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.
This class is for you if you have only had minimum or never had any drawing or painting experience. You only need to have a desire to try and experiment. You will see what you can accomplish with easy step-by-step exercises designed to develop your skill and confidence. There will be approximately 5 weeks of drawing and 5 weeks of introduction to painting as well as mixing of colors. Artist acrylic paint only.
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.
Charcoal and Soft Pastel (Beginner/Intermediate)
Learn to use charcoal and pastel to create beautiful artwork. In this class, you will learn to use vine charcoal to create value drawings on paper. As the class continues, students will be shown how to use soft pastel to render colorful pastel 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 – Advanced)
For advanced artists only - This advanced abstract class will help you develop your artistic expression working with the fundamentals of this style. You will explore organic and geometric styles; this and an emphasis on creativity will help you find the best direction for your own work. This is a class ideal for students who are self-motivated, willing to research and work outside of the class time and need minimum guidance. Artist acrylic paint only.
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.
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 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.
Drawing and 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.
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.
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 - ages 11-14 years)
In this class, students will get an overview of the complete clay process from forming to finishing and glazing. They will use learn to create ceramic pieces using pottery tools and hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Students will take home finished pieces. This class will provide pottery making basics in a spirited and noncompetitive environment.
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.