Metro Parks’ Visual Arts Program in the new Bellevue Community Center offers popular, affordable painting and pottery classes in large, well-appointed studios.
Visual Arts Classes are taught by highly-qualified Guest Instructors who are local, professional artists. Our most popular adult art classes include drawing, painting, mixed media, and pottery. Affordable youth art classes provide school-aged children with an opportunity to explore and enhance their artistic abilities.
Art Classes at Bellevue Community Center
Studio Art Classes
A variety of art classes in painting and pottery will be offered in three different sessions (Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer). Workshops are often offered in between regular sessions. The class schedule will vary based on space and teaching staff availability.
2D Classes (drawing, painting, mixed-media)
The Bellevue Paint Studio offers a variety of 2D classes including drawing, painting, abstract painting, watercolor, mixed media and collage.
In beginner classes, students will learn and develop basic drawing, painting, and composition skill. Classes in watercolor and abstract art will expand on techniques and skills related to that media or painting style through guided lessons and demonstrations.
In mixed-media and collage classes students will learn how to combine a variety of paper, cloth, wood, and found objects into cohesive art pieces.
Acrylic Abstract (Intermediate)
For intermediate artists only - Abstract art is driven by expressed feelings and a sense of balance creating interest and discovery as the painting evolves. In this beginner abstract class, you will follow structured lessons with exercises in organic and geometric styles. The fundamentals that make up this style of art will be discussed. and methods to develop your creativity will be given. This is not a beginner painting class. Artist acrylic paint only.
Learn and develop basic painting skills and techniques. Explore brush and pallet knife use, investigate the importance of a color plan and learn the fundamentals of mixing colors.
In this class the instructor will show and share many creative techniques. Students will learn how to combine a variety of paper, cloth, wood, and found objects into cohesive art pieces. Memorabilia, pictures, paint, stamps, stencils and more can be used to tell stories in art. The instructor will provide a variety of materials and mediums for students to experiment with.
A $10 material fee, class paid directly to the teacher, will be collected on the first day of class. In addition, students will need to bring a small amount of supplies.
Drawing and Painting
In this drawing and painting class, students will learn techniques for drawing and painting in a variety of media. Students can use class time for their self-directed projects or work with the instructor for full guidance and instruction. Bring supplies of your choice or request a supply list from the instructor. All skill levels are welcome.
This mixed media and texture class provides students with the opportunity to experiment with different mediums, as well as commercial, organic, recycled and found objects. The techniques demonstrated will help students create depth and interest that express their creative ideas. The instructor will provide a variety of materials and mediums that students will be able to experiment with.
A $10 material fee, paid directly to the teacher, will be collected on the first day of class. In addition, students will need to bring a small amount of supplies.
Students can choose either watercolor or gouache projects; or learn techniques in both mediums. The two mediums share some qualities, but watercolor is more translucent and gouache more opaque. This course offers Instructor-led demos and guidance from planning to completion, as well as ample independent studio time.
Instructor will provide a supply list. All skill levels are welcome.
Children’s Art Class (6-10)
Children will learn basic skills associated with drawing and painting. Students will create art using graphite, colored pencils, acrylic paints and watercolor. Drawing and painting lessons will focus on proportion, color and shading. A $10 material fee, paid directly to the instructor, will be collected the first day of class. This fee will cover all materials.
Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. In some cases, a material fee will be collected by the teacher.
Pottery Classes (hand-built and wheel-thrown)
The Bellevue Pottery Studio offers beginning and intermediate level pottery classes which explore basic techniques of wheel-throwing and hand-building.
Beginner classes provide an overview of the complete clay process. Students will learn the fundamentals of working with clay through its different stages using various tools. As class continues, students will learn to glaze pottery and will take home finished pieces.
Intermediate classes will explore more complex shapes and multi-part pots such as cups, teapots and lidded vessels. Students may combine wheel-thrown pieces with slabs and coils to construct move creative projects. As class continues, students will glaze pottery to take home.
NOTE: Pottery is a complex process which requires a lot of practice to gain skills. Therefore, it is recommended that students take the beginner class more than once before advancing to an intermediate class.
After-School Art Classes
Youth Drawing and Painting Workshop (9-14)
Lynn Hutcheson combines three of her passions, drawing, painting and teaching, in order to teach a youth painting and drawing workshop. The workshop will focus on drawing and painting “from life” through drawing, color knowledge, and value observation. Students will learn approaches to drawing, mixing colors using the three primaries, and ways to observe darks, lights, and greys. The students will be given the option to work in pencil, charcoal, or paint. It will be an exciting time!
Lynn has painted since she was a teenager and has taught art in group and private classes for the last 20 years.
Youth Pottery (beginning handbuilding)
Students will learn how to work with clay through its different stages using various tools. Fun projects and demonstrations will teach students the skills needed to create sculptural and/or functional pottery. As class continues, students will learn to glaze pottery and will take home finished pieces.
Registration for After-School Art Classes
(Not Children’s Art)
Registration for After-School Youth Art Classes begins, Thursday, January 9th, at 10 a.m. To register your child for an afternoon youth class, please call 615-862-8442.
After-School Art Classes are sponsored in part by Creative Parks Nashville (CPN). CPN is the 501c3 for Metro Parks’ Cultural Arts which supports Visual Arts, Music and Theater programs.