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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COVID-19 Safety Precautions:

Those entering OI facilities should expect the following:

  • Masks will be required or recommended to coincide with current state & CDC guidelines.
  • Temperatures may be checked upon entering.
  • A short health screening questionnaire may be required.
  • Class sizes and seating will be limited to accommodate social distancing guidelines.

Children’s Classes

Art Club
Use your favorite movies and characters to create fun and inspiring art projects in a variety of mediums. 

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Ages: 9-12
Meets: Mondays, 4:30-5:30pm
Begins: Mon., Sept. 14
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructors(s): Brad Johnson

$65/$60 OI members

Mini Masterpieces (SOLD OUT)
Students will learn new art techniques while exploring different mediums to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Projects will include watercolor, printmaking, collage, sculpture and more.

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Ages: 5-10
Meets: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Begins: Thurs., Sept. 17
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructor(s): Jes Reger

$65/$60 OI members

Crafts

Furniture Refinishing
Learn to repair and restore furniture. Bring a small piece to work on and watch it come back to its original beauty.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Wednesdays, 6-8pm
Begins: Wed., Sept. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Cathy Zimmerman

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

Metal Work with Jeffrey Forster
Explore using different hammering and bending techniques with copper to create a feather, leaf and a butterfly.

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Ages: 16 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
Begins: Tues., Sept. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Jeffrey Forster

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

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., Sept. 17
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Howard Gamble

$125/$115 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. 14
Duration: Year round
Instructor(s): Oglebay Woodcarvers Guild

Free

Painting Classes

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: 12 & up
Meets: Mondays, 6-8pm
Begins: Mon., Sept. 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Greg Siegwart

$95/$85 OI members

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

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Thursdays, 10-11:30am
Begins: Thurs., Sept. 17
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Jes Reger

$90/$80 OI members

Pottery Classes

Beginner Pottery with Debbie Joseph (SOLD OUT)
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, 6:30-8:30pm
Begins: Mon., Sept. 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Debbie Joseph

$140/$130 OI members (Includes material fee. Additional fee possible based on usage.)

Beginner Pottery with Rick Morgan (SOLD OUT)
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: Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
Begins: Wed., Sept.16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Rick Morgan

$140/$130 OI members (Includes material fee. Additional fee possible based on usage.)

Intermediate & Advanced Pottery with Lambros Tsuhlares
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, 6:30-8:30pm
Begins: Tues., Sept. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Lambros Tsuhlares

$140/$130 OI members (Includes material fee. Additional fee possible based on usage.)

Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Rick Morgan (SOLD OUT)
Work with wet clay to bisque ware and glaze finishes.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Wednesdays, 1-3pm
Begins: Wed., Sept.16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Rick Morgan

$140/$130 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 $4 each.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Mondays 9am-5:30pm, Tuesdays 9am-5:30pm, Wednesdays 6pm-8:30pm, Thursdays 9am-8:30pm, Fridays 9am-4:45pm and Saturdays 10am-3:45pm (Schedule subject to change with studio availability.)
Begins: Mon., Sept.14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): N/A

$120/$110 OI members (Includes material fee. Additional fees possible based on usage.)

Workshops

Watercolor Landscapes Workshop (NEW!)
Paint three 5″x7″ landscapes. No previous experience necessary.

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Ages: 12 & up
Meets: 10am-12pm Saturday, September 26
Begins: Sat., Sept. 26
Duration: 2 hours
Instructor(s): Bev Beatty

$35/$30 OI members

Watercolor Mandala Workshop (NEW!)
Paint a mandala you design yourself. After it dries, zendoodle patterns to complete it. No previous experience necessary.

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Ages: 12 & up
Meets: 1-3pm Saturday, September 26
Begins: Sat., Sept. 26
Duration: 2 hours
Instructor(s): Bev Beatty

$35/$30 OI members

Clay Fairy House Workshop Fall (NEW!)
Design your own fairy house using a Oui yogurt glass for the base. Bake at 250° for 10 min. Designing will take most of our time, but pieces can be baked at home in your oven (not microwave).

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Ages: 12 & up
Meets: 10am-1pm Saturday, Oct.10
Begins: Sat., Oct. 10
Duration: 3 hours
Instructor(s): Bev Beatty

$40/$35 OI members

Mala Bracelet Workshop (NEW!)
Create two matching stretchy gemstone bracelets with the charm of your choice. This is a great opportunity to create a unique handcrafted gift or two for the upcoming holiday season.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: 6:30-7:30pm Thursday October 22
Begins: Thurs., Oct. 22
Duration: 1 hour
Instructors(s): Carri Perani-Welsh

$35 (Includes materials: 1 strand of gemstone beads, 2 charms & other stringing materials. 2 gift boxes or sachets.)

Starry Night Zendoodle Workshop (NEW!)
Shapes of pre-drawn Starry Nights will be filled in with doodles of your choice and then colored with colored pencils. Will fit a 8″x10″ frame (not included).

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Ages: 12 & up
Meets: 10am-12pm Saturday, October 24
Begins: Sat., Oct. 24
Duration: 3 hours
Instructor(s): Bev Beatty

$35/$30 OI members

Embroided Felt Ornaments Workshop (NEW!)
Make 3 assorted ornaments (snowman, heart, and star) made from recycled sweaters; embroider embellishments. Blanket stitch and French knots will be used. MUST BE ABLE TO THREAD YOUR OWN NEEDLE.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: 10am-12pm Saturday, November 7
Begins: Sat., Nov. 7
Duration: 2 hours
Instructor(s): Bev Beatty

$35/$30 OI members

Steampunk Resin Necklace Workshop (NEW!)
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. On day one we’ll make a mini collage of assorted antique watch parts and preserve it forever under a clear glass-like resin. On day two, after the resin has cured, we’ll finish the pendant & make a custom chain. You’ll walk away with a one-of-a-kind piece that will impress all of your family & friends!

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: 6:30-7:30pm Wed., Nov. 18 and Thurs., Nov. 19
Begins: Wed., Nov. 18
Duration: 2 hours
Instructors(s): Carri Perani-Welsh

$60 (Includes all materials.)