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AGES 6-14


Art Thursdays


1 - 5 pm  |  $35 per class 

Join us for “Art Thursdays” this Summer. We have a series of classes that will span the entire afternoon on several Thursdays throughout June and July. Fee includes all supplies and a snack. 


June 2 (ages 6-14)

Fairy Houses

Instructor: Liz Larson, ARC Art Director


Make a fairy house out of natural materials like wood, acorns, nut shells, bark, pinecones, twigs etc.


June 9 (ages 8-14)

Colourful Soul ~ The Ultimate Paint Coloring Experience

Instructor: Jess Lincoln, Director of Education for Vintaj Jewelry Manufacturing

Let your creativity run wild! Colourful Soul Jewelry Pop-Outs are MADE IN THE USA—right here in GALENA! Each collection comes on a beautiful Baltic Birch wood panel, with 6 to 16 design pop-outs. You will find so much satisfaction in either painting all your pieces in the panel or popping them out to paint individually with each pop being even more satisfying than bubble wrap. Each panel is artfully arranged (jam packed) with beautiful (killer, awesome) designs by Vintaj designers.


Jess is excited to teach you a variety of fun techniques with their amazing Ultimate Paint & Stain collection. Learn color blending, create a vibrant enameled look, transparent color washes, groovy tie-dye and ombré effects, mini pour art and more!! BUT jewelry is not the only thing you can use these pretty painted pieces for. Create cool zipper pulls, backpack charms, shoe charms, pins, jean charms, desk art, or keep the panels together and use them as art tiles . . . the possibilities are endless! Whatever direction you choose, just remember to have fun and relax.


June 16 (ages 6-14)

Distressed Cold Wax Drawing

Instructor: Liz Larson, ARC Art Director

Learn the reduction technique that involves etching and scratching an image into cold wax. Fill the grooves with acrylic paint, then selectively remove color by continuing the etching process on a canvas panel.  Add color to make your image pop!


June 23 (ages 6-14)

Wooden Bird Houses

Instructor: Liz Larson, ARC Art Director

Paint intricate designs on a pre-made wooden bird house and embellish with bark, nut shells, stones etc to create a colorful unique bird oasis. (for decorative purposes) 


June 30 (ages 6-14)

Paper Making

Instructor: Liz Larson, ARC Art Director

Create paper from scratch using recyclable materials; personalize your paper with the colors, textures, and scents of nature. You will make a journal and a small vessel out of your paper. 



July 7 (ages 6-14)

Gourd Mask on a Canvas

Instructor: Liz Larson, ARC Art Director

and Toni Klingler

Have fun making an art piece similar to a Toni Klingler original. Decorate a gourd half with paint, feathers and beads and attach to a painted canvas for a unique art piece.


July 14 (ages 6-14)

Yarn Bomb a Heart Wreath

Instructor: Liz Larson, ARC Art Director

Yarn bomb a heart armature, create yarn tassels and pom pom embellishments and create a fun heart wreath.


July 21 (ages 8-14)

Basket Weaving

Instructor: local artist Toni Klingler

The ARC welcomes back local artist Toni Klingler to teach us how to weave a colorful basket. If you have taken this class before, take it again and improve your weaving skills and learn some new techniques.


July 28 (ages 6-14)

Shibori Fabric Dyeing

Instructor: Liz Larson, ARC Art Director

Use the Japanese method of fabric dyeing to create sensational fabric pieces using all-natural Indigo dye. You will make a bandana (can also be used as a dresser scarf) and a fun art piece.




You can register online (links below).

Note: Stride Events will add a processing fee.



Complete these 3 steps:

1. For immediate class registration please email:

You will be placed on the class list in order of email received. Your place will be held for 4 days awaiting payment. 

2. Download and Print the Registration Form

3. Drop off or mail:

Galena ARC
11084 W US HWY 20
Galena, IL 61036

Do NOT drop off at GPS ARC mailbox,
it will not be picked up.

Questions? Contact:

Liz Larson, Art Program Director

Fairy House

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Colourful Soul ~ The Ultimate Paint Coloring Experience

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Shibori Fabric Dying

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Fairy House

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