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.

Painting and pottery classes are offered each session. Crafts including jewelry making, furniture refinishing, woodcarving and stained glass are also available. 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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Fall 2022 Class Registration Opens Wednesday, August 3.

Children’s Classes

Art Club
Learn new tricks and tips to take your art to the next level. Expand on traditional methods by making finished works of art in a variety of mediums.

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Ages: 9-12
Meets: Mondays, 4-5pm
Begins: Mon., Sept. 12
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructors(s): Brad Johnson

$70/$65 OI members

Advanced Art for Teens
Students work on advanced projects of their choice under the supervision and guidance of the instructor.

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Ages: 14-18
Meets: Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm
Begins: Thur., Sept. 15
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructors(s): Brad Johnson

$70/$65 OI members

Senior Programs

Full Life Arts & Wellness: Cardio Drumming Adults 65+

All fitness levels are invited to participate in this fun exercise that combines a variety of movements with the power of the drum! Strengthen your heart and lungs, burn some calories, and decrease your stress, and have some fun! Wear comfortable clothing/shoes that allow movement, and please bring water and a towel. Held at School of Dance. (Limit 12)

This program is made possible through the support of the River Valley Health Foundation. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 65+
Meets: Fridays, 10-11am
Begins: Friday, Sept. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Nikki Harder

$95/$85 OI Members

Full Life Arts & Wellness: Strength & Balance for Adults 65+

Increase your upper and lower body strength, improve your balance, and reduce your risk for falls in this class specifically designed for older adults. We’ll learn evidence-based exercises, how to monitor your progress, and ways to continue to improve your health at home. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring water with you! Held at School of Dance.

This program is made possible through the support of the River Valley Health Foundation. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 65+
Meets: Tuesdays, 10am-11am
Begins: Tues, Sept. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Nikki Harder

$95/$85 OI Members

Full Life Arts & Wellness: Seasonal Home Crafts for Adults 65+

Step by step instruction making seasonal crafts for your home or gift exchange! No macaroni ornaments (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but projects you may have a hard time giving away. A new project will be offered each week, including a seasonal wreath, leaf print napkins, seasonal candy jar, salt dough ornaments, and more! Held at Stifel Fine Arts Center.

This program is made possible through the support of the River Valley Health Foundation. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 65+
Meets: Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm
Begins: Wed. Sept. 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Nikki Harder

$95/$85 OI Members

Full Life Arts & Wellness: Sampler for Adults 65+

Full Life Arts & Wellness: Sampler Designed specifically for older adults, this sampler class allows you the opportunity to try a variety of new activities! Get healthier, wiser, and more creative, all while engaging with peers and building new friendships. Workshop activities include: fitness/balance (2), theater (1), life history (1), visual art (2), and health education (2).

Held at Stifel Fine Arts Center.

Transportation and/or financial assistance may be available on an as-needed basis, applications required. This program is made possible through the support of the River Valley Health Foundation. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 65+
Meets: Tuesdays,1:00pm-2:30pm OR Wednesday 10-11:30am
Begins: Tues., Sept. 13 or Wed. Sept. 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Nikki Harder

$95/$85 OI Members

Crafts

Stained Glass
Learn glass cutting techniques while exploring the characteristics of glass. From beginner to advanced. (Limit 15)

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Thursdays, 7-9pm
Begins: Thurs., Sept. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Howard Gamble

$130/$120 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., Sept. 12
Duration: Year round
Instructor(s): Oglebay Woodcarvers Guild

Free

Drawing Classes

Painting Classes

Abstract Painting & Drawing
This painting & drawing course is designed for beginner to advanced levels interested in learning more about abstraction. We will focus on various techniques of abstract art learning by examples throughout art history as well as welcoming experimentation through materials. Students will leave feeling inspired and confident to create their own abstract art. (Limit 15)

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Ages: 16 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Begins: Tues., Sept. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Katie Molinengo

$115/$105 OI members (Includes material fee.)

Beginning to Advanced Oil Painting
Explore what you need to start painting with oils. Learn what materials 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: 13 & up
Meets: Mondays, 6-8pm
Begins: Mon., Sept. 12
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Greg Siegwart

$100/$90 OI members

Beginning Watercolor (Morning)
Explore and enjoy the painting process while learning the fundamentals of watercolor. Learn basic techniques and color mixing in watercolor to create different subjects each week. Subjects include still life compositions, florals, landscapes and animals.

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Ages: 16 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 10-11:30am
Begins: Tues., Sept. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Jes Reger-Davis

$95/$85 OI members

Beginning Watercolor (Evening)
Explore and enjoy the painting process while learning the fundamentals of watercolor. Learn basic techniques and color mixing in watercolor to create different subjects each week. Subjects include still life compositions, florals, landscapes and animals.

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Ages: 16 & up
Meets: Thursdays, 6-7:30pm
Begins: Thurs., Sept. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Jes Reger-Davis

$95/$85 OI members

Watercolor II (Morning)
Watercolor II picks-up where Beginning Watercolor left off. With a brief recap of watercolor basics, students will deepen their understanding of the medium. In this class, we’ll explore more watercolor techniques, create interesting washes and practice intuitive painting.

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Ages: 16 & up
Meets: Thursdays, 10-11:30am
Begins: Thurs. Sept. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Jes Reger-Davis

$95/$85 OI members

Watercolor II (Evening)
Watercolor II picks-up where Beginning Watercolor left off. With a brief recap of watercolor basics, students will deepen their understanding of the medium. In this class, we’ll explore more watercolor techniques, create interesting washes and practice intuitive painting.

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Ages: 16 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm
Begins: Tues., Sept. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Jes Reger-Davis

$95/$85 OI members

Pottery Classes

Beginner Pottery with Debbie Joseph 
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: 18 & up
Meets: Mondays, 6-8pm
Begins: Mon., Sept. 12
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Debbie Joseph

$145/$135 OI members (Includes material fee. Additional fee possible based on usage.)

Beginner Pottery with Rick Morgan 
Work with wet clay to bisque ware and glaze finishes.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
Begins: Wed., Sept. 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Rick Morgan

$145/$135 OI members (Includes material fee. Additional fee possible based on usage.)

Beginner & Intermediate Pottery with Debbie Joseph
Learn the fine art of pottery. Work with wet clay and glazes. Learn advanced wheel-throwing and hand building techniques.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
Begins: Tues., Sept. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Debbie Joseph

$145/$135 OI members (Includes material fee. Additional fee possible based on usage.)

Intermediate & Advanced Pottery with Rick Morgan 
Work with wet clay to bisque ware and glaze finishes.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Wednesdays, 1-3pm
Begins: Wed., Sept. 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Rick Morgan

$145/$135 OI members (Includes material fee. Additional fee possible based on usage.)

Open Pottery Studio
This is open to students who have taken pottery classes at the Stifel Fine Arts Center before. There will be no instructor during open studio but students will receive shelf space and may make a maximum of 16 pots. Additional pots $5 each. (Limit of 20 participants.)

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Mondays: 9am-5pm, Tuesdays: 9am-5pm, Wednesdays: 4-8:00pm, Thursdays: 9am-8:30pm, Fridays: 1:30-4:45pm and Saturdays: 10am-3:45pm (schedule subject to change with studio availability)
Ages: 18 & up
Begins: Mon., Sept. 12
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): N/A

$125/$115 OI members (Includes material fee. Additional fees possible based on usage.)

Workshops

Steampunk Resin Necklace Workshop
Discover Steampunk, an art form inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery that incorporates machine parts like gears and cogs to create fantasy 3D pieces. In this 2-part workshop you will learn about Steampunk, as well as some cool jewelry making skills!! On Day 1, we will make a mini collage of assorted antique watch parts and preserve it forever under a clear glass-like resin. After the resin has cured overnight, on Day 2 we will finish the pendant & make a custom chain to put it on. You will walk away with a one-of-a-kind piece that will impress all of your family & friends!
(Limit 12)

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Ages: 14 & Up
Meets: Wednesdays Oct. 12 & 19, 6-7pm
Begins: Wed., Oct. 12
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Carri Welsh

$65/$60 OI members (includes all materials)

Vintage Key Bracelet Workshop Fall 2022
In this workshop, we’ll be making an up-cycled bracelet using a vintage key as the focal point and a crystal bead as an embellishment. Choose from a variety of different styles of metal chains to complete the piece and make it your own. Basic wire wrapping and jewelry making techniques will be taught. (Limit 10)

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Wednesday, October 26 6-7pm
Begins: Wed. Oct. 26
Duration: 1 hour
Instructors(s): Carri Welsh

$35/$30 OI members (includes all materials)