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!!

Sep
20
Wed
Lunch with the Arts: Steel Appeal
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch with the Arts: Steel Appeal

Lunch with the Arts: Steel Appeal
Wednesday, September 20 | 12pm
$5 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!

Sep
23
Sat
The Art of Henna
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Art of Henna

Henna Workshop
Saturday, September 23
2pm to 4pm | $40
Teens & Adults (Ages 14+)
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

In this afternoon workshop you’ll learn the ancient practice of henna body art. Design and apply a beautiful pattern – then, take home your extra materials for future use! 

Registration fee: $25. Materials fee: $15.

Register here.

Sep
26
Tue
“Optical Illusions and Visual Tricks”
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
"Optical Illusions and Visual Tricks"

“Optical Illusions and Visual Tricks: A Scientist’s Perspective”
Tuesday, September 26 | 12pm to 1pm | $10 per person
Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg

Join us for an exploration of the science of perception with Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg (associate professor of behavioral neuroscience at Centre College).

Dr. Skogsberg will explain how the human brain uses “shortcuts” to quickly assemble and make sense of visual stimulus. She says these shortcuts save the brain time, but often lead to mistakes and imperfections. They also make it possible for artists to exploit the visual system and play tricks on our brain. In her presentation, Skogsberg will explore some of these perceptual short cuts, why we take them, and why what we see isn’t always what’s really there. She will highlight artwork that uses these perceptual tricks and explain why and how they happen. 

Event attendees will leave wondering if you can ever really ‘believe your eyes’ again!

Lecture is $10 at the door ($5 for Centre College students) or pre-register for the four-session art history series for $35 by clicking here

Handmade Felt Workshop
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Handmade Felt Workshop

Handmade Felt Workshop
Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm
September 26 & October 3 | $40
Instructor: Nancy Martindale

In this two-day workshop, students will create their own handmade felt, then learn embellishing techniques to transform their felt into a gorgeous piece of wall art that is completely unique! (The picture is just for inspiration.)
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials.
 
Drawing 101 for Teens and Adults
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Drawing 101 for Teens and Adults

Drawing 101 
Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
September 26 to October 24 | $40
Teens and Adults (ages 14+)
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.

Registration fee includes all materials. Please note that class will not meet on 10/10.

Register here.

SNS: van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Crows
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS: van Gogh's Wheatfield with Crows

Starry Night Studio: van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Crows
Tuesday, September 26 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Martha Robertson

Learn to paint like the masters as we recreate this haunting work by Vincent van Gogh. Painted in July of 1890 during the last week’s of his life, this painting is thought to be van Gogh’s final creation. The windswept field and the circling crows evoke a sense of movement and transition, while the winding path leads toward the future. A professional artist will guide you from blank canvas to finished masterpiece in just two hours!

Register here.

Sep
30
Sat
7-Up Drum Circle
Sep 30 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
7-Up Drum Circle @ Community Arts Center

7-Up Drum Circle
Saturdays, 1:30pm to 2:30pm
September 30 to November 4
Ages 7+ (families encouraged!)
$60/$40 

Feel the rhythm in this intergenerational drum circle for musicians ages 7 and up. Make new friends of all ages as we explore a different style of drumming with special guest artists each week. We’ll explore African, Brazilian, Native American, and Caribbean styles under the guidance of instructor Lydia Ellis.

Families are encouraged to participate together! Registration cost is $60 for a single registration or $40 per person if registering 2 or more members of the same family. Enter the code FAMILYDRUM at checkout to activate the discount.

Register here.

Oct
3
Tue
Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece and the Object of Art History
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece and the Object of Art History

Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece and the Object of Art History
Tuesday, October 3 | 12pm to 1pm | $10 per person
Dr. Jay Bloom

Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece (1432) was the most famous painting in Europe during the fifteenth century. It is the most stolen work of art in history. It has been broken up and exhibited in museums across Europe; it has been hidden in an Austrian salt mine; it has been written into the treaty that ended the first World War. It is presently undergoing a multi-year, multi-million dollar conservation using the most advanced techniques known to science – a process that is radically transforming how the work is understood by contemporary scholars. In his presentation, Dr. Bloom will use the Ghent Altarpiece as a lens through which to view the state of art history in the world today.

Lecture is $10 at the door ($5 for Centre College students) or pre-register for the four-session art history series for $35 by clicking here

Oct
7
Sat
Speed Museum Trip
Oct 7 @ 9:45 am – 5:00 pm
Speed Museum Trip

Art Trip to Speed Art Museum
Saturday, October 7 | 9:45am to 5:00pm
Pre-Trip Talk: Tuesday, October 3 | 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Led by Dr. Jay Bloom | $88 per person

The oldest, largest, and most important art museum in Kentucky reopened last year after being shut for three years for a $60 million remake. To celebrate this exciting new Kentucky art resource, the Community Arts Center is sponsoring a guided trip to the Speed on October 7th. 

Dr. Jay Bloom, Centre College art history professor, will give a preparatory talk on Tuesday, October 3rd, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and the trip will take place on Saturday, October 7th, leaving Danville at 9:45 a.m. and returning at 5:00 p.m.

The group, which will be limited to 25 members, will travel to Louisville on a Sandollar tour bus and have lunch at the indoor/outdoor Wiltshire Café that was created by prominent Louisville baker/restauranteur Susan Hershberg. During the pre-lunch session at the Speed, Bloom will talk about a few prominent works from the Speed’s two major collection.  Then, after lunch, he’ll focus on the Contemporary Gallery, which features a glass piece by Danville artist Stephen Powell.  There will also be time for exploring on your own.

The cost for the trip is $88.  This includes the preparatory talk, transportation, museum entry and tour, lunch at the Wiltshire Café, and all gratuities.

Register here.

Oct
8
Sun
SNS: Market Bounty
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SNS: Market Bounty

Starry Night Studio: Market Bounty
Sunday, October 8 | 2pm to 4pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Amanda Hendershot

Celebrate the harvest with this beautiful painting inspired by the Danville farmers market. Artist Amanda Hendershot created this painting exclusively for the Community Arts Center and will provide you with step-by-step instructions to create your own masterpiece. We will be painting on a 12″ by 12″ canvas. All materials are provided.

Register here.

Oct
10
Tue
Who Owns Culture?: Looting & Destruction of Art and Antiquities
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Who Owns Culture?: Looting & Destruction of Art and Antiquities

Who Owns Culture?: Looting & Destruction of Art and Antiquities
Tuesday, October 10 | 12pm to 1pm | $10 per person
Dr. Amy Frederick

Cultural heritage crimes are not new. In fact, many groups throughout history have employed the looting and destruction of cultural property as a strategy for and a consequence of war and conflict. Cultural heritage crimes are not restricted to foreign soil. This summer, arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby agreed to pay a $3 million fine and to forfeit the Iraqi artifacts they had purchased through antiquities dealers over the past seven years.

In addition, art dealers in the United States and abroad are increasingly under scrutiny as the black market in art and antiquities, third only to narcotics and arms worldwide, is more thoroughly understood and investigated. Dr. Frederick will explore the international ramifications of the looting & destruction, and consequent sale, of these objects and discuss the question of “who owns culture?”

Lecture is $10 at the door ($5 for Centre College students) or pre-register for the four-session art history series for $35 by clicking here

Oct
12
Thu
SNS: Quilted Barn
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS: Quilted Barn

Starry Night Studio: Quilted Barn
Thursday, October 12 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Jennifer Ahnquist
Location: Boyle County Extension Office

Join us in celebrating Homemakers Week at the Boyle County Extension Office (99 Corporate Drive). We’ll be painting this lovely country scene featuring a rustic barn, complete with quilt square!

Register here.

Oct
17
Tue
The Art of Pilgrimage: from Jerusalem to Santiago
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Art of Pilgrimage: from Jerusalem to Santiago

The Art of Pilgrimage: from Jerusalem to Santiago
Tuesday, October 17 | 12pm to 1pm | $10 per person
Dr. Lee Jefferson (Centre College)

People of various faiths have desired to travel to sacred sites for centuries out of a desire to have proximity to the holy.  Early and medieval Christians developed the act of pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Rome and to the burial site of St. James in Santiago, Spain.  As a result of this practice, vivid material evidence emerged, manifested in relics and church art and architecture.  Dr. Lee Jefferson will lead listeners on these sacred paths and the visual art that is their legacy, allowing us to realize the “art” of pilgrimage that exists today.

Lecture is $10 at the door ($5 for Centre College students) or pre-register for the four-session art history series for $35 by clicking here

Adult Clay Workshop: Serving Tray
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Adult Clay Workshop: Serving Tray

Adult Clay Workshop: Serving Tray
Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm
October 17 and 24 | $50
Teens and Adults (Ages 14+)

In this two-day workshop, students will learn the basics of pressing clay into serving trays, adding texture, handles, and feet as desired. Clay projects required time to dry and fire. A glazing day will be held at a date TBD after completion of the workshops. 
 
Oct
18
Wed
Introduction to Printmaking
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Introduction to Printmaking @ Community Arts Center

Introduction to Printmaking
Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm
October 18 to December 6 | $140
Teens and Adults (Ages 14+)
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 a day at instructor Jonas Hurley’s farm to pull prints on his printing press.
 
Registration fee includes all materials and access to printing press. Please note that class will not meet on 11/22.
 
Wednesday Evening Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday Evening Wheel-Thrown Pottery @ Community Arts Center Ceramics Studio

Beginner Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm
October 18 to December 6 | $160
Instructor: Stacey Chinn
Teens and Adults (14+)

Get centered and try your hand at the potter’s wheel! From forming to firing to your table, this beginning wheel throwing class will teach you how to take mud from the earth and turn it into a functional, artistic ware. Get your hands dirty, clear your mind and experience the range of basic and beneficial throwing techniques this class has to offer.

Registration fee includes all materials and firing. Please note that class will not meet on 11/22.

Register here.

Oct
19
Thu
Intermediate Wheel-Throwing
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Intermediate Wheel-Throwing

Intermediate Wheel-Throwing
Thursdays, 7pm to 9pm 
October 19 to December 7 | $160
Instructor: Jonas Hurley

If you’re already comfortable with the potter’s wheel, it’s time to take it to the next level. This class will focus on larger forms, composite shapes, and adding handles. Students must be able to confidently center their clay and create basic forms in order to participate in this class.
 
Registration fee includes all materials and firing. Please note class will not meet on 11/23. 
 
Oct
22
Sun
Adult Clay Workshop: Brain Bowls
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Adult Clay Workshop: Brain Bowls

Adult Clay Workshop: Brain Bowls
Sunday, October 22nd | 4pm to 6pm
$30 per person

Just in time for Halloween! Embrace the macabre – or get in touch with your inner neuroscientist. Either way, these ceramic brain bowls are fun AND functional. Students will use coiling techniques to create unique bowls, then return to the Arts Center to glaze them after they dry. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.

Register here.

Oct
24
Tue
SNS: Halloween Hill
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS: Halloween Hill

Starry Night Studio: Halloween Hill
Tuesday, October 24 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Dress your walls up this Halloween with a spooktacular painting of your own creation! A professional artist will guide you, step by step, from blank canvas to finished masterpiece.
 
Oct
25
Wed
Lunch with the Arts: Zach Klobnak
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch with the Arts: Zach Klobnak

Lunch with the Arts: Organ Recital by Zach Klobnak
Wednesday, October 25 | 12pm to 1pm
Location: Presbyterian Church of Danville (500 West Main Street)
$5 at the door

October 2017 marks an important cultural event that changed the course of world history: the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. As the life of the Christian church was changing in 1517, so was the music that accompanied the worship life of the church. As a result, we are left with a wealth of German music that stems from the newly-formed Protestant (Lutheran) church. At Lunch with the Arts, Zach Klobnak will explore some of that repertoire as well as offer a glimpse of a forthcoming organ recital that commemorates the anniversary of this important event. 

Dr. Zach Klobnak is College Organist and Instructor of Organ, Harpsichord, and Piano at Centre College in
Danville, Kentucky. He is also Director of Music and Organist at the Presbyterian Church of Danville,
where he directs the music program, administers the “Music on Main Street” concert series, and plays
the church’s Taylor & Boody pipe organ.