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The Art Center is supported under an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the Tennessee General Assembly and the Tennessee Arts Commission for their support.


Summer classes begin the week of June 11th

• Jewelry
• Painting, Printmaking, and Drawing
• Clay

Jewelry Making
Fees: vary 4 week classes are 1/2 of the regular class fee. Fees are due one week prior to the first class. Several classes have materials fees and/or a materials list. Call the Art Center to receive a list prior to the first class. Scheduling changes may occur.
Summer Sampler Series - Bargain Basement Baubles Instructor: Nikki Ferrara
4 Tuesdays - June 19 & 26 and July 10 & 17 from 7-9 PM
Tuition: $60, $50 members
Materials Fee:

An introductory jewelry making class that teaches you to make cheap and cheerful pieces on a budget with items available locally at big box stores. Perfect for teens through adults and tweens with a parent. No previous jewelry making experience needed.
Jewelry Fundamentals

Instructor: Ruth Prince
Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 PM beginning June 14th
Fridays, 1:00 - 4:00 PM beginning June 15th

Tuition: $140, $120 members
Materials fee: $20

This class will focus on design, fabrication, and finishing jewelry in a variety of fundamental techniques from beginning to advanced levels. Individuals will work at their own pace on their own designs. Metal working techniques will be of primary concern, but we will also consider other materials like enamels, beads, and leather to enhance or complete our creations. Experimentation and sharing of ideas will be encouraged. Most tools will be available for use, but students may bring their own and will need their own safety glasses. Some materials may be available from the instructor.

Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking
Fees: $120 ($100 for Art Center members.) 4 week classes are 1/2 of the regular class fee. Fees are due one week prior to the first class. Several classes have materials fees and/or a materials list. Call the Art Center to receive a list prior to the first class. Scheduling changes may occur.

Instructor: Dawn Slover
Mondays, 1:30-4 PM, 8 weeks beginning June 11th Tuition: $120, $100 Members

Explore the linoleum cut process of printmaking. Learn the basic terms and carving techniques along with inking procedures and paper variations. Open image choices will create an interesting group
atmosphere. A great class to learn to make multiples for cards or stamps for other imagery you would like to reuse. A materials list will beavailable at registration.

Beginning Acrylic Painting

Instructor: Rex Redd
Tuesdays, 10:00 - 12:30 PM
8 weeks beginning June 12th
Tuition: $120, $100 Members

Learn the basic techniques of painting with an emphasis on understanding the essential nature of paint, painting tools, and grounds. Instruction will include color mixing and mediums and will be followed by paintings with intentional color schemes. A great primer for those who have never had instruction in painting or who are in need of a refresher.

Life Drawing Studio

Instructor: Non Instructed
Tuesdays, 7 - 9 PM
8 weeks beginning June 12
Model fee: $100

Throughout history, the figure has been a central focus of artists. This class is the classic, time-honored method of honing observation and rendering skills through drawing the human figure. Working from the model, participants will have the opportunity to practice various types of drawing from quick gesture studies to longer value work to studies in watercolor, acrylic or oil. While all levels are welcome, this studio is meant for intermediate to advanced students who need an opportunity to work with a live model in the material and technique of their choosing. Whether learning to see and compose shapes, work with proportion, master perspective, or break into a new style or vein of work, this studio will give students an opportunity to work on the figurative aspects they need to hone. Suitable for ages 21 and up.

Beginning Drawing

Instructor: Ann Birdwell
Thursdays, 10 AM to 12:30 PM for
8 weeks beginning June 14
Tuition: $120, $100 members

For the person who wants to learn the fundamentals of basic drawing and does not know where to start. Our focus will be on learning to "see"; shapes and shape families, how to discern eye level and how it impacts what you see and draw, basic proportions, how to select composition, light and shadow, one and two point perspective, and drawing the figure. We will begin with basic tools but, if time and interest permit, students may experiment with various materials and drawing styles. For beginners or those who need a refresher on the foundations in drawing, this is the class. Some students may elect to take this class more than once to practice skills and build confidence. A materials list will be available at registration.

Intermediate Acrylics-Beyond the Basics

Instructor: Rex Redd
Wednesdays, 12:30 - 3 PM
8 weeks beginning June 13
Tuition: $120, $100 Members

Building on the skills and techniques learned in Basic Acrylics, this class will begin to focus on more individual projects based on each student's interests. Students will be encouraged to explore a variety of painting techniques including brushwork, knife painting, fluid techniques, various acrylic mediums, and more. The class will also introduce students to acrylic based mixed media techniques. Plenty of hands on studio time with individual instruction, as well as demonstrations exploring a variety of acrylic painting tips and methods.

Experimental Water-based Media Instructor: Chico Osten
Thursdays, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
8 weeks Beginning June 14th
Tuition: $120, $100 members

Need a fresh look or direction? Innovative approach in water-based media, (watercolors and acrylics) by combining or layering ideas, imagery and processes. For abstract to realist artists, this mixed-media approach may result in compositions that are straightforward or seemingly simple to the very complex, but always with focus and clarity. New ideas may be gained through the pursuit of alternate ways to create images on any paintable surface. Experimentation is key to pushing to new avenues of work or to reach the next plateau in your work. Supplies need not be more than what is already in your own inventory, Paper may be any size with which you are comfortable.
Mixed Media Studio

Instructor: Rex Redd
Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
8 weeks beginning June 13th
Tuition: $120, $100 Members
Materials fee: $45

Are you a veteran artist looking to shake things up a little bit? Or perhaps you feel you "can't draw a stick figure", but would really like to try your hand at making art; this is the class for you! Artists of all skill levels are invited to learn a wide array of drawing, painting, collage, and even photo skills in a relaxed, informative environment. Students will learn several traditional and non-traditional techniques, centering on acrylic paints and mediums, pastels, ink, paper, textiles, and more. Projects can be as simple or complex as you want to tackle. The goal of the class is to arm you with the knowledge and experience to bring those projects to light. Class time will include demonstrations of any new techniques as well as ample studio time to work. One-on-one instruction will be available for anyone who seeks it. A basic materials list will be available at registration, but you're also encouraged to bring materials you may already have. What do you say we 'mix it up' a little bit!

Summer Sampler Series - Dirty Paint Pourings

Instructor: Crystal Polley
Tuesday evenings, July 24 & 31
7-9 PM
Tuition: $45, $35 members
Materials fee: $20

Learn how the pouring process works and experience the excitement and spontaneity of creating with it. Students should come to the first class with an open mind, playful attitude, and either gloves to cover your hands, or the knowledge you will get painted. In the second class we will add to the first layer if needed, embellish, and seal the work. All materials will be provided. No painting experience required. Students are encouraged to wear old clothes.

Clay Classes

All pottery classes will focus on stoneware processes unless otherwise specified. Each class will have a glazing and firing fee of $75.00 in addition to tuition. Clay and tools are purchased separately from local vendors. 4 week classes are 1/2 of the regular class fee. Fees are due one week prior to the first class. Several classes have materials fees and/or a materials list. Call the Art Center to receive a list prior to the first class. Scheduling changes may occur.
Handbuilt Forms Instructor: Jane Cartwright
Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:30 PM beginning June 13th or
Friday afternoons, 1 - 4 PM beginning June 15th
8 weeks
Tuition: $140, $120 members
Studio Fee: $75

Creating objects and forms (including tiles) using hand building techniques. Slabs, coiling, pinching , use of patterns, and sculpting techniques will all be used. Focus and instruction on surface and finishing techniques including underglazing and resists. Instruction will be paced to individual needs.
Hand Built and Wheel Thrown Pottery Instructor: Hugh Bailey
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:30 PM
8 weeks
Tuition: $140 ($120 for members)
Studio fee: $75

Wheel-throwing and hand-building for beginning to intermediate students. Basic techniques as well as sculptural aspects and/or embellishments will be the focus of this class. We will place an emphasis on freedom of expression and playful progress while mastering basic skills and techniques. Individual interests and the student's individual work pace is the primary concern. This should be a fun class for experimentation and exploring one's creativity.
Joy of Pottery Instructor: Bill Capshaw
3 sessions on Tuesday (including daytime!) and one on Thursday

Tuesdays, 9 AM - 12 noon or
Tuesdays, 1 - 4 PM or
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 PM beginning June 12th
Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 PM beginning June 14th
8 weeks

Tuition: $140, $120 members
Studio fee: $75

Hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques for beginning to advanced students. Basic techniques enlarged to focus on individual development of techniques, style, glazes, and kiln use. Raku included for those interested.

Open Studios
We have periodic open studios (no instructor) for jewelry, printing, painting, and drawing. Art Center members are welcome to attend!

For a schedule, see our Art Center Calendar.

For descriptions of current studios, see our Studios page.

The Oak Ridge Art Center is open to the public seven days a week. Admission is free, but donations are very welcome.

Tuesday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Monday: 1 - 4 p.m.

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