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Art Classes

Created in 2022 after his death, the Barry Bauman Art Institute honors the generosity of the Chicago-based art conservator, who donated over a million dollars in free restoration services to Hoyt Sherman Place over 10 years. His work includes The Repentant Magdalene and Apollo and Venus, two of the showpieces in the Hoyt Sherman Place Art Gallery. Implementing programming for students and adults to foster and grow their interests in the arts will ensure Bauman’s legacy continues.

Saturday, March 2
3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Instructor: Janet Mootz
$35, Ages 16+
Class Size: 4-10

Enhance your photography skills using your DSLR or any camera equipped with manual functions. If you have a tripod, bring it along—Janet has a few extras available for use. Flashlights and light wands will be provided, but feel free to bring your own light sources for a personalized touch.

Embark on an exciting journey into the world of light painting, a captivating technique that yields mesmerizing images. Janet will guide you through the process, offering comprehensive instructions to help you unleash your creativity and craft visually stunning compositions. Join us for a hands-on experience where you can experiment with light, learn new techniques, and create eye-catching photographs that truly stand out.

Sunday, March 3 and 10 (2-day class)
3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Instructor: Cynthia Mercati
$100, Ages 18+
Class Size: 4-10

Have you ever thought of writing a book, but you didn’t know how to get started? In this class, we’ll work on the basic elements of writing fiction: characters, plot, point of view, place, and theme.

Bio: Cynthia is a prolific writer with a diverse literary portfolio, showcasing her talent across novels, literature for young readers, memoirs, and plays.

Her influence extends far beyond local borders, as her plays have been successfully produced not only in every state but also internationally in countries such as England, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Holland, Jordan, South Korea, and Ukraine. Cynthia’s ability to connect with audiences worldwide speaks to the universality of her storytelling.

In addition to her contributions as a playwright, Cynthia has made a significant impact as an educator. Over the years, she taught Creative Drama, Playwriting, and Writing at the Des Moines Playhouse.

Sunday, March 3
4:30 PM-6:30 PM
Instructor: Betty Walker
$60, Ages 21+
Class Is Full

Come and paint a loose watercolor botanical using live subjects. Betty will walk you through common drawing and watercolor painting techniques for various houseplants. Spend the afternoon exploring shape and tone with the beautiful fauna. All skill levels are welcome. Betty is a teacher by trade and will walk you step by step through the process.

This is a paint and sip class. Wine will be available as well as water and snacks. The class will be held in the art gallery. All materials will be provided.

Petals and Moss has partnered with Hoyt Sherman Place and will be supplying plants to use for this class. They will be available during and after the class to answer plant questions, and also have plants for sale.

Sunday, April 14
2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Instructor: Carissa
$50, Ages 16+
Class Size: 4-10

Have you ever wondered how to make your own body scrub,  hair mask or bath bombs?  Dive into the fascinating science behind these beauty products, designed to nourish your skin and enhance your radiance. You can make them for yourself or as a gift for Mother’s Day! This is a great class to do with a friend or family member. We will have containers available, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them. We will be using natural additives like coconut oil and essential oils.

Carissa has a double major in Environmental Science and Art from Drake University and teaches at a local nonprofit called Jewels Academy.  This nonprofit encourages young women to go into STEM fields with unique programs.

Sunday, April 14
4:30 PM-6:30 PM
Instructor: Betty Walker
$60, Ages 21+
Maximum class size: 15

Come and paint a loose watercolor floral using live subjects. Betty will walk you through basic drawing and watercolor painting techniques. Spend the evening exploring shape and color with the vibrant sunflowers. All skill levels are welcome. Betty is a teacher by trade and will walk you step by step through the process.

This is a paint and sip class. Wine will be available as well as water and snacks. The class will be held in the art gallery. All materials will be provided.

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

Members: Hoyt Sherman Place Members get one FREE art class per membership. To redeem this offer and register for a class, contact Janet Mootz at 515.452.0610 or by email using our contact form.

Refund Policy: All refund requests must be received 7 days prior to the start of class. Registration fees will be refunded less a 15% cancellation fee. To request a refund, contact Janet Mootz at 515.452.0610 or by email using our contact form.

Hoyt Sherman Place reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment with no incurring obligations. If a class gets canceled by Hoyt Sherman Place, you will receive a full refund with no cancellation fee.

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WENT IN TO THE CLASS AS A SOMEWHAT NERVOUS BEGINNER, BUT I WAS IMMEDIATELY MADE COMFORTABLE BY THE INSTRUCTOR. I FELT ENCOURAGED AND SUPPORTED THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE CLASS, AND UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, LEFT CONFIDENT IN MY ABILITIES TO BUILD ON THE SKILLS I LEARNED. I WILL DEFINITELY CONSIDER TAKING ANOTHER CLASS!

Jeremy