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

For youth classes, please visit our separate Youth Classes page

AJ-95-20 Beginning & Intermediate Pottery with Alan Jones

BEGINNING & INTERMEDIATE 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.
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Open to all levels

Mondays | 1:00-4:00 pm | January 6 - February 17, 2020  | 7 sessions  | $245, plus Materials Fee: $15 studio fee (required), $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: January 6, 2020

Available Spaces: 2

AJ-96-20 Intermediate & Advanced Pottery with Alan Jones

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED POTTERY with Alan Jones

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:
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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 | January 6 - February 17, 2020 | 7 sessions  | $245, plus Materials fee: $15 studio fee (required) and $15 clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: January 6, 2020

Available Spaces: 1

AJ-97-20 Pottery Open Studio with Alan Jones

POTTERY OPEN STUDIO with Alan Jones

This is a class for students that 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.
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Open to all levels

Mondays | 6:00-9:00 pm | January 6 - February 17, 2020 | 7 sessions  | $245, plus Materials Fee: $15 studio fee (required) and $15 for clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: January 6, 2020

Available Spaces: 7

JGP-30-20 Watercolor Unleased: Watercolor Basics with Julie Gilbert Pollard

WATERCOLOR UNLEASHED: WATERCOLOR BASICS - REVIEW FOR ADVANCED AND BEGINNING STUDIES with Julie Gilbert Pollard

Watercolor is considered to be the most challenging medium. This class will focus on what Julie considers to be the “basics” of watercolor, which she finds necessary to review on a regular basis.
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Tuesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | January 7 - 28, 2020 | 4 sessions  | $140

Price: $140.00

Date: January 7, 2020

Available Spaces: 0

SH-101-20 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.

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Open to all levels.

Tuesdays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm  |  January 7 - February 18, 2020  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 7, 2020

Available Spaces: 5

JE-99-20 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.
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For beginning watercolor students

 

 

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm  |  January 7 - February 18, 2020  |  7 sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 7, 2020

Available Spaces: 1

JE-100-20 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.
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For intermediate/advanced watercolor students

Tuesdays  1:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.  |  January 7 - February 18, 2020  |  7 sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 7, 2020

Available Spaces: 5

DW-55-20 Open Studio: Handbuilding & Wheel Throwing with Danielle Wood

Open Studio: Handbuilding & Wheel Throwing with Danielle Wood

In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore the fundamental skills of handbuilding including coiling, pinch pots, slab work, slump, drape, and press molds. Students will also have the opportunity to do wheel throwing and learn how to refine their cups, bowls, lidded vessels, plates and much more.

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Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced 

Clay Request: *If clay is not requested it will be assumed that no clay is needed.

Tuesdays  |  6:00 - 9:00 pm  |  January 7 - February 18, 2020 |  7 sessions  |  Class fee: $245  |

Studio Fee: $15 (required) and $30 for clay (optional), bring to first day of class

Price: $245.00

Date: January 7, 2020

Available Spaces: 8

SH-102-20 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.
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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  |  January 8 - February 19  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 8, 2020

Available Spaces: 3

LD-18-20 Drawing Pet Portraits with Ludmila Demich

DRAWING PET PORTRAITS with Ludmila Demich

In this class, students will learn how to draw a realistic portrait of their pets.
Students will have the choice of working in graphite, colored pencil and/or pastel.
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Wednesdays |  9:30 - 12:30 pm  |  January 8 - February  19, 2020  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 8, 2020

Available Spaces: 7

LN-17-20 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.

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Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate

Wednesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm |  January 8 - February 19, 2020  |  7 sessions  |  $245, plus $35 materials fee

Price: $245.00

Date: January 8, 2020

Available Spaces: 5

DW-56-20 Exploring a Body of Work in Ceramics with Danielle Wood

EXPLORING A BODY OF WORK IN CERAMICS with Danielle Wood

In this class, students will have the opportunity to build a body of work in the medium of ceramics. Students will learn the building blocks of clay in regards to sculpture. Including techniques such as coiling, pinch pots, slab work, drape/slump, and press molds.
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Skill Level: All Levels

Clay Request: *If clay is not requested it will be assumed that no clay is needed.

Wednesdays  |  1:00-4:00 pm  |  January 8 - February 19, 2020 |  7 sessions  |  Class fee: $245  |  Materials fee:  $15 studio fee (required) and $30 for clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: January 8, 2020

Available Spaces: 4

SH-103-20 Oil/Acrylic Open Studio with Sue Hunter

OIL/ACRYLIC OPEN STUDIO with Sue Hunter

In this class students will be working in oil or acrylic paint. They will learn to develop and clarify their painting style while expanding their technical skills in this studio class.
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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 pm  |  January 9 - February 20, 2020  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 9, 2020

Available Spaces: 6

LD-19-20 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.

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Thursdays  |  9:30 - 12:30 pm  |  January 9 - February 20, 2020  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 9, 2020

Available Spaces: 8

LD-20-20 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 introduced to and 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.
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This class is for beginners.

Thursdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm  |  January 9 - February 20, 2020  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 9, 2020

Available Spaces: 5

JKM-15-20 Ceramic Figure Sculpture with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

 

CERAMIC FIGURE SCULPTURE with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

This class will be an exciting exploration of the human and/or animal form in clay. Jane will discuss basic anatomy and structure and will demonstrate both hand building and traditional modeling techniques to create studies of heads, hands and torsos. Surface finishes will include the use of underglazes, stains and glazes. The ultimate goal of this class is for students to have fun while learning about clay, the figure and developing their own personal style. Note: live models will not be used, students may work from photographs and/or their imagination.

Jane Kelsey-Mapel is an Arizona artist known for her narrative ceramic figure sculptures. She holds a bachelor's degree in Art from Arizona State University and a master's degree in Ceramics from the University of North Texas. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in U.S. and international publications.

All Levels

Thursdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | January 9 - February 20, 2020 | 7 sessions  | $245, plus Materials fee: $15 studio fee (required) and $15 clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: January 9, 2020

Available Spaces: 9

JE-101-20 Artisan Printmaking with John Erwin

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ARTISAN PRINTMAKING with John Erwin

Learn the hands-on art of printmaking and create hand-pulled prints.  Join John on this adventure as you explore traditional and experimental forms of printmaking.  The centuries-old process is easy and fun under the direction of this gifted artist and instructor.  Printmaking opens you to a new form of expression and helps you to reevaluate your approach to art making.

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All Levels
Thursdays  |  9:30- 12:30 p.m.  |  January 9 - February 20, 2020 (no class 1/23)  |  6 sessions  $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: January 9, 2020

Available Spaces: 8

BB-18-20 Oil and Cold Wax Medium with Barbara Bagan

OIL AND COLD WAX MEDIUM: An Introduction and Way Beyond with Barbara Bagan

This class is for beginners as well as those who have some experience with oil and cold wax.

Participants will explore a variety of substrates/surfaces including oil paper, Mutilmedia Art Board, and cradled boards. Essential tools and various techniques for “mark-making” and scraping will be demonstrated. Students will learn how to add collage, stencils, and other materials to the oil and cold wax piece. In addition, we will discuss steps to finishing the final piece—to mat and frame or mount, to wax or varnish, to paint, varnish, or wax the sides of the board.

In this class we will play, experiment, and create endless opportunities for “happy accidents” which occur almost effortlessly when oil and cold wax are combined.

 

Fridays | January 10 - 31, 2020 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm | 4 sessions | $140

Price: $140.00

Date: January 10, 2020

Available Spaces: 9

AV-05-20 Expressive Acrylic Basics with Agustin Vargas

EXPRESSIVE ACRYLIC BASICS with Agustin Vargas

This workshop is for students who seek to be paint with more freedom, expression, and spontaneity in acrylics! Students will learn to loosen up and tap into their own creative flow. Inhibitions will be lost as they learn to trust the process and let the journey of painting guide them.
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Fridays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm  |  January 10 - February 20, 2020  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 10, 2020

Available Spaces: 7

JE-102-19 Travel Photo Sketching with John Erwin

TRAVEL PHOTO 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.
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All Levels

Friday  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm  |  January 10 - February 14, 2020  |  6 sessions  |  $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: January 10, 2020

Available Spaces: 5

DW-54-20 Ceramics: Handbuilding & Plaster Press Molds with Danielle Wood

CERAMICS: HANDBUILDING & PLASTER PRESS MOLDS with Danielle Wood

In this class, students will have the opportunity to experiment with plaster and some of the options it can provide creatively. Students will be able to make 2-3 different press molds that they can use for their own sculptures and can be shared with other students.
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Skill Level: Some experience with clay is encouraged

Fridays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm  |  January 10 - February 21, 2020 |  7 sessions  |  Class fee: $245  |  Materials fee:  $15 studio fee (required) and $35 for clay (optional)

Price: $245.00

Date: January 10, 2020

Available Spaces: 6

EE-139-20 Drawing Basics with Elliott Everson

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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.

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All Levels

Tuesdays  |  9:30am - 12:30 pm  |  January 21 - February 18, 2020   |  5  Sessions   |   $175

Price: $175.00

Date: January 21, 2020

Available Spaces: 0

EE-140-20 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.

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All Levels

Tuesdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm  |  January 21 - February 18, 2020  |  5 Sessions  |  $175

Price: $175.00

Date: January 21, 2020

Available Spaces: 0

EE-141-20 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.

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Wednesdays  |  9:30am - 12:30 pm  |  January 22 - February 19, 2020  |  5 Sessions  |  $175

Price: $175.00

Date: January 22, 2020

Available Spaces: 0

EE-142-20 Colored Pencil on Wood with Elliott Everson

COLORED PENCIL ON WOOD with Elliott Everson

In this class students will utilize a wood panel as a unique surface for creating Colored Pencil art. Each panel of wood possesses its own personality that offers interesting patterns in the grain that will stimulate creativity. Plants and flowers, trees, autumn leaves, seed pods or interesting designs can be blended into the surface patterns.

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All levels encouraged

Thursdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm  |  January 23 - February 20, 2020  |  5 Sessions  |  $175

 

Price: $175.00

Date: January 23, 2020

Available Spaces: 8

EE-143-20 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.

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Fridays  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm  |  January 24 - February 21, 2020  |  5 Sessions  |  $175

Price: $175.00

Date: January 24, 2020

Available Spaces: 5

SH-104-20 Oil/Acrylic Basics with Sue Hunter

OIL/ACRYLIC BASICS 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.

Tuesdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm 

February 4 - March 10, 2020 | 7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: February 4, 2020

Available Spaces: 10

SH-105-20 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.

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Open to all levels.

Tuesdays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm  | February 25 - April 7, 2020  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: February 25, 2020

Available Spaces: 10

SH-106-20 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.
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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  |  February 26 - April 8, 2020  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: February 26, 2020

Available Spaces: 12

SH-106-20 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.
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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  |  February 26 - April 8, 2020  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: February 26, 2020

Available Spaces: 13

SH-107-20 Oil/Acrylic Open Studio with Sue Hunter

OIL/ACRYLIC OPEN STUDIO with Sue Hunter

In this class students will be working in oil or acrylic paint. They will learn to develop and clarify their painting style while expanding their technical skills in this studio class.
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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 pm  |  February 27 - April 9, 2020  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: February 27, 2020

Available Spaces: 10

JGP-31-20 Watercolor Unleased: 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 a student can bring to their work by using their imagination and memory.
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Tuesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | March 17 - April 21, 2020 | 6 sessions  | $210

Price: $210.00

Date: March 17, 2020

Available Spaces: 10