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.

Holly Cooper: Design & Detail Workshops

Design & Detail: Stringer control and modular design principles
October 23 2015 - October, 24 2015, 9am - 5pm

This is an intermediate class in which students will concentrate on using and manipulating stringers to create intricate detailed patterns. Methods that promote individuality by taking technique and design beyond our usual boundaries and surface design elements will be discussed, demonstrated and practiced.

Please bring eye protection (didymium glasses), flat graphite marver, bent pick, pointed tweezers. Holly will bring a small tool for sale ($4-6).

Design & Detail: Rare Chemistry I and II
October 25 2015 - October, 26 2015, 9am - 5pm

This is an intermediate class; the ability to make and use striger is a prerequisite of the class.

Day 1 focuses on the use of unique surface techniques involving different forms of silver (leaf, foil, and double helix silver glass) and applied stringer. The class is designed to open up new ways of using these special materials and add patina and depth to the surface of glass beads.

Day 2 is an exploration of the use of various forms of copper as a surface design element with powdered enamel as a base to create patterned surfaces rich in depth and layered interest.

Please bring eye protection (didymium glasses), flat graphite marver, bent pick, pointed tweezers, aluminum grooved marver plate (we have a number to share), plastic gloves and safety goggles.

Class fees are $395 for each two-day workshop. We will provide glass and tools, but please let us know if you require a torch. A $100 deposit is required to hold your position in workshop.

If you paid a deposit, full payment is required at first day of workshop. Please make checks payable to Crystal Forge. Lunch and drinks will also be provided. Please contact Dan at 323-898-4232 if you have any questions. Checks can be mailed to 1312 Izard St. Omaha, NE 68102.


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

Hot Glass Beads is an intensive beginners workshop focusing on safety and setup, torches and tools, round and barrel beads, embellishments, shaping, encasing, and more (maximum of 2 students). Additional beadmaking lessons can be scheduled one-to-one for one to two hours at a time. Groups of 3-6 are also welcome for make-it-take-it workshops, team building and/or fun evening/afternoon events. Contact Margie to schedule your workshop, lesson or event.

(402) 657-3784

Meridith Merwald-Gofta

Metal Jewelry Stamping/Texturizing

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

Life Drawing Session Schedule
for 2015-2016


September 8

October 27

November 3

December 22


January 5

Febuary 23

March 1

April 19

April 26

June 14

SIGN UP NOW for an 8-week Life Drawing Session!
Starts TUESDAY, September 8, 2015
8 consecutive Tuesday evenings cost a total of $70
Time: 6-8:30pm
Location: Events Space (NW corner, 1st floor),
Hot Shops Arts Center, 1301 Nicholas St., Omaha

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 email Diane Stoffel at The modest $70 payment is due at the 1st session, cash or check (make out to Diane Stoffel). 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 at a Hot Shops Gallery.

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!

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.