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Youth Classes

Tiny Masters- Summer

An art exploration class for children who are ready to make the transition to attending class independently. Easel painting, play dough, and a mystery project each week. Potty trained appreciated, but not required.

Build and Be-Dazzled

Play with making beads from sculpey as well as using a variety of pre-made beads (including beans), elastic, and wires to make bracelets, necklaces, anklets and more. Youth who want to branch out can make sculpey or beeswax animals, figures or scenes.

Art, Wind and Fire

Master the four elements while making art outdoors using earth (clay), fire (sun), water, and air. Participants will make new projects each day exploring nature and renewable energy sources.

Only 6 spots left: Paint the Beat

Create light and chalk spray graffiti all over town and explore the other guerrilla street art styles each morning. Have fun with hip hop and break dance movement in the afternoon. Bring a sack lunch.

You Had Me At Lefse

A camp combining Nordic culture with culinary arts. Start your day creating clay sculpture and glazing tableware. Finish your day exploring the art of eating at Vesterheim and cooking Norwegian style. Bring a sack lunch.

Youth Class: Make It Mega, Colossal, Gigantic & Huge

Don’t let art be confined to an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, let’s make it colossal! Start your day at the Clay Studio building huge clay sculptures. Finish your day at the ArtHaus Studio and out in nature making gigantic creations in nature. Bring a sack lunch.

Youth Class: Out Expressions

This six week class takes a look at LGBTQA+ artists and how their identity shaped their artwork. From Grant Wood to Frida Kahlo, David Bowie and more, students will create poetry, self portraits, collage, landscape paintings and so on. Material for this class will be age appropriate.

High School Summer Art Club

All High School students throughout the area are welcome to come together for a multi-school once-a-week gathering of creatives. Art club will provide materials to do projects you want to explore more. Projects will vary from printmaking to clay sculpture, calligraphy and jewelry making. Those in the club are encouraged to display or even sell their works during the Nordic Fest Art Fair.

Class is full: The Dirty Paint Pour

Acrylic paint pours are a fun new way to experience painting. Learn to create cells, different swipe techniques and pouring mediums. Allow a day dry time.

Two classes looking at different pour techniques.  You may take just one class for $35+$25 materials.  Must be arranged by calling 563-382-5440.

1 hour Saturday rental of the Art Studio: Creativity Your Way

Creativity Your Way is for individuals or groups of all ages and of any number who would like to reserve the studio space for an hour or more of fun.  

$7.50 per person/per hour includes use of ALL MATERIALS. From weaving to printmaking, painting to paper circuits, wood burning to glass etching, we have it all.  Click here for more on materials available.  A studio assistant will be present to help you find materials, but will not be providing instruction. Snacks and beverages may be brought in.

Reservations must be made at least a week in advance and be on Saturdays after 1 pm and ending before midnight. 

To make a reservation click add to cart, change the quantity to the number of people who will be using the studio at that time.  (If you need assistance with checkout call us at 563-382-5440.)  Under the category Additional Information, please leave the date and times that you would like to reserve for.  You will hear from us within the week to make arrangements.

No refunds will be made unless ArtHaus is not able to provide space at a desired time.

Times to be determined: The Cemetery Walk

Work with director Kristen Underwood of Upstart Crow Theatreworks to create a character inspired by a past resident of Decorah. Theatre games, voice, diction exercises and individual acting coaching will give you the tools you need to bring your character to life in this living history, outdoor theatre event slated for Sunday, September 23rd in beautiful Phelps Cemetery.

Adults are volunteer.  Please register with the coupon code CWalk to eliminate the cost of the class if you are an adult willing to participate.

Rehearsals will be twice a week for 4 weeks on Wednesdays and Saturdays.