Visual Arts Classes

The Arts Center regularly offers ceramics classes for teens and adults, as well as two-hour social painting workshops known as Starry Night Studio. See below for information about upcoming classes.

Instruction in other visual mediums is offered in response to community interest. If you’d like to be notified when we offer a class in a particular medium, please complete our Class Interest Form.

Upcoming Classes:

Need-based scholarships are available for many classes. Contact director@communityartscenter.net or 859.236.4054 to request more information. 

Aug
22
Tue
SNS – Franz Marc’s Blue Horses
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
SNS - Franz Marc's Blue Horses @ Community Arts Center | Danville | Kentucky | United States

Starry Night Studio: Franz Marc’s Blue Horses
Tuesday, August 22
6:30pm to 9:30pm | $35
Instructor: Martha Robertson

Learn to paint like the masters in this three-hour painting workshop. We’ll be studying – and recreating – Franz Marc’s gorgeous Blue Horses, originally painted in 1911. A professional artist will guide you, step-by-step, as you bring your own masterpiece to life!
 
Recommended for ages 14+.
 
Aug
23
Wed
Introduction to Printmaking
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Introduction to Printmaking @ Community Arts Center

Introduction to Printmaking
Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm
August 23 to October 4 | $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.
 
Wednesday Evening Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday Evening Wheel-Thrown Pottery @ Community Arts Center Ceramics Studio

Beginner Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm
August 23 to October 4 | $200
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.

Register here.

Aug
24
Thu
Thursday Evening Open Studio
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday Evening Open Studio @ Community Arts Center Ceramics Studio

Open Studio
Thursday, 7pm to 9pm
August 24 to October 5 

This fall, we are facilitating a seven-week trial of drop-in Ceramics Open Studio. A senior studio member will be on-hand to offer pointers to less experienced potters but will not be providing formalized instruction. 
 
Participation in Open Studio is a benefit of membership in the Ceramics Studio. The program is free for existing members. Potters who have previously taken ceramics classes at the Arts Center and are considering joining the studio may participate in up to four Open Studio sessions on a trial basis at a cost of $10 per visit, after which they may choose to join the studio to continue participating.
 

 

Aug
26
Sat
Clay Jewelry
Aug 26 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Clay Jewelry @ Community Arts Center

Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults
Saturdays, 11:30am to 12:30pm
August 26 to September 16 | $85
Teens and Adults (Ages 14+)
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

This four-week 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?
 
Registration Fee: $60. Materials Fee: $25.
 
Aug
29
Tue
Altered Book Art
Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Altered Book Art

Altered Book Art
Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm
August 29 & September 5 | $40
Instructor: Nancy Martindale

In this two-day workshop, students will explore the artistic possibilities of recycled book art. We’ll use collage and assemblage techniques to transform discarded books into personalized works of art. 
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes basic materials. Feel free to bring personal materials to add to your artwork (maps, ticket stubs, photographs, papers, etc.)
 
Sep
6
Wed
SNS: Rustic Pumpkins
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS: Rustic Pumpkins

Starry Night Studio: Rustic Pumpkins
Wednesday, September 6 | 7pm to 9pm
Instructor: Jennifer Ahnquist | $28

THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT! But don’t despair. Round up a few friends and schedule a private party (10 painters, minimum). You can create your own masterpiece on a date that works with your schedule!

Add a touch of rustic fall charm to your home with this lovely painting. Even if you’re never held a brush before, our fabulous instructor will help you create a beautiful painting by providing step-by-step instructions. Starry Night Studio is a social painting experience. Grab a few friends and join us!

We will be painting on a 16″ x 20″ canvas. All materials are provided!

 

Sep
12
Tue
Adult Clay Workshop: Woven Clay Baskets
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Adult Clay Workshop: Woven Clay Baskets

Woven Clay Basket Workshop
Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm
September 12 and 19 | $50
Teens and adults (ages 14+)

In this two-day workshop, students will learn the basics of hand building, extruding, and weaving clay to create a bread basket. A glazing day will be held at a date TBD after completion of the workshops. 

Registration fee includes all materials and firing. 

Register here.

Sep
17
Sun
SNS: Friendly Scarecrow
Sep 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SNS: Friendly Scarecrow

Starry Night Studio: Friendly Scarecrow
Sunday, September 17 | 2pm to 4pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

This whimsical scarecrow and his feathered friend will be the perfect addition to your fall home decor. No previous experience is required – an instructor will guide you, step-by-step, from blank canvas to finished masterpiece. We will be painting on a 16″ x 20″ canvas. All materials are provided!

Register here.

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
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.

Sep
30
Sat
Clay Jewelry (Session 2)
Sep 30 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Clay Jewelry (Session 2) @ Community Arts Center

Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults
Saturdays, 11:30am to 12:30pm
September 30 to October 28| $85
Ages 14+

This four-week 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?
 
Registration Fee: $60. Materials Fee: $25. Please note that class will not meet on October 14.
 
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.
 
Nov
7
Tue
SNS: Over the Rhone
Nov 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS: Over the Rhone

Starry Night Studio: Over the Rhone
Tuesday, November 7 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Amanda Hendershot

Learn to paint like the masters! We’ll be studying and recreating Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night Over the Rhone,” orginally painted in 1888. The challenge of painting at night intrigued van Gogh. The vantage point he chose for Starry Night Over the Rhône allowed him to capture the reflections of the gas lighting in Arles (France) across the glimmering blue water of the Rhone. In the foreground, two lovers stroll by the banks of the river.

Register here.

Adult Clay Workshop: Clay Angels
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Adult Clay Workshop: Clay Angels

Adult Clay Workshop: Clay Angels
Tuesdays November 7 & 14 | 7pm to 9pm
$50 | Teens and Adult (Ages 14+)
Instructor: Dionna Baker

In this two-day workshop, students will use hand building sculpture techniques to create a clay angel just in time for Christmas. Clay projects require time to dry and fire. A glazing day will be held at a date TBD after completion of the workshops.  

Register here.

Nov
11
Sat
Holiday Card Printmaking Workshop
Nov 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Holiday Card Printmaking Workshop

Holiday Card Printmaking Workshop
Saturday, November 11
9am to 2pm | $40
Instructor: Jonas Hurley

Take your holiday card-sending up a notch by creating beautiful handmade greeting cards. In this one-day workshop, students will learn the basics of linoleum block carving and use those skills to create 4″ x 6″ holiday cards. Go from great idea to finished product in a single day! This will be a four-hour workshop, with an hour break for lunch. Registration fee includes all materials. 

Register here.

Clay Jewelry (Session 3)
Nov 11 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Clay Jewelry (Session 3) @ Community Arts Center

Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults
Saturdays, 11:30am to 12:30pm
November 11 to December 9 | $85
Ages 14+

Just in time for the holidays! This four-week 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?
 
Registration Fee: $60. Materials Fee: $25. Please note that class will not meet on November 25.