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. 

Jan
22
Tue
Wheel-Thrown Pottery (Daytime)
Jan 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wheel-Thrown Pottery (Daytime)

Wheel-Thrown Pottery (Daytime)
Tuesdays, January 22 to March 5
10am to 12pm | $160 | Ages 14+
Instructor: Paul Muth

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. 

Register here

Hand-Lettering Workshop
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hand-Lettering Workshop

Hand-Lettering Workshop
Tuesday, January 22
6pm to 8pm | $20
Instructor: Ashley Feather

This class is sold out! To put your name on the waiting list, please contact Kate Snyder (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. 

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Jan
23
Wed
Starry Night Studio: Abstract Peonies
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Abstract Peonies

Starry Night Studio: Abstract Peonies
Wednesday, January 23 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Lela Germann

This class is sold out. Contact Kate Snyder (kate@communityartscenter.net) to add your name to the waiting list.

These free-form peonies are easy to paint and add a beautiful pop of color to any wall. No previous experience needed. A professional artist will guide you, step-by-step, from blank canvas to finished masterpiece. 

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Jan
24
Thu
Intro to Printmaking
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Intro to Printmaking

Intro to Printmaking
Thursdays, January 24 to March 7
7pm to 9pm | $140 | Teens and Adults
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 an evening at instructor Jonas Hurley’s farm in Springfield to pull prints on his printing press.

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 300 or 400 series printmaking paper, available from Dick Blick and Amazon. This is a seven-week class. 

Register here

Jan
28
Mon
Clay Castle Workshop
Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Clay Castle Workshop

Clay Castle Workshop
Mondays, January 28 and February 11
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+ (adults welcome!)

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. Each student will create an imaginative clay castle in week 1 and then glaze them in week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time!

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Feb
5
Tue
Painting 101
Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Painting 101

Painting 101 for Adults
Tuesdays, February 5 to 26
6:30pm to 8:30pm | $90
Instructor: Sarah Wiltsee

This course is structured for anyone wanting to explore painting with acrylics. In addition to introducing key skills and techniques, this class will help students save money on choosing what materials are really needed to get started at home, from brushes to easel and canvases. Over this four-week course you will learn and practice how to mix colors properly, prepare a canvas, and paint. Last but not least, you will discover where and how to find inspirations for your paintings.

Instructor Sarah Wiltsee is an active member of Gathering Artists and the Plein Air Artists of Central Kentucky. She exhibits regularly at the Community Arts Center. Sarah will also share mistakes she made when she started painting, so you won’t waste your time or money! 

We recommend purchasing a few basic materials, allowing you to practice at home. They are listed on the registration page and can be purchased at Hobby Lobby for under $20.

Register here

Feb
6
Wed
Clay Postcard Workshop
Feb 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Clay Postcard Workshop

Clay Postcard Workshop
Wednesdays, February 6 and 20
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. Each student will create 2-3 clay relief ‘postcards’ in week 1 and then glaze them in week 2. These pieces make lovely home accents when displayed on small easels or hung on the wall. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time!

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Starry Night Studio: Together in the Trees
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Together in the Trees

Starry Night Studio: Together in the Trees
Wednesday, February 6 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Jennifer Ahnquist

Love is in the air! These two lovebirds are very sweet. Personalize the initials in the tree to make a piece that is uniquely yours. This isn’t your typical art lesson – Starry Night Studios is a SOCIAL painting experience for ALL levels of artistic talent open to fun and creativity.

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Feb
10
Sun
Yoga + Art Workshop
Feb 10 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Yoga + Art Workshop

Yoga + Art Workshop
Sunday, February 10
2:30pm to 4:30pm | $25
Instructor: Marybeth McKinley

Connect mind and body in this free-flowing workshop. We’ll spend time relaxing our minds and bodies through yoga, then create some intuitive, nature-inspired artwork. Participants need to bring their own yoga mat to class!

Register here

Feb
14
Thu
Intro to Graphic Design
Feb 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Intro to Graphic Design

Intro to Graphic Design
Thursdays, February 14 to March 7
4pm to 5pm | $40 | Grades 4-8

Expand your creative skill set with this introduction to digital graphic design. Brandon Long will teach a few fundamental design skills using two FREE programs. All participants must have a laptop available to bring to class with them. We will send out instructions for downloading the design programs prior to the start of class.

Register here

Feb
21
Thu
Figure Drawing 101
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Figure Drawing 101

Figure Drawing 101
Thursdays, February 21 to March 29
6pm to 8pm | $120 per person
Open to ages 16+*
Instructor: Rochelle Bayless

For the beginner through the experienced, this is your opportunity to work from a live, nude model.
 
A hallmark of classical drawing, this class will focus on finding the form and action of the human figure in three-dimensional space. Structural landmarks relating to basic human anatomy and measurement techniques will be explored and used as guidelines and methods for accurately representing the figure’s movements in space. There will be both short and long poses to help the student process and work on specific objectives including gesture, line quality, foreshortening, perspective, modeling form, and anatomical accuracy.
 
This class has a required materials list that includes drawing paper, newsprint, and several kinds of charcoal. A full materials list is included on the registration page.

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*Students ages 16 and 17 must have parental permission to participate. 

Mar
5
Tue
Starry Night Studio: Country Hydrangeas
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Country Hydrangeas

Starry Night Studio: Country Hydrangeas
Tuesday, March 5 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person

This painting captures the simple beauty of country living, with fresh-cut flowers resting casually in a glass jar. The textured barn wood background is the perfect accent for the bouquet. Grab some friends and plan a night of laid-back, artistic fun!

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Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Tuesdays, March 5 to April 23
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 4/2.

Register here

Mar
6
Wed
Beginning Knitting Workshop
Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Beginning Knitting Workshop

Beginning Knitting Workshop
Wednesdays, March 6 and 13
5:30pm to 6:30pm | Ages 14+
$25 registration + $10 materials
Instructor: Carrie Farmer

Ready, set, knit! Students will learn basic knitting stitches and will make their very own scarf. Class cost: $25. Materials cost: $10. Students will keep their needles and yarn to continue work at home after the workshop concludes!
 
Mar
12
Tue
Painting 102
Mar 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Painting 102

Painting 102
Tuesdays, March 12 to April 9
6:30pm to 8:30pm | $90
Teens and Adults | Instructor: Sarah Wiltsee

This course takes painting on canvases to a more dimensional art form. Over this four week-course students will learn about cold wax, collages, and mixed media. We wil practice building textures with various objects and modeling paste to create multiple layers to your art. During each 2-hour session, you will have ample-hands on time to try each of the methods taught that day. The objective of these sessions is to help each artist experiment with various materials so you will know if you want to invest in those materials for home use.

Instructor Sarah Wiltsee is an active member of Gathering Artists and the Plein Air Artists of Central Kentucky. She exhibits regularly at the Community Arts Center. Please note class will not meet on 4/2.

Register here

Mar
13
Wed
Ceramic Bird Feeder Workshop
Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Bird Feeder Workshop

Ceramic Bird Feeder Workshop
Wednesdays, March 13 and 27
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. Each student will create a cermic bird feeder in week 1 and then glaze their project in week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time! 

Register here

Mar
20
Wed
Starry Night Studio: Magnolia Morning
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Magnolia Morning

Starry Night Studio: Magnolia Morning
Wednesday, March 20 | 6pm to 9pm
$35per person
Instructor: Lela Germann

A sweet pair of robins greets the morning and one another in this lovely 12″x12″ design. Never painted before? No problem! We’ll provide everything you need (including an instructor and all materials) and then guide you, step-by-step. 

Register here

Mar
21
Thu
Quilling Workshop
Mar 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Quilling Workshop

Quilling Workshop
Thursdays, March 21 and 28
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $30
Instructor: Sue Routin

In this two-week skill-building workshop, students will learn the basic techniques of quilling (rolling strips of paper to create three-dimensional artwork). Students will create a wildflower greeting card and leave with the knowledge to create additional work at home! Registration includes all materials, including a specialized quilling tool that you will be able to keep at the conclusion of the workshop. 

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Mar
27
Wed
Starry Night Studio: Llama Sunflowers
Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starry Night Studio: Llama Sunflowers

Starry Night Studio: Llama Sunflowers
Wednesday, March 27 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person

There’s a lot to love about these fluffy creatures. The cute llama pairs perfectly with the sunflowers and will brighten any room with joy. Feel free to personalize the text – or leave it off entirely. This is a great painting to do with friends, so grab a few buddies and get ready to for a fun night of art!

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Apr
8
Mon
Ceramic Wind Chime Workshop
Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Wind Chime Workshop

Ceramic Wind Chime Workshop
Mondays, April 8 and 22
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. Each student will create a ceramic wind chime in week 1 and then glaze their project in week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time!

Register here