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All below workshops will be held in person at the Craft Shop. They are open to all and any requirement is noted in the class description. 

Masks are required at all times on campus and social distancing guidelines must be followed throughout the workshop. All workshops will have no more than 6 people to a workshop plus instructor.

Due to the current state of the pandemic in our region and mitigation measures in place, the Craft Shop reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any workshop if needed. 

Due to the small size of our ceramics studio, all-ceramic workshop instruction will take place in the Craft Shop Paint Bar and Ceramics Studio used as needed for glazing and decoration.

All workshop registrations will close 2 days before the workshop, sign up early space is limited to 6 people per class.


Wheel Thrown Pottery 

Appointment Only 

Due to the small size of our ceramic studio, all-wheel throwing lessons will be by private lesson only. Contact the Craft Shop to make an appointment for groups of 1 - 3 people, one-time, 2 or 4-week, or weekly semester time slots are available.

Email  or call 618.453.3636 to make a private workshop appointment. 


Tie-Dye Throw Pillow

Saturday, January 30th, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: $30 students / $35 community, Materials for one pillow included, feel free to bring additional items to prewashed natural items to tie-dye.

Age: All ages

Enjoy a fun afternoon of tie-dye and create a custom fabric throw pillow. Materials included one pillowcase and polyfill insert, extra supplies are available for $18 per pillow. Feel free to bring additional prewashed natural fiber items to dye.


Indigo Shibori Dyeing

Tuesday, February 2 • 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Cost: $25 student / $30 community, materials included, bring additional items to dye if desired.

Age: 12+

The workshop will demonstrate basic Shibori dyeing techniques and patterns. Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique using folding, stitching, twisting, or bunching cloth and binding it. Items are then submerged in an indigo dye bath.

During the workshop, each will experiments with four 12 by 12-inch white cotton samples to experiment and learn the different styles. Then you will be able to dye two items of your own. Sample fabric, dye, and sewing and binding materials are included. Additional items: Please bring two 100% cotton white items. Items to dye must be 100% cotton, white, and should be small or medium-sized. 


Metalsmithing: Cuff Bracelet

Friday, February 5 • 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cost: $30 students/ $35 community, materials included.

Age: 16 +

Learn to form metal to create a copper or brass cuff with hammered textured.  You will learn to cut, file, and sand for a beautiful finish piece. Materials are included. Closed-toed shoes required.


Slab Built Coffee Mugs

Saturday, February 6, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m

Cost: $25 student / $30 community, material included.

Age: All ages welcomed

Make your very set of ceramic mugs using hand-building techniques of slab building with decorative surfaces.  Materials include 2 ½ lbs. of clay, slips, and glazes. Let us know what color to glaze or come back to glaze it yourself. ( 2 1/2 lbs  of clay will make two mugs)


Valentine Printmaking

(Session one) Tuesday, February 9 • 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

(Session two) Friday, February 12 • 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 students / $20 community, materials included.

Age: All ages welcome, younger students will have adapted lesson.

Make your valentine a custom printed valentine card. This workshop will teach you how to design, cut, and print with a linoleum block. Supplies for a set of six 4” x 6” cards are included. Younger students can use the foam print technique.


Pokémon Paint Night

Friday, February 12 • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 students / $20 Community , materials included.

Ages: All ages

Join us for a fun night of painting. This month’s theme will be Pokémon inside a famous painting as the background, pictured above pokemon inside Edvard Munch" The Scream".

Glass Bead Making

** Rescheduled to - Wednesday, February 24 • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 students / $30 community, glass purchased separately.

Ages: 16 + 

Learn to create colorful glass beads by heating and shaping glass rods with a torch.

Custom Greek Paddle

Thursday, February 18 • 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 student / $30 community, materials extra.

Ages: 18+

Learn the basics of woodworking to create a custom Greek paddle. This workshop included a woodshop safety course and a 2-week woodshop pass.

Batik Tapestry // 2 week

Thursday, February 18 & 25 • 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $65 students / $75 community, materials included.

Age: 18+

During this workshop, attendees will create a custom batik tapestry. Batik is a "resist" process for making designs on fabric, using wax to prevent dye from penetrating the cloth, leaving "blank" areas in the dyed fabric. We discuss painting and over-dyeing techniques. The tapestry size is 30” x 30”.


Ceramic Planters // 4 weeks

Tuesday, March 2, 9, 16, 23 • 6:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Cost: $48 students / $56 community, materials extra $12 for 10lbs of clay.

Ages: 12 +

Create a set of ceramics planters for all your spring flowers. In this workshop, we will discuss how to design and build using hand-building techniques such as coil, pinch, and slab methods along with decorative finishing techniques.


Intro to Woodworking: Small Box // 3 weeks

Tuesday, March 2, 9, 16 • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 student / $50 community, materials included.

Location: Craft Shop Woodshop

Age: 18 + 

Enhance your woodworking skills and learn to use The Wood Shop safety during this beginning woodworking workshop. Attendees will learn how to make a small box while learning both hand tools and machines in the woodshop safety. This course includes a two-week woodshop pass. Materials are included.

Block Printed Flour Sack Towels

* CANCELED LOW ENROLLMENT ** Saturday, March 6 • 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $45 students / $50 community, materials included.

Age: All ages

Create a set of flour sack towels with a pattern of your design. This workshop will focus on blocking print with a soft cut linoleum onto white flour sack towels. Workshop materials include ink, linoleum plate, and a set of 6 cotton flour sack towels.


Tie-Dye Night!

Wednesday, March 10 • 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $12 students / $14 community, dye materials included, bring prewashed natural fiber items to tie-dye.

Ages: All ages

Enjoy a colorful night of tie-dye! We have all the supplies you need and space to get messy. Bring items 3 - 5 items to tie-dye. Items must be natural fibers and pre-washed. The class will cover different tie-dye techniques.


Sculptural Clay // 3 weeks

Saturday, March 13, 20, 27 • 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $36 students / $42 community, materials extra.

Age: All ages welcomed.

Be creative and learn to build sculpturally with clay. The class will focus on hand-building techniques coil, slab, and pinch to create your sculptural vision. 


Sewing a Zipper Pencil Case

Friday, March 19 • 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $25 students / $30 community, materials included.

Age: 10+

This workshop is perfect for beginner sewers. You will learn how to use the sewing machine, layout a pattern, sew, and add a zipper. Use fabric from the Craft Shop fabric selection or bring your own. Feel free to bring your own sewing machine and learn how it works.


Concrete Mosaic Stepping Stones

Wednesday, March 24 • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 student / $30 community, materials included.

Age: 12 +

Add color to your garden with a custom glass mosaic and concrete stepping stone. This course will teach how to design a pattern and adhere it to the concrete. Grouting will require a return visit by appointment.

Polymer Clay Earrings

Thursday, April 1 • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $30 student / $35 community, materials included.

Ages: All ages

Create colorful earrings using polymer clay to add to your spring wardrobe.

Colorful Painted Kites

 Saturday, April 3 • 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 student / $30 community, materials included.

Age: All ages

Design and paint your own kite and sew a matching kite tail! A perfect weekend activity for kids.

Spring Bike Maintenance

Tuesday, April 6 • 4 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free, parts extra if needed. Registration required. SIU Students Only 

Learn how to get your bike ready for the spring biking season. Bring your bike to the Craft Shop and the workshop. Our Saluki Spokes bike tech will show you to air your tires, adjust brakes, change a flat tire, and clean and oil your chain. This workshop is free but registration is required, parts are extra if needed for bike repair.


Slab-built Plates and Dishes // 3 weeks

Thursday, April 8, 15, 22 • 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Cost: $45 student / $50 community, materials extra, $12 for 10lbs of clay/firings

Age: 12 +

Learn to make a set of plates or small jewelry dishes using slabs and slump mold techniques. We will focus on creating a set and decorating them with various surface techniques.

Creative Clay Vase // 2 Week

Saturday, April 10 & April 17, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 student / $30 community, materials extra.

Age: 12+

This class will focus on developing fun and funky clay vases. The class will look at historic and contemporary examples of flower vases. This is a perfect workshop to make that mother's day gift just in time.

Fused Glass Suncatcher

Wednesday, April 14 • 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  * CLASS IS FULL * 

Cost: $30 student / $35 community, materials included.

Age: 16+

Learn the basics of cut, layer, and melt fused glass to create a colorful 5 x 5 suncatcher. A return visit is required to pick up the finished product.


Cyanotype Sun Printing

Saturday, April 24 • 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 students / $25 community, materials included.

Location: Craft Shop Paint Bar & South End Patio

Age: All ages welcome.

Use the power of the sun to create beautiful cyanotype prints. In this class, we will venture outside for materials, discuss how to compose an image, and make a stencil for a unique print. Great activity for all ages. 

Outdoor Watercolor Paint Night

Tuesday, April 27 • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 students / $25 community, materials included.

Location: Craft Shop Paint Bar & Student Center South End Patio

Age: All ages 

This class paint outside the Student Center to capture the natural landscape of campus in watercolor. We will discuss watercolor artist Charles E. Burchfield's colorful and bold painting to capture the movement within the natural landscape.


Coiled Rope Basket

Monday, April 26 • 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cost: $30 student / $35 community, materials included.

Age: 12 +

Create a stylish coil basket by wrapping yarn and sewing it onto the rope. The class will discuss historic examples and develop your own patterns for a unique look. 

Natural Dye: Spring Palette **Canceled Scheduling Conflict*

Saturday, May 1 • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.



Virtual Spring 2021 Workshops

Private Lesson & Group Zoom Parties


All lessons are scheduled on an individual basis based on the student(s) and Craft Shop instructor schedule.  Email or call 618.453.3636. for availability. 

Sign up two weeks in advance to allow for staff scheduling. Pay by credit card over the phone to reserves your spot.

Refund requests must be submitted one week before the start of the workshop, after that no refunds will be granted. To request a refund call 618-453-3636 or by email

              Lesson Fee:

$15 for one per hour lesson

$12 each for 2 to 5 per hour lesson

$10 each 6 – 10 people per hour lesson

$8 each 11 – 20 per hour lesson

Supplies are extra. Shop yourself with our workshop supply list or pick up the supply kit at the Craft Shop.

All lessons are based on student’s skill level beginner and intermediate levels available, all ages welcomed.


(image: in progress portraits from youth art camp 2019)

Portrait Painting with Acrylic / 2 hour Lesson

This class will focus on how to plan and paint a self-portrait from the computer screen. We will learn how to break down the proportions of the face. We will work to capture the mood and emotion and incorporate a background that helps to tell a story.

Shop for supplies or pick up at Craft Shop. Kit $25

Hand building with Clay / 1-hour Lesson

Learn how to hand-build with clay from the comfort of your own home. These classes will focus on the basic building blocks of ceramics - coil, pinch, and slab. Each one hour lesson can cover one topic. All ages.

Topics: mug, bowl, small tray, vase, planter, small plate, a sculpture of your choice.

Supplies from Craft Shop: $6 per 5 lbs. of clay, $12 per 10 lbs. including glaze and firing costs, bring items to Craft Shop for bisque firings and return visit for glazing and second firing.

Small Studies in Watercolor / 1-hour lesson

Find an object or objects that are special to you, look closely to fine details, draw, and bring them to life with watercolors. Combine multiple objects to make a collage. Items can include leaves, matchbooks, and jewelry, hot wheels, stuff animals, you decide. All ages.

Shop for supplies or pick up at Craft Shop Kit $20.


(Image: clay cat made by 1st grader in clay camp summer 2019)

Clay Animal Sculptures / 1 hour Lesson

Learn to make and paint animals with air-dry clay. The lesson will focus on how to make a wire skeleton and model the animal of your choice. Clay needs to dry overnight and paint when you’re ready. All ages.

Shop for supplies or pick up at Craft Shop. Kit:  $7 clay only, with paint and brushes $20 each


Paint Party / 1 – 2 hours

Have a relaxing night of painting by yourself or with your friends virtually. Find a painting you would like to paint or let us know a theme. We will show you how to layout your painting step by step. Time-based on painting difficulty. All ages.

Shop for supplies or pick up at Craft Shop Kit: $20

Loved an in-person workshop offered this semester but it is full or you would rather do it on Zoom? Let us know and we may be able to adapt it for a virtual Zoom lesson for you or all your friends for a party.

Volunteer Programs



DIY Reusable Face Masks / Volunteer Program

By appointment call 618.453.3636 or email

Call ahead to make an appointment to learn to use the machines. Feel free to use the Craft Shops machines and supplies or bring your own.

All masks created will be given to students and will be available at the Craft Shop, SIU Saluki Food Pantry, and SIU Wellness when available.



Email completed waiver to before class or fill it out when you arrive.

Adult Liability Waiver

Child Liability Waiver

 Workshops at the Craft Shop Brochure 

Virtual ZOOM Private Lessons or Group Parties Flyer

Did you know the Craft Shop has walk-in and group activities? Already have skills but want to utilize our facility? You can do that! For questions call 618/453-3636 or email the