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Adult Classes

Next-Level Writing: An Advanced Writing Workshop


This class is now FULL! To be added to our wait list, please email us at

In this seven-week course, the focus is you.  During class, in a supportive group of other commited writers, every participant will workshop an existing piece of writing in detail – starting on the first day. Exercises and discussions will help you develop new work as well. Open to alums of ArtHaus or Luther writing courses.

Digital Photography 101

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Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced photographer, capture the beauty of spring as you expand your knowledge of your digital camera functions beyond auto point & shoot settings through instruction in the foundations of manual operations covering aperture, shutter, film speed, and more. Explore portraiture, still-life, and nature up-close and at a distance using natural, flash, and studio lighting.

Materials fee will be applied to printing medium scale photos for critique and display.

Students are required to supply their own camera; your camera must have a full manual mode, with aperture, shutter, and ISO controls.

Mosaic Madness

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Join ArtHaus for a weekend (or two with a second Summer workshop being held July 9 & 10) of designing, snipping, gluing and grouting with Linda Elkins. Choose from a variety of canvas – house numbers, bird houses, a handmade wooden frame ideal for photos or a small mirror, or come with your own special project to mosaic. Open to beginning or experienced participants. Must register a week in advance to ensure materials can be ordered and prepped.

Sign up for both weekends for just $250. To receive discounted price, add both Mosaic Madness workshops to your shopping cart, complete the check out process and select ‘Check Payment’. We’ll be in touch to finalize payment arrangements!

To view previous Mosaic Madness projects, visit our Facebook page and check out the collection of inspiring student work!

'She Writes' Master Class : Life at the Mic

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Area women and girls of all ages are invited to join Jeni Grouws, Brianna Lane and Sara Routh for ‘Life at the Mic’ from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, August 13. This master class is designed to explore performance and mic skills while engaging participants in conversation about pursuing a career in music.

The workshop will be divided into 3 parts. From 10-noon, Grouws, Lane and Routh will share professional tips and techniques for honing your performance skills at the mic; participants can sign up for one of 8 first-come, first-serve critique spots in which you’ll have the opportunity to take the stage to receive constructive feedback for all participants to learn from. This will be followed by a catered lunch provided by Trout River Catering. At 12:45, participants will reconvene for conversation with Grouws, Lane and Routh, to explore the creative journey of a life in music and lessons learned as a female performers.

The buffet style lunch will include non-dairy, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

This master class is sponsored in part by Decorah area women-owned & operated businesses: Dragonfly Books, Modish, The Pilates Loft, Ruth Jenkins/Add Charm Studios, and Mary Jorgensen/Rising Sun Life Coaching, Crave Dance Studio, Photography by Brittany, Nordic Chiropractic.

The night before on Friday, August 12, see all three workshop presenters perform live in the ArtHaus Studio Courtyard! Gates open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm with a $5-10 suggested donation for admission. All proceeds from the evening concert will go to the need-based Youth Scholarship Fund.

Portrait Sculpting


Work in earthenware clay to explore the intricacies of the face organically, sculpting a full face by the end of the four week class. Students can choose to base their works on a live model or work with mirrors for a self-portrait approach. Completed sculptures will be fired and non-ceramic finishes investigated.