Adult Classes

Adult classes at The Art Center are updated throughout the year. Classes change in media and instruction, so check back often. For any programming questions please call 243-7337 x 2 or email info@gjartcenter.org.

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Adventures in Mixed Media | Monday

Gayle Gerson
19S-2D-0013
Mar 18, 2019 - May 6, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Member $ 127.00 | Non-Member $ 163.00
This course will explore experimental techniques with the use of mixed media and covers processes including collage, painting, and transfer. Students of all skill levels will create 4 or 5 projects that will release the sparkle of the artist’s personality. Mini-workshops, art journaling, and drawing sessions will also be part of this dynamic course.

Fundamentals in Clay - Breaux - Evening | Monday
Full, Waitlist Available
Robbie Breaux
19S-CER-0016
Mar 18, 2019 - May 20, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Member $ 223.00 | Non-Member $ 263.00
This course is for both beginner and intermediate students. Beginners focus on simple forms (bowls and mugs with handles), glazes, and glazing techniques. Intermediate students receive instruction on techniques they want to hone, such as lidded vessels, plates, or stacked forms. Throughout the session, students are introduced to different surface designs to enhance one’s work. Instruction will be tailored towards the students' interests! 
Instructor email: chuckrobbiebreaux@gmail.com

Full, Waitlist Available


Combined Sculpture and Hand-building | Monday

Ron Cloyd
19S-CER-0071
Mar 18, 2019 - May 20, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Member $ 223.00 | Non-Member $ 263.00
In this course students will mix it up by combining sculpture and hand-building techniques to their clay creations. Ron Cloyd is a well known as a ceramic artist whose work is both sophisticated and whimsical. His positive energy and engaging personality makes for a pleasant learning environment where students can feel comfortable taking risks and exploring new territory.




Fundamentals in Clay - Breaux - Afternoon | Tuesday
Full, Waitlist Available
Robbie Breaux
19S-2D-0022
Mar 19, 2019 - May 21, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Member $ 223.00 | Non-Member $ 263.00
This course is for both beginner and intermediate students. Beginners focus on simple forms (bowls and mugs with handles), glazes, and glazing techniques. Intermediate students receive instruction on techniques they want to hone, such as lidded vessels, plates, or stacked forms. Throughout the session, students are introduced to different surface designs to enhance one’s work. Instruction will be tailored towards the students' interests! Instructor email: chuckrobbiebreaux@gmail.com

Full, Waitlist Available


Fundamentals in Clay - Andrews | Tuesday
Full, Waitlist Available
Gary Andrews
19S-CER-0029
Mar 19, 2019 - May 21, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Member $ 223.00 | Non-Member $ 263.00
Escape into the world of clay. Students learn the basics of hand-building, then dive into the skills needed to throw fundamental forms which have been used through the ages. At times Gary will provide pre-thrown pots for students to practice glazing. Come relax and tap into your right brain.

Full, Waitlist Available


Drawing 1 | Wednesday
Full, Waitlist Available
Rebecca Woods
19S-2D-0004
Mar 20, 2019 - May 8, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Member $ 110.00 | Non-Member $ 130.00
Develop your observational drawing skills through individual instruction and hands-on exercises in drawing still life, interiors, and urban landscapes. This class explores basic one-, two-, and three-point perspective used in drawing, as well as using sighting and a "basic unit" for proportions. This class is for artists wishing to improve their observation skills through proportion and perspective. This is not a drafting class, but rather a way for artists to develop problem-solving strategies for when they encounter these common problems in their work.

Full, Waitlist Available
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Open Studio for Mixed Media | Wednesday

Gayle Gerson
19S-2D-0086
Mar 20, 2019 - May 8, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Member $ 143.00 | Non-Member $ 183.00
Join Gayle Gerson in the Red Door Studio for three hours of moodling and puttering in mixed media projects. This class is designed for the experienced student and artist who would like to spend some time in an environment of camaraderie and inspiration. Please bring your own projects and supplies for mixed media and collage. Ideas and creativity will be shared with generosity and abandon by all. Gayle will provide coaching, some demos, and lively conversation on the latest trends in the world of mixed media art. Participants should be prepared to work, laugh, and provide feedback to their fellow artists.




Intermediate Ceramics | Wednesday

Terry Shepherd
19S-CER-0050
Mar 20, 2019 - May 22, 2019
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Member $ 223.00 | Non-Member $ 263.00
Take this course if you are confident when it comes to wedging and centering, can throw a 6-8" cylinder using 2-3lbs of clay, and have experience with basic hand tools and slab rollers. Techniques like altered throwing are introduced. Come with an open mind, ready to engage in constructive critique and explore and develop a more in-depth approach to ceramics. Instructor email: tshepherd@gjartcenter.org




Advanced Ceramics | Wednesday

Terry Shepherd
19S-CER-0057
Mar 20, 2019 - May 22, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Member $ 223.00 | Non-Member $ 263.00
Take this course if you meet the requirements for intermediate ceramics, have confidence when it comes to throwing a 10-14" cylinder using 5-10lbs of clay, and have a desire and willingness to acquire a deeper understanding of the material properties of different clays (such as cone 10 stoneware and porcelain) and glazes, and alternative firing processes. Students engage in constructive critique and challenge themselves in order to improve their skill level. Instructor email: tshepherd@gjartcenter.org




Painting 1 | Thursday
Full, Waitlist Available
Lily Cain
19S-2D-0001
Mar 21, 2019 - May 9, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Member $ 110.00 | Non-Member $ 130.00
This class is an introduction to the dynamics of painting and color theory through gouache. Do you find watercolors intimidating because of their delicacy? Do you love acrylics but they dry too fast? Meet gouache, your new best friend. Gouache is water-based and, like watercolor, uses water to become translucent but can be opaque like acrylic, and is very forgiving. Each week we will build a still life with different textures and colors that challenge our sense of depth and dimension. All levels welcome.

Full, Waitlist Available
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Fundamentals in Clay - Jappe | Thursday

Bob Jappe
19S-CER-0036
Mar 21, 2019 - May 23, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Member $ 223.00 | Non-Member $ 263.00
Dive into the wonderful world of clay. This wheel throwing class is guided by former educator Bob Jappe. Jappe has a 27-year history working with The Art Center and was a former high school art teacher. His knowledge and passion for the medium creates an ideal environment for you to learn the fundamentals that surround the creative and tactile process.




Fundamentals in Clay - Shepherd | Thursday
Full, Waitlist Available
Terry Shepherd
19S-CER-0043
Mar 21, 2019 - May 23, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Member $ 223.00 | Non-Member $ 263.00
This course is for entry level beginners and intermediate students with some previous experience in throwing and hand-building. Students will focus on the fundamentals of technique in throwing forms and explore hand-building skills and surface design including decorative slip techniques and a wide variety of surface design approaches. Instruction in glaze application and material properties of glaze elements and firing process will be studied. Basic vessel forms for mugs, bowls, pitchers, oil bottles, and other forms will be studied in detail. Instruction is tuned to the individual to help students develop confidence in exploring the boundless and curious potential of clay and ceramic process in their pursuit of creative expression! Students will make work for a Raku firing scheduled for the 8th week of class and will engage in constructive critique to challenge themselves to improve their skill level. Notebook and basic pottery tool kit are required.

Full, Waitlist Available


Sculpting in Clay | Friday

Ron Cloyd
19S-CER-0064
Mar 22, 2019 - May 24, 2019
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Member $ 223.00 | Non-Member $ 263.00
Whether you are a novice or seasoned clay artist, this course is one that will help you transform your visions into finished fired forms. With a focus toward whimsy and humor, Ron’s sculpture class will consist of demos and discussions about project inspiration (“where did you come up with that idea?”), use of tools, clay manipulation, firing, and finishing. You will be able to work through instructor-guided projects, or immediately begin sculpting from your own ideas. Some tools are available, but students are encouraged to bring their own as well. Instructor email: roncloyd@gmail.com




Mobiles

Julia Crocetto
19S-2DWKS-0078
Apr 27, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Member $ 145.00 | Non-Member $ 185.00
Mobiles capture the imagination, activate space, and can add color and light to drab spaces. In this 2-day workshop, participants will be introduced to a variety of artists who create kinetic sculpture. On the first day, participants will create components with transparent media to catch the light. The second day, we’ll assemble the components to take advantage of space and air currents. Most materials will be provided. Instructor Julia Crocetto teaches 3-Dimensional Design at Colorado Mesa University and is a 2019 Artist-in-Residence at 970West Studio.




MY WORK IS ABOUT. . . Writing The Artist Statement

Lily Cain
19S-2DWKS-0085
Jun 1, 2019 - Jun 2, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Member $ 123.00 | Non-Member $ 148.00
The Artist Statement is the bridge to the content of your practice. Learn how to write and talk freely and confidently about your work in this 2-day workshop. We will be going over how to write an Artist Bio, refine a competitive Artist Statement, and open your practice up to more confidence. Artist Statements can feel intimidating, but you should not be intimidated! No one knows your work better than yourself. Having an amazing Artist Statement sets you apart in an overcrowded competitive market. This is a step to becoming more successful as a Professional Artist and Maker.