Center for Visual Arts - Wausau
Center of Visual Arts - Wausau

Art Classes

  New classes:

  click on {Adult Classes} OR click on {Children's Classes}


*All registrations must be received prior to class start date.

Registrations may be made over the phone, in person or through the mail.

Payment must accompany registrations. Registration fees will be refunded if the CVA cancels a class. If you cancel, refunds will be given 10 days prior to the 1st class, less a $5 processing fee. No refund will be given if you cancel within 10 days. Photos may be taken for promo; your permission is assumed unless you notify us.

Questions about a class? Contact or 715-842-4545.

To download our registration form click here

Need something special?

Book a Private Class or Birthday Party!

Click here or call the CVA at 715-842-4545 for details






New Workshops for Parent/Child!

Pentastic Fun - Clay Sculpted Pens with Jen Kaye


Date: Saturday, March 21

1 - 3pm


Pay pre-register $25 - min 4

All materials included!






Create 3-D sculpted pens using the German medium of polymer clay.

Learn how to work with it, the differences in these types of clay, and

techniques. It is a fascinating and fun medium that rejuvenates your

energy and creativity. Young or old, join us for this lesson.

*students must be over six years old

Pick up on April 10 in the CVA Gift Shop


Fingerprint Imprinted Fused Glass with Jen Kaye


Date: Saturday, March 28               OR             Thurs, April 2

10 - 11:30pm                                                             6-7:30pm


Pay pre-register $25 for one OR $45 for Parent & Child!

All materials included!




Your child will create their finger prints, encased in glass.

You and your child will have a wonderful experience creating

a momentous key chain and pendant.


Family fun time!

~ Create a momentous key chain or pendant ~


Parent/Child Pottery Crew with Diane Graveen

Date: Monday, April 6 - May 18       OR     Monday, May 25 - July 6

5:30 - 7:30pm - min 2 (skip May 11)         5:30 - 7:30pm - min 2 (skip June 29)

Pay pre-register $140 - (includes parent & child mtl fee)

- Additional siblings/friends $60 + $15 mtl fee





The CVA is excited to be able to offer this pottery class for parents and children! The CVA received funding to purchase a new kiln to aid the Pottery Department. Support for this project was provided through the

Caroline S. Mark Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin.




Family Art Journals with Krista Vendetti


Date: Saturday, June 20         

12-4pm (bring a snack)       


Pay pre-register $68 for parent & child - $20 per additional children

- all materials included

- min 4




A family-friendly art journaling workshop designed to teach the basics of this

versatile art form. Come learn how to make your own art journal and techniques

on how to fill it with artwork and writings that can be cherished for years to come.


Different from scrap booking, diaries and sketchbooks, art journaling combines

mixed media methods, photos and mementos to create a unique book that is 100% you.


This workshop will cover the basics of how to make/bind a journal (and which commercially made journals work best), materials to use in your journal, journal

prompts, and how you can use art journaling for daily memories (travel, school

memories, nature field books, school projects).


Materials and handouts provided, but an extra unlined journal is recommended.



Printing with Petals with Cathy Matel

Date: Thursday, June 25

5:30 - 7:30pm

Class location: CVA Pottery Studio Room


Pay pre-register $25 plus $20 mtl fee to Cathy




In this class we will create beautiful and unique silk scarves in a single color

using resist and attract techniques to get different shades of the same color in

designs created by nature. The student may choose from a variety of natural,

botanical dyes for the base color of their project.



New Workshops for HS/Adults!

Fused Glass

Facial Fusions with Jen Kaye


Date: Rescheduled - TBA

6 - 8pm

Pay pre-register $65 - min 4 - all materials included




A great fused glass learning experience for the whole family! This is an

interactive way for all ages to create as they learn about faces, in art! Learn

how facial expressions are created and worked with in this art medium. Each student

will create an aprox 10"x10" glass fused glass face. Glass safety, bits and pieces along with instruction on glass handling and cutting. What a fun experience!



Open Studio with Val Berkely


Dates: Tues, Wed, Thurs, May 26 - July 16

1 - 4pm

Pay pre-register $25 walk-in


Sessions will take place alongside the Lake Effect - New Work by Valerie Berkely exhibit in the Main Gallery




Students receive help with painting from start to finish or receive a

professional critique on how to improve the painting.

Students can start paintings or bring in progress paintings!

to view examples of Val's work click here


Graphic/Digital Arts


How to Buy a Digital Camera with Barbara Smith


Digital Cameras available for reference!

Workshop Date: Wednesday, March 25         OR          Saturday, June 27

11 - 1pm (bring a snack)                                                       1 - 3pm (bring a snack)

Pay pre-register $25 - min 2 enrollments     


The modern digital camera is a marvel of technology, but with so many different kinds and

so many features, finding the right camera for you can be a daunting task. Here's how to

get the best camera for your photographic needs and budget.


Workshop Overview:

- What is a digital camera?

- Types of digital cameras, advantages & disadvantages

- Common camera features and functions

- How many pixels do you really need?

- Optical vs digital zoom

- Do you want the camera to do the work?

- Further research

- How and where to buy your camera






8 Steps to Great Photos with Barbara Smith


Digital Cameras available for use!

Workshop Dates: Wed, April 15 & 22          OR      Wed, July 8 & 15

9:30 - 2:30pm (1 hour for lunch)                                     9:30 - 2:30pm (1 hour for lunch)

Class location: CVA Studio Room

Pay pre-register $98   (min of 2 students required)   



Learn how to make more compelling pictures by following the 8 Steps to Great Photos.

We will start with how the camera works, how to navigate the menu, camera set-up, and various frequently used functions and features. Then we'll explore the 8 Steps to Great Photos, which include taking control of the camera and learning to se and think like a photographer. You will also find out how to avoid the most common mistakes made by beginners. Please bring your fully charged camera and its instruction manual with you to class. All camera types are welcome.


You'll learn how to:

- identify and describe different kinds of light, and set the exposure accordingly

- select appropriate shooting modes for the depth of field or motion effect desired

- apply several photographic techniques and compositional principles to photos






Special Requirements

- Participants need to download their manuals: in your browser, type in your camera's make and the model number, plus the words: manual download. A few cameras still include a manual with purchase, but most have only a start-up brochure, which is not sufficient. Bring your manual and camera to each class.


for more info on Barbara click here


Downtown Photowalk with Nate Porath


Workshop Date (changed to rain date): Sat, May 16 - Canceled

9 - 3pm (time for a lunch break)

Class location: CVA Studio Room & Downtown Wausau

Pay pre-register $60   -   (min of 4 students required)   



A six hour workshop discussing the basics of photography (exposure

triangle, settings, ect.), followed by a photowalk downtown. At the end

of the photowalk participants will return to the CVA to review and critique

photos taken on the photowalk.


Cameras available for use!


to view examples of Nate's work click here


The Magic of Photoshop with Barbara Smith


Mac lap tops available for use!

Workshop Dates: Wed, May 6, 13, 20, & 27      OR       July 22, 29, & Aug 5

9 - 12pm (bring a snack)                                                            9:30 - 2:30pm (lunch break)

Class location: CVA Studio Room

Pay pre-register $120   -   (min of 2 students required)   



Photoshop is the most powerful image editing program and this course covers the essentials for photographers. Learn how to edit your photos from start to finish: organize and review your images in Bridge, enhance them in Camera Raw, and edit them in detail in Photoshop. Find out how much editing is enough or too much, what artifacts are and how to avoid them, and how to prepare photos for e-mail, web, and print. We will be using Photo CS6, but the basic techniques covered can be used with Photoshop versions CS3 through CS6.


CVA Mac lap tops have CS6 and are available for use!


Special Requirements

- Participants need a basic understanding of computer use: including handling folders/document and using a mouse.


for more info on Barbara click here




Dyeing Silk with a Marbling Technique with Cathy Matel

Workshop Date: Thursday, March 5 and 26 (class meets two times)

5:30 - 7:30pm

Class location: CVA Pottery Studio Room


Pay pre-register $35 plus $20 mtl fee to Cathy - fee includes scarf and materials, additional $8 fee per scarf





In this two-night class, you will build on marbling techniques learned
in the salt technique class. Not required to have taken

previous class but would be helpful.


Silk Painting and Dyeing Techniques with Cathy Matel

Workshop Date: Thursday, April 2

5:30 - 7:30pm

Class location: CVA Pottery Studio Room


Pay pre-register $25 plus $20 mtl fee to Cathy - fee includes scarf and materials, additional $8 fee per scarf





Learn multiple techniques to apply paint or dye with surprising results.

In this one night, 2 hour workshop, experienced artists and beginners alike will

spray, spatter, dip, paint, and stamp. You will learn to mix paint to achieve your

favorite color. Combine techniques to produce a finished scarf different from

any you have made using just one technique.


Indigo Dyeing with Cathy Matel

Workshop Date: Thursday, April 16

5:30 - 7:30pm

Class location: CVA Pottery Studio Room


Pay pre-register $25 plus $20 mtl fee to Cathy - fee includes scarf and materials, additional $8 fee per scarf




Explore the magic and mystery of Indigo, one of the oldest and historically

significant dyes in existence. We will set up a safe indigo vat and discuss

other methods for using indigo. You will use shibori and resist techniques

to create unique and beautiful projects in silk.


Botanical Prints with Cathy Matel

Workshop Date: Thursday, June 18

5:30 - 7:30pm

Class location: CVA Pottery Studio Room


Pay pre-register $25 plus $20 mtl fee to Cathy




Create a unique scarf using leaves, flowers, and other botanical elements. You may

work on black or white silk and you will also have the opportunity to vat dye

your piece to obtain different colors.




Creative Photography & Social Media with Lisa Lanier

Workshop Date: Saturday, April 18

2 - 4pm   

Pay pre-register $35




Capture the moment, document time, or simply be creative. Learn how to

proof and post to social media sites, explore photo blogging, or transform

images into mixed media collages. Students are encouraged to bring a

laptop or mobile device.


Mixed Media


Tribute/Memorial Mixed Media Collage with Lisa Lanier


Workshop Date: Rescheduled - TBA

2 - 4pm   

Pay pre-register $35




Create a tribute collage piece of art of someone special to you

using your mementos, photographs, and objects!



Book a Birthday Party!

Call the CVA 715-842-4545 or click here for details.



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