Adult Art and Culinary Workshops

How do I register?

  • Call our BoxOffice at 712-332-7013 and ask to sign up for the specific class title or sessions. Over the phone we can take your basic information along with a payment to reserve your place in the class.
  • Stop in to the Pearson Lakes Art Center at 2201 Hwy 71, Okoboji, IA 51355 and our BoxOffice can sign you up. Payment is needed at the time of registration.

Have questions about any of the classes?

  • Contact Holly Zinn, Education Director, by stopping in the Pearson Lakes Art Center, calling at 712-332-7013 ext. 101, or email

Adult Visual Art Workshops

PLAC Clay Studio Introduction

Thursday, June 8, 5:30pm
Fee: FREE | Instructor: PLAC Staff | Informational Class Only

Join the Pearson Lakes Art Center staff as we lead you through the ins and outs of our very own Clay Studio. Learn everything you need to know for your own successful Open Studio nights here at the PLAC. Learn where supplies are located, how to use unusual tools, which glazes are available to use and how to apply them, ring schedules, where to store your pottery, and gain ideas and inspiration for a variety of projects. Demonstrations in basic hand building and wheel throwing will take place as well! This is a great session for anyone wanting to learn a little more about the studio and how to make hand built and wheel thrown items. Leave with the knowledge of how to operate the clay studio for future visits to our Open Studio Thursdays.

Photography as a Tool for Storytelling

Friday, June 16, 6am – 12pm
Instructor: David Thoreson | Fee: $50 per person | Register by June 13

Have you ever wanted to tell your own story through your photographs, family history, vacation, or adventure in the outdoors? Spend a session with David Thoreson to learn how he transforms his visual interests and discoveries of the natural world into personally rewarding storyboards. David will share photographic lessons learned from his experiences using older 35mm lm technology all the way to his iPhone and how they each contribute to his story. Please bring a camera – this can be anything from an iPhone to a DSLR and lenses. Also bring a tablet or laptop. You can bring other photos, like family history for instance, if you want to work on speci c subject matter. David will share tips and techniques on visualization, composition, and storytelling. If you have ever been interested in assembling a personal story, hobby, or photo collection into a digital story to share online or in person, David’s workshop will help you attain your goal.Suggested Supply List available.

Inspirational Canvas Wall Hanging on Vintage Hangers

Wednesday, June 14, 9am – 11:30am
Members: $20 per person | Non-members: $25 per person | Instructor: Marianne Richmond
Register by June 14 | All materials provided. Ages 14 and up |

Wish to declare your hopes and dreams? Join Marianne Richmond a best selling kids book author, in this fun painting class where you’ll make wonderfully free canvas paintings on vintage hangers that invite you give voice to your heart! For the sure-footed and the shy, the certain and the seeker and anyone ready to receive the gift of self-expression. No experience necessary, just an open and willing heart!All materials included!

Interchangeable Magnetic Jewelry

Wednesday, June 14, 7pm – 9pm
Members: $20 per person | Non-members: $25 per person | Instructor: Marianne Richmond
Register by June 14 | All materials provided. Ages 14 and up |

Join Marianne Richmond a best selling kids book author, in this hands-on workshop where you create your own set of Magnet House Jewelry. Choose between a rectangle necklace on a 22” chain or a square bracelet on a ribbon. Create three personalized magnets using paper, words, fabric and embellishments. Choose three more pre-printed magnets from Marianne’s collection. Decorate a cute gift tin to keep everything in one place. Just like that — a personalized gift for you or someone you adore! No experience necessary, just an open and willing heart!All materials included!

Woodblock Printmaking

Friday, June 23, 1pm – 5pm
Instructor: Jenie Gao | Fee: $75 | Register by June 16

Come learn how to create your own woodblock print! Jenie will be leading this one day workshop that covers how to create your image, carve your block, and print on paper and fabric. Materials will be provided. Also feel free to bring a t-shirt, fabric, canvas, or different types of paper you’d like to try printing on, and wear something you don’t mind getting little inky! All materials included!

Impressionism and Collage

June 23 & 24, 10am-4pm with lunch break
Instructor: Jossy Lownes| Fee: Members: $200 | Non-members: $250 per person| Register by June 16

Joining us all the way from Scottsdale, AZ, artist Jossy Lownes will be leading a two-day workshop exploring both acrylic painting and collage. This two day workshop is the answer to the questions, “How do I loosen up?” and “How do I paint more abstract”? Day one participants will stain and print their own papers to weave into beautiful collages. Participants will also print using a Gelli Plate and brayers for unusual (and unpredictable) designs. Day two learn how to start an “abstract” painting… with or without a subject. Jossy will demonstrate her contemporary impressionistic way of painting florals using the basic design elements. And finally experiment with color harmonies and compositional solutions, taking your paintings to the next level. Suggested Supply List available.

A Simple Approach to Landscape Photography: Smartphone Workshop

Friday, June 30, 6am – 12pm
Instructor: Mark Hirsch | Fee: $50 | Register by June 28

The best camera is the one you already have with you! Spend a session with Mark Hirsch to learn how he transforms his visual discoveries of the natural world into rewarding photographs using only the camera in his iPhone. Mark will share photographic lessons learned from his experience of using his smartphone to photograph life within the valley of That Tree. With an emphasis on smartphone photography, we will discuss how to overcome the limitations of aperture, shutterspeed controls in smart phone cameras, ways to improve your visual aptitude, and sharpen your awareness of compositional opportunities while making images with your smart phone camera. Plan to spend time in the field exploring the forests and prairies while learning to see and capture images that reflect nature’s relationships and your own personal vision. Mark will share his tips for apps and accessories he uses and recommends to get the most from your smart phone camera. He will talk about and demonstrate how he controls image exposure and edits his personal images within his iPhone. Suggested Supply List available.

Contemporary Collage

July 31 – August 4, 9am – 4pm (break for lunch)
Instructor: Jack Wilkes | Members: $240 | Non-members: $300 | Register by July 24
This class is available for Teacher Recertification and Graduate Credit.

Explore new uses for unexpected materials while introducing conceptual ideas into your art practice. Current issues relating to universal, regional, and environmental themes will be explored through principles of design and the use of mixed media. Discover the relationship found in objects and visual art. This class will introduce a brief history of collage, current applications, and directives for personal objectives. Suggested Supply list available.

Raku Workshop

Saturday, August 19, 10am – 4pm
Members: $50 | Non-members: $60
Instructor: Tom & Wanda Clarke of West Sioux Ceramics | Register by August 16

During the workshop, pottery pieces will be glazed, red, smoked, cooled and ready to take home in 2-3 hours. Purchase a piece of bisque pottery or bring your own pottery pieces of Raku clay or low re- cast ceramic (should be bisque red
to cone 08 or 1770°F). Raku blackens raw clay and causes crazing in the glaze surface. 5-piece maximum. No clay experience necessary! Supply list available. We encourage you to make your own handmade pieces! Raku clay will be available beginning June 1 for open studio use. Suggested Supply List available.

Adult Culinary Sessions

PhD Wine Class (Pretty Healthy Drinking)

5pm – 7pm
Instructor: Morris Caudle
Members: $80 for 4 classes
Non-members: $100 for 4 classes
Register by June 19
Dates: June 22 | June 29 | July 7 | July 13

Earn your PhD in Wine- pretty healthy drinking! Join instructor Morris Caudle for four evening classes learning everything you need to know about wine! Read labels, learn about types of glasses, types of wines, where they are made, food pairing, and a whole lot more! Wine provided by Okoboji Wines!

The Cultured Kitchen (Luncheon with Instruction)

Instructor: Chef Susanne Bicknese
Members: $30 per class Non-members: $35 per class
Register Tuesday prior to class

May 10: Spring Tea
June 21: Heir Apparent
July 12: Salad Sensations
August 9: Skewer This