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Class Information

The Cottage Place Art School is a fun place to come and enjoy the unique setting, while experiencing joy in creating works of art together!

Classes Offered This Year Include

• Kids 1/2 Day Art Camp
• Specific Art Projects for Adults and Teens
• Personal One-On-One Pottery Lessons
• Group Events That You Can Schedule — you pick out an art project to do together
• Open Studio Time for artists to come and bring your own artwork, while getting feedback and inspiration from each other
• Two Scheduled Pottery Sales to attend this summer

 



Concerning Your Finished Art Projects

Refers to your clay projects only.


Due to the medium of working with clay, there is a drying time required before pieces can be put in the kiln, fired, and glazed. Your pieces will need to dry slowly depending on the size you make them. Before our last session together Eileen will discuss with you what glaze colors you would like and she will glaze them for you. Arrangements will be made for shipping your pieces to you when they are finished.
Payment will be collected for shipping costs before you leave. If you live in the five state areas (MN, WI, IA, ND, SD), we will ship them by Spee-Dee Delivery. Outside those areas we will use UPS. You can expect your pieces to be delivered generally within 3 weeks.

 

Classes Offered Summer of 2017

 

KIDS CLASSES OFFERED

Kids 1/2 Day Art Camp — grades 1st – 3rd


Projects include: A fun 2-inch button of your child’s self-portrait, an 11x14-inch canvas acrylic landscape painting (a picture you will treasure), and a 4x4x2- inch decorated paper mache star-shaped box to keep their treasures in! (All projects will be ready to go home that day.)
Date/Time:
9:30am to 1:30pm  July 1  Saturday
9:30am to 1:30pm  July 12  Wednesday
9:30am to 1:30pm  Aug. 9  Wednesday

Class size — 10 kids maximum
Cost — Class fee $75.00 (includes materials)
Please bring a lunch and beverage for your child. (Wear play clothes, some aprons available.)


 

Kids 1/2 Day Art Camp — grades 4th – 6th


Projects include: Print making— a linocut picture, a fun hanging ornament “Book/Card”, paper castings (they look like cool medallions) and decorated handmade paper. (All projects will be ready to go home that day.)


Date/Time:
9:30am to 1:30pm  June 29  Thursday
9:30am to 1:30pm  July 6  Thursday
9:30am to 1:30pm  Aug. 5  Saturday

Class size — 10 kids maximum
Cost — Class fee $75.00 (includes materials)
Please bring a lunch and beverage for your child. (Wear play clothes, some aprons available.)


 

Kids One-On-One Wheel Throwing with Clay Class — Ages 6 years old thru 15 years old.


How to set up a class

Email Eileen at thecottageplace@yahoo.com to set up an appointment.

Class Choices —
A One-Hour Class for $30.00 (Cost includes lesson, materials and firing.)
A Two-Hour Class for $60.00 (Cost includes lesson, materials and firing.)
Classes are for beginner level.

NOTE: Refer back to top of page for shipping costs (if needed) and pick-up times to be worked out with Eileen before class is over.

 

ADULT CLASSES / TEENS (16–18 YEARS OF AGE) OFFERED

One-On-One Wheel Throwing with Clay Class
How to set up a class

Email Eileen at thecottageplace@yahoo.com to set up an appointment.

Class Choices —
A One-Hour Class for $30.00 (Cost includes lesson, materials and firing.)
A Two-Hour Class for $60.00 (Cost includes lesson, materials and firing.)
Classes are for beginners to advanced students.
NOTE: Options are available for advanced potters. We can talk about your needs and decide what would serve you best (prices may vary).


NOTE: Refer back to top of page for shipping costs (if needed) and pick-up times to be worked out with Eileen before class is over.

 
fairy garden house

Fairy Garden House Class


This hand built house stands 9inches tall, is made of stoneware clay, and is outdoor safe. The house is constructed with a slab method and texture is added. The project would be constructed in a two hour session. I will complete the glazing of it and have it ready to be picked up or shipped two weeks later. This project can be made by all levels; beginners and advanced students.

Date/Time:
9:30am to 11:30am  June 24  Saturday
9:30am to 11:30am  July 8  Saturday
9:30am to 11:30am  August 12  Saturday
Cost — $50.00 (includes materials and firing)
Class size — 10 people maximum
Go to the registration page to sign up and mail it in! You can also email or call Eileen!

NOTE: Refer back to top of page for shipping costs (if needed) and pick-up times to be worked out with Eileen before class is over.

 
wishing well vessel

Wishing Well Vessel Class


This hand-built vessel stands 7 inches tall, is made of stoneware clay, and is glazed on the inside to be used for plants or to hold objects. This pottery piece is constructed using the slab technique. The design is transferred to the clay. This project can be done by beginners to the advanced in working with clay. It will be constructed in the 2 hour class time. I will glaze and fire it, so that it can be picked up or shipped 2 weeks later.

Date/Time:
9:30am to 11:30am  July 15  Saturday
9:30am to 11:30am  August 19  Saturday
Cost — $40.00 (includes materials and firing)
Class size — 10 people maximum
Go to the registration page to sign up and mail it in! You can also email or call Eileen!

NOTE: Refer back to top of page for shipping costs (if needed) and pick-up times to be worked out with Eileen before class is over.

 
lace pottery

Lace Pottery Class


This pottery piece is constructed using the slab technique. It can be made by beginners and those who are advanced in working with clay. It is made of stoneware clay, which is dishwasher safe! There are a variety of sizes and shapes that you can make. The Lace Pottery can be a two tone style or one color. You will construct and apply an underglaze (two tone style) to your piece in a 1-1/2 hour session. Your piece will be glazed and fired by me. It will be ready to pick up or shipped two weeks from your class time. I have a variety of colors and two tone combinations to choose from.

Date/Time:
9:30am to 11:30am  June 17  Saturday
9:30am to 11:30am  July 22  Saturday
9:30am to 11:30am  August 17  Thursday
Cost — $25.00 for two small pieces or one medium lace piece. $30.00 for one large piece (includes materials and firing)
Class size — 10 people maximum
Go to the registration page to sign up and mail it in! You can also email or call Eileen!

NOTE: Refer back to top of page for shipping costs (if needed) and pick-up times to be worked out with Eileen before class is over.

 

Open Studio Time for Artists


Starting June 5th from 9am to Noon will be open studio time!
Artists can bring their works, materials, and equipment to work on their own projects in a fun setting in the Barn! Every other week on Mondays, open studio time will be available for a small fee of $20.00 for a 3 hours work time. During that time, I will be available to help out with another set of “Artist’s Eyes” to help look for those Elements and Principles of Design that are working or need to be incorporated into your art pieces. Coffee will be on! Bottled water and tea will be available to you, too! Sometimes, we artist types need to take a break from our work and take a walk down to the dock to gain perspective. So, set up your work station upstairs in the barn or on the main level. Maybe you would like to work outside near the garden or on the deck, go ahead and find your spot. The best part is to know that there will be those nearby to encourage and help us simply enjoy the gifts God has given each one of us. Parking will be in the front pasture on those Mondays. Panda, our horse will be nearby, but fenced off from the parking area.

Date/Time:
9:00am to noon  June 5  Monday
9:00am to noon  June 19  Monday
9:00am to noon  July 3  Monday
9:00am to noon  July 17  Monday
9:00am to noon  July 31  Monday
9:00am to noon  August 14  Monday
Cost each week — $20.00 for a three-hour studio time.
No need to sign up. Just show up!

 

Group Event Classes


A group event could consist of a family, group of friends, or a special event offered by a community group you are a part of. You simply need to pick one art project from the list below and set up a time with Eileen to have your art event in the Barn!

Email Eileen at thecottageplace@yahoo.com

LIST OF ART PROJECTS

Raku Pottery Firing
Raku firing is very exciting! The firing takes place outside and the glazing is done inside the barn. It involves brushing on a glaze to a ready-made pottery piece that Eileen created (a 4” wide x 4” high small crock). You will have a variety of color choices. The outcome of a raku firing is always a surprise! After you glaze your piece, you will then watch as it is put in the raku kiln at 1900 Degrees Fahrenheit, then it is moved to a garbage can filled with combustible materials, and followed by a dip in a tank of water (where it cools off). You will be able to bring it home that day! (Note – cracks can happen in this process. Raku pottery is not food safe or able to hold liquids.) *This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation.

Lace Pottery Bowl
Lace pottery is food safe and dishwasher safe. You will be transferring a lace doily to your stoneware slab of clay. A number of steps are involved in making your bowl. If you would like a two-tone glaze, you will be painting on an underglaze over your doily. If you would like a solid color, you will not do that step. The bowl size will be 6 inches wide by 2-1/2 inched deep. *This project will need two weeks to dry and be fired. So you will need to pick them up or have them shipped.

Handmade Pottery Tile
Your handmade pottery tile will be ½ inch thick and 6x6 inches wide. This tile could be used as a coaster or put them altogether and make a tile design that could be put on the wall or as tile inlays on the floor. You can use your imagination and come up with a unique use for them! They will be made of stoneware clay and glazed. The construction process uses a slab technique. Then you will either be adding clay to make a design on it or cutting away a design. You could do both, adding and cutting away if you would like! A choice of glaze colors will be offered. It will be an overall color. *This project requires slow drying and a glaze firing. It will generally take two weeks before it will be ready to be picked up. You can also arrange with me to have them shipped if you would like.

PPROJECT COSTS
Raku Pottery Firing — Individual cost $15.00 (Discounts: Group of 6 – one project free, group of 10 – two projects free.) Class time involved — approx. 2 to 3 hours depending on group size.

Lace Pottery — Individual cost $15.00 (Discounts: Group of 6 – one project free, group of 10- two projects free.) Class time — approx. 1 -1/2 hours.

Handmade Pottery Tile — Individual cost $12.00 (Discounts: Group of 6 – one project free, group of 10 – two projects free.) Class time - approx. 1-1/2 hours.

 

Two Scheduled Pottery Sales in the Barn This Summer


1. Memorial Day Weekend
9:00am to 4:00pm  May 27, 2017  Saturday

2. Labor Day Weekend
9:00am to 4:00pm  September 2, 2017  Saturday

< Parking will be in the horse pasture and on the road.

 

Clay Equipment used at the Cottage Place Art School

• Two electric potter’s wheels with bats (using a Masonite bat allows your piece to not be distorted when removing it from the wheel)
• Slab roller (used for rolling out a slab of clay that is even in thickness)
• Pneumatic extruder (used for making handles and coils of clay)
• Tools and work aprons will be provided. If you have anything you would like to use for creating texture, pictures of projects that inspire you, or embellishments to add to your artwork, please bring them with you!

 

The Cottage Place Art School’s Expectations

The Cottage Place Art School’s Perspective — while you are with us it helps that we are on the same page with each other, so here are a few things to aim for:
• Seek to be open to try your best and challenge yourself
• Work safely
• Have fun
• Come to class rested
• Participate in the learning process — participate in formal instruction, attend demos, ask questions, try new techniques, observe others, benefit from the input of fellow students, and help create a safe environment in which to enjoy the process of creating.
• Let your instructor know if you have questions or are having a difficult time. This is a time to be uplifted and grow in confidence in your creative ability.

 

Additional Policies at The Cottage Place Art School

• Use of alcohol not permitted on school property
• Smoking outside only please
• Weapons not permitted on school property
• No pets please

 

Music in the Studio

We will be listening to Pandora (online music) while we work, so if you would like to bring your own headphones please feel free to listen to what you love to listen to while you are creating. We ask that classes discuss the playing of music in the studios and reach a group consensus on the time of day, the volume, and the type of music to be played. If you are bothered by the music that’s playing, it is helpful if you express your concern and try to help others understand why the music bothers you. Tolerance and consideration works wonders in working together!