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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.


Fall classes begin the week of September 17th

• 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
2 class options:
Thursdays: 1 - 4:00 PM for
8 weeks beginning Sept. 20 or
Fridays: 1 - 4 PM for 8 weeks beginning Sept. 21
Tuition: $140, $120 members Studio/Tool Fee : $20.00

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.
Carve Your Own Stamps for Cards

Instructor: Dawn Slover
Mondays, 1:30 - 4 PM
8 weeks beginning Sept. 17
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, stamps or for other imagery you would like to reuse. A materials list is available.

Beginning to Intermediate Acrylic Painting

Instructor: Rex Redd
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4 PM
8 weeks beginning Sept. 19
Tuition: $120, $100 Members

New students will 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. For continuing students, we will build on these skills and 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.

Life Drawing Studio

Instructor: Non Instructed
Tuesdays, 7 - 9 PM
8 weeks beginning Sept. 18
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 Sept. 20
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.

Painting with Pastels

Instructor: Jean Gregory
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4 PM
8 weeks beginning Sept. 19
Tuition: $120, $100 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.

Painting in Any Media Instructor: Chico Osten
Thursdays, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
beginning September 20
Tuition: $120, $100 members

For intermediate to advanced painters, this class utilizes the principles of composition and design in any painting media. As a long-time painter, artist and artist instructor, Chico Osten is proficient in virtually all painting media and is ready to help students take their knowledge of the basics and build on them. His innovative approach of combining or layering ideas, imagery, and processes will help students open new avenues of work and create a new direction. For abstract to realist artists, the approach may result in compositions that are seemingly simple to the very complex, but always with focus and clarity. New ideas may be gained through discussion and the pursuit of alternate ways to create images on any paintable surface. Specific assignments are not given, students are encouraged to create form life experiences and those things they admire and find enjoyment in. Experimentation is key to reach the next plateau in your work. Supplies need not be more than what is already in your own inventory and painting grounds may be any size with which you are comfortable.
Beginning to Intermediate Oil Painting

Instructor: Herb Reith
Mondays, 6 - 8:30 PM
8 weeks beginning Sept. 17
Tuition: $120, $100 Members

This class will begin using still life in the first two sessions. For beginning students, we will learn to translate three-dimensional objects to the two-dimensional picture plane using compositional cues and modeling, while learning color mixing and brushwork. For more advanced students, the still life project will help us assess your current level of work and areas on which students may to work. Following the initial project, students will be able to bring photos or other resource materials from which to work in any genre. A materials list will be available at registration.

Manga, Comics and Graphic Novels

Instructor: Herb Reith
Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
8 weeks beginning Sept. 18
Tuition: $120, $100 members

This class will be focused on providing a space for young illustrators to work on and develop their sequential art ideas. Ideation, drawing and manufacture of comic books will be a few of the topics covered in the class. All skill levels will be welcomed. Some materials will be provided but students should be prepared to bring their favorite paper and tools to use during class.

Create Impact in Watercolor Paintings Instructor: Kate McCullough
Tuesdays, 1 - 3 PM
8 weeks beginning Sept. 18
Tuition: $120, $100 members
For intermediate to advanced watercolor artists, this class will focus on creating drama in your artwork using composition and by adding light and shadow to give depth to your subject. We will discuss what makes a good composition and how to take a so-so photograph and crop, move or eliminate objects to create a dynamic piece of art. We will, also, study the source of light, how it impacts different shaped objects and the shadows it creates.
Mixed Media Studio Instructor: Rex Redd
Wednesdays, 10 AM-12:30 PM
8 weeks beginning Sept. 19
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!
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
Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 9:30 PM, beginning Sept. 19 or on
Friday afternoons, 1 - 4 PM , beginning Sept. 21
Tuition: $140, $120 for members with a
studio fee of $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 beginning Sept. 19
$140, $120 for members with a
studio fee of $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
Tuesdays, 9 AM - 12 noon or
Tuesdays, 1 - 4 PM or
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
8 weeks beginning Sept. 18
Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
8 weeks beginning Sept. 20
Tuition: $140, $120 for members with a
studio fee of $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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