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We’ll have a different workshop every Friday night this summer. Make it a date, get together with a friend or come on your own and get to know someone new.

All Experiences take place at Bell School Road Center, 3350 N. Bell School Road, Rockford, IL - Room 007 unless otherwise stated.
 
  • All Experiences begin at 6:30pm
  • Each Experience is just $32/person
  • Limited seating available - register early!
  • Experiences are for ages 15 and up
  • No refunds one week before each Experience

September 22: Mailbox Painting
 

Instant smiles and curb appeal! Paint and detail can make your mailbox the “happiness” at the end of the driveway. NOTE: Please spray your mailbox with the background color of your choice. BRING: Your mailbox and “favorite” exterior paint colors. A set of “Plaid” paint brushes that have a variety of 5 brush tips. There will be paints available for your use in class.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV
Instructor: Jan Weldon
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September 29: Upcycled Mosaic Planters
 

Have a vase or teapot at home that needs a new purpose? Create a unique piece for your home or garden with teapots, vases, old pots, and cups into a mosaic planter. You’ll receive tile, instruction in cutting, assembling and grouting. BRING: Vase or teapot. Plants NOT included.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV2
Instructor: Laura Williams
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October 5: Fall Sign
 

Join us for a few hours to create your very own 4 foot custom sign for your front porch, deck or patio (i.e. Hay Rides, Pumpkins and Apple Cider). Our instructor, Tonja Cline, owner of Cline’s Cubby will teach techniques to add character to your board and can assist in picking colors that you’ll love to make this project uniquely “you”.

Course Code: FUN-800-ADD2
Instructor: Tonja Cline
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October 6: Fall Sign
 

Join us for a few hours to create your very own 4 foot custom sign for your front porch, deck or patio (i.e. Hay Rides, Pumpkins and Apple Cider). Our instructor, Tonja Cline, owner of Cline’s Cubby will teach techniques to add character to your board and can assist in picking colors that you’ll love to make this project uniquely “you”.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV3
Instructor: Tonja Cline
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October 13: Painted River Rocks
 

Decorate and seal river rocks. Receive tips and tricks in decoration while having time to explore your own ideas.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV4
Instructor: Laura Williams
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October 20: Beeswax Soap Making Demo
 

From the hive to your hands this soap making demonstration is all the buzz. This class will teach you the fundamentals of making soap at home: description of oils and their benefits, scenting soaps with essential oils, answer questions, and possibly inspire you to try this craft at home just in time for holiday gift giving. Includes a sample for you!

Course Code: FUN-800-RV5
Instructor: Jan Weldon
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October 26: Barn Quilt Painting
 

Paint a quilt square on wood to display indoors or out! A 2 x 2 foot square of sanded and primed plywood will be ready for you. Experiment with colors and a design of your choice from several quilt patterns before painting. A variety of exterior paint colors will be available. The ideas and techniques you learn will be just the beginning of your creative barn quilt endeavors. BRING: Specific paint colors if you want them. Brushes provided.

Course Code: FUN-800-ADD
Instructor: Jane Weldon
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October 27: Ol' Pumpkin!
 

Decorative painting with pumpkins and grasses on an 11 x 14 inch stretched canvas using acrylic paints. No painting experience necessary–just bring your creative spirit and enjoy the relaxing and creative process. You will have a completed painting after enjoying an evening bringing the Fall colors onto a canvas. Beginners are welcome. All materials included (acrylic paints and brushes). BRING: Old shirt or apron.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV6
Instructor: Sally Roldan
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November 3: Barn Quilt Painting
 

Paint a quilt square on wood to display indoors or out! A 2 x 2 foot square of sanded and primed plywood will be ready for you. Experiment with colors and a design of your choice from several quilt patterns before painting. A variety of exterior paint colors will be available. The ideas and techniques you learn will be just the beginning of your creative barn quilt endeavors. BRING: Specific paint colors if you want them. Brushes provided.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV7
Instructor: Jan Weldon
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November 10: Holiday Poinsettia Painting
 

Bring your friends for a night of instructed painting! Follow the theme or go your own route. Reference photos and step by step instruction will be provided to ensure your finished piece is a masterpiece.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV8
Instructor: Laura Williams
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November 17: Christmas Ornament
 

Let’s have fun painting simple and joyous decorations on clear glass ornaments that will bring that special touch to your tree or give as a gift to that special someone you want to remember you for years to come. All materials will be included (acrylic paints, brushes and ornaments). BRING: An old shirt or apron.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV9
Instructor: Sally Roldan
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December 1: Snowman Painting
 

Who doesn’t love a decorated snowman bearing gifts and sitting in a snow filled field? Join in on a fun evening of painting your very own snowman on an 8 x 8 inch canvas panel complete with a mini easel for displaying during the holiday. These snowman paintings are fun and easy to create and make wonderful hostess gifts. All materials will be included (acrylic paints, brushes and canvas panel). BRING: Old shirt or apron.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV10
Instructor: Sally Roldan
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December 8: Holiday Tea Party
 

Eat, drink tea and be merry! Join us for a stylish affair and learn how to throw your very own Holiday Tea Party. Enjoy a scone and sip on a good strong cuppa. We’ll have genuine English fare and a guide with a matching accent to boot! Bring a friend and learn how to host your very own tea party just in time for the holidays!

Course Code: FUN-800-RV11
Instructor: Susan Williams
Location: Bell School Road Center, 3350 N. Bell School Road, Rockford, IL - Room 003
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December 15: Winter Bird Holiday Scene
 

Let’s not forget about our winter birds and the joy they bring during the holidays. Create a one of a kind holiday winter scene celebrating our feathered friends. Beginners will be able to create and enjoy these paintings for years. This design was created by Angela Anderson and we will create an equally beautiful design of our own. All materials will be included (acrylic paints, brushes and 4 x 12 inch stretched canvas). BRING: An old shirt or apron.

Course Code: FUN-800-RV12
Instructor: Sally Roldan
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