Adult Classes




Adult Fall 2014 Classes:  Fall classes start the week of September 8, 2014 and go through October 30, 8 weeks, unless otherwise noted.  


Tuesday Classes:

Getting Started with Acrylic Painting with Jane Sellier, $135, $125 9:00 – noon, Studio 4.   Whatever medium you choose to work with, it is important to acquire certain basic skills so you can create a successful painting.  In this class, you will be introduced to the materials, equipment and techniques associated with painting backed up by detailed step-by-step demonstrations.  This class will get you started and build your confidence with acrylic painting.  Supply list

Pottery – Intermediate to Advanced: Tuesdays: 9:30 – 12:30 & 5:30 – 8:30pm, $160, $150 Members –Intermediate to advanced students can enjoy 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. 

Mosaics with a Flair with Frank Caperton, 9:00 – noon, Studio 5, $110, $100 Family members and above. 6 WEEKS.  Local mosaic artist Frank Caperton, will lead the class in creating bright, colorful mosaic artwork.  Each student will complete an 8”x8” mosaic tile during the class.  You will learn about terminology, tools, products for constructing and making patterns as well as the tile process.  This will be a fun and creative class!  Pay Instructor for supplies. 

Relief Print Making with Janet Hinton, 1:00 – 4:00pm.  This class will explore everal types of printmaking including the original art form of mutilpes.  We will also work with linoleum prints of single and culti-color as well as collographs.   Relief Print Making Supply List


Digital Photography with Stephen Savage, Tues., 6:00 – 8:30pm, 6 WeeksStudio 2. $95, $85 Members. 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!  Bring your camera and camera instruction book if you have it. 

Wednesday Classes:

Watercolor Portraits with Kathy Sheppard, $135, $125 Members, 9:00 – noon, Studio 5.   Painting portraits in watercolor may seem difficult, but Kathy will teach you easy steps to develop your painting and help build your confidence.  She will give demonstrations, hand-outs of palettes of known portrait artists and give plenty of one-on-one instruction.  The first two classes will be spent on basics, drawing and how to mix skin tones.  So bring your favorite photos and join Kathy’s other students who are thrilled to be learning the techniques of portrait painting.  Bring the watercolor supplies that you have.  Arches 140 lb. watercolor paper is available for purchase at ESAC. 


Photoshop with a Painterly Twist with Ted Burn $70, $65 Members 9:00 – noon, Studio 4, 4 WEEKS, Sept. 10th – Oct. 1.  Just think of Photoshop as a BIG expensive paint brush and palette that you never have to clean up.  Ted will show you how to use the software, you will observe and then implement your new skills with your own photos.  You will learn to test out ideas for your paintings or take a photo, change it a bit to make a better photo for your painting.  You will need a laptop computer and Creative Suite One software.   This is a great tool to use to develop your paintings before you even put paint on a canvas. 

Chasing Sunlight with Ted Burn, $135, $125 1:00 – 4:00pm – 8 week class.  This class will address how to paint objects and people in intense sunlight.  Ted will show you how to organize a simple palette that will help you paint the effects of intense sunlight and varying degrees of shade and changing light situations.  We will work from photos and hopefully go outside and paint from life.  We might even use each other as models.  This is not a specific portrait class but we will do simple paints of people in sunlight.  Supply list    

Landscapes, Florals & Still Life in Oils or Acrylics with Kathy Sheppard, $135, $125, 1:00 – 4:00pm, Studio 5. Working from your photographs or set-ups, Kathy will teach ali-prima and underpainting techniques.  Proper values are established in the mono-chromatic underpaintings which can be left alone or glazed with color.  Composition, color, value and depth will be key components.  Kathy freely gives demonstrations and individual attention to each student and strives to help students improve their paintings.  Kathy is an award winning artist who is always willing to share her knowledge.  Come paint what excites you! 

Beginning to Intermediate Pottery with Shane Reynolds,$160, $150, 9:00 – noon, Studio 3.  Whether you are a true “newbie” to pottery or have some skill that you want to enhance, Shane will demonstrate techniques and work with each student on their projects.  This class will cover wheel thrown pottery as well as individual direction in hand building.  You will learn to slip, glaze or carve to give your work its own personality.   Clay may be purchased as needed. 

Beginning Hand Built Pottery with Shane Reynolds, $160, $150, 1:00 – 4:00pm, Studio 3.  Come see what a plain slab of clay can be turned into!  Shane will cover the basic processes of hand built ceramics.  Included will be pinch, coil and slab building.  Think about creating bowls, serving trays, wind chimes – Shane will get you started with your projects through the firing and glazing processes.  Ceramics is fun – come get immersed in clay and see what can be created.  Clay may be purchased as needed. 

Figure Drawing, 5:30 – 8:30pm Studio 4 $125 for 8 weeks.  Bring the medium of your choice and join this self- directed drawing/sketching/painting class.  Fee covers model fee.  


Thursday Classes:

The Art of Drawing with Oil Paint with Benita McNider, 1:00 – 4:00pm, $110, $100, Studio 5. 6 WEEKS. In this oil painting class, Benita will demonstrate a technique for making drawings that won’t allow “drawn edges” to restrict of confine the subject matter.  This flexibility allows artwork to develop a personality of its own.  We’ll draw and paint to showcase strong composition, interesting shapes, add or delete texture, harmonize colors and glaze paintings.  During this 6 week course, Benita will answer questions and address any difficulties on an individual basis.  INSIDE YOUR UNIQUENESS – LIVE YOUR CREATIVITY!!!   Come find your inner creative self.   


Pottery – Intermediate to Advanced: 9:30 – 12:30, $160, $150 Members –Intermediate to advanced levels can enjoy 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.

Foundations and Expressions in Oil and Acrylic with Ron Thomson, Thursday 1:00 – 4:00pm, Studio 4. $135, $125 .  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


Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain with Mary Lou Nicolai, 1:00 – 4:00pm, Studio 2. $135, $125. 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 2, $135, $125. 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

Getting Started with Soft Pastels with Jane Sellier, $135, $125, 9:00 – noon, Studio 4.  Soft pastels are unique.  No other painting medium offers the speed and directness when painting.  This class enables beginning students to get the feel of the medium by making simple marks on paper to building up color to make a painting.  We’ll use a kneaded eraser as our paintbrush to create a painting with vibrant, rich colors that are anything but “pastel”.  Supplies provided for a $20 supply fee due upon registration. 

Friday Classes:

Come When You Can with Jane Sellier – All Fridays in September, 9:00 – noon.  $10 per session.  Come and paint with others who enjoy the painting process.  This is not a class but Jane and other artists will be there to offer encouragement so you can enjoy the process of painting even more. 


Windows and Doorways - How to transform your photo into a successful painting.  A watercolor workshop  with Nancy Barry.   September 29, 30,  $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

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 and 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 products that you have seen in stores but were hesitant to experiment with.  You will also explore a variety of techniques to make dazzling collage papers, wonderful enhancement techniques for general painting and underpainting processes that will make you work come alive.   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 your favorite drawing medium – i.e., pencils, markers, oil pastels.  NO drawing skills required.  ALL other supplies will be provided!  

Tarpaper, Gold Leaf and Collage workshop with Ron Thomson, October 25, 26, 9:00 – 4:00, $185, $175 Members.  A multimedia experience blending folk art and Fine art!  Ron Thomson will guide this tour into the world of tarpaper painting.  We will continue this exploration by blending collage and gold leafing into the medium.  This workshop aims at breaking down our self-imposed barriers that limit our creativity.  Supply List

Luminous Passages with Ron Thomson, December 3, 4, 9:00 – 4:00pm, $180, $170 Members.  Value does all the work and color gets 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 of figural, light and his alter-ego, shadow, are the stars in this production.  Supply List

Don Andrews Landscape Watercolor Workshop, January 19 – 23, 2015, $500, $475 Members – 5 day workshop. Join Artist Don Andrews for a 5 day color landscape watercolor workshop which will explore new techniques to enhance your landscapes.  Don will demonstrate in watercolor.  Acrylic painters are welcome to participate in the workshop.  $500 workshop fee.  $250 deposit required by Sept. 26, 2014, balance due Nov. 28, 2014.

There is a $75 refund fee for all workshop cancellations. Supply List



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