Taking an art class can improve your life in many ways – sign up today and take advantages of just a few of the benefits of art:

  • Encourages creative thinking
  • Boosts self-esteem and provides a sense of accomplishment
  • Reduces stress - helps you feel calm and happy 
  • Improves personal wellness by increasing positive emotions
  • Creates opportunities for spontaneity and joy

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Testimonials from past participants:

  • "My stress level is through the roof but this outlet has been a true gift. The community I find myself a part of now is unbelievable."
  • "Since it requires focused attention, you really see all the details of the people or objects you're drawing and it gives you a better appreciation of everything that surrounds you."
  • "Class has brought me so much joy and I have learned how to express myself through art."
  • "This was my first art class and I was absolutely blown away by my teacher!" 

Class Offerings

Drawing

Drawing - Beginners

Learn basic drawing skills to understanding of form and shape. Practices lines/drawing values to form an object and then apply the skills to create a drawing.  This is a great class for beginning artists and doers who want to try something new. Class is limited to those with no or very limited drawing experience. Instructor: Dana Schoeneschoefer

Drawing - All Levels

Explore drawing skills and start to understand forms, using lights and darks to shape the subject. Practice line/drawing values, edges and planes in learning about design and perspective. Apply these skills to create a drawing. Great for beginners and intermediate artists who want to continue learning about drawing. Instructor: Dana Schoeneschoefer

Travel Sketchbook
Capture the sights and experiences of your next trip. Learn the best ways to draw small, quick sketches of your impressions that evoke memories and tell stories. Experiment with methods of including personal memories in written form that express emotion and awareness. Leave prepared to use a sketchbook the next time you travel. $15 supply fee includes pen, brush and sketchbook. Instructor: John Brasaemle

Daily Journal Workshop – Meditation Through the Arts

Stop, reflect, observe, draw and write – learn how to create a meditative daily journal to help you focus, reduce stress and set goals. This artful relaxation tool will prove invaluable during the holiday season as well as throughout the year. $10 supply fee includes journal and pen. Instructor: John Brasaemle

Drawing from Photographs Workshop

As you learn to draw from a photograph, explore color, light and perspective using pencils and other mediums. Still life, landscape and portraits will be covered - different subjects to create a work of art. Half-hour lunch break. Instructor: Dana Schoeneschoefer

Digital Photography

Beginning Photography

Focus on digital photography as a fine art medium and develop basic camera operation skills. Create sharp, properly exposed photos using various settings. Class covers technical and artistic/aesthetic concepts. Requires a working digital camera, preferably a DLSR with manual adjustments. Outdoor photo shoots are part of this class. INSTRUCTOR: Harry Olsson

Oil Painting

Beginners
Learn the basics of composition, oil painting materials and their use, then progress to colors and color mixing, values, and composition. Each night includes a demonstration and exercise to incorporate lessons learned into a beginning painting. NO CLASS Nov. 26 INSTRUCTOR: Marva Moir 

Intermediate
Receive personal attention on your individual projects. Color and value are emphasized; tips and techniques are presented to help artists grow their work in an encouraging, informal setting. Instructor: Marva Moir 

Watercolor

Beginning
Do you want to use watercolors because of their vibrancy and spontaneity but the last time you tried you created a mud puddle? Learn about watercolor surfaces, mixing and controlling paint, and various types of paints and brushes. Complete a small painting to frame at home. $15 supply fee due at first class. Instructor: John Brasaemle.

Guided Watercolor Workshop – Intermediates and Beyond

If you have taken a beginning watercolor class or workshop and have a paint kit, but want to further in your skills, this is the workshop for you. Complete two paintings with at least one painted outdoors. The workshop begins with demonstrations, followed by guided independent work on the assignment. $10 supply fee due at class. Instructor: John Brasaemle