To expand upon River Oaks' educational mission, the Center also features high caliber demonstrations, lectures, and workshops. Considered an educational extension to the featured artist's exhibition, the Center has showcased Internationally and Nationally renowned artists through these ongoing series'. 



Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please call the Art Center 318.473.2760 to register.


Dusty Reed Workshop

GAEDA Educational Series

Mixed Media Wall Sculpture Workshop

Instructor: Dusty Reed

When: 2/11 & 12 

Time: 10:30 AM- 4:00 PM

Level: Beginner - Advanced

Cost: $50 per student ( Limited space)

*Mask Required 

Learn the mixed-media process of artist Dusty Reed. The workshop will begin by introducing students to compositional assemblage and found object connections that will lead to the creation of an original piece of art. Discussions will continue throughout the two-day workshop reinforcing the process and concepts. All objects and supplies needed to create a complete piece will be provided by the artist. 


Dan Anderson Workshop

“So You Want to Create a Drinking Vessel" 

with 2021 Dirty South Cup Guest Juror, Dan Anderson
April 8 & 9th - (Two day Course)

10 am - 4 pm (Mid-day break for lunch)

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
$95 per student 

Must pre-register to attend/Limited Enrollment/Masks Required

Learn to make drinking cups, mugs and tumblers. This hands-on workshop will help you in your quest to improve your skills creating hand-held drinking vessels. If you are already adept at making pots on the potters wheel - this will be a benefit. However, if you are not versed on using the “wheel,” there will be alternate methods to enable participants to make cups using hand-building techniques. Several demonstrations will take place during the 2-day workshop. Again, both hand-built and wheel-thrown cups will be demonstrated and created. Various surface treatments like paddling cups with wooden paddles, and faceting cups with various cut-off wires will be demonstrated. It is the goal of the workshop for each participant to complete up to 6 cups, depending on scale and the amount of time/detail that is spent on each cup. The workshop is not intended for those wishing to make large numbers of pieces.
About Dan Anderson

A frequent workshop presenter, Anderson has lectured and demonstrated at over 150 venues over the past five decades. A multiple grant/award recipient, he has received a NEA Artist Fellowship, twelve Illinois Arts Council grants and a Ford Foundation Grant. Major galleries represent Dan across the United States and his artwork is in numerous private and permanent collections. 

His “mounds” anagama wood kiln is fired at his rural Edwardsville studio, Old Poag Road Clay & Glass, twice a year. He has been wood firing for over thirty years.

Student Supply List:
Needle tool
Cut-off wire 
Rib (wood or metal)
Fettling knife
Pointed wooden tool
Sm. sponge (elephant ear best)
1 gal. bucket (art center may have)
Old towel 



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