Midwest Clay Project – Spring Classes and Workshops

We shared a review of the newly opened Midwest Clay Project last month. I took a peek inside a few weeks ago, and felt immediately inspired to dig my hands in some clay! Milena really enjoyed organizing all the little pieces on the shelf meant for little hands.

Midwest Clay Project’s early spring session class registration is now open, and they have a lot of opportunities for your family:

Midwest Clay Project: Early Spring Session: February 28 – April 9, 2011

YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMMING – EARLY SPRING

We are able to put together special one or two session classes for small groups if the current schedule does not meet your needs. Please check the website and call to speak with Jennifer for rates and scheduling. Also, an exciting range of art activities will be offered in the studio this summer – stay tuned!

Clay for Kids

Kids will have a chance to try all the major equipment in our studio: slabroller, extruder and wheels**. This six-session class for ages 6-10 allows kids to experiment with clay and follow their own ideas while teaching them the basic skills needed to achieve success building with clay.

Monday afternoons 2:00-3:30pm

February 28 – April 4

Class fee: $90.

**Please note: For your child’s safety, use of the potters’ wheels will be at the discretion of the instructor.

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Wheel-throwing for tweens & teens (generally ages 11-18, though 10yrs. of age w/ prior wheel experience may also join this class.)

Join in the after-school fun on Wednesdays as we spin the potters’ wheels along with some good music. This class covers the basics of working on the wheel, and is appropriate for youth with, and without, prior wheel experience. We will also explore various application techniques for slips and colored underglazes.

Wednesday afternoons, 4:00-5:30pm, Instructors: Jennifer Lapham & Jackie Matelski

March 2 – April 6 (6 week session)

Class fee: $100.

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Clay in Hand: A morning of open studio for homeschoolers.

Wednesday mornings are a time when homeschooling families can meet and share the experience of working together in the studio. This is a time for children to explore building, banging, cutting, pinching, rolling, etc… with a mound of clay, and studio staff are always available to help get you started, make suggestions and problem-solve. Please plan to stay on the premises w/ your children and if you like, grab a piece of clay!

Wednesday mornings, 10:30am-12:00pm

March 2 – April 6

One-time visit $10.per child w/ $2. discount for each sibling or purchase a punch card for $50. (6 visits for the price of 5). No charge for children age 3 and under.

We can also accommodate homeschoolers at other times during the week through our Kids’ Open Studio program (see other side for details). Also, more specific programming can be arranged for older kids and teens – please call to speak w/ Jennifer for details.

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Saturday Morning Family Open Studio – all ages

Enjoy a morning in the studio, and a fun-filled opportunity for parents & kids to work side by side. Meet up with old friends and make new ones! Studio staff are always present to help get you started and make suggestions, as you follow your imaginations.

Saturday mornings, 10:30-12:00am

March 5 – April 9

This class follows the fee structure for Kids’ Open Studio: One-time visit $10.per child w/ $2. discount for each sibling or purchase a punch card for $50. (Six visits for the price of five!). No charge for children age 3 and under.

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KIDS’ OPEN STUDIO

Open Studio differs from a class because families can attend on a drop-in basis and children are encouraged to experiment and work independently without the constraints of a particular goal. This is a time for children to explore building, banging, cutting, pinching, rolling, etc… with a mound of clay. Studio staff are always available to help everyone get started, make suggestions and problem-solve. Included in the Open Studio fee is the opportunity to apply colored underglazes at a later date after the work has been bisque-fired. Studio staff will then apply a coat of clear glaze and the work will be fired a second time to cone 6. (Pottery wheels are not available during Kids’ Open Studio.)

Midwest Clay Project is available for Kids’ Open Studio anytime during our regular business hours (w/ two exceptions, see below), and an adult needs to stay with kids for these sessions. After School Drop-Off occurs Monday-Friday afternoons between 3:00-5:00pm.. During this two-hour window, children age 5 and older may work for a 75 minute stretch under the supervision of MCP staff while adults may leave the premises to enjoy a quiet moment to themselves. Please note: Children under age 5 always require the supervision of an adult.

Please note: The studio is not available for Kids’ Open Studio during the following times when other kids’ programming is underway: 10:00am-12:00pm Wednesday mornings and 2:00-3:30 Monday afternoons.

Fee: $10. for an open studio session (1+1/4hrs.), with a $2. discount for each additional sibling and there is never a charge for children age 3 and under. Purchase a five-session punch card for $50. and receive a sixth visit for free! We will conveniently store your card at the front desk.

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Please call (608-255-9240) or come by the studio to register for classes. Registration is first come, first serve, with a $50. deposit required to hold your space in a class. Most classes have ten spots available.

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Adult classes are also available.

Midwest Clay Project is located at 918 Williamson Street, right next to Madison Sourdough.

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