Art for Adults

The Arts Center a variety of classes for teens and adults, including visual arts classes, ballroom dance, lunchtime arts appreciation lectures, and painting workshops. Adult classes are open to students ages 14 and up!

Need-based scholarships are available for many classes. Contact director@communityartscenter.net or 859.236.4054 to request more information. If you love art, we want you in these classes!!

Mar
5
Tue
Starry Night Studio: Country Hydrangeas
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Country Hydrangeas

Starry Night Studio: Country Hydrangeas
Tuesday, March 5 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person

This painting captures the simple beauty of country living, with fresh-cut flowers resting casually in a glass jar. The textured barn wood background is the perfect accent for the bouquet. Grab some friends and plan a night of laid-back, artistic fun!

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Mar
6
Wed
Beginning Knitting Workshop
Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Beginning Knitting Workshop

Beginning Knitting Workshop
Wednesdays, March 6 and 13
5:30pm to 6:30pm | Ages 14+
$25 registration + $10 materials
Instructor: Carrie Farmer

Ready, set, knit! Students will learn basic knitting stitches and will make their very own scarf. Class cost: $25. Materials cost: $10. Students will keep their needles and yarn to continue work at home after the workshop concludes!
 
Jazz Singing with Catherine Thomsen
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jazz Singing with Catherine Thomsen

Jazz Singing Group Lessons
Wednesdays, March 6 to April 24
6pm to 8pm | $160
Instructor: Catherine Thomsen

Explore jazz singing in a supportive, fun group.  You will learn how to “talk a tune down,” learn and practice the blues scale and transfer that skill to other jazz tunes. You will also learn to work with an accompanist, transpose charts into your own keys and use a mic effectively. Instructor Catherine Thomsen sings regularly with musical groups throughout Central Kentucky.

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Mar
12
Tue
The Rise of the Gothic
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Rise of the Gothic

The Rise of the Gothic
Tuesday, March 12
12pm to 1pm | $10 at the door (students $5)
Dr. John Kinkade

The Houses of Parliament, the novels of Charlotte Brontë, the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, and Scooby-Doo:  all of these works of art owe something to the Gothic, a cultural movement that emerged in the mid-eighteenth century and gave the world access to new ways of thinking about the dark, the sinister, and the weird—the intersection of terror and wonder. 

John Kinkade is Charles T. Hazelrigg Associate Professor of English at Centre College.

Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Tuesdays, March 12 to April 30
7pm to 9pm | $160 | Ages 14+
Instructor: Jonas Hurley

If you have ever dreamed of learning to use a potter’s wheel, this is your chance! This flexible class is appropriate for potters of all experience levels. Whether you’re a total beginner looking to explore the creative potential of clay or an experience potter interested in refining your technique, this workshop-style class provides lots of opportunity for individual instruction.

Registration fee includes all materials and firing. This is seven-week class. Please note class will not meet on 4/2.

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Mar
13
Wed
LWTA – Bruce Richardson (Elmwood Inn Fine Teas)
Mar 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Bruce Richardson (Elmwood Inn Fine Teas)

Lunch with the Arts – Bruce Richardson
Wednesday, March 13 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door ($3 students)

Boston’s second great tea party began on March 24, 1904, when Isabella Stewart Gardner opened the door of her new Fenway house/museum to greet a mysterious Japanese man attired in a flowing robe and holding a letter of introduction from artist John LaFarge. Okakura Kakuzo had just arrived in Boston to begin cataloging the vast treasure trove of Asian art which filled the archives of The Museum of Fine Arts. Okakura’s Book of Tea and his vision of “the beautiful foolishness of things” influenced Frank Lloyd Wright, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wallace Stevens, and T. S. Elliott. 
 
Tea historian and writer Bruce Richardson, owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, was the editor of the expanded 2011 Benjamin Press edition of The Book of Tea. His illustrated talk will focus on East-West concepts of art and how tea became the perfect metaphor for blending these cultures. Along the way, he’ll describe how Isabella Stewart Gardner contributed to the success of  Centre College Football.

Richardson has lectured at The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Winterthur Museum, Monticello, Centre College, University of Kentucky School of Fine Arts, Japanese-American Society of Kentucky, Yamaguchi Prefecture University, and more.

Sign language interpretation will be available for this event, thanks to a grant from the Hudson-Ellis Fund. The event is generously sponsored by Stuart Powell – Ford Lincoln Mazda and Direct Experience in Artistic Living, Inc. 

Ceramic Bird Feeder Workshop
Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Bird Feeder Workshop

Ceramic Bird Feeder Workshop
Wednesdays, March 13 and 27
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. Each student will create a cermic bird feeder in week 1 and then glaze their project in week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time! 

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Mar
14
Thu
Ceramic Sculpture
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ceramic Sculpture

Ceramic Sculpture 101
Thursdays, March 14 to May 2
7pm to 9pm | $160 | Ages 14+
Instructor: Paul Muth

In this beginner class, students will explore sculpting with clay, creating both representational and abstract pieces. The focus for the class will be on creating small 3D sculptures as well as relief tiles. Students will learn hand-building skills and also learn to operate the extruder tool in the clay studio (picture a giant Play-Doh fun factory toy). 

This is a seven-week class. Registration fee includes all materials. Please note class will not meet 4/4.

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Mar
19
Tue
The Western as American Myth
Mar 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Western as American Myth

The Western as American Myth
Tuesday, March 19 | 12pm to 1pm
$10 at the door ($5 students)
Dr. Stacey Peebles

The Western is America’s defining myth, the story that we tell when we want to tell stories about ourselves. And these stories are set in a landscape that, in the words of Native American author F. Scott Momaday, has to be seen to be believed–and believed in order to be seen.  But what accounts for the enduring popularity of this genre that has persisted from 19th-century dime novels about Calamity Jane and Billy the Kid to the Coen brothers’ newest film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs?  And how has the idea of the West changed over time, and thus changed our ideas about American identity?

Dr. Stacey Peebles is associate professor of English and director of the Film Studies program at Centre College. Her research areas include the representation of war and violence, film adaptation, Westerns, and the contemporary American author Cormac McCarthy. 

Mar
20
Wed
Starry Night Studio: Magnolia Morning
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Magnolia Morning

Starry Night Studio: Magnolia Morning
Wednesday, March 20 | 6pm to 9pm
$35per person
Instructor: Lela Germann

A sweet pair of robins greets the morning and one another in this lovely 12″x12″ design. Never painted before? No problem! We’ll provide everything you need (including an instructor and all materials) and then guide you, step-by-step. 

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Mar
21
Thu
Quilling Workshop
Mar 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Quilling Workshop

Quilling Workshop
Thursdays, March 21 and 28
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $30
Instructor: Sue Routin

In this two-week skill-building workshop, students will learn the basic techniques of quilling (rolling strips of paper to create three-dimensional artwork). Students will create a wildflower greeting card and leave with the knowledge to create additional work at home! Registration includes all materials, including a specialized quilling tool that you will be able to keep at the conclusion of the workshop. 

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Mar
26
Tue
Almost in the Air: Robert Johnson and the Blues
Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Almost in the Air: Robert Johnson and the Blues

Almost in the Air: Robert Johnson and the Blues
Wednesday, March 12 | 12pm to 1pm
$10 at the door (students $5)
Stanley R. Campbell

Critic Luc Sante called him “America’s most redoubtable ghost.”

He was 27, an itinerant Blues musician with a taste for rambling, whisky, and the ladies, married or not. He had recorded 29 sides in sessions in San Antonio and Dallas, yielding one national hit, “Terraplane Blues.” And by August, 1938, he was dead, murdered most likely, and buried in an unmarked grave in Morgan City, Mississippi.

Probably.

He had no fixed address or home. Robert Johnson was largely forgotten by the public for more than two decades until Columbia Records released King of the Delta Blues Singers by Robert Johnson. No one even knew what he looked like although two confirmed photographs of Johnson would later emerge. Two. Twenty-nine songs and two pictures are all we have of the artist who has become the single most important Blues artist in American culture. 

What we have are the myths, ridiculous and sublime, and the songs, brilliant, discordant, strange, and beautiful that changed American music. Dozens of major artists have tried their hand at interpreting the songs. Now, eight decades later, he is more myth than man. His music is “almost in the air.” It’s a mystery.

Stanley R. Campbell is the Director of Library Services at Centre College.

Mar
27
Wed
Starry Night Studio: Llama Sunflowers
Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Llama Sunflowers

Starry Night Studio: Llama Sunflowers
Wednesday, March 27 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person

There’s a lot to love about these fluffy creatures. The cute llama pairs perfectly with the sunflowers and will brighten any room with joy. Feel free to personalize the text – or leave it off entirely. This is a great painting to do with friends, so grab a few buddies and get ready to for a fun night of art!

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Apr
8
Mon
Ceramic Wind Chime Workshop
Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Wind Chime Workshop

Ceramic Wind Chime Workshop
Mondays, April 8 and 22
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. Each student will create a ceramic wind chime in week 1 and then glaze their project in week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time!

Register here

Apr
9
Tue
Hand-Lettering Workshop
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hand-Lettering Workshop

Hand-Lettering Workshop
Tuesday, April 9
6pm to 8pm | $20
Instructor: Ashley Feather

In this class, you will learn the basics of hand lettering including typography, pairing different lettering styles, making compositions, and more. You will leave with a small frame-worthy piece of your own plus a foundation of knowledge that you can use to continue learning at home. No lettering experience required. 

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Apr
16
Tue
Starry Night Studio: Monet’s Sailboats at Argenteuil
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Monet's Sailboats at Argenteuil

Starry Night Studio: Monet’s Sailboats at Argenteuil
Tuesday, April 18 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person

This painting is inspired by the work of impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840 to 1926), in particular his “Regattas at Argenteuil” piece, painted in 1872. In his work, Monet sought to capture the fluidity of air and water and the way they changed with the light. 
 
Boating was fashionable in France during the mid 19ths Century, with racing boats competing at Argenteuil because the Seine widened out into a basin which provided the broadest stretch of water in the Paris region. Linked to Paris by train, Argenteuil attracted many competitors and on Sundays crowds of people came to stroll by the river and watch the races.
 
Learn to paint like one of the masters in this guided class. A professional instructor will guide you, step-by-step from blank canvas to finished masterpiece!

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May
15
Wed
LWTA – The Overtones Barbershop Quartet
May 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - The Overtones Barbershop Quartet

Lunch with the Arts – The Overtones Barber Shop Quartet
Wednesday, May 15 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door ($3 for students)

We’re excited to welcome The Overtones back to the Community Arts Center. Their presentation will include a brief background of barbershop, a truly American art form, demonstration of unique four-part harmony construction, and a broad sampling of both early and more modern compositions utilizing the barbershop harmony style.

Members of the Overtones quartet – Tom Hart (Lead), John Stegner (Bass), Alan Bettler (Tenor) and Lew
Kelly (Baritone) – bring a wealth and diversity of backgrounds to their craft with a combined 200+ years
of vocal music education and experience.   (Yeah, they’re THAT, old but, boy, can they sing!)  The 2019
edition of Overtones has been incorporated for approximately 8 years.  While diligently working to
produce expanded sound … the “Overt Ones” (aka) are also into having serious FUN!  Their evolving
repertoire ranges from silly to sacred, with generous apportionments of romantic, “period” and popular
selections.   The Overtones’ philosophy is “Music is life and happiness is harmony”.  Overtones have been
seen and heard at Castle Post, Lexington Legends, Kentucky Horse Park, bars, banks and backyards;
they’ll go anywhere for a song!

Aug
22
Thu
New York Art Trip
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm
New York Art Trip

New York Art Trip
Depart: August 22, 2019
Return: August 26, 2019
Trip Leader: Milton Reigelman, Centre College Professor Emeritus

Join the Community Arts Center for an art-lovers trip to the Big Apple. With museums, murals, and more, this 5-day/4-night adventure will give you a taste of the art and culture of New York City. 
 
Your registration fee includes:
  • Round trip, direct airfare from Louisville;
  • 4-night accommodation on Park Avenue;
  • 1 group dinner;
  • 1 group breakfast;
  • 7-day unlimited bus/subway pass;
  • Entry into the Guggenheim Museum;
  • Entry into the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a private “Highlights of the Met” tour;
  • Brooklyn Mural Tour;
  • Entry into the 9/11 museum, with museum tour;
  • Entry into Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
In a city with so many possibilities, you’ll want to have some time to explore on your own. As we get closer to the trip, we’ll provide you specific details about other activities you might be interested in doing on your own or in small groups in the evening. 
 
The per-person trip price is $1,695, assuming double hotel occupancy. Single reservations are available for $2,355. Prices assume 21-27 participants. A non-refundable $500 deposit is due at the time of registration, with the balance of the trip due by July 15th.