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. 

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: Lela Germann

This class is sold out. To put your name on the waiting list, please contact Kate (kate@communityartscenter.net). There is also a second section on December 16th!

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

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

This class is sold out! To add your name to the waiting list, please contact Kate (kate@communityartscenter.net).

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

SNS – Starry Snowman
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Starry Snowman

Starry Night Studio – Starry Snowman
Wednesday, November 28 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Jennifer Ahnquist

With its van Gogh-inspired background, this may be the most artistic snowman you’ll ever create! But don’t be intimidated – no previous painting experience is required for this fun, laid-back class. A professional artist will guide you, step-by-step, from blank canvas to finished masterpiece. 

Register here

Nov
29
Thu
Beaded Jewelry Workshop
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Beaded Jewelry Workshop

Beaded Jewelry Workshop
Thursday, November 29
6pm to 8pm | $25
Ages 8+ (adults welcome!)

Learn the basics of beading and explore our HUGE bead stash in this hands-on workshop. Create a special piece of jewelry to keep or to share – just in time for the holidays! Registration fee includes all materials.
 
Dec
3
Mon
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family 3)
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family 3)

Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family)
Mondays, December 3 & 17
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

This class is sold out. To put your name on the waiting list, please contact Kate Snyder (kate@communityartscenter.net)

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

Dec
4
Tue
SNS – Christmas Candles
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Christmas Candles

Starry Night Studio: Christmas Candles
Tuesday, December 4 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Martha Robertson

Created by Danville artist Martha Robertson, this painting captures the mesmerizing beauty of a flickering Christmas candle. We’ll be working on a 12″ square canvas, making this the perfect small accent for your holiday home decor. 

Register here

Dec
9
Sun
SNS – Stockings by the Fireplace
Dec 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SNS - Stockings by the Fireplace

Starry Night Studio – Stockings by the Fireplace
Sunday, December 9 | 2pm to 5pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Lela Germann

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…
 
This is a fun and flexible painting. You can easily personalize this painting with your family’s names and change the patterns to suit your preferences.

Register here

Dec
16
Sun
SNS – Reindeer Lights
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SNS - Reindeer Lights

Starry Night Studio: Reindeer Lights
Sunday, December 16 | 2pm to 4pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

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

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

Dec
19
Wed
SNS – Mixed Media Christmas Tree
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Mixed Media Christmas Tree

Starry Night Studio: Mixed-Media Christmas Tree
Wednesday, December 19 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Inspired by the popularity of last year’s mixed-media nativity, this year we’re excited to offer a mixed-media Christmas tree class! We’ll up-cycle pages from old books into a three-dimensional work of art, building off of a 16″ x 20″ canvas.  Use our beads to create unique ornaments – or bring in discarded costume jewelry of your own!

Register here

Jan
10
Thu
Hand-Lettering Workshop
Jan 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hand-Lettering Workshop

Hand-Lettering Workshop
Thursday, January 10
6pm to 8pm | $20
Instructor: Ashley Feather

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. 

Register here

Jan
14
Mon
Drawing 102
Jan 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Drawing 102

Drawing 102
Mondays, January 14 to February 4
6:30pm to 8:00pm | $60
Ages 14+

Ready to take your drawing skills to the next level? Join Creative Director Brandon Long for this four-week skill-building class. This class builds on the topics of Drawing 101, but the previous course is not a prerequisite for enrollment.
 
Registration fee includes all materials. 

Register here

Jan
15
Tue
Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Tuesdays, January 15 to February 26
7pm to 9pm | $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

Jan
22
Tue
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

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. 

Register here

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

Intro to Printmaking
Thursdays, January 24 to February 28
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!

Register here

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.

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