Kimball Art Center classes get into the holiday spirit |

Kimball Art Center classes get into the holiday spirit

Ceramic "tree treasure" ornaments are just a few of the items that students can created while taking the Kimball Art Center's holiday-themed classes this month. (Photo courtesy of the Kimball Art Center)

As education director for the Kimball Art Center, one of Jenny Diersen’s jobs is to program and oversee art classes. And nothing equals the excitement and spirit that surrounds the Holiday-themed classes.

"I just love seeing what people come up with," Diersen told The Park Record. "I love seeing the families work together and see the creativity come out."

This year’s offerings include ceramic and mixed medium-snowmen, glass ornaments, winter paintings and, of course, gingerbread houses.

"Right now our gingerbread house classes are full, but people can call the art center front desk to get on a waiting list," Diersen said. "They can also call to register for some of the other classes as well."

The Holiday classes will kick off on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., with recycled glass ornaments, taught by Salt Lake-based instructor Jody Rusho, who brings in her own glass that she has left over from other projects or acquired from a recycling center.

"She shows her class several forms or designs and works with them to make as many ornaments as they can," Diersen said. "This one of our family classes where a child and an adult can come in together and make ornaments together."

Rusho takes the ornaments and fires them in her kiln at home.

The finished ornaments are returned to the art center a week later to be picked up.

"The kids and parents can decorate their homes or give the ornaments away as gifts," Diersen said.

Another class is the tree treasure class taught by Kourtney Burgner, the Kimball Art Center’s ceramics studio manager.

This class will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.

"Kourtney will help people make tree ornaments or keepsakes out of air-dry clay," Diersen said.

Burgner will also teach a ceramics snowman class on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

This is one of the many classes the Kimball Art Center offers to tots and their parents, Diersen said.

"The Kimball Art Center considers tots to be between the ages of 3 and 5," she said. "Parents can come in with their kids and use a water balloon to make a snowman sculpture that can be used throughout the winter."

Diersen also teaches some of the art center’s tots holiday classes to be held on Dec. 13, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.

The December 13 class will feature a holiday story and craft, she said.

"Tots and their parents can come and participate in a story time, after which they will do some coloring and make up their own stories," Diersen said. "We will also make some candy cane reindeer to get them in the spirit for Christmas."

The class on Dec. 27 will be a snowglobe-making class and the class in January will be about working with tots and their parents to paint wonderland landscapes.

"They will create a winter scene landscape painting with snow and things like that," Diersen said.

Every winter craft should include a star, so Diersen will teach a class called silver tin stars on Friday, Dec. 13, from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

"We’re going to use tooling foil to create some decorations that people can have up during the holidays," Diersen said. "While the decorations can be used for Christmas, some people who have taken this class have also told me that some of the decorations they create in the class can be displayed throughout the winter season in January and February."

Wrapping up the holiday-themed classes at the Kimball Art Center is Diersen’s mixed-media snowman sculpture class that is open to all ages and levels that will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

"It’s a mixed media class that uses fabric and buttons and sewing techniques," Diersen said.

Choosing what holiday classes to offer is done logically, she said.

"We always ask feedback from the community and offer classes that they want," Diersen said. "We have been offering some of these classes for a few years and they have become a tradition for the children who participate.

"It’s special for them to do these classes with their families, and they always remember this special time of the year," she said. "I think the classes add a lot to the community during this great season."

To register for a holiday art class or join a waiting list, can call the Kimball Art Center front desk 435-649-8882 or visit . All classes will be held at the Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave.

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