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-50-23 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 | March 1 - April 12, 2023 | 7 sessions  | $175, plus $35 materials fee

Price: $175.00

Date: March 1, 2023

Available Spaces: 7

LN-49-23 Printmaking with Larry Nisula

PRINTMAKING 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, and 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

Wednesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm |  March 1 - April 12, 2023  |  7 sessions  |  $265, plus $35 materials fee

Price: $265.00

Date: March 1, 2023

Available Spaces: 5

EB-02-23 Handbuilding Techniques with Elizabeth Behnke

HANDBUILDING TECHNIQUES with Elizabeth Behnke

In this class students will explore and build on creating works in clay using handbuilding techniques and methods. From pinch pots to slab sculpture, and functional to wildly decorative, the class will focus on design and technique to achieve balanced, well constructed, and beautiful works in clay.  Students will choose their own projects and then develop them to completion with the instructor providing guidance.  Overall, this class is intended to be a fun and creative start to your weekend!

NEW INSTRUCTOR- Elizabeth began teaching at Phoenix Center for the Arts in 2016, teaching a variety of subjects, from handbuilding techniques to basic throwing skills. She says her passion is helping each student find their creativity and express it.

Fridays | 9:30 am-12:30 am  | March 3 - April 14, 2023 | 7 Sessions  |  $265, plus $15 studio fee (required), $20+ for clay (if purchased through Shemer)

Price: $280.00

Date: March 3, 2023

Available Spaces: 0

AR-07-23 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.

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

Mondays | 1pm-4pm | March 6 - April 17, 2023 | 7 sessions  | $265, plus Materials fee: $15 studio fee (required) and $20 clay (optional)

Price: $280.00

Date: March 6, 2023

Available Spaces: 7

AR-06-23 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 | March 6 - April 17, 2023 | 7 sessions  | $265, plus $15 studio fee (required) and $20 for clay (optional)

Price: $280.00

Date: March 6, 2023

Available Spaces: 7

LD-68-23 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.

Wednesdays, March 22 - April 26, 2023 | 1:00pm-4:00pm  | 6 Sessions  |  $225

Price: $225.00

Date: March 22, 2023

Available Spaces: 6

JKM-31-23 Sculpting Heads and Hands with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

SCULPTING HEADS & HANDS with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

In this ceramic sculpture class, students will learn a step by step process to create the form and features of the human head and hands.  Sculpting techniques will include modeling a solid form and then hollowing it out in preparation for firing as well as slab building and pinch techniques.  Basic anatomy and proportion of the head, neck and shoulders will be discussed.  Expressive qualities of the head and hands will also be explored through facial expression, gesture of the hands and various surface finishes such as underglaze stencils and transfers.

Prerequisite:  Beginning level class in handbuilding

Thursdays, March 23 - May 11, 2023 |1:00 - 4:00 pm | 8 sessions  |  $300, plus $15 studio fee (required), $20+ for clay (if purchased through Shemer)

Price: $315.00

Date: March 23, 2023

Available Spaces: 2

LD-69-23 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.

Thursdays  |  1:00 -4:00 pm  | March 23 - April 27, 2023 |  6 Sessions  |  $225

Price: $225.00

Date: March 23, 2023

Available Spaces: 6

LD-70-23 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.

Thursdays, March 23 - April 27, 2023 | 9:30 - 12:30 pm  | 6 Sessions  |  $225

Price: $225.00

Date: March 23, 2023

Available Spaces: 3

SH-172-23 Experimental Watermedia with Sue Hunter

EXPERIMENTAL WATERMEDIA with Sue Hunter

In this one-day workshop students will enjoy experimenting with and learning about Japanese Yupo paper, masking fluid and hi-flow acrylics. Students will use masking fluid pens to block out lines and shapes on Yupo paper. After masking is dry, students will be apply hi-flow acrylics to paper using a small spray bottle allows acrylics move and blend across the paper. Once the acrylics are dry the masking will be removed and reveal the designs created. With critique and discussion students will consider their compositions and add paint or darker values with a brush, or remove and edit with alcohol.

Students will expand knowledge of materials and have fun creating experimental abstract artwork.

All supplies will be provided for an extra fee.

Saturday  |  10 am - 3 pm  | April 8, 2023  | 1 Session  |  $100

Price: $100.00

Date: April 8, 2023

Available Spaces: 8

PA-04-23 Realism Basics in Oils with Patrice Al-Shatti

REALISM BASICS IN OILS with Patrice Al-Shatti

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 for the best experience.

PART I: SURFACE PREPARATION | April 8, 2023 | 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. Along with the instructor students 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 |April 15, 2023 | 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 | April 22, 2023 | 10 am-3 pm

Using transparent oil paints and Liquin to speed drying, this class 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 | April 29, 2023 | 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.

Saturdays | April 8, 2023 | 10 am 2 pm | April 15 & April 22, 2023 | 10 am-3 pm | April 29, 2023 | 10 am- 1 pm | 4 sessions | $215

Price: $215.00

Date: April 8, 2023

Available Spaces: 7

SH-169-23 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  | April 18 - May 30, 2023  | 7 Sessions  |  $265

Price: $265.00

Date: April 18, 2023

Available Spaces: 7

EE-213-23 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  |  April 18 - May 30, 2023 | 7 Sessions   |   $265

Price: $265.00

Date: April 18, 2023

Available Spaces: 5

EE-214-23 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  | April 18 - May 30, 2023  | 7 Sessions   |   $265

Price: $265.00

Date: April 18, 2023

Available Spaces: 8

SH-170-23 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  | April 19 - May 31, 2023 | 7 Sessions  |  $265

Price: $265.00

Date: April 19, 2023

Available Spaces: 9

EE-215-23 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  | April 19 - May 31, 2023 | 7 Sessions  |  $265

Price: $265.00

Date: April 19, 2023

Available Spaces: 3

LN-51-23 Printmaking with Larry Nisula

PRINTMAKING 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, and 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

Wednesdays,  April 19 - May 31, 2023  | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | 7 sessions  |  $265, plus $35 materials fee

Price: $265.00

Date: April 19, 2023

Available Spaces: 8

LN-52-23 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,  April 19 - May 31, 2023  | 4:30 - 6:30 pm | 7 sessions | $175, plus $35 materials fee

Price: $175.00

Date: April 19, 2023

Available Spaces: 9

SH-171-23 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.

Thursdays  |  9:30 am-12:30 am  | April 20 - June 1, 2023  | 7 Sessions  |  $265

Price: $265.00

Date: April 20, 2023

Available Spaces: 6

EB-03-23 Handbuilding Techniques with Elizabeth Behnke

HANDBUILDING TECHNIQUES with Elizabeth Behnke

In this class students will explore and build on creating works in clay using handbuilding techniques and methods. From pinch pots to slab sculpture, and functional to wildly decorative, the class will focus on design and technique to achieve balanced, well constructed, and beautiful works in clay.  Students will choose their own projects and then develop them to completion with the instructor providing guidance.  Overall, this class is intended to be a fun and creative start to your weekend!

NEW INSTRUCTOR- Elizabeth began teaching at Phoenix Center for the Arts in 2016, teaching a variety of subjects, from handbuilding techniques to basic throwing skills. She says her passion is helping each student find their creativity and express it.

Fridays | 9:30 am-12:30 am  | April 21 - June 2, 2023 | 7 Sessions  |  $265, plus $15 studio fee (required), $20+ for clay (if purchased through Shemer)

Price: $280.00

Date: April 21, 2023

Available Spaces: 10

JE-188-23 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.

All Levels

Fridays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm | April 28 - May 26, 2023 | 5 sessions  |  $190

 

Price: $190.00

Date: April 28, 2023

Available Spaces: 7

JE-186-23 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  |  May 2 - May 30, 2023 | 5 sessions   |  $190

Price: $190.00

Date: May 2, 2023

Available Spaces: 3

JE-187-23 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.

For intermediate/advanced watercolor students

Tuesdays  1:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.  | May 2 - May 30, 2023 | 5 sessions  |  $190

Price: $190.00

Date: May 2, 2023

Available Spaces: 3

LD-71-23 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.

Wednesdays, May 3 - May 31, 2023 | 1:00pm-4:00pm  | 5 Sessions  |  $190

Price: $190.00

Date: May 3, 2023

Available Spaces: 8

LD-72-23 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.

Thursdays, May 4 - June 1, 2023 | 1:00 -4:00 pm  | 5 Sessions  |  $190

Price: $190.00

Date: May 4, 2023

Available Spaces: 7

LD-73-23 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.

Thursdays  |  9:30 - 12:30 pm  | May 4 - June 1, 2023 |  5 Sessions  |  $190

Price: $190.00

Date: May 4, 2023

Available Spaces: 9