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, $95. ,  Bring the medium of your choice and join this self-directed drawing, sketching, painting class.  Fee covers model fees. 


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

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


Tarpaper, Gold Leaf and Collage Workshop with Ron Thomson, April 25 – 26, 9:00 – 4:00pm. 

 A multimedia experience blending folk art and fine!  Ron Thomson will guide this tour into the world of tarpaper painting will continue to exploration by blending collage and gold leafing into the medium.  This workshop aims at breaking down our self- imposed barriers that limit our creativity.Tarpaper and goldleaf supplies.  Bring your acylic paints, brushes, papertowels, water conatiner, palette.  $185, $175 Family Members and Above. 

Contemporary Oil Painting with Greg Cartmell, May 2, 3, 9:00 - 4:00, $225, $215 Family members and above.  Join nationally recognized contemporary artist Greg Cartmell for a two day oil painting workshop.  Greg will demonstrate his unique style of painting, emphasizing intensity, richness and value.  Students will be encouraged to paint quickly, capturing the moment.  The first day will focus on landscape painting, the second day will be dedictaed to portraits.  You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in a short period of time!  This is a great opportunity for those who are looking to expand their painting techniques.  Visit Greg's website at  Supply List

Uncorked! An evening of pizza, painting & FUN! With Frances Fontaine, Kathy Sheppard and Maria Spies,  May 8th 5:30 – 8:30pm.  $40.  NEW and Exciting!!!  Your choice – oil or acrylic painting, watercolor or pottery.  You choose, bring a friend and a beverage, your paint brushes or pottery hands and come and create your own art piece.  Space is limited to 10 in each class so enroll early!   

Pottery Wood Firing with Maria Spies, May 16, 17, 20.  Friday, 10:00 – 4:00pm, Saturday, 8:00 – 8:00pm.  Kiln will be unloaded on Tuesday, May 20, 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.

Luminous Passages with Ron Thomson- Oils and acrylics workshop May 16-17, 9:00 – 4:00pm 

Value does all the work and color get all the credit. Truer words were never spoken Monet! This workshop is a pragmatic approach to accessing new insight into the mysteries of light, color and how to unify our painting through "passages". This experience aims to demonstrate that whether the subject is still life, landscape or figural, light and his alter-ego, shadow, are the stars in this production.    $180, $170 Family Members and Above.  Supply List 

Color and Composition Workshop with Michelle Vezina Peterlin June 18 - 20 , 9:00 – 3:00pm, $275, $265 for three day workshop.  BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!  Join Michelle Vezina Peterlin in her three day workshop that will focus on color and composition.  Students will work from still life set ups, learn to block in color and build up layers of color to create depth and intensity in your paintings.  This is a flexible class during which you will complete one painting, possibly more depending upon the size of canvas you choose.   Students may work in watercolor, acrylics, pastels, colored pencils.  Prior drawing experience is required.  Visit Michelle’s work at 

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.


APRIL 2014: 4, 11, 25

MAY 2014: 9, 16, 30

JUNE 2014: 6, 13, 20


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