s wheel and make a variety of pottery
forms. All skill levels welcome. Clay and tools are an additional charge.
Tuesdays, March 17—May 5, 5:30— 8:00 p.m.
Fee: $75, Members $65    Instructor: Randy Reid

STAINED GLASS SPRING ORNAMENTS (Ages 18+)  This class is full – please call 641-421-3666 to be added to a wait list – thank you!
All museum classes are postponed through April 10. 
Learn how to cut, grind, copper-foil and solder your spring-themed
ornaments. Have loads of fun creating a beautiful ornament for a window or a
gift. All supplies included.
Saturday, March 21, 9:00 a.m.— 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $55, Members $50    Instructor: Pamela

LANDSCAPE PAINTING ON WOOD SLICES (Ages 13+) See example here!
All museum classes are postponed through April 10. 

Throw back with this retro painting on a slice of wood with bark still attached.
Saturday, March 28, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Fee: $30, Members $27    Instructor: Laura

ONE DAY MOSAIC WORKSHOP (Ages 13+) See example here!
Create a beautiful mosaic in one day with grout-less adhesives that provide a
grouted look.
Saturday, April 25,
   10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.: Instruction and Sample
   12:00—1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break
   1:00— 4:00 p.m.: Available work time
Fee: $35, Members $32    Instructor: Laura

Richard Leet Drawing Workshop
Here is an opportunity to enjoy an intense drawing experience. This fast-paced, in-depth workshop, based on the teachings of Kimon Nicolaides’ in his book, “The Natural Way to Draw,” will be taught by Mason City artist, Richard Leet. Dick will lead participants in trying their hands on dozens of basic drawing exercises that can be key to further success and growth in all visual art mediums. Drawing paper is provided as will be a variety of drawing mediums. Students may want to bring along any drawing mediums of their own liking e.g. crayons, colored chalk, etc.
Saturday, June 6, 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. (with 1 hour lunch break)
This is a teen/adult class.
Fee: $45, $40 for Museum Members

SQUISHIES DIY (Ages 11-18) See example squishie video here!
Love squishes? Learn how to make your very own and paint them.
Thursday, March 26, 5:30—7:30 p.m.
Fee: $25, members $23    Instructor: Laura

Students will learn how to make manga (Japanese-style comic) and basic
animation techniques. Experience basic drawing techniques with ink and
watercolor, watch Japanese animation and create your own characters.
Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m.—noon
Fee: $22, Members $20    Instructor: Pamela

FAIRY OR GNOME HOUSES See example here!
Design and make a fairy house, and perhaps a fairy will find a way in! Enjoy
creating as a family. All supplies are included, with a flat potting container.
Saturday, May 16, 9:00 a.m.—noon
Fee: $35, Members $33    Instructor: Pamela

Call 641-421-3666 to register!

Please  remember to silence your cell phones and refrain from taking calls and texting while attending these classes. Thank you!

As of September 1, 2015 we will no longer offer pro-rated pricing for multiple-day classes if you cannot attend every day. Everyone will need to pay the full price. We want to encourage everyone to attend all scheduled class sessions as most projects in these classes take multiple days to complete. Missing classes may result in not being able to participate in scheduled projects as well as unfinished projects. Please call 641-421-3666 with questions

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