MAKE FABRIC COVERED MAGNETS & EARRINGS / Saturday, July 6th 10am-11:30am (14 years + )
Come and learn how to make these really fun fabric covered magnets and earrings! This is a great way to use scraps of fabric you have lying around or things you find at a thrift store that you want to repurpose. I'll walk you through how to make both projects and you'll leave with a set of cute magnets you can use on your fridge and earrings you can keep or give to someone. I'll show you how to can apply this same technique to make your own fabric covered buttons for clothes and pins to wear on jackets and bags.
This class is open to anyone 14years and older (adults and teens welcome!). All supplies are included but please feel free to bring along any scraps of fabric you have that you want to try. There are 10 spots available. Bring a friend and get creative together!
VISIBLE MENDING CLASS / Thursday, July 11th 6-8pm (18+)
Visible mending is a useful, lovely skill that eliminates waste and adds something beautiful to your favorite torn pair of jeans, pants or shirt. Learn how to patch, reinforce and create an original look on a torn garment during this class. If you have a garment that needs loving, bring it to start working on! There is no expectation to bring an item to mend, however. You will learn the technique and can continue to mend at home!
You will receive:
-Instruction on how to mend by Lauren Callis Erickson, owner of An Upcycled Closet in Minneapolis (class will happen at Polka Dot)
-Basic threading and needle use tutorials
-All necessary materials to practice or work on your own pair of jeans or other garment
-PDF zine for revisiting lessons learned throughout the day
There are 8 spots available in this class. Pre-registration is required. I hope you can join us!
ART MAKING FOR ANXIETY & STRESS RELIEF / Sunday, July 14th 10am-12pm (13 years +)
Are you an anxious human like me? I have found art to be such a helpful and therapeutic way to channel my anxious and stressed energy and have made some of my favorite work while feeling those strong, uncomfortable feelings. I will walk you through some of the techniques that I love for releasing hard feelings and my hope is that you will leave with new creative tools for your self-care toolbox. We'll explore repetition, movement, fluidity, mark making as ways to connect to our emotional selves. We'll use a variety of tools including watercolor, acrylic inks, and pen and ink. Our approach will be intuitive and abstract. Prepare to make a beautiful mess with me!
This class is open to anyone 13 years and older (teens and adults welcome)! All supplies are included and there is no previous art making experience necessary.
8 spots available.
VERA NEUMANN INSPIRED ART CLASS / Thursday, August 1st 6pm-8pm (adults)
Do you know Vera Neumann's work? If not, she was an incredible artist who made lots of work in the 1960's-1980's which was printed and sold on scarves, dishes, bedding, clothing and more. You may remember seeing her signature, "Vera" in the corner of a scarf with a little ladybug. I LOVE her work and find so much inspiration from her style and approach so I thought it would be fun to have a class where we can look at her work and make some of our own inspired by her! I have a book about her life, which I'll have here and I'll share some history about her and show lots of examples to get us inspired and curious. Then we'll jump in and play around with different mediums like she did-watercolor paints, India Ink, pen and ink and make art on beautiful papers to take home. This is a great class for anyone looking for some creative time, anyone who is feeling stuck creatively and wants something new to try.
She is very inspiring to me as an artist who was prolific, traveled the world, experimented with different artistic styles and mediums and had a lot of commercial success.
This class is open to anyone 18 years and older. No previous art experience is necessary, just an open mind and a willingness to try new things. All supplies are included.
There are 8 spots available!
MAKE AN ART JOURNAL / Sunday, August 11th from 10am-12pm (12+, teens & adults)
Only a few left!
Learn how to create your own art journal to help process your thoughts and feelings through art and words. I will guide you through a series of techniques to help you tune into yourself, release pain and difficult emotions while learning some beautiful new mark making techniques that you can carry forward into your own art practice. I'll share my experiences with using art to process my difficult feelings and how it has helped me personally.
This class includes all supplies but feel free to bring your own sketchbook if you have one and want to add to it.
This class is open to anyone 12 years and older. There are 6 spots available.