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Centennial Art Center Studio

Centennial Art Center offers popular, affordable painting and pottery studio classes. We have 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.

2019 Fall Class Registration

Download the 2019 Fall Visual Art Class schedule for a list of times and classes.

Register online for Metro Parks Visual Art Classes beginning Tuesday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m. Registration will continue through Monday, September 30, 2019 or until classes are full. Classes will not be available online until August 27 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).

Unfortunately, we cannot take registrations over the phone. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Classes start Monday, September 9, 2019. All classes will meet once a week for 10 weeks, unless otherwise noted in the schedule.

Note: Due to increased demand, pottery students are permitted to register for only one pottery class per session. This includes classes at West Park Community Center. If a student is enrolled in more than one pottery class, staff will withdraw the student from one class at staff’s discretion. At this time, painting students may continue to register for a maximum of two classes (or one pottery class and one painting/drawing/printmaking class).

Art Classes at Centennial Art Center

Studio Art Classes

Our 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 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 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 (Watercolor)

In this class you will, learn various techniques and skills for working with watercolor. From washes to detail work. Each week the teacher will demonstrate a new skill or technique that students can practice to improve their painting ability. The class will discuss topics such as composition, color and how to select interesting subject matter.

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 (Fundamentals of Clay)

This class gives an overview of the complete clay process: We will start with creating hand-built forms, on to the endless possibilities of slab work, then dive into working on the pottery wheel. You will learn the fundamentals of working with clay through its various stages using many tools and techniques. As class continues, by week 8 you will learn the basic skills of glazing your pieces to prepare them for the final firing in the kiln.

Pottery (Beginner: Cups and Bowls)

This class will focus on throwing cups and bowls on the pottery wheel. In this class students will learn to throw cylinders and bowls, 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/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 (Raku, Handbuilding, Intermediate/Advanced)

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 (Youth class: Introduction to the Potter's wheel - ages 11-14 years)

In this class, we will focus on learning how to use the potter's wheel by making simple cups and bowls. We will learn how to use pottery tools and how to talk about ceramics in a fun and knowledgeable way. This class will provide vessel making basics in a spirited and noncompetitive environment. Join us for this new class!

Pottery Supplies

Firing and glazes are supplied. Students need to bring their own tools and clay (clay can purchased at Centennial Art Center) 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.