Spring into the Season with Adult Art Classes at Artisan Gallery 218!

Learn and create something new with our Adult Art Classes starting next week! Besides the children’s classes focused upon in our last blog post, Artisan Gallery 218 is hosting “Make and Take” classes for teens and adults in its workshop area from now into the summer.  The following classes start our line-up of fun and interesting classes that are sure to spark your inner creativity!

Needle Feltingneedle felting sample cropped

Annie Temple is presenting a Beginning Needle Felting Class on Tuesday evening, March 22nd.  Enjoy learning about felting, a bit of wine, and taking home your own hand-made treasure.  Annie will then follow that up on April 26th with another Beginning/Intermediate Class where you will learn how to  needle felt a design on a felt purse which you will take home.



 Fabric Doll Makingjulie doll

Urbandale Fiber Artist, Julie McCullough, has taught doll-making for over 25 years across the country and in Australia!  She will be using her own doll patterns to offer a class on Fabric Doll Making on April 9th.  A popular full-day class [bring your sewing machine!] she’ll show you how to make your very own colorful Elf, Angel, or Mermaid doll.  To get an idea of the quality of her creations, stop in and see Julie’s dolls and fairies we have in the gallery!


Wet Feltinghilary scarves hilary felt flowers

Seattle Fiber Artist, Hilary Hutchinson-Grant will be in Des Moines to teach a special group of classes on Friday May 6th and Saturday May 7th only at Artisan Gallery 218!  On Friday evening Hilary will offer  “Felt & Wine night”,  an Introductory Wet Felting Class to ‘Make and Take’ a wet felted flower, a phone case, or a small felt painting – your choice!

This is followed on Saturday with her Introduction to Cobweb Wet Felting Class where you will learn how to make your own Cobweb Felt Scarf in a color of your choosing.  To get an idea of the scarf you will be making, come in now to see Hilary’s beautiful scarves we have in the gallery!



Children’s Art Classes at Artisan Gallery 218!

Want your child to have some fun and be creative?  We have just the line-up of classes to spur your child’s creativity while learning art methods and exploring the world!

Artisan Gallery 218 is hosting classes for young children ages 6 – 12  in its workshop area on various days from now into the summer.  Complete details and sign-up instructions can be found at our website, www.ArtisanGallery218.com

It’s a Small World!kangaroo

Hilde DeBruyne teaches “It’s a Small World” for ages 6 to 9, on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:45 for 4 weeks starting April 6th.

Get ready for an artistic and creative adventure, traveling around the world and using art, music and food to get to know different cultures and be inspired to create their own culturally diverse artwork.

Draw Along Studio Exercise Summer Classmary cat for class

Mary Kline-Misol will again offer her “Draw Along Studio Exercise” class for youth ages 6 – 9 for 12 sessions on Saturdays from 11 – 12:30 starting June 4th.

Child psychologists tell us that drawing is as spontaneous and human an activity as learning how to walk and talk. Drawing is a complex process that requires the individual to isolate discrete bits from the whole entity in three dimensions, and to reproduce those bits accurately in only two dimensions, by relating them logically to each other all the while moving the hand with attained skill.

Mary’s teaching method involves training children to perceive visual data with a basis of the five elements of shape and demonstrating how the general shape of an object is composed of those elements. The language in the class is geared toward creating a non-competitive and non-judgmental environment in which each child will learn that there is no wrong way to draw and that everyone can be successful.

The kids in the current session are having a great time and will have an exhibition of their artwork on April 2nd!.

Dreamtime Birdhouse Craft Classdreamtime birdhouse

Mary is also teaching a craft class “Dreamtime Birdhouse” for youth ages 9 – 12.  This 7 week session is on Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:00 starting on June 4th.

This session is designed to create global awareness and develop an appreciation for the culture of the desert Aboriginals of Alice Springs, Australia.  Each student will have an unfinished birdhouse to decorate with personal color and design choices using acrylic paints,  Students will have an exhibition of the final product at the end of the session.