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

0103-MK-18 Intro to Asian Brush Painting: Four Gentlemen with Martha Klare

INTRO TO ASIAN BRUSH PAINTING: FOUR GENTLEMEN with Martha Klare

Relax and enjoy as you learn about the ancient meditative and spontaneous art of Asian Brush Painting.  In this 6 week class you will have the opportunity to create your own variations of each of "The Four Gentlemen" of Asian Brush Painting.  Using traditional materials of bamboo brush, Chinese ink and paper we will explore the fundamental techniques and principles relating to Bamboo, Plum Blossom, Orchid and Chrysanthemum.  Note: We will explore the use of color in this series.

You will also discover the power of being present.  Each piece you create is a reflection of your unique ch'i - know as energy or spirit - in that moment of time and can never be repeated.  This class is a wonderful way to learn a new art form and enhance your well being at the same time.

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.

Materials including brushes, ink, colors and paper are available as a kit online for $85;  link will be sent upon registration.

Note: Ink does not wash out.  Dress accordingly.

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

January 3 - February 7, 2018  |  6 sessions  |  $210 

Materials Kit available for $85

Price: $210.00

Date: January 3, 2018

Available Spaces: 4

0105-JE-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 January 19.

All Levels

Fridays  |  9:30 am-12:30 pm

January 5 - February 23, 2018*  |  7 sessions  |  $245

*No Class January 19

Price: $245.00

Date: January 5, 2018

Available Spaces: 6

0108p-AJ-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.

If you are an absolute beginner Alan will have you start with hand building before wheel throwing, so that you can begin to understand how to work with clay.  Beginners should expect to take more than just this six week class before developing proficiency.

Alan 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 clay, glazes and firing.

All levels

Mondays | 1:00-4:00 pm 

January 8 - February 12, 2018 | 6 sessions  | $180 plus $30 materials fee

 

Price: $180.00

Date: January 8, 2018

Available Spaces: 2

0108-AJ-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 clay, glazes and firing.

Focused on furthering your skill level

Mondays | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

January 8 - February 12, 2018 | 6 sessions  | $180 plus $30 materials fee

Price: $180.00

Date: January 8, 2018

Available Spaces: 5

0108n-AJ-18 Pottery Studio with Alan Jones

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POTTERY STUDIO with Alan Jones

If you want to 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 clay, glazes and firing.

All levels

Mondays | 6:00-9:00 pm

January 8 - February 12, 2018  |  6 sessions  |  $180 plus $30 materials fee

Price: $180.00

Date: January 8, 2018

Available Spaces: 5

0109-JE-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.  Class will not meet on January 23.

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

January 9 - February 20, 2018*  |  6 sessions  |  $210 

*No Class January 23

 

Price: $210.00

Date: January 9, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

0109-EE-18 Drawing Basics with Elliott Everson

Transition - center BW 150DRAWING 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  |  9:30am - 12:30 pm 

January 9 - February 20, 2018   |  7  Sessions   |   $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 9, 2018

Available Spaces: 1

0109p-EE-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 

January 9 - February 20, 2018  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 9, 2018

Available Spaces: 7

0109-SH-18 Experimental Water Media with Sue Hunter

EXPERIMENTAL WATER MEDIA with Sue Hunter

In this class students will have fun experimenting with combining different media – watercolor, fluid acrylics, black gessos, masking fluid, tar gel*, and molding paste* to produce texture along with various tools and products.  Alcohol Inks* will be introduced.

You'll see how watercolor has a different look on yupo paper and watercolor paper. The options are endless. Open to all levels.

*Instructor will provide tar gel, molding paste and alcohol inks.

Tuesdays  |  9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

January 9 - February 20, 2018 |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 9, 2018

Available Spaces: 10

0109p-JE-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.  Class will not meet on January 23.

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

January 9 - February 20, 2018*  |  6 sessions  |  $210 

*No Class January 23

 

Price: $210.00

Date: January 9, 2018

Available Spaces: 7

0110-EE-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 

January 10 - February 21, 2018   |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 10, 2018

Available Spaces: 3

0110p-EE-18 Drawing Basics with Elliott Everson

Transition - center BW 150DRAWING 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

Wednesdays  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm   

January 10 - February 21, 2018   |  7  Sessions   |   $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 10, 2018

Available Spaces: 7

0110-SH-18 Painting Studio with Sue Hunter

PAINTING 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   

January 10 - February 21, 2018  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 10, 2018

Available Spaces: 6

0110-DW-18 Composition & Design with Glaze in Mind with Danielle Wood

COMPOSITION & DESIGN with GLAZE IN MIND with Danielle Wood

In this ceramics class students will have the opportunity to create sculptures in a variety of forms with the idea of glaze in mind.  Various types of glazes will be available including midrange glazes, underglazes, china paints, paper transfers, decals, and lusters.

Glaze is often thought of at the end of the sculpting process however in this class students will plan their sculpture with an understanding of both form and color.  There will be a variety of projects/techniques used including pinch pots, coiling, slabs, press and drape molds.  Come explore form, design, composition, and glaze in one class.  Bring your creativity!  Open to all levels, some clay experience encouraged.

Wednesdays  |  1:00-4:00 pm

January 10 - February 21, 2018  |  7 sessions

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

Price: $210.00

Date: January 10, 2018

Available Spaces: 9

0110n-CMB-18 Handbuilding with a Twist with Constance McBride

 

HANDBUILDING WITH A TWIST with Constance McBride

In this class the student will explore ideas that inspire them individually and then translate those ideas into personal and unique sculptures.

Constance will teach hand building techniques that include coiling and slab building with armatures.  Along with traditional glazes and underglazes, she teaches alternative surface treatments like pastel, graphite, oxides and stains.  She'll also be sharing tips on working with paper clay slip, natural fibers and found objects. This class is open to all levels of ceramic students. Material fee $30.

Wednesday Nights  | 6:00-9:00 pm

January 10 - February 21, 2018  |  7 sessions

$210 plus a materials fee of $30 paid directly to instructor on first day of class

 

Price: $210.00

Date: January 10, 2018

Available Spaces: 9

0111-JE-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 

January 11-February 22, 2018  |  7 sessions  |  $245

 

Price: $245.00

Date: January 11, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

0111p-SH-18 Painting Studio with Sue Hunter

PAINTING 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 

January 11 - February 22, 2018  |  7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 11, 2018

Available Spaces: 11

0111-SH-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 

January 11 - February 22, 2018  | 7 Sessions  |  $245

Price: $245.00

Date: January 11, 2018

Available Spaces: 5

0111-CMB-18 Handbuilding with a Twist with Constance McBride

 

HANDBUILDING WITH A TWIST with Constance McBride

In this class the student will explore ideas that inspire them individually and then translate those ideas into personal and unique sculptures.

Constance will teach hand building techniques that include coiling and slab building with armatures.  Along with traditional glazes and underglazes, she teaches alternative surface treatments like pastel, graphite, oxides and stains.  She'll also be sharing tips on working with paper clay slip, natural fibers and found objects. This class is open to all levels of ceramic students. Material fee $30.

Thursdays  | 1:00-4:00 pm

January 11 - February 22, 2018  |  7 sessions

$210 plus a materials fee of $30 paid directly to instructor on first day of class

 

Price: $210.00

Date: January 11, 2018

Available Spaces: 8

0112-EE-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 

January 12 - February 23, 2018  |  7 Sessions  | $245

 

Price: $245.00

Date: January 12, 2018

Available Spaces: 6