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CAC Studio

Centennial Art Center offers popular, affordable painting and pottery studio classes. CAC has well-lit painting and pottery studios. All of our Specialized Skilled Instructors are local artists. Our most popular art classes include drawing, painting, pottery, and sculpture.

Many local area artists “got started” through Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center classes and both past and current students consistently win awards in juried exhibitions. Current 2014 Summer Schedule.

Summer Classes at Centennial Art Center

Registration begins Monday, May 12th, 2014 8:00AM - 8:00PM and will continue until classes are full.


Pastel Workshop with Shawn Krise
Learn how to use pastels. This workshop is scheduled.Thursdays, 6-8pm on May 29, June 26 and July 31, 2014. Cost is $40 per workshop or $110 for all three

Bas Relief Tile Weekend Workshop with Nancy Jacobsohn
Friday, May 23rd, & Saturday, May 24th,
9:00am-2:00pm $85.00 for both days
Combining the best of 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional techniques, sculptural tile is a challenging and exciting alternative to flat tile. Learn how to sculpt vibrant, exciting surfaces in clay using various hand make texture tools. You may also wish instruction in creating plaster molds of your tile in order to press multiple copies.


Students will learn key concepts and fundamentals in color mixing, composition, and painting methods. The course will help students develop an understanding of value (light and dark), form and color. Different painting handling techniques and brush work will be taught. Students are encouraged to experiment with different styles and try different teachers.

Open Studio (OS) – Advanced
Open studio classes are for advanced students who want to come into the center and paint. Students should have good painting skills as instruction is minimal.

Abstract Painting
Sandy Spain’s class will give you some simple techniques to help you master the flow and ease of creation. In Strictly Abstract, you will learn how to mix colors, balance your subject and express yourself through art. Students will surprise themselves with the beautiful paintings they do in this class.

Supplies (all classes)
Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.


Students start with the basics of hand building (working off the wheel). We commonly start with projects on coil building or slabs (sheets of clay slab) each week using patterns, forms, textures and step-by-step instruction. Students are then given instruction on wheel throwing, trimming, and glazing pottery. Instructors will provide you with step-by-step instructions and demonstrations to help you create wonderful clay objects. Intermediate students will review the basics and are given additional techniques and projects.

Pottery Classes at Bellevue Community Center
Pottery classes are also available Wednesday AM or PM. This class has students of all levels.

Raku Pottery
Spend Saturday afternoons with Wanda Ellis and learn/enjoy the process of Raku firing. Raku uses a process of heating the pottery quickly to high temperatures and cooling it in a barrel filled with material, such as newspaper. It is then covered and allowed to smoke; the cooling process and the amount of oxygen that is allowed to reach the pottery creates interesting results and colors.
Open Studio (OS) – Advanced
Open studio classes are for advanced students who want to come into the center to work. A good working knowledge of clay is necessary as instruction is minimal.

Hand Building/Sculpture - Advanced
Hand building/sculpture is great fun and gives you the opportunity to create functional and/or not functional objects. The instructor will show you sculptural techniques.

Supplies (all classes)
Firing and glazes are supplied. Students need to bring their own tools and clay. a suggested materials list will be provided when students register.

Summer Pastel Workshop

Learn how to use pastels with Shawn Krise. This workshop is scheduled Thursdays, 6-8pm on May 29, June 26 and July 31, 2014. Cost is $40 per workshop or $110 for all three.

Old Hickory Lake - pastel painting by Shawn Krise

Clay for Sale

Centennial Art Center has purchased Laguna clay at a discounted rate! Remember to purchase clay at CAC when you register or before classes start – quantity is limited.

clay tea pot