Classes & Registration

The Dorval Potters’ Guild offers courses in both wheel work and hand-building techniques for different levels to accommodate the interests of our students. 

DAY AND EVENING CLASSES are offered for adults in the Fall and Winter and Spring on a choice of days. 

Registration for Fall pottery classes will be taking place on Tuesday September 5th, from 6:30pm to 9pm, in our studio (room S014A) located in the basement of the Sarto DesNoyers Comunity Center, 1335 Lakeshore, in Dorval. Advanced registrations will be taken for Dorval residents only on Monday August 28th from 6:30pm to 9pm, in the main hall at the Sarto DesNoyers Comunity Center. Adult & Children's classes will begin mid September. You will find the updated listing of class dates and costs here below. Our courses have limited spaces, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Class Descriptions - Fall Semester 2017

Places are limited and on a first come, first serve basis.  Should classes become overbooked, priority will be given to Dorval residents. However, depending on demand and teacher availability, extra classes may be added.

Cost for Adult Classes ($235 + $25 for non-residents)​

Adult Beginner Wheel Class - 10 weeks
This class focuses on developing proper habits in the studio from the very beginning. Basic techniques are introduced to allow the student to prepare the clay, set up, center and produce basic shapes. This is followed by learning how to tool and finish the pieces.

Wheel I (beginner)
Tuesdays from 9:30am to 12:00pm, Sept 12th to Nov 14th  
Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, Sept 12th to Nov 14th

Wheel I.5 (beginner / intermediary)
Mondays from 2:30pm to 5:00pm, Sept 11th to Nov 20th

Intermediate Wheel Throwing Class -  10 weeks
This class focuses on specific shapes and challenges the student to perform like a? production potter.Goals are set with specific weights of clay and individuals are prompted to achieve these precise demands.

Wheel II (intermediary)
Mondays from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, Sept 11th to Nov 20th
Introduction to Pottery Class -  10 weeks
This class is tailored for the handbuilder from beginner to more advanced students. Instruction focuses on Pinch pots, Coilbuilding, Slab Technique and Sculpture.The instructor also covers finishing and glazing techniques.

Intro to pottery (Handbuilding)
Fridays 9:30am to 12:00pm, Sept 15th to Nov 17th

Advanced Pottery Class - Part Time - 6 sessions (150$ +25$ for non-residents)
This class is tailored to the needs and interests of students who are interested in a challenge.

Wheel II (intermediary)
Thursdays from 2:30pm to 5:00pm, sept 21, oct 5 & 26, nov 9, 23 & 30

Wheel III (advanced)
Thursdays from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, sept 14 & 21, oct 12 & 19, nov 2 & 16.

Teen Beginner Wheel Class (12 to 16 yrs) -  10 weeks  (195$ +25$ for non-residents)
This class focuses on basic techniques, to allow the student to prepare the clay, set up, center and produce basic shapes. This is followed by learning how to tool and finish the pieces. An afternoon session is scheduled to accomodate the students involved.

Saturdays from 10:00am to 11:30am, Sept 16th to Nov 18th 

Children's Pottery Class (6 to 11 yrs.) - 10 weeks  (125$ +25$ for non-residents)
This class is offered as an artistic opportunity for children to explore another medium of expression, to encourage them to experiment and have fun. Projects are realized through various handbuilding techniques.

Fridays from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Sept 15th to Nov 17th

Summer Wheel Camp for Teens (12 to 16 yrs)
9 - 12 every morning for 2 weeks
An intensive daily summer program for teens - learning how to throw on the wheel
Mid July

Wheel Camp Web Site

Anyone wishing more information on classes, can contact Andrea Schillgallies at:

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