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Adult and Teen Classes

Classes and Workshops Schedule

Workshop NameScheduleMedium / FormatLevelInstructorDescriptionMaterialsMembers / Non-Members PriceRegistration
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, Feb 1-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. 

-$142.20 / $158 / $25 Individual sessionCANCELED
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 / $400IN SESSION
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 / $240IN SESSION
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 / $240IN SESSION
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 / $400IN SESSION
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 / $550IN SESSION
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 / $550IN SESSION
Hand-building with ClayWednesdays, Jan 18-March 8, 5-8 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 / $450IN SESSION
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 / $400IN SESSION
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 / $550IN SESSION
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 / $400IN SESSION
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 / $550IN SESSION
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 / $400IN SESSION
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 / $450FULL; please email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a waitlist
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 / $550FULL; please email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a waitlist
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 / $240FULL; please email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a waitlist
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, 5:30-8:30 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 / $550CANCELED
Basic DrawingTuesdays, Jan 24-March 14, 6-8 PMDrawing / In-personBeginningKARL NEUBAUER
In this class you'll learn to draw what you see, while reinforcing elemental drawing skills such as gesture, contour, perspective. While this is a skills-based course, you'll be encouraged to explore and experiment with a variety of 2D and some 3D media, applying them to different paper and surfaces. Along with the basics, you'll use some tricks of composition and abstraction to help to develop your “voice” or unique style of drawing. This course is designed to enhance every person’s creative practice. Working from a model included. 
Click here for a class materials list$288 / $320FULL; please email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a waitlist
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 / $400IN SESSION
Basic DrawingFridays, Feb 17-March 24, 9:30 am-12 pmDrawing / In-personBeginningFRED FAUDIE
This class is a traditional yet a novel approach to drawing and image making. It's for beginners (to learn new skills), for the intermediate (to expand existing skills),  or for the experienced (to renew and refresh understanding­). What are we doing when we make marks? What do those marks represent; what do they mean? We will explore the making of expressive images — from drawing with sticks to whatever it is we do with our phone cameras and other media. Be prepared to arrive with questions, open minds, curiosity... and a commitment to learn and have fun!
Click here for a Materials List$270 / $300Register Now
Awaken Your Creative SpiritWednesdays, Feb 1-March 1 (no class Feb 22), 6-8 pmMultimedia / In-personBeginning / ContinuingOLIVIA JANNA GENEREAUX
All artists need play and experimentation to access new ways of thinking creatively. This class will allow new artists to learn about creativity and more experienced artists to access it in a different way. Participants will play, experiment with new and recycled materials, and question why and how they make what they do. Leave fear and perfectionism behind, (re)discover your creative voice, and enjoy permission to get messy. All are welcome. No experience needed.
--$144 / $160Register Now
Winter Landscape PhotographyNEW DATE: Saturday, Feb 25, 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
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
3D Printing for ages 13-15Wednesdays, March 1-29 5:30-7 pm3D Printing / In-personTeensLAUREL POLLARDLearn how to draw in 3 dimensions on a computer, and to turn those drawings into physical objects - including characters, words and letters, and even jewelry - using 3D printing technology$20 Materials Fee$126 / $140Register Now
Making Mandalas for ages 13-16Thursdays, March 30-May 25, 3:30-5 pmMixed-media / In-personTeensAMY FORTIERIn this class students will learn how to create mandalas (repeating circular images found both in nature and cultures around the world) and will approach their creations through drawing, painting, stamping and mixed media. They'll work on individual and collaborative projects and learn multiple ways to create and use mandalas on their own and in other works of art. This class will meet in-person at AVA; no class April 13-$180 / $200Register Now

Members receive a discount off all classes and workshops.
All in-person students must follow AVA’s Vister Guidelines

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AVA Gallery and Art Center serves its mission by maintaining powerful exhibitions, vibrant artist studios, and offering dynamic educational programming for artists of all ages and abilities. With an emphasis on building community, AVA also hosts and promotes special events that foster interaction between artists, patrons of the arts and the general public. All of our work is done with the priority of environmental sustainability and with the recognition that art enriches our lives.