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!!

Jan
21
Sun
Photography Workshop with Kirk Schlea
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Photography Workshop with Kirk Schlea

Photography Workshop with Kirk Schlea
Sunday, January 21
2pm to 4pm | $40

This class is sold out! Be sure to sign up to receive our email newsletter and stay in the loop about upcoming classes and programs at the Arts Center!

Want to take your photography skills up a notch? Join award-winning photographer Kirk Schlea for an afternoon workshop. Kirk will discuss light, exposure, focus, composition and perspective, and equipment (hint: best isn’t always necessary!) and also facilitate hands-on practice time. Students must bring a digital camera or camera-equipped cell phone.

Kirk Schlea shoots advertising, editorial, and corporate work for clients such as Pepsi, Cadillac, Nike, ESPN, and AT&T. His magazine and newspaper credits include Sports Illustrates, Newsweek, TIME, and USA Today. He has photographed U.S. Presidents, CEO’s, professional athletes, major sporting events, medical operations, exotic locales, and even underwater hockey. Don’t miss out on your chance to pick up a few pointers from a master.

Jan
22
Mon
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Mondays, January 22 to March 5
6:30pm to 8:30pm | $160
Instructor: Stacey Chinn
Teens and Adults (Ages 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.

Register here.

Wondering what to expect? Check out the course curriculum/schedule here.

Jan
23
Tue
Printmaking 101
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Printmaking 101

Printmaking 101 
Tuesdays, January 23 to March 6
7:00pm to 9:00pm | $140
Instructor: Jonas Hurley
Teens and Adults (14+)

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 (carpooling available!).
 
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.
 
Jan
24
Wed
Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults
Jan 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults

Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults
Wednesdays, January 24 to February 28
6:30pm to 7:30pm | $80
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

This class will focus on making handmade ceramic jewelry. We’ll be using basic hand-building techniques to create unique, wearable works (necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches). We’ll also experiment with different types of clay, textures and surface designs. Who says art can’t be worn?
 
This is a six-week class. Registration Fee: $70. Materials Fee: $10.

Register here.

Jan
25
Thu
Drawing 101 for Teens and Adults
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Drawing 101 for Teens and Adults

Drawing 101
Thursdays, January 25 to February 15
6:30pm to 8:00pm | $60
Instructor: Brandon Long
Teens and Adults (ages 14+)

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.

Register here.

Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Thursdays, January 25 to March 8
7pm to 9pm | $160
Instructor: Jonas Hurley
Teens and Adults (14+)

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 a seven-week class.

Register here.

Wondering what to expect? Check out the course curriculum/schedule here

Jan
30
Tue
SNS – Cardinals and Berries
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Cardinals and Berries

Starry Night Studio: Cardinals and Berries
Tuesday, January 30 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Amanda Hendershot

This peaceful woodland scene is sure to brighten up your house this winter. This painting is done on a 12″ square canvas, making it the perfect small accent for any home. Our instructor will guide you step-by-step as you create your own original masterpiece.

Register here.

Jan
31
Wed
LWTA – Ariel Winds
Jan 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Ariel Winds

Lunch with the Arts: Ariel Winds
Wednesday, January 31 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door – feel free to bring a lunch!

Ariel Winds is an all-female woodwind quintet. Founded at the Juilliard School in 1998, Ariel Winds consider themselves “messengers of music,” and have toured broadly across the United States. Hailed as “technically brilliant, refined and innovative,” Ariel Winds is known for connecting with audiences of all ages.

The group will perform works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Reicha. The quintet features Kathryn Farenish on flute, Erin Gustafson on oboe, Anthea Jackson on clarinet, Gili Sharett on bassoon, and Misty Tolle on horn. Ariel Winds has delighted listeners in some of North America’s most prestigious concert venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall. They were winners of the Artist International Auditions and recipients of a Chamber Music America Rural Residency in Stephenville, Texas.

Renowned for their fantastic family concerts and educational programs, Ariel Winds created interactive concerts for the NY Philharmonic School Partnership Program, the 92nd Street Y, and Young Audiences of New York and Connecticut. Members of the ensemble are graduates of the Juilliard School, McGill University, Boston University, and the Mannes School of Music.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Direct Experiences in Artistic Living, Inc. (D.E.A.L.).

 

Feb
6
Tue
Nesting Mugs Workshop
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nesting Mugs Workshop

Nesting Mugs Workshop
(Paint-Your-Own Pottery)
Tuesday, February 6 | 7pm to 9pm
$35 per pair of mugs

Create the perfect gift for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day – or, better yet, come paint together!! There will be a facilitator on-hand to answer questions but this is not an instructor-led class. You are free to personalize your mugs however you like. (The pictures are just for inspiration)
 
Each registration for this “nesting mugs” class includes two ready-to-paint mugs. The cost is the same whether you have one painter or two. Just let us know how many painters to expect! Your mugs will be ready for pickup before Valentine’s Day.
 
Feb
13
Tue
SNS – Daisy Pop
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Daisy Pop

Starry Night Studio: Daisy Pop
Tuesday, February 13 | 7pm to 9pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Jennifer Ahnquist

Add a pop of color to your walls with this lovely pair of flowers. We will be painting BOTH canvases in this class. Each canvas is a 12″ square. No experience necessary – a professional artist will provide step-by-step instructions.

Register here.

Feb
21
Wed
LWTA – Danville High School Forensics
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Danville High School Forensics

Lunch with the Arts: Danville High School Forensics
Wednesday, February 21 | 12pm
$5 at the door

Danville High School’s Forensics Team is in its 24th year of its current incarnation. The team previously existed in the late 40s and early 50s as well as in the late 70s and early 80s before its relaunch in 1994. They compete in 14 speech and 2 debate categories at tournaments across the state from November to March plus two national tournaments in May and June. DHS has won the state tournament seven years including the last two. 

For this special Lunch with the Arts presentation, guests will get a chance to hear about the program from several participating students who will also demonstrate the types of performances they do for tournaments.

Adult Knitting Workshop
Feb 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Adult Knitting Workshop

Adult Knitting Workshop
Wednesdays, February 21 and 28
5:30pm to 6:30pm | $30 per student
Teens and Adults
Instructor: Carrie Farmer

This class is sold out! To put your name on a list of interested participants for a future class, please email kate@communityartscenter.net. If we get sufficient interest, we’ll offer this again soon!
 
Ready, set, knit! Students will learn basic knitting stitches and will make their very own scarf. This is ideal for absolute beginners. No experience required at all. We’ll go over the basics: casting on, knit stitch, and purl stitch. Class will meet in the newly-refurbished Arts Center lobby. Settle in on the couch with your knitting needles and spend a cozy evening learning this classic craft!
 
Class cost: $20. Materials cost: $10. Students will keep their needles and yarn to continue work at home after the workshop concludes! This is a two-week class. 
Feb
22
Thu
Photo Editing Workshop
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Photo Editing Workshop

Photo Editing Workshop
Thursday, February 22 | 6pm to 8pm
$30 per person
Instructor: Brandon Long

Jealous of all your friends’ perfect-looking photographs on Facebook and Instagram? Brandon Long will teach you three quick and easy tricks to perk up your pics using a FREE downloadable software. Students must bring a laptop to class. Instructions will be sent prior to class to download the program onto your device. 

Register here.

Feb
24
Sat
Watercolor Workshop
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Watercolor Workshop

Watercolor Workshop
Saturday, February 24 
1pm to 4pm | $50
Instructor: Connie Tucker

Watercolor paints are a very different artistic medium than acrylic or oil paints. Join Lexington watercolor artist Connie Tucker for an afternoon workshop on the fundamentals of this exciting style. Connie will teach students how to develop a painting based on a photograph, providing detailed instructions about how she approaches the process. After more than thirty years as a public school art teacher, Connie is now a full-time artist and watercolor workshop instructor.

Register here

Materials List:

  • Photos of landscapes
  • Arches 140 lb. paper: 1 sheets cold press
  • Brushes: 1 round of each #8, #10, & #1, 1 Flat – 1 inch
  • Palette: Metal or Plastic
  • Masking Fluid
  • 2 Water Containers
  • Tube Watercolor- WINSOR & NEWTON recommended

 

Cadmium Yellow Lemon
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red Medium
Cerulean Blue
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Turquoise
Sap Green
Hooker’s Green
Burnt Sienna
Payne’s Gray
Golden Ochre
Titanium White
Ivory Black 

 

Feb
28
Wed
LWTA – Erika Holmquist-Wall
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Erika Holmquist-Wall

Lunch with the Arts: Erika Holmquist-Wall
“Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism”
Wednesday, February 28 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door – feel free to bring a lunch!

Rescheduled! We are pleased to try again on this event, having been thwarted in January by the weather…

During her Lunch with the Arts presentation, Erika will introduce guests to the upcoming exhibit at the Speed Museum – “Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism,” on display February 17 to May 13, 2018. The groundbreaking exhibition broadly surveys a key chapter in art history in which an international group of female artists overcame gender-based restrictions to make remarkable creative strides.

Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism expands our understanding of this rich art historical period and demonstrates the formative role women artists played in the major currents of European modernism, including Realism, Impressionism, and Symbolism. The forward-thinking women represented in this exhibition not only created powerful paintings but also generated a momentum that has led toward a more egalitarian art world.

Erika Holmquist-Wall is the Chief Curator and Curator of European and American Painting and Sculpture at the Speed Museum. She is a specialist in 19th and 20th-century Nordic art and design. In addition, she has established an international reputation as one of a handful of advanced specialists in the field of provenance research, with an emphasis on World War II-era spoliation issues.

SNS – The Ballerina
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - The Ballerina

Starry Night Studio: The Ballerina
Wednesday, February 28 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Amanda Hendershot

This gorgeous ballerina is the newest addition to our “local masterpieces” series for Starry Night Studio. The original painting was created by Danville artist Sarah Wiltsee for the 2017 “Expressions in Color” exhibit. For this class, we will be doing a slightly easier adaptation of her work on a 12″ square canvas. 

Register here.

Mar
7
Wed
Adult Knitting Workshop
Mar 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Adult Knitting Workshop

Adult Knitting Workshop
Wednesdays, March 7 and 14
5:30pm to 6:30pm | $30 per student
Teens and Adults
Instructor: Carrie Farmer

This class is sold out! If you’d like to be in the loop about upcoming programs and workshops, be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter
 
Ready, set, knit! Students will learn basic knitting stitches and will make their very own scarf. This is ideal for absolute beginners. No experience required at all. We’ll go over the basics: casting on, knit stitch, and purl stitch. 
 
Class cost: $20. Materials cost: $10. Students will keep their needles and yarn to continue work at home after the workshop concludes! This is a two-week class. 
 
Ceramic Garden Accessories
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Ceramic Garden Accessories

Ceramic Garden Accessories
Wednesdays, March 7 & 14
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

How does your garden grow? With the help of handmade, ceramic accessories you’ll make in this class, of course. You’ll get to play in the mud (well, clay) and make ornaments, plant markers and more. Your green thumb(s) will thank you.
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.
 
Mar
20
Tue
Painting 101 for Adults
Mar 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Painting 101 for Adults

Painting 101 for Adults
Tuesdays, March 20 to April 17
6:30pm to 8:00pm | $70
Instructor: Martha Robertson

Have you ever dreamed of learningn to paint? Are you a Starry Night Studio fan who is ready to take your skills to the next level? This is the class for you! Instructor Martha Robertson will provide an introduction to some of the key techniques of acrylic painting including brush choice, color mixing, shading, and more. 
 
This is a four-week class. Registration fee includes all materials. Please note class will not meet on 4/3.
 
Mar
21
Wed
Clay Sculpture for Adults
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Clay Sculpture for Adults

Clay Sculpture for Adults
Wednesdays, March 21 to May 9
6:30pm to 8:30pm | $160
Ages 14+ 
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

This class combines techniques, elements and principles of design in making 3-dimensional works with the use of clay. Aspiring teen through adult artists will learn to create relief and sculptures in the round. We’ll look to art history and the masters like Rodin, Degas, Giacometti and more for our inspiration as we create our own contemporary sculptural works of art. 
 
Registration fee includes all materials and firing. This is a seven-week class. Please note class will not meet on 4/5.

Register here.