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 email@example.com or 859.236.4054 to request more information. If you love art, we want you in these classes!!
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!
Beginning Knitting Workshop
Wednesdays, March 6 and 13
5:30pm to 6:30pm | Ages 14+
$25 registration + $10 materials
Instructor: Carrie Farmer
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.
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.
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.
Lunch with the Arts – Bruce Richardson
Wednesday, March 13 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door ($3 students)
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
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!
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).
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.
Starry Night Studio: Magnolia Morning
Wednesday, March 20 | 6pm to 9pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Starry Night Studio: Monet’s Sailboats at Argenteuil
Tuesday, April 18 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person
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!
New York Art Trip
Depart: August 22, 2019
Return: August 26, 2019
Trip Leader: Milton Reigelman, Centre College Professor Emeritus
- 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)