Amana Arts Guild Winter Classes

Thursdays afternoons, beginning January 29, 6 weeks
Break up the winter blues with a relaxing afternoon of painting in your chosen medium. I’ll put on the coffee and we can share our creative side with friends. I will give you guidance, helpful hints or just encouragement. A painting class for beginners to the experienced in any medium: watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel or colored pencil. The class will meet Thursday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 PM at the West Amana Michele Maring Miller Gallery for 6 weeks beginning January 29th. Participants will need to provide their own supplies. For more information and to register call the instructor Michele Maring Miller at 319-622-6330. Cost is $50.

Tuesday evenings, beginning February 17, 6 weeks
Ever wanted to learn to quilt? Come join us for a chance to learn the history and techniques used in creating a traditional Amana Quilt. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Each person will create a beautiful hand quilted wall hanging. Participants will need to supply 2 yards of fabric (1 yard solid and 1 yard print) of their choosing. All other materials will be supplied. So come join us Tuesday evenings for 5-6 weeks beginning February 17th from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Amana Arts Guild Center in High Amana for some fun and quilting. Enrollment is limited. For more information and to register call Jen Mundt at 319-210-4104. Cost is $50.

Saturday, April 25, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Ages: adults | Workshop fee: $40
Guest Instructor: Linda M. Bendorf (M.A.T., J.D., The University of Iowa)
Is your creativity gene on hiatus? Do you love the power and beauty of language, but lack time or inspiration? Experience strategic writing prompts that invite you to take intellectual and creative risks that lead to breakthrough thinking …and writing! As writer Donald Murray suggested, it takes a destination and a plan to make surprise possible. So, this is your invitation to create, create, create!

During our high energy, focused yet flexible time together, we’ll plunge into strategies to spark creativity and to free the “writer within.” And we’ll have fun all the while, because serious work requires serious play. We’ll write quickly to stay ahead of the inner critic, and boldly to outsmart the censor. We’ll dabble in poetry, life stories, monologue and more. Plan to generate all new writing, and in good workshop fashion, we’ll share our pieces as time allows.

Bring a sack lunch, paper or writing notebook and your favorite pen. To register call Linda at 224-688-9222

Old World Crafts & Education

The Amana Arts Guild offers a rich diversity of programs and activities providing a wide range of cultural experiences in all area of the arts. Established in 1978 as a non-profit organization, the Guild continues to expand its list of programs and serves as a valuable resource for the Amana community, the state of Iowa, and the entire Midwest region.

Our educational program includes seasonal classes and summer (July) workshops for children and adults. They include but are not limited to: painting, blacksmithing, basketry, tinsmithing, woodworking, rug weaving, and photography.

The Amana Arts Guild encourages efforts of all citizens in the preservation of local cultural heritage. In addition it offers the public a variety of seasonal events including; a Festival of American Basketry, a Festival of the Arts, a Fall Fiber and Clay Art Show, a Communal Meal Celebration as well as Biannual Song and Poetry Festival. Each year the Guild presents a "Friends of the Arts Award" to individuals who have made important contributions towards growth of artistic life in Amana.

The Guild maintains an arts center in High Amana as well as a wagon and blacksmith shop in West Amana.