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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.

2018 Fall Class Registration

The 2019 Fall Class Schedule will be online mid-August. Classes will not be available online until August 28 at 10:00 a.m.

Reminder: On registration day you must log in to the online system to sign up for classes (to see "Sign Up" button).

Register online for Metro Parks Visual Art Classes beginning TUESDAY, August 28 at 10:00 a.m. Registration will continue through September 27, 2018 or until classes are full. Unfortunately, we cannot take registrations over the phone. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Classes start Saturday, September 8, 2018. All classes will meet once a week for 10 weeks, unless otherwise noted in the schedule.

Art Classes at Centennial Art Center

CAC Studio Classes

CAC Studio offers a variety of art classes in painting and pottery. Typically offered in three different sessions (Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer), the class schedule will vary based on space and teaching staff availability.

2D Classes

Drawing/Painting (Beginner/Intermediate or Intermediate/Advanced)

Combine drawing with the fundamentals of painting and begin to develop more artistic paintings. In this class you will expand your knowledge of value and composition, and painting principles as well as color theory and brush techniques. These fundamental elements will then be integrated into strategies for creating more developed acrylic paintings.


Explore a variety of creative printmaking techniques in this foundational class. Students will learn progressive methods including stencil, foam impression, collage and cut linoleum blocks for printing multiples. Create background textures and direct compositions. Experiment with inking found objects to add to a composition. Plates, inks and paper are a supplied (material fee). All levels welcome.


Painting (Abstract – Intermediate/Advanced)

Expand your creative vision in a lively, interactive environment using all forms of abstraction and non-objective painting. Focus will be on formal issues, encouraging skill development, and exploring techniques and materials. Individual needs will be addressed. Works of influential artists will be discussed and visits to galleries will be encouraged to view examples of contemporary art. This class will help you develop and refine your personal creative goals. Sorry no beginners. Only acrylic paint will be used in this class.

Painting (All Media)

Your ideas become the subject of individualized instruction as you expand your skills as a painter. If you choose, a still life setup will be available each week to further develop your skills in representational painting. This is a class for students with previous painting experience.

Painting (Beginner)

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.

Painting (Paint along with Harry - Beginner/Intermediate)

Instructor Harry Denson will paint various types of subjects and students will paint along with him. The class will be about method and construction of a painting, but will still allow each student leeway for their own interpretation of the subject. 

Water Media Techniques

Watercolor is a versatile medium that allows the artist a range of expression including representational, fluid sketches and improvisational abstracts. Students with a foundation in drawing or painting will receive a comprehensive introduction to watercolor techniques such as blending and layering. Representational techniques will be expanded upon and special effects will be explored.

Painting Supplies

Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.


Whether your aim is functional or sculptural ceramics, learn the basic techniques of wheel throwing and hand-building. Combine wheel pieces with slabs, coils and pinching to create virtually anything you can imagine. Use of tools such as molds and slab roller will be demonstrated.

Pottery (Beginner)

This class gives an overview of the complete clay process: from forming hand-built forms to shaping clay on the potter’s wheel. Students will learn the fundamentals of working with clay through its various stages using various tools. As class continues, students will learn basic techniques for glazing pottery to complete pieces in the kiln.

Pottery (Hand-building and Raku)

This hand-building clay class explores the range of clay using both traditional and non-traditional firing techniques. With a focus on the ancient Japanese firing process of raku, learn advanced techniques for hand-building, applying various surfaces to your forms. Surface design and glaze application for firing will be discussed. Create forms that utilize both the raku-fired effects and glaze enhancements. Plan to participate in all stages of the process, including kiln loading and unloading.

Pottery (Intermediate/Advanced)

You have mastered the basics, now challenge yourself! Demonstrations of more complex forms will encourage you to expand your knowledge of hand-building and wheel throwing techniques and build confidence working. You will learn to make more complex shapes and multi-part pots such as cups, teapots and lidded vessels.

Pottery/Sculpture (Advanced)

Design pottery and develop a personal aesthetic while learning techniques to make complex forms. Advanced demonstrations will teach more complex techniques to manipulate clay and allow further development of your work.

Pottery Supplies

Firing and glazes are supplied. Students need to bring their own tools and clay (clay can purchased at CAC) a suggested materials list will be provided when students register.

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Clay for Sale

Centennial Art Center has purchased Laguna clay at a discounted rate! You can purchase clay at CAC on the first day of class – quantity is limited.