Adult Classes

Thank you for considering the Shemer Art Center for your art class interests!  We are pleased to share with you our 2019 Class Schedule!

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

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AJ-91-19 Pottery Open Studio with Alan Jones

POTTERY OPEN STUDIO with Alan Jones

If you want to work on current projects yet expand your ceramic abilities, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will help you take your work to the next level.  No matter what your skill level Alan will guide your explorations so that your work improves.

Open to all levels

Mondays | 6:00-9:00 pm | September 9 - October 21, 2019 | 7 sessions  | $245, plus Materials Fee: $15 for glazes (required) and $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: September 9, 2019

Available Spaces: 6

DW-51-19 Wheel-Throwing & Handbuilding Ceramics Open Studio with Danielle Wood

WHEEL-THROWING & HAND-BUILDING CERAMICS OPEN STUDIO with Danielle Wood

Students will continue to develop and refine their work and techniques in clay, using a variety of techniques and tools. This is an excellent class for students to focus on their own body of work while learning new techniques in hand-building and wheel-throwing, sculpting, and color in each class. There will be demonstrations in each class, individual one-on-one and group discussions.

This class will focus on hand-building techniques including pinch pots, coiling, mold making, slab-built projects, and many more types of techniques. Glaze and color will also be discussed and explored in this class. Cone 5 glazes, additive texture, color such as decals, luster, paper transfers, and print making will be explored in class. Students should bring their creativity!

 

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced 

 

 

Clay Request: *If clay is not requested it will be assumed that no clay is needed.

Wednesdays  |  6:00 - 9:00 pm

October 2 - 30, 2019 |  5 sessions

Class fee: $175
Materials fee:  $15 for glazes (required) and $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $175.00

Date: October 2, 2019

Available Spaces: 9

AJ-92-19 Beginning Pottery with Alan Jones

BEGINNING POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have ever wanted to learn how to work with clay, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, you will start at the beginning by learning to control clay on the potter's wheel. Master a few of the basic shapes to get your pottery adventure going. Alan has developed a curriculum to build your skill level from week to week. Class projects will keep you focused on your goals! Although the class is geared towards beginning potters, all skill levels are welcome.

Open to all levels

Mondays | 1:00-4:00 pm | October 28 - December 16, 2019 (no class 11/25)  | 7 sessions  | $245, plus Materials Fee: $15 for glazes (required) $15 for clay (optional)

 

Price: $245.00

Date: October 28, 2019

Available Spaces: 5

AJ-93-19 Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Alan Jones

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have worked with clay but really want to take it to the next level, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will work with you to build your skill so that your work can truly be inspirational. Classes will focus on creating functional pieces that work well and look good doing it. Class projects lead you step by step to success! Although the class is intended for intermediate to advanced potters, all levels are welcome.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Focused on furthering your skill level

Mondays | 9:30-12:30 pm | October 28 - December 17, 2019 (no class 11/25) | 7 sessions  | $245, plus Materials fee: $15 for glazes (required) and $15 clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: October 28, 2019

Available Spaces: 6

AJ-94-19 Pottery Open Studio with Alan Jones

POTTERY OPEN STUDIO with Alan Jones

If you want to work on current projects yet expand your ceramic abilities, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will help you take your work to the next level.  No matter what your skill level Alan will guide your explorations so that your work improves.

Open to all levels

Mondays | 6:00-9:00 pm | October 28 - December 16, 2019 (no class 11/25) | 7 sessions  | $245, plus Materials Fee: $15 for glazes (required) and $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: October 28, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

JE-95-19 Watercolor Basics with John Erwin

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 

October 29 - December 17, 2019 (no class 11/5 or 11/26) |

6 sessions | $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: October 29, 2019

Available Spaces: 8

JE-96-19 Watercolor Techniques with John Erwin

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WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUES with John Erwin

Watercolor can be elusive and challenging, even to those that have worked in the medium before.  John Erwin instructs in a way that helps experienced watercolor students create more successful paintings than ever before.  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 intermediate/advanced watercolor students

Tuesdays  1:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.  

October 29 - December 17, 2019 (no class 11/5 or 11/26) |

6 sessions | $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: October 29, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

EE-132-19 Drawing Basics with Elliott Everson

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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 

October 29 - December 17, 2019   |  8  Sessions   |   $280

Price: $280.00

Date: October 29, 2019

Available Spaces: 5

EE-133-19 Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

COLORED PENCIL TECHNIQUES  with Elliott Everson

Join us in learning about 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 

October 29 - December 17, 2019  |  8 Sessions  |  $280

Price: $280.00

Date: October 29, 2019

Available Spaces: 5

EE-134-19 Advanced Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

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.

Wednesdays  |  9:30am - 12:30 pm 

October 30 - December 18, 2019  |  8 Sessions  |  $280

Price: $280.00

Date: October 30, 2019

Available Spaces: 3

LN-16-19 Printmaking: Silkscreen & Intaglio Printing with Larry Nisula

PRINTMAKING: SILKSCREEN & INTAGLIO PRINTING with Larry Nisula

In this class, students will learn the basics of silkscreen printing. The traditional methods of using photo emulsion and cut stencils to create unique and exciting prints will be explored.

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Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate

Wednesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm |

October 30 - December 18, 2019  | 8 sessions  | $280, plus $35 materials fee

Price: $245.00

Date: October 30, 2019

Available Spaces: 8

DW-50-19 Ceramics: Building a Body of Work with Danielle Wood

CERAMICS: BUILDING A BODY OF WORK with Danielle Wood

In this course, students will explore building a body of work in ceramics. Students will have the opportunity to explore forms, conceptual themes, and composition in the collection of work they have made as well as learning new techniques in class. Demos will be available in each class displaying new forms and approaches to working in clay. Handbuilding techniques that will be discussed in class are slab building, coiling, drape, and slump molds. Glazing and color will also be explored in this class with cone 5 glazes, lusters, paper transfers, and decals. Students may bring a project they are working on or it can be a space to help generate new ideas.   Bring your creativity!

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced 

Clay Request: *If clay is not requested it will be assumed that no clay is needed.

Wednesdays  |  1:00-4:00 pm

October 30 - December 18, 2019 |  8 sessions

Class fee: $280
Materials fee:  $15 for glazes (required) and $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $280.00

Date: October 30, 2019

Available Spaces: 6

LD-15-19 Drawing Pet Portraits with Ludmila Demich

DRAWING PET PORTRAITS with Ludmila Demich

In this class, students will learn how to draw a realistic portrait of their pets.
Students will have the choice of working in graphite, colored pencil and/or pastel.
When drawing animals, it is important to “know the model” from inside to make sure that it is anatomically correct. Only then will the pet look realistic, like it just pops out from the student's painting.
Students should come to this class to learn how to depict their great friends and express their appreciation for their unconditional love!

Wednesdays |  9:30 - 12:30 pm 

October 30 - December 18, 2019 |  8 Sessions  | $280

Price: $280.00

Date: October 30, 2019

Available Spaces: 6

JE-97-19 Artisan Printmaking with John Erwin

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ARTISAN PRINTMAKING with John Erwin

Learn the hands-on art of printmaking and create hand-pulled prints.  Join John on this adventure as you explore traditional and experimental forms of printmaking.  The centuries-old process is easy and fun under the direction of this gifted artist and instructor.  Printmaking opens you to a new form of expression and helps you to reevaluate your approach to art making.

Experience the excitement of converting your designs into original prints! In this class you will learn to make your own unique marks and stamps that will become cards or artwork.  Explore mixing colors and printing on a variety of papers including colorful Japanese rice paper and an array of artist papers.

Most of the materials will be provided including carving tools, inks and a press.

All Levels
Thursdays  |  9:30- 12:30 p.m.

October 31 - December 19, 2019 (no class 11/7 or 11/28) |  6 sessions  $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: October 31, 2019

Available Spaces: 8

JKM-14-19 Ceramic Figure Sculpture with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

 

CERAMIC FIGURE SCULPTURE with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

This class will be an exciting exploration of the human and/or animal form in clay. Students will learn basic anatomy and structure using hand building techniques such as pinch, coil and slab. Projects may include a skull study that can be decorated in the style of Day of the Dead sugar skulls, slab built torsos, head cups, hand studies and portrait busts. Surface finishes will include the use of translucent underglazes, stains and glazes. The ultimate goal of this class is for students to have fun while learning about clay and the figure and developing their own style. Note: live models will not be used, students may work from photographs or their imagination.

Jane Kelsey-Mapel is an Arizona artist known for her narrative ceramic figure sculptures. She holds a bachelor's degree in Art from Arizona State University and a master's degree in Ceramics from the University of North Texas. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in U.S. and international publications.

 

All Levels

Thursdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | October 31 - December 19, 2019 (no class 11/28) | 7 sessions  

$245, plus Materials fee: $15 for glazes (required) and $15 clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: October 31, 2019

Available Spaces: 8

EE-135-19 Colored Pencil on Wood with Elliott Everson

COLORED PENCIL ON WOOD with Elliott Everson

In this class students will utilize a wood panel as a unique surface for creating Colored Pencil art. Each panel of wood possesses its own personality that offers interesting patterns in the grain that will stimulate creativity. Plants and flowers, trees, autumn leaves, seed pods or interesting designs can be blended into the surface patterns.

With examples and demonstrations Elliott will, share his knowledge of materials, surface preparation, and techniques for applying colored pencil to wood.

Prepared projects and line drawings, as well as a variety of reference photos will be provided for participants to use in creating their own finished piece.

Students are encouraged to bring photos that would be interesting to work with. When choosing a photo, students should think about using a subject that would be at home around, on or of wood.

All levels encouraged

Thursdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm 

October 31 - December 19, 2019 (no class 11/28) |  7 Sessions  | $245

 

Price: $245.00

Date: October 31, 2019

Available Spaces: 8

LD-16-19 Pastels: Vibrancy and Luminosity with Ludmila Demich

PASTELS: VIBRANCY AND LUMINOSITY with Ludmila Demich

Pastel is situated on the edge between drawing and painting, unitedly combining a line and color together.
Learn how to capture vibrancy and luminosity using pastel as a medium.
Prepare yourself to work not just with your own projects but to have some useful exercises for your future projects.

Through demonstrations and discussions, students will learn formal components such as composition, perspective and color while also exploring many experimental techniques. The instructor will work one-on-one with students as they develop their own personal narratives and concepts.

No previous experience is required, but some art experience is expected.

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

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

Thursdays  |  9:30 - 12:30 pm 

October 31 - December 19, 2019 (no class 11/29) |  7 Sessions  | $245

Price: $245.00

Date: October 31, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

LD-17-19 Drawing Realistic Portraits with Ludmila Demich

DRAWING REALISTIC PORTRAITS with Ludmila Demich

The focus of this class will be learning how to draw a portrait. Students will get introduced to and familiar 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 will be covered. Students will surprise friends, and themselves with their excellent results!
This class is for beginners.

Thursdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm 

October 31 - December 19, 2019 (no class 11/29) |  7 Sessions  | $245

Price: $245.00

Date: October 31, 2019

Available Spaces: 8

JE-95-19 Travel Photo Sketching with John Erwin

TRAVEL PHOTO SKETCHING  with John Erwin

In this class, students will learn how to use their photos as sketch material to create a personal sketchbook. This class will cover perspective, sketching, and design. Students will also learn how apply color to sketches. There will be an emphasis on landscape and architecture. Students are encouraged to come and have fun turning their photos into lasting sketch memories.

All Levels

Friday  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm

November 1 - December 20, 2019 (no class 11/8 or 11/29) |  6 sessions  |  $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: November 1, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

EE-136-19 Drawing Open Studio with Elliott Everson

DRAWING OPEN STUDIO with Elliott Everson

Join Elliott Everson in an open studio setting.  New and returning students continue learning and refining drawing techniques, try new subjects and learn to use new textures or surfaces.

Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Elliott will provide one-on-one or group instruction depending on the needs of the students.

This is a tremendous opportunity to push your drawing skills to a new level in an open setting.  Use colored pencils or graphite.  Open to all Levels.  Have fun!

Fridays  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm 

November 1 - December 20, 2019 (no class 11/29) |  7 Sessions  | $245

Price: $245.00

Date: November 1, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

AV-04-19 Expressive Acrylic Basics with Agustin Vargas

EXPRESSIVE ACRYLIC BASICS with Agustin Vargas

This workshop is for students who seek to be paint with more freedom, expression, and spontaneity in acrylics! Students will learn to loosen up and tap into their own creative flow. Inhibitions will be lost as they learn to trust the process and let the journey of painting guide them.

The instructor will encourage freedom of expression while giving tutorials on creating a firm foundation of structure of a painting. Topics will include shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting.

Fridays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm 

November 1 - December 20, 2019 (no class no class 11/29) |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: November 1, 2019

Available Spaces: 6

DW-51-19 Ceramics: Exploring Color & Glaze with Danielle Wood

CERAMICS: EXPLORING COLOR & GLAZE with Danielle Wood

In this course students will explore color and glaze in ceramics. Students will work with their forms and explore texture to accent their glaze choices. There will be an opportunity to learn the foundations of handbuilding, including: pinch pots, coil building, slab work, slump/ drape molds, and pillow forms. In this class, students will be encouraged to make test tiles and try new combinations of glazes to create a palette of colors they can glaze their work with and explore.

Clay Request:

*If clay is not requested it will be assumed that no clay is needed.

 

Skill Level: Open to all levels

 

Fridays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm

November 1 - December 20, 2019 (no class 11/30) |  7 sessions

Class fee: $245
Materials fee:  $15 for glazes (required) and $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: November 1, 2019

Available Spaces: 9

SH-97-19 Mixed Media and Collage with Sue Hunter

     

MIXED MEDIA AND COLLAGE with Sue Hunter

The arts of mixed media and collage offer an endless array of creative techniques. This class is perfect for students who would like to add new dimensions to their creative process or beginners who want the freedom to experiment. Create either traditional or abstract designs using acrylic paints and mark making tools for texture.

Processes using materials such as molding paste, fiber paste, tar gel, gesso, paper, and stencils will be demonstrated.   Build textures and layers with handmade stamps and objects used as stamps. This class also provides instruction on how to under paint images and create unique papers for collaging. There is no limit to how far the imagination can go!

Open to all levels.

Tuesdays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

November 5 - December 18, 2019 |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: November 5, 2019

Available Spaces: 9

SH-98-19 Painting Open Studio with Sue Hunter

PAINTING OPEN STUDIO 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 pm   

November 6 - December 18, 2019  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $210.00

Date: November 6, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

SH-99-19 Oil/Acrylic Open Studio with Sue Hunter

OIL/ACRYLIC OPEN STUDIO with Sue Hunter

In this class students will be working in oil or acrylic paint. They will learn to develop and clarify their painting style while expanding their 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.

Thursdays  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm 

November 7 - December 19, 2019 (no class 11/28) | 6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: November 7, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

JGP-29-19 Watercolor Unleased: Fall Colors to Winter White with Julie Gilbert Pollard

WATERCOLOR UNLEASHED: FALL COLORS TO WINTER WHITES with Julie Gilbert Pollard

Just like the seasons, transition from painting colorful fall foliage to the subtle nuanced colors of winter. We will explore watercolor techniques suited to placing trees with character and personality into our landscapes and even some “holiday” snow!

 

A photo will be provided for your use but you are always welcome and encouraged to paint from your own reference material whenever you wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject, exercises, ongoing critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!

 

Tuesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | November 12 - December 17, 2019 | 6 sessions  | $210

Price: $210.00

Date: November 12, 2019

Available Spaces: 4

JGP-30-20 Watercolor Unleased: Watercolor Basics with Julie Gilbert Pollard

WATERCOLOR UNLEASHED: WATERCOLOR BASICS - REVIEW FOR ADVANCED AND BEGINNING STUDIES with Julie Gilbert Pollard

Watercolor is considered to be the most challenging medium. This class will focus on what Julie considers to be the “basics” of watercolor, which she finds necessary to review on a regular basis. Regardless of one’s facility with the medium these techniques and procedures are critical for the watercolor painter who is at an advanced stage OR at the beginning of their watercolor studies. Using floral subject matter, wet-into-wet, wet-on-dry, negative painting, washes, techniques and more will be studied.

Reference photos will be supplied, or students may use their own. There will be demos, instruction at all levels, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!

Tuesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | January 7 - 28, 2019 | 4 sessions  | $140

Price: $140.00

Date: January 7, 2020

Available Spaces: 10

JGP-31-20 Watercolor Unleased: Painting from Photos with Julie Gilbert Pollard

WATERCOLOR UNLEASHED: PAINTING FROM PHOTOS with Julie Gilbert Pollard

The focus of this class will be to combine the "reality" of the landscape, as seen by the camera, with the passion a student can bring to their work by using their imagination and memory. By concentrating on shape and value as the most important of the building blocks of painting, students will use “color-as-value” to stimulate an emotional response from viewers. They will learn to use unexpected color combinations in unpredictable ways to convey how they see AND feel about the world we live in. Technique will be studied also, as a necessary component to the "big picture" of landscape painting.

A photo will be provided for use for the first class study. Students will bring their own reference material for the remainder of the class. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject matter, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!

Tuesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | March 17 - April 21, 2019 | 6 sessions  | $210

Price: $210.00

Date: March 17, 2020

Available Spaces: 10