Adult Classes

Thank you for considering the Shemer Art Center for your art class interests!  We are pleased to share with you our 2017 Class Catalogue!

Please be sure to read our new registration policy prior to registering.

For workshops, please visit our separate workshops page

SH-62 Painting Studio with Sue Hunter

PAINTING STUDIO with Sue Hunter

In this painting studio the experienced student will learn to develop and clarify painting style while expanding technical skills.

Sue will tailor discussions and demonstrations to the developing needs of each student-artist. As the class progresses, students will have the opportunity to learn ways of adding other media to their paintings.

Bring a blank canvas or a work in progress, images, reference materials, or a sample of finished work, and painting supplies you currently use to the first class; suggestions for additional materials will be discussed at that time.

 

Wednesdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm | July 5-26, 2017 | 4 Sessions | $140

Price: $140.00

Date: July 5, 2017

Available Spaces: 0

BB-10 Exploring Fluid Color with Barbara Bagan


EXPLORING FLUID COLOR with Barbara Bagan

This class is all about artistic exploration and expression using various forms of fluid color.  Explore the unique qualities and exciting techniques of alcohol inks, liquid watercolors, yupo, and silk!  Each session will explore varied experiences including alcohol ink on Yupo, Watercolor on Yupo, painting silk scarves with alcohol ink or painting them using colored tissue paper.  No experience needed!  These techniques are easy and fun for all!  

Materials fee of $15 to be paid directly to Barbara on the first day of class.

Barbara is a member of SAL, AWA, APAA and a juried member of Arizona Art Alliance. She has taught college, university, and studio courses in her native Midwest and in Arizona since moving here in the late 80s.   Barbara is the Professor in Charge of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at Ottawa University in Phoenix, AZ.  She has exhibited and won awards for her art in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Arizona. After painting in oils for the first part of her art career, she now works primarily in acrylics, watercolors, pastels, and recently has been delighted by Yupo, liquid watercolors, and alcohol inks.

Wednesdays |1:00-4:00pm | July 5-26, 2017 | 4 Sessions | $140 |  $15 materials fee

Price: $140.00

Date: July 5, 2017

Available Spaces: 5

DW-26 Focus on Handbuilding & Glaze with Danielle Wood

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FOCUS ON HANDBUILDING & GLAZE with Danielle Wood

In this class the student will develop their own voice in clay with a focus on technique and concept.

The focus of this class will be on creative hand-building of non-functional sculptures and functional hand-built ware. The student will learn a variety of hand building techniques including the use of slabs, coil building, pinch pots, slump, drape molds and creative armatures. Abstract contemporary sculptures will be created and new techniques will be explored as well as sculptural forms. Decals, china paper, underglazes, and cone 5 glazes will be used to adorn your artwork.

The potential for creative possibilities is endless.

Prior experience suggested.

Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 pm  | July 6-August 10, 2017 | 6 sessions

Class fee $180
Materials fee: $30 paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the class

Price: $180.00

Date: July 6, 2017

Available Spaces: 9

DW-27 Creative Glazing with Danielle Wood

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CREATIVE GLAZING: A FOCUS on GLAZE, TEXTURE, and FORM with Danielle Wood

The focus of this class will be on creating interesting textured forms to glaze and explore color. The student will learn the foundational skills in hand-building including slab, coil, pinch, and the use of drape/slump molds.

There will be glazing demonstrations in the use of mixing underglazes, using decals, image transfers, china paper, and china paint. Organic sculptural and functional forms will be the base for glaze experimentation.  Students will also have the opportunity to learn more about ceramic vocabulary and firing techniques. The student will learn glaze application, knowledge, and planning.  In other words, glazing skills will be taken to the next level!  All levels are encouraged to join.

Fridays, 9:30am - 12:30pm  | July 7 - August 11, 2017 | 6 sessions

Class fee: $180 plus
Materials fee: $30 paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the class

Price: $180.00

Date: July 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 5

AJ-58 Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Alan Jones

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have worked with clay but really want to take it to the next level, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will work with you to build your skill so that your work can truly be inspirational.  Although the class is intended for intermediate to advanced potters, all levels are welcome.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Focused on Intermediate/Advanced Potters but Open to All Levels
Mondays | 9:30am-12:30pm | July 10-31, 2017 | 4 sessions | $120, plus $30 materials fee

Price: $120.00

Date: July 10, 2017

Available Spaces: 3

AJ-59 Beginning Pottery with Alan Jones

BEGINNING POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have ever wanted to learn how to work with clay, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will expertly direct you in step-by-step instruction of wheel throwing clay.   He has developed a curriculum to build your skill level from week to week.  Although the class is geared towards beginning potters, all skill levels are welcome.

If you have never thrown before it is highly recommended that you sign up for the August session as well so that you can become successful at this!  While you will be introduced to wheel throwing in 4 weeks, it takes more than 4 sessions to develop competency.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Geared towards Absolute Beginner, Open to all levels
Mondays | 1:00-4:00pm | July 10-31, 2017 | 4 sessions | $120, plus $30 materials fee

Price: $120.00

Date: July 10, 2017

Available Spaces: 5

AJ-60 Pottery with Alan Jones

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POTTERY OPEN STUDIO with Alan Jones

If you want to expand your ceramic abilities, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will help you take your work to the next level.  No matter what your skill level Alan will guide your explorations so that your work improves.

Please note, if you have never taken ceramics before it is highly recommended that you take the August session as well, in order to develop some basic competency.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Open to all levels
Mondays | 6-9pm | July 10-31, 2017 | 4 sessions | $120, plus $30 materials fee

Price: $120.00

Date: July 10, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

JE-55 Water Media Open Studio with John Erwin

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WATER MEDIA OPEN STUDIO with John Erwin

Open to all artists working in water media. John Erwin will work with you as you work on your individual paintings. Through feedback and discussions, he will guide you and help you clarify and expand your painting techniques. This is a great way to hone your skills through the one-on-one and group discussions.

Begin a new project or bring a work in progress.

Materials: Bring a sample of finished work to the first day of class. Bring the painting supplies you currently use; suggestions for additional materials will be discussed throughout the duration of the class. Additionally, bring images, reference materials, sketches, or whatever you use to work from.

All Levels | Thursdays | 9:30 am-12:30 pm  | July 13-27, 2017 | 3 sessions | $105

Price: $105.00

Date: July 13, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

JE-58 Travel Sketching with John Erwin

 

 

TRAVEL SKETCHING with John Erwin

Prepare now for your next trip by learning how to create your own travel sketch journal. In this class you will learn techniques for quick sketching and using watercolors while you travel. Students will work with pencil, ink and watercolor while developing skills using photos and posters. Students are encouraged to bring in their own photos.

Topics will include sketching quickly, managing art supplies and how to personalize the travel journal.

Join us for this fun class!

All Levels | Fridays | 9:30 am-12:30 pm  | July 14-28, 2017 | 3 sessions | $105

Price: $105.00

Date: July 14, 2017

Available Spaces: 0

SH-63 Paint Your Pet with Sue Hunter

PAINT YOUR PET with Sue Hunter

We love our animals!

In this class the student will learn to capture the personality of a pet or other animal. Bring photos to try different compositions. Sketch your animal using measuring techniques.

Sue will tailor discussions and demonstrations to the developing needs of each student-artist. All media accepted: watercolor, acrylic, oil or pastel.  Instructor will demonstrate using different mediums. Bring a variety of photos to work from, and whatever medium you wish to work in.

All levels welcome!

Tuesdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm | July 18-August 8, 2017 | 4 Sessions | $140

Price: $140.00

Date: July 18, 2017

Available Spaces: 10

JGP-21 Wet & Wild! Paint an Ocean Scene in Watercolor with Julie Gilbert Pollard

WET & WILD!  PAINT AN OCEAN SCENE IN WATERCOLOR with Julie Gilbert Pollard

 

Paint the misty, crashing, salty ocean waves.  Learn to apply the "anatomy of an ocean wave" to a watercolor painting.

Reference photos will be supplied or you may use your own.  There will be demos, instruction at all levels, critique and lots of painting time.  Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all  All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!

A suggested supply list will be sent out to registered students

All Levels

Tuesdays | July 25, August 1 & 8, 2017 | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | 3 sessions
$105 

Price: $105.00

Date: July 25, 2017

Available Spaces: 3

JE-56 Travel Scenes in Watercolor with John Erwin

TRAVEL SCENES IN WATERCOLOR with John Erwin

Learn to paint scenes from your travels around the world or from your own back yard using photographs. This class will emphasize composition, design, color and watercolor techniques.

Watercolor can be elusive and challenging but John Erwin instructs in a way that creates successful paintings. You are welcome to use your own photos or the instructor’s materials. Travel the world from the studio as we capture memories in watercolor.

 

All Levels
Tuesdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm  | August 1-22, 2017 | 4 sessions | $140.

Price: $140.00

Date: August 1, 2017

Available Spaces: 7

JE-59 Travel Sketching with John Erwin

 

TRAVEL SKETCHING with John Erwin

Prepare now for your next trip by learning how to create your own travel sketch journal. In this class you will learn techniques for quick sketching and using watercolors while you travel. Students will work with pencil, ink and watercolor while developing skills using photos and posters. Students are encouraged to bring in their own photos.

Topics will include sketching quickly, managing art supplies and how to personalize the travel journal.

Join us for this fun class!

All Levels | Fridays | 9:30 am-12:30 pm  | August 4-25, 2017 | 4 sessions | $140

Price: $140.00

Date: August 4, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

AJ-61 Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Alan Jones

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have worked with clay but really want to take it to the next level, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will work with you to build your skill so that your work can truly be inspirational.  Although the class is intended for intermediate to advanced potters, all levels are welcome.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Focused on Intermediate/Advanced Potters but Open to All Levels
Mondays | 9:30am-12:30pm | August 7-28, 2017 | 4 sessions | $120, plus $30 materials fee

Price: $120.00

Date: August 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

AJ-62 Beginning Pottery with Alan Jones

BEGINNING POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have ever wanted to learn how to work with clay, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will expertly direct you in step-by-step instruction of wheel throwing clay.   He has developed a curriculum to build your skill level from week to week.  Although the class is geared towards beginning potters, all skill levels are welcome.

If you have never thrown before it is highly recommended that you sign up for the July or September session as well so that you can become successful at this!  While you will be introduced to wheel throwing in 4 weeks, it takes more than 4 sessions to develop competency.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Geared towards Absolute Beginner, Open to all levels
Mondays | 1:00-4:00pm | August 7-28, 2017 | 4 sessions | $120, plus $30 materials fee

Price: $120.00

Date: August 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

AJ-63 Pottery with Alan Jones

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POTTERY OPEN STUDIO with Alan Jones

If you want to expand your ceramic abilities, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will help you take your work to the next level.  No matter what your skill level Alan will guide your explorations so that your work improves.

Please note, if you have never taken ceramics before it is highly recommended that you take the July or September session as well, in order to develop some basic competency.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Open to all levels
Mondays | 6-9pm | August 7-28, 2017 | 4 sessions | $120, plus $30 materials fee

Price: $120.00

Date: August 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

CMB-10 Ceramics with Constance McBride

 

CERAMICS with Constance McBride

In this class, we'll be exploring ideas that inspire each student individually and then translate those ideas into personal and unique figurative sculptures.  You will be creating sculptures that may be freestanding or may be used as part of a wall installation.

Constance will teach hand building techniques that include coiling and slab building with an emphasis on finishing each sculpture with pre- and post-firing processes.  In addition to using glazes, you will learn how to apply post-firing surface treatments such as stains, pastels and powdered graphite.  This class is open to all levels of ceramic students. Material fee $30.

Tuesdays |1:00-4:00 pm | August 15 - September 5, 2017 | 4 sessions | $120 plus $30 materials fee paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the class.

Price: $120.00

Date: August 15, 2017

Available Spaces: 7

JGP-18 WATERCOLOR UNLEASHED! LANDSCAPES USING “ACRYLIC UNDERPINNINGS” with Julie Gilbert Pollard

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WATERCOLOR UNLEASHED!  THE ROCKY LANDSCAPE USING “ACRYLIC UNDERPINNINGS” with Julie Gilbert Pollard

Learn to use minimal "acrylic underpinnings" to set the stage for vibrant colors in your watercolor landscapes in which rocks are an important feature.  Julie often begins a watercolor with dark acrylic accents. That technique - used for watercolor - is the method used in both of her North Light/Artists Network Watercolor Unleashed DVD videos and North Light Book Watercolor Unleashed.

The benefits of this method are numerous and enable you to get your painting "off the ground" very quickly. It's a unique approach that will add considerably to your repertoire of painting techniques.

All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!

Reference photos will be supplied or you may use your own. There will be and instruction at all levels as needed, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all!

A list of supplies will be available upon registration.

All Levels
Tuesdays 1pm - 4pm | September 5-26, 2017 | 4 sessions
$140.

Price: $140.00

Date: September 5, 2017

Available Spaces: 9

AJ-51 Beginning/Intermediate Pottery with Alan Jones

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have ever wanted to learn how to work with clay, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will expertly direct you in step-by-step instruction of wheel throwing clay.   He has developed a curriculum to build your skill level from week to week.  Although the class is intended for beginning and intermediate potters, all skill levels are welcomed.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Open to all levels
Mondays | 9:30-12:30 | September 11 - October 23, 2017 | 7 sessions | $210, plus $30 materials fee

Price: $210.00

Date: September 11, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

AJ-52 Beginning/Intermediate Pottery with Alan Jones

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have ever wanted to learn how to work with clay, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will expertly direct you in step-by-step instruction of wheel throwing clay.   He has developed a curriculum to build your skill level from week to week.  Although the class is intended for beginning and intermediate potters, all skill levels are welcomed.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Open to all levels
Mondays | 6:00-9:00 pm | September 11 - October 23, 2017 | 7 sessions | $210, plus $30 materials fee

Price: $210.00

Date: September 11, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

AJ-57 Beginning/Intermediate Pottery with Alan Jones

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have ever wanted to learn how to work with clay, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will expertly direct you in step-by-step instruction of wheel throwing clay.   He has developed a curriculum to build your skill level from week to week.  Although the class is intended for beginning and intermediate potters, all skill levels are welcomed.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Open to all levels
Mondays | 1:00-4:00pm | September 11 - October 23, 2017 | 7 sessions | $210, plus $30 materials fee

Price: $210.00

Date: September 11, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

SH-61Experimental Water Media with Sue Hunter

EXPERIMENTAL WATER MEDIA with Sue Hunter

In this class students will have fun experimenting with combining different media – watercolor, fluid acrylics, black gessos, masking fluid, tar gel*, and molding paste* to produce texture along with various tools and products.  Alcohol Inks* will be introduced.

You'll see how watercolor has a different look on yupo paper and watercolor paper. The options are endless. Open to all levels.

*Instructor will provide tar gel, molding paste and alcohol inks.

Tuesdays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm | September 12 - October 24, 2017 | 7 Sessions | $245.

Price: $245.00

Date: September 12, 2017

Available Spaces: 10

EE-72 Drawing Basics with Elliott Everson

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Everyone can learn to draw and this class will get you started. Drawing requires learning how to observe correctly and record what you see. Students will learn the essentials of proportion, line, shading, perspective and composition, and use basic drawing techniques to create realistic pencil drawings of still life, landscapes and more, with natural and man made textures and subjects. Learning to draw accurately will provide you with an excellent foundation for additional drawing, colored pencil, painting and other art classes. Returning students will continue learning and refining techniques, try new subjects and textures or surfaces. Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Have fun!

Tuesdays | 9:30 am-12:30 pm | September 12 - October 24, 2017   | 7  Sessions | $245.

Price: $245.00

Date: September 12, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

EE-73 Drawing Basics with Elliott Everson

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Everyone can learn to draw and this class will get you started. Drawing requires learning how to observe correctly and record what you see. Students will learn the essentials of proportion, line, shading, perspective and composition, and use basic drawing techniques to create realistic pencil drawings of still life, landscapes and more, with natural and man made textures and subjects. Learning to draw accurately will provide you with an excellent foundation for additional drawing, colored pencil, painting and other art classes. Returning students will continue learning and refining techniques, try new subjects and textures or surfaces. Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Have fun!

Tuesdays| 1:00 - 4:00 pm | September 12 - October 24, 2017   | 7 Sessions | $245

Price: $245.00

Date: September 12, 2017

Available Spaces: 9

EE-74 Advanced Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

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EE-74 Advanced Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

Join us in learning about the variety of uses and basic techniques of color pencil drawing including different pencil strokes, blending, layering colors, burnishing, as well as other tools and materials. Use colored pencils to achieve realistic colors and textures to create drawings of man made or natural subjects, animals, plants, landscapes, shiny or rusty cars, or a glass vase of flowers. Returning students will continue learning and refining techniques, try new subjects and textures or surfaces. Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Have fun! Basic experience required.

Wednesdays| 9:30 am-12:30 pm | September 13 - October 25, 2017   | 7 Sessions | $245

Price: $245.00

Date: September 13, 2017

Available Spaces: 1

EE-75 Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

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EE-75 Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

Join us in learning about the variety of uses and basic techniques of color pencil drawing including different pencil strokes, blending, layering colors, burnishing, as well as other tools and materials. Use colored pencils to achieve realistic colors and textures to create drawings of man made or natural subjects, animals, plants, landscapes, shiny or rusty cars, or a glass vase of flowers. Returning students will continue learning and refining techniques, try new subjects and textures or surfaces. Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Have fun!

Wednesdays| 1:00 - 4:00 pm | September 13 - October 25, 2017 | 7 Sessions | $245

Open to all levels

Price: $245.00

Date: September 13, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

SH-53 Painting Studio with Sue Hunter

Learn to develop and clarify your painting style while expanding your technical skills in this studio class. Sue will tailor discussions and demonstrations to the developing needs of each student-artist. As the class progresses, students will have the opportunity to learn ways of adding other media to their paintings. Prerequisite: Previous painting experience. Bring a blank canvas or a work in progress, images, reference materials, or a sample of finished work, and painting supplies you currently use to the first class; suggestions for additional materials will be discussed at that time.

This class is now full.  If you would like to be added to the wait list, please call 602-262-4727 or email info@shemerartcenter.org.

Wednesdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm | September 13- October 25, 2017 | 7 Sessions | $245.

Price: $245.00

Date: September 13, 2017

Available Spaces: 0

DW-17 Ceramics with Danielle Wood

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Ceramics with Danielle Wood

The focus of this class will be on creating non-functional sculptures. You will learn a variety of hand building techniques from coiling and slab building with firm as well as soft slab. Additionally you will use slump and drape molds. You will be creating organic abstract contemporary sculptures that may be freestanding or wall installations. Through this class you will increase your knowledge about ceramic vocabulary and firing techniques. A variety of glazes including mid range glazes, underglazes, and decals will be demonstrated and applied. The potential for creative possibilities is endless. Material fee $30.  Prior experience suggested.

Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00 pm  | September 13-October 25, 2017 | 7 sessions

Class fee $210
Materials fee: a $30 fee paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the class for materials.

Price: $210.00

Date: September 13, 2017

Available Spaces: 11

SH-54 Oil/Acrylic with Sue Hunter

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This is a class designed to walk you through the painting process from beginning to end.  Sometimes the most difficult part of making art is starting.  Sue will guide you through the process of setting up your paints and organizing your colors.  Learn how to simplify and mix colors.  Emphasis on values will be discussed throughout the sessions.  Learn to view your surroundings, to edit in your mind's eye, to create interesting and engaging compositions.  Each week, Sue Hunter will demonstrate the lesson and then provide individual and group instruction.  Students are invited to work in either oil or acrylic.  Materials list for both will be provided.

Thursdays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm | September 14 - October 26, 2017 | 7 Sessions | $245.

Price: $245.00

Date: September 14, 2017

Available Spaces: 10

SH-55 Pastel Painting and Studio with Sue Hunter

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Pastels combine the disciplines of drawing and painting. Student will explore how different papers give different effects. Become familiar with underpainting using various mediums and limiting the selection of pastels to produce glowing color. Emphasis on design, color, value and application.

Step-by-step instructions with demonstrations will help you to approach the process of painting with pastels with ease and joy.  Studio time is available during this class for students working on their own projects who want feedback and critique from Sue. Other media may be used, call for additional information.  602-262-4727.

Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm | September 14-October 26, 2017 | 7 Sessions | $245.

Price: $245.00

Date: September 14, 2017

Available Spaces: 10

CMB-08 Ceramics with Constance McBride

 

CERAMICS with Constance McBride

In this class, we'll be exploring ideas that inspire each student individually and then translate those ideas into personal and unique figurative sculptures.  You will be creating sculptures that may be freestanding or may be used as part of a wall installation.

Constance will teach hand building techniques that include coiling and slab building with an emphasis on finishing each sculpture with pre- and post-firing processes.  In addition to using glazes, you will learn how to apply post-firing surface treatments such as stains, pastels and powdered graphite.  This class is open to all levels of ceramic students. Material fee $30.

Thursdays |1:00-4:00 pm | September 14-October 26, 2017 | 7 sessions | $210.
Materials fee: a $30 fee paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the class.

Price: $210.00

Date: September 14, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

EE-76 Open Studio with Elliott Everson

EE-76 Open Studio with Elliott Everson

Join Elliott Everson in an open studio setting. Returning students will continue learning and refining techniques, try new subjects and textures or surfaces. Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Elliott will provide one-on-one and group instruction depending on the needs of the students.  This is a tremendous opportunity to push your drawing skills to a new level in the open studio setting. Use colored pencils or graphite.  Have fun!

Fridays| 9:30 am-12:30 pm | September 15-October 27, 2017   | 7 Sessions | $245.

Open to all levels

Price: $245.00

Date: September 15, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

DW-20 A Focus on Glazing, Form and Texture with Danielle Wood

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A Focus on Glazing, Form and Texture with Danielle Wood

In this class, students will have the opportunity to learn more about glaze and the variety of textures that can be made in clay through the medium of hand building. There will be glazing demonstrations on how to mix different under glazes, using decals, image transfers, and china painting. Organic sculptural and functional forms will be made as a base for experimentation with glaze and texture. In this class, students will also have the opportunity to learn more about ceramic vocabulary and firing techniques. All levels are encouraged to join.

Material fee $30.

Fridays | 9:30 - 12:30 pm  | September 15-October 27, 2017  | 7 sessions

Class fee $210
Materials fee: a $30 fee paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the class for materials.

Price: $210.00

Date: September 22, 2017

Available Spaces: 11

WW-07 Wine and Watercolor at the Shemer with John Erwin

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 Wine and Watercolor at the Shemer with John Erwin

Join us for a fun night of watercolor painting with John Erwin.  Be surprised what you can learn in just a few creative hours.  Enjoy a lighthearted atmosphere while learning something new. You will leave with a beautiful completed painting.

Each month you will be introduced to the techniques of watercolor painting.  Learn the basics as well as some advanced techniques of watercolor painting during this fun-filled event.  All supplies will be provided.  Only a  willingness to try something new is required.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now for this month's Wine and Watercolor at the Shemer!

All Levels
Thursday 6:00-8:30 pm | September 28, 2017 | 1 session

$15.

Price: $15.00

Date: September 28, 2017

Available Spaces: 12

JE-47 Watercolor Basics with John Erwin

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Watercolor can be elusive and challenging.  John Erwin instructs in a way that creates successful paintings.  In this class you will learn the basics of color and design to create well balanced paintings. Focusing on landscapes and still life, John will instruct on how to start and complete a painting.  Each week you will build techniques and skills to guide you into more complex, finished paintings.  We will explore wet into wet, dry brush and negative painting techniques.

All Levels
Tuesdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm  | October 3-31, 2017 | 5 sessions | $175

Price: $175.00

Date: October 3, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

JE-48 Artisan Printmaking with John Erwin

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Learn the hands-on art of printmaking and create hand-pulled prints.  Join John on this adventure as you explore traditional and experimental forms of printmaking.  The centuries-old process is easy and fun under the direction of this gifted artist and instructor.  Printmaking opens you to a new form of expression and helps you to reevaluate your approach to art making.

Experience the excitement of converting your designs into original prints! In this class you will learn to make your own unique marks and stamps that will become cards or artwork.  Explore mixing colors and printing on a variety of papers including colorful Japanese rice paper and an array of artist papers.

Most of the materials will be provided including carving tools, inks and a press.  Each week you will leave with a finished project.  Methods to be covered could include:  Relief Printing; Woodblock (using 'soft 'easy' to carve images); Drypoint Etching (using clear acrylic sheets); Monoprints (creating one of a kind prints); Chine Colle (printing on a surface attached to another surface; Collograph (printing over a raised surface); Gyotaku (a 200 years-old Japanese style of fish rubbing, yielding a remarkable fish print with exact color duplication, subtlety of motion and exquisite detail); Solar Printing (a light sensitized approach to creating an etching plate) and Pochoir (a stencil-based printing technique).

Open to all levels
Thursdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm | October 12-November 2, 2017 | 4 sessions | $150

 

Price: $150.00

Date: October 12, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

JE-49 10 Minute Sketching with John Erwin

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10 Minute Sketching with John Erwin

What’s the difference between a sketch and a drawing?   A sketch can be imperfect, it takes less time than a drawing, evokes emotion, and captures a moment. There is an art to making a sketch that instantly conjures a memory of time or place.

In this class, award-winning artist John Erwin shares his tips and lessons on sketching from his extensive travel over several decades. John generously shares his personal travel journals of sketches and the artistic lessons he learned along the way.

From this class you will be able to capture your travel memories in sketches. John will teach you how to set up a sketchbook and a pocket-travel sketch kit. Through specific lessons, you will learn how to create balanced compositions with perspective and value. Experience the excitement and the confidence of sketching in public. You will add people, cars and other real-life interest to your sketches. From black and white line drawing in pencil, pen or other media, John will guide you through adding color, texture and pattern to create more finished works. Working with watercolor, ink, pencil, marker and you will even use a razor blade! You will astonish yourself and your friends in your ability to capture the spirit of the place you are sketching.

Fridays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm | October 13-November 3, 2017 | 4 sessions | $150

 

Price: $150.00

Date: October 13, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

MK-05 Introduction to Asian Brush Painting with Martha Klare

Introduction to Asian Brush Painting with Martha Klare

 

How can artwork created with only black ink (sumi, mo) and water be so expressive?   Come find out, and enjoy the relaxing art of Asian Brush Painting in this one day workshop with Martha Klare.   You will be introduced to some of  basic strokes, techniques and principles of the ancient art form as you learn how to maximize control and versatility of your brush and ink. Using your new skills you will have the opportunity to create a piece to take home.  Cultural roots, history and some of the meditative aspects of the art will also be shared throughout the workshop.

$30.00 materials fee payable to the instructor  (cash or check please).

Note:  Students will be working with black ink that does not wash out.  Make sure to dress accordingly or bring a smock.

All Levels
Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 10:00-2:00 pm |1 session | $70. | $30 materials fee

Price: $70.00

Date: October 14, 2017

Available Spaces: 3

WW-08 Wine and Watercolor at the Shemer with John Erwin

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 Wine and Watercolor at the Shemer with John Erwin

Join us for a fun night of watercolor painting with John Erwin.  Be surprised what you can learn in just a few creative hours.  Enjoy a lighthearted atmosphere while learning something new. You will leave with a beautiful completed painting.

Each month you will be introduced to the techniques of watercolor painting.  Learn the basics as well as some advanced techniques of watercolor painting during this fun-filled event.  All supplies will be provided.  Only a  willingness to try something new is required.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now for this month's Wine and Watercolor at the Shemer!

All Levels
Thursday 6:00-8:30 pm | October 19, 2017 | 1 session

$15.

Price: $15.00

Date: October 19, 2017

Available Spaces: 19

AJ-65 Ceramic Tile Painting workshop with Alan Jones

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Ceramic Tile Painting workshop with Alan Jones

Alan Jones creates masterful ceramic tiles in an old-world tradition with a contemporary look.  Join Alan in this two-day workshop to learn how to make your own tiles that can be functional or purely decorative works of art. Planning a bathroom or kitchen renovation? Finished tiles can be incorporated into your design as architectural elements adding a custom look to your room. Finished tiles can be prominently displayed as a work of art either sitting upright on a display stand or hanging on a wall. Or they can be used functionally as a trivet or cheese board. You are limited only by your imagination.

During this workshop Alan will provide step-by-step instruction, with demonstration of all techniques. He will lead you in techniques for hand painting with glaze your own design on tiles. You will work on tiles that he has prepared for you as well as building your own tile (s) and wooden framework.

All tiles will be kiln fired and ready for pick up about a week after the class.

 

Open to all levels

Saturdays, October 21 & 28, 2017 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | 2 sessions  | $175. plus $20 materials fee.

Price: $175.00

Date: October 21, 2017

Available Spaces: 10

KS-04 The Art of Collage with Kim Sweet

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Popularized in the early 20th Century by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, collage is an accessible art form with a tremendous influence on our everyday lives. This workshop will explore how collage can be used to reorder the material world.  This workshop will give artists of all levels the opportunity to make study and apply color theory and composition as they make images with cut paper and other materials. Students will gain an appreciation of collage as a valid art practice in its own right, and will also learn how to use collage to get a fresh perspective on their own painting, sculpture, or other primary discipline. Get ready to liberate your sensibilities with this fun, open-ended technique.

Kim earned her BFA  from the Rhode Island School of Design and completed the European Honors Program RISD

Saturday |10:00 am - 1:00 pm | October 28, 2017 | 1 Session | $55. 

Price: $55.00

Date: October 28, 2017

Available Spaces: 12

AJ-54 Beginning/Intermediate Pottery with Alan Jones

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BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have ever wanted to learn how to work with clay, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will expertly direct you in step-by-step instruction of wheel throwing clay.   He has developed a curriculum to build your skill level from week to week.  Although the class is intended for beginning and intermediate potters, all skill levels are welcomed.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Open to all levels
Mondays | 6:00-9:00 pm | November 6 -December 18, 2017 | 7 sessions  | $210, plus $30 materials fee

Price: $210.00

Date: November 6, 2017

Available Spaces: 10

AJ-53 Beginning/Intermediate Pottery with Alan Jones

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have ever wanted to learn how to work with clay, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will expertly direct you in step-by-step instruction of wheel throwing clay.   He has developed a curriculum to build your skill level from week to week.  Although the class is intended for beginning and intermediate potters, all skill levels are welcomed.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Open to all levels
Mondays | 9:30-12:30 pm | November 6 -December 18, 2017 | 7 sessions  | $210, plus $30 materials fee

Price: $210.00

Date: November 6, 2017

Available Spaces: 10

AJ-64 Beginning/Intermediate Pottery with Alan Jones

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE POTTERY with Alan Jones

If you have ever wanted to learn how to work with clay, this is the class for you.  Alan Jones is a Phoenix icon.  He has been a professional ceramic artist for decades, generously sharing his knowledge and skill through his teaching.  In this class, Alan will expertly direct you in step-by-step instruction of wheel throwing clay.   He has developed a curriculum to build your skill level from week to week.  Although the class is intended for beginning and intermediate potters, all skill levels are welcomed.

A $30 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class will cover materials including clay and glazes.

Open to all levels
Mondays | 1:00-4:00 pm | November 6 -December 18, 2017 | 7 sessions  | $210, plus $30 materials fee

Price: $210.00

Date: November 6, 2017

Available Spaces: 10

EE-77 Drawing Basics with Elliott Everson

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Everyone can learn to draw and this class will get you started. Drawing requires learning how to observe correctly and record what you see. Students will learn the essentials of proportion, line, shading, perspective and composition, and use basic drawing techniques to create realistic pencil drawings of still life, landscapes and more, with natural and man made textures and subjects. Learning to draw accurately will provide you with an excellent foundation for additional drawing, colored pencil, painting and other art classes. Returning students will continue learning and refining techniques, try new subjects and textures or surfaces. Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Have fun!

Tuesdays | 9:30 am-12:30 pm | November 7-December 19, 2017   | 7 Sessions | $245.

Price: $245.00

Date: November 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 9

EE-78 Drawing Basics with Elliott Everson

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Everyone can learn to draw and this class will get you started. Drawing requires learning how to observe correctly and record what you see. Students will learn the essentials of proportion, line, shading, perspective and composition, and use basic drawing techniques to create realistic pencil drawings of still life, landscapes and more, with natural and man made textures and subjects. Learning to draw accurately will provide you with an excellent foundation for additional drawing, colored pencil, painting and other art classes. Returning students will continue learning and refining techniques, try new subjects and textures or surfaces. Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Have fun!

Tuesdays| 1:00 - 4:00 pm | November 7 - December 19, 2017   | 7 Sessions | $245

Price: $245.00

Date: November 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 9

SH-56 Experimental Water Media with Sue Hunter

Experimental Water-Media with Sue Hunter

In this class students will have fun experimenting with combining different media – watercolor, fluid acrylics, black gessos, masking fluid, tar gel*, and molding paste* to produce texture along with various tools and products.  Alcohol Inks* will be introduced.

You'll see how watercolor has a different look on yupo paper and watercolor paper. The options are endless. Open to all levels.

*Instructor will provide tar gel, molding paste and alcohol inks.

Tuesdays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm | November 7-December 19, 2017 | 7 Sessions | $245.

Price: $245.00

Date: November 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 9

JE-50 Watercolor Basics with John Erwin

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Watercolor can be elusive and challenging.  John Erwin instructs in a way that creates successful paintings.  In this class you will learn the basics of color and design to create well balanced paintings. Focusing on landscapes and still life, John will instruct on how to start and complete a painting.  Each week you will build techniques and skills to guide you into more complex, finished paintings.  We will explore wet into wet, dry brush and negative painting techniques.

All Levels
Tuesdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm  | November 7-December 19, 2017 | 7 sessions | $245.

Price: $245.00

Date: November 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

EE-79 Advanced Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

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Advanced Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

Join us in learning about the variety of uses and basic techniques of color pencil drawing including different pencil strokes, blending, layering colors, burnishing, as well as other tools and materials. Use colored pencils to achieve realistic colors and textures to create drawings of man made or natural subjects, animals, plants, landscapes, shiny or rusty cars, or a glass vase of flowers. Returning students will continue learning and refining techniques, try new subjects and textures or surfaces. Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Have fun! Basic experience required.

Wednesdays| 9:30 am-12:30 pm | November 8-December 20, 2017   | 7 Sessions | $245

Price: $245.00

Date: November 8, 2017

Available Spaces: 7

EE-80 Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

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Colored Pencil Techniques with Elliott Everson

Join us in learning about the variety of uses and basic techniques of color pencil drawing including different pencil strokes, blending, layering colors, burnishing, as well as other tools and materials. Use colored pencils to achieve realistic colors and textures to create drawings of man made or natural subjects, animals, plants, landscapes, shiny or rusty cars, or a glass vase of flowers. Returning students will continue learning and refining techniques, try new subjects and textures or surfaces. Come to work on a current project or start a new idea. Have fun!

Wednesdays| 1:00 - 4:00 pm | November 8 - December 20, 2017 | 7 Sessions | $245

Open to all levels

Price: $245.00

Date: November 8, 2017

Available Spaces: 8