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. 

Sep
27
Thu
Soulshine Painting – Intuitive Leaves
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Soulshine Painting - Intuitive Leaves

Soulshine Painting – Intuitive Leaves
Thursday, September 27
7pm to 9pm | $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

This class is sold out! To put your name on a waiting list, please email Kate (kate@communityartscenter.net).
 
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
18
Thu
SNS – Market Bounty
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
SNS - Market Bounty @ Boyle County Cooperative Extension

Starry Night Studio: Market Bounty
Thursday, October 18 | 6pm to 8pm
Boyle County Cooperative Extension (99 Corporate Drive)
$32 per person | Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Celebrate the harvest with this beautiful painting that looks good enough to eat! This 12″ square canvas is perfect for a kitchen or dining room. This class will take place at the Boyle County Cooperative Extension offices (99 Corporate Drive) as part of their events for Homemakers Week.

No previous experience is required. Your instructor will walk you through the creative process, step-by-step!

Register here

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

Oct
24
Wed
SNS – Stacked Pumpkins
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Stacked Pumpkins

Starry  Night Studio: Stacked Pumpkins
Wednesday, October 24
6pm to 9pm | $35
Instructor: Jennifer Ahnquist

This class is sold out! If you’d like to add your name to the waiting list, please email Kate Snyder (kate@communityartscenter.net).

These rustic pumpkins are the perfect addition to your fall home decor. Grab a friend (or two) and join us for a laid-back evening of painting.

Nov
1
Thu
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family)
Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family)

Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family)
Thursdays, November 1 & 15
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

Create a simple clay nativity set using basic hand-building techniques. You will build your figures (Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and Manger) in Week 1, then glaze your pieces in Week 2. Your family will treasure this sweet holiday keepsake!

Register here

Nov
2
Fri
Mixed Media Sugar Skull
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mixed Media Sugar Skull

Mixed Media Sugar Skull
Friday, November 2
7pm to 9pm | $28
Instructor: Scarlet Smothers

This fun mixed-media workshop shows that the macabre can be beautiful! Join instructor Scarlet Smothers of Soulshine Studio for a free-flowing workshop that combines painting with collage techniques as you create your own, personalized sugar skull. 

Register here

Nov
6
Tue
Hand-Lettering Workshop
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hand-Lettering Workshop

Hand-Lettering Workshop
Tuesday, November 6
6pm to 8pm | $20
Instructor: Ashley Feather

This event is sold out! We have added two more sections – Monday, November 12 and Saturday, November 17.

In this class, you will learn the basics of hand lettering including typography, pairing different lettering styles, making compositions, and more. You will leave with a small frame-worthy piece of your own plus a foundation of knowledge that you can use to continue learning at home. No lettering experience required. 

 

Nov
10
Sat
Dollhouse Camp (for Grown-Ups!)
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dollhouse Camp (for Grown-Ups!)

Dollhouse Camp (for Grown-Ups!)
Weekend Workshop: November 10 & 11
10am to 4pm Saturday, 1pm to 4pm Sunday
Open to ages 14+
Facilitated by Carrie Farmer

Why let kids have all the fun? In this adult workshop, students will personalize their very own 24″ wooden dollhouses – painting the home, adding wallpaper, works of art, furniture, figures, miniature food, and so much more. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have a wonderfully unique dollhouse to keep – or share with a child!
 
Registration fee: $75. Materials fee: $35

Register here

Nov
12
Mon
Hand-Lettering Workshop
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hand-Lettering Workshop

Hand-Lettering Workshop
Monday, November 12
6pm to 8pm | $20
Instructor: Ashley Feather

This class is sold out! To put your name on the waiting list, please email Kate Snyder at kate@communityartscenter.net

In this class, you will learn the basics of hand lettering including typography, pairing different lettering styles, making compositions, and more. You will leave with a small frame-worthy piece of your own plus a foundation of knowledge that you can use to continue learning at home. No lettering experience required.

Nov
13
Tue
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals)
Nov 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals)

Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals)
Tuesdays, November 13 & 27
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

**Disclaimer – obviously this is NOT a picture of clay kings and critters. It’s a placeholder. Real picture coming soon!**
 
Your nativity set isn’t complete with the adoring magi and faithful manger beasts. In this two-week workshp, students will have the opportunity to create three ‘supporting’ characters, choosing animals, kings, or a combination of figures! The first session will focus on building the basic figures. We’ll glaze them on Day 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

Nov
17
Sat
Holiday Ceramics Workshop
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Holiday Ceramics Workshop

Holiday Ceramics Workshop
Saturdays, November 17 & December 1
10:00am to 11:30am | $35
Instructor: Catherine Thomsen

Create beautiful and unique ceramic pieces to add to your holiday decorations. In this two-week workshop, students will create three turtledove ornaments and a 5″ pine tree luminary! You will build your pieces in Week 1 and glaze them 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

Hand-Lettering Workshop
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hand-Lettering Workshop

Hand-Lettering Workshop
Saturday, November 17
1pm to 3pm | $20
Instructor: Ashley Feather

This class is sold out! To put your name on the waiting list, please email Kate Snyder at kate@communityartscenter.net

In this class, you will learn the basics of hand lettering including typography, pairing different lettering styles, making compositions, and more. You will leave with a small frame-worthy piece of your own plus a foundation of knowledge that you can use to continue learning at home. No lettering experience required. 

Nov
18
Sun
SNS – Reindeer Lights
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SNS - Reindeer Lights

Starry Night Studio: Reindeer Lights
Sunday, November 18 | 2pm to 4pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Oh no! This mischievous reindeer seems to have gotten himself into a bit of a pickle while decorating for Christmas!

In this class, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions to help you create your own whimsical Christmas painting. Artists ages 7+ may paint unaccompanied. Younger painters should bring a supportive adult.

Register here

Nov
25
Sun
SNS – Merry Christmas Car
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SNS - Merry Christmas Car

Starry Night Studio – Merry Christmas Car
Sunday, November 25 | 2pm to 5pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

This painting captures so many Christmas memories of loading up the family car and heading home for the holidays. The words at the bottom can be substituted for your family’s name – or omitted entirely. Grab a friend and join us for a festive evening of painting. No previous experience required!

Register here

Nov
26
Mon
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals 2)
Nov 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals 2)

Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals 2)
Mondays, November 26 & December 10
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

**Disclaimer – obviously this is NOT a picture of clay kings and critters. It’s a placeholder. Real picture coming soon!**
 
Your nativity set isn’t complete with the adoring magi and faithful manger beasts. In this two-week workshp, students will have the opportunity to create three ‘supporting’ characters, choosing animals, kings, or a combination of figures! The first session will focus on building the basic figures. We’ll glaze them on Day 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

Nov
28
Wed
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family 2)
Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family 2)

Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family)
Wednesdays, November 28 & December 12
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

Create a simple clay nativity set using basic hand-building techniques. You will build your figures (Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and Manger) in Week 1, then glaze your pieces in Week 2. Your family will treasure this sweet holiday keepsake!

Register here