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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Open Studio Figure Drawing

Bev Lee
19A-2D-0017
Nov 18, 25
Dec 2, 9
9:00 AM-12:00 PM


Member $ 130.00 | Non-Member $ 150.00
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 eight-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.




Adventures in Mixed Media
Full, Waitlist Available
Gayle Gerson
19A-2D-0025
Nov 18, 25
Dec 2, 9
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 127.00 | Non-Member $ 163.00
Gayle Gerson is teaching a workshop-like class to give artists of all skill levels practice in working with experimental painting and collaging techniques to create beautiful compositions, both representational and abstract. Students will be able to devote plenty of time to each of 4 or 5 art works, creating a pleasing image that releases the sparkle of the artist’s personality. During the beginning of each class, Gayle will present a “mini-workshop” to build compositional skills and strengthen the “creative habit.” Art journaling and drawing sessions will also be part of this dynamic class.

Full, Waitlist Available
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Fundamentals in Wheelthrowing - Breaux - Evening
Full, Waitlist Available
Robbie Breaux
19A-CER-0067
Nov 18, 25
Dec 2, 9
6:30 PM-9:30 PM


Member $ 200.00 | Non-Member $ 240.00
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
Full, Waitlist Available
Ron Cloyd
19A-CER-0195
Nov 18, 25
Dec 2, 9
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 200.00 | Non-Member $ 240.00
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 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. Instructor email: roncloyd@gmail.com

Full, Waitlist Available


All Levels Pastel
Full, Waitlist Available
Bev Lee
19A-2D-0010
Nov 19, 26
Dec 3, 10
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 110.00 | Non-Member $ 130.00
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.

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Fundamentals in Wheelthrowing - Breaux - Afternoon
Full, Waitlist Available
Robbie Breaux
19A-3D-0080
Nov 19, 26
Dec 3, 10
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 200.00 | Non-Member $ 240.00
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 Wheelthrowing - Andrews
Full, Waitlist Available
Gary Andrews
19A-CER-0094
Nov 19, 26
Dec 3, 10
6:30 PM-9:30 PM


Member $ 200.00 | Non-Member $ 240.00
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
19A-2D-0001
Nov 20, 27
Dec 4, 11
6:15 PM-8:15 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.

During this Holiday Session, please join us in beginning to learn painting with the study of Winter and Holiday Botanicals. We will begin the first class with a brief review of color theory, then learn to paint different winter flora with an iron oxide transfer. We will go over textures, colors, atmospheric perspective, and botanical geometry. Our final project will be a set of greeting cards.

Painting 1 with Acrylics

Lily Cain
19A-2D-0198
Nov 20, 27
Dec 4, 11
1:00 PM-3:00 PM


Member $ 110.00 | Non-Member $ 130.00

This class will follow the same format as Painting 1, but we will use acrylics instead of gouache. Each week we will build a still life with different textures and colors that challenge our sense of depth and dimension. All levels welcome.

During this Holiday Session, please join us in beginning to learn painting with the study of Winter and Holiday Botanicals. We will begin the first class with a brief review of color theory, then learn to paint different winter flora with an iron oxide transfer. We will go over textures, colors, atmospheric perspective, and botanical geometry. Our final project will be a set of greeting cards.

Intermediate Wheelthrowing

Terry Shepherd
19A-CER-0141
Nov 20, 27
Dec 4, 11
9:30 AM-12:30 PM


Member $ 200.00 | Non-Member $ 240.00
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 Wheelthrowing
Full, Waitlist Available
Terry Shepherd
19A-CER-0158
Nov 20, 27
Dec 4, 11
6:30 PM-9:30 PM


Member $ 200.00 | Non-Member $ 240.00
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. Instructor email: tshepherd@gjartcenter.org

Full, Waitlist Available


Open Studio for Mixed Media

Gayle Gerson
19A-2D-0034
Nov 21
Dec 5, 12, 19
9:00 AM-12:00 PM


Member $ 127.00 | Non-Member $ 163.00
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 Wheelthrowing - Jappe
Full, Waitlist Available
Bob Jappe
19A-CER-0109
Nov 21
Dec 5, 12, 19
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.

Full, Waitlist Available


Fundamentals in Wheelthrowing - Shepherd

Terry Shepherd
19A-CER-0125
Oct 24, 2019 - Dec 19, 2019
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. Students will engage in constructive critique and challenge themselves in order to improve their skill level. Notebook and basic pottery tool kit are required.




Color Theory

Lily Cain
19A-2D-0005
Nov 22
Dec 6, 13, 20
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 110.00 | Non-Member $ 130.00
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
19A-CER-0176
Nov 22
Dec 6, 13, 20
9:30 AM-12:30 PM


Member $ 200.00 | Non-Member $ 240.00
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


Printmaking Ornament Workshop

Lily Cain
19A-2D-0055
Dec 7, 8
9:00 AM-3:00 PM


Member $ 125.00 | Non-Member $ 150.00
A small block of linoleum, Speedball Relief Kit, black markers, wooden cooking spoon, glue stick, ruler, and exacto knife – these are all the materials that are required for this fun printmaking workshop! We will go over basic linoleum printing. Everyone will get a pre-marked template to fill with their own creation and design. We will learn basic cutting relief techniques that are fun for any level. The end result is a beautiful handmade 3-dimensional ornament for you to decorate your holiday season or give as a beautiful gift. Come celebrate the holidays in this Printmaking Ornament Workshop! (Linoleum block will be included.)