Arts Center releases September classes

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

– Art Around the World

Students will “travel” to a different continent each week in this six-week art workshop. Instructor Sarah Ferguson will teach students about the different cultures and traditions of each area, through the artwork. Students will create both 2-D and 3-D art, and will get to use many different mediums and techniques. Pack your bags – we are headed to Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Europe and Australia! This six-week course begins Monday, Sept. 9. This workshop is offered in two sessions: one from 2-3 p.m. for homeschooled students in grades K-5 and the other from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for students in grades K-5. The cost of the course is $60.

– Searamics

Introduce your children to creative, functional pottery though press molding and sculpting ocean life tableware! Join Jennifer Wagoner in exploring the world of pottery and sea life. Creating octopus cups, fish plates and more, pottery knowledge and exposure will expand through guided practice. This six-week course begins Tuesday, Sept. 10. The class will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Open to children ages 8 to 12, the course costs $90.

– After School Art Club

Diana Vera will offer a cornucopia of expressive arts: mixed media and movement; creative writing and song; drama and visual arts – all spiced with a global flavor! The After School Art Club will meet each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday, Sept. 24. Buses from North and Third Ward Elementary Schools will drop students at the Arts Center. Students not riding the bus should arrive for class by 4:15 p.m. A member of the Arts Center staff will greet students at the bus.

Each afternoon will begin with a short snack followed by an art activity. The Art Club will provide children with a supportive and fun environment to develop their creativity and stretch their imagination while learning art concepts and techniques in a variety of media. Enrollment is limited to 10 students for the fall session. The Art Club will follow the Randolph County School calendar and will not meet on afternoons when the school is closed or during holiday breaks. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10, After School Art Club is open to children in grades K-5. The cost of the course is $300.

– Recorder Magic Class

Learn to read music as well as improvise with the inexpensive and easy-to-play recorder. Instructor Kay McClane encourages parents to learn with their children like the famous Suzuki method. Each student must bring their own recorder to class. This six-week course will meet beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For ages 7 and up, class is $40 monthly for a one-hour weekly session.

– Alive in Nature for pre-K

Using objects we find in nature, Katy McClane will help children will create little creatures. Parents and children are encouraged to bring objects they have found in the woods. The class will meet on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m., beginning Saturday, Sept. 14. The class is open for children 4 to 6 years old. The cost of the class is $50.

– Happy Birthday, Artist! Series

Join artist Kadra Casseday in celebrating the birthday of a famous artist! Each Happy Birthday, Artist! workshop will focus on an artist born in that month. Each class will include a brief history of the artist and continue with a multimedia project created in that particular theme. The September session will meet on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The workshop is open to children in grades K-5. The cost of the class is $20. Preregistration is required. Maximum enrollment is eight, so register early.

– Photos to Watercolor

Transfer your summer photos (old or new) into works of art as artist/instructor, Sarah Ferguson, guides the class through the process of building a painting. Students will need to bring their own photos to class. The instructor will have extras to choose from as well. The students will work independently on recreating their memories, but will go through the process together as a class. This class will cover basic techniques and many tips as well. Students will finish several artworks during this workshop. All levels are welcome. No experience is required. This six-week class will meet on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Monday, Sept. 9. The cost of the class is $90.

– Handbuilding for the Kitchen

Join artist and potter Jennifer Boyle in this class designed for beginning artists as well as experienced potters. During this course, students will gain proficiency with handbuilding techniques in creating functional pottery for the kitchen. Projects include creating trays, pitchers, teapots and more. The six-week class will meet on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning Monday, Sept. 9. The class is open to students ages 14 and up. The cost is $90.

– Thanksgiving Tableware

Handbuild seasonal tableware under the instruction of artist and potter Jennifer Wagoner. Further your pottery exposure through guided projects and ease your way into the world of ceramics. Projects include napkin rings, gravy boats, pie plates and more. This six-week class will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 10. The class is open to adults. The cost of the course is $90.

– Pottery: Hand and Wheel

This class is designed for beginning artist as well as experienced potters. Beginning students can learn the fundamentals of handbuilding and throwing on the potter’s wheel, including centering, raising the wall, thinning, shaping and trimming. Experienced students will refine their throwing/building skills and learn new finishing techniques to bring their pottery to a higher level. This course is offered in three different six-week sessions: 1-4 p.m. for teens and adults ages 16 and up, 4-5:30 p.m. for teens ages 12-18 and 6-8 p.m. for teens and adults. This six-week class begins Wednesday, Sept. 11. The cost of the course is $100.

– Alive in Nature

Students will go out into the woods to gain inspiration from the natural world. With guidance from Katy McClane, art hunters will find three objects in nature shaped in the geometric shapes sphere, square and cylinder. These objects will be used as models from which principles of drawing and painting will be explored. This six-week class will meet on Wednesdays from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11. Alive in Nature is offered to youth in grades 9-12. The cost of the course is $50.

– Life Drawing

Intermediate to advanced artists can participate in this open studio, which provides a wonderful opportunity to draw from a clothed model. Supplies are not included. Tuition fee covers the model. Life Drawing is a self-directed course meeting on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning Thursday, Sept. 12. The cost of the class is $45.

– Beginner Wheel

Join artist and potter Kevin Boyle for a beginner to intermediate level class on the pottery wheel. Improve upon centering and throwing while creating fun pieces in the process. Walk away with the knowledge to throw, center and create cylindrical shapes, small bowls, mugs and more. No pottery experience is required. This six-week class will meet on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30, beginning Sept. 12. The class is offered to students ages 14 and up. The cost of the class is $90.

– Intro to Screen Printing

Instructor Kevin Woodcock will guide students through the process of learning basic screen printing. Students will begin with an introduction followed with creating a stencil and perfecting the print to a finished product. Students will gain knowledge of working in the screen print medium and print editions. This six-week class will meet on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning Thursday, Sept. 12. This intro course is offered to adults. The cost is $100.

– Open Pottery Studio

Enjoy the company of other potters while you throw or handbuild at your own pace. Sign up as a stand-alone series or enroll in addition to a directed pottery class to help reinforce skills. There is no instructor, just a studio manager. Participants are encouraged to share ideas, techniques and good stories while working independently on projects. 1 Park Studio’s space accommodates nine potters on wells. One bag of clay included in tuition; additional bags are sold at $30, which includes glaze and firings. Basic pottery skills are a must. Open Pottery Studio is open on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning Friday, Sept. 13. Studio time is available to adults. The cost is $90 for six weeks.

– Watercolor workshop “Capturing the Light”

Lynn Ferris, NWS, will hold a watercolor workshop, “Capturing the Light,” at the Arts Center on Sept. 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lynn is the 2013 Gala Exhibit Juror. She is a member of the National Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society. Originally from New Jersey, she attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and has worked as both a commercial and architectural illustrator. This workshop is open to adults. The cost is $135 for members of the Arts Center and $175 for nonmembers. Reserve a space for $50.

– Simple Printmaking

Students will join artist and teacher Maggi Rhudy to learn different techniques of simple printmaking that can be used to make greeting cards and framed art. Printmaking processes explored will include rubbings, Styrofoam printing, cardboard printing, monoprinting and linoleum cut printing. Students will take home several prints from each technique. The workshop is Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Open to older teens and adults, the cost is $50.

The arts center is 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.