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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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.

Adventures in Mixed Media: Art Journaling

Gayle Gerson
20S-2D-0008
Mar 16, 23, 30
Apr 6, 13, 20
May 4, 11, 18
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 143.00 | Non-Member $ 183.00
Gayle Gerson is teaching this 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 in creating images and assemblages that release 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”. Mixed Media Art journaling and drawing sessions will also be built into this dynamic class.

Painting 2

Lily Cain
20S-2D-0020
Mar 16, 23, 30
Apr 6, 13, 20
May 4, 11, 18
2:00 PM-5:00 PM


Member $ 143.00 | Non-Member $ 183.00
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.




Open Studio Figure Drawing

Bev Lee
20S-2D-0024
Mar 16, 23, 30
Apr 6, 13, 20
May 4, 11, 18
9:00 AM-12:00 PM


Member $ 143.00 | Non-Member $ 183.00
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

Robbie Breaux
20S-CER-0032
Mar 16, 23, 30
Apr 6, 13, 20
May 4, 11, 18
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

Nina Williams
20S-CER-0064
Mar 16, 23, 30
Apr 6, 13, 20
May 4, 11, 18
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 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 Wheelthrowing - Breaux - Afternoon
Full, Waitlist Available
Robbie Breaux
20S-CER-0036
Mar 17, 24, 31
Apr 7, 14, 21
May 5, 12, 19
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 Wheelthrowing - Andrews
Full, Waitlist Available
Gary Andrews
20S-CER-0040
Mar 17, 24, 31
Apr 7, 14, 21
May 5, 12, 19
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
20S-2D-0028
Mar 18, 25
Apr 1, 8, 15, 22
May 6, 13, 20
2:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 124.00 | 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. This term we will start our painting projects with learning the delicacies of the botanicals of spring. All levels welcome.




Intermediate Ceramics

Terry Shepherd
20S-CER-0052
Mar 18, 25
Apr 1, 8, 15, 22
May 6, 13, 20
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
20S-CER-0056
Mar 18, 25
Apr 1, 8, 15, 22
May 6, 13, 20
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.  




Open Studio for Mixed Media

Gayle Gerson
20S-2D-0012
Mar 19, 26
Apr 2, 9, 16, 23
May 7, 14, 21
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 Wheelthrowing - Jappe
Full, Waitlist Available
Bob Jappe
20S-CER-0044
Mar 19, 26
Apr 2, 9, 16, 23
May 7, 14, 21
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 Wheelthrowing - Shepherd

Terry Shepherd
20S-CER-0048
Mar 19, 26
Apr 2, 9, 16, 23
May 7, 14, 21
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
20S-2D-0016
Mar 20, 27
Apr 3, 10, 17, 24
May 8, 15, 22
1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Member $ 143.00 | Non-Member $ 183.00
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

Ron Cloyd
20S-CER-0060
Mar 20, 27
Apr 3, 10, 17, 24
May 8, 15, 22
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.




Lets Make Brushes

Matt Jones
20S-2DWKS-0071
Mar 21 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Member $ 150.00 | Non-Member $ 175.00
An interactive workshop on the art of brush making with Matt Jones.
Generational knowledge is passed down by brush manufacturers and is used to produce functional, high-quality tools for the artist. The finest brushes today are still completely made by hand. In this workshop you will learn the heavily guarded secrets used by professional brush factories to produce high-quality artisan brushes. This workshop is taught by the Art Center’s curator, Matthew Jones. Matt is a fourth-generation sign painter who learned the art of sign painting. He is highly educated in a variety of mediums and has extensive knowledge in brush and tool making. Matt is an instructor at Colorado Mesa University in the Art and Design Department where he shares his love for commercial lettering with the next generation of artists.




SoulCollage

Rebecca Zook
20S-2DWKS-0087
Mar 21 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Member $ 45.00 | Non-Member $ 60.00
By using your imagination in creating a collage from cut-out images, you become an artist and explorer of your soul. The images choose you and you begin your journey into your own personal inner world, a world wanting and needing to be heard. These cards answer the eternal question, "who am I?" The class creates an atmosphere of support, self-acceptance, and personal empowerment in a fun and creative way. Although this is not art therapy, it is therapeutic. SoulCollage is rooted in theology, spirituality, and psychology and was created by Seena Frost, M. Div., M.A.




Cityscapes in Watercolor

Alan Morris
20S-2DWKS-0079
Apr 12 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Member $ 150.00 | Non-Member $ 175.00
An interactive workshop with Alan Morris
Enjoy a full day of watercolor painting in this interactive workshop with Alan Morris. Alan will guide you through the techniques that give his paintings their luminous and atmospheric quality. Learn the keys to working with translucent mediums and the compositional elements that will take your work to the next level. This workshop will be directed toward cityscapes. Please bring your own photo references.