Visual Arts Classes

Pottery Class

Held at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, the valley’s preeminent resource for art education, Oglebay Institute’s Visual Arts Department offers a variety of classes in traditional and non-traditional mediums.

Drawing, painting and pottery classes are offered each session. Crafts including jewelry making, woodcarving and stained glass can also be found in our catalog. A variety of workshops round-out our diverse curriculum.

Classes are available for most ages, interests and skill levels. Students work with up-to-date equipment and supplies with guidance from expert instructors in a relaxed and creatively stimulating environment.

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Children’s Classes

Art Prodigy III (NEW!)
Children that have a flair for art will be challenged in this creative class that nurtures and develops their natural talents. Explore multiple art techniques and create unique pieces of art.

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Ages: 9-12
Meets: Mondays, 5:30-7pm
Begins: Mon., Mar. 20
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Jes Reger

$75/$63.75 OI members

Art with a Twist (NEW!)
Children will have the opportunity to unleash their inner creativity as they create unique pieces of art while exploring multiple art techniques.

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Ages: 5-8
Meets: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Begins: Thurs., Mar. 23
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Jes Reger

$70/$60 OI members

Jr. Movie Maker (NEW!)
If you are interested in making movies, this is the class for you! In this 8 week course, we’ll make a short film where you can act or work behind the scenes. Everyone will get a DVD of the finished film.

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Ages: 10-13
Meets: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm
Begins: Wed., Mar. 22
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Brad Johnson

$95/$80.75 OI members

Magic of the Pottery Wheel
Work with clay on the pottery wheel and use a variety of hand building techniques that will produce amazing results. All pottery will be glazed and functional.

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Ages: 10-13
Meets: Wednesdays, 4-5:30pm
Begins: Wed., Mar. 22
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructor(s): Rick Morgan

$95/$83.75 OI members (Includes material fee)

Crafts

Beginner Knitting/Crochet 
Learn the basics of knitting or crochet in this beginner-friendly class. Knitters, do not bring anything to the first class. Crocheters, bring a size H crochet hook. Yarn is provided for the first class.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm
Begins: Tues., Mar. 21
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Bev Beatty

$90/$76.50 OI members

Furniture Refinishing
Learn to repair and restore furniture. Bring a small piece to work on.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Wednesdays, 6-8pm
Begins: Wed., Mar. 22
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Cathy Zimmerman

$115/$100 OI members (Includes all materials.)

Handmade Greeting Cards & Paper Crafts
It’s fun and easy to make beautiful, unique greeting cards! Whether you’re a novice or experienced rubber stamper, this class is for you. Take home 2-3 creations per week. Visit www.gratefulstampers.stampinup.net for more information.

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Ages: 21 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 12-3pm
Begins: Tues., Mar. 21
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructor(s): Ellen (Mosti) Barner

$125/$110 OI members

Machine Quilting
Machine quilting your top is a time honored tradition that goes back to the days of the treadle. Today we are more likely to machine quilt a top to both save time and allow for creative expression. Come and learn this time honored technique.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
Begins: Tues., Mar. 21
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Cathy Zimmerman

$95/$80.75 OI members (Additional materials required; price will vary depending on size. Please call ahead to get material list.)

Picture Framing Open Studio
Practice picture framing at your own pace. For students who have basic framing knowledge or who have taken a previous class.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: 9:15am- 4:45pm Mon.-Fri. & 10am-3:45pm Sat.
Begins: Mon., Mar. 20
Duration: 8 weeks
Monitor(s): Brad Johnson

$85 (Includes materials. Additional material fee dependent on frame purchases.)

Rag Quilting
Rag quilts are the latest trend in quilting. They are a quick, fun and different type of quilt offering a refreshing break from traditional quilting! If you can sew a straight line you can learn how to make your one-of-a-kind and unique quilt.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Thursdays, 6-8pm
Begins: Thurs., March 23
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructor(s): Cathy Zimmerman

$90/$76.50 OI members (Additonal materials required; price would vary depending on size of project. Please call ahead to get material list.)

Stained Glass
Learn glass cutting techniques while exploring the characteristics of glass. From beginner to advanced.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Thursdays, 7-9pm
Begins: Thurs., Mar. 23
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Howard Gamble

$120/$105 OI members (Includes material fee.)

Woodcarving
For beginners to expert. Learn woodcarving techniques at your own pace from experienced carvers.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Mondays, 6:30-9pm
Begins: Mon., Mar. 20
Duration: Year round
Instructor(s): Oglebay Woodcarvers Guild

Free

Drawing Classes

Beginner Colored Pencil
Learn the fundamentals of drawing in colored pencil in an easy to learn format. Supply list will be given on the first class for minimal supplies.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm
Begins: Wed., Mar. 22
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Bev Beatty

$90/$76.50 OI members

Drawing for Dummies
Can’t draw anything but stick figures? Then this is the class for you! Learn the fundamentals of drawing in an easy to learn format.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm
Begins: Wed., Mar. 22
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Bev Beatty

$95/$80.75 OI members

Painting Classes

Oil Painting
Explore what you need to start painting with oils. Learn what material to use and how to use them to produce your painting. Paint along with Greg and on your own with guidance.

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Ages: 12 & up
Meets: Mondays, 6-8:30pm
Begins: Mon., Mar. 20
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Greg Siegwart

$100/$85 OI members

Oil Painting Using the Cape Cod School Method 
Learn to create vibrant, sparkling paintings using the CCS techniques. Under painting is done in acrylics (warm colors for lights and cool colors for shadows). The last layer is painted in oils with areas of under painting peaking through. Students will choose their subjects.

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Ages: 16 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 7-9pm
Begins: Tues., Mar. 21
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Bev Beatty

$100/$85 OI members

Pottery Classes

Pottery with Robert Martin
Learn the fine art of pottery no matter what your skill level is. Work with wet clay and glazes. Learn wheel throwing and hand-building techniques.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Mondays OR Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Begins: Mon., Mar.20 OR Tues., Mar. 21
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Robert Martin

$125/$110 OI members (Includes material fee. Additional fee possible based on usage.)

Pottery with Rick Morgan
Available for two skill levels: intermediate to advanced and beginners. Work with wet clay to bisque ware and glaze finishes.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Wednesdays 10:30-12:30pm (Beginners); 1-3pm (Advanced)
Begins: Wed., March 22
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Rick Morgan

$125/$110 OI members (Includes material fee. Additional fee possible based on usage.)

Workshops

Accented Silver Cuff Bracelet (NEW!)
Make your own bracelet by adding marks that can’t be duplicated. Techniques in hammering, soldering, setting stones, patina and polishing will be covered. Some experience in jewelry making helpful but not necessary. Difficulty: 3 out of 5.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Noon-4pm Saturday, April 8
Begins: Sat., Apr. 8
Duration: 4 hours
Instructor(s): Sandra Ziolkowski

$90/$81 OI members (Includes all materials.)

Crafts with a Kick: Beach Wreath
Welcome the summer season by creating a beach wreath using seashells, sea grass, accent flowers and more. All materials provided, or bring your own items to incorporate. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. BYOB.

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Ages: 21 & up
Meets: 6:30-8:30pm Thursday, May 4
Begins: Thurs., May 4
Duration: 2 hours
Instructor(s): TBA

$35/$30 OI members

Crafts with a Kick: Create & Paint Your Own Pottery
Create a basic piece of pottery on the wheel, then decorate your piece using a vast selection of paints and glazes. All materials provided. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. BYOB.

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Ages: 21 & up
Meets: 6:30-8:30pm Thursday, April 6
Begins: Thurs., Apr. 6
Duration: 2 hours
Instructor(s): TBA

$35/$30 OI members

Crafts with a Kick: Screen Printing T-Shirts
Learn the fundamentals of silkscreen from screen prep to final print and how to properly use screen-printing tools and equipment. Create your own design for a custom t-shirt to take home. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. BYOB.

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Ages: 21 & up
Meets: 6:30-8:30pm Thursday, March 9
Begins: Thurs., Mar. 9
Duration: 2 hours
Instructor(s): TBA

$35/$30 OI members

Crochet – Intro to Color Pooling
Learn how to make variegated yarn pool in an argyle pattern. Students must know how to crochet for this workshop. Bring an H-hook and a yarn that will work. If you need a list of yarns that will work, please call or purchase at the workshop from instructor.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: 11am-2pm Saturday, March 25
Begins: Sat., Mar. 25
Duration: 3 hours
Instructor(s): Bev Beatty

$50/$42.50 OI members (Includes all materials)

Etched Metal Jewelry (NEW!)
Draw with a marker to create your own design to etch onto copper blanks or cut your own shapes. Make up to 3 pairs of earrings and a pendant to match. Difficulty: 2 out of 5. No experience necessary.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Noon-4pm Saturday, April 29
Begins: Sat., Apr. 29
Duration: 4 hours
Instructor(s): Sandra Ziolkowski

$79/$70 OI members (Includes all materials.)

Fold Form Copper Earrings (NEW!)
Choose from a large assortment of texture tools to create designs and textures on solid copper blanks. A variety of sizes and shapes can be linked with jump rings to create danglers. All earrings will be completed using sterling silver ear wires. Each student can make up to three pairs of earrings and a pendant. Difficulty: 1 out of 5. No experience necessary.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Noon-4pm Saturday, March 25
Begins: Sat., Mar. 25
Duration: 4 hours
Instructor(s): Sandra Ziolkowski

$75/$69 OI members (Includes all materials.)

Hammered Gemstone Earrings (NEW!)
Learn metal smithing techniques like soldering, setting gemstones, filing and finishing to design your own earrings. Some experience useful but not necessary. All tools and materials are included.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Noon-4pm Saturday, February 18
Begins: Sat., Feb. 18
Duration: 4 hours
Instructor(s): Sandra Ziolkowski

$70/$64 OI members (Includes all materials)

Hollow PMC Pendent (NEW!)
PMC (Precious Metal Clay) is an amazing material that’s worked like clay but is composed of metal powder and water-based binder, firing to pure silver with a kiln or torch. As an interesting introduction to hollow forms, Donna will share how to make a pendant with a curved front, flat back, and flat top. A variety of bails will be demonstrated, along with several ways of adding decorative layers for individual flair. You’ll be pleased at how far you will progress in one day. *Please bring a bag lunch for a 30-minute lunch break.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: 10am-5:30pm Saturday, May 13 (30-minute lunch break)
Begins: Sat., May 13
Duration: 1 day workshop
Instructor(s): Donna Penoyer

$115/$95 OI members

Pysanky (Easter) Eggs
Learn the ancient art of Ukranian egg decorating using real eggs and new Zendoodle designs! A fun Easter project!

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Saturday, April 8 11am-1pm OR 1:30-3:30pm
Begins: Sat., Apr. 8
Duration: 2 hours
Instructors(s): Bev Beatty

$41/$35 OI members

Sterling Silver Stamped Cuff Bracelet Workshop (NEW!)
Learn to solder, stamp, hammer and polish to create your own wearable jewelry. Create your own design or follow along with the instructor.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Noon-4pm Saturday, March 4
Begins: Sat., Mar. 4
Duration: 4 hours
Instructor(s): Sandra Ziolkowski

$75/$69 OI members (Includes all materials)

Squiggle Bracelet (NEW!)
Bend, hammer and soldering several lengths of silver wire to make a fun piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime. Lessons in assembling, pattern making, tarnishing and polishing will bring out the dimension and beauty of your jewelry. No experience necessary. Difficulty: 2 out of 5.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Noon-4pm Saturday, May 6
Begins: Sat., May 6
Duration: 4 hours
Instructor(s): Sandra Ziolkowski

$80/$71 OI members (Includes all materials.)