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Each semester the Art Center offers new classes and workshops to enhance your skills, broaden your horizons and provide insight to a variety of subjects and media. New classes and workshops in every media are listed below - use the filters and drop down menus to sort the list.


Summer Semester begins July 14.
Early Registration Discount: Register by June 2 to receive a $5 DISCOUNT on class tuition.
On-Time Registration: June 3 - July 7
Late Registration: Beginning  July 8 a $10 LATE FEE will be applied to class tuition.
 
Spring Semester runs through June.


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new: FALL - Think Big, Paint Small
 
0536
Drawing & Painting
All Levels
Class
Tuesday
Member:
$260
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$290
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/9/2014 - 11/11/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Tuesday  7:00PM - 9:30PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
A painting, although small in size, can be expansive both in expression and impact. A small work allows for a more intimate interaction by drawing the viewer closer. A small canvas does not mean the scale and depth have to be small. Small works can stand by themselves or become studies for larger ones. In this class we will touch on composition, color and choice of subject matter. There are practical elements as well to small works: it is more cost effective, can be completed in a shorter time, and is easier to transport. This class offers much individual attention within a supportive, non-competitive environment. All levels are welcome. Students will work on table-top easels.
Materials list
new: FALL - The Art of Portraiture
 
0556
Drawing & Painting
All Levels
Class
Wednesday
Member:
$260 + $65 model fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$290 + $65 model fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/10/2014 - 11/19/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Wednesday  7:00PM - 9:30PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
No class on: 9/24

CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
Come and learn the art of portraiture from the live model and/or photograph. This class will focus on the key elements including skills of observation, anatomical details, accurate drawing and creative ways of using line and tone. The students will learn through a logical and informative approach through demonstrations and individual instruction. This fun course will begin with graphite and will then be open to the student’s medium of choice.
Materials list
new: Watercolor Pure & Simple
 
0568
Drawing & Painting
All Levels
Class
Thursday
Member:
$260
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$290
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/11/2014 - 11/20/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Thursday  12:30PM - 3:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
No class on: 9/25

CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
Watercolor is sometimes thought of as the most difficult medium to master, however, it can produce beautiful results with a very basic and simple approach! This class will emphasize accurate drawing skills and clean, pure color harmonies to help students create simple, yet highly effective paintings in watercolor.
Materials list
new: FALL - Achieving the Magical Look in Landscapes
 
0576
Drawing & Painting
All Levels
Class
Friday
Member:
$210
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$240
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


8-week course  
Class Held: 10/3/2014 - 11/21/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Friday  9:30AM - 12:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
Painting plein air can be frustrating with fast moving light and painting from photos can be misleading. Through engaging lectures and demonstrations on value, drawing, atmosphere, color mixing, composition, and creating dynamic light effects students will learn how to turn simple landscape photographs into luminous landscape paintings. Student will work on paintings each week applying skills acquired during class to create a magical light filled landscape on canvas. This class is for all levels, beginners are encouraged & all mediums are welcome.
Materials list
new: FALL - Drawing for Beginners
 
0570
Drawing & Painting
All Levels
Class
Thursday
Member:
$260
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$290
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/11/2014 - 11/20/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Thursday  12:30PM - 3:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
No class on: 9/25

CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
This class is about learning to draw, gaining confidence, and having fun doing it. In this introductory course, students will learn to draw more realistically and with more confidence. Using exercises based on the book and the instructors experience, as well as with simple still lifes, students will learn to draw what they “see.” Even those who have previously taken a beginning class will learn from this subject matter. No experience necessary, however those with a sample of previous work, are encouraged to bring it to the first class.
Materials list
new: FALL - Experimental Methods for Photography
 
1120
Photography & Digital Media
All Levels
Class
Wednesday
Member:
$430 + $55 lab fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$460 + $55 lab fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/10/2014 - 11/19/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Wednesday  12:30PM - 3:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
No class on: 9/24

CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
This course is designed for students who want to learn alternative contemporary photographic processes using unconventional materials and techniques. The instructor will fully explain and show students how to use these techniques with the minimum equipment. Students will learn how to work with scanograms, motion blur, time-lapse photography, and stop motion animation using Adobe Bridge®. In addition, students will create 3D images in Photoshop®, experiment with photo print on fabric, make photo-sculptures with Epson® prints, and experiment with light painting photography.
new: FALL - Introduction to Digital Painting
 
1130
Photography & Digital Media
All Levels
Class
Thursday
Member:
$430 + $55 lab fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$460 + $55 lab fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/12/2014 - 11/20/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Thursday  7:00PM - 9:30PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
No class on: 9/25

CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
During this course, students will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop®, how to use Wacom® tablets to draw and paint in Photoshop®, and how to use the fundamentals of blending, light & shadow, and color to create beautiful digital paintings.
Materials list
new: FALL - Publishing a New Media Children’s Book: Print & eBook Form
 
0504
Drawing & Painting
All Levels
Class
Monday
Member:
$220
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$250
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


8-week course  
Class Held: 9/29/2014 - 11/17/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Monday  9:30AM - 12:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
Students learn to write, design and illustrate a manuscript to be self-published into a hardbound book. In addition, the instructor will give an introduction to e-book platform design and marketing and explain the option of doing a digital eBook for sale. Each student will work at his/her ability level to produce one professionally typeset and bound, hardcover book in color. This is a great class for parents and grandparents with a creative story to tell.
new: FALL - Drawing Beyond the Doodle
 
0558
Drawing & Painting
All Levels
Class
Wednesday
Member:
$260
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$290
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/10/2014 - 11/19/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Wednesday  7:00PM - 9:30PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
No class on: 9/24

CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
Like to doodle, but freeze up when you try to draw something serious? This class will help students to relax so lines flows like a happy doodle. Students will learn how to make lines flow calmly from the mind through the hand and onto the paper while exploring still life drawing, abstract drawing, perspective, proportion, texture and shading. Students will gain confidence and style while having fun.
Materials list
new: FALL - Art Journaling
 
0578
Drawing & Painting
All Levels
Class
Friday
Member:
$235
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$265
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/12/2014 - 11/14/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Friday  10:00AM - 12:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
Unleash your creativity! In a friendly, supportive environment, students will explore and combine drawing, painting, writing and collage into a rich expression of spirit in an ongoing journal. The class is a mixture of structure and wild abandon, allowing students to learn new skills and hone familiar ones, encouraging creativity that is both uniquely beautiful and personally meaningful.
Materials list
new: FALL - Big Mosaic Projects
 
0104
Special Subjects
All Levels
Class
Thursday
Member:
$280 + $30 materials/lab fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$310 + $30 materials/lab fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/11/2014 - 11/20/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Thursday  9:30AM - 12:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
No class on: 9/25

CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
Have you been holding on to your broken china longing to make a unique tabletop for the patio? Let’s make it happen! Or maybe you have a large scale mosaic project in mind that you never seem to have time for? In this class, students will work on individual projects while learning how to cut, glue and grout various types of materials to create a unique mosaic project. All levels welcome. Some materials provided, see additional materials list.
new: FALL - Beginning & Intermediate Wheel-Throwing
 
0700
Ceramics
Beginner
Class
Monday
Member:
$310 + $45 glazing/firing fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$340 + $45 glazing/firing fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/8/2014 - 11/10/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Monday  9:30AM - 12:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
Become immersed in throwing pottery on the wheel. Learn all the steps needed to create and finish beautiful wheel-thrown pottery, including glazing techniques. Acquire the skills to make vases, bowls and plates. Various surface decorating techniques will also be explored. Particular emphasis will be on the successful integration of form and function.
Materials list
new: FALL - Techni-Combo Clay Construction
 
0704
Ceramics
Int/Adv
Class
Monday
Member:
$310 + $45 glazing/firing fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$340 + $45 glazing/firing fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/15/2014 - 11/17/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Monday  3:30PM - 6:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
Stretch your creativity and get out of that rut! This class will teach students to build more interesting pieces combining extruded, slab and wheel-thrown forms. Students will be amazed how interesting and easy it is to create both functional and sculptural pieces by combining several techniques. Use of the slab roller and extruder (for solid and hollow forms) will be featured, as well as instruction on improving wheel skills for those who are wheel-oriented. This class will cover surface texture, slip decorating, underglazes, and related finishing/glazing techniques. Prerequisites: At least one basic course (or permission from Instructor).
new: FALL - Wearable Art
 
0400
Jewelry
All Levels
Class
Monday
Member:
$300 + $40 lab fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$330 + $40 lab fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/8/2014 - 11/17/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Monday  7:30PM - 10:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
No class on: 10/13

CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
Make unique jewelry using a variety of materials. Copper, brass and silver can be used alone or combined with found objects, photos, resin, Plexiglas, and other non-traditional materials. Students will learn jewelry-making techniques, such as sawing, drilling, filing, texturing, soldering and cold connecting. All skill levels are encouraged to attend and develop their own designs with instructor guidance.
Materials list
new: FALL - Mixed Media Sculpture
 
0804
Sculpture
All Levels
Class
Thursday
Member:
$340 + $45 materials fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$370 + $45 materials fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/11/2014 - 11/20/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Thursday  12:30PM - 3:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
No class on: 9/25

CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
There are more media than clay to create amazing sculpture and artwork—and they will be lighter too! In this class, students will explore paper clay, papier-mâché and plaster as just a few building materials. All materials provided.
new: FALL - Sculpture for the Ultimate Beginner
 
0806
Sculpture
Beginner
Class
Thursday
Member:
$275 + $40 glazing/firing fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


Non Member:
$305 + $40 glazing/firing fee
-$5 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT


10-week course  
Class Held: 9/11/2014 - 11/20/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Thursday  6:00PM - 8:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
No class on: 9/25

CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
This brand new sculpture class is dedicated to those who want to learn how to create beauty, form and function from mud! Students will be lead through demonstrations to create both functional and non-functional art.
new: Understanding Your Digital Creative World
 
0004
Photography & Digital Media
All Levels
Workshop
Sunday
$150 + $25 lab fee

1-week course  
Class Held: 9/21/2014 - 9/21/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Sunday  10:00AM - 4:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
This intense workshop will help the creative individual understand today’s digital world: from the iPhone® to computer organization, from digital photography to showing work publicly. Through discussion, demonstration and hands on practice, students will experience the whole “picture” of digital management, the tools, the terminology and possible creative software in use. Students will produce a digital print. No experience is necessary to take this workshop, however, prior experience with computers (Mac® or Windows®) and bringing your own questions will be an advantage. Student participation will be essential. The classroom is setup for Mac® use, but a Windows® setup will be available as well.
new: Advanced Techniques in Colored Pencil & Ink Wash
 
0006
Drawing & Painting
Int/Adv
Workshop
Sunday
$100

1-week course  
Class Held: 9/21/2014 - 9/21/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Sunday  10:00AM - 4:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
Participants are invited to experience the unique process created by artist Robert Kogge that fuses painting and drawing. Come experiment with integrating media, beginning by drawing with graphite on canvas and continuing to develop an image with colored pencil and ink wash to create a balanced composition. The workshop will explore the significance of personalizing one’s use of materials and methods, finding a process to express individual aesthetic sensibilities. Students can work from reference materials, photographs or still life. Individual attention will be provided to all.
new: Tonal Drawing
 
0042
Ceramics
All Levels
Workshop
Sunday
$100

1-week course  
Class Held: 11/2/2014 - 11/2/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Sunday  10:00AM - 4:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
This workshop offers an approach that stresses the tonal aspects of any given image. Any linear aspects of working in this technique will occur only at the juncture of positive and negative space varying in intensity as per contrasting values. A class introduction will consist of a brief history of the instructor’s experience in what led him to develop this technique, and discussion of artists who have departed from traditional methods. The weave of the canvas brings form to atmosphere rendering all elements uniformly, as if they had a common substructure, similar in effect to pointillism. This approach will demonstrate the significance in personalizing one’s materials and methods to best suit and enhance individual aesthetic sensibility. Students may choose to work from photographic sources or from still life.
new: Drawing with Fire
 
0056
Drawing & Painting
All Levels
Workshop
Sunday
$100 + $25 materials fee

1-week course  
Class Held: 11/16/2014 - 11/16/2014
Day(s)/Timing : Sunday  10:00AM - 4:00PM
Season: Fall - 2014  
CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION:
OK, so this class won’t be using real fire, but students will be drawing with heat. Pyrography, meaning ‘writing with fire’ is the art of burning controlled marks on wood with various tools such as a wood burner. Working on a piece of wood, student will learn and experiment with creating a realistic work of art, using still life or a photograph for reference. Demonstrations and examples will be given by the instructor. All materials included.

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