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

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: 0

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: 0

AJ-81-19 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 | March 4 - April 15, 2019 | 7 sessions  | $245, plus Materials Fee: $15 for glazes (required) $15 for clay (optional)

 

Price: $245.00

Date: March 4, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

AJ-82-19 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 | March 4 - April 15, 2019 | 7 sessions  | $245, plus Materials fee: $15 for glazes (required) and $15 clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: March 4, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

AJ-83-19 Pottery Open Studio with Alan Jones

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POTTERY OPEN STUDIO with Alan Jones

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

Open to all levels

Mondays | 6:00-9:00 pm | March 4 - April 15, 2019 | 7 sessions  | $245, plus Materials Fee: $15 for glazes (required) and $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: March 4, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

JE-84-19 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 

March 5 - April 16, 2019 (no class 4/2) | 6 sessions | $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: March 5, 2019

Available Spaces: 8

JE-85-19 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.  

March 5 - April 16, 2019 (no class 4/2) 

| 6 sessions | $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: March 5, 2019

Available Spaces: 8

SH-84-19 Mixed Media and Collage with Sue Hunter

     

MIXED MEDIA AND COLLAGE with Sue Hunter

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

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

Open to all levels.

Tuesdays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

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: 0

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: 8

DM-03-19 Photography for Beginners with David Miller

   

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS with David Miller 

This course will show students that before learning how to take successful photographs, it is necessary to have a strong understanding of the functions of a DSLR camera. Once the basics of the camera are covered, the class will move on to focusing on creating interesting compositions, and being expressively creative through photography. Other topics covered will include exposure to varieties of lighting, how to problem solve shooting challenges in different environments, and creating mood.

This starter class is taught by local, Arizona art and fashion photographer David Miller!

For beginners. Must bring a DSLR camera to class.

Saturdays, April 6 - 27, 2019| 10:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4 Sessions

Workshop Fee: $210

 

 

Price: $210.00

Date: April 6, 2019

Available Spaces: 5

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 9 - August 6, 2019 (no class July 30) | 4 sessions  | $140

Price: $140.00

Date: July 9, 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