Classes & Workshops

WINTER 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.

Sunday, January 16 from 1:00–4:00 p.m.

David Prehm is an artist and educator with over 40 years of experience. His drawings, paintings, and pottery are in international collections and in collections throughout the US. In this workshop, learn to navigate the distances that change with each angle of a portrait, then study and draw only what is needed to capture the likeness and emotion of your subject. Discover how adding limited value, texture, and color can create a greater impact for the viewer. A supply list will be available after registration. This workshop is for all ability levels. Fee: $45 ($41)

Wednesdays, February 9–March 16 from 2:00–4:00 p.m.

This class is individualized and focused on the student’s needs and interests. Students are met at their current level of art-making and are encouraged to work to improve artistic skills. Color, composition, expression, brush techniques, and more are explored in this open studio style course.
Instructor: Jerry Nissen | Fee: $55 ($49)

Saturdays, February 12–March 12 from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Bring your ceramics to life through experimentation with a variety of colored slips, underglaze, texture techniques, and decals. A variety of techniques are explored, including sgraffito, Mishima, underglaze transfers, and slip trailing. All abilities are welcome! Fee: $75 ($68)

Tuesdays, February 22–March 22 from 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Mandala, or circle, is a Sanskrit word with spiritual and religious connotations at its origin. Create intuitive, mindful mandalas through simple mark-making, use of color, and a variety of media. This mindful art class emphasizes the process of exploring artmaking over the creation of a finished product. No art experience necessary! All skill levels are welcome. Instructor: Evie Waack | Fee: $55 ($49)

Sundays in March from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Join us for a special, small group session in the ceramics lab. Come on your own or bring a friend or family members (up to 4 people total) and create an artwork (cup, bowl, or sculptural artwork) for yourself or another. With the help from our Ceramic Lab Tech, hand-build or try the wheel! Works can be picked up two weeks after class. All materials included. Instructor: Claire Timmerman Fee: $40 ($36) per session (up to four participants)

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.