Guest Workshops

Once and a while we offer classes from various masters in their field of art. These special workshops are generally held over multiple days, and are structured to allow students to practice their newly found techniques. More than often students will leave with their own pieces. Fun and informative! Please check this page for future postings.


3-DAY SOFT MURRINI May 7-9, 2017

Cost: $615 Deposit: $250
This 3-day class will cover making murrini and application. The first two days, we will be working on building a number of murrini. The third day, we will be working on various techniques to place the murrini. Bring notebooks, eye protection, your favorite tools, and camera but no video allowed. Beginner to advanced students will benefit from this workshop.

Class will run 9:30am to no later than 11pm. Meals and glass will be provided. To register, contact Ed Fennell at Crystal Forge glassblowing studio: 402-578-1081.

3-DAY BORO SCULPTURE May 11-13, 2017

Cost: $630 Deposit: $250
This 3-day class will cover sculptural techniques off mandrel. We will be working on animal and human features, general sculptural shapes, and the use of tooling and heat control to maintain crisp detail. Special attention will be paid to color blending to create a wider palette of colors to use in your sculptures. Bring notebooks, your favorite tools, and camera but no video allowed. Beginner to advanced students will benefit from this workshop.

Class will run 9:30am to no later than 11pm. Meals will be provided. To register, contact Ed Fennell at Crystal Forge glassblowing studio: 402-578-1081.



Cost: $295 Deposit: $100 Kit Fee (payable to instructor)
$95-105 depending on silver prices

Here is the chance to learn how to feature those amazing beads of yours that you have been struggling with. In day one of this two day class, you will learn my techniques for setting delicate lampwork beads in unique fine silver settings. You will learn dapping and punching techniques for end-caps, slider bar assemblies for barrel beads, hook connections for elongated barrel beads and my signature forceps style spinner bail for those (problematic, I don't know what to do with this amazing) disk bead. Class will consist of working with 3 professionally crafted lampwork blank beads, and by the end of class you will be ready to set your own creations or those beads from your personal collection. In day two we will lean how to create fine silver chains and add one of your own beads for a truly finished project. Each student can provide a personal bead (barrel, disk or tear drop shapes only) made on a 3/8” mandrel to add to their fine silver chain.

All materials and workstations provided by instructor. Lunch will be provided.

facebook: Anne Mitchell Metalworks



Cost: $350 Deposit: $100
This class includes one day of encased paperweight style floral beads and one day of striped cane surface floral beads. We will work with a variety of glass including Moretti/Effetre, Lauscha, and Double Helix. Day one covers simple poked dot flowers, multi layered flowers, simple murrini making and use. Day two covers striped cane construction and application for a basic surface floral design.

Glass and lunch provided

On-Going Classes & Workshops

Classes in iron working, drawing, painting, glass blowing, glass bead making and many others are also available at the Hot Shops Art Center by many of its artists. Here is a list of most of them, plus their relative links and phone number. Please contact them so we can arrange a time that fits your schedule:


Ed Fennell


Classes are three day, weekend workshops, limited to three students per workshop. Download an application here, [PDF]. Additional glass workshops can be found on Crystal Forge's website.

(402) 578-1081 004

John Miller


Teaches group or private Painting Classes, once a week for duration agreed upon with student.

(402) 547-7443 303

Margie Shanahan

Glass Beadmaking

Beginning Glass Beadmaking (4 hours/1-2 students): Safety, set up, torches and tools, round and barrel beads, embellishments, more!
Make-It-Take-It Beads (2 hours/3-6 students/great for team building): Round beads, frits.
Lessons (1-2 hours/1-2 students): Student Choice.
Try It Now (30 min/1 student): Try your hand at making a bead! Contact Margie to schedule your class or event.

(402) 657-3784

Meridith Merwald-Gofta

Metal Jewelry Stamping/Texturizing

NOTE: THIS CLASS IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT. Please check back at a later date.

Learn about texturing metal and using letter stamps. Copper and brass to practice on provided. You will leave with a Sterling and Copper pendant and bracelet. Classes approximately 1 1/2 - 2 hours -- cost is between $50 and $60 per person, depending on the price of Sterling Silver. Contact Meridith for latest class schedule.

(402) 203-9399

Amy Haney


Interesting in learning the basics of printmaking, or improve existing technical skills, refine conceptual approaches and broaden knowledge of contemporary printmaking? Contact Amy for class schedules and details.

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Will Fields


Photography workshops for beginning to advanced photographers. Private classes are also available. Contact Will or see his website for class descriptions and details.

(616) 745-5497

Lynn Kvigne


Interested in the ancient art of making chainmaille? You'll learn the proper techniques to use jump rings to create beautiful and intricate jewelry that can be handed down for generations. Contact Lynn for class schedules and details.

(402) 639-7796

Drawing from Life

SIGN UP NOW for an 8-week Life Drawing Session!
8 consecutive Tuesday evenings cost a total of $70

Welcome NEW management!!!
TG Ndoda will be hosting Tuesday Life Drawing from this session forward.

Now in it's 10th year, Drawing from Life is an opportunity to draw professional live models in the company of other local artists. Please be aware that this is NOT a class, there is no drawing instruction. Fellow attendees range from beginner to pro at drawing live models. Mediums used include pencil, charcoal, pastel, color pencils, watercolor, etc.

Model starts with five 2 min. warm-up poses, followed by one 10 min. pose, two 25 min. poses, and ending with one 40-minute pose. Models alternate female to male weekly. We provide easels, tables and chairs. You bring your own drawing supplies (we recommend a hard backing for your drawing pad).

If you are unable to commit to 8 consecutive Tuesdays, we allow DROP-INs for any single session at the cost of $12. If all front row seats are taken by registered artists, we ask that Drop-Ins take 2nd row seats.

To register or request more information, please contact TG Ndoda via email at or call (402) 714-0300. The modest $70 payment is due at the 1st session, cash or check (make out to TG Ndoda). Please plan to arrive a bit early on the first session to take care of business without cutting into drawing time.

Attendees are invited to submit at least one framed drawing to our Annual Drawing from Life Show each February in one of the Hot Shop’s galleries

C’mon down! You get to improve your drawing skills, meet fellow artists and have fun! Some beginners learn enough about drawing by doing and watching others. Others do better by taking an actual class at a local college first. You know your learning style best!

* Due to 2 Tuesday snowstorms dates had to be pushed back 2 weeks thus shortening a session.

Why has the price for Drawing from Life increased from $65 to $70?
Models for these sessions have not had a raise in pay for 8 years. The $5 increase in cost will go directly to models. I have also cancelled the $2 discount on DROP IN cost for Seniors and Students to increase revenue for models.

Art: Mark-It is a hands-on art activity for many occasions. The classes are offered at the Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas Street, in the heart of the new Market North Development.

The following offerings are perfect for: Parties, Birthday Parties for Children or Adults, Dates, Adult or Youth Groups, Inter-Generational Parties, Anniversaries, Special Occasions, Corporate Fun Days, Singles, or just because you are interested!

Please call Dar at 712-329-9392

You Can Paint These!
in the Aksarben Village

Join us for our artist guided paint sessions as Omaha's paint and sip gallery, the Village Canvas and Cabernet in the Aksarben Village. Visit to book your session.