Arts Center announces August classes

New classes, workshops and camps will begin in August at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. Information and descriptions about classes and events are available online at “”>

  • Join Jennifer Wagoner for “Animalitos & Alebrijes” – a children’s pottery camp that will explore an imaginative and uniquely vibrant form of Mexican folk art. Alebrijes are brightly colored sculptures of fantastical creatures that are a combination of elements from many different animals.

The class will cover basic 3-D design principles, introductory hand-building skills – pinch, slab work with slip and slurry, coil pots, peas and snakes, press molds – and the basics of pattern-making through the glazing and painting of the finished sculptures. Students will be shown examples of Linares’ sculptures and learn about other Mexican folk artists who work in a similar style. Jennifer will also teach applicable Spanish terminology. The camp will meet Aug. 5-9 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost of the course is $90.

– Sarah Ferguson urges students to uncover their hidden abilities in “Seeing Like an Artist.” This workshop will cover many different mediums including pencil, charcoal, watercolors and more as you focus on the aspect of “seeing.” Sharpen your senses and cultivate your creativity! All levels of artists are welcome. The workshop will meet Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a break for lunch at noon. The cost of the course is $75.

– Andy Thorne will teach a three-day intensive workshop, “Introduction to Figurative and Character Sculpting.” Open to beginners as well as experienced sculptors, the class will focus on producing a character bust. Andy will steer students in the steps necessary to refine and complete their work. Experienced sculptors are encouraged to bring their favorite tools. The session will run from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 throught Sunday, Sept. 1. Open to teens and adults. The cost of the workshop is $100.

– Join the Arts Center’s Open Pottery Studio for Teens and 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.

Our 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 prerequisite. Registrants are prorated at $30 for clay plus $10/week for the remaining weeks.

We are constantly adding new classes, camps and workshops! Visit our website,, contact the office, 304-637-2355, or “like” us on Facebook for up-to-date events.

The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a nonprofit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and the surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins. The Arts Center’s Art Education programs are supported by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, AES Laurel Mountain, LLC, and Parrack Insurance. Funds have been provided in part by the Carol Lambert Judy Scholarship Fund and the El Gran Sabor “El Gran Fest.” For more information on classes and events, visit our website at, call us at 304-637-2355 or “like” us on Facebook.