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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Fundamentals in Clay - Breaux | Monday

Robbie Breaux
19U-CER-0001
Jun 3, 10, 17, 24
Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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
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




All Levels Hand-building | Monday

Nina Williams
19U-CER-0017
Jun 3, 10, 17, 24
Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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.
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.




Fundamentals in Clay - Means | Tuesday

Ashtonn Means
19U-CER-0003
Jun 4, 11, 18, 25
Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 223.00 | Non-Member $ 263.00
This course is designed for both beginning and intermediate students. The projects and demonstrations will be geared toward the skill level and interest of each student. Throughout this course students will learn techniques for wheel-throwing and glaze application, while forming a strong understanding of materials and firing practices associated with the medium. We will discuss in detail, during demonstrations and projects, the design principles for functional pottery, the fundamentals of form and form alteration, as well as aesthetic surface design techniques. Beginners will be encouraged to focus on bowls, cups, and mugs as a method for gaining comfortability with the materials. Intermediate students can continue to explore these basic forms or stretch their abilities with more complex forms and techniques.




Fundamentals in Clay - Andrews | Tuesday

Gary Andrews
19U-CER-0005
Jun 4, 11, 18, 25
Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
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.




Drawing 1 | Wednesday

Rebecca Woods
19U-2D-0021
Jun 5, 12, 19, 26
Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
6:00 PM-9:00 PM


Member $ 140.00 | Non-Member $ 165.00
Develop your observational drawing skills through individual instruction and hands-on exercises in drawing still lifes, interior spaces, 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.

Intermediate Ceramics | Wednesday morning

Terry Shepherd
19U-CER-0011
Jun 5, 12, 19, 26
Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
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
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 evening

Terry Shepherd
19U-CER-0013
Jun 5, 12, 19, 26
Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
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 
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

Lily Cain
19U-2D-0019
Jun 6, 13, 20, 27
Jul 11, 18, 25
Aug 1
5:00 PM-8:00 PM


Member $ 120.00 | Non-Member $ 145.00
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.
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.

Fundamentals in Clay - Jappe | Thursday

Bob Jappe
19U-CER-0007
Jun 6, 13, 20, 27
Jul 11, 18, 25
Aug 1
6:30 PM-9:30 PM


Member $ 200.00 | Non-Member $ 240.00
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.




Fundamentals in Clay - Shepherd | Thursday

Terry Shepherd
19U-CER-0009
Jun 6, 13, 20, 27
Jul 11, 18, 25
Aug 1
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 200.00 | Non-Member $ 240.00
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 7th 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.




Sculpting in Clay | Friday
Full, Waitlist Available
Ron Cloyd
19U-CER-0015
Jun 7, 14, 21, 28
Jul 5, 12, 19, 26
Aug 2
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
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

Full, Waitlist Available


Shibori - Stitching to Dye

Julia Crocetto
19U-2DWKS-0029
Jun 29 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Member $ 145.00 | Non-Member $ 180.00
Using needle and thread, learn to manipulate cloth to create detailed patterns. Starting with traditional Japanese stitching techniques for making repeated patterns and pictorial imagery, learn to modify stitches to create your own unique expressions. The stitch-resist method is ideal for indigo vat dyeing; we will investigate the effects of blue on white as well as over-dyeing colored cloth. $10 per person materials fee (dye and related supplies will be provided, as well as some cloth samples; participants will need to provide cloth and basic tools.)




Paint Sketching

Ned Axthelm
19U-2DWKS-0025
Jul 27, 28
10:00 AM-4:00 PM


Member $ 280.00 | Non-Member $ 315.00
Improve brush handling, color mixing, and simplification of details by executing quick sketches in your chosen paint medium. This focused, intentional practice will free you from artistic inhibitions and open new possibilities for your art-making. Take your painting to the next level through discussion, demonstration, and hands-on exercises. Artists working at any level will benefit from the personal instruction and multiple paint sketching sessions each day in this workshop. Some painting experience is recommended.

Linoleum Relief Printing

Erin Holscher Almazan
19U-2DWKS-0039
Aug 3 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Member $ 245.00 | Non-Member $ 280.00
Registration Deadline: July 3
Learn the step-by-step process of linoleum relief printmaking. Workshop instructor Erin Holscher Almazan will walk participants through her approach to creating linoleum cuts, from planning and drawing an image for a block to finding a desired mark-making approach through various cutting techniques. Workshop participants will each create a small block to be cut and printed by hand.

Ruth Wilson's Fantasy World: Sculpture

Ruth Wilson
19F-3DWKS-0003
Aug 17, 18, 24
9:00 AM-4:00 PM


Member $ 240.00 | Non-Member $ 275.00
Registration Deadline: August 3




Portraits in Charcoal

Chris Troutman
19U-2DWKS-0034
Sep 8 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Member $ 125.00 | Non-Member $ 160.00
Registration Deadline: August 8
This half-day portrait workshop will focus on basic use of drawing materials, charcoal and charcoal pencil, as well as methods for drawing accurately, such as measuring and observing basic anatomy. The workshop will introduce the drawing materials during a demonstration, which will show how to sequence the use of charcoal and measuring, as well as the final goals of the drawing by reinforcing helpful vocabulary. Following the demonstration, problem-solving and further application of demo topics will be reviewed through one-on-one interaction, culminating with a brief group critique.