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 2021 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

JGP-40-22 VIRTUAL CLASS - Watercolor Unleashed: Desert Drama at Sundown with Julie Gilbert Pollard

VIRTUAL CLASS - Watercolor Unleashed: Desert Drama at Sundown with Julie Gilbert Pollard

Arizona sunsets can be an exquisite backdrop for our exotic desert scenery. During this class, paint rocky formations and desert plants silhouetted against the dying sky. Use rich, juicy watercolor washes to achieve that mysterious and fleeting time. A desert landscape scene will be used for the demo and a photo will be provided for your use - but you are always welcome to paint from your own reference material whenever you wish.

There will be demos, instruction and individual critique throughout the Zoom class. 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!

All Levels | Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm | January 4 – January 25, 2022  | 4 sessions |  $140

Price: $140.00

Date: January 4, 2022

Available Spaces: 2

JE-161-22 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.

**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.  

For beginning watercolor students

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm  |   January 4- February 8, 2022 | 6 sessions   |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: January 4, 2022

Available Spaces: 1

JE-162-22 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 students will learn more about composition, value, color mixing and design. John will instruct on how to start and complete a painting using the elements and principles of watercolor.  Each week you will build techniques and skills like wet into wet, negative painting and dry painting to guide you into more complex, finished paintings.

**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.  

For intermediate/advanced watercolor students

Tuesdays  1:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.  | January 4- February 8, 2022 |  6 sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: January 4, 2022

Available Spaces: 4

JE-163-22 Urban Sketching with John Erwin

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

All Levels

Fridays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm |   January 7 - February 18, 2022  (No class Feb. 11) | 6 sessions  |  $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: January 7, 2022

Available Spaces: 0

GMD-11-22 Intermediate & Advanced Pottery with Guy Michael Davis

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED POTTERY with Guy Michael Davis

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 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 | January 10 - February 14, 2022 | 6 sessions  | $210, plus Materials fee: $15 studio fee (required) and $15 clay (optional)

Price: $210.00

Date: January 10, 2022

Available Spaces: 0

GMD-10-22 Beginning & Intermediate Pottery with Guy Michael Davis

BEGINNING & INTERMEDIATE POTTERY with Guy Michael Davis

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

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

Open to all levels

Mondays | 9:30am- 12:30pm | January 10 - February 14, 2022 | 6 sessions | $210, plus Materials Fee: $15 studio fee (required), $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $210.00

Date: January 10, 2022

Available Spaces: 0

GMD-12-22 Pottery Open Studio with Guy Michael Davis

POTTERY OPEN STUDIO with Guy Michael Davis

This is a class for students who 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.

**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.  

Open to all levels

Mondays | 6:00-9:00 pm | January 10 - February 14, 2022 | 6 sessions  | $210, plus $15 studio fee (required) and $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $210.00

Date: January 10, 2022

Available Spaces: 0

EE-186-22 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!

**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.  

All Levels

Tuesdays  |  9:30am - 12:30 pm  |  January 11 - February 15, 2022  |  6 Sessions   |   $210

Price: $210.00

Date: January 11, 2022

Available Spaces: 1

SH-141-22 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.

**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.  

Tuesdays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm  | January 11- February 15, 2022  |  6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: January 11, 2022

Available Spaces: 0

EE-187-22 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!

**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.  

All Levels

Tuesdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm  |   January 11 - February 15, 2022 |  6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $280.00

Date: January 11, 2022

Available Spaces: 6

EE-188-22 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

**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.  

Wednesdays  |  9:30am - 12:30 pm  | January 12 - February 16, 2022 |  6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: January 12, 2022

Available Spaces: 0

SH-142-22 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.

**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.  

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  | January 12-February 16, 2022  |  6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: January 12, 2022

Available Spaces: 0

LN-33-22 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

**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.  

Wednesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm |  January 12 - February 16, 2022  |  6 sessions  |  $210, plus $35 materials fee

Price: $210.00

Date: January 12, 2022

Available Spaces: 5

SK-02-21 Gelli Printing with Sherry Kimmel


GELLI PRINTING with Sherry Kimmel

In the class we will be making fall inspired prints using leaves, pine branches and other items from nature including feathers.  Students will use Gelli prints to create one-of-a-kind mono prints. Gelli plates are fun and exciting to use. You don't have to be an art expert to produce beautiful prints. Sherry will be teaching some new techniques including "faux chine collée," a unique collage printing method adapted to the gelli plate, a marbling technique, and a fun peeling paint technique! We will also be using stencils, Embossed papers, combs, masks and Alcohol Inks to produce some beautiful prints as well as working with image transfers. These techniques can be used for collage, altered book and mixed media artists. Come join the fun as we get creative with our gelli plates!
Instructor provides lots of fun items for the class, but you will need to purchase a gelli plate.

All levels are welcome.

**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.  

Wednesdays, January 12-February 2 | 1pm-4pm |  4 sessions  | $140, plus $15 materials fee

Price: $140.00

Date: January 12, 2022

Available Spaces: 5

LD-47-22 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.
**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.  

Wednesdays  |  1:00pm-4:00pm  | January 12 - February 16, 2022  |  6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: January 12, 2022

Available Spaces: 6

LD-49-22 Drawing with 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. In this class students 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.

**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.  

Wednesdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm  |  January 13- February 17, 2022  |  6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: January 13, 2022

Available Spaces: 4

SH-143-22 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.

**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.  

Thursdays  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm  | January 13-February 17, 2022| 6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: January 13, 2022

Available Spaces: 1

JKM-25-22 Ceramic Hand Building and Sculpting with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

Ceramic Hand Building and Sculpting with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

In this all-levels class, students will explore the many possibilities of working with clay!  Jane will provide demonstrations including slab, coil, pinch and figurative modeling techniques that can be used to create sculpture or pottery forms.  Project ideas such as wall pieces, cylinder and box forms will be presented.  Depending on the individual student’s interest, these may be made into sculptures or they can be functional forms such as wall sconces, cups and flower vases.  A variety of surface finishes will also be demonstrated including the use of underglazes with stencils, silk screens and paper transfers.  Metallic oxide stains and cone 5 glazes will also be used. Bring your ideas and creativity!

Thursdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm |  January 13 - February 17, 2022 |  6 sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: January 13, 2022

Available Spaces: 0

LD-48-22 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.
**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.  

Thursdays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm |  January 13 - February 17, 2022 |  6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: January 13, 2022

Available Spaces: 4

BF-35-22 Abstract Painting with Bela Fidel

ABSTRACT PAINTING with Bela Fidel

In this eight-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.

**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.  

Beginners are welcome

Fridays, January 14 - March 4, 2022 |  1:00pm - 4:00pm | 8 sessions | $280 + $12 materials fee

Price: $280.00

Date: January 14, 2022

Available Spaces: 6

GMD-13-22 Beginning & Intermediate Pottery with Guy Michael Davis

BEGINNING & INTERMEDIATE POTTERY with Guy Michael Davis

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

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

Open to all levels

Mondays | 9:30am- 12:30pm | February 28 - April 4, 2022 | 6 sessions | $210, plus Materials Fee: $15 studio fee (required), $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $210.00

Date: February 28, 2022

Available Spaces: 0

GMD-14-22 Intermediate & Advanced Pottery with Guy Michael Davis

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED POTTERY with Guy Michael Davis

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 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 | February 28- April 4, 2022 | 6 sessions  | $210, plus Materials fee: $15 studio fee (required) and $15 clay (optional)

Price: $210.00

Date: February 28, 2022

Available Spaces: 1

GMD-15-22 Pottery Open Studio with Guy Michael Davis

POTTERY OPEN STUDIO with Guy Michael Davis

This is a class for students who 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.

**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.  

Open to all levels

Mondays | 6:00-9:00 pm | February 28- April 4, 2022 | 6 sessions  | $210, plus $15 studio fee (required) and $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $210.00

Date: February 28, 2022

Available Spaces: 5

JGP-41-22 VIRTUAL CLASS - Watercolor Unleashed: Cast Shadow as a Compositional Device with Julie Gilbert Pollard

VIRTUAL CLASS - Watercolor Unleashed: Cast Shadow as a Compositional Device with Julie Gilbert Pollard

Cast shadows can serve as a dramatic enhancement to liven up an otherwise lackluster scene, though often tricky to paint. A photo of an interesting scene with equally interesting cast shadows will be used for the demo and a photo will be provided for your use - but you are always welcome to paint from your own reference material whenever you wish.

There will be demos, instruction and individual critique throughout the Zoom class. 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!

All Levels | Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm | March 22 – April 26, 2022  | 6 sessions |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: March 22, 2022

Available Spaces: 6