Adult Classes

Thank you for considering the Shemer Art Center for your adult (ages 18+) art class interests!  We are pleased to share with you our 2020 Class Schedule!

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

For WORKSHOPS, please visit our separate Workshops page

For YOUTH CLASSES (ages 6-17 as indicated), please visit our separate Youth Classes page

SH-118-20 Oil Basics with Sue Hunter

OIL BASICS with Sue Hunter

This is a class designed to walk you through the painting process using oil paints from beginning to end.  Sometimes the most difficult part of making art is getting started!

Sue will guide you through the process of setting up your oil 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.

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, this class will be limited to 6 students. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

Tuesdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm 

September 22 - November 3, 2020 | 7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: September 22, 2020

Available Spaces: 3

JGP-35-20 VIRTUAL CLASS - Watercolor Unleashed: Paint Scenes from Around the Country with Julie Gilbert Pollard

VIRTUAL CLASS - WATERCOLOR UNLEASHED: PAINT SCENES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY with Julie Gilbert Pollard

In this class, students will do a simple painting from a photo taken in a different state. These humble paintings can be considered as extremely loose, but finished paintings or preliminary studies from which to paint more considered artworks. The first reference pic provided might be from Hawaii, Florida, California, New York, etc. It's a surprise! A new reference photo will be offered each week, but students are welcome to use their own if they prefer.

There will be demos, instruction at all levels as needed, one-on-one 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 | October 6 - November 17, 2020 (no class October 27) | 6 sessions  | $210

Price: $210.00

Date: October 6, 2020

Available Spaces: 1

AJ-111-20 Beginning & Intermediate Pottery with Alan Jones

BEGINNING & INTERMEDIATE 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.

Beginning Students:

Beginner-level instruction will keep students focused on their goals. They will learn to control clay on the potters wheel and practice basic shapes to get their pottery adventure started!

Intermediate Students:

The focus will be on creating functional pots. Students will learn what to do now that they are at the level that they can control the clay. The intermediate class projects will guide students towards mastery!

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, this class will be limited to 6 students. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

Open to all levels

Mondays | 1:00-4:00 pm | October 26 - December 14, 2020 | 8 sessions | $280, plus Materials Fee: $15 studio fee (required), $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $280.00

Date: October 26, 2020

Available Spaces: 2

AJ-112-20 Intermediate & Advanced Pottery with Alan Jones

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED POTTERY with Alan Jones

Intermediate Students:

Students will take their pottery-making ability to the next level. They will perfect the skills that they learned as a beginner, and adapt them to evolve their own unique pottery style. Progress will be made by working on different projects each session. Working with clay becomes more relaxing and fun as basic skills are mastered!

Advanced Students:
Now that students have really sharpened their skills, they will begin to design their own successful projects. Advanced students will focus on creating functional pottery that works well, and looks good doing it. Students will be given the choice of working along with the class projects or working on their own ideas. Either way, they will explore the process of bringing creative ideas to life.

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, this class will be limited to 6 students. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

Focused on furthering your skill level

Mondays | 9:30 am-12:30 pm | October 26 - December 14, 2020 | 8 sessions  | $280, plus Materials fee: $15 studio fee (required) and $15 clay (optional)

Price: $280.00

Date: October 26, 2020

Available Spaces: 6

AJ-113-20 Pottery Open Studio with Alan Jones

POTTERY OPEN STUDIO with Alan Jones

This is a class for students that would like to work on their own projects at their own pace. The freedom of the studio environment will allow students to work with intense focus, or with expansive contemplation. The instructor will be available to offer guidance on an individual basis.

Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.

NOTE: The Pottery Open Studio class is open to ceramics students currently enrolled at the Shemer Art Center, regardless of instructor. The fee, provided there is space, is $35 each class. No materials fee is charged.

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, this class will be limited to 6 students. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

Open to all levels

Mondays | 6:00-9:00 pm | October 26 - December 14, 2020 | 8 sessions  | $280, plus Materials Fee: $15 studio fee (required) and $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $280.00

Date: October 26, 2020

Available Spaces: 5

SH-119-20 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!

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, the class size will be limited. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

Open to all levels.

Tuesdays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm  | October 27 - December 15, 2020  |  8 Sessions  |  $280

Price: $280.00

Date: October 27, 2020

Available Spaces: 3

EE-163-20 Virtual Class - Drawing Basics with Elliott Everson


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VIRTUAL CLASS - 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  |  October 27 - December 15, 2020  |  8 Sessions   |   $280

Price: $280.00

Date: October 27, 2020

Available Spaces: 8

EE-164-20 VIRTUAL CLASS - Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

VIRTUAL CLASS - 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 27 - December 15, 2020 |  8 Sessions  |  $280

Price: $280.00

Date: October 27, 2020

Available Spaces: 8

JE-132-20 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.

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, this class will be limited to 6 students. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

For beginning watercolor students

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm  |  October 27 - December 15 (no class 12/8)  | 7 sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: October 27, 2020

Available Spaces: 6

JE-133-20 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.

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, this class will be limited to 6 students. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

For intermediate/advanced watercolor students

Tuesdays  1:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.  | October 27 - December 15, 2020 (no class 12/8) |  7 sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: October 27, 2020

Available Spaces: 5

DW-69-20 VIRTUAL CLASS - Building a Body of Work in Ceramics with Danielle Wood

VIRTUAL CLASS - BUILDING A BODY OF WORK IN CERAMICS with Danielle Wood

In this class, students will be encouraged to focus on a body of work, exploring themes and forms they like to use for their ceramic artwork. A variety of different handbuilding ideas and techniques will be presented with different sculpture building methods. Students can bring a work in progress, a project they have in mind or try a new technique presented in class.

The students will have the opportunity to try out different forms using slab work, coiling, pinch pots, press molds, drape, and slump molds. Students will have the opportunity to work with cone 5 glazes, paper transfers, decals, lusters, nichrome and kanthal wire. Group and individual discussions and demonstrations will be available based on developing needs of the students. In this class students will be encouraged to explore new ways of working in the themes of their artwork and trying out new techniques. Bring your creativity!

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, the class size will be limited. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

Skill Level: Some Ceramic Experience Encouraged

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

Tuesdays  |  1:00-4:00 pm  |  October 27 - December 15, 2020 |  8 sessions  |  Class fee: $280

 Materials fee:  $15 studio fee (required) and $30 for clay (optional)

 

Price: $280.00

Date: October 27, 2020

Available Spaces: 7

LN-21-20 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. Students will move on to discover how to work with brushed on color, as well as the process behind traditional color registration.

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

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, this class will be limited to 6 students. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate

Wednesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm |  October 28 - December 16, 2020  |  7 sessions  |  $245, plus $35 materials fee

Price: $245.00

Date: October 28, 2020

Available Spaces: 5

SH-120-20 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.

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, the class size will be limited. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

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  | October 28 - December 16, 2020  |  8 Sessions  |  $280

Price: $280.00

Date: October 28, 2020

Available Spaces: 8

EE-165-20 VIRTUAL CLASS - Advanced Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

VIRTUAL CLASS - 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 28 - December 16, 2020 |  8 Sessions  |  $280

Price: $280.00

Date: October 28, 2020

Available Spaces: 6

JE-134-20 Artisan Printmaking & Watercolor Cards with John Erwin

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ARTISAN PRINTMAKING & WATERCOLOR CARDS 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.

In this class students will also learn how to use easy watercolor techniques to create beautiful cards for all reasons and seasons, featuring a variety of florals, still lives and landscapes.

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

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, this class will be limited to 6 students. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

All Levels
Thursdays  |  9:30- 12:30 p.m.  | October 29 - December 17, 2020 (no class 11/26 or 12/3) | 6 sessions  $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: October 29, 2020

Available Spaces: 6

SH-121-20 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.

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, the class size will be limited. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

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  | October 29 - December 17, 2020  (no class 11/26)|  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: October 29, 2020

Available Spaces: 8

EE-166-20 VIRTUAL CLASS - Drawing Open Studio with Elliott Everson


VIRTUAL CLASS - 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!

Thursdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm  | October 29 - December 17, 2020 (no class 11/26) |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: October 29, 2020

Available Spaces: 8

JKM-19-20 VIRTUAL CLASS - Ceramic Figure Sculpture with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

 

 

VIRTUAL CLASS - CERAMIC FIGURE SCULPTURE with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

In this class, Jane will discuss basic anatomy and structure and will demonstrate hand building and modeling techniques.  Student's personal approach may be realistic, abstract or whimsical in style and may focus on the human or animal form. Surface finishes will include the use of underglazes and cone five glazes.

Students will need to have a work area with a digital device such as a lap top, ipad, tablet or smart phone. Demonstrations will be recorded and available for viewing for two weeks after each session. Dates will be available to drop off work at the Shemer for firings. The last day of class will be in-person at the Shemer studio for glazing. Masks must be worn and social distancing will be practiced.

**The final day of class, December 17, 2020| 1:00 - 4:00 pm will be held at the Shemer Art Center for glazing artwork. All proper safety procedures will be observed and attendees will be required to wear a mask

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 29 - December 17, 2020 (no class 11/26) | 7 sessions  | $245, plus $15 glaze fee

Price: $245.00

Date: October 29, 2020

Available Spaces: 8

BB-23-20 Oil and Cold Wax Medium with Barbara Bagan

OIL AND COLD WAX MEDIUM: An Introduction and Way Beyond with Barbara Bagan

This class is for beginners as well as those who have some experience with oil and cold wax.

Participants will explore a variety of substrates/surfaces including oil paper, Mutilmedia Art Board, and cradled boards. Essential tools and various techniques for “mark-making” and scraping will be demonstrated. Students will learn how to add collage, stencils, and other materials to the oil and cold wax piece. In addition, we will discuss steps to finishing the final piece—to mat and frame or mount, to wax or varnish, to paint, varnish, or wax the sides of the board.

In this class we will play, experiment, and create endless opportunities for “happy accidents” which occur almost effortlessly when oil and cold wax are combined.

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, this class will be limited to 7 students. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

Fridays | October 30 - November 20, 2020 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm | 4 sessions | $140

Price: $140.00

Date: October 30, 2020

Available Spaces: 6

DW-68-20 Ceramics: Experimenting with Color & Glaze with Danielle Wood

CERAMICS: EXPERIMENTING WITH COLOR & GLAZE with Danielle Wood

In this class, students will have the opportunity to explore color and glaze. The students will be able to try different glazing techniques with cone 5 glazes, decals, paper transfers, slip trailing, sgraffito, mishima, and lusters. Discussions and demonstrations will be tailored to the developing needs of each student artist.

Different handbuilding techniques will also be demonstrated including slab building, coiling, pinch pots, press molds, drape/slump molds with an emphasis on texture to be accented by glaze. Discussions will also include how to apply glazes efficiently, feathering glazes, making washes with oxides, different techniques that can be used with colored slips and other processes depending on the needs of the class. Discussions on the different types of glazes and their firing temperatures will also be available. This will be a glaze intensive with the opportunity to test different glazes so each student will have the opportunity to discover their own palette of glazes for their ceramic work.

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, this class will be limited to 8 students. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

Clay Request:

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

Skill Level: All Levels Encouraged 

Fridays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm  | October 30 - December 18, 2020 (no class 11/27) | 7 sessions  |  Class fee: $245

 Materials fee:  $15 studio fee (required) and $35 for clay (optional)

 

 

Price: $245.00

Date: October 30, 2020

Available Spaces: 5

JE-135-20 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.

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, this class will be limited to 6 students. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

All Levels

Friday  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm  | October 30 - December 18 (no class 11/27 or 12/4) |  6 sessions  |  $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: October 30, 2020

Available Spaces: 6

LD-37-21 Pastel Basics with Ludmila Demich

PASTEL BASICS 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.
Students will be provided with source materials and projects that will help to grow their skills. There will be some demonstrations and discussions, so that students can learn formal components such as composition, perspective and color. They will be encouraged to explore many experimental techniques. The instructor will work one-on-one with students as they develop their own personal narratives and concepts.

No Previous Experience Necessary

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.

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, this class will be limited to 6 students. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

Wednesdays  |  9:30 - 12:30 pm  |  January 6 - February 17, 2021  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 6, 2021

Available Spaces: 6

LD-38-21 Pastel Open Studio with Ludmila Demich

PASTEL OPEN STUDIO 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.
Students should come prepared with projects to work on. There will be some demonstrations and discussions, so that students can learn formal components such as composition, perspective and color. They will be encouraged to explore many experimental techniques. The instructor will work one-on-one with students as they develop their own personal narratives and concepts.

Previous experience working in pastels is encouraged.

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.

**In order to allow for safe social distancing, this class will be limited to 6 students. If you would like to learn more about the safety procedures that we are following, please contact us for a copy of the Shemer Art Center Safety Code of Conduct**

Thursdays  |  9:30 - 12:30 pm  |  January 7 - February 18, 2020  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 7, 2021

Available Spaces: 6