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!!

Aug
21
Tue
SNS – Anchored
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Anchored

Starry Night Studio: Anchored
Tuesday, August 21 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Martha Robertson

Capture the beauty and tranquility of the sea in this gorgeous painting by Danville artist Martha Robertson. The vibrant colors make this piece an instant focal point for any room. No previous painting is required. Martha will guide you, step-by-step!

Register here.

Aug
30
Thu
Gallery Talk – En Plein Air
Aug 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Gallery Talk - En Plein Air

Gallery Talk – En Plein Air
Thursday, August 30 | 1pm to 2pm

Join us for a public Gallery Talk for the ‘En Plein Air’ exhibit at the Community Arts Center. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this beautiful exhibit with guest speakers John Andrew Dixon, Donna Elam, and Roni Gilpin. 

The featured artists will introduce the fundamental concepts of creating artwork “en plein air” (outdoors) and provide insights into their work and techniques. 

Enjoy light refreshments, chat with the artists, and gain a greater appreciation for plein air artwork at this FREE, public event. Gallery talks are made possible through support of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky

*Event photo: Old Quarters by John Andrew Dixon.

Sep
5
Wed
Art Trip to Chicago
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm
Art Trip to Chicago

Art Trip to Chicago
Depart: Wednesday, September 5 at 9am
Return: Saturday, September 8 at 7pm
$780 per person (double occupancy)

This trip is sold out! If you would like to put your name on the waiting list, please contact Niki Kinkade at director@communityartscenter.net.

Click here to pay the balance ($480) for a double reservation.

Click here to pay the balance ($685) for a single reservation.

Join the Community Arts Center for an art-lovers trip to Windy City. From architecture to impressionist painting to shopping on the Magnificent Mile, this 4-day/3-night adventure will introduce you to the art, culture, and charm of Chicago. Travel in comfort and stay at one of Chicago’s most famous hotels. Explore the best collection of impressionist paintings outside of France. Experience the beauty of Chicago’s architecture as seen from the Chicago River. And that’s just the beginning! 

Your registration fee includes:
  • Transportation via private bus from Danville to Chicago and back;
  • Dinner upon arrival in Chicago on 9/5;
  • 3 night accommodation at the historic Palmer House hotel;
  • Bus tour of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the suburb of Oak Park;
  • Admission and guided tour of the Art Institute of Chicago – including lunch in the museum cafe;
  • Admission and guided tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art;
  • Chicago Architecture River Cruise along the Chicago River.
In a city with so many possibilities, you’ll want to have some time to explore on your own. Once all the September listings are complete, probably by early June, 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. 
 
We are also looking into the possibility of purchasing tickets to see Hamilton on Thursday or Friday evening. These tickets would be at an additional cost, pending availability. We hope to know more soon!
 
This trip is being facilitated by Dr. Milton Reigelman, Centre College Professor Emeritus. The per-person trip price is $780, assuming double hotel occupancy. Single reservations are available for $985. Registration deadline is July 6th. Registration is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. A $300 deposit is due at the time of registration, with the balance of the trip due by August 15th.
SNS – Just Ducky
Sep 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
SNS - Just Ducky

Starry Night Studio: Just Ducky
Wednesday, September 5 | 6pm to 8pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Splish, splash, quack! This cheerful rubber ducky will make you smile every time you look at him. For this class, we’ll be painting on a 12″ square canvas, making it the perfect accent piece for a bathroom, bedroom, or playroom! Artists of all ages are welcome for this class. Painters ages 7+ may participate unaccompanied.

Register here.

Sep
6
Thu
Intro to Printmaking
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Intro to Printmaking

Intro to Printmaking
Thursdays, September 6 to October 25, 2018
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 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 400 series printmaking paper, available from Hobby Lobby, Dick Blick and Amazon. This is a seven-week class. Please note class will not meet on 10/11.

Register here

Sep
13
Thu
Beginner Salsa
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Beginner Salsa
Beginner Salsa
Thursdays, September 13 to October 4
$40 per person |6pm to 7pm
Teens and Adults
Instructor: Wes Bratcher
 
Learn the basic steps of the Salsa in this four-week introductory session. No previous experience is required and you do NOT need to bring a partner.
 
Intermediate West Coast Swing
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Intermediate West Coast Swing
Intermediate West Coast Swing
Thursdays, September 13 to October 4
7pm to 8pm | $40 per person 
Teens and Adults
Instructor: Wes Bratcher
 
Let’s take it up a notch! In this intermediate class, we’ll start to put together combinations of steps to create more versatile routines. There is no course prerequisite but familiarity with the basic steps of West Coast Swing is a plus. You do not need to bring a partner! You can pay $10 per person at the door OR preregister for the four-week series using the link below.

Register here

Sep
18
Tue
Adult Group Voice Lessons
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Adult Group Voice Lessons
Adult Group Voice Lessons
Tuesdays, September 18 to November 13, 2018
1pm to 2:15pm | $96 per person
Instructor: Barbara Hall
 
This course is for adults who love to sing and want to learn more about the basic techniques of singing to improve their vocal range, breathing, resonance, and tone quality.  The ability to read music is not required.  The class will offer useful and fun warm-up exercises plus some group songs.  Near the end of the course a one-on-one 15-minute lesson will help prepare all singers for a closing recital (2pm on November 13th at the Arts Center). 
 
Please note that class will not meet on October 2nd. Suggested purchase prior to the class: “Sing Better as You Age” by Victoria Meredith, 2007 (purchase on-line from Musical Resources Toledo, OH)
 
Painting 101
Sep 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Painting 101

Painting 101 
Tuesdays, September 18 to October 9
6:30pm to 8:30pm | $90
Adults and Teens

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! 

Register here

Sep
19
Wed
LWTA – Johann Van Niekerk
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Johann Van Niekerk

Lunch with the Arts: Johann Van Niekerk
South Africa and the Democracy of Song
Wednesday, September 19 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door ($3 students)

Join Centre College professor Johann Van Niekerk for an exploration of the music that characterized the time of transition from colonial power to independence and the ways in which this music has served as a tool for dialogue, humor, and reconciliation in the years since. The session will feature informal musical contributions by students from Centre College.

Johann Van Niekerk joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of music. He is an active conductor, pianist, educator, writer and collaborative artist, originally from South Africa.  

He earned his DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, his M.M. from Temple University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He hails originally from the Republic of South Africa and has lived in the United States since 2009.

Thanks to our event sponsors, Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda and Direct Experience in Artistic Living, Inc.

Sep
25
Tue
SNS – Floating Maple Leaf
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Floating Maple Leaf

Starry Night Studio: Floating Maple Leaf
Tuesday, September 25 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Lela Germann

Celebrate the beauty of fall in this gorgeous new painting. The bright, crisp colors are perfect for the season! Starry Night Studio is a social painting workshop. No previous experience is required. A professional artist will guide you, step-by-step as you create your own masterpiece. 

Register here.

Sep
27
Thu
Soulshine Painting – Intuitive Leaves
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Soulshine Painting - Intuitive Leaves

Soulshine Painting – Intuitive Leaves
Thursday, September 27
6pm to 8pm | $25
All ages welcome

Tap into your intuition, make creative choices as you layer on the paint, and capture the essence of fall. Scarlet will guide you through creating a layered, acrylic abstract painting using several different tools and applications. This is a free-flowing class open to all ages and abilities! Registration fee includes all materials.

Register here

Oct
1
Mon
Clay Workshop – Leaf Bowls
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Clay Workshop - Leaf Bowls

Clay Workshop – Leaf Bowls
Mondays, October 1 and 15
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)
Instructor: Dionna Baker

These beautiful bowls are a perfect addition to your fall home decor. In this class, you will use basic hand-building techniques to create a shallow bowl, formed from overlapping leaf shapes. You will build your piece in Week 1 and glaze it in Week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time! 
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.

Register here.

Oct
3
Wed
SNS – Van Gogh’s Olive Trees
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Van Gogh's Olive Trees

Starry Night Studio – Van Gogh’s Olive Trees
Wednesday, October 3
6pm to 9pm | $35
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Vincent van Gogh created at least 18 paintings of olive trees during a year-long voluntary stay at an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Van Gogh found respite and relief in interaction with nature. When the series of olive tree paintings was made, he was subject to illness and emotional turmoil, yet the paintings are considered to be among his finest works. This painting is based on “Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun” painted in the fall of 1889.
 
Learn how to capture van Gogh’s intensity through bold brushstrokes during this three-hour workshop. No previous experience is required. Your instructor will walk you through the creative process, step-by-step!
 
Oct
4
Thu
Clay Workshop – Pumpkins
Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Clay Workshop - Pumpkins

Clay Workshop – Pumpkins
Thursdays, October 4 and 18
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)
Instructor: Dionna Baker

Create a fun and funky home accent just in time for Halloween. Or, feel free to make yours an elegant and sophisticated pumpkin (no face required!). This class allows you to be creative, while teaching basic skills in hand-building with clay. You will build your piece in Week 1 and glaze it in Week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time! 
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing. 

Register here

Oct
16
Tue
Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Tuesdays, October 16 to December 4
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 11/20.

Register here

Oct
17
Wed
LWTA – Lee Patrick and Loren Tice
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Lee Patrick and Loren Tice

Lunch with the Arts: Lee Patrick and Loren Tice
Wednesday, October 17 | 12pm
$5 at the door

Patrick and Tice have been performing together for more than thirty years, with Patrick on the alto saxophone and Tice on the piano. In 2009, they began playing for senior and church groups in Central Kentucky. For these performances, they develop a theme and prepare an hour-long musical program related to this theme. Recent themes have included From Russia with Love, Legends in Music, Italian Splendor, and This Good Earth.

Lee Patrick began playing the saxophone in the 10th grade and has been trying to get better ever since. Through the years, he has encouraged countless others to do likewise. There is a rumor that he has adapted more music for the saxophone than anyone else in history. A vast catalog of publications supports this rumor.

Loren Tice started as pianist, then added organ. He has conducted numerous community choral groups and wrote music criticism for the Herald-Leader. Because of Patrick and Tice’s many years as colleagues at Transylvania University, saxophonists have claimed the lion’s share of his enjoyment. Added to this enjoyment is a long association with the summer Saxophone Institute, founded and directed by Dr. Patrick. Professor Tice helps lead the distinguished early-music vocal ensemble Musick’s Company

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

Oct
18
Thu
Beginner Foxtrot
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Beginner Foxtrot
Beginner Foxtrot 
Thursdays, October 18 to November 8
6pm to 7pm| $40 per person 
Teens and Adults
Instructor: Wes Bratcher
 
Learn the basic steps of the Foxtrot in this four-week introductory session. No previous experience is required and you do NOT need to bring a partner! You can pay $10 per week at the door OR preregister for the four-week session using the link below.

Register here

Intermediate Salsa
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Intermediate Salsa
Intermediate Salsa
Thursdays, October 18 to November 8
7pm to 8pm | $40 per person 
Teens and Adults
Instructor: Wes Bratcher
 
Let’s take it up a notch! In this intermediate class, we’ll start to put together combinations of steps to create more versatile routines. There is no course prerequisite but familiarity with the basic steps of Salsa is a plus. You do not need to bring a partner! You can pay $10 per person at the door OR preregister for the four-week series using the link below.
 
Oct
22
Mon
Drawing 101
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Drawing 101

Drawing 101
Mondays, October 22 to November 12
6:30pm to 8:00pm | $60
Teens & Adults | Instructor: Brandon Long

Have you ever wanted to learn to draw? Do you already have the basics down but want to sharpen your skills? Either way, this is the class for you! Join Creative Director Brandon Long for a four-week exploration of the fundamental concepts of drawing.

Register here