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 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., October 24 – December 19
Cost: $195
In this class students in grades 6-8 will explore a variety of art techniques.
Instructor: Nicki Masterson

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Calligraphy
Session B: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 29-December 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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Creative Writing with a Focus on Fiction
Mondays, 6-8 p.m., October 21-December 9 *no class November 25
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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Fiction Publishing 101
Tuesdays, 6 -8 PM, October 22- December 10 *no class November 26
Cost: $195
You've written a novel, now what? This course will cover basics of the publishing industry, including choosing the right publishing path for your manuscript (traditional, small press, indie/self, vanity), what agents are looking for and how to find and query them, how to prepare your manuscript for the querying process, and what to expect from industry professionals. Come prepared to learn how to move forward with your manuscript, to write and polish query letters, and to workshop the first fifty pages of your novel. *Students must bring laptops to class and be comfortable working with the instructor online and in social media contexts. Access to Twitter, in particular, is necessary for aspects of agent searches, as well as other online resources.
Instructor: K. B. Hoyle

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Introduction to Acrylics
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 15-December 3 *no class November 26
Cost: $195
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of painting. Color mixing, color theory and composition will be covered during this course. This course will also demonstrate the benefits of using a limited palette when working in the areas of: landscapes, portraits, and still lifes. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic proficiency and handling of acrylic paints. Ages 18+
Instructor: Scott Thompson
Additional Requirements: Supplies required

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Introduction to Fused Glass
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 22-December 10 *no class November 26
Cost: $195 + $70 Supply Fee
Students will learn the basic techniques for creating kiln fired jewelry cabochons. We will also make paperweights, and a tile project. We will explore two methods of kiln firing glass: freeform casting, and mold casting. No previous glass work experience is needed for this class, but glass cutting skills are always a plus. Students will create pendants incorporating various techniques such as layering and mixing multiple colors to create depth. Student’s projects will be fired during and after the first class. Class is limited to six students. 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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Introduction to Watercolors
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., October 17-December 5 *no class November 28
Cost: $195
This course is a great class for those who have never worked with any paint medium before. Using a limited palette students will learn color mixing, as well as color theory. Emphasis is placed on developing the technical skills and the expressive qualities of watercolor painting. Watercolor is a wonderful paint medium for travel journaling, sketching and interior design. Upon completion students should be able to demonstrate a basic proficiency in handling the techniques of watercolor painting. Ages 18+
Instructor: Scott Thompson
Additional Requirements: Supplies required

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Stained Glass
Session B: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., October 24-December 12
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
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Academy of the Arts
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K.B. Hoyle
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Academy of the Arts
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Andy Jordan
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Academy of the Arts
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James Knowles
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Academy of the Arts
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Steve Logan
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Academy of the Arts
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Nicki Masterson
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Academy of the Arts
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Anna McCain
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Academy of the Arts
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Scott Thompson
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Academy of the Arts
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Denise Trimm
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Academy of the Arts