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
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
Tuesday, March 26 | 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
Instructor: Lela Germann

This class is sold out! To put your name on the waiting list, please contact Kate Snyder (kate@communityartscenter.net). 

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!

Register here

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. 

Register here

Apr
17
Wed
LWTA – Danville Dulcimers
Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Danville Dulcimers

Lunch with the Arts – Danville Dulcimers
Wednesday, April 17 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door ($3 students)

Danville Dulcimers is a group of friends who enjoy meeting weekly to play music together. The group uses these opportunities to learn, share, and promote the Kentucky State instrument, the mountain (lap) dulcimer, along with the hammered dulcimer, banjammer, Irish pennywhistle, autoharp and assorted types of percussion. Their love for these traditional instruments and the joy they have in playing and performing together inspires them to present free programs for community and church events, children’s activities, nursing and senior citizen centers, and other area venues.

Their music varies, but you can expect to hear fiddle tunes, gospel songs, and waltzes. Learn more about the history and enduring appeal of this Appalachian music style during this noontime concert.

Thanks to Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda and Direct Experience in Artistic Living, Inc. (DEAL) for their generous support of this program. 

Apr
18
Thu
Starry Night Studio: Monet’s Sailboats at Argenteuil
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Monet's Sailboats at Argenteuil

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

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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Apr
23
Tue
Photography Workshop
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Photography Workshop

Photography Workshop with Kirk Schlea
Tuesday, April 23 | 6pm to 8pm
Teens and Adults
$30 per person

Want to take your photography skills up a notch? Join award-winning photographer Kirk Schlea for a beginner/ intermediate workshop. Kirk will discuss light, exposure, focus, composition and perspective and also facilitate hands-on practice time – outside if the weather cooperates! Students must bring a digital camera or camera-equipped cell phone. This class is ideal for students who have some familiarity with the basic functions of their camera and are looking to improve their skill. 

Register here

May
1
Wed
Photo Finish
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Photo Finish

Starry Night Studio: Photo Finish
Wednesday, May 1 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Lela Germann

Capture the drama and excitement of the Kentucky Derby in this all-new painting, designed by Creative Director Brandon Long. No previous experience is required. Your instructor will provide step-by-step instructions, helping you by “breaking down” the subject matter into simple shapes and strokes. You’ll be amazed by what you can create!
 
Class registration includes all materials. Feel free to bring a snack or a favorite beverage.

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May
8
Wed
Starry Night Studio: Lily Pond Trio 1
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Lily Pond Trio 1

Starry Night Studio: Lily Pond Trio 1
Wednesday, May 8 | 6pm to 8pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

This painting is part of a three-piece series of a peaceful pond scene. Thanks to a very clever design, this painting can stand alone – OR be matched up with two others to create a beautiful trio. This painting uses a 12″ square canvas. Check out the additional listings to see the full design and click here to save when you register for all three paintings!
 
Class registration includes all materials. Feel free to bring a snack or a favorite beverage.

Register here

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!

Starry Night Studio: Lily Pond Trio 2
May 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Lily Pond Trio 2

Starry Night Studio: Lily Pond Trio 2
Wednesday, May 15
6pm to 8pm | $28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

This painting is part of a three-piece series of a peaceful pond scene. Thanks to a very clever design, this painting can stand alone – OR be matched up with two others to create a beautiful trio. This painting forms the center of the trio, using a 16″ x 20″ canvas. Check out the additional listings to see the full design and click here to save when you register for all three paintings!
 
Class registration includes all materials. Feel free to bring a snack or a favorite beverage. 

Register here

May
22
Wed
Starry Night Studio: Lily Pond Trio 3
May 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Lily Pond Trio 3

Starry Night Studio: Lily Pond Trio 3
Wednesday, May 22 | 6pm to 8pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

This painting is part of a three-piece series of a peaceful pond scene. Thanks to a very clever design, this painting can stand alone – OR be matched up with two others to create a beautiful trio. This painting uses a 12″ square canvas. Check out the additional listings to see the full design and click here to save when you register for all three paintings!
 
Class registration includes all materials. Feel free to bring a snack or a favorite beverage.

Register here

Jun
19
Wed
LWTA – 70 Years of Pioneer Playhouse
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - 70 Years of Pioneer Playhouse

Lunch with the Arts: 70 Years of Pioneer Playhouse
Wednesday, June 19 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door ($3 students)

Pioneer Playhouse, Kentucky’s Oldest Outdoor Theatre, is celebrating 70 years in the Bluegrass with the 2019 summer season (June 7 – August 17.) Heather Henson (Managing Director) and Robby Henson (Artistic Director) will talk about the vibrant history of this one-of-kind theatre, which was founded in 1950 by their father Eben C. Henson. Over the years, many Hollywood stars have gotten their start at the Playhouse, including John Travolta, Lee Majors, Bo Hopkins, and Jim Varney. The Hensons will share memories and will talk about the challenges of keeping a theatre going for 7 decades. They will also highlight the 2019 season, giving a preview of the third show in the line-up, Breaking Up With Elvis, which was written by Robby Henson.

Breaking Up with Elvis (July 9 – July 20) is part of the “Kentucky Voices” series of original plays Pioneer
Playhouse has been producing for 11 years, plays that celebrate some aspect of Kentucky history and
heritage. This play was inspired by the “Elvis concert that never was “ at Lexington’s Rupp Arena in
1977.

Big thanks to our 10th anniversary season sponsors, Direct Experience in Artistic Living, Inc (DEAL) and Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda

Aug
5
Mon
Metaphors Be With You: Creative Writing Workshop
Aug 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Metaphors Be With You: Creative Writing Workshop

Metaphors Be With You: Creative Writing Workshop
August 5 to 9, 2019
1pm to 4pm | $200 per student
Open to high school students
Instructor: Victoria DiMartile, PhD student, Indiana University

This creative writing workshop provides students with the tools to begin cultivating their personal style and voice through hands-on activities, round-table editing, free-write prompts and personal mentorship.  Students will experiment with many genres including poetry, memoir and fiction. At the end of the workshop students will share their work with their peers and leave with practical, fun and innovative ways to integrate writing into their everyday lives. 

Register here.

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 by March 17th, with the balance of the trip due by July 15th.