Classes & Workshops

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Workshop NameScheduleMedium / FormatLevelInstructorDescriptionMaterialsMembers / Non-Members PriceRegistration
Fall Daytime Life Drawing Open studioWednesdays, Sept 14-Dec 7; 9 am-NoonDrawing / In-personContinuingMonitor

Weekly monitored life drawing sessions, without instruction, open to individuals of all levels of experience. 

We are currently limiting the number of participants to 10 per session.

Participants may register in advance for individual sessions on the registration page. Individual session are $25 regardless of membership. 

Participants are also welcome to "drop-in" to a open studio session and pay in the AVA office, but we cannot guarantee that a spot will be available. 

-$202.50 / $225 / $25 Individual sessionRegister Now
Winter Daytime Life Drawing Open studioWednesdays, Jan 11-March 15; 9 am-NoonDrawing / In-personContinuingMonitor

Weekly monitored life drawing sessions, without instruction, open to individuals of all levels of experience. 

We are currently limiting the number of participants to 10 per session.

Participants may register in advance for individual sessions on the registration page. Individual session are $25 regardless of membership. 

Participants are also welcome to "drop-in" to a open studio session and pay in the AVA office, but we cannot guarantee that a spot will be available. 

-$202.50 / $225 / $25 Individual sessionRegister Now
Winter Evening Life Drawing Open studioWednesdays, Jan 11-March 15; 5:30-8:30 pmDrawing / In-personContinuingMonitor

Weekly monitored life drawing sessions, without instruction, open to individuals of all levels of experience. 

We are currently limiting the number of participants to 10 per session.

Participants may register in advance for individual sessions on the registration page. Individual session are $25 regardless of membership. 

Participants are also welcome to "drop-in" to a open studio session and pay in the AVA office, but we cannot guarantee that a spot will be available. 

-$202.50 / $225 / $25 Individual sessionRegister Now
Drawing: Yoga Poses and PortraitsMondays, Dec 5-12, 5:30-8 pmDrawing / In-personBeginning /ContinuingSUSAN GRAY BÉ
This drawing workshop will focus on the human figure, drawing both fast and long poses from an experienced model and yoga teacher. You'll learn to add structure and detail to your drawings, while contrasting shape and blending edges. Come prepared to draw and, if you wear yoga attire, strike a few yoga poses yourself (optional). You'll finish class with a charcoal portrait of the model. This is perfect workshop for both beginners to more experienced artists. This class meets in-person at AVA, and a live model will be present at all sessions.
Click Here for a Materials List$135 / $150Register Now
Sculpting with WoolSaturday, Dec 17; 10 am-4 pmFiber Arts / In-personBeginning/ContinuingRACHEL MONTROY
With a focus on felting techniques, you will learn wet felting, needle felting, and a combination of both to make irresistibly soft sculptures. You'll be able to explore felting around wire armatures, using resists, and incorporating other materials. You'll also look at contemporary fiber sculpture to jump start your brainstorming process. This workshop will consist of demonstrations, experimenting, and guided work time in which you can follow the instructor's projects or use your own ideas.  All abilities are welcome, from absolute beginners to those familiar with fiber art or sculpture. This class takes place in-person at AVA.  
$10 Materials Fee$108 / $120Register Now
Winter Landscape PhotographySaturday, Jan 7, 10 am-2 pmPhotography / In-personBeginning /ContinuingCOOPER DODDS
In this one-day workshop you'll learn to use your DSLR or mirrorless digital cameras to photograph the winter landscape. You'll learn about camera's exposure settings before venturing into the winter to create some unique landscape imagery. The workshop will conclude back in the classroom where the instructor will demonstrate digital editing techniques. All skill levels are welcome, but you'll need a DLSR or mirrorless camera. While tripods are not required, we encourage you to bring one if you have it.
DSLR or Mirrorless Camera Required$72 / $80Register Now
Expressive Portraiture in Oils or AcrylicMondays, Jan 9-Feb 27, 5:30-8 pmPainting / In-personBeginning /ContinuingSUSAN GRAY BÉ
Aesthetic expression emerges as compositions in Oil or Acrylic evolve, and no matter how realistic, a painting needs to work at an abstract level. In this class you’ll be encouraged to balance your painting compositions in terms of abstract art elements on each layer of the painting - especially at the beginning and end of the process. Your compositions will evolve and be refined with contrasting color, tone, and line.  Beginning and more Advanced painters are welcome: Beginners will be given extra attention on the first day and beyond; Advanced artists will be encouraged to develop their visual ideas, improve technique, and to experiment with paint application. Students may choose to use either Oil or Acrylic paint. This class meets in-person at AVA.
Click Here for a Materials List$360 / $400Register Now
Beginning WatercolorTuesdays, Jan 10-Feb 14, 10 am-12 pmPainting / In-personBeginningJENNIFER BROWN
This watercolor class is for real beginners who are new to painting with watercolor.  Watercolor is often considered to be a difficult medium but using a playful step by step approach can make it really fun. We will cover setting up your palette, playing with brushstrokes and color, practicing value studies to create form, and establishing the habit of observational sketching and painting in a sketchbook.
Click Here for a Materials List$216 / $240Register Now
Watercolors: From Observation to Imagination Using Line, Shape, and ColorTuesdays, Jan 10-Feb 14, 2-4 pmPainting / In-personContinuingJENNIFER BROWN
In this class you'll explore picture making in an organic way, with an emphasis on creating work that is illustrative while still conveying emotion and feeling. Practice in painting from imagination will be encouraged, along with nourishing that practice by maintaining a sketchbook of direct observations. Some previous experience with drawing and watercolor painting is encouraged.
Click Here for a Materials List$216 / $240Register Now
Continuing Pottery Mondays, Jan 23-March 20, 9:30 am-12 pm (no class Feb 20)Pottery / In-personBeginning /ContinuingROGER NOBLE
Learn to throw the natural way, using techniques like rhythm, mechanical advantage, fingertip sensitivity, and collaring to center clay on the potter's wheel and make vases, mugs, bowls, pitchers, casseroles and much more. Complete beginners to experienced potters can gain ease and control and have fun. Gain mastery through group exercises that break throwing down to discrete skills. Receive personal instruction tailored to your skill level.  No Class Feb 20. $70 Materials Fee applied at check-out.
$70 Materials Fee$360 / $400Register Now
Introduction to WeldingTuesdays, Jan 17-March 21, 4:30 pm-7:30 pmMetal / In-personBeginningJIMMY MARTELL
Strike the torch and spark your imagination. AVA's metal studio offers everything you need to learn welding basics. Get hands-on practice measuring, cutting and joining metal using MIG and "stick" welders, plasma cutters and oxyacetylene torches. Safety, fun and learning are the priorities. Beginners welcome. $85 Materials Fee applied at checkout.
$85 Materials Fee$495 / $550FULL; please email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a waitlist
Introduction to Woodworking with PowertoolsTuesdays, Jan 17-March 21, 6-9 pmWood / In-personBeginningCHRIS MCGRODY
This ten-week class begins by reviewing measuring accuracy using tape measures, and combination squares and learning to select your rough sawn wood. With the hum of the jointer, planer, table saw, band saw, and routers begin you begin making your new creation in wood. Safe use of these power tools will be emphasized while you transform lengths of rough pine or poplar into a handsome, functional, shaker-style step stool ready for finishing.  $85 Materials Fee applied at checkout.
$85 Materials Fee$495 / $550Register Now
Hand-building with ClayWednesdays, Jan 18-March 8, 5-7 pmCeramics / In-personBeginning /ContinuingKÄRIN ROTHWELL
Bring your ceramic ideas alive as we explore methods of creating with clay without using the wheel. Modeling, coiling, and building with slabs are techniques that have been used throughout time to make diverse objects for both functional use and art to behold. Each class will begin with a demonstration and group time before working on individual projects that are open to student expression, while incorporating our weekly lesson. After building, the class will cover decorating and glazing techniques, and students will go home with completed projects at the end of the session. Open to all skill levels.
$70 Materials Fee$405 / $450Register Now
Continuing Pottery Wednesdays, Jan 18-March 8, 6-8:30 pmPottery / In-personBeginning /ContinuingARA CARDEW
Learn to center clay on the potters wheel, make mugs, bowls, pitchers, casseroles and much more. If you are a beginner or more advanced you will enjoy the clay experience. Acquire the skills of throwing, trimming, making handles, glazing and kiln firing. $70 materials fee applied at check-out.
$70 Materials Fee$360 / $400Register Now
Introduction to Woodworking: Basic Boxes Thursdays, Jan 19-March 23, 6-9 pmWood / In-personBeginningDAVE SHINNLINGER
This course will cover the safe use of the power tools in the AVA woodshop to cut, surface and create a wooden sliding top box the participant gets to take home. If time and interest allow, a wooden knob can be turned on a lathe and bandsaw boxes crafted as well. This class is ideal for beginners, anyone interested in the subject matter, or getting to know the AVA woodshop.  $85 Materials Fee applied at checkout.
$85 Materials Fee$495 / $550Register Now
Continuing Pottery Thursdays, Jan 19-March 16, 9:30 am-12 pm (no class Feb 23)Pottery / In-personBeginning /ContinuingROGER NOBLE
Learn to throw the natural way, using techniques like rhythm, mechanical advantage, fingertip sensitivity, and collaring to center clay on the potter's wheel and make vases, mugs, bowls, pitchers, casseroles and much more. Complete beginners to experienced potters can gain ease and control and have fun. Gain mastery through group exercises that break throwing down to discrete skills. Receive personal instruction tailored to your skill level.  No Class Feb 23. $70 Materials Fee applied at check-out.
$70 Materials Fee$360 / $400Register Now
Welding: Design and BuildThursdays, Jan 19-March 23, 4:30 pm-7:30 pmMetal / In-personContinuingJIMMY MARTELL
You’ve taken Intro to Welding and now it's time to put your new skills to work! The first part of this 10 week class will improve your welding technique and hone accuracy, as you learn new fabrication techniques (including how to make and use “fixtures”) to support and maintain the accuracy of your work. Meanwhile, you'll conceptualize your own project ideas as you and the teacher work together to strategize the best techniques to make it happen, whether it's a sculpture or a truck bumper, a lawn ornament or a tool rack. You'll choose your final project, learn to create a materials list, measure, cut, fit, weld, and build it! Students may work on artistic or functional projects as they take ownership of their accuracy and craftsmanship. Intro to Welding or equivalent required. $85 Materials Fee applied at check-out.  
$85 Materials Fee (Depending on the project, additional out-of-pocket materials expenses may be necessary.)$495 / $550Register Now
Introduction to Oil Painting Thursdays, Jan 19-March 9, 6-8:30 pmPainting / In-personBeginningHARRISON HALASKA
This class focuses on learning about oil painting by painting still lifes. The class will cover composition, color temperature, paint application and technique, oil painting materials and practices, and the mood of the painting. The history of still life painting and historical and contemporary masters of the genre will also be covered. 
Click here for a materials list.$360 / $400Register Now
Hand-building with ClayFridays, Jan 20-March 10, 10 am-1 pmCeramics / In-personBeginning /ContinuingKÄRIN ROTHWELL
Bring your ceramic ideas alive as we explore methods of creating with clay without using the wheel. Modeling, coiling, and building with slabs are techniques that have been used throughout time to make diverse objects for both functional use and art to behold. Each class will begin with a demonstration and group time before working on individual projects that are open to student expression, while incorporating our weekly lesson. After building, the class will cover decorating and glazing techniques, and students will go home with completed projects at the end of the session. Open to all skill levels.
$70 Materials Fee$405 / $450Register Now
Metal Sculpture That Takes FormFridays, Jan 20-March 24, 1-4 pmMetal / In-personBeginning / ContinuingTROY WOODS
This class will focus on the use of welding, cutting and shaping techniques of metal for artistic expression. Each session will begin by looking at an image of a sculptor’s work as a takeoff point for a personal journey into three-dimensional art. A brief discussion of the artist’s intent and technique will get the inspirational juices flowing and ease you into your own idea or concept, including construction and safety considerations. As student's ideas progress, time will be made for regular peer discussion of everyone's concepts to ensure positive and helpful feedback
$85 Materials Fee$495 / $550Register Now
Painting the Winter Light in Watercolor Saturday & Sunday, Jan 21 & 22; 10 am-4 pmPainting / In-personBeginning /ContinuingROBERT O'BRIEN
In this workshop you'll explore techniques used for creating spectacular light from an ordinary winter subject, where the greatest contrast between lights and darks can be found. You'll learn about composition, value, and using the white of the paper to capture the brilliance of snow. The instructor will do a demonstration in the morning followed by an afternoon of painting, and there will be a critique and class discussion at the end of the final session. All levels are welcome, with some watercolor experience suggested. This class will be held in-person at AVA.
Click Here for a Materials List$216 / $240Register Now
Introduction to Wood Carving and WhittlingSundays, Jan 22-Feb 12, 9:30 am-12:30 pmWood / In-personBeginningANTON PRIKAZCHIKOV
This 4 week workshop will introduce you to woodcarving and carving safety. You'll make everything from wooden spoons to small animals while you learn basic techniques like stop cutpush cut, and draw cut. This is a great way to get both your hands and creative energies moving while learning something new.
$85 Materials Fee$216 / $240Register Now
Beginning & Continuing Watercolor - Using ColorMondays, Jan 23-March 20, 9:30 am-12 pm (No Class Feb 20Painting / In-personBeginning / ContinuingJOAN HOFFMANN
Begin your watercolor journey or continue beyond the basics! Technique demos, along with critiques and discussions, will guide you through a painting each class. There will be an emphasis on effectively using your paints for brilliant colors. Beginning and more experienced students are welcome. No class Feb 20.
Click here for a class materials list$360 / $400Register Now
Wood Sculpture: Pulled From the PagesMondays, Jan 23-March 27, 1-4 pmWood / In-personBeginning / ContinuingTROY WOODS
Create a sculpture in wood that's inspired by your favorite read. Books, poems, and songs are full of descriptions and images that can inspire ideas for three-dimensional sculpture. Once those concepts are extracted from the narrative, they'll become the inspiration for wooden sculptural creations.  Bring your narrative inspiration to class to help discuss and sketch out a concept, while bouncing ideas off the instructor and fellow students. As student's ideas progress, time will be made for regular peer discussion of everyone's concepts to ensure positive and helpful feedback.
$85 Materials Fee$495 / $550Register Now
Basic DrawingTuesdays, Jan 24-March 14, 6-8:30 pmDrawing / In-personBeginningMICHAEL KRAATZ
Put pencil (and charcoal) to paper and see where you can go! Learning to draw is learning to see and a wonderful way to slow down. Understand line, contour, gesture and form while using various materials and the unique marks they make. Begin your creative journey at AVA! Working from a model included
Click here for a class materials list$360 / $400Register Now
Beginning & Continuing Watercolor - Using ColorWednesdays, Jan 25-March 15, 6-8:30 pmPainting / In-personBeginning / ContinuingJOAN HOFFMANN
Begin your watercolor journey or continue beyond the basics! Technique demos, along with critiques and discussions, will guide you through a painting each class. There will be an emphasis on effectively using your paints for brilliant colors. Beginning and more experienced students are welcome. No class Feb 20.
Click here for a class materials list$360 / $400Register Now
Continuing DrawingFridays, Jan 27-March 17, 9:30 am-12 pmDrawing / In-personBeginning / ContinuingMICHAEL KRAATZ
Hone your skills as you continue stretching your mastery of line from beginning drawing. Poetic contour drawing, various approaches to light and shadow and linear perspective. Individual instruction will encourage a personal style and approach to drawing. Bring whatever drawing material you are comfortable using to start. Drawing from model included. Prepare for lively discussions, hard work and fun. This is a great class for beginners as well as more experienced artists.
Click here for a class materials list$360 / $400Register Now
Large Scale Drawing: The Figure in MotionSaturday, Feb 25, 9:30 am-3 pmDrawing / In-personContinuingMICHAEL KRAATZ
Inspired by Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase (first exhibited in the 1913 Armory show in New York City), this workshop will focus on the figure as it transitions from one pose to the next. You'll use large sheets of drawing paper - 36'' x 36" or possibly larger - and work with a live figure model. The paper will be available for a materials fee at the time of registration. For participants with drawing experience. Join us  from 9:30 to 3:00 on Saturday, February 25 for a challenging and exciting day of drawing.
$10 Materials Fee for large paper, + Bring Your Own Drawing Pencils$135 / $150Register Now
Blacksmithing, Plain and FancySaturdays & Sundays, March 18 & 19 and 25 & 26 (both weekends), 10 am-4 pmMetal / In-personBeginning / ContinuingMIKE PLATT
Experience the heat and hammer of the blacksmith under skilled and patient guidance.  You’ll learn a wide variety of blacksmithing techniques and complete several projects in this immersive one-weekend workshop.  Students will use gas and coal-fired forges and learn to bend, twist, taper, scroll, drift, rivet, fuller, and temper.  Previous experience working with metal is helpful but not required.  Beginners are welcome.  This class meets in-person in AVA's Sculptural Studies Building, over the course of two full weekends.
$85 Materials Fee$432 / $480Register Now