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

Gayle Gerson
19F-2D-0016
Aug 12, 19, 26
Sep 9, 16, 23, 30
Oct 7, 14
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 143.00 | Non-Member $ 183.00
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.

Fundamentals in Clay - Breaux - Evening

Robbie Breaux
19F-CER-0022
Aug 12, 19, 26
Sep 9, 16, 23, 30
Oct 7, 14
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




All Levels Hand-building
Registration Closed
Nina Williams
19F-CER-0043
Aug 12, 19, 26
Sep 9, 16, 23, 30
Oct 7, 14
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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Fundamentals in Clay - Breaux - Afternoon
Full, Waitlist Available
Robbie Breaux
19F-CER-0025
Aug 13, 20, 27
Sep 3, 10, 17, 24
Oct 1, 8
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
Full, Waitlist Available
Gary Andrews
19F-CER-0028
Aug 13, 20, 27
Sep 3, 10, 17, 24
Oct 1, 8
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
Full, Waitlist Available
Lily Cain
19F-2D-0005
Aug 14, 21, 28
Sep 4, 11, 18, 25
Oct 2, 9
6:15 PM-8:15 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 will be offered in the spring!

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Open Studio for Mixed Media

Gayle Gerson
19F-2D-0019
Aug 14, 21, 28
Sep 4, 11, 18, 25
Oct 2, 9
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

Terry Shepherd
19F-CER-0037
Aug 14, 21, 28
Sep 4, 11, 18, 25
Oct 2, 9
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

Terry Shepherd
19F-CER-0040
Aug 14, 21, 28
Sep 4, 11, 18, 25
Oct 2, 9
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.  
Instructor email: tshepherd@gjartcenter.org




Fundamentals of Drawing

Rebecca Woods
19F-2D-0013
Aug 15, 22, 29
Sep 5, 12, 19, 26
Oct 3, 10
6:00 PM-9:00 PM


Member $ 123.00 | Non-Member $ 148.00
Do you feel like you can't even draw a stick figure, or do you find yourself capable but in need of a good refresher on the fundamentals? Come learn the basics of structural drawing, form modeling and composition through the study of still life objects, plein air drawing, and light figurative drawing from a model. The class is designed to give you a clear process of looking and drawing that can be used both for simple objects and more complicated subjects. Different mediums and methods of drawing as well as the extended applications of drawing skills are explored. All levels welcome!

Fundamentals in Clay - Jappe
Full, Waitlist Available
Bob Jappe
19F-CER-0031
Aug 15, 22, 29
Sep 5, 12, 19, 26
Oct 3, 10
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.

Full, Waitlist Available


Fundamentals in Clay - Shepherd
Registration Closed
Terry Shepherd
19F-CER-0034
Aug 15, 22, 29
Sep 5, 12, 19, 26
Oct 3, 10
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

Registration Closed


Color Theory
Full, Waitlist Available
Lily Cain
19F-2D-0010
Aug 16, 23, 30
Sep 6, 13, 20, 27
Oct 4, 11
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 be taking a color scheme (skin tones, neutrals, tints and shades etc.) and analyzing / recreating 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.

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Sculpting in Clay
Full, Waitlist Available
Ron Cloyd
19F-CER-0046
Aug 16, 23, 30
Sep 6, 13, 20, 27
Oct 4, 11
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

Full, Waitlist Available