Classes Up Close: Photography and Sewing

Today’s post has two classes together that aren’t exactly related, but they are a good example of the wide range of fine arts classes we offer. There is something for everyone at A Work in Progress, in an atmosphere that encourages beginners while challenging those with experience. These classes are the perfect way to ‘try something out’ without feeling like you are committing tons of time and money beforehand. And our teachers? Total professionals.



We have had many inquiries into our sewing classes, which were posted later than the others. Our favorite Costumer, Pam Macbeth, is offering FOUR options starting in January. Class sizes will be extremely limited, so register now to reserve your spot. Raised in the midwest, Pam Macbeth learned to sew under the loving instruction of her grandmother Nina, who made clothing from feed sacks and newspaper patterns. Pam began her theater and sewing experience in high school by making her own costume for Guys and Dolls. As a homeschool mother of five delightful daughters, creations continued to be stitched from smocked baby clothing, matching holiday dresses, quilts, Civil War reenacting garments, costumes for play and home dec items. She continues to pass on the love of sewing and creating through mentoring, charity sewing workshops and teaching. Two daughters have pursued professional opportunities in the sewing field but all have been involved in various aspects of performing arts from orchestras to the stage. “Alice in Wonderland” was Pam’s first costume department theatrical experience with Jen Roca and it was the perfect marriage of the love of creating and the stage. “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Annie” followed as well as numerous smaller children’s productions. Pam looks forward to imparting the excitement to the next generation of creative stitchers and has added sewing opportunities to the table at A Work in Progress this year!


Needle n’ Thread (ages 8+)

Beginner hand stitching class for those interested in learning to sew. We will use just a needle and thread! Basic projects to create and take home. Class organized to instruct a new seamstress and familiarize them with sewing supplies, basic stitches and step by step instructions.

  • Thursdays, Jan. 12-Mar. 9 @12:30-2:00 • Ages 8+

Machine Beginner (ages 12+)7440-MMS-1446085785530-attachment1-1080725130

Fundamentals of sewing machine basics to familiarize a new seamstress with operation, basic tools needed for sewing as well as pattern language and construction. Student will make a pillowcase and additional take home projects. Must provide own working machine and basic supplies.

  • Thursdays, Jan. 12-Mar. 9 @2:00-3:30 • Ages 12+

Dream, Design, and Do (ages 12+)

Intermediate to advanced sewing skills required as well as working knowledge of machine, fundamentals of patterns terms and sewing language. Prior project selection and skill approved prior to class beginning. Select the pattern you have always wanted to make and step by step creation will occur during class time.

  • Thursdays, Mar. 16-May 11 @12:30-2:00 • Ages 12+

Mother Daughter Quilting (speak with instructor if under 12)

7441-MMS-1446085796200-attachment1-1002699015Moms and Daughters work side by side to create a basic cotton lap quilt.One machine required. Extensive supply and materials list provided and required for first class. Minimal skill needed by both.

  • Thursdays, Mar. 16-May 11 @2:00-3:30 • Ages 12+



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Photography 101: Learning How to Shoot in Manual


Shawon Davis Photography

We are very pleased to continue offering courses in photography. Shawon Davis is a seasoned, professional photographer and eager to introduce students to the art of photography. She is the owner and principal photographer of Shawon Davis Photography. Her work has been featured in MunaLuchi Bride Magazine, and on editorial wedding websites. As a photographer, she is a member of the Professional Photography Association, and she is a Certified Professional Photographer. Read more about Shawon here.

In this class, students will learn how to use a digital camera in manual exposure mode. Learning how to use a camera in manual mode is the first step in creating the images that you envision as an artist. We will cover all of the basics of how shutter speed, aperture, and ISO work together to create an exposure. Each week students will progress through the exposure triangle, complete weekly assignments, receive feedback on their images, and learn how to see as an artist. At the end of the class, students will have a beautiful portfolio of the images that they make.

  • Tuesdays, January 10 – March 7 (8 weeks)* 11:00-12:30 • Ages 12+


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Check out all of our other course offerings here! There are still spots left in the “High Notes” Childrens Choir, Classical+Creative Dance, Ballet Technique for Older Students, A Staged Reading of “Little Women,” Intro to Vocal Technique, Creative Writing, and Drawing+Illustration!

Let us know if you have any questions…


Jen Roca for the rest of us here at AWIP

Classes Up Close: Creative Writing, Drawing+Illustration 

Mary Poppins has flown off to the stars, and now its time for us to look ahead. In this post, I’m focusing on three fantastic classes next semester…..

The best part? If you take the Combo Creative Writing class with the Illustration class, you will not only create an original piece of literature, but you will illustrate it as well!! What an experience!
But first, the details:

Creative Writing“Soup to Nuts” – Creating A Children’s Literature Original

Come learn from seasoned and twice published children’s author, Nicole Cannella, the tools of the children’s lit trade while creating our own children’s book from cover! Together, we will choose a topic, design a story in rhyming 4 line stanzas around it, collaborate as a team of writers and editors, and at last, polish and share. Even better… students will have the opportunity to take the corresponding art class with Mr. Lorin to create amazing illustrations in tandem with our words. Sure to evoke deep creativity and team building characteristics, this class will build and benefit your student. 

Thursday’s, Jan. 12-Mar 9 (8 weeks) 12:30-2:00
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Drawing & Illustration

Lorin Olsen’s Drawing classes are among the best classes students have ever taken- parents and students were raving about their experience in our first year offering these classes. We are thrilled to be offering not just Drawing classes, but Illustration this year.

The Fundamentals of Drawing
Ages 12-18 • Thursdays, Jan 10-Mar 9 • 10:30-12:00*

In this drawing class, artists will discover, or perhaps rediscover, the fundamental concepts all art is based on. We will cover the most essential subjects such as observation, accuracy in drawing, proper value structures, and basics of flow and composition. The goal of this class is to give students the mental tools and techniques they need to achieve the artistic and creative goals that they wish to. We will discuss the anatomy of the head and face, as well as overall basic skeletal and muscular anatomy in ways that are easy to apply to any person. This will enable students to better draw the people they see, as well as to understand the structure and proportions of human beings as to be able to better draw them from imagination. Students will work in pencil and charcoal in class while learning concepts and portraiture techniques that are applicable in all other medium.

Illustration: Storytelling through Art

Ages 12-18 • Thursdays, Mar 16- May 11 • 10:30-12:00*

In this drawing class, artists will explore the art of illustrating in many forms. We will discuss concepts such as character design, composition, color theory, and storytelling with images. The goal of this class is to enable students to use ideas and stories to craft visually compelling and beautiful illustrations and scenes. Class projects will include drawing for classic stories such as Aesop’s Fables and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, as well as creating comic pages and sequential art. Students will draw in pencil in addition to exploring the use of ink and watercolor to explore new options while learning the concepts demonstrated in the class. In the end, they will have provided illustrations for the Original Story written by the Creative Writing Class.
Both classes taught by Lorin Olsen. Lorin is available as a private tutor in digital art, as well. If you are interested, leave a comment below and we will have him contact you. Thanks!
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See you in January!

Jen Roca