Our painting studio offers classes in painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, collage and mosaic. Painting classes include watercolors, acrylics, oils, pastels, encaustic and more.  Drawing includes pencil, pen & ink, pastels, charcoal, and more. Mixed media includes papermaking, textiles, fabric, wax, glass, and more.

Materials fees are included in the tuition pricing.  You do not need to bring any materials.

Pre-registration is required three days before the start of class or workshop.
You are not registered unless paid in full.

Questions about our programming? Need help registering?
Call or email jackieroux@explorearts.org

ADULT OPEN STUDIO

Painting/Drawing/Mixed Media Adult Open Studio

Every Monday from 12-2pm.

 

Adult Painting/Drawing/Mixed Media Open Studio is open to any grownup who wants to explore and strengthen their creative abilities. No technical arts experience is necessary. TAC has so many wonderful materials to offer in the art making process, and is a perfect space to make art without the pressures of using expensive materials or creating something "beautiful." It can be really challenging as an adult to rediscover the space of intuitive and free flowing creativity - that space that children access so naturally - and there is no better place to do it than TAC.

We ask that you use respectful studio etiquette while at TAC, including giving yourself and others space to create free from interruption. Food and drink is welcome at the drawing table, headphones are welcome, as is conversation. Everyone seems to find their own creative space in a slightly different way, and being aware of people's body language and creative processes are important. You are also welcome to bring your own materials, or use ones provided in the studio.

 

An instructor will be there to monitor and answer any questions, but you are free to create the art of your choosing.

Open Studio Cost is $10/session, priced monthly.  Sorry, but pro-rates are not available, register by the month.

 

4 Mondays in September (9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30) From 12-2pm. $40

3 Mondays in October (10/7, 10/14, 10/28) No studio on 9/21. From 12-2pm. $30

4 Mondays in November (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25) From 12-2pm. $40

2 Mondays in December (12/9, 12/16) From 12-2pm. $20

 

Pre-registration is required.  Click on any of the class titles above, or here to register:

ADULT CLASSES

DRAWING

Pencil 101 with Jackie Roux 

Adults crave and need creativity in their lives just as much (if not more) than kids, but they often put up obstacles in front of themselves.  The obstacle I hear most often is, "But I can't draw!"  Drawing is a skill that can be learned, and having some confidence in sketching is helpful for making outlines, rough drafts, and capturing your thoughts on paper.  We will do fun drawing exercises, and learn about the different types of pencils, erasers, and techniques for making marks and shading.  Beginners to intermediate skills are most appropriate for this class.

4 Fridays in August/September (8/ 23, 8/30, 9/6, 9/13) From  9:00am - 11:00am. $100

 

Figure Drawing 101 with Lindsey Groomes 

This class is a study of human anatomy.  Sketch and draw from a live model using pencil and charcoal.   Models will wear swimsuit attire.  Beginner – Intermediate Level.

4 Mondays in November (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25) From 6:00pm-9:00pm. $160 

 

Sketching in Pen and Ink with Watercolor with Holly Hannon

Create pen and ink drawings from personal photos and layer with watercolors for a vintage charm and feel.  No experience necessary.  Beginners - Advanced level.

4 Tuesdays in November (11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26) From 10:00am-1:00pm.  $140

 

Sketching 101 with Lindsey Groomes

If you have ever wanted to illustrate a book, draw a beloved pet, or capture a vacation spot visually, this class is for you.  Sketching, an informal way of drawing, can be used as a draft for paintings or more finished art, or can be appreciated for its own beauty!  In this class, we will explore the basics of pencils, paper, erasers and how-to sketch using our surroundings and imaginations.  Beginners – Intermediate level.

3 Mondays in December (12/2, 12/9, 12/16) From 6:00-8:00pm. $80

 

Figure Drawing and Painting with Holly Hannon

A study of human anatomy and how to translate this into composed figure drawings and paintings incorporating gray tones and full color palettes.  Models will wear swim suit attire.  Some drawing and painting experience helpful but not necessary.  Beginners-Advanced Level.

3 Thursdays in December (12/5, 12/12, 12/19) From 6:00pm-9:00pm. $120

 

PASTELS

Soft Pastels 101 with Jackie Roux

In this introduction to the medium of pastels, you'll use soft pastels with and without water. We will explore composition, color and blending techniques using reference photos. Beginning with basics of color, blending, application and composition, you will draw from photos of your choosing working at your own pace. You'll create multiple finished pieces.

4 Wednesdays in September (9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25) From 9:00am-11:00am.  $100

MIXED MEDIA

Photo Transfers 101 with Carolyn Kerecman

Since it's popularization, photography has played an enormous role in the world of contemporary art.  In this class, we will focus on photography as a collage element.  Utilizing numerous photo-transfer techniques, you will be able to turn a photograph into part of a larger work of art, or even into a final transferred print!

4 Thursday in July/Augst (7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15) 1:00pm - 3:00pm. $100

ACRYLICS

Pet Portraits with Jackie Roux

Bring with you a picture of your favorite animal, and working from a photo we will paint pet portraits.  There are many current/recent artists that have used pets and animals as inspiration.  I will share with you some images from contemporary artists for inspiration, and then you are free to paint your pet as you wish.  Your dog may be blue, or rainbow, or perhaps you will stay true to his/her natural brown fur color.  Beginner – Advanced Level.

2 Fridays in September (9/20, 9/28) From 9:00am-11:00am. $60

 

Acrylic Painting 101 with Jackie Roux

Learn to confidently mix and create custom colors, plan and execute painting from observation and reference and take home two finished pieces of art! You will make your own black and white value scales as well as a color wheel. Starting on value sketch and moving to canvas, color mixing and brushwork, we will work from still life and photographic reference. You’ll begin by creating a basic still life in black and white, learn how to apply paint to canvas and create a pleasing design. Next you’ll focus on color mixing and then on to paint a simple landscape from a photograph.  Beginner Level.

4 Wednesdays in October (10/2, 10/9. 10/16, 10/23) From 9:00am-11:00am.  $100

 

Acrylic Painting Workshop with Jackie Roux

One-on-one instruction to help individuals expand existing skills.  Learn new techniques and overcoming bad habits.  Beginner – Advanced Level.

4 Fridays in October (10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25) From 11:00am-1:00pm.  $100

 

Painting on Glass with Acrylics with Vickie Bagwell

First we will paint a scene on paper, next we draw or outline the same on a glass window, then paint with acrylics.  Each student gets to take their window home!  Choose a decorative seasonal/holiday theme, or subject of your choosing.  Intermediate-Advanced level, some previous painting experience (any medium) helpful.

4 Thursdays in October (10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24) From 10:00am-12:00pm. $100

 

Acrylic Painting 102 with Jackie Roux

Continue to build your confidence and experience as an acrylic painter, while learning and studying some of the great artists, and creating your own beautiful works of art.  We will gather inspiration from Monet, Matisse and Seurat, exploring Impressionism, Fauvism, and Pointillism.  You can decide whether or not to apply any of these techniques to your own work.  Intermediate Level.

3 Wednesdays in November (11/6, 11/13, 11/20) From 9:00am-11:00am.  $80

 

Abstract Acrylics! With Jackie Roux

Did you like to paint as a kid, but don’t know how to get started now that you are an adult?  Ever look at a blank canvas and think, “How do I start?” Let’s tap into that childhood creativity, and create a beautiful and unique abstract painting.  I will guide you through some simple and inspiring steps that will unleash the abstract artist in you.  Will your finished work look like Picasso or Georgia O’Keefe?  Everyone’s will turn out different.  Beginner – Intermediate Level.

3 Wednesdays in December (12/4, 12/11, 12/18) From 9:00am-11:00am. $80

 

Acrylic Exploration with Holly Hannon

Explore the fast and versatile medium of acrylic painting.  Working large, create the painting of your choice with personalized direction.  A great opportunity to paint that living room masterpiece whether traditionally styled or contemporary.

3 Tuesdays in December (12/3, 12/10, 12/17) From 10:00am-1:00pm. $100

OIL PAINTING

Oil Painting 101 with Lindsey Groomes 

Learn the basics of oil painting. This class will use quick drying mediums along with studying the oil painting process while painting in the style and subject of your choice. Classic landscape or flowers or abstract contemporary, it’s up to you to explore your style. Beginners – Intermediate level.

4 Mondays in September (9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23) From10:00am-1:00pm. $170

 

Oil Painting for All with Holly Hannon

Explore oil painting at your pace and painting the subjects you enjoy.  All aspects of oil painting will be covered including glazing, mixing colors, composition and how to achieve the different styles of oil painting for your finished art.  Work on canvas and learn how to choose the best subjects for a painting and the steps to do so for your finished masterpieces!

4 Thursdays in September (9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26) From 6:00pm-9:00pm. $170

4 Tuesdays in September (9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24) From 10:00am-1:00pm. $170

 

Oil Painting 102 with Lindsey Groomes

Explore oil painting at your own pace, while painting the subject of your choosing.  All aspects of oil painting will be covered including glazing, mixing colors, composition and how to achieve the different styles of oil painting in your finished art.  Work on canvas and take home a masterpiece. Intermediate – Advanced level.

3 Mondays in October (10/7, 10/14, 10/28). No class on 10/21.  From 10:00am-1:00pm. $130

 

Your Choice_Oil Painting with Lindsey Groomes 

Based on your experience level you will either learn classic oil painting techniques or refine your skills while painting subjects of your choice.  Learn new techniques and overcoming bad habits. Any level welcome, Beginner – Advanced.

4 Mondays in November (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25) From10:00am-1:00pm. $170

 

Georgia O'Keefe Flower Painting with Holly Hannon

Paint in the iconic style of Georgia O'Keefe and create your own personalized flower painting while learning the basics of oil painting.

3 Thursdays in November (11/7, 11/14, 11/21) From 6:00-9:00pm.  $130 

WATERCOLORS

Watercolors en Plein Air with Carolyn Kerecman 

Working from the inspiration of the Impressionists, we will explore plein air painiting with watercolors!  Approaches to landscape painting will be introduced, as well as basic watercolor and sketching techniques.  This course is perfect for anyone wanting to spend some time painting outside.  All levels of experience welcome.

4 Mondays in August (8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26) From 1:00pm-3:00pm. $100

 

Outdoor Watercolors with Lindsey Groomes

As weather permits, we will do quick outdoor sketching with watercolors to create beautiful and charming vignettes of floral and fauna.  Otherwise, studio sketching with the addition of pen and ink.  All levels welcome!  Beginner – Advanced level.

4 Tuesdays in September (9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24) From 1:00pm-3:00pm. $100

 

Watercolors 101 with Vicki Bagwell

Enjoy the world of watercolors by learning to choose paper, paints, brushes and use various techniques.  You’ll learn to mix colors, paint wet on wet, wet on dry, washes and learn shading. You will create a simple landscape picture to take home!  Beginner – Intermediate Level.

4 Thursdays in September (9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26) From10:00am-12:00pm. $100

 

Watercolors with Light and Movement with Holly Hannon

Infuse your watercolors with light and create paintings of your subject matter choice.  Traditional and contemporary watercolor techniques will be used along with friskets and pen and ink.  Prior watercolor experience is helpful but not necessary.  Beginner - Advanced Level.

4 Tuesdays in October (10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29) From 10:00am-1:00pm.  $140

 

Watercolor Holiday Cards with Vickie Bagwell

Come learn new techniques of painting watercolor on small paper.  We will complete several holiday cards that you can send to family or friends or keep and frame.  Some experience with painting (any medium) is helpful, but beginner watercolors are welcome.  Beginner - Advanced Level.

3 Thursdays in November (11/7, 11/14, 11/21) From 10:00am-12:00pm. $80