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FREE Art Car Events

Have you ever seen an art covered car driving around town and wished you could create mobile art? Well now’s your chance to learn the steps to creating art on wheels with Cheyenne Teague. Come paint a car with us - all supplies provided! The first morning session will help prep the car for spray painting, and the following morning session and both afternoon sessions will be focused on painting the car. Join us for one session or all of them! This event is free, but registration is required because there is limited space available.

Mindful Music: The Virtual Series with Molly Lord

A wildly inspiring online fun dive into what really happens when music crawls inside your mind. The first of this pre-recorded series provides you with four hours of intriguing “music and mind” education, insights, and music. Discover three secrets you never knew about the music you love and three intriguing interviews with national music artists exploring their insights into those secrets and weaving their personal music into the dialogue. You’ll never listen to music the same again. Your job is to relax, push play, and listen. 16-Adult

Recon Watchmen Raku Press Mold Masks with Visiting Artist, Virgil Ortiz

Using visual storytelling and sculpture, you’ll learn about the central cast of characters from Virgil Ortiz’s screenplay Revolt 1680/2180 and how they shape the fantastical world he’s creating through clay and multimedia art. Ortiz takes the participants of this workshop on a journey through the processes he used to create his latest characters—the Recon Watchmen. Using a raku clay body, press molds, and as many hand-carved details and embellishments as wanted, you will create your own version. 16-Adult

Beginner Gold Leafing

Have you ever finished a piece and felt like something was missing? Maybe it needs a little razzle dazzle! You will learn about the history of gold leafing, how to prepare surfaces and pieces for gold, and then the actual process of leafing. You will learn how to use sizing adhesive, apply leaf, burnish, and seal it all. You will leave with extra materials, a "final project," and enough experience to experiment on your own! 16-Adult

Seeing Correctly = Great Drawings

Gain the confidence of knowing YOU can render images accurately and with dramatic realism. For many, the main obstacle to overcome in drawing accurately is seeing correctly instead of generalizing. Break the habit of looking only once. Begin to see things as shapes of dark and light, and the result becomes beautiful artwork. Adults

Semi-Private Time to Finish

Gather up your unfinished paintings–whether oil, acrylic, art journal, or mixed media–and focus on completion. The instructor will be available for individual attention and guidance on next steps and how to finish your work. It will be a small group of artists enjoying community and sharing the rewarding process of finishing our pieces together. Adults

Unique Platters and Pitchers

Wow your friends with your own platter and pitcher set that expresses your personal uniqueness! Start with a platter to learn basic soft slab handbuilding using texturing tools and pre-made patterns or create your own pattern. Then build a pitcher using textured slabs with flat pattern templates. Glazing for textured surfaces will be taught. 16-Adult

City Lines in Watercolor

Come along for a guided, plein air class focusing on city lines in watercolor. Through demonstration and various assignments, you will learn techniques for painting architecture quickly and beautifully! This relaxing class is a great way to unwind or hone your existing skills. 16-Adult

Sugar Skull Making & Decorating

Learn about the history and meaning behind the popular holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead which originated in Mexico. Participants in this class will help prepare their own sugar skulls and icing for decorating a unique piece to take home. Get creative and expand your understanding of a rich piece of Latin culture. Ages 12-16

Basics of Oil: Still Lifes

Whether you’re just getting started or have never oil painted before, you will see notable improvement throughout this six-week intensive course focusing on still life! Painting the same thing repeatedly is the fastest way to build skills and confidence. Still life is a classic beginner's tool for this. Through demos, light homework, exercises, and final projects, your progress will be astounding! 16-Adult

Sugar Skull Making & Decorating

Learn about the history and meaning behind the popular Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Participants in this class will help prepare their own sugar skulls and icing for decorating a unique piece to take home. Get creative and expand your understanding of a rich piece of Latin culture! 16-Adult

Teen Wheel Throwing

Explore a variety of ceramic forms that can be made on the wheel. This class is a terrific opportunity for students with limited time in their schedule to take an art class or for those who wish to expand their art experience. Delve into ceramics in a low-pressure and supportive environment with your peers: no grades, no stress! Instruction is at a beginner level; demonstrations can be tailored to a variety of interests and abilities. Ages 12-17

Let the Clay Speak

Do you want to learn how to work better with clay and develop more advanced techniques? Then this wheel throwing class is for you! This course is open to intermediate and advanced level students. You will learn new techniques to build more advanced forms with the opportunity to pursue handbuilding, sculptural work, and/or a combination of any of these methods. 16-Adult