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Adult Art Classes offered through the NDMOA


History of Still Life Painting
Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
July 15 – August 26

Social distancing is required. Class is capped at 20 people. Masks and gloves will be provided. Parking is free.

This weekly class will follow the text of Norman Brysons “Looking at the Overlooked” to gain a deeper understanding of the foundations of the still life genre in painting. The structure of this class will consist of weekly readings, a lecture on the readings with additional information on artists and movements discussed. Following the lecture there will be a discussion that is formulated around a question posed prior to the lecture.

Historically and culturally, the societies that produced still life painting could hardly be more diverse. What is it, then, that allows us to place such different types of image in a single category? Norman Bryson argues that the family resemblances between the different types of still life stem from their common portrayal of a level of material culture that retains its fundamental outlines through long spans of time and across the boundaries and divisions of national culture: the culture of domestic routine and of the rituals of hospitality. How this ‘low plane reality’ is historically viewed and inflected by the ‘higher’ levels and discourses of the surrounding culture is the fundamental subject of this book.

  • Looking at the Overlooked

Mollie Douthit: a painter who resides in Grand Forks and Ireland. She depicts ordinary, personal situations that contain personally emotive objects or people. Mollie enjoys reading and films immensely, often finding inspiration from these sources. She also incorporates creative writing into the titles of many of her works. She has been the recipient of multiple international painting awards. Mollie has received numerous awards and grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Irish Arts Council, and the North Dakota Council of the Arts. Her work has been supported by residencies at the Jentel Foundation for the Arts, Tyrone Guthrie Center, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center. Splitting time between Ireland and North Dakota, among other locales, Mollie loves painting in the kitchen and is an avid baker. Mollie’s passion for still life painting continually informs and helps grow her practice.

Utilizing the text of ‘Looking at the overlooked’ by Norman Bryson Douthit will present in detail key facets of this genre with images, historical insights, as well as structure for enriching conversation around a topic that is a cornerstone to her work and being.
The book is not required but suggested. Online and print copies are available from multiple sources.

Members $125
Non-members $140

Digital Drawing by Tait Simonson

Digital Drawing
online class
ages 18+

Four weeks to choose from!
Monday – Friday
June 29 – July 3
July 13 – 17
July 20 – 24
July 27 – 31

Ever want to create a wonderful work of art, but just don’t have the materials? This is the camp for you! It is all digital! We love using our phones and devices so why not make art with them! Learn to draw and paint digitally on a whole new level with this camp! Four unique art lessons on making digital art, step by step directions from start to finish, that will teach you better understanding of techniques and process of digital art making!

Each day includes a pre-recorded demonstration. You’ll upload your images and get feedback from the teacher and other students in the online classroom. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

These classes are a combination of working on your own time and meeting together using Zoom. Please see schedule below.

Monday – Friday. Four lessons and three Zoom meetings.

Monday: Mountain Landscape
Tuesday: Abstract Art
Wednesday: Contour Line Drawing
Thursday: Desert Sunset Landscape
Friday: Review and Celebrate!

Zoom Meetings:
Monday, Introduction: 11:00 am 40 minutes
Wednesday, Review and Discuss: 11:00 am 40 minutes
Friday, Review and Celebrate: 11:00 am 40 minutes

Zoom meeting links available in the classroom
*You will need a gmail account (email address) to access the classroom. Secure classroom codes sent after registration.

Members $100
Non-members $120

Tait Simonson is from Faith, South Dakota, today he does most of his creative art work from Grand Forks, North Dakota. He attended undergraduate school at the University of South Dakota receiving his Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with an emphasis in Sculpture. He then went on to attend graduate school at the Pacific Northwest College of Fine Art to receive his Master’s of Fine Arts degree. Since then he has been teaching Art at Central Valley Public School K-12, while receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Valley City State University. He specializes in sculpture and, focuses on light based architecturally responsive work, he also enjoys working with metal, clay, and wood.

Book Binding with Tait Simonson

Book Binding
ages 18+

Stab Binding
Wednesday, July 22, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Line Stitch
Wednesday, July 29, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Coptic Stitch
Wednesday, August 5, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Perfect Binding
Wednesday, August 12, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Social distancing is required. Class is capped at 14 people. Masks and gloves will be provided. Parking is free.

Have you ever wanted to create your own book, or maybe you’re tired of buying a boring sketchbook that isn’t what you want? This could be the perfect class for you! Learn how to create and bind your very own books! This is a great way learn to make your sketchbook or craft book for almost any use! This class we go over four distinctly different binding stitches with great insight on how you might use this technique for years to come!

All material is provided, no experience necessary.

Each evening class rate:
Members: $25
Non-members: $35
Sign up for all four classes and receive 25% off