New Arts Center classes to begin in May

New classes and workshops begin in May at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. Information and descriptions about late spring and summer classes and events are available online at

Explore pottery in the new 1 Park Street Pottery Studio on Saturdays from May 4 through June 8 from 1 – 5 p.m. The Arts Center is offering a half-day workshop series in pottery to high school students and adults – the first of which is free to new students. Each session will focus on a specific area of pottery. The workshops include a free session, “Intro to Pottery,” on May 4, introduction to hand building, “Ceramic Garden Gnomes,” on May 11 and “Slump, Hump and Roll” May 18, “Wonders of the Wheel” on June 1 and “Glazes Galore” on June 8. Materials are included. The cost for these half-day workshops is $40/session – except the free “Intro to Pottery – and the last session is 50 percent off with four paid sessions.

Children can explore pottery in the class “April Showers, May Flowers.” Jennifer Wagoner will lead K-5th graders in creating fantastical garden-themed projects such as gnomes, planters, garden mushrooms, and plant markers. Basic hand building skills will be introduced and developed. The class will meet Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for six weeks, starting May 14. The cost is $60.

Join Jennifer Wagoner to explore “Bookbinding: Advanced Structures” even if you are a beginner. The class is open to teens and adults. It will meet for six weeks on Wednesdays from 6 -8 p.m. and starts May 6. Structures will include multiple decorative long stitch binds, tunnel books, carousel books, puzzle books, basic pop-ups, Jacob’s ladder, and hard slipcases. Students will leave each class with the knowledge of how to recreate the structure demonstrated, as well as a book in hand. The cost is $75.

Akiko Endo will offer two workshops in Origami in May, “Mother’s Day Origami Workshop” on May 4, and “Paper Lantern Workshop” on May 18. Each workshop runs from 12 – 3 p.m. Endo’s “Mother’s Day” workshop offers instructions in making Origami flowers, hearts, cards, boxes, and more. Her “Paper Lantern” class teaches students how to make lanterns to decorate their homes and summer-time parties. Classes are open to teens and adults. The cost for each workshop is $25.

Get ready for the summer grilling days by joining Derrick Helzer in his ever-popular “Backyard Barbecuing Workshop,” full of unforgettable grilling techniques for your summer meat, seafood and vegetables. Participants will learn the grilling and smoking techniques of professional chefs. Helzer will share his recipes for rubs and marinades as well as demonstrate a variety of preparation methods. The workshop is planned for May 18 from 12 – 4 p.m. and is open to older teens and adults. The cost is $40.

Join potter Jennifer Boyle in “Pottery: Adventures in Clay.” The class is open to adults and runs on Wednesdays for six weeks starting May 1. The class meets from 1 – 3 p.m. This class is designed for beginning artists as well as experienced potters. Beginning students will focus on the fundamentals of hand building, while experienced students can bring their pottery to a higher level through the use of texture and style. Possible projects include wall hanging planters, birdhouses, baking dishes and platters. The cost is $100.

You can still join the Arts Center’s “Open Pottery Studio for Teens & Adults,” on Mondays, from 5 to 8 p.m. This self-directed studio time allows participants to share ideas, techniques, and good stories while working independently on projects. The new 1 Park Street Pottery Studio’s workspace accommodates nine potters on wheels. One bag of clay is included in tuition; additional bags are sold at $30, which includes glaze and firings. Basic pottery skills are a pre-requisite. Registrants are prorated at $30 for clay plus $10/week for the remaining five weeks.

Visit the website for new class and event listings, or call 304-637-2355.