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!
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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: Paisley Fun
Wednesday, June 28
6:30pm to 9:30pm | $35
Create a fun and funky painting that is uniquely yours. You’ll be free to experiment with colors and patterns – but don’t worry, our professional instructor will still provide step-by-step instructions!
The Arts Center will be hosting the Governors School for the Arts in June and July, so this class will take place at an off-site location yet to be determined. We’ll be sure to update when we finalize the location!
Coiled Ceramic Vase Workshop
Wednesday, June 28 | 7:00pm to 8:30pm
$30 per person
In this beginner clay workshop, students will learn the technique of coiling and use it to create a beautiful and unique vase. The finished pieces can stand alone as a delicate centerpiece or as a fancy container for plants or flowers.
Clay projects require time to dry and fire. Students will return for a “glazing night” the week of July 31st. Class is suitable for students ages 12+.
Painting in the Park: Downtown Fireworks
Thursday, July 13
6pm to 9pm | $35
Weisiger Plaza (rain location in the CAC)
Join us for our first-ever “Painting in the Park” – an outdoor painting workshop in the style of our Starry Night Studio classes. We’ll set up our easels in Weisiger Plaza (directly across from the Arts Center) and paint a festive rendition of Danville’s downtown streetscape – complete with fireworks!
No experience is necessary. A professional artist will provide step-by-step instructions to take you from blank canvas to finished masterpiece. Your registration price includes complimentary iced tea and lemonade. Sip a cool drink, enjoy the beautiful ambiance of the park, and create a fabulous piece of art for your home!
Lunch with the Arts: Scott Erbes
Wednesday, July 19 | 12pm
$5 at the door (feel free to bring your lunch!)
Join us for a special Lunch with the Arts program featuring Scott Erbes, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Speed Art Museum. Scott’s illustrated lecture – “The Art and Mystery of Kentucky Antiques” – will provide a behind-the- scenes look at highlights from the Speed Art Museum’s outstanding Kentucky collection. Along the way, he will also introduce some of the tricks of the trade for examining Kentucky antiques.
Scott served as one of the Speed’s interim directors from October 2012 through August 2013 before becoming chief curator in September 2013. In this capacity, he led the curatorial team during the museum’s $50 million expansion and renovation project (2012-2016). During the project, Scott oversaw the creation of a satellite gallery, directed concept development and gallery design for reinstallation, and recruited multiple additions to the Speed’s curatorial team including the curator of European and American painting and sculpture, the curator of contemporary art, and the curator of film. After developing a succession plan, Scott stepped away from his role as chief curator in January 2017 to begin work on several exhibition projects.
Scott’s Kentucky-oriented work includes the ideation and design of a new 5,600-square-foot Kentucky gallery for the Speed’s expansion and renovation project. He also developed and launched the Kentucky Online Arts Resource (www.koar.org), an online image database devoted to Kentucky’s artistic heritage. He was project director for the 2007 exhibition For Safekeeping: The Kentucky Sugar Chest, 1790-1850 and curated the 2011 exhibition, Kentucky Antiques from the Noe Collection: A Gift to the Commonwealth.
Starry Night Studio: Sunny Side
Tuesday, July 25
7pm to 9pm | $28
Capture the feel of summer with this beautiful windswept sunflower. Never painted before? No problem! Our professional instructor will still provide step-by-step instructions. Join us for a fun and social painting experience.
Starry Night Studio: Funny Little Flowers
Sunday, August 6
2pm to 4pm | $28
These whimsical flowers are perfect for a child’s bedroom – or any room that needs a little pop of color! This is a flexible painting that is suitable for young artists ages 6 and up (it’s also fun for grown-ups!).
Starry Night Studio: Waterside Cottage
Wednesday, August 9
7pm to 9pm | $28
Didn’t get the beach vacation you’d hoped for this summer? You can still bring a bit of the beach home with you at this two-hour painting workshop. A professional artist will guide you, step-by-step, from blank canvas to finished masterpiece. (Bonus: you won’t get sand in your shoes at this beach experience!)
Lunch with the Arts: Art En Plein Air
Wednesday, August 16 | 12pm
$7 at the door
Join us for a special Lunch with the Arts program that aligns with the En Plein Air exhibit that will be on display in August. Our guest presenter will be a member of the Plein Air Artists of Central Kentucky and will introduce the audience to the group and to their style of artwork. The event will also feature a live artist demonstration!
Lunch with the Arts: Steel Appeal
Wednesday, September 20 | 12pm
$7 at the door (feel free to bring your lunch!)
Steel Appeal will be presenting an exciting musical experience that will feature music from around the world. Performing as a steel drum combo, the group will present topics that include history and evolution of the steel drum, manufacturing, tuning, performance techniques, and musical concepts such as rhythm, tempo, melody, harmony, timbre, forms, and dynamics. Popular musical styles associated with steel band performance will be addressed and performed – and volunteers will be invited to play along!
Steel Appeal is a steel drum academy based in Campbellsville, Kentucky. The academy was founded in 2015 by Dr. Chad Floyd, associate professor of music at Campbellsville University, and is currently comprised of over 75 students of all ages.
Thanks to our sponsor for this event, Stuart Powell – Ford, Lincoln, Mazda!