Art Classes

From an antiques course with veteran instructor Daniel Brooks to classes in ceramics, acrylics, painting, art for teens, stained glass, calligraphy, creative writing and new classes added each semester, the Academy of the Arts offers our patrons the opportunity to explore new interests and learn from a wide variety of artists in our community. We also have art for children grades 1 through 5 and art for teens grades 6 through 8. Classes run every fall and spring as well as some classes are available over the summer.

If you do not see a class that you were expecting to be available check back soon as classes are added as they become available, or reach out to us by email.

Antiques with Dan Brooks
Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m., September 17-October 22
Cost: $145
Veteran instructor Dan Brooks leads this popular class on an engaging journey through history, informing the present by studying the past. This course includes a number of guest lecturers and a fieldtrip(s). Ages 18+
Instructor: Dan Brooks

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Art for Children
Session A: Mondays, 3:30-5 p.m., August 19-October 7 *no class Labor Day
Cost: $195
Explore sculpture, painting, pottery, drawing, printmaking. Each course is tailored for each group of students. Emphasis is placed on individual creativity and craftsmanship. (Supplies Provided) Grades 1-5. Class meets at the Academy of the Arts.
Instructor: Nicki Masterson

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Art for Children
Session B: Mondays, 3:30-5 p.m., October 21-December2
Cost: $195
Explore sculpture, painting, pottery, drawing, printmaking. Each course is tailored for each group of students. Emphasis is placed on individual creativity and craftsmanship.
Instructor: Nicki Masterson

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Art Studio for Teens
Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., August 22-October 3
Cost: $175
In this class students in grades 6-8 will explore a variety of art techniques.

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Calligraphy
Session A: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., August 29-October 10
Cost: $210
This course offers basic instruction and concentrated practice in two of the most beautiful and useful lettering styles: Italic and engraver’s script. All supplies will be provided in the first class. Ages 18+
Instructor: Steve Logan

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Calligraphy
Session B: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 31-December 19 *no class November 28
Cost: $210
This course offers basic instruction and concentrated practice in two of the most beautiful and useful lettering styles: Italic and engraver’s script. All supplies will be provided in the first class. Ages 18+
Instructor: Steve Logan

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Creative Writing with a Focus on Fiction
Mondays, 6-8 p.m., August 26-October 14 *no class Labor Day
Cost: $195
Storytelling is a craft unto itself, and in this course, students will learn the difference between good writing and good storytelling and how to do both well—to become disciplined, "whole-brained" writers. With a focus on fiction, this creative writing course will have lessons on the essentials of story craft, including outlining, story development, character development, world building, authorial voice, wordsmithing, and more. This is a class for the aspiring author, or anyone interested in how to tell better stories. Instructor feedback will be provided on student work, and each class will review the previous week’s material before moving on to a new lesson. Ages 18+
Instructor: Author K. B. Hoyle

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Introduction to Drawing
Tuesdays, 6- 8 p.m., August 27-October 8
Cost: $195
Class participants will be introduced to a number of drawing mediums, techniques, and vocabulary. Participants will work on representational drawing techniques, but encouraged to explore ways of infusing with their own voice. The course will discuss classical drawing methods of sight-measuring, sight-size, triangulation, and perspective. Students will explore blind-contour, gestures, and elements of composition. The class will work from still life in first classes, with instructor demonstrations at start of classes. Later classes will give participants options of working from still life, or working from references of their choice. Ages 18+
Instructor: Andy Jordan

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Introduction to Pottery
Session A: Mondays, 1-3 p.m., August 19-October 7 *no class Labor Day
Cost: $195
Explore hand building and wheel throwing. We will be using different clay bodies and glazing techniques. All skill levels welcome. Ages 18+
Instructor: Nicki Masterson

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Introduction to Pottery
Session B: Mondays, 1-3 p.m., October 21-December 2
Cost: $195
Explore hand building and wheel throwing with local clay artist. We will be using different clay bodies and glazing techniques. All skill levels welcome. Ages 18+
Instructor: Nicki Masterson

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Novel Writing
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., August 27-October 8
Cost: $195
This class is part instruction, part workshop, and is a follow-up to Creative Writing: Focus on Fiction (Completion of Focus on Fiction is not a prerequisite, but recommended). Students should come to class ready to dig deep into the writing process from outlining to drafting a novel, and will need a specific novel project to work on in order to participate. Instructor help and critique will be provided on an individual basis, as needed, during class work-shopping time. There will also be opportunities for peer feedback, as well as review and expansion of concepts introduced in Focus on Fiction. Ages 18+.
Instructor: Author K.B. Hoyle

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Oil Painting of Florals
Mondays, 6- 8 p.m., August 26-October 14 *no class Labor Day
Cost: $195
Ages 18+
Instructor: Andy Jordan
Additional Requirements: Supplies

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Stained Glass
Session A: Thursdays, 6- 8 p.m., August 29-October 10
Cost: $195 + $70 supply fee
The course will introduce the art of stained glass. Class will explore the lead came construction method. Class is limited to six students. Ages 18+
Instructor: Nicki Masterson

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Stained Glass
Session B: Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., August 29-October 10
Cost: $195 + $70 supply fee
The course will introduce the art of stained glass. Students will learn the basics of copper-foil stained glass and create a stained-glass panel of their very own. Class is limited to six students. Ages 18+
Instructor: Nicki Masterson

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Instructors

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Dan Brooks
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Laura Byland
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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K.B. Hoyle
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Andy Jordan
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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James Knowles
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Steve Logan
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Nicki Masterson
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Anna McCain
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Jimmy McGowan
Art Coordinator
Academy of the Arts
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Scott Thompson
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Denise Trimm
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Carolyn Wass
Instructor
Academy of the Arts