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. 

Jul
24
Tue
SNS – Perfect Pear
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Perfect Pear

Starry Night Studio: Perfect Pear
Tuesday, July 24 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Lela Germann

With its clean lines and subtle shading, this elegant still-life will  make the perfect addition to your kitchen or living room decor.
 
Never painted before? No problem! We provide all the materials and step-by-step instructions from a professional artist. Grab a friend and enjoy a social painting experience!
 

Register here.

Aug
8
Wed
SNS – Poppy Trio
Aug 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Poppy Trio

Starry Night Studio: Poppy Trio
Wednesday, August 8 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Jennifer Ahnquist

Poppies are a summertime favorite with their bright and cheerful appearance. The modern and fresh design style of this piece will surely brighten any space. Treat yourself to an evening of artistic exploration as a professional artist guides you step-by-step from blank canvas to finished masterpiece!

Register here.

Aug
14
Tue
Cement Leaf Birdbaths
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cement Leaf Birdbaths

Cement Leaf Birdbaths
Tuesdays, August 14 and 28
6pm to 8pm | $35 per person
Teens and Adults
Instructor: Roni Gilpin

Create a beautiful cement leaf birdbath for your garden in this two-week workshop. We’ll use live elephant ear and paulownia leaves to cast the birdbath shape in Week 1, then embellish in Week 2 using basic glass mosaic techniques.. 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.

Aug
20
Mon
Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Aug 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Mondays, August 20 to October 1
6:30pm to 8:30pm | $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

Aug
21
Tue
Ceramic Bookends Workshop
Aug 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Bookends Workshop

Ceramic Bookends Workshop
Tuesdays, August 21 and September 4
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)
Instructor: Dionna Baker

The perfect class for the artistic book-lover. In this two-week class we’ll be creating a pair of ceramic bookends. You will build your pieces in Week 1 and glaze them in Week 2. The instructor will help you personalize your creation – the jungle picture is just for inspiration! You may create whatever theme suits your taste. 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

SNS – Anchored
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Anchored

Starry Night Studio: Anchored
Tuesday, August 21 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Martha Robertson

Capture the beauty and tranquility of the sea in this gorgeous painting by Danville artist Martha Robertson. The vibrant colors make this piece an instant focal point for any room. No previous painting is required. Martha will guide you, step-by-step!

Register here.

Sep
5
Wed
SNS – Just Ducky
Sep 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
SNS - Just Ducky

Starry Night Studio: Just Ducky
Wednesday, September 5 | 6pm to 8pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Splish, splash, quack! This cheerful rubber ducky will make you smile every time you look at him. For this class, we’ll be painting on a 12″ square canvas, making it the perfect accent piece for a bathroom, bedroom, or playroom! Artists of all ages are welcome for this class. Painters ages 7+ may participate unaccompanied.

Register here.

Sep
25
Tue
SNS – Floating Maple Leaf
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Floating Maple Leaf

Starry Night Studio: Floating Maple Leaf
Tuesday, September 25 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Lela Germann

Celebrate the beauty of fall in this gorgeous new painting. The bright, crisp colors are perfect for the season! Starry Night Studio is a social painting workshop. No previous experience is required. A professional artist will guide you, step-by-step as you create your own masterpiece. 

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

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
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
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

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.

Register here