Adult Classes



                        Frances Fontaine                                       Greg Cartmell                                Ron Thomson                           


Summer 2014 Classes

Summer adult classes begin on June 3rd and run through June 28, 2014.  This is a four week session unless otherwise noted.   Enroll on-line at or call 928-2228, ext. 107.  May 28th is the last day for enrollment.  CLICK HERE FOR AN EASY TO PRINT SCHEDULE!


Tuesday Classes  June 3rd – June 24th:

Stamping & Watercolor with Jane Sellier 9:00 – noon, Studio 4, June 3 – June 24.  $80, $70 Family Members and above.  Enjoy the process of creating your own art using a combination of stamping and watercolors.  This is an interesting, lively class for all levels – even those who have never painted before.  Come join the fun!  Supply List

Pottery – Intermediate to Advanced with Maria Spies: Tuesdays: 9:30 – 12:30 $90, $80 & 5:30 – 8:30pm, $155, $145 Members –This class with Maria as she discusses and demonstrates pottery forms and their functions.  Pottery forms often follow function; to fit the hand or pour a certain liquid.  In this class you’re the artist, so form and surface decoration may come first.  Express yourself!  You may decorate the surface with carvings, slips and glazes to make every piece unique.  Maria will help each student on the pottery wheel or with hand building to advance your pottery skills.  Pieces created in class may be fired as part of the class.  All other pieces will be charged the appropriate fee for firing and glazing.  Clay may be purchased as needed.  *** Evening class will be an 8 week class. 


Loose, Bright and Bold! with Frances Fontaine, 1:00 – 4:00pm, Studio 4.  $80, $70.  Sometimes, you just need to step back get loose and figure out where to go next with your painting.  Solve your own problems in a painting!! If you don’t have a teacher/mentor there, you need to have a way to figure out values, lighting effects, basic compositions, etc.  Frances will help you pin point what you are trying to achieve in each painting and how to fix any area that is troubling you.  You will learn some strategies that will become your checklist for every painting.  She is known for simple, direct explanation of painting, color theory, value and makes painting FUN!  This class is for intermediate painters.  Oil/acrylic use will be taught.  Supply List

Figure Drawing, 5:30 – 8:30pm, Studio 5, $85. ,  Bring the medium of your choice and join this self-directed drawing, sketching, painting class.  Fee covers model fees.  This is a six week class. 


Digital Photography with Stephen Savage, Tues., 6:00 – 8:30pm, Studio 2. $80, $70.  This is the perfect class for all levels of photographers. Sessions include composition skills, using a flash and more. We will cover storing and manipulating photos on the computer and how to email them home. Each week we’ll critique our photographs and learn a new technique—plus it will be fun!

Wednesday Classes  June 4th – June 25th :


Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain with Mary Lou Nicolai, 1:00 – 4:00pm, Studio 4. $80, $70. Join our “can’t even draw stick figures”, “I can paint, but drawing is too hard” club.  You will learn how to open your right side – the creative side of your brain at will.  Through a series of drawing exercises, you will learn how to conceive edges, perception of space, proportion and perspective, light and shadows.  You will see the world differently after you attend this class.  An artistic, creative person is never bored!  Come join us on the creative journey!   Supply List   CLASS IS FULL.

Intermediate Watercolor with Mary Lou Nicolai, 9:00 – noon, Studio 4, $80, $70. Join award winning, professional artist Mary Lou Nicolai for a watercolor adventure in making your paintings sparkle, creating crisp, clean whites, understanding and creating negative paintings, creating hard and soft edges, watercolor pouring and getting your watercolors to GLOW!  We will also discuss what makes a great painting, composition, center of interest, value and contrast.  Celebrate your successes!  Let loose and enjoy the process.  Supply List   

Free & Expressive Oil Painting with Ted Burn, 1:00 – 4:00pm, Studio 5, $80, $70.  Come learn how to make your oil paints flow into simple, strong paintings.  Using a limited palette and big brushes, we will paint simple things enhancing your ability to see and catch your first response to the subject matter.  This class will help you translate what you see into stronger paintings.  Supply List

Beginning Pottery with Zach Sierke, 9:00 – noon, Studio 3.  $90, $80 Family members and above. An introduction to wheel thrown pottery for all people interested in creating on the potter’s wheel.  This class will cover basic techniques associated with the potter’s wheel, as well as many different surface decorating and hand built pottery techniques.  Slip, glaze or carve to give your work its own personality!   Clay may be purchased as needed. 

Thursday Classes:

Beginning Watercolor with Loran Chavez, 9:00 – noon, Studio 4, $80, $70.  Have you ever wanted to try watercolor, but were too scared to jump into the water?  Join Loran Chavez for this fun filled, bare bones, beginner, (barney) level course.  In this class, you will learn about the one rule in watercolor – only one I promise!, using a limited palette, papers, paints, flat washes, graduated washes, variegated washes, and so much more!  After this class, you will have the confidence to paint on your own.  Come on in, the water is fine!!!  Bring the watercolor supplies that you have or pay supply fee of $35 paid to teacher at first class.

Pottery – Intermediate to Advanced with Maria Spies: Tuesdays: 9:30 – 12:30, $90, $80.  See course description listed under Tuesday classes. 

Foundations and Expressions in Oils and Acrylics with Ron Thomson, Thursday 1:00 – 4:00pm, Studio 4. $80, $70 Family members and above.  Understanding how to see light is the foundation of painting light.  Join us on a low stress journey to express the beauty around us.  This class is an on-going exploration not only of light, but the nuts and bolts of all aspects of the painting process.  Embark on this exploration directed by your interests.  Ron will support both the creative spirit and your artistic prowess.    Supply List

Saturday Classes:

Capture Brilliant Light and Color with Michele Traum, 10:30 – 1:30pm, Studio 5 $80, $70, June 7 - June 28.  Create vivid color and light in your paintings by following a simple three stage process. You’ll learn to identify and create strong compositions, determine correct color notes (value, temperature and chroma) and create convincing three-dimensionality. Suitable for soft pastel and oil painting.  Supply List

                                      ADULT WORKSHOPS

Pottery Wood Firing with Maria Spies, August 22, 23.  Friday, 10:00 – 4:00pm, Saturday, 8:00 – 8:00pm.  Kiln will be unloaded on Tuesday, August 26, 9:00am.  $120 per shelf to drop off pottery pieces for firing.  $100 per shelf for those who wish to participate and help with the firing.  Each shelf is 12”x24”x8” high.

Workshop is FULL. 

Uncorked! An evening of painting pottery & fun!  August 21st, 5:30 to 8:30pm.  Bring a friend, your sense of humor and favorite beverage and join the fun as you  create your own “masterpiece” in one evening.  Frances Fontaine will be teaching the painting class and Maria Spies will lead our pottery class.  You choose the medium you wish to work in.   $45 per person 

 Windows and Doorways - How to transform your photo into a successful painting. A watercolor workshop with Nancy Barry.    September 29, 30, 9:30 - 3:30pm.  $185, $175 Family members and above. 

We have all seen them, beautiful windows or doorways that beckon us to step inside, some comforting, many quite intriguing. Over the years, these have been some of my favorite subject matter to photograph and to paint. In this 2-Day workshop, we will go through the ‘thinking process’  of transforming a photo into a successful painting; how to edit your snapshot, learning what to keep and what to leave out, how to create visual and special perspective and how to render the many textures and surfaces we find within the hardscape around us. You will learn how to create brick, stone, pottery, foliage, window reflections and more.  Supply List

Golden Artist Colors Workshop with Kevin Tobin, Golden Certified Working Artist , Oct. 15, 16, 2014    $185, $175 for Family members & Above

Join Kevin in a FUN filled workshop working with the GOLDEN products.  You will dabble in a little of this and a little of that.  Come join the fun and explore new, fast paced techniques for your acrylic paintings.  Included in the workshop will be:

Seductive Surfaces for Painting & Collage, Wed. 12:30 - 4:30pm, Gel Skins & Image Transfer for Painting & Collage, Thurs. 9:00 - 1:00pm, You Can't Really Swing If You Ain't Got That Bling, Thurs. 1:30 - 3:30pm. 

 All skill levels are welcome.  In each segment you will learn new techniques to enhance your current painting styles.  You will be able to "play" with the Goldens Paint products that you have seen in stores but were hesitant to experiement with.  You will learn a variety of methods to transfer directly into a variety of substrates using Golden Gels, mediums and paints.  Participants need to bring a palette knife, small brush or two, paper towels, container for water and drawing mediums such as pencils, markers, oil pastels.  NO drawing skills required.  ALL other supplies will be provided. 

Don Andrews Watercolor Workshop January 19 – 23, 2015   $500, $475 Family Members and Above.   Join Artist Don Andrews for a 5 day color landscape watercolor workshop in Fairhope, AL.  January 19 – 23, 2015.  Don will demo in watercolor.  Acrylic painters are welcome to join this workshop.  $500 workshop fee.  $250 deposit required by Sept. 26, 2014, balance due Nov. 28, 2014. Enroll on-line at or call 251-928-2228, ext. 107.  **Refund policy is $75 for cancellation.** Supply List



JUNE 2014: 6, 13, 20, 27


Refund Policy: 

A $25 fee will be charged for all refunds.  Refunds will be given up to seven (7) days prior to class or workshop start date.  Thereafter, no refunds will be given.    

*Family Members or above. For more information call Melinda Hicks at 251.928.2228, ext. 107