Adult Classes

Thank you for considering the Shemer Art Center for your art class interests!  We are pleased to share with you our 2018 Class Schedule!

Please be sure to read our new registration policy prior to registering.

For workshops, please visit our separate workshops page

AJ-79-19 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 | January 7 - February 25, 2019 | 8 sessions  | $280, plus Materials Fee: $15 for glazes (required) $15 for clay (optional)

 

Price: $280.00

Date: January 7, 2019

Available Spaces: 6

AJ-80-19 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 | January 7 - February 25, 2019 | 8 sessions  | $280, plus Materials fee: $15 for glazes (required) and $15 clay (optional)

Price: $280.00

Date: January 7, 2019

Available Spaces: 2

SH-81-19 Creative Collage with Sue Hunter

CREATIVE COLLAGE with Sue Hunter

This class will allow students to learn the process of creating a collage, which for this class will start with a simple image, which you will transfer or draw onto a 10x10 wooden canvas that has been painted with two coats of white gesso.   You will then paint the image with acrylic paint.  Next, using paper torn into individual pieces  you'll use matt medium to adhere the paper to the canvas, coating both sides of the paper.  To finish your artwork, you'll define form using light and shadow with colored paper and other items such as stamps and stencils.  This technique is great for using your imagination and being free to create.

Open to all levels.

Tuesdays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

January 8 - February 26, 2018 (*no class 2/19) |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 8, 2019

Available Spaces: 10

EE-109-19 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 

January 8 - February 26, 2019   |  8  Sessions   |   $280

Price: $280.00

Date: January 8, 2019

Available Spaces: 3

EE-110-19 Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

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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 

January 8 - February 26, 2019  |  8 Sessions  |  $280

Price: $280.00

Date: January 8, 2019

Available Spaces: 3

JE-80-19 Watercolor Basics with John Erwin

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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 

January 8 - February 26, 2019 (no class 2/12) | 7 sessions | $245

 

Price: $245.00

Date: January 8, 2019

Available Spaces: 5

JE-81-19 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.  

January 8 - February 26, 2019 (no class 2/12) 

| 7 sessions | $245

 

Price: $245.00

Date: January 8, 2019

Available Spaces: 3

KS-15-19 Wheel Thrown Pottery with Kathleen Scott

WHEEL THROWN POTTERY WITH KATHLEEN SCOTT

In this class, students will be guided through the fundamentals of creating pieces on the wheel. Whether you’re new to pottery or have experience and are looking to hone your skills, this class is for you! Each week a different demonstration will be given, including centering and making a cylinder, cups, throwing and trimming bowls and plates, pulling handles, as well as various surface design techniques.

Tuesdays, January 8 - February 26, 2019

6:00 - 9:00 pm  | 8 sessions 

$280 plus Materials Fee: $15 for glazes (required) and $15 for clay (optional)

 

Price: $280.00

Date: January 8, 2019

Available Spaces: 0

SH-82-19 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   

January 9 - February 27, 2019 (No class 2/20)  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 9, 2019

Available Spaces: 1

EE-111-19 Advanced Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

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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 

January 9 - February 27, 2019   |  8 Sessions  |  $280

Price: $280.00

Date: January 9, 2019

Available Spaces: 1

SH-83-19 Oil/Acrylic with Sue Hunter

OIL/ACRYLIC with Sue Hunter

This is a class designed to walk you through the painting process from beginning to end.  Sometimes the most difficult part of making art is starting.

Sue will guide you through the process of setting up your paints and organizing your colors.  Learn how to simplify and mix colors.  Emphasis on values will be discussed throughout the sessions.

Learn to view your surroundings, to edit in your mind's eye, and to create interesting and engaging compositions.

Each week, Sue Hunter will demonstrate the lesson and then provide individual and group instruction.  Students are invited to work in either oil or acrylic.  Materials list for both will be provided.

Thursdays  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm 

January 10 - February 21, 2018  | 7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 10, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

JE-82-19 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.

January 10 - February 28, 2019 (no class 2/14)  |  7 sessions  |  $245

 

Price: $245.00

Date: January 10, 2019

Available Spaces: 5

LD-03-18 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  |  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

January 10 - February 28, 2019 |  8 Sessions  | $280

Price: $280.00

Date: January 10, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

LD-04-19 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 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.
We will cover everything you will need to know. You will surprise your friends, and yourself with your excellent results!

Thursdays  |  9:30 - 12:30 pm 

January 10 - February 28, 2019 |  8 Sessions  | $280

Price: $280.00

Date: January 10, 2019

Available Spaces: 6

EE-112-19 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 

January 11 - March 1, 2019 | 8 Sessions  | $280

 

Price: $280.00

Date: January 11, 2019

Available Spaces: 6

JE-83-19 10-Minute Sketching with John Erwin

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10-MINUTE SKETCHING  with John Erwin

What’s the difference between a sketch and a drawing?   A sketch can be imperfect, it takes less time than a drawing, evokes emotion, and captures a moment. There is an art to making a sketch that instantly conjures a memory of time or place.

In this class, award-winning artist John Erwin shares his tips and lessons on sketching from his extensive travel over several decades. John generously shares his personal travel journals of sketches and the artistic lessons he learned along the way.

From this class you will be able to capture your travel memories in sketches. John will teach you how to set up a sketchbook and a pocket-travel sketch kit. Through specific lessons, you will learn how to create balanced compositions with perspective and value. Experience the excitement and the confidence of sketching in public. You will add people, cars and other real-life interest to your sketches. From black and white line drawing in pencil, pen or other media, John will guide you through adding color, texture and pattern to create more finished works. Working with watercolor, ink, pencil, marker and you will even use a razor blade! You will astonish yourself and your friends in your ability to capture the spirit of the place you are sketching.

All Levels

Friday  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm

January 11 - March 1, 2019 (no class 2/15)

|  7 sessions  |  $245

 

Price: $245.00

Date: January 11, 2019

Available Spaces: 6

KS-16-18 Handbuilding Methods & Techniques with Kathleen Scott

 

HANDBUILDING METHODS & TECHNIQUES WITH KATHLEEN SCOTT

This class will focus on hand-built ceramics methods. Whether you’re an experienced hand-builder looking to finish a project or someone new to working with clay, this class is for you! Each week demonstrations will be given on a particular technique, from slabbing, coiling, and pinching, to creating textures, sgraffito, image transfer, and glazing. 

Fridays, January 11 - March 1, 2019

| 1:00-4:00pm  | 8 sessions 

$280 plus Materials Fee: $15 for glazes (required) and $15 for clay (optional)

 

Price: $280.00

Date: January 11, 2019

Available Spaces: 2

DW-34-19 Building a Body of Work in Ceramics with Danielle Wood

BUILDING A BODY OF WORK IN CERAMICS with Danielle Wood

In this class, students will learn how to develop and clarify a body of work through the artistic medium of clay. Students will get a chance to select ways of working that fit the forms they would like to make. Glaze and additive textures will be selected to give further depth and unifying colors to their work. Experimenting with different cone 5 clay bodies will be encouraged. Every week a new idea or technique will be shared at the beginning of class. One on one time will be given with each student. Experimenting with glazes will be encouraged. Methods of hand building such as coiling, pinch pots, press molds, slab work will also be touched upon. However, the main portion of the class is for each student to build a body of work that they enjoy creating and suits their personal style, by the end of the class.

Prerequisite: Previous hand building in clay experience.

Wednesdays  |  1:00-4:00 pm

January 16 - February 27, 2019 |  7 sessions

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

Price: $245.00

Date: January 16, 2019

Available Spaces: 0

DW-35-19 Introduction to Handbuilding with Danielle Wood

INTRODUCTION TO HANDBUILDING with Danielle Wood

In this class, students will get a solid foundation in hand building with different sculptural techniques such as coiling, pinch pots, slab work, and press molds. There will be a brief introduction to throwing on the wheel in order to teach techniques that involve both throwing and hand building when creating artwork. Experimentation in glazing will be encouraged with a variety of cone 5 glazes and textures. Lusters, decals, and other surface layering will be encouraged. Bring your creativity!

 

All levels encouraged

 

Fridays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm

January 18 - March 1, 2019  |  7 sessions

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

Price: $245.00

Date: January 18, 2019

Available Spaces: 5

JGP-26-19 Watercolor Unleashed: 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 you bring to it from your memory and imagination. By concentrating on shape and value as the most important of the building blocks of painting, you will use “color-as-value” to stimulate an emotional response from your viewer. Learn to use unexpected color combinations in unpredictable ways to convey how you 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 your use for the first class study. You will bring your 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 | February 5 - 26, 2019 | 4 sessions  | $140

Price: $140.00

Date: February 5, 2019

Available Spaces: 9

SH-84-19 Creative Collage with Sue Hunter

CREATIVE COLLAGE with Sue Hunter

This class will allow students to learn the process of creating a collage, which for this class will start with a simple image, which you will transfer or draw onto a 10x10 wooden canvas that has been painted with two coats of white gesso.   You will then paint the image with acrylic paint.  Next, using paper torn into individual pieces  you'll use matt medium to adhere the paper to the canvas, coating both sides of the paper.  To finish your artwork, you'll define form using light and shadow with colored paper and other items such as stamps and stencils.  This technique is great for using your imagination and being free to create.

Open to all levels.

Tuesdays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

March 12 - April 23, 2019 |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: March 12, 2019

Available Spaces: 10

SH-85-19 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   

March 13 - April 24, 2019  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: March 13, 2019

Available Spaces: 12

SH-86-19 Oil/Acrylic with Sue Hunter

OIL/ACRYLIC with Sue Hunter

This is a class designed to walk you through the painting process from beginning to end.  Sometimes the most difficult part of making art is starting.

Sue will guide you through the process of setting up your paints and organizing your colors.  Learn how to simplify and mix colors.  Emphasis on values will be discussed throughout the sessions.

Learn to view your surroundings, to edit in your mind's eye, and to create interesting and engaging compositions.

Each week, Sue Hunter will demonstrate the lesson and then provide individual and group instruction.  Students are invited to work in either oil or acrylic.  Materials list for both will be provided.

Thursdays  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm 

March 14 - April 25, 2019  | 7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: March 14, 2019

Available Spaces: 9

JGP-27-18 Watercolor Unleashed: Flowers - Delicate & Bold with Julie Gilbert Pollard

WATERCOLOR UNLEASHED: FLOWERS - DELICATE & BOLD with Julie Gilbert Pollard

Discover the beauty of light, airy washes in multiple transparent colors to paint multi-colored and white flowers. For light-saturated flowers we will use transparent washes for the lights, clean medium tones and rich darker values to set off those beautiful translucent blooms. The arrangement of flowers into a pleasing and captivating composition will be studied as equally important to watercolor technique.

 

A photo will be provided, but you are welcome and encouraged to paint from your own reference material as well. 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 | April 2 - 30, 2019 | 5 sessions  | $175

Price: $175.00

Date: April 2, 2019

Available Spaces: 10

JGP-28-18 Watercolor Unleashed: The Rocky Landscape with Julie Gilbert Pollard

WATERCOLOR UNLEASHED: THE ROCKY LANDSCAPE with Julie Gilbert Pollard

Rocks, Boulders & Pebbles: the "bedrock" if you will of landscape painting. Creating the shapes and forms of individual rocks and learning to combine them into a collective shape that "says rocks" without detailing each is crucial to successful landscape painting. We will focus on the challenge of painting a landscape in which rocks are a significant feature.

A photo will be provided for your use but you are always welcomed 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 plenty of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcomed and encouraged to attend. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting.

 

Tuesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | July 2 - 23, 2019 | 4 sessions  | $140

Price: $140.00

Date: July 2, 2019

Available Spaces: 10

JGP-29-18 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: 10