Adult Classes

Thank you for considering the Shemer Art Center for your art class interests!  We are pleased to share with you our 2017 Class Schedule!

Please be sure to read our new registration policy prior to registering.

For workshops, please visit our separate workshops page

KS-01-18 Bowls & Plates: Beyond the Basics with Kathleen Scott

Bowls & Plates: Beyond the Basics with Kathleen Scott

In this four-week intensive class, students will hone their throwing skills with plates and bowls while also experimenting with form and surface design. Students will be encouraged to see their pieces as objects as well as canvases, and will create piece that possess harmony of form and imagery. Topics and skills covered include: throwing and trimming plates and bowls, balance of form, 'throwing off the hump,' sgraffito, underglazing, stenciling and image transfer methods.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover clay, glazes and firing.

All levels, although some wheel-throwing experience is encouraged.

Mondays | 1:00-4:00 pm 

February 19 - March 12, 2018 | 4 sessions  | $120 plus $30 materials fee

 

Price: $120.00

Date: February 19, 2018

Available Spaces: 5

MK-07-18 Intro to Asian Brush Painting with Martha Klare

INTRO TO ASIAN BRUSH PAINTING with Martha Klare

If you’ve ever had an interest in Asian Brush Painting or need to revisit the basics, this is the workshop for you.  Relax as you create and learn about this meditative and spontaneous art.  We will explore the basics of  using three simple yet versatile materials (bamboo brush, ink and paper) to create a variety of effects.

The art of brush painting is a wonderful way to enhance your well being.  In this workshop you will discover the power of being present while also honing your mind/body coordination.  Each piece you create is a reflection of your unique  energy or spirit (ch’i) in that moment of time and can never be repeated.

This workshop is the perfect foundation for students interested in continuing their skills and registering for the Asian Brush Painting Studio series.

Martha Klare has been practicing brush painting for over 25 years and has studied under several masters both in the US and in China; her work is collected internationally.

A $30 materials fee includes materials for the workshop, such as brushes, ink and paper.

Note: Ink does not wash out.  Dress accordingly.

All Levels

March 2, 2018  |  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.   |  $105, plus a $30 materials fee payable directly to the instructor on the first day of class.

 

 

Price: $105.00

Date: March 2, 2018

Available Spaces: 6

EE-87-18 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.

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  |  9:30am - 12:30 pm 

March 6 - April  17, 2018   |  7  Sessions   |   $245

Price: $245.00

Date: March 6, 2018

Available Spaces: 6

EE-88-18 Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

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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 6 - April 17, 2018  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: March 6, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

SH-68-18 Creative Collage with Sue Hunter

CREATIVE COLLAGE with Sue Hunter

This class will allow students to learn the process of creating a collage, which for this class will start with a simple image, which you will transfer or draw onto a 10x10 wooden canvas that has been painted with two coats of white gesso.   You will then paint the image with acrylic paint.  Next, using paper torn into individual pieces  you'll use matt medium to adhere the paper to the canvas, coating both sides of the paper.  To finish your artwork, you'll define form using light and shadow with colored paper and other items such as stamps and stencils.  This technique is great for using your imagination and being free to create.

Open to all levels.

Tuesdays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

March 6  - April 17, 2018 |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: March 6, 2018

Available Spaces: 5

EE-89-18 Advanced Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

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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 

March 7 - April 18, 2018   |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: March 7, 2018

Available Spaces: 2

EE-90-18 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.

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

Wednesdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm   

March 7 - April 18, 2018   |  7  Sessions   |   $245

Price: $245.00

Date: March 7, 2018

Available Spaces: 8

SH-65-18 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 7 - April 18, 2018  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: March 7, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

DW-24-18 Handbuilding Intensive with Danielle Wood

Handbuilding Intensive: Creating a Body of Work with Danielle Wood

In this class students will  focus on creating a body of work while continuing to build ceramic fundamentals, with projects focusing on coil, slab, pinch pots and press molding techniques.  Students will also have the opportunity to explore glazing through underglazes, lusters, decals and cone 5 glazes.

In this class setting, students will be able to learn new techniques during each class and be supported as they take the time to focus on building their own body of work with guided instruction.

Bring your creativity!  Open to all levels, some clay experience encouraged.

Wednesdays  |  1:00-4:00 pm

March 7 - April 25, 2018  |  7 sessions  (*No class March 14)

Class fee: $210
Materials fee:  $30 paid directly to the instructor on first day of class

Price: $210.00

Date: March 7, 2018

Available Spaces: 5

MK-08-18 Asian Brush Painting Studio with Martha Klare

ASIAN BRUSH PAINTING with Martha Klare

Join this Asian Brush Painting class and further your brush painting skills while enjoying the peaceful qualities of the art.  Participants will work at their own level with weekly demonstrations and guidance from the instructor.  Color, ink, traditional brushes and paper will be used as we explore new subject matter each session.

If you have taken the Introductory Asian Brush Painting workshop, this is the perfect class.  Open to all levels who have a basic (or beyond), knowledge and ability of beginning brush painting skills and their own supplies, this class will provide the opportunity to learn, create and share ideas in a relaxed, non-competitive  atmosphere.

Martha Klare has been practicing brush painting for over 25 years and has studied under several masters both in the US and in China; her work is collected internationally.

Bring your supplies and a lunch.

Note:  Ink does not wash out.  Dress accordingly.

March 7 - April 18, 2018  (* No class March 14) |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | 6 sessions 

$210 

 

Price: $105.00

Date: March 7, 2018

Available Spaces: 7

SH-67-18 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.

Thursdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm   

March 8 - April 19, 2018  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: March 8, 2018

Available Spaces: 10

SH-66-18 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 8 - April 19, 2018  | 7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: March 8, 2018

Available Spaces: 3

EE-91-18 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 

March 9 - April 20, 2018  |  7 Sessions  | $245

 

Price: $245.00

Date: March 9, 2018

Available Spaces: 4

DW-25-18 Handbuilding and Wheel Fundamentals with Danielle Wood

Handbuilding and Wheel Fundamentals with Danielle Wood

In this class students will be introduced to clay through handbuilding and the wheel.  Students will learn the fundamentals of clay sculpture through a step-by-step process, including learning how to use techniques such as pinch pots, coiling, slab building, and using molds to create forms in sculpture.  Students will also be introduced to wheel throwing and learn how to create functional ware.  Glazes will also be discussed during class as students have the opportunity to explore color as they glaze their finished works of art!

Bring your creativity!  New and continuing clay artists encouraged.

Fridays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm

March 9 - April 27, 2018  |  7 sessions  (*No class March 16)

Class fee: $210
Materials fee:  $30 paid directly to the instructor on first day of class

Price: $210.00

Date: March 9, 2018

Available Spaces: 8

JGP-21 Watercolor Unleashed! Painting from Photos with Julie Gilbert Pollard

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The focus of this class will be to combine the "reality" of photos as seen by the camera with the passion you bring to the image 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 list of supplies will be available upon registration.

 

All Levels

Tuesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm

March 13 - April 24, 2018 | 7 sessions | $245

 

Price: $245.00

Date: March 13, 2018

Available Spaces: 4

JE-59-18 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. Focusing on landscapes and still life, 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.  We will explore wet into wet, dry brush and negative painting techniques.

For beginning watercolor students

Tuesdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm  | March 13 -April 24, 2018 | 6 sessions (*No class March 27) | $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: March 13, 2018

Available Spaces: 2

JE-60-18 Watercolor Techniques with John Erwin

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WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUES with John Erwin

Watercolor can be elusive and challenging.  John Erwin instructs in a way that creates successful paintings.  In this class you will continue to learn learn skills regarding the color and design to use to create well balanced paintings. Each week you will build techniques and skills to guide you into more complex, finished paintings.  Techniques to be explored include wet into wet, dry brush and negative painting.

For intermediate/advanced watercolor students

Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm  | March 13 - April 24, 2018 | 6 sessions (*No class March 27)| $210

 

Price: $210.00

Date: March 13, 2018

Available Spaces: 2

JE-61-18 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.

Experience the excitement of converting your designs into original prints! In this class you will learn to make your own unique marks and stamps that will become cards or artwork.  Explore mixing colors and printing on a variety of papers including colorful Japanese rice paper and an array of artist papers.

Most of the materials will be provided including carving tools, inks and a press.  Each week you will leave with a finished project.  Methods to be covered include:  Relief Printing; Woodblock (using 'soft 'easy' to carve images); Drypoint Etching (using clear acrylic sheets); Monoprints (creating one of a kind prints); Chine Colle (printing on a surface attached to another surface; Collograph (printing over a raised surface); Gyotaku (a 200 years-old Japanese style of fish rubbing, yielding a remarkable fish print with exact color duplication, subtlety of motion and exquisite detail); Solar Printing (a light sensitized approach to creating an etching plate) and Pochoir (a stencil-based printing technique).

All Levels
Thursdays  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm 

March 15 - April -26, 2018  |  5 sessions  (* No class March 29 or April 12) |  $175

 

Price: $175.00

Date: March 15, 2018

Available Spaces: 4

WW-12-18 Wine and Watercolor with John Erwin

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 Wine and Watercolor with John Erwin

Join us for a fun night of watercolor painting with John Erwin.  Be surprised what you can learn in just a few creative hours.  Enjoy a lighthearted atmosphere while learning something new. You will leave with a beautiful completed painting.

Each month you will be introduced to the techniques of watercolor painting.  Learn the basics as well as some advanced techniques of watercolor painting during this fun-filled event.  All supplies will be provided.  Only a  willingness to try something new is required.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now for this month's Wine and Watercolor at the Shemer!

All Levels
Thursday 6:00-8:00 pm | March 15, 2018 | 1 session

$25 per person.

Price: $25.00

Date: March 15, 2018

Available Spaces: 10

JE-63-18 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.

Experience the excitement of converting your designs into original prints! In this class you will learn to make your own unique marks and stamps that will become cards or artwork.  Explore mixing colors and printing on a variety of papers including colorful Japanese rice paper and an array of artist papers.

Most of the materials will be provided including carving tools, inks and a press.  Each week you will leave with a finished project.  Methods to be covered include:  Relief Printing; Woodblock (using 'soft 'easy' to carve images); Drypoint Etching (using clear acrylic sheets); Monoprints (creating one of a kind prints); Chine Colle (printing on a surface attached to another surface; Collograph (printing over a raised surface); Gyotaku (a 200 years-old Japanese style of fish rubbing, yielding a remarkable fish print with exact color duplication, subtlety of motion and exquisite detail); Solar Printing (a light sensitized approach to creating an etching plate) and Pochoir (a stencil-based printing technique).

All Levels
Thursdays  |  1:00 -4:00 pm 

March 15 - April -26, 2018  |  5 sessions  (* No class March 29 or April 12) |  $175

 

Price: $175.00

Date: March 15, 2018

Available Spaces: 7

JE-62-18 10-Minute Sketching with John Erwin

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10-MINUTE SKETCHING  with John Erwin

What’s the difference between a sketch and a drawing?   A sketch can be imperfect, it takes less time than a drawing, evokes emotion, and captures a moment. There is an art to making a sketch that instantly conjures a memory of time or place.

In this class, award-winning artist John Erwin shares his tips and lessons on sketching from his extensive travel over several decades. John generously shares his personal travel journals of sketches and the artistic lessons he learned along the way.

From this class you will be able to capture your travel memories in sketches. John will teach you how to set up a sketchbook and a pocket-travel sketch kit. Through specific lessons, you will learn how to create balanced compositions with perspective and value. Experience the excitement and the confidence of sketching in public. You will add people, cars and other real-life interest to your sketches. From black and white line drawing in pencil, pen or other media, John will guide you through adding color, texture and pattern to create more finished works. Working with watercolor, ink, pencil, marker and you will even use a razor blade! You will astonish yourself and your friends in your ability to capture the spirit of the place you are sketching.  * Class will not meet on March 23.

All Levels

Fridays  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm

March 16 - April 27, 2018  |  6 sessions  (*No class March 23) |  $210 

*No Class March 23

Price: $210.00

Date: March 16, 2018

Available Spaces: 4

AJ-68-18 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.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Open to all levels

Mondays | 6:00-9:00 pm | March 19 - April 16, 2018 | 5 sessions  | $180, plus $30 materials fee 

Price: $180.00

Date: March 19, 2018

Available Spaces: 6

AJ-66-18 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.  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 19 - April 16, 2018 | 5 sessions  | $180, plus $30 materials fee

Price: $180.00

Date: March 19, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

AJ-67-18 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, Alan will expertly instruct you in wheel throwing clay.   He has developed a curriculum to build your skill level from week to week.  Although the class is geared towards beginning potters, all skill levels are welcome.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Open to all levels

Mondays | 1:00-4:00 pm | March 19 - April 16, 2018 | 5 sessions  | $180, plus $30 materials fee

 

Price: $180.00

Date: March 19, 2018

Available Spaces: 3

WW-13-18 Wine and Watercolor with John Erwin

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 Wine and Watercolor with John Erwin

Join us for a fun night of watercolor painting with John Erwin.  Be surprised what you can learn in just a few creative hours.  Enjoy a lighthearted atmosphere while learning something new. You will leave with a beautiful completed painting.

Each month you will be introduced to the techniques of watercolor painting.  Learn the basics as well as some advanced techniques of watercolor painting during this fun-filled event.  All supplies will be provided.  Only a  willingness to try something new is required.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now for this month's Wine and Watercolor at the Shemer!

All Levels
Thursday 6:00-8:00 pm | April 19, 2018 | 1 session

$25 per person.

Price: $25.00

Date: April 19, 2018

Available Spaces: 10