Life Drawing Drop-in Class Starting

The ArtiFactory and Beadology are proud to co-sponsor a


drop-in class.  This month it will be held on Sunday, July 17th, at Beadology from 5 to 7 PM.  The cost will be $8 per session.  Please bring your own drawing materials.


Drawing the figure is captivating and challenging.   We will be drawing both clothed and nude models from 5 to 7 on the third Sunday of the month at  Beadology in downtown Iowa City. Cost is $8 per drop in session. 

March Artist: Shumpei Yamaki, Ceramicist


Now in its second month, the Art in The Afternoon program moves permanently to the 3rd Sunday of the month, this month on March 20th, at 2:00 PM at Beadology.  The featured artist this month is Shumpei Yamaki, Ceramic Artist, Dancer, Teacher, Artist-in-Residence at Scattergood Friends School.  Shumpei will talk about process, show slides, show actual work, talk about his journey from doing hip-hop dance to becoming a ceramic artist rooted in Japanese aesthetics and techniques and how those things are connected. And he will entertain questions and discussion.  This event is FREE.

Shumpei shows locally at AKAR and in NYC at Sara Japanese Pottery. He was Featured in September 2015 Ceramics Monthly
He specializes in wood fired pottery, often using clay which he has dug himself.

Shumpei Yamaki was born and raised in Kamakura, Japan.  He moved to Philadelphia in 1996 to study dance.  Following an automobile accident in 1999 he enrolled in a ceramics class as physical therapy and discovered a passion for ceramics.  He concentrates on traditional Japanese techniques, wood-firing and methods of relying on local resources and conservation.  He is currently the resident artist at Scattergood Friends School and Farm.  He is building a wood-fired kiln for the school and has been experimenting with local clay in his personal endeavors as a wood-fire potter.

ArtiFactory Guest Artist Series

Join us as we launch a new monthly series:


As a step toward building a new Art Center, Arts Iowa City/ the ArtiFactory project is kicking off a monthly series of art events, sponsored by Beadology.  ART IN THE AFTERNOON  is a monthly artist talk/workshop held every 4th Sunday of the month.  This series will focus on introducing artists to the Iowa City community. Light refreshments are provided.



Jo Myers-Walker is an artist and teacher;  working with people of all ages.  She is always exploring new techniques and materials, finding the joy  of creating something is in the process of visualizing a project and figuring out how to actualize it.  Her classes and workshops take a gentle approach. They all involve real artistic technique, and also some element of the “inward journey.”  By telling their story through art, people often create beautiful things that they never thought they could.

Jo is looking forward to meeting Iowa City artists and will share briefly some of her work in different mediums.  Her current focus is watercolor and will demonstrate  watercolor techniques by painting ” people like birds” on a pop up card .  She will bring supplies for you to play along with her and see which one of your feathered friends show up on your card.


Jo Myers-Walker
Thank you Beadology, for hosting this FREE event,  featuring one of Iowa City’s newest artists. For more about Jo, click here.

2:00 PM on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Beadology
220 East Washington Street, Iowa City


Oct. 1 Beaux Arts Ball benefits Arts Iowa City, others


Come join AIA South East Iowa for a festive night to benefit three arts organizations from your community: Arts Iowa City, Eastern Iowa Arts Academy, and Friends of Cedar Rock! The night will include appetizers/beverages, a silent auction, live music, dancing, prizes, and more. Contact Nick Lindsley for sponsorship information at All event proceeds will be donated to the three arts organizations. Masquerade masks will also be provided at the door. Business casual dress is preferred, and costumes are encouraged.



6 PM – 10 PM

Tickets on Eventbrite

Colors of the Prairie Dye Class

We gathered plants from the Scattergood Prairie to print and dye with..and my-oh-my we had fun. And because we could, we also had an indigo vat (or three) going.


The yellow fabric was made from St. John’s Wort and the Orange is from Coreopsis. Really! The folks in the upper center photo are stirring the organic indigo vat starter.

Winners of the Arts Fest 2015 Drawing


Arts Iowa City drawing winners, Iowa Arts Festival 2015

Winners of the Arts Iowa City drawing for the fine craft objects displayed at the Iowa Arts Festival 2015, as determined in a drawing held on June 10th, were as follows:

The fused glass plate created by Patty Housby of Des Moines was won by Lauree Christman of Iowa City.
The two ceramic mugs created by Shumpei Yamaki of West Branch were won by Carl Geiken of Iowa City.
The natural dyed silk scarf created by Amy Weber of West Branch was won by Paul DeYoung of Iowa City.
The anodized aluminum pins created by Louise Rauh of Iowa City were won by Andrea Wilson of Iowa City, Jennifer Gersten of Tiffin, and Lucy Laurian of Iowa City.

Thank you for participating in our drawing, and for providing us with your views on what you want to see in a Community  Arts Center in Iowa City.

Colors of The Prairie Dye Workshop

The ArtiFactory, Botanical Colors and Scattergood Friends School have teamed up to bring this fantastic workshop to Iowa.
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The Colors of the Prairie: A Natural Dye Workshop at Scattergood Friends School June 27, 28 10 AM to 4 PM West Branch, Iowa 52358 Join us for a two day immersion into natural dyeing u…

Join Us at Arts Fest 2015


We’ll be at Arts Fest in Iowa City this weekend! Drop by the intersection of Washington and Dubuque streets to learn about our progress, enter a drawing for some beautiful handcrafted objects, watch a demo, or just say hi. We’d love to see you and get your input! You can also take our survey to help us create the art center you need!

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