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. 

Dec
17
Sun
SNS: Christmas Eve at the Chapel
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SNS: Christmas Eve at the Chapel

Starry Night Studio: Christmas Eve at the Chapel
Sunday, December 17 
2pm to 5pm | $35 per person
Instructor: Martha Robertson

THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT!

Create a gorgeous Christmas painting during this leisurely afternoon class. We’ll provide cookies and beverages while a professional artist (and creator of this painting!) guides you, step-by-step, from blank canvas to finished masterpiece. This painting beautifully captures the reverence and serenity of Christmas Eve.

 

Dec
28
Thu
SNS: Winter’s Twilight
Dec 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS: Winter's Twilight

Starry Night Studio: Winter’s Twilight
Thursday, December 28
7pm to 9pm | $28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Recover from the busyness of the holidays with a relaxing evening of painting. We’ll create a peaceful winter scene with step-by-step instructions from a professional artist.

Register here.

Jan
9
Tue
SNS – Cheerful Snowman
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Cheerful Snowman

Starry Night Studio: Cheerful Snowman
Tuesday, January 9 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Start your New Year off with a smile as we create this charming snowman. No experience required – a professional artist will guide you step-by-step from blank canvas to finished masterpiece. 

Register here.

Jan
11
Thu
Ceramic Cat Workshop
Jan 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Ceramic Cat Workshop

Ceramic Cat Workshop
Thursdays, January 11 and 25
4:00pm to 5:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)

Shake off the winter gloom with a fun, hands-on ceramics workshop. In this two-week class we’ll be creating whimsical ceramic cat figures. You will build your cats in Week 1 and glaze them in Week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not back-to-back. These projects require drying time! Depending on the size of your cat(s) and the speed at which you work, you will create 1-3 cats.
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing. 
 
Jan
21
Sun
Photography Workshop with Kirk Schlea
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Photography Workshop with Kirk Schlea

Photography Workshop with Kirk Schlea
Sunday, January 21
2pm to 4pm | $40

Want to take your photography skills up a notch? Join award-winning photographer Kirk Schlea for an afternoon workshop. Kirk will discuss light, exposure, focus, composition and perspective, and equipment (hint: best isn’t always necessary!) and also facilitate hands-on practice time. Students must bring a digital camera or camera-equipped cell phone.

Kirk Schlea shoots advertising, editorial, and corporate work for clients such as Pepsi, Cadillac, Nike, ESPN, and AT&T. His magazine and newspaper credits include Sports Illustrates, Newsweek, TIME, and USA Today. He has photographed U.S. Presidents, CEO’s, professional athletes, major sporting events, medical operations, exotic locales, and even underwater hockey. Don’t miss out on your chance to pick up a few pointers from a master!

Register here.

Jan
22
Mon
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Mondays, January 22 to March 5
6:30pm to 8:30pm | $160
Instructor: Stacey Chinn
Teens and Adults (Ages 14+)

Get centered and try your hand at the potter’s wheel! From forming to firing to your table, this beginning wheel throwing class will teach you how to take mud from the earth and turn it into a functional, artistic ware. Get your hands dirty, clear your mind and experience the range of basic and beneficial throwing techniques this class has to offer. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.

Register here.

Jan
23
Tue
Printmaking 101
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Printmaking 101

Printmaking 101 
Tuesdays, January 23 to March 6
7:00pm to 9:00pm | $140
Instructor: Jonas Hurley
Teens and Adults (14+)

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 to pull prints on his printing press (carpooling available!).
 
Registration fee includes all materials and access to printing press. This is a seven-week class.
 
Jan
24
Wed
Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults
Jan 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults

Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults
Wednesdays, January 24 to February 28
6:30pm to 7:30pm | $80
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

This class will focus on making handmade ceramic jewelry. We’ll be using basic hand-building techniques to create unique, wearable works (necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches). We’ll also experiment with different types of clay, textures and surface designs. Who says art can’t be worn?
 
This is a six-week class. Registration Fee: $70. Materials Fee: $10.

Register here.

Jan
25
Thu
Drawing 101 for Teens and Adults
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Drawing 101 for Teens and Adults

Drawing 101
Thursdays, January 25 to February 15
6:30pm to 8:00pm | $60
Instructor: Brandon Long
Teens and Adults (ages 14+)

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.

Registration fee includes all materials.

Register here.

Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Thursdays, January 25 to March 8
7pm to 9pm | $160
Instructor: Jonas Hurley
Teens and Adults (14+)

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 a seven-week class.

Register here.

Jan
30
Tue
SNS – Cardinals and Berries
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Cardinals and Berries

Starry Night Studio: Cardinals and Berries
Tuesday, January 30 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Amanda Hendershot

This peaceful woodland scene is sure to brighten up your house this winter. This painting is done on a 12″ square canvas, making it the perfect small accent for any home. Our instructor will guide you step-by-step as you create your own original masterpiece.

Register here.

Feb
6
Tue
Nesting Mugs Workshop
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nesting Mugs Workshop

Nesting Mugs Workshop
(Paint-Your-Own Pottery)
Tuesday, February 6 | 7pm to 9pm
$35 per pair of mugs

Create the perfect gift for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day – or, better yet, come paint together!! There will be a facilitator on-hand to answer questions but this is not an instructor-led class. You are free to personalize your mugs however you like. (The pictures are just for inspiration)
 
Each registration for this “nesting mugs” class includes two ready-to-paint mugs. The cost is the same whether you have one painter or two. Just let us know how many painters to expect! Your mugs will be ready for pickup before Valentine’s Day.
 
Feb
22
Thu
Photo Editing Workshop
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Photo Editing Workshop

Photo Editing Workshop
Thursday, February 22 | 6pm to 8pm
$30 per person
Instructor: Brandon Long

Jealous of all your friends’ perfect-looking photographs on Facebook and Instagram? Brandon Long will teach you three quick and easy tricks to perk up your pics using a FREE downloadable software. Students must bring a laptop to class. Instructions will be sent prior to class to download the program onto your device. 

Register here.

Feb
24
Sat
Watercolor Workshop
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Watercolor Workshop

Watercolor Workshop
Saturday, February 24 
1pm to 4pm | $50
Instructor: Connie Tucker

Watercolor paints are a very different artistic medium than acrylic or oil paints. Join Lexington watercolor artist Connie Tucker for an afternoon workshop on the fundamentals of this exciting style. Connie will teach students how to develop a painting based on a photograph, providing detailed instructions about how she approaches the process. After more than thirty years as a public school art teacher, Connie is now a full-time artist and watercolor workshop instructor.

Register here

Materials List:

  • Photos of landscapes
  • Arches 140 lb. paper: 1 sheets cold press
  • Brushes: 1 round of each #8, #10, & #1, 1 Flat – 1 inch
  • Palette: Metal or Plastic
  • Masking Fluid
  • 2 Water Containers
  • Tube Watercolor- WINSOR & NEWTON recommended

 

Cadmium Yellow Lemon
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red Medium
Cerulean Blue
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Turquoise
Sap Green
Hooker’s Green
Burnt Sienna
Payne’s Gray
Golden Ochre
Titanium White
Ivory Black 

 

Mar
20
Tue
Painting 101 for Adults
Mar 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Painting 101 for Adults

Painting 101 for Adults
Tuesdays, March 20 to April 17
6:30pm to 8:00pm | $70
Instructor: Martha Robertson

Have you ever dreamed of learningn to paint? Are you a Starry Night Studio fan who is ready to take your skills to the next level? This is the class for you! Instructor Martha Robertson will provide an introduction to some of the key techniques of acrylic painting including brush choice, color mixing, shading, and more. 
 
This is a four-week class. Registration fee includes all materials. Please note class will not meet on 4/3.
 
Mar
21
Wed
Clay Sculpture for Adults
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Clay Sculpture for Adults

Clay Sculpture for Adults
Wednesdays, March 21 to May 9
6:30pm to 8:30pm | $160
Ages 14+ 
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

This class combines techniques, elements and principles of design in making 3-dimensional works with the use of clay. Aspiring teen through adult artists will learn to create relief and sculptures in the round. We’ll look to art history and the masters like Rodin, Degas, Giacometti and more for our inspiration as we create our own contemporary sculptural works of art. 
 
Registration fee includes all materials and firing. This is a seven-week class. Please note class will not meet on 4/5.

Register here.

Mar
26
Mon
Ceramic Fairy Houses
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Ceramic Fairy Houses

Ceramic Fairy Houses
Mondays, 4pm to 5:30pm
March 26 and April 9 | $35
Ages 7+ (Adults welcome!)

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. We will be making a fairy or toad houses using slab building sculpture techniques. The first session will focus on building the basic structure and we’ll glaze in Week 2.  Please note that the class weeks are not back-to-back. These projects require drying time!

Register here.

Apr
9
Mon
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Wednesdays, April 9 to May 21
6:30pm to 8:30pm | $160
Instructor: Stacey Chinn
Teens and Adults (Ages 14+)

Get centered and try your hand at the potter’s wheel! From forming to firing to your table, this beginning wheel throwing class will teach you how to take mud from the earth and turn it into a functional, artistic ware. Get your hands dirty, clear your mind and experience the range of basic and beneficial throwing techniques this class has to offer. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.

Register here.

Apr
12
Thu
Intermediate Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Intermediate Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Intermediate Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Thursdays, April 12 to May 24
7pm to 9pm | $160
Instructor: Jonas Hurley
Teens and Adults (14+)

If you’re already comfortable with the potter’s wheel, it’s time to take it to the next level. This class will focus on larger forms, composite shapes, and adding handles. Registration fee includes all materials and firing. This ia seven-week class.

Register here.