When you register for a virtual class, you will receive an ID# to allow you to log into the class (via Zoom).  Save this ID# as you will use it to access the class each week.  Do not share this code with anyone.  Your emailed registration receipt will provide you with more detailed information on how to log into the class.

Virtual Ceramics Classes

Ceramics with Janice Strawder

Students will be guided through a series of clay projects that will address basic hand-building techniques. Included will be the physical manipulation of the clay, such as darting, stretching, and carving, surface decorating with brushwork and color, and finish glazing techniques. These projects will offer options, and enough flexibility for you to express your own unique vision. A syllabus will be provided along with suggestion for setting up your workspace. Glaze sessions for using our studio glazes will be available by appointment with regard to social distancing.

6 week sessions = $175

Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Fall Session 1  - CLOSED

Fall Session 2
November 7 - December 19, 2020
(No class on November 28)

Winter Session 1
January 9 - February 13, 2021

Winter Session 2
February 20 - March 27, 2021

NEW - Pottery Wheel Techniques with Janice Strawder

Students will be guided through a series of pottery wheel projects that will address basic throwing techniques to help build skills. Projects will focus on particular forms, to include a variety of surface treatments. Examples and discussions reference contemporary as well as historic pottery. A syllabus will be provided along with suggestion for setting up your workspace. Glaze sessions for using our studio glazes, as well as one-on-one wheel appointment will be made available with regard to social distancing.

6 week sessions = $175

Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Fall Session
November 11 - December 16, 2020

Winter Session I
January 12 - February 17, 2021

Winter Session II
February 24 - March 31, 2021

Virtual One-Day Ceramic Workshops

Slip and Underglaze Decorating Techniques with Janice Strawder

Bring color, contrast, and design to your pottery surfaces through the use of clay based slips and underglazes.  In this hour-long presentation, participants will learn about various ways to address your pottery surface prior to hand-building, or on existing leather-hard pottery pieces.  Janice will discuss various stages of clay flexibility/ hardness, and appropriate surface techniques.

FEE: $25
DATE: Friday, November 20, 2020
TIME: 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Glaze Decorating Techniques with Janice Strawder

They say to be a potter you must possess a certain temperament.  The truth is, when you finally finish a piece, you hand it over to a 2000+ degree fire and “hope for the best”.  You must withhold judgment, and be prepared for elation or disappointment. This workshop is intended to help you have more success with glazing by introducing you to various approaches to the glazing process.  Considerations of form, glaze color, combinations, and glaze quality, will be discussed and demonstrated.

FEE: $25
DATE: Friday, December 4, 2020
TIME: 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Virtual One-Day Joomchi Workshop

One-Day Workshop: Abstract Painting and the Paper Art of Joomchi with Barbara Straussberg

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 1:00 -2:00 PM
Workshop Fee: $15

What is the ancient Korean paper technique called Joomchi? Joomchi is a 500-year-old Korean paper-manipulating technique where the artist works layers of Hanji paper together while wet to form one sheet of paper. Learn how Barbara Straussberg, abstract painter and paper artist, brings her abstract painting and printmaking sensibility to this traditional craft once used to make clothing and functional objects.

Straussberg will demonstrate the various stages of layering the handmade papers together, rolling them with her hands to bind the fibers together and opening up the fibers to create transparency and lace-like structures while lending insight into how an abstract painter can reinterpret a traditional craft into a contemporary art form.

Virtual Art Classes

Collage with Julie Zahn

Class Fee: $175 (6 classes)

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Fall Session I = September 23 - October 28 registration closed
Fall Session II = November 4 - December 16 (no class on Nov. 25th)

In this class we will focus on the “materials and techniques” aspects of collage. We will work with paper, pigments and glue. I will teach how to stretch paper, make glue, transfer images, paint and pigment application techniques, and different collage application techniques. This class will give the student an opportunity to experiment with novel tools, using bird imagery as the initial springboard to create collages.


  • Rives BFK (sheets are 22”x30”; rolls are 42”x10 yards) or other 100% rag paper
  • gummed paper tape (Art Alternatives brand)
  • spray bottle
  • ruler
  • wood board to tape paper onto
  • wheat starch paste (available from any art supply store or in bulk from University Products in Holyoke, MA (catalog item no: 615-1000) or Talas (www.talasonline.com). Do NOT buy no-cook wheat starch paste, also available.)
  • soybeans (raw)
  • blender
  • piece of cheesecloth or linen
  • pigments, i.e. watercolors/gouache

White-line woodcut with Julie Zahn

Class Fee: $100 (4 classes)

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Fall Session I = September 23 - October 14 registration closed
Fall Session II - October 28 - November 18

White-line woodcut is a printmaking technique that involves carving wood and printing the image by hand. After transferring an image onto a board, the lines of the image are cut with an exacto knife. To print, one side of a piece of printmaking paper is taped onto the board. The image is painted and transferred onto the paper little by little, allowing the artist to see the image as it develops. We will produce a small edition of prints.


  • piece of white pine (about 12" 1x10 or 1/12)
  • Rives BFK or other strong, supple paper (we will discuss during first session)
  • exacto knife
  • carbon paper
  • tracing paper
  • masking tape
  • watercolor/gouache
  • brushes
  • wooden spoon


Painting and Drawing with Lara Cantu-Hertzler

This class will begin in dry media and move into wet media.  Students will experiment with just dry media, just wet media, and combinations of both.  There will be discussions on the differences between a drawing and a painting.  Students will learn how to capture a light source, how to create form using line, and how to insinuate atmosphere.  Each class students will look at artists work to enrich their understanding of drawing and painting.

Class Fee = $175 (6 week session)
Mondays, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Fall Session I = Sept. 14 - Oct. 19 Registration closed
Fall Session II = Oct. 26 - Nov. 30 Registration closed

Materials List

  • Charcoal
  • Needed eraser
  • Nupastels: White, light gray, medium gray, dark gray, black
  • Mixed media paper pad 11x14”
  • India ink
  • White gouache
  • Black gouache
  • Flat synthetic brushes: 1”, ½”
  • 1 round watercolor brush

Exploring Color with Lara Cantu-Hertzler

This class will give painters a comprehensive understanding of earth and primary color pallets and different ways of combining them.  We will look at a variety of painters who use different color pallets.  Students will apply learned color theory to their paintings doing master copies, painting from photos and from life.  Students can work in either Oils or Acrylics.

Class Fee = $175 (6 week session)
Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Fall Session I = Sept. 15 - Oct. 20 Registraiton closed
Fall Session II = Oct. 27 - Dec. 1 Registration closed

Materials List

  • Oil (Gamblin) or Acrylic (Golden) paints
  • Ivory Black or Carbon Black
  • Transparent Red Oxide
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Napthol Scarlet, Pyrole Red light
  • Indian Yellow
  • Quinacridone magenta, or magenta
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cobalt Teal
  • Titanium White
  • glass Jar
  • pallet knife
  • Fredrix Canvas pad 11x14” or 9x12” or Yupo pad
  • A variety of brushes, synthetic, flat, round and filbert
  • White paper disposable pallet, 11”x14”
  • One Compass
  • One straight edge

For Oil Colors only:

  • Gamsol
  • neomeglip

For Acrylic Colors only:

  • Golden Retarder
  • Golden Glazing medium

Virtual Fiber Class

Sculptural Crochet with Leslie Pontz

Class Fee: $175 (6 classes)

Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Fall Session = October 7 - November 11 Registration closed

Over the course of this class, taught by fiber sculptor Leslie Pontz, students will learn to crochet in the round using non-traditional materials, i.e., monofilament, cotton twine, or another non-traditional material of their choice, as well as learn how to make their own patterns and implement them to create a finished sculptural piece. Previous understanding of the skill of crochet is preferred, but not required.

Materials List - Supplied by Student:

  • 20# monofilament (preferred but a similar non-traditional material can be substituted)
  • J hook
  • graph paper
  • ruler
  • pencil

Raku Workshop

Instructor: Allens Lane Faculty

Raku Beginners Welcome: no experience necessary

Experience first hand the fast firing process of RAKU. Participants will be guided through the process of glazing, kiln loading, firing, and post-reduction cooling. Your beautiful lustrous pottery will be ready to take home that day. Bring 3-5 bisque pieces with you. An assortment of glazes will be available for your use at the ALAC studio.

$60 per person

Sundays, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

April 25, 2021

May 16, 2021

June 20, 2021