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. 

May
30
Wed
SNS – Balloon Race
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
SNS - Balloon Race

SNS – Balloon Race
Wednesday, May 30
6pm to 8pm | $28 per painter
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Celebrate the start of the Great American Brass Band Festival with this mixed-media canvas artwork inspired by the annual balloon race. We’ll paint the sky and trees, then create personalized balloons using foil, ribbon, lace, specialty paper and other fun supplies. Let your imagination soar and create a piece that is uniquely yours. Kids and adults are both welcome!

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Jun
6
Wed
Beaded Jewelry Workshop
Jun 6 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Beaded Jewelry Workshop

Beaded Jewelry Workshop
Wednesdays, June 6 and 13
4:3pm to 6pm | $35 per person
Ages 8+ (adults welcome!)
Instructor: Jeanette DeRousse

Create a necklace and bracelet set during this two-week workshop. All materials are provided and you’ll be able to select from a wide variety of beads when creating your jewelry! 

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Jun
7
Thu
Soap-Making Tutorial
Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Soap-Making Tutorial

Soap-Making Tutorial
Thursday, June 7 | 5pm to 6pm
$20 per person
Open to teens and adults (14+)*
Instructor: Claire Fulton

Explore the world of homemade soap in this “look and learn” workshop. Instructor Claire Fulton will explain and demonstrate the processes of soap-making and share tips and recipes. Participants will leave with 7 recipes and 3 large bars of soap. This is a demonstration/conversation class. Participants will not create their own soap but will learn the steps to do so at home!

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* Children ages 10+ may attend with an adult

Jun
11
Mon
Ceramic Turtle Workshop
Jun 11 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Ceramic Turtle Workshop

Ceramic Turtle Workshop
Mondays, June 11 and 25
4:30pm to 6pm | $35 per person
Ages 7+ (adults welcome)
Instructor: Dionna Baker

Create your own vibrant ceramic turtle for your garden or living room. This two-week workshop will introduce the basic techniques of hand-building with clay as students create an individualized turtle sculpture (or two, depending on size and the speed with which you work!). In week two, you will glaze your creation. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time!

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Jun
12
Tue
SNS – Dapper Giraffe
Jun 12 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - Dapper Giraffe

Starry Night Studio: Dapper Giraffe
Tuesday, June 12 | 6:30pm to 9pm
$30 per person
Instructor: Amanda Hendershot

There’s just something about the bow-tie that makes this handsome fellow irresistible. Join us for a special “local masterpieces” edition of Starry Night Studio. Instructor Amanda Hendershot has created a simplifed version of a beloved original painting by Danville artist (and CAC artist-in-residence!) Mark Wilhelm. Amanda will guide you, step-by-step, as you create your own whimsical work of art. 

Register here.

Jun
14
Thu
Essential Oils 101
Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Essential Oils 101

Essential Oils 101
Thursday, June 14 | 5pm to 6pm
$20 per person
Ages 14+ (kids 10+ may attend with an adult)
Instructor: Claire Fulton

What’s the deal with essential oils? Find out in this introductory workshop! Participants will create two essential oil roll-ons and a bottle of essential oil home cleaner. Registration fee includes all materials.

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Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Thursdays, June 14 to July 26
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 a seven-week class. Please note class will meet on Tuesday, July 3rd instead of Thursday, July 5th.

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Jun
21
Thu
DIY Lip Balm, Lotion and Room Spray
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
DIY Lip Balm, Lotion and Room Spray

DIY Lip Balm, Lotion, and Room Spray
Thursday, June 21 | 5pm to 6pm
$20 per person
Ages 14+ (kids 10+ may attend with a parent)
Instructor: Claire Fulton

Create your own chemical-free personal care products! Participants will leave the workshop with three great items – plus lots of new knowledge. Registration fee includes all materials.

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Jun
28
Thu
Soulshine Painting – Feathers
Jun 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Soulshine Painting - Feathers

Soulshine Painting – Feathers
Thursday, June 28 | 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$30 per person | Teens and Adults
Instructor: Scarlet Smothers

Treat yourself to an evening of our creative expression with guidance from Scarlet Smothers of Soulshine Studio. For this class, we’ll use a limited color palette and multiple paint application techniques (brushes, palette knives, even your fingers!) to create layered textures. Then we’ll add feather shapes and white accents for a beautiful, personalized wall accent. We will be working on 12″ x 24″ canvas board – tall and skinny! Registration fee includes all materials.

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Jul
10
Tue
Ceramic Cat Sculptures
Jul 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Cat Sculptures

Ceramic Cat Sculptures
Tuesdays, July 10 and 24
5pm to 6:30pm | $35 per person
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)
Instructor: Dionna Baker

Back by popular demand! 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 sequential – these projects require drying time! Depending on the size of your cat and the speed at which you work, you will create 1-3 cats.

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Jul
11
Wed
SNS – European Window
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SNS - European Window

Starry Night Studio: European Window
Wednesday, July 11 | 6pm to 9pm
$35 per person
Instructor: Amanda Hendershot

Painting this beautiful scene will have you daydreaming about a peaceful afternoon spent gazing out the window. No experience is necessary – a professional instructor will guide you, step-by-step, as you create your own artwork! We will be painting on a 16″ x 20″ canvas.

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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!
 

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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!

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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. 

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Aug
21
Tue
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!

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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.

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