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!

Don’t see the class you’re looking for? Let us know what you’d like to see us offer!

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!!

Dec
19
Wed
SNS – Mixed Media Christmas Tree
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Mixed Media Christmas Tree

Starry Night Studio: Mixed-Media Christmas Tree
Wednesday, December 19 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Inspired by the popularity of last year’s mixed-media nativity, this year we’re excited to offer a mixed-media Christmas tree class! We’ll up-cycle pages from old books into a three-dimensional work of art, building off of a 16″ x 20″ canvas.  Use our beads to create unique ornaments – or bring in discarded costume jewelry of your own!

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Jan
8
Tue
Starry Night Studio: Northern Lights
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Starry Night Studio: Northern Lights

Starry Night Studio: Northern Lights
Tuesday, January 8 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Lela Germann

Capture the magic of the Northern Lights in this beautiful painting. No previous experience is required! A professional artist will guide you, step-by-step, as you create your own masterpiece. 

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Jan
10
Thu
Hand-Lettering Workshop
Jan 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hand-Lettering Workshop

Hand-Lettering Workshop
Thursday, January 10
6pm to 8pm | $20
Instructor: Ashley Feather

This class is sold out! To put your name on the waiting list, please contact Kate Snyder (kate@communityartscenter.net). We also have a couple spots left in the January 22nd class.

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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Jan
14
Mon
Drawing 102
Jan 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Drawing 102

Drawing 102
Mondays, January 14 to February 4
6:30pm to 8:00pm | $60
Ages 14+

Ready to take your drawing skills to the next level? Join Creative Director Brandon Long for this four-week skill-building class. This class builds on the topics of Drawing 101, but the previous course is not a prerequisite for enrollment.
 
Registration fee includes all materials. 

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Jan
15
Tue
Wheel-Thrown Pottery (Daytime)
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wheel-Thrown Pottery (Daytime)

Wheel-Thrown Pottery (Daytime)
Tuesdays, January 15 to February 26
10am to 12pm | $160 | Ages 14+
Instructor: Paul Muth

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. 

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Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Tuesdays, January 15 to February 26
7pm to 9pm | $160 | Ages 14+
Instructor: Paul Muth

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. 

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Jan
16
Wed
LWTA – Dick Domek (Ragtime Piano)
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Dick Domek (Ragtime Piano)

Lunch with the Arts: Dick Domek (Ragtime Piano)
Wednesday, January 19
12pm to 1pm | $5 at the door ($3 students)

Dick Domek is pianist and music director for the Walnut Street Ramblers. Originally from Chicago, he started playing piano at an early age; he learned ragtime and jazz from recordings, sheet music, and working with other musicians.

Knowledgeable on the music of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, he is a featured speaker on jazz and ragtime for the Kentucky Humanities Council.   He has received grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Dick is professor emeritus of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Kentucky School of Music.

The 2018-2019 season of Lunch with the Arts is sponsored by Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda and Direct Experience in Artistic Living, Inc. Sign language interpretation is available through a grant from the Hudson-Ellis Fund.

Jan
22
Tue
Hand-Lettering Workshop
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hand-Lettering Workshop

Hand-Lettering Workshop
Tuesday, January 22
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

Jan
23
Wed
Starry Night Studio: Abstract Peonies
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Abstract Peonies

Starry Night Studio: Abstract Peonies
Wednesday, January 23 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Lela Germann

These free-form peonies are easy to paint and add a beautiful pop of color to any wall. No previous experience needed. A professional artist will guide you, step-by-step, from blank canvas to finished masterpiece. 

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Jan
24
Thu
Intro to Printmaking
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Intro to Printmaking

Intro to Printmaking
Thursdays, January 24 to February 28
7pm to 9pm | $140 | Teens and Adults
Instructor: Jonas Hurley

Printmaking is one of the oldest art forms in the world, with examples dating back thousands of years. This beginner-level class introduces students to the basics of printmaking, including image selection, block preparation and carving, and image transfer techniques. No drawing experience is required for this class! You will be working from photographs and other existing images. Class concludes with an evening at instructor Jonas Hurley’s farm in Springfield to pull prints on his printing press.

Registration fee includes linoleum, ink, use of tools and access to printing press. Students will need to purchase paper of their choosing to use on their final prints. We recommend Strathmore 300 or 400 series printmaking paper, available from Dick Blick and Amazon. This is a seven-week class. 

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Jan
28
Mon
Clay Castle Workshop
Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Clay Castle Workshop

Clay Castle Workshop
Mondays, January 28 and February 11
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+ (adults welcome!)

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

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Jan
31
Thu
Argentine Tango
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango
Thursdays, January 31 to March 7
6pm to 7pm | $60 per person
Instructor: Elizabeth Luttinger

Argentine tango is all about simple yet sensual walking, ideal for working on balance, non-verbal communication, and musical expression. This class is geared for new dancers and anyone who wants to get moving in a new and beautiful style. As a partner dance, there are specific leader and follower rolesso we strongly encourage leaders to attend (bring your husbands and guy-friends)! If we don’t get enough “leaders” we will not be able to offer the class.
 
We will use an open embrace and begin with basic walking and leading (and a few flourishes for followers), then we will learn an 8-step sequence (the “ocho”), and parallel and cross positions for the more advanced. We’ll focus heavily on musicality and how to play and improvise. 
 
AttireComfy, breathable clothes, no outdoor footwear. Shoes should be soft-soled and clean
 
EtiquettePlease be prepared to share dance partners and avoid any scents.

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Feb
5
Tue
Painting 101
Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Painting 101

Painting 101 for Adults
Tuesdays, February 5 to 26
6:30pm to 8:30pm | $90
Instructor: Sarah Wiltsee

This course is structured for anyone wanting to explore painting with acrylics. In addition to introducing key skills and techniques, this class will help students save money on choosing what materials are really needed to get started at home, from brushes to easel and canvases. Over this four-week course you will learn and practice how to mix colors properly, prepare a canvas, and paint. Last but not least, you will discover where and how to find inspirations for your paintings.

Instructor Sarah Wiltsee is an active member of Gathering Artists and the Plein Air Artists of Central Kentucky. She exhibits regularly at the Community Arts Center. Sarah will also share mistakes she made when she started painting, so you won’t waste your time or money! 

We recommend purchasing a few basic materials, allowing you to practice at home. They are listed on the registration page and can be purchased at Hobby Lobby for under $20.

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Feb
6
Wed
Clay Postcard Workshop
Feb 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Clay Postcard Workshop

Clay Postcard Workshop
Wednesdays, February 6 and 20
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 2-3 clay relief ‘postcards’ in week 1 and then glaze them in week 2. These pieces make lovely home accents when displayed on small easels or hung on the wall. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time!

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Starry Night Studio: Together in the Trees
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Together in the Trees

Starry Night Studio: Together in the Trees
Wednesday, February 6 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Jennifer Ahnquist

Love is in the air! These two lovebirds are very sweet. Personalize the initials in the tree to make a piece that is uniquely yours. This isn’t your typical art lesson – Starry Night Studios is a SOCIAL painting experience for ALL levels of artistic talent open to fun and creativity.

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Feb
10
Sun
Yoga + Art Workshop
Feb 10 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Yoga + Art Workshop

Yoga + Art Workshop
Sunday, February 10
2:30pm to 4:30pm | $25
Instructor: Marybeth McKinley

Connect mind and body in this free-flowing workshop. We’ll spend time relaxing our minds and bodies through yoga, then create some intuitive, nature-inspired artwork. Participants need to bring their own yoga mat to class!

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Feb
20
Wed
LWTA – Maurice Manning
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Maurice Manning

Lunch with the Arts – Maurice Manning, Poet
Wednesday, February 20
12pm to 1pm | $5 at the door ($3 students)

Maurice Manning is a Danville native and a nationally-recognized poet. His first collection of poems, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Award, chosen by W.S. Merwin. Since then he has published four collections of poetry. Manning’s book, The Common Man, was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize. His next book, Railsplitter, will be published in the fall. Manning teaches at Transylvania University and lives with his family in Washington County.

Thanks to our event sponsors, Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda and D.E.A.L., Inc.

Starry Night Studio: Charing Cross Bridge
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Charing Cross Bridge

Starry Night Studio: Charing Cross Bridge
Wednesday, February 20 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person

Andre Derain (1880 to 1954) was a French painter and sculptor. A contemporary of Henri Matisse, Derain’s style was characterized by bold colors and compositions. His paintings of the River Thames and Tower Bridge in London are some of his most popular work. Our painting is inspired by his 1906 painting “Charing Cross Bridge.” The original hangs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. 

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Feb
21
Thu
Figure Drawing 101
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Figure Drawing 101

Figure Drawing 101
Thursdays, February 21 to March 29
6pm to 8pm | $120 per person
Open to ages 16+*
Instructor: Rochelle Bayless

For the beginner through the experienced, this is your opportunity to work from a live, nude model.
 
A hallmark of classical drawing, this class will focus on finding the form and action of the human figure in three-dimensional space. Structural landmarks relating to basic human anatomy and measurement techniques will be explored and used as guidelines and methods for accurately representing the figure’s movements in space. There will be both short and long poses to help the student process and work on specific objectives including gesture, line quality, foreshortening, perspective, modeling form, and anatomical accuracy.
 
This class has a required materials list that includes drawing paper, newsprint, and several kinds of charcoal. A full materials list is included on the registration page.

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*Students ages 16 and 17 must have parental permission to participate. 

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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