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Educational Programs

We offer a variety of education programs throughout the year. Adult and children’s workshops and classes are offered in an array of mediums.
Tours, demonstrations and specialized school programming can be scheduled.

Browse our list below to see all available programs.
Check our class calendar for upcoming workshops
or email Kim Sellmeyer to schedule a specific program from the list.

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Lectures and Demonstrations


Everyone is welcome at this monthly lecture series featuring local creative talent. Breakfast is provided at this free event.

School Programming

A variety of educational programs for schools are supplied. Tours, lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experiences can be scheduled.

Adding an A to STEM

We partner with Prairie Stem for soft skills, communication and creative problem solving, critical thinking education for k-12, including design, IT, music and more.

Summer/Winter Camps

Educational programs for seasonal learning are supplied. Tours, lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experiences can be developed and scheduled.


Traveling lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experiences can be booked for locations throughout the Omaha metro. Participating artists include Tim Barry, Les Bruning, Paula Wallace and more. 


The Hot Shops is home to two galleries which have monthly curated shows. The galleries are open seven days a week and are free to the public. Often demonstrations will be held in conjunction with the show. Check our gallery calendar for details on specific shows. 

Open House

Every Spring and Winter the Hot Shops holds an Open House. Our 80+ artists invite the public to visit their spaces, view their very newest artwork and learn how they create them! Demonstrations are held throughout the two-day event. 

Group Tours

Guided tours can be scheduled. Learn the history of the Hot Shops, the temperature that each of the ‘Hot Studios’ fires at, how the paintbrush can record if you are happy or sad, how the faster technology changes – the more we are comforted by and look for things made by human hands and much more! 

Glass Shop

Hot Studio Classes

Check our class calendar for scheduled classes or email to schedule a specific program from the list.

Glass Paperweight Experience

Get a feel for the heat by getting close to the action. One of our instructors will assist you in making your very own paperweight. You will get to pick out the colors, help design and shape molten glass into a unique art piece.

Glass Couples Workshop

Heat up the night with a workshop for two. You and a friend get to spend two hours experiencing what it’s like to be a glass blower. Learn to gather the glass, blow a bubble and create your very own work of art. 

Glass Team Building/Group Workshop

Looking for something different for your business or family gathering? Why not throw them all into the fire! Or at least in front of the fire. This is an eight-person workshop where you get a glass blowing demonstration and everyone gets the option to make their own paperweight. 

Glass Weekend Workshop

This workshop is for someone interested in pursuing glass blowing or a more hands-on experience. In three days, we teach you how to gather, blow a bubble, shape and color glass. Mainly working in clear, you will develop your glass shaping skills by learning several techniques to develop your own working style. This workshop runs Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lunch is included on the weekend. $450/person. 

Glass Demonstrations 

Our glass studio is open to the public to watch our artists work, but artist availability varies. For groups we recommend scheduling a visit to watch a demonstration. The cost is $5/person and ensures that a glassblower is available for your visit. 

Pottery – Wheel

This 6-week class is an intro to wheel thrown pottery for all skill levels. We explore clay’s main components, creating forms on the wheel, form/surface decoration, and firing. Skills taught within the workshops will encompass wedging, centering on the wheel, throwing, trimming, surface decoration techniques, glazing, and firing finished work. It is the goal for each student to take at least 10 pieces of finished work home. All materials and firings included.

Pottery – Team Building/Group Workshop

Participants will learn surface decoration techniques, glazing, and get their finished, fired work approximately 3-weeks later.  This workshop can also be offered to kids!

2D, Jewelry and Fiber Classes 

Check our class calendar for scheduled classes.

Approaching Acrylics

Learn how to dive into acrylic painting. We can tackle any subject matter at any age. This is all about learning how to push your colors around, see light and shadows, maybe incorporate other textures , but most importantly, having fun painting. Private lessons can be scheduled with Dar. See calendar for group classes.

Life Drawing

Improve your drawing skills, meet fellow artists and have fun! These classes are 8-week sessions, but we also allow drop-ins. The format is: five, two-minute warmups, followed by one, 10-minute pose, two, 25-minute poses and ending with one, 40-minute pose. Easels, tables and chairs provided. Student must supply drawing pad and pencils.

Painting with oils and cold wax

Creative play for the novice and experienced artist alike, workshops and classes offer participants to explore color, pattern design and abstraction. Cold wax medium is an increasingly popular product noted for its versatility and range. You will learn tools and techniques, and you’ll create pieces on archival paper. All materials and supplies provided. 


Photography workshops for beginning to advanced photographers including Photoshop basics.


Learn the proper techniques to use jump rings to create beautiful and intricate jewelry that can be handed down for generations. 


Beginning level introduction to silversmithing and the basics of soldering. 


Pastel is a pure pigment medium that gives an artist the flexibility to go between painting and drawing techniques to create stunning finished works. Award-winning pastel artist Cheri Ginsburg teaches this on-going class. Class sizes are limited. 

Fiber Arts Workshops 

Contemporary fiber art event that includes fabric art, weaving, knitting, crocheting, paper, basketry, sculptures, painted/printed cloth, wearables, or felt. This month-long event in September, 2020, will include an opening reception, fashion show and weekend workshops.