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.

Check back each session for new offerings.

Spring 2024 session begins March 17, 2024.

Spring 2024 Class Registration Opens 9am Wednesday, 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, 4-5pm
Begins: Mon., March 18
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructors(s): Brad Johnson

$70/$65 OI members

Kid’s Art with Katie
Kids will create fun art making projects in a variety of materials in a space where they create freely in a group setting. The projects focus on weekly themes and students will develop observational, technical, cooperative and self-expressive skills by engaging in the art making process. Students will create paintings, prints, sculptures and more!

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Ages: 6-9
Meets: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Begins: Thurs., March 21
Duration: 4 weeks
Instructors(s): Katie Molinengo

$75/$70 OI members

Magic of the Pottery Wheel
Students will 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: 11-14
Meets: Thursdays, 4:30-5:45pm
Begins: Thurs. March 20
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructors(s): Andrea Dubiel

$95/$85 OI members

Senior Programs

Crafts

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., March 21
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., March 18
Duration: Year round
Instructor(s): Oglebay Woodcarvers Guild

Free

Drawing Classes

Painting Classes

Painting from Nature
Learn how to take inspiration from nature for your paintings while experimenting with expressionistic, abstract, impressionist, and realistic painting styles. We will be painting outdoors from life and indoors from sketches, photos, and natural objects. Nature-based and landscape painting artists will be presented. Students will leave more confident and inspired to add new techniques and subject matter to their artistic practice. We will be working primarily in watercolor and acrylic, but you are welcome to bring oil paints if you prefer. Materials and equipment are provided.

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Ages: 13 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
Begins: Tues., March 19
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Katie Molinengo

$120/$110 OI members (Includes material fee.
Additional fee is possible for extra canvases if needed)

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. Materials not included; supply list will be provided.

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Ages: 13 & up
Meets: Mondays, 6-8pm
Begins: Mon., March 18
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Greg Siegwart

$100/$90 OI members (Materials not included; supply list will be provided.)

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. Each week we will use basic techniques to create exciting paintings. Subjects include florals, landscapes, and animals.

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Ages: 16 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 10-11:30am
Begins: Tues., March 19
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. Each week we will use basic techniques to create exciting paintings. Subjects include florals, landscapes, and animals.

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Ages: 16 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm
Begins: Tues. March 19
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Jes Reger-Davis

$95/$85  OI members

Pottery Classes

Beginner Pottery 
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, 6:30-8:30pm
Begins: Wed. March 27
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Andrea Dubiel

$155/$145 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., March 27
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Rick Morgan

$155/$145 OI members (Includes material fee. Additional fee possible based on usage.)

Intermediate Pottery with Debbie Joseph
Take your love of pottery to the next level. Work with wet clay and glazes. Learn more advanced wheel-throwing and hand building techniques.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
Begins: Tues., March 26
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Debbie Joseph

$155/$145 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., March 27
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Rick Morgan

$155/$145 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 15 participants.)

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

$135/$125 OI members (Includes material fee. Additional fees possible based on usage.)

Workshops

Handbuilding Interactive Flower Sculpture Workshop with Shoji Satake 
Spend the day creating unique clay flower sculptures in this interactive hands-on workshop. Shoji will demonstrate and the participants will engage in the art of clay flower making, which traces its roots in Asia for more than 2000 years. No experience is necessary, only a willingness to learn and get our hands muddy with clay. Call 304-242-7700 for more details.

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Ages: 17 & up
Meets: Saturday, February 24, 10am-3pm
Begins: Sat.., Feb. 24
Duration: 5 hour
Instructor(s): Shoji Satake

$100/$95 OI members (includes all materials)

Ceramic Workshop with Ken McCollum 
This two-day workshop with Ken McCollum (1st Place winner of Earth and Fire Exhibition 2023) will be demonstrating how he makes his wall clocks or wall hanging platters. Day one will be creating your own plaster mold that you will take home and use any time after the workshop. Then you will be shown how to form clay using plaster mold and leave them to dry for day two. Second day will be finishing and decorating your platter by learning the carving and dot technique that Ken uses to finish his pieces.

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Ages: 17 & up
Meets: Saturday and Sunday, March 9 & 10, 10am-4pm
Begins: Sat., March 9
Duration: 12 hours
Instructor(s): Ken McCollum

$115/$105 OI members 

Jewelry Basics – Earring Workshop
In this hour-long class, we will explore all the essential jewelry making skills to create beautiful earrings. We will use a variety of materials including crystals, glass, pearls, & metal. You will get to be as creative as you’d like, keeping your earrings simple or complex, whatever inspires you!

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Tuesday, 6-7pm
Begins: Tues., Feb. 20
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Carri Welsh

$40/$35 OI members (includes all materials)

Portrait Painting Workshop
Learn how to paint a portrait in this two-session workshop. We will be learning how to paint portraits by looking at shape and color relationships. Examples from different periods of art will be given where you can take inspiration from to incorporate your own comfort level. Mixing color, painting, and figurative techniques will be discussed. We will be working primarily in acrylic, but you are welcome to bring oil paints if you prefer. Bring a photo of you or someone close to you. Materials and equipment are provided.

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Ages: 13 & up
Meets: Tuesdays, February 20 & 27, 6-8pm
Begins: Tues., Feb. 20
Duration: 2 hours each day, 4 hours total
Instructor(s): Katie Molinengo

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