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Bellevue Art Studios

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.

Painting Classes

The Bellevue Paint Studio offers a variety drawing and painting classes. In beginner classes, students will develop basic drawing, painting and composition skills. Classes in watercolor and abstract art will expand on techniques and skills related to that media or painting style through guided lessons and demonstrations.

Acrylic Abstract (Beginner)

In this abstract painting class, students will experiment with painting techniques and textures. They will learn about balance and symmetry while enjoying the chaos of being loose while painting. No experience needed.

Students will need to bring a basic set of brushes, acrylic paint (colors: black, white, red, yellow and blue), and canvas or canvas board.

A $10 material fee to cover extra supplies provided, paid directly to the teacher, will be collected on the first day of class.

Painting (Beginner)

Students will develop basic painting skills and techniques. In this class, students will learn how to use shading, depth perception and texture in paintings. Mixing colors, and brush and painting tricks will also be covered.

Students will need to bring a basic acrylic paint set, acrylic paint brushes and canvas or canvas board.

A $10 material fee to cover extra supplies provided, paid directly to the teacher, will be collected on the first day of class. Two canvases as well as other mediums to play with will be supplied.

Painting Open Studio (Intermediate/Advanced only)

In this open studio painting class for intermediate and advanced painters, students will develop their own paintings and work independently enjoying the comradery of a community setting. An instructor will facilitate the class and help students as needed.

Painting Supplies

Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. In some cases, a material fee for additional supplies will be collected by the teacher.

Pottery Classes

The Bellevue Pottery Studio offers beginning and intermediate level pottery classes which explore basic techniques of wheel-throwing and hand-building.

Pottery 101 (Fundamentals)

This beginner class provides an overview of the complete clay process. Students will learn the fundamentals of working with clay through its various stages. This class starts with hand-built forms and continues with a survey of basic wheel-throwing technique. Students will also learn basic techniques for glazing pottery to complete pieces.

Pottery 101 (Beginner Wheel Throwing)

The beginner class focuses entirely wheel-thrown forms. Students will learn to throw cylinders and bowls on the pottery wheel. They will also learn how to make and attach handles and work with clay using various tools. As class continues, students will learn basic techniques for glazing pottery to complete pieces in the kiln.

Pottery (Intermediate Wheel Throwing)

The intermediate classes will explore more complex shapes and multi-part pots such as cups 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. No beginners.

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 for Youth

Please continue to check this site for upcoming youth art programming.

Visual Arts Program Expanded to Bellevue

glassed front entrance of Bellevue Community Center

The Metro Parks' Visual Arts Program has expanded with two fully-equipped art studios in the newly constructed Bellevue Regional Community Center.

Bellevue Community Center Visual Arts Program Brochure