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.

Need-based scholarships are available. To apply, you must provide a completed scholarship application prior to registering. Applications must include all applicable financial and tax documentation. See our Scholarship Page for more information.



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Adventures in Mixed Media

Gayle Gerson
19W-2D-0030
Jan 7, 14, 21, 28
Feb 4, 11, 25
Mar 4
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 143.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 183.00

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
Full, Waitlist Available
Robbie Breaux
19W-CER-0055
Jan 7, 14, 21, 28
Feb 4, 11, 25
Mar 4, 11
6:30 PM-9:30 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 223.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 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

Nina Williams
19W-CER-0066
Jan 7, 14, 21, 28
Feb 4, 11, 25
Mar 4, 11
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 223.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 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.






Elements: Open Studio

Lily Cain
19W-OPN-0004
Jan 7, 14, 21, 28
Feb 4, 11, 25
Mar 4, 11
6:00 PM-8:00 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 123.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 148.00

Open Studio class for all levels (16 yr & up) working in the following 2D mediums: watermedia (watercolor, acrylic, gouache), drawing medium, ink, pastel or collage. This class is designed for the individual who has a current practice/project and wants guidance and feedback. Each week students will be working on their own pieces with one-on-one advising on concept and technical development. Any two dimensional water soluble medium welcome. All levels welcome.






Fiber Forms

Julia Crocetto
19W-2D-0069
Jan 8, 15, 22, 29
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar 5
5:30 PM-8:00 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 123.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 148.00

Sample a variety of materials and methods and ways to use them for contemporary modes of expression. Simple hand stitching techniques pave the way for visible mending such as boro, sashiko, and kantha, where necessity merges with elegance. From there, learn to create your own embroidered designs, using text and personalized mark-making. Three-dimensional volumes will be explored through wet felting and crochet/knitting. Other forms will be incorporated to suit participants’ interests. Each session will be sprinkled with inspiration from contemporary artists. No experience needed; manual dexterity is helpful. Bring your curiosity and ideas!  


The History of Modern Art

Kari Wyman
19W-AHIS-0021
Jan 8, 15, 22, 29
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar 5
6:30 PM-8:00 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 123.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 148.00

The History of Modern Art is a class study of art from 1750 through the mid-20th century, encompassing the origins and emergence of Modernism. Students will explore the innovative approaches to art that prompted major artistic movements and their influences on culture.






Fundamentals in Clay - Breaux - Afternoon
Full, Waitlist Available
Robbie Breaux
19W-CER-0056
Jan 8, 15, 22, 29
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar 5
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 223.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 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
19W-CER-0057
Jan 8, 15, 22, 29
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar 5
6:30 PM-9:30 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 223.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 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



Observational Drawing

Rebecca Woods
19W-2D-0052
Jan 9, 16, 23, 30
Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
Mar 6
6:00 PM-9:00 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 123.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 148.00

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, three-point perspective in drawing as well as using sighting and a 'basic unit' for proportions. This class is for artists wishing to improve in observation with particular emphasis paid to proportion and perspective. It 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

Terry Shepherd
19W-CER-0059
Jan 9, 16, 23, 30
Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
Mar 6
9:30 AM-12:30 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 223.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 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
19W-CER-0060
Jan 9, 16, 23, 30
Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
Mar 6
6:30 PM-9:30 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 223.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 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






Open Studio for Mixed Media

Gayle Gerson
19W-MMOPN-0035
Jan 9, 16, 23, 30
Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
9:00 AM-12:00 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 143.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 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. 






Painting 1

Lily Cain
19W-2D-0025
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb 7, 14, 21, 28
Mar 7
6:00 PM-9:00 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 123.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 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.



Fundamentals in Clay - Shepherd

Terry Shepherd
19W-CER-0058
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb 7, 14, 21, 28
Mar 7
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 223.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 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.






Sculpting in Clay
Full, Waitlist Available
Ron Cloyd
19W-CER-0063
Jan 11, 18, 25
Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
Mar 1, 8
9:30 AM-12:30 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 223.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 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



Pen, Ink, and Brush: Tools, Methods and Materials

Rebecca Woods
19W-2DWKS-0054
Jan 12, 13
9:00 AM-4:00 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 123.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 148.00

Learn all about ink with artist Rebecca Woods. Starting with materials and tools, we'll cover expressive mark-making using contour and gesture, how to make gorgeous ink washes that rival watercolor, and mark-making strategies to create texture, shadows, and more. We will be covering brush, nib, and ink techniques, Asian vs. watercolor brushes, textures and expressive line, and the fundamentals of drawing and finishing in ink. 






Vases for Valentine's

Robbie Breaux
19W-3DWKS-0042
Jan 20 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Tuition: Members: $ 33.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 48.00

Whether you’re having trouble finding that perfect gift for your Valentine, trying to top last year’s gift, or just looking for a way to spend time with your special someone, look no further! 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.   






Watercolor Workshop

Maure Bausch
19W-2DW-0018
Mar 9, 10
9:00 AM-4:00 PM


Tuition: Members: $ 123.00
Tuition: Non-Members: $ 148.00

In this watercolor workshop, students will paint animals using free-style painting techniques and vivid colors that unify realism and abstraction. Students will explore new methods of watercolor painting and expand the traditional boundaries of watercolor painting in a new and exciting manner.