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Arts, Crafts & Pottery

We offer a variety of classes in arts, crafts and pottery for all ages. Learn how to watercolor or woodwork or let your child develop their creative side! Our affordable classes are spread throughout the community, so there is bound to be a place that is convenient for you.

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Register for Programs Online

To register for the programs below, visit our online database and search for the class to register. You can also call 970-221-6655 to register over the phone.

Spring Artisan Market: Applicants

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Date: Saturday, Apr. 8 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Age: 18 years & up
Location: Senior Center

You are invited to apply to participate in the Spring Artisan Market on Saturday, April 8. The Market is one of the premier artisan markets in the area. This market has become a Fort Collins tradition, with thousands of shoppers in attendance. You can find the application and rules and regulations in the links below.

As a vendor you are responsible for collecting and paying all required sales tax. City, county and state sales tax licenses can be obtained for this one event. All sales tax offices will be given your name and address to comply with state, county, and sales tax laws. Tax licensing is your responsibility. City of Fort Collins Sales Tax Office can be reached at 970.221.6780. Tax sheets and information can be found below.

Information links:

Pottery, Beginning Wheel/Handbuilding

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Age: 18 years & up
Location: Pottery Studio
Cost: $170
This class is for students who have never had pottery. Learn about clay, tools, and glazing, and the basic skills, techniques, and principles involved in pottery. The primary emphasis is on creating while using the potter's wheel. Some handbuilding is covered.

Register online for a variety of dates and times here.
Find more advanced pottery classes in the Recreator here.


 

Drawing, Human Portraiture

Spotlight image: Drawing, Human Portraiture

Date: Tuesdays, Apr. 25-May 30 (9:30-11:30 a.m.)
Age: 18 years & up
Location: Senior Center

An in-depth focus on individual features such as eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. Also concentrate on putting them all together into complete portraits. Emphasis is on creating strong likenesses in the portraits. Note: Supply list available at registration; approx. cost: $30-$50

Register online here.

Painting, Bob Ross Style

Spotlight image: Painting, Bob Ross Style

Dates:
Thursday Mar. 16, Apr. 20, and May 18 (9-3:30 p.m.)
Age: 18 years & up
Location: Senior Center
Cost: $60

Complete a finished painting using the Bob Ross painting technique. A certified Bob Ross instructor teaches about the use of different brushes, a palette knife, mixing colors, and the manipulation of certain special paints. A $15 reduced fee if using your own supplies. Note: Bring a role of paper towels; all other supplies provided. One month prior to the start of class an example can be seen at the Senior Center. Not discountable.

Register online here.

Pottery

Private Pottery Instruction
Interested in having that intense one-on one time to rapidly develop your skills and knowledge? Private lessons are available for all levels. Fees vary depending on the program chosen. Not discountable.

Boy & Girl Scouts Badge Requirements
Scouts will learn the fundamentals of clay while completing the requirements set by the organization. Scouts will go on a tour and see the workings of a Pottery Studio. They will create a piece that they can personalize with their own creativity, which will be fired and glazed. Cost is $12.00 per child (5 children minimum). Not discountable.

Parents or Grandparents & Children Together
Among the many classes offered are classes specifically geared for a parent or grandparent to work with a child on pottery projects. Interesting clay projects will be completed in these unique classes. The projects are constantly being varied, so it is possible to re-register for classes as many times as you wish.

Contact Steve Dietemann for more information at 970.224.6028 or c2RpZXRlbWFubkBmY2dvdi5jb20=.

Pottery Studio Features

  • 6 kilns (gas stoneware, electric, Raku)
  • 10-inch power grinder
  • 30-inch wide slab-roller
  • 28 potters' wheels (electric, kick; handicapped accessible)
  • 200-square feet of work surface
  • 2 clay extruders and dies
  • Clay mixer and pugmill
  • Compressor and vented spray booth
  • Library with periodicals, reference books, videos, and examples
  • More than 10 different clays
  • More than 40 glazes, slips, stains, engobes, and terra siglatta