Classes & Workshops

FALL 2021 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 LeisureLink.

September 24 and 25 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 Corning Patio and Hearst 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. In case of inclement weather, back up dates are October 1 and 2.
Instructor: Claire Timmerman l Fee: $27 ($24)

Saturdays, October 9–23 from 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Bring to life your very own stein for Halloween (and everyday)! Learn how to hand build and experiment with sculptural facial features for your stein. In the last session, try out your new stein! Must be 21+ to sample beer. Instructor: Claire Timmerman l Fee: $32 ($28)

Tuesdays, October 5–26 from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Learn the basics of drawing. Experiment with form, shading, composition, perspective, and subject matter. This class is perfect for beginning or intermediate drawing students looking to learn new skills. Fee: $55 ($50)

Two Sessions: Choose Tuesdays, September 28–October 26 or Thursdays, September 30–October 28 from 6:00–8:00 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 beginner and intermediate students. Students will have access to the ceramic lab outside of class for the duration the class is held. Two sessions offered, Tuesdays or Thursdays. Instructor: Claire Timmerman l Fee: $75 ($68)

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.

One Day Workshops

Sunday, September 26 from 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

This workshop will provide you with the knowledge to make soap using the cold process method, which combines oils and lye! Dyes, fragrances, and a variety of oils are offered; make your soaps as unique as you! Instructor: Kim Williamson l Fee: $27 ($24)

Sunday, October 24 from 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Don’t buy your fall decorations at the store, craft your own! Set your table with your own centerpiece that
can later transform into a wall or door hanging. Instructor: Kim Williamson l Fee: $27 ($24)

Sunday, November 14 from 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Turn your journal from average to extraordinary! Use needles to felt wool into colorful patterns that give your journal a fresh look. Instructor: Kim Williamson l Fee: $27 ($24)

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.