Classes & Workshops

SPRING 2021 brochure are available at the front desk to pick up. A printable brochure is available here. View a list of our 2021 offerings below!

All in person classes will have a maximum of 8 registrants. All students must wear a mask to class.

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.

Now – March on Tuesday or Thursday from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Looking for a unique gift idea? Need a safe place to hang out with a friend? Bring a friend and create a handmade ceramic piece to send to someone special. With help from our Ceramic Lab Tech, you can create one of three different options: a mug, bowl, or a planter/vase. After you’re fi nished we will fire, package, and send your creation to a friend or family member as a special surprise—just leave us the address! Register online or call the Hearst one week in advance to reserve a session. Our ceramics lab can safely accommodate 6-foot distancing for two students and the instructor. Masks required.
Fee: $25($22) per person | Instructor: Claire Timmerman

Session I, Tuesdays, March 23–April 13 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Session II, Thursdays, March 25–April 15 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Session III, Tuesdays, April 27–May 18 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Learn the basics! Develop skills on the potter’s wheel while you learn to make cups and bowls, and experiment with sculptural pieces. Students have access to the ceramic lab outside of class for the duration of the four week session. Limit 2 per session.
Instructor: Claire Timmerman / Fee: $60 ($54) + $25 clay fee

Sunday, March 28 from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Make your garden shine with your custom stamped silverware plant markers! These makers will last a lifetime.
Instructor: Kim Williamson / Fee: $20($18)

Sundays, April 11, 18 and 25 from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Dress up your garden or walkway with ceramic garden stakes. Create flowers, animals or sculptural pieces that will then be attached to a stake that you can plant in the ground!
Instructor: Claire Timmerman / Fee: $40 ($36) + $25 Clay fee

Sunday, April 18 from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Learn the process of using a screen to transfer an image onto fabric, while you make your own design for a garden flag.
Instructor: Kim Williamson / Fee: $20($18)

Sunday, May 2 from 1:00–4:00 p.m.
You will observe and practice several watercolor techniques that help you paint not just what you see, but how you may want to feel. Explore ideas that work on a single subject or a total composition. Students also receive a sprinkle of the philosophy of American artist, Robert Henri. These valuable lessons may inspire the way you paint and connect to your subject. Beginning and advanced painters will enjoy and benefit from this workshop. Limit 12 students. Supply list will be available after registration.
Instructor: David Prehm / Fee: $45 ($41)

Sunday, May 9 from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Assemble and paint clay pots into a unique birdhouse to hang for your fluttery friends.
Instructor: Kim Williamson / Fee: $20($18)

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! To learn more, visit or call 319-273-8641.

Book Club
Click here to sign up for the Hearst Center Book Club! Club members will be notified by email about when book talks will be happening and where to get your copy of the books you’d like to read.  Club members only will meet 30 minutes before a book talk to discuss the book.  After the author speaks, there will be a live Q & A session for all to ask questions of the author.  Through at least April, book readings will be virtual.

Photo Club – Second 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. This club is currently meeting virtually.

Cedar Valley Drink and Draw Group
Third Tuesday of the month from 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Whether it’s traditional or digital illustration, graphic design, tattoo, hand lettering, motion graphics or other arts, we’re a network of visual artists who want to build stronger relationships with others in the Cedar Valley area. Free and open to the public. This club is currently meeting virtually. For more details click here.

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.