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. 

Oct
22
Sun
Adult Clay Workshop: Brain Bowls
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Adult Clay Workshop: Brain Bowls

Adult Clay Workshop: Brain Bowls
Sunday, October 22nd | 4pm to 6pm
$30 per person

Just in time for Halloween! Embrace the macabre – or get in touch with your inner neuroscientist. Either way, these ceramic brain bowls are fun AND functional. Students will use coiling techniques to create unique bowls, then return to the Arts Center to glaze them after they dry. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.

Register here.

Oct
24
Tue
SNS: Halloween Hill
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS: Halloween Hill

Starry Night Studio: Halloween Hill
Tuesday, October 24 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Dress your walls up this Halloween with a spooktacular painting of your own creation! A professional artist will guide you, step by step, from blank canvas to finished masterpiece.
 
Oct
25
Wed
Introduction to Printmaking
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Introduction to Printmaking @ Community Arts Center

Introduction to Printmaking
Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm
October 25 to December 13 | $140
Teens and Adults (Ages 14+)
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 a day at instructor Jonas Hurley’s farm to pull prints on his printing press.
 
Registration fee includes all materials and access to printing press. Please note that class will not meet on 11/22.
 
Oct
28
Sat
Clay Jewelry
Oct 28 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Clay Jewelry @ Community Arts Center

Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults
Saturdays, 11:30am to 12:30pm
October 28 to December 9 | $100
Ages 14+

Just in time for the holidays! This six-week 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?
 
Registration Fee: $75. Materials Fee: $25. Please note that class will not meet on November 25.
 
Nov
7
Tue
SNS: Over the Rhone
Nov 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS: Over the Rhone

Starry Night Studio: Over the Rhone
Tuesday, November 7 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Amanda Hendershot

Learn to paint like the masters! We’ll be studying and recreating Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night Over the Rhone,” orginally painted in 1888. The challenge of painting at night intrigued van Gogh. The vantage point he chose for Starry Night Over the Rhône allowed him to capture the reflections of the gas lighting in Arles (France) across the glimmering blue water of the Rhone. In the foreground, two lovers stroll by the banks of the river.

Register here.

Adult Clay Workshop: Clay Angels
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Adult Clay Workshop: Clay Angels

Adult Clay Workshop: Clay Angels
Tuesdays November 7 & 14 | 7pm to 9pm
$50 | Teens and Adult (Ages 14+)
Instructor: Dionna Baker

In this two-day workshop, students will use hand building sculpture techniques to create a pair of clay angels just in time for Christmas. Students will form their pieces in the first week and glaze them in the second session. 

Register here.

Nov
11
Sat
Holiday Card Printmaking Workshop
Nov 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Holiday Card Printmaking Workshop

Holiday Card Printmaking Workshop
Saturday, November 11
9am to 2pm | $40
Instructor: Jonas Hurley

Take your holiday card-sending up a notch by creating beautiful handmade greeting cards. In this one-day workshop, students will learn the basics of linoleum block carving and use those skills to create 4″ x 6″ holiday cards. Go from great idea to finished product in a single day! This will be a four-hour workshop, with an hour break for lunch. Registration fee includes all materials. 

Register here.

Nov
18
Sat
SNS: Christmas Elf
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
SNS: Christmas Elf

Starry Night Studio: Christmas Elf
Saturday, November 18
1pm to 3pm | $28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Create a whimsical holiday painting of a cheerful elf in this two-hour painting workshop. It’s a must-have piece for any family that enjoys the fun of Elf on the Shelf. Registration fee is per painter. This is a great painting for artists of any age. Kids 7 and up may attend without a parent!

Register here.

Nov
25
Sat
SNS: Snowman
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
SNS: Snowman

Starry Night Studio: Snowman
Saturday, November 25
1pm to 3pm | $28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Get into the holiday spirit with this fun and friendly snowman. This class is scheduled to coincide with the Heart of Danville’s Christmas festivities. Paint you snowman, check out the ice rink at Weisiger Plaza, then enjoy the downtown tree-lighting and Christmas parade! This is also a great activity if you’ve got friends and family in town for Thanksgiving. Create some new holiday memories together.

Register here.

Nov
28
Tue
SNS: Rustic Christmas Trees
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS: Rustic Christmas Trees

Starry Night Studio: Rustic Christmas Trees
Tuesday, November 28 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Jennifer Ahnquist

Deep in the forest, a Christmas surprise awaits. You can create this snowy woodland scene, created exclusively for the Community Arts Center. A professional artist will guide you, step by step, from blank canvas to finished masterpiece.

Register here.

Dec
5
Tue
SNS: Silent Night
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS: Silent Night

Starry  Night Studio: Silent Night
Tuesday, December 5 | 7pm to 9pm
$28 per person
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Try something a little different in this mixed-media workshop. We’ll combine painting and collage (using pages from a re-purposed hymnal) to create a beautiful nativity scene. 

Register here.

Dec
6
Wed
Kentucky Ornament Workshop
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Kentucky Ornament Workshop

Kentucky Ornament Workshop
Wednesday, December 6
7:00pm to 8:30pm | $25 per person
Ages 14+

**Please note that the picture is just a place-holder we borrowed until our prototypes are done. They’re going to be so cool!!**

Show your Kentucky Pride this holiday season! Your registration fee includes four ceramic Kentucky state ornaments (designed and produced exclusively for the Arts Center) and all the materials needed for you to personalize your ornaments. An Arts Center instructor will be on hand to provide tips and hints, but will not provide step-by-step instructions. Let your imagination guide you!

Register here

Dec
12
Tue
SNS: Little Town of Bethlehem
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS: Little Town of Bethlehem

Starry Night Studio: Little Town of Bethlehem
Tuesday, December 12
7pm to 9pm | $28 per person
Instructor: Amanda Hendershot

Bring a beloved Christmas carol to life with this beautiful painting. A professional artist will guide you, step-by-step, from blank canvas to finished masterpiece. This is our most popular holiday painting of all time!

Register here.

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

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.

Register here.

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.