Classes & Workshops

SUMMER 2022 printable brochure is available here. View a list of our eventsexhibitions and education offerings.

Students must reach the minimum age requirement before or during the program. Questions may be directed to the Education Coordinator, Angie Hickok, by calling 319.268.5504 or email. To register call 319.273.8641 or go online at Civic Rec.

3-Month Independent Study Ceramics Studio Passes
Single $65 ($58.50)
Double $100 ($90)
Family $150 ($135)
Independent study includes access to clay studio, firing, and use of glazes. Clay must be purchased (in addition to the pass) from the Hearst Center at $25/25lbs. Open studio time is available when the studio is not being used for scheduled classes. For more information, stop by the front desk for a handout regarding our ceramics lab or call the Hearst at 319.273.8641.

Sundays in May from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Leave the mess for us! Bring a friend and create a handmade ceramic piece for yourself or a friend. With the help from our Ceramic Lab Tech, hand-build or try the wheel! Works can be picked up two weeks after class. Fee: $25($22)/Person (Up to 4 people per session)

Second Sunday in June, July & August from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Work on the wheel outdoors while enjoying the Hearst Center patio and sculpture garden. Each potter is given up to five pounds of clay and two hours to work with assistance from our Ceramics Tech, Claire. Finished work is fired and glazed by staff and available for pick up later in the month. Sessions are limited to three potters. Experience with wheel throwing is recommended but not required. Instructor: Claire Timmerman; Fee: $27 ($24)

Tuesday, June 14 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Originating in Indonesia, this method uses wax to resist colored dyes. For this workshop, a silk scarf is provided. Endless patterns and color combinations are possible! Instructor: Kim Williamson; Fee: $25 ($22)

Session I: Thursdays, July 7–August 4 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Session II: Fridays, July 8–August 5 from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Session III: Saturdays, August 13–September 10 from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Develop skills on the potter’s wheel while you learn to make a variety of vessels and sculptural pieces. This class is great for beginning and intermediate level students. Students have access to the ceramic lab outside of class for the duration the class is held. Instructor: Claire Timmerman; Fee: $75 ($68)

Thursdays, July 7–28 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Jumpstart your creativity! Experiment with transparency, texture, and layering when applied to different surfaces and collage elements. Express movement and thought through paint, charcoal, pastels, and varying papers. This workshop is great for both beginners and experienced painters. Instructor: Annette Stoehr Stevenson; Fee: $55 ($49)

Tuesday, July 19 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Stamp your favorite name or message on a keychain or pendant! Students choose from pre-cut and sanded metal shapes. Instructor: Anna Lyon; Fee: $25 ($22)

Thursdays, August 11–September 8 from 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand! Discover the many ways your ceramics can come alive by experimenting with a variety of colored slips, underglaze, texture techniques, and decals. Techniques include sgraffito, Mishima, underglaze transfers, and slip trailing. Instructor: Claire Timmerman; Fee: $75 ($68)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, August 30–September 15 from 1:00–3:00 p.m.
This class is individualized and focused on each student’s needs and interests. Students are met at their current level of art-making and work to improve their skills. Color, composition, expression, brush techniques, and more are explored. Instructor: Jerry Nissen; Fee: $55 ($49)

Community Clubs @ Hearst – NOW VIRTUAL!

Club participation is free to members of Friends of the Hearst. A Friends membership is only $35 per year, and includes a 10% discount for all other classes, workshops, room rentals and gift shop purchases!

Thirty minutes prior to scheduled author talks
Click here to sign up for the Hearst Center Book Club! The Book Club meets prior to public author’s talks scheduled by the Heart Center. Members have a special opportunity to meet with the author and discuss the book 30 minutes prior to the public events. An email notification lets you know about scheduled talks, book selections, and where to get a copy of the books. Club meetings and public author’s talks will be online until further notice.

First Tuesday of the month from 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Have your work critiqued in a friendly environment! Each meeting includes time to share work. Often meetings also include online classes or lessons from other members. The Photo Club also schedules optional group outings for shooting.