MSU Lifelong Learning Institute

Fall 2022 Workshops

The desire to learn never stops! MSU’s Lifelong Learning Institute has designed a fun and exciting list of classes for all ages.

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Tiny tots clay experience

Sept. 26 and Sept. 28 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Students will be instructed in both hand and guided wheel methods to shape clay into decorative and functional pottery. Using their chosen technique, they will create a piece to use and be proud of. All materials and tools will be provided. Please dress comfortably and in clothes that can get dirty. All skill levels welcome! Limited to 10 students.

Ages: 4 – 7
Location: Pioneer Hall Ceramics Studio
Cost: $40
Instructors: Ashley Crouch Davis and Linda Olson

Young adult clay hand-building class

Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

If you have ever wanted to play with clay, this fun workshop is perfect for you! Designed to introduce the basics of hand-built ceramic techniques, we will create a clay box that you can take home! Learn and use coil and slab techniques and how to add texture to the finished piece, making it uniquely yours. All materials and tools will be provided. Please dress comfortably and in clothes that can get dirty. All experience levels welcome — perfect for a date night! Limited to 10 students.

Ages: 18+ (16–17 if accompanied by parent or guardian)
Location: Pioneer Hall Ceramics Studio
Cost: $40
Instructor: Ashley Crouch Davis

Kids clay hand-building and throwing

Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Students will be instructed in both hand and wheel methods to shape clay into decorative and functional pottery. Using their chosen technique, they will create a piece to use and be proud of. All materials and tools will be provided. Please dress comfortably and in clothes that can get dirty. All skill levels welcome! Limited to 10 students.

Ages: 8 – 15
Location: Pioneer Hall Ceramics Studio
Cost: $40
Instructors: Ashley Crouch Davis and Linda Olson

Adult clay open studio

Sept. 27, Oct. 4, and Oct. 11 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. Anxious to get your hands back into clay? Come work on a new project, or just keep up with your practice – our open studio is for potters and clay artists with experience! No formal instruction will be provided, but an experienced teacher will be present to answer questions and advise as needed. If you do not have your own tools and clay, we will have supplies on hand! Limited to 10 students.

Ages: 18+
Location: Pioneer Hall Ceramics Studio
Cost: $60
Instructor: Ashley Crouch Davis and Linda Olson

From pilot to production

Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, and Nov. 8 | 6 – 8 p.m.

An in-depth introduction to podcasting. From concept to completion this class will teach fundamental techniques necessary to producing a podcast; creative development, research, writing, producing, recording, editing, and distribution. Students are recommended to have a laptop, Macbook, or similar to get the most from this class as there will be hands-on use and teaching of podcast-related editing software (tablets will not work). Limited to 24 students.

Ages: 18+
Location: Old Main 104
Cost: $50
Instructor: Jonah Lantto, audio/visual producer, professional podcaster, and co-host of Midwest Murder Podcast

Phone photography workshop

Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 | 6 – 7 p.m.

Do you love capturing and sharing images on your smartphone, but wish you knew insider tricks to make your images stand out? This two-day smartphone photography course will teach you to take high quality professional photos on your smartphone by mastering shooting, lighting, editing, posing, and more! Participants will need a smartphone with a camera and the ability to download free third-party editing apps.

Ages: Open to all ages
Location: Old Main 104
Cost: $20
Instructors: Aaron Hughes and Ashley Duchsherer, Hint of Whimsy Photography

Pickleball 101

Every Tuesday, Nov. 1 – Dec. 6 (6 weeks) 10 a.m. – noon

Experience for yourself why Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States.

Ages: Open to all ages
Location: Wellness Center
Cost: $50 Instructor: Kevin Yale

Adult framing workshop

Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to learn to mat and frame artworks? Don’t let standard sizes, cheap frames or poor matting affect the quality of your presentation and limit the longevity of your artworks. Learn professional methods for protecting and displaying valuable art and documents. Cutting mats, frame selection, and conservation concerns will be covered, along with a discussion of required tools, equipment, and supplies. Learn safe glass and plexiglass cutting, assembly, and hardware options. Limited to 10 students.

Ages: 18+
Location: Northwest Arts Center
Cost: $30 Instructors: Greg Vettel and Linda Olson

Deck the halls: metal tooling ornaments and small sculpture

Nov. 29, Dec. 6 , and Dec. 13 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Bring your creativity and energy to get hands-on with a classic medium: metal tooling. Whether inspired to create luminaries, tree ornaments, nativity scenes, or any other relief sculpture, all are welcome to try this easy entry, artistic process. Materials provided for three evening sessions. Limited to 10 students.

Ages: Open to all ages. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: Swain Hall 314
Cost: $25 Instructor: Micah Bloom