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Creative Arts

Art Appreciation: How to Look at Art and Get Something Back
Have you ever looked at an artwork in a prominent museum and wondered “Why is that so valuable?” Have you ever wondered why artists make the things they make? Are you completely lost about what art is supposed to mean? This three-session course will answer all of these questions. After a brief introduction as to what makes something an artwork, you will learn five concrete steps of how to look at an artwork and understand what it means. Use those steps to look at and interpret art on your own. This process will enable you to access the valuable experiences that can be prompted by art. This class is excellent for beginners and experts alike, and valuable for both art viewers and art makers. Mel Keiser is an adjunct faculty member at IVCC and also teaches Visual Arts at Joliet Junior College. She holds a
BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Chicago Artist Coalition and Society of Children’s Bookwriters and Illustrators.
Fri 6-9 p.m. Feb 22-Mar 8 3 Sessions
Mel Keiser C-316, IVCC HLR-7602-302 $45

Acrylic Painting Basics
Learn the tools of painting with acrylic paint. Copy an image onto a painting surface with drawing materials and then learn how to paint the image into a credible likeness of the original. Students will complete a landscape painting project in this two-day class. The tuition fee includes most materials that will be used in class including canvas and paint. A letter will be sent to students prior to class with a supply list, including a list of brushes that will be purchased by the student prior to class.
Registration deadline: Mar 29. Matt Martin graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with his BFA and the University of Wisconsin- Madison with an MFA, MA. In the past he has taught continuing education classes at the University of Wisconsin including art and woodshop. He currently works as an adjunct faculty member at IVCC.
Sat 1-4 p.m. Apr 13-20 2 Sessions
Matt Martin B-109, IVCC HLR-1108-04 $59
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Beginning Self Portrait Workshop
If you’ve thought about wanting to draw and paint a self-portrait, but don’t know where to start, join us for this two part workshop. On day one we will learn how to correctly draw the human face. On day two, we will learn basic color mixing and use wet-on-wet painting technique to create a self portrait in oils. Take home a finished work and the knowledge and skills to continue on your own. Students should bring a sack lunch to class.The tuition fee includes most materials that will
be used in class including paint, brushes, trowel, canvas, and sketchboard. A list of additional supplies will be sent to the student prior to class. Registration deadline: Apr 12. Mel Keiser is an adjunct faculty member at IVCC. She holds a BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Chicago Artist Coalition and Society of Children’s Bookwriters and Illustrators.
Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Apr 27-May 4 2 Sessions
Mel Keiser B-109, IVCC HLR-1106-04 $119
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Fabulous Faux [Suede-Rustic-Modern]
Want to achieve a soft blend of colors on your wall? There is an easier faster way than ragging, by using a special wool roller and glaze. Learn from a professional faux painter, who shows beginners “ulcer free” ways to have an office look like leather, how to have Western or Southwestern walls, and contemporary children’s rooms. Learn how metallic, stripes and dry brushing can change ordinary looks to great looks. Please bring a paint shirt. A required material fee of $29 is payable
to the instructor the night of class. The student will receive a painting kit containing a custom roller and DVD. This kit is different from the
kit provided in the Classic-Tuscan-Metallic class.
Mon 6-8:30 p.m. Apr 15 1 Session
Linda Coffman B-101, IVCC HLR-5528-304 $45
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Fabulous Faux [Classic-Tuscan-Metallic]
Save money and learn a faster, easier way to use paint to replicate Old World, stone-like walls, and classic looks for a traditional theme. Learn how to add “bling” from metallics. Linda Coffman, professional decorative painter with 15 years experience, shows beginners some tricks of the trade such as ‘how to have perfect
edges’, as well as money saving tips to help you rescue your walls. Please bring a paint shirt. A required material fee of $29 is payable to the instructor the night of class. The student will receive a kit containing a custom roller, pan and DVD to accomplish these looks.
Mon 6-8:30 p.m. Apr 22 1 Session
Linda Coffman B-101, IVCC HLR-5506-304 $45
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Spring Easter Basket
This market style basket is made with natural and color reed. It would be ideal for spring & Easter. Students will learn basic start and stop technique. Choose from a variety of colors. The finished basket measures approximately 6” x 10”. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a sack lunch. There is a $35 material fee payable to the instructor on the day of class. Registration deadline: Feb 22.
Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mar 2 1 Session
Pat Duffy B-101, IVCC HLR-2158-03 $39
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Wine Caddy Basket
This practical, yet beautiful basket will carry two wine bottles. The finished basket measures approximately 8” x 5” x 8” not including the handle. Students will use the start and stop technique to learn how to insert different color overlays. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a sack lunch. There is a $38 material fee payable to
the instructor on the day of class. Registration deadline: Mar 29.
Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Apr 6 1 Session
Pat Duffy B-101, IVCC HLR-2159-04 $39
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Wooden Bottom Door Basket
Make this stunning basket for Mother’s Day or just as a gift for yourself. This basket will hang on a door or a wall. Students will weave from a wooden base with contrasting colors and finish with an oak handle. The finished basket measures approximately 5” x 10” x 10”. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a sack lunch. There is a $40 material fee payable to the instructor on the day of class. Registration deadline: Apr 26.
Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4 1 Session
Pat Duffy B-101, IVCC HLR-2104-05 $39
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Casserole Carrier Basket
This is a useful and sturdy wood bottom basket to carry a 9” x 13” casserole or cake pan. This is a beginner level class. This basket is woven on a wooden base and finished with a pair of bushel handles. The finished basket measures approximately 9” x 13” x 4 ½”. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a sack lunch. There is a $40 material fee payable to the instructor on the day of class. Registration deadline: Feb 1.
Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb 9 1 Session
Pat Duffy B-101, IVCC HLR-2157-02 $39
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Garden Stepping Stone Mosaic I
Discover the art of mosaics as you complete a beautiful stepping stone for your garden. For beginners, you’ll learn the basic techniques to make a stone that will weather and decorate your garden. This is a first step to mosaics and once you complete this piece you will see endless possibilities to be transformed by mosaics. Please bring a $16 material fee to the first class. JoEllen Fiorentini has created numerous garden mosaics from bowling balls to birdbaths. With a degree in Art from Illinois State University, she has been decorating Bergners for over 30 years. As a member of the Utica Garden Club, she has been inspired to bring art to her garden.
Mon/Wed 6-8 p.m. Feb 25-Mar 6 4 Sessions
JoEllen Fiorentini B-101, IVCC HLR-2742-302 $39
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Garden Mosaic II "You Pick the Project"
Advance your mosaic skills. This class is for students who have taken the Garden Mosiacs I: Garden Stepping Stone class. The techniques learned in the first class will be applied to a mosaic project of your choice. The student must supply their own project piece (ie. birdhouse, fairy house, bowling ball or pin, flower pot, etc.) with prior arrangements discussed with your instructor one week prior to the start of class. Students will also be able to design and supply pieces of tessarae for their  mosaic project. Please bring a $15 material fee to the first class.
Mon/Wed 6-9 p.m. Mar 25-Apr 10 6 Sessions
JoEllen Fiorentini B-101, IVCC HLR-2767-303 $81
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Soapy Suds Adventure
Learn the basics of soap making and a brief history of different methods. Customize your own skincare formula by choosing natural ingredients and plant based essential oils. You will make a one-of-a-kind glycerin soap with skin loving ingredients as well as a sugar scrub or lip balm to take home. Instructions and recipes will also be offered for use at home. Learn the importance and benefits of creating handmade skincare in small, controlled batches. Join us on a Soapy Suds Adventure and
experience every step of this fun & interesting craft! Great for sensitive and problem-prone skin! Please bring a clean 6-8 oz. recycled container to class. There is a $15 material fee payable to the instructor on the first night of class. Class will be held at Georgie’s Little Flower Soaps, 229 West Main, Ottawa, in the Dept. 229 Building. Dawn Rorem has been creating handmade, natural-herbal skincare formulas for the last five years. She is an avid gardener and uses herbs and botanicals from her own garden in the products she creates. Dawn began making her own skincare products after she experienced an intolerance to commercially made,
chemical laden products.

Sweet Scents
Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb 16 1 Session
Dawn Rorem Georgie's Little HLR-2766-402 $35
Flower Soaps, Ottawa

Luck of the Irish
Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mar 16 1 Session
Dawn Rorem Georgie's Little HLR-2766-403 $35
Flower Soaps, Ottawa

Spring Time Scents
Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Apr 13 1 Session
Dawn Rorem Georgie's Little HLR-2766-404 $35
Flower Soaps, Ottawa

Pamper Mom
Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 11 1 Session
Dawn Rorem Georgie's Little HLR-2766-405

Creative Gourd Art [Next Step]
There are 32 different types of gourds that you will learn about in this second level to gourd art. Beginners are welcome. You will work with various types of gourds as you learn how to clean the inside and prepare the outside surface for using as the base for a variety of techniques including painting, sculpting, and carving. Learn how to turn the common gourd into a work of art that you can keep for years to come. Tools used in class will be provided by your instructor. There is a $20 material fee payable to the instructor on the first night of class. Registration deadline: Feb 5. No class: Mar 12. Bill Ferguson is a member of the Illinois Gourd Society and American Gourd Society. He has been working with gourds for many years. Bill has a background in Art Education and Art History from Southern Illinois University.
Tue 6-8 p.m. Feb 12-Mar 26 6 Sessions
Bill Ferguson Rm 101 HLR-2302-632 $75
Ottawa Center

Sell Your Treasures on ETSY- NEW 2 Session Format
Attention all artists and vintage lovers! The hottest way to sell your artwork or vintage items is online at Etsy.com. Learn what to do and what not to do to open an Etsy shop. Pick up tips on photographing your items, writing effective item descriptions, integrating with social media sites, and simple ways to optimize search engine results. Learn how to set up your Etsy shop in the first session and then the second session will be more in depth and hands on with your online Etsy shop.
Tuesday, Feb 26 6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Mar 5 6-8 p.m. 2 Sessions
Pamela Klarup A-208, IVCC CEX-4611-302 $79

"Carve a Personalized Print"
Create a relief print of your child (or grandchild), a friend, a pet, or an animal. Learn basic printmaking techniques, such as carving, inking, and printing to create your own unique print block. Students should bring a 4” X 6” CLOSE-UP photograph of their child (or grandchild), a friend, a pet, or an animal to class. *Close-Up Photograph: A photograph taken from a short distance that gives a very detailed picture, such as a picture that frames the face and shoulders. Please bring a sack lunch to class. All materials are included in the course fee.
Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jun 8 1 Session
Vanessa Goslin B-101, IVCC HLR-2760-06 $48
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Online Fashion Design
Achieve your sewing and design goals in a virtual classroom led by Eric W. Stiles, Sr., a Master Tailor and Designer with over 35 years of experience at Giorgio Armani, Polo-Ralph Lauren, Robert Vance, and others. Classes are offered in basic sewing construction, pattern drafting, alterations and draping.
A full course listing is available on-line.