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 2022 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

LN-43-22 Printmaking: Silkscreen & Intaglio Printing with Larry Nisula

PRINTMAKING: SILKSCREEN, INTAGLIO, WOODCUT & LINOLEUM PRINTING 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. 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

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Wednesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm |  September 28 - November 2, 2022  |  6 sessions  |  $210, plus $35 materials fee

Price: $210.00

Date: September 28, 2022

Available Spaces: 5

EE-202-22 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!

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

All Levels

Tuesdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm  | October 4 - November 8, 2022  |  6 Sessions   |   $210

Price: $210.00

Date: October 4, 2022

Available Spaces: 0

EE-203-22 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.

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

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Wednesdays  |  9:30am - 12:30 pm  | October 5- November 9, 2022 |  6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: October 5, 2022

Available Spaces: 6

JGP-43-22 VIRTUAL CLASS - WATERCOLOR UNLEASHED: RE-VISIT YOUR SUMMER VACATION or PAINT YOUR FAVORITE PHOTO with Julie Gilbert Pollard

VIRTUAL CLASS - Watercolor Unleashed: Re-Visit your Summer Vacation or Paint Your Favorite Photo with Julie Gilbert Pollard

It’s October and summer vacation memories are fading. Bring them back! Painting allows artists to re-visit the places they’ve been. The first photo reference/painting project will be supplied, after which students will choose one of their own photos - from a super summer getaway OR of course, any other photo you wish to paint!

 

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!

All Levels | Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm | October 18- November 15, 2022  | No class Nov 1 | 4 sessions |  $140

Price: $140.00

Date: October 18, 2022

Available Spaces: 4

BF-40-22 Abstract Painting with Bela Fidel

ABSTRACT PAINTING with Bela Fidel

In this four-week class students will learn the most important principles of painting: Design, Value, Color, Line and ancillary elements that give life to an abstract painting.

Painting in the abstract style requires a reliance on innermost vision, authenticity and feeling.Yes, this also applies to Representational painting but the latter offers an exterior image on which to base a vision. Painting Abstract makes artists delve into the recesses of their souls for a truthful and authentic depiction in shapes, values, color, mark-making, etc.

This class will address the technical aspects as well as the personal/feeling resources students go to when creating from the inside out. Join this rewarding adventure and acquire solid and important technical information as well as discover how to play and transform it into a personal, authentic voice.  During this class students will also learn how to create a concertina sketchbook and learn about the role of a sketchbook in the development of art. In addition, students will learn how to make their own mark-making brushes and how to incorporate mark-making into abstract paintings. This course is comprehensive and will guide students' artistic and technical development in a friendly and creative atmosphere.

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Beginners are welcome

Tuesdays, October 18 - November 8, 2022 | 1pm- 4pm | 4 sessions | $140 + $17 materials fee

Price: $140.00

Date: October 18, 2022

Available Spaces: 7

AR-03-22 Intermediate & Advanced Pottery with Anne Rasmussen

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED POTTERY with Anne Rasmussen

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.

Advanced Students

Students on the advanced track will be encouraged to work on finding and expanding their artistic voice; the things that make their pottery unique and personal. In this class students will be encouraged to explore and expand their body of work, pushing boundaries, and continuing to learn additional techniques. Students will work one-on-one with the instructor to establish personal goals and milestones related to their pottery and work as an artist.

**In order to provide a safe learning environment, all class sizes will be limited, and masks are required for all students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.  

Mondays | 1pm-4pm | October 24 - December 12, 2022 | 8 sessions  | $280, plus Materials fee: $15 studio fee (required) and $20 clay (optional)

Price: $280.00

Date: October 24, 2022

Available Spaces: 5

AR-04-22 Pottery Open Studio with Anne Rasmussen

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.

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

* Ceramic Experience Encouraged

Mondays | 6:00-9:00 pm | October 24 - December 12, 2022 | 8 sessions  | $280, plus $15 studio fee (required) and $20 for clay (optional)

Price: $280.00

Date: October 24, 2022

Available Spaces: 2

JE-177-22 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.

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

For beginning watercolor students

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm  |   October 25 - December 13, 2022 | No class Nov 8 & 15 | 6 sessions   |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: October 25, 2022

Available Spaces: 0

LD-62-22 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 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.
**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Wednesdays  |  1:00pm-4:00pm  | October 26 - December 14, 2022 | No class Nov 23 |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: October 26, 2022

Available Spaces: 5

LN-44-22 Jewelry Making: Silver Casting, Fabrication, and Enameling with Larry Nisula

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 and Above

Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Wednesdays | 4:30 - 6:30 pm | October 26 - December 14, 2022 | 8 sessions  | $187, plus $35 materials fee

Price: $187.00

Date: October 26, 2022

Available Spaces: 7

LD-63-22 Pastel and Colored Pencil Fundamentals with Ludmila Demich

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.

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Thursdays  |  9:30 - 12:30 pm  | October 27 - December 15, 2022 | No class November 24 |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: October 27, 2022

Available Spaces: 5

LD-64-22 Paper Collage with Ludmila Demich

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.
**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Thursdays  |  1 pm - 4 pm | October 27 - December 15, 2022 | No Class November 24 |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: October 27, 2022

Available Spaces: 4

PA-02-22 Realism Basics in Oils with Patrice Al-Shatti

REALISM BASICS IN OILS-

Realism Basics in Oils is a series of four classes that will teach students the skills necessary to create an oil painting of contemporary realism using updated variations of the underpainting and glazing techniques used by historic masters like Vermeer. It is an accessible step-by-step approach that allows the artist to separate the application of color, value, shape, and edge quality and is perfect for those who either have struggled to feel satisfied with looser styles of painting or simply yearn to create their own luminous realistic masterpiece. The class is divided into four sequential parts and students are strongly encouraged to take the classes sequentially to have the best experience.

PART I: SURFACE PREPARATION | October 29, 2022 | 10 am 2 pm

Students will learn the careful preparation of a hardboard panel to create a surface that is both smooth but with tooth to capture oil paint. We will review options for and application of a toning layer, known as the imprimatura and use of Liquin, a modern drying agent, in this process. Then students will learn the grid transfer method of moving their chosen drawing onto the panel and, historic tools for compositional excellence, studio safety with oil paints and solvents, and a review of materials.

PART II: THE POWER OF UNDERPAINTING |November 12, 2022 | 10 am-3 pm

Students will learn how to create a closed grisaille, or underpainting. The underpainting is the magical layer that allows the artist to focus on shape, edge, and value and can be the bones of a realistic painting. It also greatly simplifies the painting process by breaking it down into manageable steps. Students will learn how various types of underpaintings impact the feeling of the final work and how to mix their own blacks for richness and complexity, offering them a repertoire of options as they move forward to create their own works of contemporary realism.

PART III: GLAZING FOR LUMINOSITY | November 19, 2022 | 10 am-3 pm

Using transparent oil paints and Liquin to speed drying, we will explore the art of glazing for color, depth, and luminosity. Applied to a dry underpainting, layered glazes bring extraordinary vibrance to contemporary realistic artworks. Students will learn about necessary supplies and techniques and gain practice as they glaze the piece they underpainted in Session III.

PART IV: FINISHING YOUR PIECE | November 26, 2022 | 10 am- 1 pm

Students will learn how to take their painting from good to great through the careful evaluation and correction of value range, color correction, application of highlights, and a simple method of varnishing.

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Saturdays | October 29, 2022 | 10 am 2 pm | November 12 & 19, 2022 | 10 am-3 pm | November 26 | 10 am- 1 pm | 4 sessions | $210

Price: $210.00

Date: October 29, 2022

Available Spaces: 2

AJ-124-22 Beginning & Intermediate Pottery

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.

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Open to all levels

Mondays | 9:30am- 12:30pm | October 31 - December 12, 2022 | 7 sessions | $245, plus Materials Fee: $15 studio fee (required), $20 for clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: October 31, 2022

Available Spaces: 0

JKM-29-22 Story Telling in Clay with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

Story Telling in Clay with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

This class will give students an opportunity to bring stories to life through the medium of clay.  Stories may be inspired by childhood memories, dreams, Greek mythology, fairy tales, and any other real or imagined source.  The instructor will guide students through the selection of images and construction techniques to best interpret the narrative they choose.  Depending on the student’s interest, the narrative could be realistic, abstract or metaphorical and could be a vessel or a sculpture.  A variety of handbuilding techniques and surface decoration will be demonstrated including transparent underglazes, stains and glazes.

Prerequisite:  Beginning level class in handbuilding

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Thursdays |  November 3 - December 15, 2022 | No class Nov 24 |1:00 - 4:00 pm | 6 sessions  |  $210 + $15 studio fee (required) + $20 clay (optional)

Price: $210.00

Date: November 3, 2022

Available Spaces: 3

JE-179-22 Urban Sketching with John Erwin

URBAN SKETCHING  with John Erwin

In this class, students will learn the basics of urban sketching, including how to use their photos as sketch materials 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.

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

All Levels

Fridays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm | November 4 - December 23, 2022 | No class Nov. 11 | 6 sessions  |  $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: November 4, 2022

Available Spaces: 3

SH-160-22 Palette Knife Painting with Sue Hunter

PALETTE KNIFE PAINTING with Sue Hunter

In in this class students will learn the loose processes and unique effects achieved by using palette knives instead of brushes. Participants will be amazed by the incredible abstract or representational work they are able to create using these unexpected tools.

In this class students will be using flat palette knives, joint knives and other tools.Paintings can be all acrylic or acrylic underpainting and finished with oil paints.

The instructor, Sue Hunter, will demonstrate how to prepare a wood cradle board using gesso and muslin and demonstrate how to select subject and apply paint with knives. Join us to learn how these unique tools can be used to create new exciting works of art.

Open to all levels.

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Tuesdays  |  9:30 am-12:30 am  | November 8 - December 13, 2022  | 6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: November 8, 2022

Available Spaces: 3

LN-45-22 Printmaking: Silkscreen & Intaglio Printing with Larry Nisula

PRINTMAKING: SILKSCREEN, INTAGLIO, WOODCUT & LINOLEUM PRINTING 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. 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

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Wednesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm |  November 9 - December 14, 2022  |  6 sessions  |  $210, plus $35 materials fee

Price: $210.00

Date: November 9, 2022

Available Spaces: 8

SH-161-22 Studio Painting with Sue Hunter

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.

 

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

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  | November 9 - December 14, 2022  | 6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: November 9, 2022

Available Spaces: 5

SH-162-22 Studio Painting with Sue Hunter

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.

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Thursdays  |  9:30 am-12:30 am  | November 10 - December 15, 2022  | No class November 24 | 5 Sessions  |  $175

Price: $175.00

Date: November 10, 2022

Available Spaces: 4

EE-204-22 Drawing Basics with Elliott Everson

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!

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

All Levels

Tuesdays  |  9:30am - 12:30 pm  |  November 15 - December 20, 2022  |  6 Sessions   |   $210

Price: $210.00

Date: November 15, 2022

Available Spaces: 0

EE-205-22 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!

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

All Levels

Tuesdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm  | November 15 - December 20, 2022  |  6 Sessions   |   $210

Price: $210.00

Date: November 15, 2022

Available Spaces: 6

EE-206-22 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.

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

**Masks are no longer required in classes but are encouraged for those who feel most comfortable continuing to wear them. 

Wednesdays  |  9:30am - 12:30 pm  | November 16- December 21, 2022 |  6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: November 16, 2022

Available Spaces: 9