Visual Art Classes

Connect more deeply to the world and open yourself to new ways of seeing. Visual art classes improve your memory, attention, and fine motor skills.

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You & Me Art Class

Young students will learn the building blocks of artistic expression through fun art and crafting projects. Students will engage and interact with others in class and bond with their caregiver. Tuition is required for the child but the adult (must be 18 or older) who takes the class with them is FREE.

Ages 3-5 | Sundays | 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
317.7602.1 | 6 weeks | Starts Sunday, 4/23
Early Registration: $150/Members $135 Regular Registration: $160/Members $145 Tuition includes $15 materials fee
Instructor: Dottie Hoover

 

Crazy Creature Crafts

Using their imaginations as a guide, students will create drawings, clay models, and even puppets of all different kinds of creatures. From animals to monsters, students will create just about anything with their imagination as a guide.

Ages 5-8 | Sundays | 11:30 AM -12:30 PM
317.7482.1 | 6 Weeks | Starting Sunday, 4/23
Early Registration: $145/Members $130 Regular Registration: $155/Members $140 Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Dottie Hoover

 

NEW! Hands on Art

Let’s get messy! Students in this class will experiment with a variety of art media to create hands on, sticky, fun art creations. From using marbles, sand, soap and everyday household items, your child will gain an understanding that art is everywhere and we can all be artists with a little practice and a lot of creativity.

Grades K-2 | Tuesdays | 4:30PM-5:30PM
317.7471.1 | 8 Weeks | Starting Tuesday, 4/4
Early Registration: $195/Members $180 Regular Registration: $205/Members $190 Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Latechia Mitchell

NEW! Cool’agessmall art

Students in this class will study the art form of collage, along with learning about famous artists who used this media such as Eric Carle. Your child will enjoy using media that ranges from paper to sand to paint. The final class will be a demo that is open to families and friends. Your budding artist will gain a new appreciation for the genre of collage by the end of this creative class.

Grades K-2 | Tuesdays | 5:30 PM-6:30PM
317.7461.1 | 8 Weeks | Starting Tuesday, 4/4
Early Registration: $195/Members $180 Regular Registration: $205/Members $190 Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Latechia Mitchell

 

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Cartooning

This is an entry-level class which emphasizes drawing characters. Develop and improve drawing and cartooning skills. Additionally, students are introduced to the language of cartooning including telling a story, using frames, dialogue balloons and cartoon text which produces a comic style format. The student cartoon layout begins with a pencil drawing which is “inked“ using marker and then completed with watercolor.

Ages 8-11 | Fridays | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
317.7121.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Friday, 3/31
Early Registration: $235/Members $220 Regular Registration: $245/Members $230 Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Brian Mason

 

Advanced Cartooning

This class continues developing student’s skills learned in the entry-level cartoon class, with a greater focus on drawing, character development, and story-telling. Students improve their drawing, inking and color skills as they progress toward learning the many and varied talents required of a cartoonist and produce their own cartoons and comics.

Ages 10-15 | Fridays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
317.7111.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Friday, 3/31
Early Registration: $235/Members $220 Regular Registration: $245/Members $230 Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Brian Mason

 

NEW! Fantasy Drawing and Science Fiction Illustration

Students will use Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and more and traditional folktales and epics as a jumping off point to create their own parallel worlds and universes. By creating aliens and creatures, maps, languages, and other elements, students will make these exciting and interesting alternative realities seem believable. Learn drawing, painting and mixed media techniques in this highly creative class from instructor Ellen Vartanoff, who worked at both Marvel and DC Comics as a freelance colorist and in other capacities. Please note this is not a computer based course.

Grades 6-12 | Wednesdays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
317.7181.1 | 8 Weeks | Starting Friday, 3/31
Early Registration: $195/Members $180 Regular Registration: $205/Members $190 Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Ellen Vartanoff

 

Basics of Drawing

This is a great beginner class for students wanting to develop their visual arts skills; exploring shape, form, color and texture. Using different media, students will develop observation skills in order to draw accurate geometric volumes and proportions while exploring the expressive uses of line.

Ages 7-11 | Saturdays | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
317.7131.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Saturday, 4/1
Early Registration: $235/Members $220 Regular Registration: $245/Members $230 Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Marta Lautz

Intermediate Drawing

Students will compose drawings through the analysis and exploration of relationships such as objects to each other in pictorial space and value relationships – concepts to convey light, volume and space. Students learn to generate original ideas while developing their own portfolio.

Ages 9-15 | Saturdays | 9:30 AM-11:00 AM
317.7201.1  | 10 Weeks | Starting Saturday, 4/1
Early Registration: $345/Members $330 Regular Registration: $355/Members $340 Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Marta Lautz

 

NEW! Relief Sculpting  –  Adult Class!

Explore the versatility of Pastalina Modeling Clay. Pastalina is an oil base modeling clay easy to manipulate. This media allows students to create astonishing, detailed semi 3D artwork that can be displayed as a painting. Students benefit from the manual dexterity while learning about art concepts to create effective and aesthetic compositions. The projects in this course are designed to explore creativity and to sharpen observation. Our main inspiration will be the environment.

Ages 18 and up | Saturdays | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
317.7051.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Saturday, 4/1
Early Registration: $345/Members $330 Regular Registration: $355/Members $340 Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Marta Lautz

 

Pop Art: Abstract Expressions, Neo-Dada and Combines  –  Adult Class!

Learn about the art and life of Robert Rauschenberg and his “Combines.” Use non-traditional materials and objects to create unique pop art. Explore Abstract Expressionism, New-Dada and Pop Art through the art of Jasper Johns and Allen Kaprow.  Students will use paint, pastel and elements of collage to create art in techniques of the Pop Art greats.

Ages 14 and up | Thursdays | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
317.7632.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Thursday, 3/30
Early Registration: $345/Members $330 Regular Registration: $355/Members $340 Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Natalya Parris

 

NEW! Russian Tea Culture – Through the Eyes and Art of Great Masters

Learn about the art and life of Russian painters Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky (1868-1945), impressionist Seergei Vinogradov (1869-1938), and Vladimir Makovsky (1846-1920). Enjoy traditional Russian tea and create works inspired by those artisits.

Ages 14 and up | Wednesday | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
317.7661.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Wednesday, 3/29
Early Registration: $345/Members $330 Regular Registration: $355/Members $340 Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Natalya Parris

 

Painting with Oil and Acrylic

In this fun and informative course, students will learn painting techniques and develop basic drawing skills. Focus on the elements of art: shape, color, value and texture, while working with models and still life, as well as using pictures and grid system.

Please note: This class does not include a materials fee. A supply list provided on the first class for students to purchase their own supplies.

Ages 14 and up | Tuesdays | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
317.7311.1  | 8 Weeks | Starting Wednesday, 3/29
Early Registration: $265/Members $250 Regular Registration: $275/Members $260
Instructor: Walkiria Torrealba

NEW!  Painting Animals with Pastels and Acrylic

Be inspired by the animal kingdom in this class where students will learn how to use pastels and acrylic to paint various animals. Instruction about basic principles of color, composition and perspective are included as well as techniques using pastels and acrylic. Combine your love of art and animals in this enriching and fun class.

Please note: This class does not include a materials fee. A supply list provided on the first class for students to purchase their own supplies.

Ages 14 and up | Sundays | 2:30 PM-4:00PM
317.7271.1  | 8 Weeks | Starting Sunday, 4/2
Early Registration: $265/Members $250 Regular Registration: $275/Members $260
Instructor: Walkiria Torrealba


Conservatory Visual Arts Classes

Visual Art Conservatory classes not only give students the chance to develop strong artistic skills, but also to learn the important component of showing their work in exhibits. These classes will culminate in an end-of-year art show in June of 2017.

Visual Art Conservatory classes are currently full.  Please consult this catalogue for available seasonal (winter) Visual Art classes or call the Education Department for more information.