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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Mixed Media Art Journaling: A Personal Artistic Journey
Full, Waitlist Available
Gayle Gerson
20W-2D-0004
Jan 20, 27
Feb 3, 10, 24
Mar 2, 9
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 143.00 | Non-Member $ 183.00
Join us in the Red Door Studio as we spend time creating several mixed media journals based on the artist’s experiences, travels, family, writings, thoughts, and flights of fancy. Each class will begin with a new mixed media technique. Experiment with a journal just for techniques or apply the technique to your ongoing works of art within the pages of a book. We will explore themes that resonate and might be applied to future bodies of work.  
Art beginners and seasoned professionals are welcome to participate in this introspective form of art-making.

Full, Waitlist Available
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Open Studio Figure Drawing

Bev Lee
20W-2D-0048
Jan 20, 27
Feb 3, 10, 24
Mar 2, 9
9:00 AM-12:00 PM


Member $ 145.00 | Non-Member $ 168.00
Do you want to explore figure drawing without the confines of the traditional classroom? Are you interested in refining your skills or exploring gestural figurative works but can’t make it to a night class? Then this course is for you. Join us for this nine-week open studio format figure drawing class, facilitated by nationally acclaimed artist Bev Lee. Every week of the course, drawing a new model will give your work variety in line, shape, and form. The instructor will be available for one-on-one instruction for students searching to develop their skills.




Fundamentals in Wheelthrowing - Breaux - Evening
Full, Waitlist Available
Robbie Breaux
20W-CER-0059
Jan 20, 27
Feb 3, 10, 24
Mar 2, 9
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


All Levels Hand-building
Full, Waitlist Available
Nina Williams
20W-CER-0192
Jan 20, 27
Feb 3, 10, 24
Mar 2, 9
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 223.00 | Non-Member $ 263.00
Not all beautiful ceramic work is thrown on a wheel! Students will join together slabs of clay, forming exquisite pieces using a variety of techniques and surface patterns. This course will focus primarily on decorative and ornamental work. In addition to slab-building, there will also be coiling and extrusion projects throughout the class.

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All Levels Pastel
Full, Waitlist Available
Bev Lee
20W-2D-0014
Jan 27 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Jan 21
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
Mar 3
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 123.00 | Non-Member $ 148.00
Students will have fun while learning the versatility of the pastel medium. Basics of value, color, composition, and design common to all mediums will be explored. Bev will present demos as well as give individual instruction. Artists will gain more confidence in their work as they build new skills. Work will be from life as well as photos. Concepts learned in this class can be used to paint any subject.

Please note: class on Tuesday, January 28 is cancelled, but we will meet Monday, January 27 from 9am to 12pm for that week.

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Fundamentals in Wheelthrowing - Breaux - Afternoon
Full, Waitlist Available
Robbie Breaux
20W-CER-0072
Jan 21, 28
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
Mar 3
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

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Fundamentals in Clay - Andrews
Full, Waitlist Available
Gary Andrews
20W-CER-0086
Jan 21, 28
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
Mar 3
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


Painting 1

Lily Cain
20W-2D-0029
Jan 22, 29
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar 4
6:00 PM-8:00 PM


Member $ 123.00 | Non-Member $ 148.00
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.

Painting 2

Lily Cain
20W-2D-0038
Jan 22, 29
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar 4
1:00 PM-3:00 PM


Member $ 123.00 | Non-Member $ 148.00
Painting 2 is an introduction to materials, techniques, and color theory through Watercolor. Watercolor is a beautiful medium with a lot of room to play! This class centers around nature and organic objects. We will be going into the elements and principles of art while examining natural objects (botanicals) and learning to build strong compositions of shape and color. Any prior 2D art class at The Art Center is a requirement. All levels welcome.

Intermediate Ceramics
Full, Waitlist Available
Terry Shepherd
20W-CER-0134
Jan 22, 29
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar 4
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

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Advanced Ceramics
Full, Waitlist Available
Terry Shepherd
20W-CER-0152
Jan 22, 29
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar 4
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, as well as alternative firing processes. Students engage in constructive critique and challenge themselves in order to improve their skill level. 

Full, Waitlist Available


Open Studio for Mixed Media

Gayle Gerson
20W-2D-0008
Jan 23, 30
Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
Mar 5
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.




Fundamentals in Clay - Jappe
Full, Waitlist Available
Bob Jappe
20W-CER-0101
Jan 23, 30
Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
Mar 5
6:30 PM-9:30 PM


Member $ 223.00 | Non-Member $ 263.00
Give your wheel-throwing skills another perspective. This course offers students of varying abilities the opportunity to explore and improve their command of the clay medium. The class will focus largely on specific vessels students would like to create during the session with instruction designed to broaden their range of clay techniques, problem-solving, and best practices. Sharing of design ideas, texture enhancement, and glazing techniques will be robust throughout the session. Command the fundamentals, learn new techniques, and begin to develop your individual style as a potter.

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Fundamentals in Clay - Shepherd

Terry Shepherd
20W-CER-0117
Jan 23, 30
Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
Mar 5
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. Students will engage in constructive critique and challenge themselves in order to improve their skill level. Notebook and basic pottery tool kit are required. Instructor email: tshepherd@gjartcenter.org




Color Theory

Lily Cain
20W-2D-0021
Jan 24, 31
Feb 7, 14, 21, 28
Mar 6
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 123.00 | Non-Member $ 148.00
Using color is challenging; even the most professional and learned artist can find color mixing difficult at times. This class prepares any artist at any level with an introduction to color theory. Each week we will take a color scheme (skin tones, neutrals, tints and shades, etc.) and analyze / recreate their color content with different techniques. Discussions will include color relativity, color philosophy, color psychology, Josef Albers, Albert Munsell, color field painting, and more. All levels welcome.

Sculpting in Clay
Full, Waitlist Available
Ron Cloyd
20W-CER-0171
Jan 24, 31
Feb 7, 14, 21, 28
Mar 6
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.

Full, Waitlist Available


Instant Gratification Printmaking: Polyester Lithography

Rebecca Woods
20W-2DWKS-0215
Feb 1 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Member $ 125.00 | Non-Member $ 150.00
This workshop is an introduction to one of the most satisfying and fast methods of taking a print directly from the drawing stage to the printing stage. Learn to create printing plates directly through drawing or through a laser printer or copier and print them right away. Affordable, approachable, and possible without expensive tools or toxic chemicals or acids, this method of printmaking does not require a press and can be done at home. It’s instant gratification in a method of art-making notorious for long processes! Participants will leave with a print or handmade card of their own.

Paper Theater: Tunnel Books and Shadowboxes

Rebecca Woods
20W-2DWKS-0238
Mar 14, 15
9:00 AM-4:00 PM


Member $ 225.00 | Non-Member $ 250.00
Books are magical, but a book that seems to open into another world is even more magical. Learn how to create tunnel books and shadow boxes with layers of scenery that come to life when opened and lit. Collage, draw, paint, cut, or print–all of these are welcome. We will be covering how to create depth and space in a work, how to build a shadow box and a tunnel book, and how to bind and finish the work.

Vases for Spring Flowers

Robbie Breaux
20W-3DWKS-0261
Mar 15 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Member $ 40.00 | Non-Member $ 40.00
Are you looking for that special vase for spring flowers? In this three-hour workshop, students will be guided through the process of making a vase using slab and hand-building techniques. Pieces will be fired, glazed, and ready for pick-up two weeks after the completion of the work. The instructor for this workshop, Robbie Breaux, has over 15 years of experience in clay and is one of the top ceramic artists in the Valley.