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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.


Winter classes begin the week of January 16th

• 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.
Jewelry Fundamentals

Instructor: Ruth Prince
Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 PM beginning Jan. 18th
Fridays, 1:00 - 4:00 PM beginning Jan. 19th

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
Tuesdays, 9:00 AM- Noon
8 weeks
Tuition: $120, $100 for Art Center 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
Wednesdays 12:30 - 3:00 PM
8 weeks beginning Jan. 17th
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.

Watercolor Painting Instructor: Martha Kisling
Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:00 PM
8 weeks beginning Jan. 16th
Tuition: $120 ($100 for Art Center members)

Have fun with this beautiful and exciting medium. Build on basic watercolor methods and explore creative techniques while painting a variety of subjects. Class demos along with individual help will encourage students to develop their own artistic expression. All levels from beginner to advanced are welcome!
Life Drawing

Instructor: Bryan Wilkerson
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
8 weeks beginning Jan. 16th
Tuition: $120 ($100 for Art Center members)
Model fee: $65

Throughout history, the figure has been a central focus of artists. The focus of this class is the classic, time-honored method of honing observation and rendering skills through drawing the human figure. Working from the model students will have the opportunity to practice various types of drawing from quick gesture studies to longer value work. All levels are welcome--beginners to advanced. Whether learning to see and compose shapes, work with proportion, master perspective, or break into a new style or vein of work, the human figure is a perfect subject with which to work because, while challenging, it is inherent in our psyche. Students should bring the drawing materials they would like to work with to the first class--beginners can call the Art Center for suggested materials. Suitable for ages 21 and up.

Painting with Pastels Instructor: Jean Gregory
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:00 PM
8 weeks Beginning Jan. 17th
Tuition: $120 ($100 for Art Center members)

Pastel is a beautiful medium for rendering expressive portraits, luminous landscapes and colorful florals. In this session we will concentrate on use of materials, making marks, layering techniques, and utilizing different backgrounds - all the basics and beyond - to give students confidence handling the medium. We will focus on light and shadow to model subjects and create convincing textures. Students will work from their own resource materials. Instruction will include demonstrations and individual instruction as students work. A materials list is available at registration or by emailing the instructor.
Experimental Water-based Media Instructor: Chico Osten
Thursdays, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
8 weeks Beginning Jan. 18th
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 Medium Studio

Instructor: Rex Redd
Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
8 weeks beginning Jan. 18th
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!

Creative Expression for Self Discovery Instructor: Karen Byars
Thursdays, 9:30-Noon
8 weeks beginning Jan. 18th
Tuition: $120, $100 members

Using primarily acrylics, this class will focus on expressive, intuitive painting techniques along with relaxing breathing techniques and writing activities to help get in touch with our heart centered energy and intuition. This process allows experimenting with color, texture, layering, even collage and text on canvas although students may want to bring a mixed media journal to work and write in due to layering and drying times or a journal for writing. A great class for the artist who wishes to experiment with loosening up their style or for the beginning artist who would like to develop skills to tap into your creativity. A materials list will be available at registration.
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 Jan. 17th or
Friday afternoons, 1 - 4 PM beginning Jan. 19th
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 Jan. 16th
Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 PM beginning Jan. 18th
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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