Class Information and Registration

Please take a look at our class offerings for kids and adults.

All classes will take place in our new building, Center for Artists and Education, located on the north side of the building unless otherwise noted.

NEW Gift Certificates for art classes available. Contact Janet Mootz for more information - or 515-452-0610

Meet our Instructors

Fall Classes - September

4 Day Watercolor class  CANCELLED
Saturday, September 24, 10:00am-Noon
Saturday, October 1, 10:00-Noon
Saturday, October 8, 10:00am-Noon
Sunday, October 16, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Tanya Lichinsky
$160. Teen-Adult 

Introduction and advancement in watercolor techniques. Students will learn how to use an artistic process to inspire ideas and develop art skills. All skill levels welcome! Materials provided.

Going Off Auto, Photography Class
Monday, September 26, 5:30pm-7:30pm 
Instructor:  Janet Mootz
$40. Teen-Adult Register Here
Need to have camera with MANUAL settings.
DSLR, Mirrorless, Rangefinder.

Learn all about ISOs, apertures, shutter speeds and MORE.

Fall Classes - October

2 Day Class - Pet Portrait Watercolor Class
Saturday, October 1, Noon-2:00pm
Saturday, October 8, Noon-2:00pm
Instructor: Tanya Lichinsky
$75. Teen-Adult. Register Here

Introduction and advance watercolor techniques. One-on-one demonstration, step-by step guidance that will help you create your individual projects. Bring a printed photo of your furry or feathered friend! If you need it printed for you, please send it to us at least 3 days prior to class.

The CSI Connection - What’s Hollywood and What’s Real? How real CSI skills can be used in everyday photography.
Monday, October 3, 5:30pm-7:30pm 
Instructor: Photographer Steve O'Brien
$40. Teen-Adult Register Here

Steve will talk about his extensive career as a forensic photographer. He will show examples of how he used practical camera settings in his everyday work and how you can apply the same technical skills to your every day macro photography and light painting.

This class will allow the attendee to explore the numerous ways to utilize their camera controls and capture images in the close-up realm. Through class discussion and hands-on exercises, the various applications of depth-of-field laws will be covered and utilized. Appropriate equipment requirements will also be covered throughout the course.

Steve will also touch on Light Painting. This allows the photographer to explore the unseen realm of long exposure photography utilizing auxiliary lighting tools and available light. Photographers will experience the possibilities of creating images that are impossible with conventional lighting techniques. The class will also cover the camera adjustments and equipment required to capture these images.

-Bring a flashlight or LED light to paint with. Steve will have a few lights to share, too.
-Wear DARK clothes preferably black, dark shoes (no reflectors), and if you have light colored hair, bring a black hat or black hoodie.
-DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras are suggested for this class. If you have a macro lens, even better!
-We highly suggest you sign up Going Off Auto (how to use manual functions on you camera) before signing up for this class. Offered 9/26/2022.


Finding Hidden Objects Watercolor and Ink  CANCELLED

October 9th

Fall Classes - November

Create Illustration-style Self Portrait
Tuesday, November 1, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Instructor: Candace Camling
$45. Adult. Register Here

Use pencils, ink and watercolor to create a stylized self portrait. We’ll explore exaggerating shapes and using different drawing styles to make illustrative portraits. You can stylize it any way you like! You can also bring a photo of a pet and stylize that too. We’ll start by sketching lightly with pencil, inking your drawing and then adding some color with watercolor. Drawing, ink and watercolor tips and tricks will be discussed.

Create your own Dinosaur!
Sunday, November 6, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Justin Young
$35. Ages 8-12. Register Here

Justin will help you create a Jurassic creature of your own design.

Design a Children’s Book Character
Tuesday, November 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Instructor: Candace Camling
$45. Adult.  Register Here

Work with Candace to design a character from a classic children’s book or maybe a character from your own story. Explore how body language and facial expressions can elevate your character from status quo to memorable and unique. Using stylized drawing, proportions and more will also be discussed. We’ll start by sketching out your character with pencil, inking your drawing and then adding color with watercolor paints.

Pet Portraits for kids
Sunday, November 13, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Justin Young
$35. Ages 8-12. Register Here

Bring a photo of your furry or feathered friend and Justin will help you create a portrait of your very own.

Photography: Portraits and Lighting
Monday, November 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Instructor: Janet Mootz
$40. Teen-Adult. Register Here

Bring your charged camera and a flash if you have one! (DSLR, Mirrorless). We will discuss technical aspects of reflectors, diffusers, flags and flashes. Live models may be available to practice posing techniques.