TAKE A CLASS

Virginia Secor Stranahan had a zest for learning & encouraged others to do so as well. Many of the Adult, Youth & Family classes listed monthly are offered by individuals in the community who want to share their knowledge & love for teaching. Please register below.

ADULT CLASSES

CARVE FROM A COMMERCIAL ROUGHOUT: 18 yrs & older

Are you ready to try a new direction in your carving career? We will be carving from a commercially prepared roughout. The waste wood is already removed & the blank is ready for detailing which is the most fun part of your carving project. It is necessary to include an extra charge for your blank that has been purchased from a retail supplier. All levels of carving experience welcomed. Safety, sharpening & technique discussed. Tools, safety equipment & blanks provided. Leader: Jean McDonald Limit: 10     Fee: $50.00 
Sat - Apr 29
1-4pm


DANCING WITH THE WRITTEN WORD

Writing is a vibrant way to document the dance of our lives. In a supportive group, we will transform everything from our daily encounters to our memories & dreams. Through free-writing, journaling, conversation & critiquing, we will springboard into a variety of written forms. BRING: photographs, objects & visuals from magazines/newspapers, plus writing tools & snacks. Coffee & tea available.  Leader: Judith Crandell Limit: 12     Fee: $25.00 
Sat - Apr 29
9:30am-12pm


YOGA WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Incorporating essential oils into your yoga practice can greatly enhance the experience. In this beginner friendly class, we will move through a gentle yoga class, pausing to use various essential oils which will ground, invigorate & relax you. The yoga practice will focus on flexibility, strength & breath awareness. Oils & equipment are provided. Leader: Tara Kestner Limit: 8     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - Apr 29
9-10:30am


ACRYLIC LIGHTHOUSE & WAVES

Learn to paint a lighthouse with dramatic crashing waves. Easy to follow guidance. All supplies provided for you to create your own work of art on a 11" x 14" canvas. No experience necessary!  Bring a sack lunch. Leader: Mary Claire Roe Limit: 12     Fee: $25.00 
Wed - May 10
10am-2:30pm


ADULT POTTERY: 18 yrs & older

A comprehensive adult pottery class!! This class is for adult beginners through advance potters. All levels welcome to experience in-depth clay work. We will teach pinch, slab, coil & extruder techniques. Learn the potter’s wheel & understand the techniques in glazing pots. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 12     Fee: $120.00 
Thu - May 18, 25 Jun 1, 8, 22, 29
5:30-7:30pm


ADULT THROWING

Practice your skills on the wheel in this intensive study class. Individual attention, all levels welcomed & class is set around your individual goals. There will be several demos. Hour lunch break on your own. PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 5     Fee: $80.00 
Wed - May 24
9am-4pm


ADULT THROWING-HALF DAY

NEW 1/2 day class! Practice your skills on the wheel in this intensive study class. Individual attention, all levels welcomed & class is set around your individual goals. There will be several demos. PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 5     Fee: $40.00 
Tue - May 16
9am-12pm


BUILDING AN APOTHECARY

How do you go from reading books & planting rosemary to using herbal medicine in your daily life? The first step is to have a store of it on hand. We will discuss essential plants: their properties & uses for issues that commonly occur in the home. Will also cover proper growing, harvesting, drying, & storage of common garden & local wild herbs. And discuss, various preparations, tinctures vs. syrups; which plants do best with each type, which ones are best to have made ahead of time & how best to store & use them. Leader: Sarah Williams Limit: 20     Fee: $15.00 
Tue - May 23
6:30-8pm


CLOSED FORMS WHEEL DEMO

Julie Beutler, 25 years of pottery experience, will be demonstrating on the potter’s wheel the specifics of making closed forms on the wheel and fun ways to use these forms, she will show several completed & in progress projects. She will show you different styles, sizes, finished examples & answer your questions while you watch her throw. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 15     Fee: $10.00 
Fri - May 19
11am-12pm


COOKING WITH FLOWERS & WEEDS

Just now, many flowers & native greens are in their prime. Both wild & cultivated varieties are rich in flavor & nutrition, while offering brilliant colors & a tantalizing departure from grocery-store fare. Learn to prepare a variety of dishes & drinks with pansies, nettles, dandelion, violet, day lily, clover, chickweed & others. Bring your appetite & adventurous spirit! The menu will depend on what is in bloom at the time. Leader: Sarah Williams Limit: 12     Fee: $30.00 
Wed - May 10
6-8pm


CREATING SOAP FROM SCRATCH

In this hands-on class, create a pound of soap from scratch with olive oil, lye & water. Learn about the cold process method, safety when working with lye & about different types of soap-making oils to achieve a soap that reflects your needs & desires. BRING: safety goggles, rubber gloves & long-sleeved shirt. Go home with a pound of soap! Leader: Elissa Teal Limit: 12     Fee: $30.00 
Sun - May 7
2-4pm


FINISH YOUR CARVINGS - UFOS: 18 yrs & older

Gather your “unfinished objects” carvings & come join us for time dedicated to completing those projects. A perfect time to put the finishing touches on those carvings that are almost done. Tools & safety equipment provided. Leader: Jean McDonald Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Wed - May 3
6-9pm


GARDEN KEEPSAKE NOTE CARDS

Looking for a beautiful note card to give someone that will be treasured, unique & personal because you created it?  Learn to make cards with dried flowers & greenery – anyone can do it! Perfect gifts for holidays & other occasions. Supplies & tools provided. Instructions & handouts with ideas will be given out for future reference. Feel free to bring your own dried flowers & greenery to use. Leader: Cathy Jacks Limit: 10     Fee: $15.00 
Tue - May 2
6-7:30pm


HANDCRAFTED ARTISAN PAPER

Make recycled paper by hand. This produces a unique type of paper to be used in many ways. Learn tips & project ideas for creating your special one of a kind art paper. Take home your finished paper art with instructions to do at home. BRING: thirsty bath towel. Leader: Joan Soldenwagner Limit: 12     Fee: $15.00 
Wed - May 24
6:30-8pm


LEBANESE BONANZA

Let's end with a bang! Three kinds of fatayr, spinach, meat & cheese, using homemade dough, of course. Taboolee salad, a parsley,  tomato & onion mixture. Chick pea dip, hummos as the perfect side dish. There will be some bonus dishes that will be thrown in there too! BRING: “To Go” containers. Leader: Azeze Abdoney Limit: 15     Fee: $25.00 
Wed - May 24
12:30-4:30pm


MIDDLE EASTERN MADE EASY

Moist, delicious lemon chicken baked with potatoes & seasons. Also, vegetable rice with a chicken flavor, fresh spinach salad with a tart dressing & taboolee. So refreshing! Enjoy cheesy bread & some dessert too. BRING: “To Go” containers. Leader: Azeze Abdoney Limit: 15     Fee: $25.00 
Fri - May 12
12:30-4:30pm


NATIVE BUTTERFLIES

Learn how to bring beautiful monarchs, swallowtails & other native butterflies to your garden. Explore the butterfly lifecycle & metamorphosis, monarch migration, butterfly habitat creation, monarch waystations, native host plants, nectar plants, monarch citizen science, conservation of our native butterflies & more. This educational presentation will provide the information and resources you need enjoy one of nature’s most majestic creatures in your own back yard. Leader: Andrea Whitenburg Limit: 15     Fee: $10.00 
Sat - May 20
9:30-10:30am


NO MORE STRESS JUST HAPPINESS

An interactive workshop on living the stress-free life will empower you to reduce negative stress; resolve conflicts; repair relationships; improve communication; strengthen your immune system; balance emotions; prevent sickness & create an understanding of unconditional love & forgiveness. If not completely satisfied, money refunded. Leader: Robert Moyers Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - May 6
1:30-4:30pm


RAKU POTTERY

A fun evening finishing your pots in this Japanese style firing! Enjoy a potluck (Bring dish to share!) PRE-REQUISITE: taken 577 Adult Pottery class & have 3-5 pots already bisque fired. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 15     Fee: $18.00 
Mon - May 22
5-9pm


SATURDAY POTTERY-FLOWER POTS

FEATURING: FLOWER POTS Class provides intermediate & advance students pottery skill instructions, individual attention & demonstrations. PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - May 13
9am-12pm


STAINED GLASS WINDOW PANELS

If making a stained glass window is on your "bucket list" this is your chance! No experience necessary, participants choose from 6 designs including: Victorian, Celtic, Heart, Star, F.L. Wright, Quilt. Many colors of glass available. All tools & materials provided. Plan to work on the project an hour or 2 at home between the classes. For photos, go to: www.stevesglassclass.com. Leader: Steve Noblet Limit: 8     Fee: $80.00 
Thu - May 4, 11
6:30-9:30pm


STAMPED CARDS & PAPERCRAFTS

Need a breath of fresh air & stress release? No better way than to use your creativity & make cards for your friends & loved ones!  We will be making a card suitable for Mothers Day or a woman's birthday/thinking of you, a masculine card & gift box for Fathers Day, a graduation card, a wedding card featuring die cuts & glitz & a card suitable for an invitation! Plus, a treat container to add sparkle to your summer fun! Projects feature a variety of techniques. Class suitable for the new or seasoned stamper!  Leader: Chris Smith Limit: 16     Fee: $20.00 
Mon - May 8
6:30-8:30pm


SUPERVISED INDIE POTTERY

Love independent pottery time but wish you could ask questions? Have a project you need guidance on while making it? Been awhile since you did indie time? Join Connie for some clay time! PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 8     Fee: $18.00 
Mon - May 1
4:30-6:30pm

Tue - May 30
2-4pm


TAKE PICTURES WITH ANY CAMERA

Want to take great pictures with your cell phone? Maybe that old film camera your grand-dad owned? No need for expensive camera equipment to take better pictures! Learn great tips for improving your picture-taking skills with whatever camera you use. Discussion on the relevant issues from why using natural light is better than using flash, taking pictures of moving subjects, mixing up your composition using different angles & backgrounds, to why not to line everyone up in a row for that family reunion photo. We will walk around the 577 grounds putting your new skills to work! BRING: camera of choice. Leader: Kelly Yetter Limit: 12     Fee: $10.00 
Sat - May 20
1-2:30pm


TOAD HOUSE & MUSHROOMS POTTERY

Spend an evening of fun making a coil “toad abode” to decorate your garden/patio outside & two mushrooms to decorate a planter/garden! We will walk you through the steps & you will love what you create! We demonstrate, you make, we glaze/stain. No experience needed. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 13     Fee: $45.00 
Mon - May 15
5:30-8pm


YOGA FOR GARDENERS

Love to garden, but not the back pain or stiff neck it can cause? This beginner friendly class will teach you a relaxing sequence of yoga postures that will release & relax low back muscles; open the chest to counter the forward flexion & hunching involved in gardening; rejuvenate sore knees & hamstrings with gentle stretches. No yoga experience necessary. Equipment provided. Leader: Tara Kestner Limit: 8     Fee: $15.00 
Wed - May 17
5:30-7pm


YOGA NIDRA INTEGRATIVE MEDITATION

The body has an innate mechanism for maintaining balance & health. Chronic tension & stress weakens our ability to maintain this balance. Learn step by step easily practiced meditation techniques to reverse the effects of stress & create a state of physical, mental & emotional relaxation & wellness. BRING: pillows for body support in comfortable lying meditation. Leader: Nancy Sloan Limit: 8     Fee: $15.00 
Tue - May 9
6:30-8pm


fiber577 LECTURE - A STITCH IN TIME

Join us for an evening lecture with Cleveland artist, Christine Mauersberger as she discusses her personal sources of inspiration to make art. She uses stitching the way some would use marks on paper - to create textures, meditative spaces & maps that reflect an inner landscape. She also makes stitches on natural objects such as leaves. For her, the deceptively simple stitch has become a mechanism for constructive exploration. Christine has used it on cloth, natural objects & in room-sized installations in abandoned houses in Cleveland, Ohio. She will share actual work examples & images in her presentation. Complimentary snacks included. Payment due a week after registration – no refunds after May 10. For more information, visit www.fiber577.com/workshops Leader: Christine Mauersberger Limit: 50     Fee: $10.00 
Fri - Jun 9
6-7:30pm


fiber577 WORKSHOP - ART TO WEAR: LAMINATED FELT

Artist Dena Gershon will help you create a unique work of wearable art using one of the earliest known textile techniques - felting. Laminated felt (also known as Nuno felt) is a contemporary variation of wet-felting in which fine wool's natural tendency to felt is explored to the fullest. Using luxury fibers such as hand dyed merino wool, mohair locks & fine silks, participants will learn the techniques & process to create luscious, fully reversible scarf-length fabric with limitless potential to explore texture, transparency & drape. The final piece can hang on your wall to enjoy one way & then transfer to the body to turn you into a walking work of art. All levels of experience & artistic confidence are welcome. SUPPLY LIST: e-mail dena.gershon@gmail.com (Lunch included 12-1pm; Other Workshop visits 4-4:30pm). Payment due a week after registration – no refunds after May 10. For more information, visit www.fiber577.com/workshops Leader: Dena Gershon Limit: 8     Fee: $80.00 
Sat - Jun 10
9am-4:30pm


fiber577 WORKSHOP - DYEING FOR BLUE

Artist Jennifer Gould will instruct Dyeing For Blue. The seemingly mysterious dye, INDIGO, used throughout the world but famous for its special development in Japan, dyes BLUE - from light to darkest of navy. When combined with the Japanese technique of SHIBORI (stitch & bound resists), the two create delightful patterning on natural fabrics (cotton, linen, rayon, silk, wool). Further combined with already colored fabric, multiple colors can be achieved. Students will have their own indigo pot, learn about the history & use of indigo around the world while stitching their fabric & develop a basic library of stitches in order to design pieces using shibori. Fabric, yarn & small pieces of clothing (shirts/blouses, thin fabric dresses, small jackets, scarves) can be dyed. SUPPLY LIST: e-mail jgould1526@gmail.com or call 616-878-1526. (Lunch included 12-1pm; Other Workshop visits 4-4:30pm). Payment due a week after registration – no refunds after May 10. For more information, visit www.fiber577.com/workshops Leader: Jennifer Gould Limit: 15     Fee: $125.00 
Sat - Jun 10 Sun -11
9am-4:30pm


fiber577 WORKSHOP - ECO PRINTING

Artist Kathy Hays will be teaching Eco Printing, contact printing of plants onto protein fiber fabrics. Be inspired by the beautiful grounds of The 577 Foundation & create plant prints on fabric & paper. During the 2 day workshop we will take a Nature walk to explore, identify & collect different plants suitable for contact printing. This is perfect for fiber artist, feltmakers, dyers & art quilters. No experience necessary, just a willingness to experiment & enjoy the bounties of nature. You will enjoy the wonderful aroma of onion skins & Eucalyptus as the bundles are processing. Different techniques will be presented for fabric & one technique for paper. Some hand strength is needed to create bundles. This workshop is designed to learn the fundamentals that will launch your artwork into a new Eco Printing adventure. SUPPLY LIST: e-mail kathyhaysfelts@gmail.com (Lunch included 12-1pm; Other Workshop visits 4-4:30pm). Payment due a week after registration – no refunds after May 10. For more information, visit www.fiber577.com/workshops Leader: Kathy Hays Limit: 10     Fee: $175.00 
Sat - Jun 10 Sun -11
9am-4:30pm


fiber577 WORKSHOP - INTRODUCTION TO SILK PAINTING

Artist Erin Miller we will cover all the basics of silk painting, from supplies & preparation to paint application & finishing. By first practicing on hankies, students will learn how to control the uniquely fluid paint using various tools & resists. After students become comfortable with the medium they will design & create a full-sized silk scarf that employs their favorite techniques. Emphasis will be made on how to practice silk painting in a home studio & where to acquire supplies so students can continue to investigate the medium after the workshop. Each student will leave with two samples & a silk scarf. ALL SUPPLIES PROVIDED. (Lunch included 12-1pm; Other Workshop visits 4-4:30pm). Payment due a week after registration – no refunds after May 10. For more information, visit www.fiber577.com/workshops Leader: Erin Miller Limit: 12     Fee: $60.00 
Sun - Jun 11
9am-4:30pm


fiber577 WORKSHOP - KUMIHIMO JAPANESE BRAIDING

Artist Jeanne Norman Sarna will be teaching Kumihimo Braiding which has been practiced for over 5 thousand years by many cultures. The Japanese have developed over two thousand different braid structures, each of them have thousands of variations. This workshop will focus on the eight-element, round Kongo Gumi braid. Learn the basics of working in the Japanese style, using a modern foam disk. The beginning project will be to make a bracelet, starting with how to make the braid. Once the braiding is mastered, learn to add beads in pattern & finish with professional jewelry techniques. Next, learn about variations of the Kongo Gumi braid. A few simple changes will produce a unique braid. Start a second project, your choice: bracelet, necklace, dog leash, cords for a mixed media project or make anything out of the braid; it will be up to you. Kumihimo is very addictive, you will now have the skills to do a variety of projects. SUPPLY LIST: e-mail jsarna@pageAdditions.com or call 248-813-8888. (Lunch included 12-1pm; Other Workshop visits 4-4:30pm). Payment due a week after registration – no refunds after May 10. For more information, visit www.fiber577.com/workshops Leader: Jeanne Norman Sarna Limit: 12     Fee: $65.00 
Sat - Jun 10
9am-4:30pm


fiber577 WORKSHOP - SPONTANEOUS HAND-STITCHING

Artist Christine Mauersberger says, “There is something enchanting about hand-stitching.” We are drawn to stitch & can almost feel the vitality of the person who created the sewn marks. The purpose of this workshop is to guide you through lively exercises for making your own work in a spontaneous & fresh manner. The two day session will be filled with music, doodling, stitching & fun. I will present ideas & methods through samples, books, powerpoint presentations & music. Students are encouraged to bring a small sampling (1 to 3) of their own stitched items to share with the group to help each of us gain a sense of community, sharing & mutual respect. This is a nice kick-start session for building a meditative & purposeful style of hand-stitching. SUPPLY LIST: e-mail info@christinemauersberger.com (Lunch included 12-1pm; Other Workshop visits 4-4:30pm). Payment due a week after registration – no refunds after May 10. For more information, visit www.fiber577.com/workshops Leader: Christine Mauersberger Limit: 14     Fee: $125.00 
Sat - Jun 10 Sun -11
9am-4:30pm


fiber577 WORKSHOP - TAPESTRY WEAVING

Artist Susan Cayton will be teaching Tapestry Weaving. Learn the weft–faced plain weave technique of discontinuous interlacing of wool yarns to create a project for a wall hanging, bag, garment or table piece. Using a simple 18” x 24” wooden frame loom, we will warp with white or natural colored wool, linen or cotton, multi plied strong smooth yarn. We will learn both the Navajo and French Aubusson tapestry methods and create a sampler with soft wool yarns and simple tools. Susan will share these tapestry methods and have other looms and many finished tapestry items such as bags, wall hangings and rugs on hand for exploring alternate nuances of tapestry weaving. Students will take home their sampler on the wooden frame loom and a detailed instructions with diagrams, glossary terms and a bibliography for future reference. For design inspiration, bring along photos or sketches of landscapes, simple abstract or geometric designs of interest to you. Visit your local library, the museum or the internet for more ideas. SUPPLY LIST: e-mail caytonsj@juno.com (Lunch included 12-1pm; Other Workshop visits 4-4:30pm). Payment due a week after registration – no refunds after May 10. For more information, visit www.fiber577.com/workshops Leader: Susan Cayton Limit: 10     Fee: $75.00 
Sun - Jun 11
9am-4:30pm


YOUTH AND FAMILY CLASSES

FAMILY POTTERY: 1st-12th grd w/adult

Adult & child enjoy an exploration of hand built pottery projects. Make projects using coils, pinch, slab, or extruded clay techniques. Make projects together or individually. Decorate with colored slips. 577 will finish pieces with a clear glaze. BOTH ADULT AND CHILD MUST REGISTER FOR CLASS. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 10     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - May 13
2-4pm


FAMILY POTTERY: 4 yr olds-K with adult

Adult & child make hand built pottery together or individually from demonstrations. Work with pinch, slab or extruded clay, decorate with colored slips. 577 will finish pieces with a clear glaze. BOTH ADULT AND CHILD MUST REGISTER FOR CLASS. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 10     Fee: $15.00 
Thu - May 11
9:30-11am


HOMESCHOOL POTTERY: 8-14 yr olds

Your child will enjoy an exploration of hand built pottery projects. Make projects using different techniques such as coils, pinch, slab, or extruded clay techniques. Paint them with colored slips & 577 will finish pieces with a clear glaze. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 10     Fee: $20.00 
Tue - May 2
2-4pm


PARTNERS IN FUN-BEACH: 3-4 yr olds w/adult

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. Almost summer, let’s go to the beach. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - May 18
10-11am


PARTNERS IN FUN-CLOTHESPINS: 3-4 yr olds w/adult

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. Let’s have some fun with clothespins! Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - May 4
10-11am


PARTNERS IN FUN-PIRATES: 3-4 yr olds w/adult

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. Aye Matey! The pirates are on the way. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - May 25
10-11am


PARTNERS IN FUN-SUN CATCHERS: 3-4 yr olds w/adult

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. It’s time for lots of sun! Let’s make beautiful sun catchers. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - May 11
10-11am