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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 painting, abstract 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 2015 Winter/Spring Schedule.

Winter/Spring Classes at Centennial Art Center

Registration for visual art classes begins on Monday, December 8, 2014 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Centennial Art Center in Centennial Park. Classes start Monday, January 5, 2015. All classes will meet once a week for 12 weeks, unless otherwise stated in the schedule. Current 2015 Winter/Spring Schedule.

What's new:

Workshop: Pouring Magic With Watercolor - Students will learn how to create exciting paintings which are a combination of freedom and control.

Print making - Students will learn about and engage in different types of printmaking.

Drawing/Painting Combined - In this 12-week class, students will spend the first 4 weeks learning key the concepts and fundamentals of drawing -- the next 8 weeks will be devoted to painting including color mixing, composition, and painting methods.


Beginning/Intermediate - 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.

Thursday 6-9pm - This class will combine drawing and painting. It is geared to the individual who needs more help with fundamentals. It is open to beginners OR intermediate painters who feel they need to get better results but don't know how. We'll have specific exercises that deal with different subjects (trees, skies, water, objects, figures) and specific exercises that deal with different principles (value, composition, color, texture).

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 - This 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.


Beginning/Intermediate - 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.

New Opportunity for Studio Painting at CAC!

On Mondays only, we're opening our painting studio for drop in students.

Mondays: 1:00-4:00PM
Cost: $10 per class (pay at the front desk).

This is open studio, no instruction is provided, but Harry Denson will sit the studio. Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon painting with Harry.

Still Life Jars by Harry Denson

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