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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Spring 2022 Class Registration Opens Monday, February 21.

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, 4:30-5:30pm
Begins: Mon., Mar. 21
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructors(s): Brad Johnson

$70/$65 OI members

Senior Programs

Full Life Arts & Wellness Sampler for Adults 65+

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), storytelling (1), visual art (1), technology help (1), and health education (2).

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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 Friday 10:00am-11:30
Begins: Tues., March 22 and Friday, March 25
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Nikki Harder

$95/$85 OI Members

Crafts

Linoleum Block Cut Printmaking 
This class will take you through the process of linocut printmaking from creating the design to cutting the design from the linoleum to printing it.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Saturdays, 10:30am-1pm
Begins: Sat. Mar. 26
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructor(s): Lisa Rasmussen

$90/$80 OI members

Art Journaling for Comfort, Creativity and Continuity Spring 2022
As we continue to manage the ongoing pandemic within our own lives and those of others, let’s take time to reflect on where we are and where we’d like to be

This three-part workshop is for anyone interested in exploring personal inclinations toward recording their ideas, thoughts, hopes and dreams. No prerequisite for writing skill level or experience – simply an interest in delving into journaling for personal growth. You will be shown how to design and create your own handmade journal pages using watercolor and other materials, then, using your homemade pages, learn how to construct a book. Book making will be created on March 26 workshop.

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Ages: 16 & up
Meets: Saturdays 11:00am-3:00pm on March 26 and 10:30am-12:30pm and April 2 and April 9
Begins: Sat., March 26
Duration: 3 Weeks
Instructor(s): Monica Mixer and Elissa Gross

$55/$50 OI members (includes all materials)

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., March 24
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., Mar. 21
Duration: Year round
Instructor(s): Oglebay Woodcarvers Guild

Free

Drawing Classes

Beginning Drawing 
Drawing is the primary tool artists and designers use as the basics for any artistic endeavor. In this course, you’ll learn the basics of drawing such as contours, shading and the illusion of space. We’ll be drawing from observation and use graphite, charcoal and pen & ink if time allows.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Saturdays, 1:30pm-4pm
Begins: Saturday, March 26
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructor(s): Lisa Rasmussen

$90/$80 OI members

Painting Classes

Intro into Abstracts
This 8-week painting course is designed for all levels. Students will learn how to create abstract paintings that reflect their style. We will experiment with various supplies and techniques while focusing on color theory and elements of design. Students will leave feeling inspired and confident to create their own abstract art outside of the classroom. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 16 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Begins: Tues., March 22
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Monica Mixer

$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., March 21
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Greg Siegwart

$100/$90 OI members

Loose Watercolors 
In loose watercolors, students will learn how to create interesting washes and use new techniques to help loose up their watercolor paintings to create interest and atmosphere. (Limit 15)

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Ages: 16 thru Adult
Meets: Thursdays, 10:00am-11:30am
Begins: Thurs., March 24
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructor(s): Jes Reger-Davis

$85/$75 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., Mar. 22
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructor(s): Jes Reger-Davis

$85/$75 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., March 24
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructor(s): Jes Reger-Davis

$85/$75 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., March 22
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructor(s): Jes Reger-Davis

$85/$75 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, 6-8pm
Begins: Mon., March 21
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 (SOLD OUT)
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., Mar. 23
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Rick Morgan

$145/$135 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, 6-8pm
Begins: Tues., Mar. 23
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Lambros Tsuhlares

$145/$135 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., 23
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 $4 each.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Mondays: 9am-5pm, Tuesdays: 9am-5pm, Wednesdays: 4-8:00pm, Thursdays: 9am-8:30pm, Fridays: 9am-4:45pm and Saturdays: 10am-3:45pm (schedule subject to change with studio availability)
Ages: 18 & up
Begins: Mon., March 21
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): N/A

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

Workshops

Crystal Sun Catchers Workshop Spring 2022
Add a little sparkle to your life this spring!! In this hour workshop, we’ll make two crystal sun catchers using colorful Swarovski Crystals. Hang them the rear view mirror of your car or in a sunny window. They’ll catch the light & reflect beautiful rainbow prisms all around. (Limit 10)

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Ages: 14 & Up
Meets: Wednesday, 6:00-7:00pm
Begins: Wed., Apr. 20
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Carri Welsh

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

Vintage Key Necklace Workshop Spring 2022
In this hour workshop, you will learn some basic jewelry making skills, including beginner wire wrapping, to make your very own one-of-a-kind necklace. You will choose from a variety of material, including a vintage key of your choice, faceted glass beads, & a charm of your choice. You will also learn to make a custom chain at whatever length you prefer. (Limit 10)

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Saturday, 1:00-2:00pm
Begins: Sat. April 9
Duration: 1 hour
Instructors(s): Carri Welsh

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