Family Paint Party

Create masterpieces side-by-side! This class is a family-friendly remix of popular paint-and-wine parties, focusing on giving parents and children a unique opportunity to get creative together. Emerald Art Center instructors will provide guidance on creating seasonally-themed art pieces and you’ll use your own sense of style to make the piece your own! Please register each individual separately; adults and children must accompany each other. $5 supply fee due at time of registration.

Location: Emerald Art Center, 500 Main Street
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 10/20 Days: Sa Time: 10AM-12PM Price: $19.00 IDIn-district / $25.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19581 Online Registration: Canceled
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 12/15 Days: Sa Time: 10AM-12PM Price: $19.00 IDIn-district / $25.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19582 Online Registration: Register

Paint and Sip Party

Ages 21+. Looking for a fun and creative night out? Bring a beverage and some friends and join us for one of our monthly painting parties. In this supportive low-key setting, you’ll be given step-by-step instructions on how to create your very own acrylic painting to take home at the end of the night. 10/18 class canceled due to instructor illness.

Location: Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 9/13 Days: Th Time: 6PM-8:30PM Price: $36.00 IDIn-district / $44.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19353 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 10/18 Days: Th Time: 6PM-8:30PM Price: $36.00 IDIn-district / $44.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19354 Online Registration: Canceled
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 11/15 Days: Th Time: 6PM-8:30PM Price: $36.00 IDIn-district / $44.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19355 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 12/6 Days: Th Time: 6PM-8:30PM Price: $36.00 IDIn-district / $44.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19357 Online Registration: Register

Barn Quilt Painting Workshop

Ages 18+. Join the barn quilt movement by creating your own painted quilt block. In this hands on class you will begin with a pre-primed board and go through each step drafting, taping, and painting, under the guidance of instructor Shelia Sinclair Synder. At the end of the workshop you will leave with your own 2 x 2 completed barn quilt block.

Location: Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 10/15 Days: M Time: 10AM-2PM Price: $107.00 IDIn-district / $117.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19301 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 12/3 Days: M Time: 10AM-2PM Price: $107.00 IDIn-district / $117.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19302 Online Registration: Register

Needle Felting

Ages 14+. Let your creativity loose as you make new felted friends! All materials provided; additional materials available for purchase to take home. Beginners welcome!

Whimsical Woodland Friends: Use wool to create colorful, fun, woodland critters. These fun and easy to make creations make perfect gifts. Foam felting board, wool and needles provided for you to keep. Additional materials available for purchase to take home.

Festive Holiday Ornaments: Create snowmen, gnomes, stars, or whatever wool ornament or figurines you can imagine! These wool creations are fun and easy to make. Give them as a gift or tie them onto a package.

Location: Dorris Ranch
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Whimsical Woodland Friends: 11/3 Days: Sa Time: 10AM-1PM Price: $22.00 IDIn-district / $25.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19490 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Festive Holiday Ornaments: 12/8 Days: Sa Time: 10AM-1PM Price: $22.00 IDIn-district / $25.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19470 Online Registration: Register

Upcycle Holiday Craft

Ages 18+. Don’t throw away those old, unused items around your house, upcycle them! In this creative 2 hour workshop you will create fabulous items that you can use or give as a personalized gift. All supplies provided. Limited space available. Register in advance.

Location: Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 11/17 Days: Sa Time: 10AM-12PM Price: $18.00 IDIn-district / $21.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19374 Online Registration: Register

Winter Wreath Making

Ages 12+. Made from fresh evergreens, a wreath symbolizes eternal life and was traditionally given as a gift in the winter months. Create your own from fresh materials harvested from Dorris Ranch.festive wreath hangs on blue door

Location: Dorris Ranch
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 12/2 Days: Su Time: 1PM-3PM Price: $17.00 IDIn-district / $19.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19246 Online Registration: Register

Photography Basics

Joshua Rainey with camera under oak treeAges 13+. Learn to use your camera in a way that lets you control all settings to get better pictures. Professional photographer Joshua Rainey will teach basic photography techniques with an emphasis on how to use the photography gear you already own. This course will include basic technique, photographic rules, composition, camera settings, and one-on-one time to help you improve your skills as a photographer. We’ll be meeting at various Willamalane parks, so feel free to bring your families along to play while we learn photography. No childcare provided.

Session 1 Locations:

  • Sept. 20: Tomseth House at Dorris Ranch
  • Sept. 27: Clearwater Park at Middle Fork Trailhead
  • Oct. 4: Ruff Park at the foot bridge

Session 2 Locations:

  • Dec. 1: Dorris Ranch Barn
  • Dec. 8: Lively Park Pavilions
  • Dec. 15: Island Park North Shelter

Gear list:

  • DSLR camera or equivalent, must have aperture priority and manual settings
  • Memory card
  • Tripod

 

Joshua Rainey’s Top 3 Quick Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer

  1. Hold your camera correctly.  I often see photographers (even some professionals) holding their cameras completely wrong and it drives me crazy!  Hold the grip side with your right hand so your index finger rests on the shutter button and make sure your left hand is under the lens, not over.  If you put your left hand under the lens it helps support the camera and avoids camera shake, which can make photos blurry.  This is a very easy thing to learn from the beginning, so do it right and never look back!
  2. Try new things.  Put your camera on a tripod, use a long shutter speed, use large apertures, use small apertures, photograph something at night, photograph something in bright sunlight.  Seriously, it doesn’t matter what you do, just mix it up and get out of your comfort zone, you might even learn something new doing this.
  3. Carry your camera with you.  Especially as you’re starting out.  Take your camera everywhere, photograph boring things, try to make something simple look amazing.  The more time you have with your camera in hand, the easier photography will be for you.

These are all very simple quick tips that anybody out there can do to improve their photography!  If you want to actually learn how to control your camera and make the decisions yourself, then come take my class and you’ll leave knowing exactly how to make the decisions for your camera, helping you create better photos for a lifetime.  The class focuses on teaching you the basics of exposure and gives you enough knowledge to be able to setup exposure settings in manual using ISO, shutter speed and aperture.  Each plays a vital role to creating a great photograph and if you can make the decisions instead of letting your camera do it for you, your photos will vastly improve!  I teach you on the gear you already own so that you can practice on it and become a better photographer without having to purchase more gear.

Location: TBD
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 9/20-10/4 Days: Th Time: 5:30PM-7PM Price: $75.00 IDIn-district / $90.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19578 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 12/1-12/15 Days: Sa Time: 10AM-11:30AM Price: $75.00 IDIn-district / $90.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19579 Online Registration: Register

Rock Shop

18+

Equipped with slab and trim saws, grinders, sanders and polishers. Staff will cut rocks. Instructors: Springfield Rock Club. Shop closed 1/1, 1/2, 1/18, 2/15.

Location: Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Weekly Days: TuWTh Time: 9am-3pm Price: $17.50 IDIn-district/| $20 ODOut-of-district for 5-session punch pass; $4.50 IDIn-district/$5 ODOut-of-district drop-in Class #: N/A Online Registration: 541-736-4544
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Weekly Days: F Time: 12-5pm Price: $17.50 IDIn-district/| $20 ODOut-of-district for 5-session punch pass; $4.50 IDIn-district/$5 ODOut-of-district drop-in Class #: N/A Online Registration: 541-736-4544
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Weekly Days: Sa Time: 9am-12pm Price: $17.50 IDIn-district/| $20 ODOut-of-district for 5-session punch pass; $4.50 IDIn-district/$5 ODOut-of-district drop-in Class #: N/A Online Registration: 541-736-4544