Adult Art and Culinary Workshops

How do I register?

  • Call our Box Office 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.
  • Please see our Education Policies

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


Painting Watercolors with Texture

September 14 & 15   |   10 am – 4 pm
Non-Members: $150
Members: $125
Instructed by: Glenda Drennen
Register by September 11


This hands-on workshop includes lecture, printed handouts, and a demonstration about texturing with watercolors, adding depth to student understanding of texturing possibilities and effective ways to incorporate recognizable imagery with it. Each person will leave the workshop with their own work to take home.


Drennen is a native of South Dakota and a former public school music teacher. Her love of watercolor began when she married and left teaching about 30 years ago. She has earned signature membership in both the Iowa Watercolor Society and the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society and is a member of Iowa Artists. Drennen is a lifetime member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and served on the board for four years. She is a sought after watercolor instructor and many of her award-winning paintings hang in private and corporate collections.


Handmade Ceramic Muffin Pan

October 19 & 26   |   6 – 8 pm
Non-Members: $30
Members: $25
Register by October 12

Create your very own ceramic muffin pan in this two-night workshop. Learn how to hand build the shape, add design, and your own flair! Glaze on day two and enjoy a functional and beautiful kitchen staple! All materials included.








Mosaic Picture Frame

November 9   |   6 – 8:30 pm
Non-Members: $30
Members: $25
Register by November 2

Make your own mosaic picture frame in a variety of sizes, and then choose from a wide assortment of colored stained glass, tiles, gems, and more! New to mosaic? No worries! This class is great for beginners! All materials included.




Wallpaper Panel Collages

December 7 & 14   |   6 – 8 pm
Non-Members: $30
Members: $25
Register by November 30




Join us in December as we create a unique painted and collaged wallpaper panel artwork! Create a mixed media piece that is 4ft long and full of impulsive character. Use acrylic paints, oil pastels, inks, gelli plates, painted and cut out papers, on this large canvas that is similar to an art journal style – just in large scale! No experience required, all materials included.






Adult Culinary Art Workshops

The Cultured Kitchen (Luncheon with Instruction)

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

October 11: New England Classics
November 8: Wonder of Wok – Featuring Yumi Bringle
December 13: Tastes of Thailand


Join Chef Susanne Bicknese for either lunch or evening course that is sure to please! Learn how to make multiple appetizers, desserts, entrées, and more wth each month’s theme. Enjoy the plated food as you learn how to make it – take home the recipes and enjoy them again!