Art Classes

mosaic class mess feb 2017

Pam offers classes in mosaic, fabric painting, and more. She has worked with both children and adults in a variety of settings. Her classes are filled with encouragement and the true belief that all can gain from expressing themselves through art.

"I believe all people have a need to be creative, and that art is made to examine our emotions and responses to the world we live in. Most adults do not allow themselves much, if any, creative time in their busy lives. So few people believe they have any creativity within themselves, judging their abilities before even trying. Whenever I have an opportunity to help someone discover his or her creative side, I understand a bit more of the purpose for my life. I am deeply gratified when a student discovers they are indeed creative and are able to smile and be proud of what they have done.

All scheduled classes and upcoming events can be found on the Upcoming Events page. Not seeing the class you want? Need a different schedule? Choose your own class and have Pam come to you!

Classes are available in Fabric is Paint, Mosaics, and Stained Glass mosaics (see class descriptions). Class size is a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10.

Pam teaches at a wide variety of locations, including art associations, galleries, community centers, churches and peoples homes. Email Pam today with your interest and your preferred schedule.

Schedule a class. Unleash your creativity.

Class Descriptions

  • Fabric Artwork by Pam Collins titled Just Keep Swimming

    Fabric is Paint

    Class Time: Approx. 3 - 8 hours depending on the size of the artwork and individual creativity components

    This class is an entry level class.  You will discover how using fabric as paint can become a beautiful painting.  The process is quite a simple one, however, learning to look at fabric for another use than it’s intended use is a challenge.  Pam guides you through the process of examining textures, colors of fabric, and how they are transformed into mountains, water, trees and more.  In this class, you will work on an 11 x 14 canvas. As you learn the process, you will be excited and encouraged to see how it all happens.  No art experience is needed. You will learn from demonstrations and individual advice and encouragement.   The only tool you will need is a pair of fabric scissors. Pam encourages students to bring some of their own favorite fabric and/or favorite clothing that can’t be used anymore - perhaps a favorite piece of child’s clothing.

    All supplies provided except scissors.

  • A mosaic by Pam Collins titled "Quiet Life."

    Mosaics

    Class Time: Approx. 6-8 hours on 1st day and 2 hours on the 2nd day

    Breaking old dishes, cups, platters and more is empowering. Maybe you have only one plate left of your grandmother’s and you hate to throw it away.  Bring it to class and discover how to incorporate it into a work of art! This art form is very satisfying and rewarding.  You will learn how to design a wall hanging or mirror, a house number, or even a table top.   

    Mosaic classes require 2 sessions. The first session is design and gluing.  The second session is for grouting and finishing. Each topic is a different class and you'll find the process is easy. 

    All supplies are provided.  Both sessions must be attended for success.

  • Glass mosaic by Pam Collins titled "Blue Paisley"

    Stained Glass Mosaics

    Class Time: Approx. 8 hours on 1st day and 2 hours on the 2nd day. The 2nd class must take place at least 3 days after the 1st session.

    Who doesn’t like stained glass?  This class is similar to regular mosaics, except you are using colored glass, and requires 2 sessions. 

    In the first session, you will create a design to follow, learn how to score and cut glass, and glue the glass to your base.  In the second session, you will learn how to grout and finish the art. 

    Both sessions must be attended for success. As the glue under the stained glass must be completely dry before grouting, the second session may be up to a week after the first session. 

Pam Collins has been in my classroom as a guest artist several times.  She has taught mosaics and watercolors to students grades 5-12 and our students thoroughly enjoyed making creative art with her.  Pam is an enthusiastic presenter and gives students direction while allowing them to explore their own ideas.  Her love of making art shines through her presentation. 

Jody Hagenson
Art Teacher, Browerville MN