Upcoming Classes - in-person workshops have been halted due to the pandemic.
Jaana offers classes at all levels for Needle Felted Wool enthusiasts who are interested in creating their own works of art.
Important Notes for Registration
It is preferable that you simply pay by credit card at the time of registration. You do NOT need a PayPal account to use this feature, simply click on the PayPal option and choose “Pay with credit card or debit” rather than logging in to PayPal.
If you'd prefer to register via USPS mail and pay by check, please download a registration form here. Please print, complete, and send a check to the address on the form. Please note that you are not registered officially until I've received your form and the funds for the class. If the class is full when I've received your registration form, I'll contact you via phone or email to discuss options (wait list, etc.).
Each individual must register separately. If you are registering for a friend, please register separately for each participant.
Workshops participants must be 16 or older, but kids 12-15 may register with an adult companion also enrolled in the class.
Cancellations at least one month before class are eligible for a refund (less any credit card processing fees). It can be difficult to fill spaces closer to the class date, but if circumstances require a late cancellation a credit can be offered towards a workshop or artwork within the following year.
If you have questions or would like to register by phone simply call the instructor Jaana Mattson at 612-723-2114 for help.
Do I need any experience to attend a class?
Everyone is welcome
All levels are welcome in these classes, anyone from a hobbyist with a short attention span to a professional artist can learn, have fun and be impressed with themselves as we learn to “build” the landscape from background and shadow to the highlights of the surface.
Who is the instructor?
Jaana Mattson teaches all classes
Jaana is a full-time professional artist who loves to make good art and loves to teach. She has developed an innovative and award winning approach to needle felting to create impressionistic and often photo-realistic landscapes from wool fiber. With a Master of Fine Arts in fibers from the University of Washington-Seattle, she loves to share her insight into materials and methods and help each student pursue their curiosity to work in new ways.
What do I need to bring to class?
All Materials are provided for the $25 fee
The materials are all provided with the $25 material fee, due at the start of class. These include a kit for each student with a broad range of dyed wool roving in the landscape palette, felting needles, acrylic felt pinned to a foam block and printed materials outlining tools, fibers and resources. Additional tools will be available to use in class, and for optional purchase. Students do not need to bring any tools or materials to class.
Where are classes held?
Minnesota and North Carolina locations available
Minneapolis/St. Paul Area
Our classroom will be at Artista Bottega, a magically creative and quirky environment covered in murals, chandeliers and historic brick walls off of W 7th St in St Paul. The studio/classroom entrance is from the alley, and there is nearby street parking on Daly just north of W 7th. For more info: www.ArtBottega.com
Also check out the "Artist's Parlor" 2 bedroom accommodations above the studio listed on AirBnB at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18932222?s=51
Asheville, NC: Classes in beautiful Asheville will be held in the spacious textile studios of Local Cloth, right next door to the Asheville Area Arts Council between downtown and the River Arts District.
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Comments from recent attendees
“Very open, responsive, clear in instruction, supportive, loved the challenges!”
“It wasn’t difficult after all to make pieces that please and excited me! Jaana is an excellent teacher, relaxed, attuned and helpful… Working alongside others who were equally engrossed and enthused by the work was a true pleasure!”
“Great instruction (easy to understand and well organized), supplies provided, nice size group, very comfortable setting and enjoyed everyone’s company.”
“Inspiring and encouraging for the beginner I am”
“We had a chance to play, discover, and see classmates’ experimentation… with great “watch me” episodes on elements we requested”
“Even though I don’t have much art experience she was very approachable and helpful. She was awesome! I felt like I had success yet I was challenged”