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Luxury Handmade Soap Workshop


with Angela Millan

Calendar Oct 9, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Grade 9 - Adult

Students will make homemade soap from clear glycerin using a mold and natural ingredients.  Melt and pour technics will be taught.  Students will create a natural and pure soap, free from harmful ingredients to avoid known irritants.  Students will choose up to three natural ingredients and three fragrances to create beautiful and amazing smelling soap that is good enough to give as gifts, sell, or use!  This class will also teach the benefits of certain essential oils to assist students in making soap for skin issues, relaxation, or energy.  The instructor will also provide inexpensive ideas to create beautiful packaging for your soap.  The workshop will provide three fragrances, three natural ingredients and one soap mold.

Pottery Wheel - Casserole Dish - 2 Day Workshop


with Kara Bledsoe

Calendar Oct 13, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Grades 5 -Adult

Enjoy a relaxing two-day workshop creating two beautiful casserole dishes! Students will spend the first day on the potter’s wheel creating the casserole forms. On day two, students will assemble dishes and learn decorating techniques. The goal is for each student to accomplish making two casserole dishes.  Masks will be required due to close contact during demonstrations and one-on-one instruction.

Tuesday, October 13, and Thursday, October 15.

Full Course

Introduction to Story Collecting Workshop


with Jules Corriere

Calendar Oct 14, 2020 at 1 pm

StoryTown’s 2020 Introduction to Story Collecting Workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 14 from 1:00-2:30 through a live Zoom presentation.

This one-day introductory workshop tuition is $15 and is designed for people who are interested in an introduction to the basic practice of collecting oral stories, and serves as a companion to our more in­-depth Advanced Story Collecting Workshop, a four-part series held in the fall and spring of each year.

This workshop focuses on the "nuts-­and-­bolts" of collecting oral stories, including methodology and ethics, practice, and recording. It will be taught by seasoned oral story collector and playwright Jules Corriere, and include hands­-on practice exercises. Although space is strictly limited to twenty people to ensure technical quality and provide individual attention to participants, everyone is welcome to register for the workshop, including genealogists, students, and those interested in collecting stories from family members, neighbors, and others. 

If you have specific questions, please contact Jules Corriere at

Your zoom link will be included with your receipt email.


THE SYSTEM WILL ASK FOR YOUR BIRTHDATE- you can put any year in that you would like, this is a built-in part of our registration because we have kids classes, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Potters Wheel Series Level 2


with Jess Parks

Calendar Oct 14, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks


This intermediate level pottery class is designed to further students’ throwing skills on the potter’s wheel. In this course, students will develop more complex forms and learn new trimming techniques. Each class will have a different demonstration to show unique ways of making functional forms. Must have prior wheel experience. 

Clay Buddies


with Kara Bledsoe

Calendar Oct 17, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

Grades K- 2

This entry level clay class is for the youngest of elementary school age children. Each class will be project based to introduce young children to different clay working techniques. Children will learn planning and decorating techniques to complete projects. Masks will be required due to close contact during demonstrations and one-on-one instruction.

Grown Ups and Me! Dance Class


with Danielle Mumpower

Calendar Oct 17, 2020 at 10 am

Ages 18 months - 2 Years Old

This is a creative movement workshop with an introduction to ballet! Utilizing ballet terminology and familiar songs to engage the dancers. Starting with a floor warm up, an across the floor solo and ending with a special song/dance to close out the class. Designed for parents and dancers to spend some time together dancing, singing and having fun! We will focus on body awareness, listening skills, and mostly importantly beginning a lifelong love of dance! 

Zentangle- Working with Tan Tiles


with Kay Grogg

Calendar Oct 17, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Grade 9- Adult

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Zentangle Method of Drawing

This class will be a continuation of the Zentangle Method of Drawing.  Students will explore the tan or Renaissance tiles using black and brown ink; white gel pens, and white charcoal.  Please bring your graphite pencil, black pens, etc., from the first class.  The additional new materials will be provided with class fee.

This class may transition online if the need arises.

Kids N Clay


with Kara Bledsoe

Calendar Oct 17, 2020 at 11:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

Grades 2-5

In this course, students will be exposed to a basic introduction to ceramic techniques designed for elementary school aged children. This class will create fun imaginative pieces which will be a mixture of decorative and functional items.  Masks will be required due to close contact during demonstrations and one-on-one instruction.

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