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Adult Classes

Let the artist in you shine!

Thank you for considering the Shemer Art Center for your art class interests! We are pleased to share with you our Class Schedule for adults ages 18+!

Please be sure to read our registration policy prior to registering for a class.

BEGINNING & INTERMEDIATE POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have ever wanted to learn how to work with clay, this is the class for you.

Beginning Students
The foundation of any successful thrower is mastering the basics. This introduction to throwing on the wheel will cover centering, bowls, plates, and cylinders. These are the techniques that every potter must learn in order to be skillful and successful. Students will work together in a hands-on environment covering these methods as well as basic history and scientific principles of clay and the wheel.

Intermediate Students
With the basics of throwing under your belt Intermediate students will be encouraged to push their boundaries. A focus on being able to throw more complicated forms such as amphora, sectionals, chargers, and teapots; as well as general sizes and shapes that may lie outside the student’s comfort zone. Pushing these boundaries will help build upon the skills of the potter and increase confidence to pursue more ambitious projects.

Open to all levels

Mondays | 9:30am- 12:30pm | April 15 – May 27, 2024 | 7 sessions | $265, plus $15 studio fee (required), $20+ for clay (if purchased through Shemer)


  •  April 15, 2024 - May 27, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm

BEGINNING & INTERMEDIATE POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have ever wanted to learn how to work with clay, this is the class for you.

Beginning Students
The foundation of any successful thrower is mastering the basics. This introduction to throwing on the wheel will cover centering, bowls, plates, and cylinders. These are the techniques that every potter must learn in order to be skillful and successful. Students will work together in a hands-on environment covering these methods as well as basic history and scientific principles of clay and the wheel.

Intermediate Students
With the basics of throwing under your belt Intermediate students will be encouraged to push their boundaries. A focus on being able to throw more complicated forms such as amphora, sectionals, chargers, and teapots; as well as general sizes and shapes that may lie outside the student’s comfort zone. Pushing these boundaries will help build upon the skills of the potter and increase confidence to pursue more ambitious projects.

Open to all levels

Mondays | 1 – 4 pm | April 15 – May 27, 2024 | 7 sessions | $265, plus $15 studio fee (required), $20+ for clay (if purchased through Shemer)


  •  April 15, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  April 22, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  April 29, 2024 - May 27, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  May 6, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  May 13, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  May 20, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  May 27, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

POTTERY OPEN STUDIO with Anne Rasmussen

In this class students will have the opportunity to work in ceramics in an open studio environment where they can focus on their own chosen body of work through handbuilding and wheel throwing.  Ceramic techniques and instructor consultation will be available in the studio as needed.  It is a great space to build a body of work surrounded by other ceramicists in a supportive artistic community.

* Ceramic Experience Encouraged

Mondays | 6:00-9:00 pm | April 15 – May 27, 2024 | 7 sessions  | $265, plus $15 studio fee (required) and $20 for clay (optional)


  •  April 15, 2024
     6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  •  April 22, 2024
     6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  •  April 29, 2024
     6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  •  May 6, 2024
     6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  •  May 13, 2024
     6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  •  May 20, 2024
     6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  •  May 27, 2024
     6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Stephen Bunyard

Let’s make better pots! This class is aimed at advancing student’s throwing skills. Students will focus on making the most of their clay with efficient throwing techniques, and then move on to more advanced forms. Classes will focus on the fine details that define a body of work, with an emphasis on aspects of alteration and decoration. Students will learn more about glazing and how choices are made when forming can enhance the glazing. They will also have the opportunity to learn about the importance of documenting artwork and get a chance to photograph finished works. Most importantly, everyone will have a fun time being creative!

Stephen Bunyard is an experienced potter making wheel thrown work in porcelain. Best known for his illustrated work and sake sets, he puts the fun in the fundamentals. He loves sharing his experiences in clay and mentoring other potters.

Tuesdays  | April 16 – May 21, 2024 |  6 pm – 9 pm | 6 sessions | $225 plus $15 studio fee (required), $20+ for clay (if purchased through Shemer)

 


  •  April 16, 2024 - June 21, 2024
     6:00 pm - 9:00 am

Studio Painting with Sue Hunter

Learn to develop and clarify your painting style while expanding your technical skills in this studio class.
Sue will tailor discussions and demonstrations to the developing needs of each student-artist. As the class progresses, students will have the opportunity to learn ways of adding other media to their paintings.

 

 

Prerequisite: Previous painting experience. Bring a blank canvas or a work in progress, images, reference materials, or a sample of finished work, and painting supplies you currently use to the first class; suggestions for additional materials will be discussed at that time.  All media welcome.

Wednesdays  |  9:30 am-12:30 am  |April 17 – May 29, 2024 | 7 Sessions  |  $265


  •  April 17, 2024 - May 29, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm

PRINTMAKING with Larry Nisula

In this class, students will learn the basics of silkscreen printing. The methods of using photo emulsion and cut stencils to create unique and exciting prints will be explored. Students will move on to discover how to work with brushed on color, as well as the process behind color registration.

Larry will demonstrate techniques as the class progresses, and students will have the opportunity to learn the process of creating intaglio prints, woodcut prints, and linoleum prints. Common techniques include using both drypoint and the etching of copper plates. When printing their plates, students will use etching presses. Note: These printmaking processes involve chemicals and harsh solvents. The instructor will take time to explain proper safety measures. Etching of plates will be done off campus.

Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate

Wednesdays,  April 17 – May 29, 2024  | 1:00 – 4:00 pm | 7 sessions  |  $265, plus $35 materials fee


  •  April 17, 2024 - May 29, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

JEWELRY MAKING: Silver Casting, Fabrication, and Enameling with Larry Nisula

Jewelry Making for Teens & Adults, perfect for parents who want to take a class with their children!  This class is all about introducing students to basic and fundamental techniques and tools used to create unique jewelry and metal-smithed objects. Topics covered include fabrication and casting in silver, silver soldering a banded ring, and working in the lost wax method.  Advanced techniques include sand and cuttlebone casting, as well as enameling. Students will have the opportunity to create several jewelry pieces including, rings, pendants and earrings.

Age: 13+

Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate

Wednesdays, April 17 – May 29, 2024  | 4:30 – 6:30 pm | 7 sessions | $175, plus $35 materials fee


  •  April 17, 2024 - May 29, 2024
     4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

STUDIO PAINTING with Sue Hunter

In this class students are able to work in pastel, watercolor, oil or acrylic paint. Throughout this studio class they will learn to develop and clarify their painting style while expanding their technical skills.

Sue will tailor discussions and demonstrations to the developing needs of each student artist. As the class progresses, students will have the opportunity to learn ways of adding other media to their paintings if desired.

Prerequisite: Previous painting experience. Bring a blank canvas or a work in progress, images, reference materials, or a sample of finished work, and painting supplies you currently use to the first class; suggestions for additional materials will be discussed at that time.

Thursdays  |  9:30 am-12:30 am  | April 18 – May 30, 2024  | 7 Sessions  |  $265


  •  April 18, 2024 - May 30, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm

GLAZE INTENSIVE with Danielle Wood*

In this class students will have the opportunity to test glazes on bisque-ware.  Bisque-ware from previous classes will be a prefect canvas for testing glazes.  Students will keep track of what glazes have been used with a glaze notebook and underglaze pencil.  During the class students will have the opportunity to experiment with paper transfers on greenware, cone five glazes, underglazes, oxide and mason stain washes.  This class will lay an excellent foundation , guiding students through creating a palette of glazes to work from.  Bring your creativity and enthusiasm for glaze experimentation!

Skill Level: Some Ceramic Experience Encouraged

* this class is available for both virtual and in person students 

Fridays  |  9:30am – 12:30 pm  |  April 19 – May 31, 2024 | No class May 10 | 6 sessions   |  $225 + Materials fee:  $15 studio fee (required)

 


  •  April 19, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  •  April 26, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  •  May 3, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  •  May 17, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  •  May 24, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  •  May 31, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm

DRAWING BASICS with Elliott Everson

Everyone can learn to draw and this class will get you started.

Drawing requires learning how to observe correctly and record what you see.

Students will learn the essentials of proportion, line, shading, perspective and composition, and use basic drawing techniques to create realistic pencil drawings of still life, landscapes and more, with natural and man made textures and subjects.

Learning to draw accurately will provide you with an excellent foundation for additional drawing, colored pencil, painting and other art classes. Returning students will continue learning and refining techniques, try new subjects and textures or surfaces. Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Have fun!

All Levels

Tuesdays  |  9:30am – 12:30 pm  | April 23 – May 28, 2024 | 6 Sessions   |   $225


  •  April 23, 2024 - May 28, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm

WATERCOLOR BASICS with John Erwin

Watercolor can be elusive and challenging.  John Erwin instructs in a way that creates successful paintings.
In this class you will learn the basics of color and design to create well balanced paintings.John will instruct on how to start and complete a painting.

Each week you will build techniques and skills to guide you into more complex, finished paintings.

For beginning watercolor students

Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm  |  April 23 – May 28, 2024 |  6 sessions   |  $225


  •  April 23, 2024 - May 28, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm

COLORED PENCIL TECHNIQUES  with Elliott Everson

In this class students will learn the basic techniques of colored pencil drawing.

Instruction will include different pencil strokes, blending, layering colors, and burnishing, as well as the use of other tools and materials.

Use colored pencils to achieve realistic color and texture in your drawing of your subject be it animal, plant, landscape, shiny or rusty cars, or a glass vase of flowers!  Returning students will continue learning and refining techniques, try new subjects and textures or surfaces.

Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Have fun!

All Levels

Tuesdays  |  1:00 – 4:00 pm  | April 23 – May 28, 2024  | 6 Sessions   |   $225


  •  April 23, 2024 - May 28, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

ADVANCED COLORED PENCIL TECHNIQUES with Elliott Everson

Join us to further your learning about the variety of uses and techniques of colored pencil drawing including different pencil strokes, blending, layering colors, burnishing, as well as other tools and materials.

Use colored pencils to achieve realistic colors and textures to create drawings of man made or natural subjects, animals, plants, landscapes, shiny or rusty cars, or a glass vase of flowers. Returning students will continue learning and refining techniques, try new subjects and textures or surfaces. Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Have fun!   Basic experience required.

* this class is available for both virtual and in person students

Wednesdays  |  9:30am – 12:30 pm  | April 24 – May 29, 2024 | 6 Sessions  |  $225


  •  April 24, 2024 - May 29, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Paper Collage with Ludmila Demich

Creating works of art through collage is an exciting process with endless possibilities for creativity and innovation. In this class students will learn about collage and create their own unique works of art using the collage process. This class is perfect for artists looking to reinvigorate their creative practice and play with new imagery and compositions.
Students will explore using the principals of design to compose works of art that combine a diverse pallet of images including objective and non objective parts into fresh ideas and images. In this class you will have the opportunity to use a variety of materials, including rice paper, cut outs from magazines, prints, photographs, stained paper, found paper, and fibers. Students will learn how to combine all these different materials, forms, images and textures to create something new.
Join us and learn to approach collage in original and refreshing ways.

Thursdays, April 25 – May 30, 2024 | 1:00 -4:00 pm  | 7 Sessions  |  $265


  •  April 25, 2024 - May 30, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

BF-55-24 Working in a Series with Bela Fidel

This course will expand students’ knowledge of abstract painting through the process of working in a series. Students will discover their own unique and original voice while building a body of work. This course will define the concept of working in series exploring repetition, experimentation and thematic cohesion. Students will learn about sequential exploration, motifs, themes and techniques for cohesion and consistency. This is the perfect course for students who have been painting in abstract style for any length of time. This course will use both oils and acrylics.

Fridays, April 26 – May 24, 2024|  1 – 4 pm | $150, plus $15 materials fee


  •  April 26, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  May 3, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  May 10, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  May 17, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  May 24, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Painting Florals with Sue Hunter

Learn to capture the vibrancy of flowers in this floral painting class. Sue will teach students what makes a good reference image and lead students through tips and tricks for incorporating flowers in their artwork.

Whether you are interested in adding flowers to a landscape or want to focus on creating a realistic still life this class will guide you through mark-making techniques that convey the texture of the petals, color-mixing tips to get the perfect colors, and insight on the important details that make a painting unique. Sue will tailor discussions and demonstrations to the needs of each student.

Some Reference images will be provided but students are also invited to bring reference images of their choosing as well as the supplies for the media they wish to work in.

 

Tuesdays | April 30 – May 28, 2024 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm | 5 sessions | $190


  •  April 30, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  •  May 7, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  •  May 14, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  •  May 21, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  •  May 28, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm

DRAWING REALISTIC PORTRAITS with Ludmila Demich

The focus of this class will be learning how to draw a portrait. Students will be introduced to and familiarized with concepts like: composition, structural approach, proportions of the head and position of the head. As well as building value, light and shadow and defining features of the face.

Everything a student needs to know about drawing a realistic portrait will be covered. Students will surprise friends, and themselves with excellent results!
This class is for all levels.

Wednesdays, May 1 – May 29, 2024 | 1:00pm-4:00pm  | 5 Sessions  |  $190


  •  May 1, 2024 - May 29, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

PASTEL AND COLORED PENCIL FUNDAMENTALS with Ludmila Demich

In this class students will learn how to capture vibrancy and luminosity using pastel and colored pencil as a medium. Students will have the opportunity to use what they already have at home: pastel, pastel pencils or color pencils, but with a new look. Friends will be shocked with the result and what can be done with these mediums.
Students will participate in exercises that strengthen their skills. Through demonstrations and discussions, students will learn formal components including composition, perspective and color while also exploring experimental techniques. The instructor will then work one-on-one with students as they develop their own personal narratives and concepts through independent projects. No previous experience is required.

The course will be taught for dry pastel materials; no oil pastels please.

A list of supplies will be available prior to the class.

Thursdays  |  9:30 – 12:30 pm  | May 2 – May 30, 2024 |  5 Sessions  |  $190


  •  May 2, 2024 - May 30, 2024
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm

REALISM BASICS IN OILS with Patrice Al-Shatti

In this class students will learn an easy step by step method to achieve luminous realism in oils using a modern variation of the underpainting and glazing techniques used by historic masters. Students will hone their skills at preparing a painting surface, explore several ways to get their image on a panel or canvas, learn about underpaintings and how they make the painting process accessible for anyone, and experience the joy of glazing for depth and vibrancy of color. Glazing in oils is a magical process that brings extraordinary richness to contemporary realistic artwork and students will be amazed by their results. The class is divided into four sequential units where students will build an oil painting from hardboard panel up to a finished masterpiece. Beginning and more advanced oil painters are welcome.

Advanced Track: Students who have learned the basics of underpainting and glazing will explore the impact of burnt umber and pastel under paintings and work on imagery of their own choice. Students will work one on one with the instructor to improve their painting technique, hone their artistic voice, and generate amazing reference photos. Please come to the first session with several images you’d like to work with.

Saturdays | May 4, 2024 | 10 am 2 pm | May 11 & May 18, 2024 | 10 am-3 pm | May 25, 2024 | 10 am- 1 pm | 4 sessions | $215


  •  May 4, 2024
     10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  •  May 11, 2024
     10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  •  May 18, 2024
     10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  •  May 25, 2024
     10:00 am - 1:00 pm

HYBRID CLASS: Exploring Handbuilding with Danielle Wood *

In this class students will have the opportunity to explore handbuilding in a variety of techniques. Handbuilding methods that will be explored are coiling, pinch pots, slab work, pillow forms, press molded forms, drape molds, and many more. The students will also learn about glazing their work and highlighting the forms they create with the glazes that they choose. In this class, testing glazes and exploring color will also be encouraged. Students will have the opportunity to explore Cone 5/6 glazes, underglazes, lusters, decals, marbling, and some Nerikomi. Projects will be suggested, and some students may have projects in mind that is also encouraged. Bring your creativity and this is a great opportunity to explore sculptural textured forms in clay.

Skill Level: Some Ceramic Experience Encouraged

* This class is available for both virtual and in-person students!

Tuesdays  |  1 – 4 pm  |  May 7 – 28, 2024 | 4 sessions   |  $150 +  $15 studio fee (required) + clay fee if purchased through Shemer

 


  •  May 7, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  May 14, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  May 21, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  May 28, 2024
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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