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 adult and kids classes. Contact Maggie Shapiro Haskett at education@communityartscenter.net or 859.236.4054 to request more information. If you love art, we want you in these classes!!

May
9
Tue
SNS: New York City Skyline
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS: New York City Skyline @ Community Arts Center | Danville | Kentucky | United States

Starry Night Studio: NYC Skyline
Tuesday, May 9
7:00pm to 9:00pm | $28

Spend a relaxing evening painting the iconic New York City skyline. Never painted before? No problem!  A professional artist will guide you, step by step, from blank canvas to finished masterpiece.

Register here.

May
17
Wed
Lunch with the Arts: Heather Henson and Liz Orndorff
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch with the Arts: Heather Henson and Liz Orndorff

Lunch with the Arts: Heather Henson & Elizabeth Orndorff
Wednesday, May 17 | 12pm 
$7 at the door

First came the play, then the children’s book!  Death by Darkness, an award-winning mystery by local playwright Elizabeth Orndorff, was first produced at Pioneer Playhouse in 2008, and is back by popular demand this summer.  Set in 1842 in Mammoth Cave, the play is fictional, but one of the main characters is based on the real life slave guide, Stephen Bishop. Heather Henson, daughter of Playhouse founder Eben Henson,  was so inspired by the character of Bishop that she decided to do more research, which resulted in her latest children’s book, Lift Your Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop, Slave-Explorer, published in September 2016.  Liz and Heather will discuss the inspiration and research behind both the play and the book, and will talk about the upcoming 2017 revival.

Heather Henson was born and raised in Danville, and grew up at Pioneer Playhouse, Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theatre, which her father founded in 1950 and her family continues to operate. She is the author of many award-winning books for young readers, including That Book Woman, which won the prestigious Christopher Medal and the Great Lakes Book Award, and was a finalist for both the Kentucky Bluegrass Award and the Texas Bluebonnet Award.  Her latest picture book, Lift Your Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop, Slave-Explorer was illustrated by Caldecott-Honor winner Bryan Collier, and was recently named a Bank Street Best Book of 2016.  Heather lives on a farm near Danville with her husband and three children.

Elizabeth Orndorff worked in advertising and public relations before turning to fiction and playwriting. Her play Death by Darkness won the International Mystery Writers Festival in 2007 and the Southern Playwrights Competition in 2008. Her play Aidan’s Gift won the Kentucky Theatre Association’s playwriting award in 2009 and the Silverthorne Theatre new works award in 2015. In 2009 she won a Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship to live and write plays in Taos, New Mexico. She recently retired from teaching in the Voices Inside playwriting classes conducted by Pioneer Playhouse at Northpoint prison. In 2012 she participated in an Artist Exchange sponsored by the Sister Cities Commission and spent a month in Northern Ireland, teaching playwriting and acting. In 2016 she co-founded the new Scarlet Cup Theater. She lives in Danville with her husband, Robert.

May
23
Tue
SNS: Tree Hugger
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS: Tree Hugger

Starry Night Studio: Tree Hugger
Tuesday, May 23
7:00pm to 9:00pm | $28

Capture a favorite childhood memory with this lovely painting. Personalize the tree trunk with your initials! Starry Night Studio is a social painting experience. Come ready to have some fun in a laid-back, judgment-free environment. Our instructor will guide you, step-by-step, as you create your very own masterpiece.

Register here.

May
28
Sun
SNS: Blue Blooms
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SNS: Blue Blooms

Starry Night Studio: Blue Blooms
Sunday, May 28
2:00pm to 4:00pm | $28

Add a splash of color to your home with these vibrant, elegant flowers. We’ll use a 12″ square canvas for this painting. No experience? No problem! Starry Night Studio classes are perfect for artists of all abilities. A professional artist will provide step-by-step instructions!

Register here.

Jun
13
Tue
SNS: Van Gogh’s Starry Night
Jun 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
SNS: Van Gogh's Starry Night

Starry Night Studio: Van Gogh’s Starry Night
Tuesday, June 13
6:30pm to 9:30pm | $35

This is it! The iconic painting that inspired our Starry Night Studio painting workshops. This is your chance to recreate van Gogh’s masterpiece, following step-by-step instructions from a professional artist. You’ll be amazed by what you can create!

Register here.

Jun
14
Wed
Lunch with the Arts: Joni Morgan
Jun 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch with the Arts: Joni Morgan

Lunch with the Arts: Joni Morgan
Wednesday, June 21 | 12pm
$7 at the door (feel free to bring your lunch!)

Joni Morgan is a locally-beloved and nationally-respected quilter. Her quilts combine bold colors with unexpected patterns for a fresh new approach to a time-honored art form.

Jun
28
Wed
SNS: Paisley Fun
Jun 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
SNS: Paisley Fun

Starry Night Studio: Paisley Fun
Wednesday, June 28
6:30pm to 9:30pm | $35

Create a fun and funky painting that is uniquely yours. You’ll be free to experiment with colors and patterns – but don’t worry, our professional instructor will still provide step-by-step instructions! 

The Arts Center will be hosting the Governors School for the Arts in June and July, so this class will take place at an off-site location yet to be determined. We’ll be sure to update when we finalize the location!

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
$7 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 with branches in Elizabethtown and Danville. 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. The academy offers instruction year-round and includes both private lessons and group lessons for all ages, including adults. Students are grouped together based upon experience levels and abilities. Performance opportunities are made available for each member throughout the communities.