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Birdhouses: Working with Gourds

Birdhouses: Working with Gourds w/ Dawn Wesemann

Friday May 9th 7:30-10pm

This class will teach you how to take untreated gourds and turn them into functional, spring birdhouses.  Gourds make excellent homes for the birds because they are so natural and many birds delight in the deep, round cavity they provide for nesting.  It is also a delight to see a bird family living in a home you’ve created for them!!

We will explore various surface treatments such as stains, dyes, gold-leaf, wood burning, and carving.  We will also use natural, found elements such as driftwood, branches, and bamboo to make handles and perches.   Sea grass, pine needles, and other found objects can be used to weave onto the rim of the gourd.  Let your love of nature and your imagination take over!

See some of Dawn’s work on her website or see photos from her last workshop at TPCA!

~  Each student will receive cut and cleaned gourds ready for embellishment!  (with instructions on how to  cut and clean a gourd)
~  Additional gourds will be available for purchase.
~  Students will have use of all tools and various weaving and coloring supplies. Students may also bring their own paint brushes, favorite stamps/ stamp ink pads, special scrap-booking papers, embossing powders, scissors
~  A reference list of suppliers will be provided for future purchase.

Ages 15+

 May 9th 7:30-10pm     Please Submit a Registration Form


$85 members


Painting the Landscape in Oil w/ Renee Egan

Painting the Landscape in Oil

Sunday Mornings 10:00- 1:00pm  

June 8-29th  4 sessions. Ages 16+

Students will learn traditional oil painting techniques while painting on Tyler’s beautiful locations as well as learning specific color mixing techniques, and brush applications.

Supplies will be provided on the first class, and students will be given a supply list of materials that they will need for the other classes.

 See Renee’s work on her website

Please Submit a Registration Form



Oil Painting for beginners w/ Rene Egan

Oil Painting for Beginners

Saturday  afternoons 1:00-4:00

May 3-24th  4 sessions Ages 16+

Students will learn traditional painting techniques and color mixing while creating a still life painting. Students will come away from this course knowing how to mix their oil  colors to create the necessary lights and darks in creating a successful painting form observation.


See Renee’s work on her website

Please Submit a Registration Form



in Plein Air w/ Renee Egan

Capture the Light (Ages 16+ 4-7 pm) $200 

July 28th – August 1st

In this “plein air” course students will attempt to capture the light during the twilight hours. Direct painting & drawing, composition, color mixing and painting techniques will be discussed and applied.

Supplies for the first class will be provided, along with a list of suggested supplies.

See Renee’s work on her website

Late Afternoon Session $200

Members $180 

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Precious Metal Clay

Come learn how to make beautiful fine silver jewelry using a truly amazing material called Precious Metal Clay (PMC).

PMC’s clay body is made up of microscopic particles of metal held together by an organic binder and water. When fired at specific temperatures, the binder and water burn off allowing the silver particles to fuse into SOLID metal. PMC can be easily sculpted or molded and impressed with textures and stamps. Firing and polishing of student’s pieces will be done during class. Students will leave this one day workshop with several of their own one-of-a-kind silver creations.

Wendy Schuster is a PMC artist and instructor who has been working with PMC since first hearing about it 13 years ago. She has taught beginning, advanced, and certification classes at several schools and businesses, as well as in her home studio, in Reading, PA. She is a juried artisan at the state and local levels and has 22 years of design experience in her professional life.

Beginners Precious Metal Clay (PMC) ~ Saturday June 28,2014 9-5pm Ages 16+

During this FUN full day workshop students will be taught a variety of basic techniques including: adding texture with tools and rubber stamps, how to make molds and simple texturing tools, creating bails, setting heat safe stones, torch firing, antiquing and polishing. The instructor’s extensive supply of stamps, molds, textures, and tool kits are made available for student’s use during the workshop.  Students will also be able to choose one fire safe stone from a selection made available during class.

Firing and polishing of student’s pieces will be done during class.  Students will leave this one day workshop with several of their own one-of-a-kind silver creations.*

Saturday June 28,2014 9-5pm   + Materials fee ~$65 for metal clay payable to instructor at class. (prices subject to change based on market value) ½ packages are available at student’s request.

   Please Submit a Registration Form

members $115


PMC RINGS workshop  - August 16th 9-5pm

PMC rings

In this Precious Metal Clay (PMC) class students will learn how to make their Fine Silver rings in a style that is uniquely their own!  Wendy will cover two methods in PMC ring construction: a simple overlap technique and a slightly more challenging butt joint technique, which has no visible interior seam. Stamping, texturing, setting heat safe stones and antiquing and polishing will also be covered during class in addition to sizing techniques. Wendy’s extensive supply of stamps, molds, textures, and tool kits will be made available to student during class time.

Students will leave this one day workshop with several of their own one-of-a-kind silver creations!

+ Materials fee can range $35-65 for metal clay payable to instructor at class.

PMC RINGS workshop - August 16th 9-5pm   

Please Submit a Registration Form

members $115



The number of pieces made by each student will vary and is dependent on the volume of clay purchased and the size of each piece made.

Mailing pieces is an option made available to students.  An additional charge of $4.75 is necessary to cover, postage, insurance and packaging materials.

Stained Glass

Stained Glass
with Kelly Locke

5 week workshop – 3hours week beginning May 20th

Tuesdays 7-10pm 

Tuition: $150/$140 members. Ages 13+

Learning basic techniques you will create unique stained glass works of art. A great workshop for beginners and those with experience.

5 week workshop – Tuesdays 7-10pm 

Please Submit a Registration Form


Members $140  


A Community Kiln  at Tyler Park Center for the Arts.

A group of dedicated potters, students and volunteers have built a Manabigama Kilnwhich translates from Japanese as a  beautiful  learning  kiln.Read more

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The Indiegogo fundraiser was a great success – we exceeded our goal with your generous contributions!

You can continue to donate to support this unique & collaborative community project as well as all else we do here at Tyler Park Center for the Arts through this website.

In a workshop atmosphere, where potters, artists, and community come together,we will collectively experience the worlds oldest firing technique. We will be firing up to 2400 degrees by stoking a flame every ten minutes for 12-16 hours. Stoneware and porcelain clays will reach a temperature where they become somewhat molten. It is then that ash from the burning embers travels through the kiln and sticks to the pottery. Wood ash containing silica melts at high temperatures and forms a glass like surface on areas of the ware inside the kiln. Where the ash does not land the flame touches up against the clay leaving its mark. The kiln, weighing approximately 6 tons is made of refractory fire brick. Each brick will be laid by hand and mortared together.

This kiln will be a permanent fixture in Tyler State Park lasting years and experienced by many. Students from nearby high schools and colleges, professional artists, and adult students will come from all over our region to participate in the process of wood firing.  Please call 267.218.0290 or email

video by Christian Roebling

“The qualities unique to wood fired ceramics result from a complex drama involving human intention, material properties, and a factor best known as The Life of the Fire.” Jack Troy

Pottery Classes

Pottery classes for Adults and Children at Earth Center Pottery have begun. There is always room to join us for a session. All levels of experience welcome for wheel and hand built pottery. Contact Jennifer for details: or 267-218-0290

Learn more at Earth Center Pottery

Team Building workshops

Build your Business with Specialized Team Building Workshops.

Schedule a special workshop at TPCA. Introduce stress reduction, interdependent group practices, mindfulness, meditations and guaranteed self confidence building to your business or organization with out multi-discipline fine arts & crafts approach.

Offerings in a multitude of mediums to boost morale, creativity and productivity!

For details & scheduling contact  267-218-0290

Birthday Parties & Girls Night Out!

Birthday Parties & Girls Night Out!

Schedule a special night at TPCA.

Offerings in a multitude of mediums including beading, marbleized silk, stained glass and fusion, fine art, gourd decorating, book making & more!

For details & scheduling contact  267-218-0290

Community Day

Community Day is a great opportunity to see all we do at Tyler Park Center for the Arts.

Throughout the Year we hold Community Days. A Free day to come visit Tyler Park Center for the Arts and get to know us! Some of our workshop instructors will be doing demos and letting you try your hand at a craft. Try wood carving, the pottery wheel, bookmaking and more!  Read more

We will have small art projects available for visitors to try as well as demonstrations and information about our ongoing workshops for adults and kids, as well as our summer camps.

This is a great way to meet our teaching artists and our staff. See our historic barn and sculpture garden where we have art and music workshop, concerts, and summer camps. You can see our newest and most exciting project, a wood burning kiln, as a work in progress outside in the park. You can sign up to be a volunteer for one or more of our many events, or even become a member in the Art Center.

Sign up for the newsletter to keep in touch with TPCA and Community Days!

Our professional teaching artists will be there to demonstrate many exciting art techniques. All ages & experience welcome.

Friends Night Out

Friends Night Out is the 3RD Friday of each month from 7.30 – 10pm!  Contact Jennifer to reserve your spot:

or 267-218-0290

Click here to register and pay online

The cost is $30.
Learn more at Earth Center Pottery

World Percussion Drum Circle – 4th Fridays

4th Fridays World Percussion Drum Circle  

7:30pm Hand Drumming Workshop $5

8:00 to 10:00 Drum Circle $10

Energize your spirit, release tension, move with the rhythms of life in the drum circle.  We will be learning exotic rhythms and playing them in the circle.  Come for the Workshop $5 Or join the Circle $10 or both! Jim, our rhythm facilitator is a dedicated student and experienced teacher. But it is really about having fun and playing with others to make beautiful exciting music.  Bring your own drum or rent one for the evening.  Drum repair available. Read more

Check out a Video from our first circle!


Jim Davidson is a world percussionist and plays drums of many cultures, usually African style dununba (jun-jun), the big barrel bass drums in a djembe ensemble. He is a student of West African and Middle Eastern percussion and has studied with many masters including Mamady Keita, Famoudou Konate, Menes Yahuda, Quint Lange and Glen Velez. As a member of the African drum ensemble since 1998, Jim has performed in many venues, taught classes and individual students.


Our mission is to enrich the community through fine arts, crafts, and music: to encourage art education and excellence, and to nurture artists in a community of connection and support.


A 1 Year Membership from February through January includes tickets to the annual Crafts in the Meadow invitational show, an invitation to the Members Party, discounts on Events and Workshops for all ages & the knowledge that you are supporting a growing, diverse educational arts organization in your community!


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Professional Artist $20

Individual $35

Family $50

Contributor $100

Patron $250

Sustaining Member $500

Charter Member $1,000

Sponsoring Member $1,500

Benefactor $2,500