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Wheel Throwing

Build on your basic knowledge of throwing and further your technical understanding of clay. More complex functional forms, refinement of throwing skills, advanced decorative and glazing will be demonstrated. This class will review and critique fired results to foster the development of personal style. Ages 16-Adult

Cardboard Picasso

More than just a painter, Pablo Picasso created dimensional art from paper, a variety of cardboard, paints, and thin metals. Join us as we look at his work and create our own mask creations, distorted portrait collages, and constructions from paints, pastels, paper, and unlikely materials. We will be doing simple printmaking on various papers with Picasso-like imagery. Ages 6-9

The Secret Garden

Inspired by the classic book, “The Secret Garden” by Frances Burnett, learn to draw the main character Mary Lennox, build the graffiti garden with collage and paint, blend colorful art tissue with acrylic paint to make the blossoming garden, and design a keyhole peeking into the garden. Create a floral headpiece with dangling ribbons for a tea party hosted by the instructor on the grounds of the Fine Arts Center. Ages 7-11

Tell Your Story With Graphic Novels

Learn to write and draw your own graphic novel! Students will format a story complete with setting, plot and characters and learn how to illustrate the narrative with their own drawings. Students will learn how to draw from a bird’s eye view, worm's eye view, and will learn basic design elements to add excitement or drama to their story. Students should come ready with an idea of their characters and a conflict that will help drive the story. Ages 12-16

Building Bowls, Cups, and Mugs!

Using templates, a slab roller, and extruded clay slabs, learn different hand-building practices to make drinking and serving vessels. Once built, we will explore different techniques for texture, then staining and glazing to finish your work. Serve, drink up, and enjoy! Adults

Introduction To Acrylic Painting

This is a fun introduction to acrylic painting! Learn traditional painting techniques, fundamental techniques of drawing, and a bit of color theory. Explore paintbrush techniques like blending, dry brush, layering, and so much more. Give your paintings a breath of life! Ages 6-9

In-Person: Military Artistic Healing

Discover the techniques to inspire creative skills and gain greater self-awareness. Explore possibilities, develop your creativity, and gain personal insight through working with a variety of controllable mediums. Visits to the Fine Arts Center’s museum galleries using visual thinking strategies will increase group cohesion. There are many benefits to using art to express emotions — art can furnish a healthy outlet and an alternate way to communicate something that one cannot always put into words, provide safe containment for emotions that are expressed, and reflecting on art can give new understanding and insight about feelings. Adults

Introduction To Acrylic Painting

This is a fun introduction to acrylic painting! Learn traditional painting techniques, fundamental techniques of drawing, introduction to color theory, as well as paintbrush techniques like blending, dry brush, layering, and so much more. Give your paintings a breath of life! Ages 9-12

Teen Wheel Throwing

Explore a variety of ceramic forms made on the wheel with your peers. A great opportunity for students without enough time in their schedule to take a summer art class or for those who wish to expand their arts experience. Delve into ceramics in a low-pressure and supportive environment: no grades, no stress! Instruction is at beginner level, projects and demonstrations can be tailored to a variety of interests and abilities. Ages 12-16

Introduction To Drawing

In this fun introduction to drawing course, you will be guided in a new way of looking at how you draw. We will explore how to bring a source of light into your drawings, create a sense of depth, composition, introduce color theory, perspective, and so much more. Create a masterpiece you will be proud of! Ages 6-9

Introduction To Drawing

In this fun introduction to drawing, you will be guided in a new way of looking at how you draw. We will explore how to bring a source of light into your drawings, sense of depth, composition, introduction to Color Theory, 1- and 2-point perspective, and so much more. Create a masterpiece to be proud of! Ages 9-12

Papier Mache Mask Making

Familiarize yourself with traditional masks from different regions of the world and build your own decorative mask. Using a mold and papier mache, we'll construct the mask on day one, paint on day two and add embellishments on day three. Ages 12-16

Virtual: Military Artistic Healing

Discover the techniques to inspire creative skills and gain greater self-awareness. Learn to utilize artistic and creative exercise, through therapeutic processes, to develop self-expression and healing. Explore possibilities, develop your creativity, and gain personal insight through working with a variety of controllable mediums. Increase personal management of life stressors by utilizing artistic exercises outside of class to help with trauma. There are many benefits to using art to express emotions — art can furnish a healthy outlet and an alternate way to communicate something that one cannot always put into words, provide safe containment for emotions that are expressed, and reflecting on art can give new understanding and insight about feelings. Visual thinking strategies will be used to increase group cohesion. This course includes live Zoom class sessions. Adults