Classes & Workshops for Adults

The Museum offers behind-the-scenes classes and hands-on workshops for adults. Classes, designed for anyone interested in learning more about specific topics, explore art and the art world. Local and visiting artists help students of all levels and abilities develop skills in media that reflect techniques and themes featured in special exhibitions and the Museum’s Collection.


Spring-Summer 2018 Programs

Class: Contemporary African-American Art and Artists
MARCH 30, APRIL 6, 13 & 27 – Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meet at Reuter Center (1 University Heights, Asheville 28804)
Instructor: Kristi McMillan, Adult Programs Manager

Through slides, videos, instructor overviews and assigned readings, discover African-American artists working today and explore themes treated in their work. In this discussion-based course, participants actively participate in frank, sensitive, and sometimes uncomfortable dialogues that lead to deeper understanding of the artists’ experiences and those of their own. As American artist Alex Grey said: “When artists give form to revelation, their art can advance, deepen, and potentially transform the consciousness of their community.”

Space is limited; registration is required. For more information or to enroll, click here or call 828.251.6140.

Presented in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville.

 

Workshop: Not Flat: Assemblage
MAY 19 — Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $80 Museum Members, $90 non-members (includes materials)
Level: All levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

Collage meets assemblage in this workshop! Create highly textured, dimensional surfaces that can be painted, sanded, or glazed. Challenge your imagination and creative potential by using almost – but not quite – flat materials objects and materials provided, such as fabrics, small wood shapes, letters, metal found objects, corrugated paper and ephemera, string, etc. Use stronger materials to break up and alter the common rectangular shape of your artwork, and layer materials for added depth. Let your imagination run wild with the potential of unusual materials to inform your painting and mixed-media practices!

Instructor Pamela Lanza has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Before relocating to Asheville, she taught at UC Berkeley Extension’s Post-Baccalaureate Art Studio program and San Francisco Art Institute for 20 years. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley), UNC Asheville, Florida State University, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Stanford University.

Space is limited; click here to register by May 14. Bring a snack/lunch; the Museum will provide drinks. For more information or to register by phone, call 828.253.3227 x122.

 

Workshop: Transparent Challenge: How To Draw Glass
JUNE 16 — Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $75 Museum Members, $85 non-members (includes materials)
Level: All levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

Drawing glass can seem like a daunting challenge; since we know it’s “invisible,” what is there to draw? The correct approach is to draw what we see, not what we think is there. This workshop not only teaches techniques for drawing transparent or shiny objects, but provides a lesson on learning to see like an artist. Create drawings in user-friendly pencil, one of the most beautiful drawing media known. Practice techniques in the classroom the first half of the workshop, then venture into the gallery to draw glass artworks on view in our current exhibition Red Hot in the Blue Ridge.

Instructor Pamela Lanza has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Before relocating to Asheville, she taught at UC Berkeley Extension’s Post-Baccalaureate Art Studio program and San Francisco Art Institute for 20 years. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley), UNC Asheville, Florida State University, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Stanford University.

Space is limited; click here to register by June 11. Bring a snack/lunch; the Museum will provide drinks. For more information or to register by phone, call 828.253.3227 x122.

Planned in conjunction with Red Hot in the Blue Ridge.

 

Workshop: Alchemy: Image Transfers
JULY 14 — Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $80 Museum Members, $90 non-members (includes materials)
Level: All levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

Turn found imagery and unusual ephemera into artistic gold in this highly experimental workshop that explores three different techniques for image transfer. Explore textured, collaged, and limited palette backgrounds with unusual images applied in multiple transparent layers on top. Learn the advantages of working with acrylic media to create substrates receptive to all sorts of drawing and painting tools, and techniques that easily translate to larger surfaces including canvas and paper. Each student takes home three original, “alchemical” mixed-media works: two on wood panels and one on paper.

Instructor Pamela Lanza has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Before relocating to Asheville, she taught at UC Berkeley Extension’s Post-Baccalaureate Art Studio program and San Francisco Art Institute for 20 years. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley), UNC Asheville, Florida State University, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Stanford University.

Space is limited; click here to register by July 9. Bring a snack/lunch; the Museum will provide drinks. For more information or to register by phone, call 828.253.3227 x122.

 

Workshop: Delicious Ambiguity: An Uncertainty Workshop for Uncertain Times
AUGUST 11 — Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $80 Museum Members, $90 non-members (includes materials)
Level: All levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

Embrace uncertainty and spontaneity! Let your artwork change in mid-course, and create dissonance between the end product and how it began. Instead of documenting a certain concept or subject, play with materials to create abstract images that explore the potential of working reductively to hide and then expose underlying layers using sanding, scraping, and scratching. Experiment with tension, suggestiveness, psychological space, contradiction, and layered meanings that open all manner of possibilities for future work. Work with a variety of media to discover methods and techniques for generating and grappling with ambiguous images that say the unsaid and augment the meaning of the visual experience.

Instructor Pamela Lanza has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Before relocating to Asheville, she taught at UC Berkeley Extension’s Post-Baccalaureate Art Studio program and San Francisco Art Institute for 20 years. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley), UNC Asheville, Florida State University, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Stanford University.

Space is limited; click here to register by August 6. Bring a snack/lunch; the Museum will provide drinks. For more information or to register by phone, call 828.253.3227 x122.


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