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!!
Lunch with the Arts – Jerry Sampson
Wednesday, March 21 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door
Feel free to bring your lunch!
Jerry Sampson has been the owner and operator of J. Sampson Antiques, Books and Appraisals in Harrodsburg for the past 24 years. He has held the designation of Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in the American Society of Appraisers since 2009. The focus of his Lunch with the Arts presentation is – “The Changing Antique Market: What You Can and Can’t Do About It.”
Jerry makes frequent appearances on the KET hit show, Kentucky Collectibles. His column, “Personal Effects”, is featured in several newspapers. He also hosts a radio program, “Personal Effects, The Antique Show” on WHBN AM 1420 every Saturday at 10:00 AM. He describes himself as a dedicated researcher and local historian
Ceramic Fairy Houses
Mondays, 4pm to 5:30pm
March 26 and April 9 | $35
Ages 7+ (Adults welcome!)
This class is sold out! There are still spots in the upcoming Ceramic Birdhouse class April 16/23.
This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. We will be making a fairy or toad houses using slab building sculpture techniques. The first session will focus on building the basic structure and we’ll glaze in Week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not back-to-back. These projects require drying time!
Soulshine Painting Night
Tuesday, March 27
7pm to 9pm | $20
Instructor: Scarlet Smothers
Treat yourself to an evening of creative self-expression! In this workshop, you’ll create a whimsical self-portrait by combining photography and painting. When you arrive we will take your photo and print it in black and white. You will paint a magical world full of your favorite things…..then, transport your photo into that magical world for a beautiful piece of artwork you’ll cherish.
Feel free to bring a few objects, sayings, trinkets or tidbits that are important to you. You can use them for reference or place them right into your art! You can’t mess this up. The results are super funky and unique every time! Mixed media on 11×14 canvas board.
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Mondays, April 9 to May 21
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.
The Art Museum in the Modern World
Wednesdays, April 11, 18, 25
5pm to 6pm | $30
Presenter: Dr. Jay Bloom
Starry Night Studio: Constitution Square
Wednesday, April 11 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Martha Robertson
Inspired by a photograph by Danville artist Geri Trinler, this painting is part of our “local masterpieces” series. With step-by-step instructions from a professional artist, you will create your very own masterpiece. Celebrate Danville with this beautiful painting!
Intermediate Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Thursdays, April 12 to May 24
7pm to 9pm | $160
Instructor: Jonas Hurley
Teens and Adults (14+)
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. Registration fee includes all materials and firing. This ia seven-week class.
Mondays, April 16 and 30
4:00pm to 5:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)
Create a special, handmade home for the feathered friends in your yard! This two-week workshop will introduce the basic techniques of slab-building with clay as students create an individualized birdhouse. In week two, you will glaze your creation. 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.
Lunch with the Arts – “I Come From”
(Discussion with Robby Henson)
Wednesday, April 18 | 12pm
$5 at the door
Join Robby Henson for a Lunch with the Arts conversation. Robby will show portions of his documentary “I Come From” and discuss the inspirational performance/writing program behind bars “Voices Inside” that is centered at Northpoint Training Center.
Robby is artistic director of Pioneer Playhouse and is a writing and video instructor at the University of Kentucky. He has written and directed feature films for major studios including “Pharaoh’s Army” with Kris Kristofferson and Chris Cooper and “The Badge” with Billy Bob Thornton. He has created a number of documentary films for PBS including his recent “I Come From” about incarcerated artists. He holds an M.F.A from New York University in filmmaking. He is also the playwright of “Good Blues Tonight” and this summer’s upcoming Pioneer Playhouse adaptation of Angela Correll’s “Granted.”
Saturday, April 21
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. Our subject matter will be flowers!
Materials are not included in the class registration fee but are available to purchase from art supply stores, including Hobby Lobby. For a list of necessary materials, click here.
Nature Photography Workshop with Kirk Schlea
Saturday, April 22 | 1pm to 5pm
$98 per person
In this small, hands-on workshop, students will meet at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge. Instructor Kirk Schlea will give pointers on composition and lighting for nature photography, then return to the Arts Center to review pictures with students. Registration is limited to 7 students.
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 get hands-on feedback from a master.
Adult Abstract Painting Workshop
Mondays, April 23 and 30
6:30pm to 8:00pm | $30
Instructor: Brandon Long
Have you ever wanted to try abstract painting, but didn’t know where to start? How do you measure your success when there are “no rules?” If you’re curious about this exciting art form, this is the class for you. Join instructor Brandon Long as you explore exercises in composition, line, and color to create your own 18×24″ abstract painting. This class might get messy, so remember to bring an open mind and old clothes!
Starry Night Studio: Boot Bouquet
Tuesday, April 24 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker
April showers bring May flowers! This cheerful painting captures the abundance of spring, with a bouquet of tulips spilling out of a pair of rainboots. No painting experience is required. Grab a friend and spend a fun evening creating your own masterpiece!
Starry Night Studio: Welcome Pineapple
Tuesday, May 1 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Lela Germann
Saturday, May 12
11am to 4pm
Join us for Danville’s coolest community arts event!
This art-making extravaganza will showcase the talents of dozens of professional and aspiring artists in our community while raising funds to support the Community Arts Center’s arts education programs for children and adults.
From 11am to 4pm on Saturday, May 12th, downtown Danville will be overflowing with artists demonstrating their craft. Painters and potters, quilters and sculptors, dancers and singers, established professionals and aspiring art students will join together for a day of creative art-making.
Registration is now open for participating artists! We welcome artists in ALL genres – visual arts, music, performing arts, dance, and more – to join us for this event
Lunch with the Arts – Soreyda Begley
Wednesday, May 16 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door
Feel free to bring a lunch!
Soreyda Benedit Begley is a Lexington, Kentucky based designer and community activist. She is originally from Honduras and has lived in the United States for over 18 years. Soreyda is a public speaker and avid advocate for women’s rights, diversity and inclusion and Fair Trade. She founded the Lexington Fashion Collaborative, is active on the boards of several art and social justice organizations.
“Art, for me, represents not only a creative outlet but also a social act, an act of empowerment, for me and for others. Clothing, appearance and certainly standards of beauty and fashion are not neutral and trivial, and I design clothing as an attempt to take control of these standards. I want my clothing to serve as one more way to empower women and create agency and choice. By rejecting some ways of presenting ourselves and embracing others, I hope to create pieces that make women feel powerful, and by extension, be powerful.”
Starry Night Studio: Robin’s Nest
Wednesday, May 16 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Lela Germann
With sweet simplicity, the robin’s nest symbolizes the new life and limitless potential of spring. We’ll be painting on a 12″ square canvas, making this a delicate accent to your home decor. A professional artist will provide step-by-step instructions.
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.