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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.


Spring classes begin the week of April 3rd

• 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.
Playing with Copper

Instructor: Kathy Bradley
Thursdays, 9:30-12:30 OR 1:30-4:30 6 weeks
Fridays, 9:30 - 12:30
Begins 3/9 for 6 weeks
Tuition: $140, $100 members
Materials fee (pay to instructor): $20

This class will focus on learning techniques for manipulating copper sheet and wire. Class includes etching, forming, riveting, sawing, soldering, cleaning/polishing, patinas, textures, and other techniques. Students will work at their own pace and on their own projects. Torch safety will be covered as well as the best use of the various gases available for soldering copper. Instructor tools will be available for use, but students may bring their own tools to use. Students will need to bring their own safety glasses, an apron (or wear old clothes), and a ruler. Beginners to advanced.

Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking
Fees: $100 ($80 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: $100 ($80 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.

Drawing with Color Instructor: Kathy Holland
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 PM
8 weeks
$100 ($80 for Art Center members)

Drawing and painting may be seen as two very different creatures. This class is a bridge between the two, borrowing elements from both traditions: drawing (monochromatic work with marks, lines, tones, and textures) and painting (images built out of color and form). We will use simple accessible tools from the world of drawing to open p and explore the world of color, the domain of painters. While your drawing skills will grow and develop in the process, the focus of this class is really to look at colors, their differences and contrasts, to see for yourself home one color affects the other. Colored pencils, crayons, pastels, etc. can be great tools to learn how colors interact. Color swatches are another tool for exploring endless combinations. Unusual still-life materials and lighting will be provided, or you can bring your own objects from home to observe and draw under various situations. We will also look at the work of contemporaryartists for whom color is a primary interest. As your awareness of color interaction grows, and color finds its way into your work, you may see it move from a secondary concern, or decorative element, to a vitally important onethat brings structure and a sense of space to your work.
Watercolor Painting Instructor: Martha Kisling
Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:00 PM
8 weeks beginning Jan. 17th
$100 ($80 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!
Oil Techniques Instructor: Carolyn Paskel
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
8 weeks beginning Jan 17th
$100 ($80 for Art Center members)

Instruction focuses on oil painting techniques and compositional principles taught through demonstrations and individual instruction. Students will generally paint still-life subjects during class, but special sessions on portrait or landscape painting may be scheduled as requested. Beginners to advanced.
Pastel Landscape en Plein Air Instructor: Jean Gregory
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:00 PM
8 weeks Beginning Jan. 18th
Tuition: $100 ($80 for Art Center members)

With the beautiful Spring colorsand weather upon us, we will venture outside to paint en Plein Air. Over the course of the 6 weeks, we will travel to 3 different sites and work from the actual scenery there. This class will alternate going out one week and coming back to the Art Center the next week to finish or enhance(based in the photographs we take on site) wheat we started outside. This class will feature bothdemostrations and individual instruction. Students should bring their materials and be ready to work the first day of class. 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
$100, $80 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.
I Want to Try It!

Instructor: TBD
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
8 weeks
$100, $80 members; Materials Fee $45

For the person who is interested in and would like to try their hand at making art, but has no idea what medium they would like to work in, this is the class for which you have been waiting. The class will consist of at least 4 distinct materials/technique trials. Each phase will feature a demonstration by the instructor, some of the basics of the technique, and a step-by-step how-tocreating a piece. All materials will be provided for each medium, so students will be able to try a method without great expense or effort to collect all the materials needed. Once the class is over, the goal is to have an idea of the type of material the student would like to persue so you will be able to take a class specifically for that medium.

Drawing from Life Instructor: Kathy Holland
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM
8 weeks beginning April 4th with no class May 16th
$100, $80 members
Model fee: $65

Join our adults-only class for the classic, time-honored tradition of drawing from the nude model. Whatever your level of ability, figure drawing is a great way to explore gesture, rhythm, line quality, and light/dark values. Those new to drawing can learn to observe shapes and proportions and to draw what they see; experienced artists can sharpen their skills of observation or take their work in a new direction. Come and experience for yourself why the human figure has been such a challenging, rewarding, popular and enduring subject through the ages. Class size is limited, allowing for plenty of individual instruction, and the setting is supportive, respectful, relaxed and fun. Bring drawing materials to the first class--beginners can call the Art Center for suggested materials.
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 April 5th or
Friday afternoons, 1 - 4 PM beginning April 6th

8 weeks
Tuition: $120, $100 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: $120 ($100 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 April 4th
Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 PM beginning April 6th
8 weeks

Tuition: $120, $100 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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