Adult Classes

Thank you for considering the Shemer Art Center for your art class interests!  We are pleased to share with you our 2019 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

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AJ-83-19 Pottery Open Studio with Alan Jones

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: 4

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: 4

EE-113-19 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!

All Levels

Tuesdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm 

March 5 - April 16, 2019  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: March 5, 2019

Available Spaces: 3

EE-115-18 Drawing Animals in Graphite with Elliott Everson

DRAWING ANIMALS IN GRAPHITE with Elliott Everson

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! Students will learn to draw a wide range of animals, from wild creatures to favorite house pets. Working from reference photos we will use basic shapes such as circles, rectangles, and triangles to create animals including cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and more. Students will work with a variety pencil strokes, tools and techniques, to add textures of hair, fur, whiskers, scales, claws or a shiny nose. We will be working in black and white with graphite pencils.

All levels encouraged

Thursdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm 

March 7 - April 18, 2019 |  7 Sessions  | $245

 

Price: $245.00

Date: March 7, 2019

Available Spaces: 3

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 9 - May 7, 2019 | 5 sessions  | $175

Price: $175.00

Date: April 9, 2019

Available Spaces: 5

AJ-85-19 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 | April 22 - May 20, 2019  | 5 sessions  | $175, plus Materials Fee: $15 for glazes (required) $15 for clay (optional)

 

Price: $175.00

Date: April 22, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

AJ-86-19 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 | April 22 - May 20, 2019 | 5 sessions  | $175, plus Materials fee: $15 for glazes (required) and $15 clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: April 22, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

AJ-87-19 Pottery Open Studio with Alan Jones

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 | April 22 - May 20, 2019 | 5 sessions  | $175, plus Materials Fee: $15 for glazes (required) and $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $175.00

Date: April 22, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

EE-117-19 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!

All Levels

Tuesdays, April 23 - May 28, 2019 |  9:30am - 12:30 pm 

6 Sessions   |   $210

Price: $210.00

Date: April 23, 2019

Available Spaces: 5

EE-118-19 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!

All Levels

Tuesdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm 

April 23 - May 29, 2019  |  6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: April 23, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

EE-119-19 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.

Wednesdays  |  9:30am - 12:30 pm 

April 24 - May 29, 2019   |  6 Sessions  |  $210

Price: $210.00

Date: April 24, 2019

Available Spaces: 8

LN-12-19 Printmaking: Silkscreen & Intaglio Printing with Larry Nisula

PRINTMAKING: SILKSCREEN & INTAGLIO PRINTING with Larry Nisula

In this class, students will learn the basics of silkscreen printing. The traditional methods of using photo emulsion and cut stencils to create unique and exciting prints will be explored. Students will move on to discover how to work with brushed on color, as well as the process behind traditional color registration. Larry will demonstrate techniques as the class progresses.

Students will also learn the process of creating intaglio prints. Common techniques include using both drypoint and the etching of copper plates. When printing their plates, students will also have an opportunity to learn about and use the etching presses.

Note: These printmaking processes involve chemicals and harsh solvents. The instructor will take time to explain proper safety measures.

 

 

Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate

Wednesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm |

April 24 - May 29, 2019 | 6 sessions  | $210, plus $35 materials fee

Price: $210.00

Date: April 24, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

LD-07-19 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 get familiar 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 will be covered. Students will surprise friends, and themselves with their excellent results!
For beginners and those who continue to learn.

Thursdays  |  9:30 - 12:30 pm 

April 25 - May 30, 2019 |  6 Sessions  | $210

Price: $210.00

Date: April 25, 2019

Available Spaces: 8

LD-08-19 Pastels: Vibrancy and Luminosity with Ludmila Demich

PASTELS: VIBRANCY AND LUMINOSITY with Ludmila Demich

Pastel is situated on the edge between drawing and painting, unitedly combining a line and color together.
Learn how to capture vibrancy and luminosity using pastel as a medium.
Prepare yourself to work not just with your own projects but to have some useful exercises for your future projects.

Through demonstrations and discussions, students will learn formal components such as composition, perspective and color while also exploring many experimental techniques. The instructor will work one-on-one with students as they develop their own personal narratives and concepts.

No previous experience is required, but some art experience is expected.

The course will be taught for dry pastel materials; no oil pastels please.

A list of supplies will be available one week prior to the class.

Thursdays  |  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

April 24 - May 30, 2019 |  6 Sessions  | $210

Price: $210.00

Date: April 25, 2019

Available Spaces: 7

EE-120-19 Drawing Open Studio with Elliott Everson

DRAWING OPEN STUDIO with Elliott Everson

Join Elliott Everson in an open studio setting.  New and returning students continue learning and refining drawing techniques, try new subjects and learn to use new textures or surfaces.

Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Elliott will provide one-on-one or group instruction depending on the needs of the students.

This is a tremendous opportunity to push your drawing skills to a new level in an open setting.  Use colored pencils or graphite.  Open to all Levels.  Have fun!

Fridays  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm 

April 26 - May 31, 2019 |  6 Sessions  | $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: April 26, 2019

Available Spaces: 8

AJ-88-19 Wheel-Throwing and Handbuilding Open Studio with Alan Jones

WHEEL-THROWING AND HANDBUILDING OPEN STUDIO with Alan Jones

This open studio is for students who wish to work independently in the areas of wheel-throwing and handbuilding ceramics. The open studio will be monitored by Alan Jones. A Phoenix icon, Alan has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  Although students will be taking this open studio to work on independent projects, Alan will be there for guidance.

Prior experience required

Fridays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | April 26 - May 24, 2019 | 6 sessions  | $175

Price: $175.00

Date: April 26, 2019

Available Spaces: 6

SH-88-19 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 

April 30 - May 28, 2019 |  5 Sessions  |  $175

Price: $175.00

Date: April 30, 2019

Available Spaces: 10

SH-89-19 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   

May 1 - 29, 2019  |  5 Sessions  |  $175

Price: $175.00

Date: May 1, 2019

Available Spaces: 10

SH-90-19 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 

May 2 - 30, 2019 | 5 Sessions  |  $175

Price: $175.00

Date: May 2, 2019

Available Spaces: 10

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: 7