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.


Summer 2018 Programs

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.

 

Auction, Bishopville, SCClass: Urban Landscapes
JULY 21, 28 + AUGUST 4 — Saturdays, 1 – 5pm
Cost: $200 Museum Members, $220 non-members
Level: All levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

In this three-part class, expand your photography skills by exploring Asheville’s streets, architecture, and parks with your camera! Through shooting in town, discussion, and classroom time, students investigate what makes a photograph of a place compelling and how to bring a scene to life. Emphasis is placed on observation, experimentation, and learning to evoke the essence of a place. Topics include composition, depth of field, histograms, filtration, ISO, and equipment choices. Classroom time consists of editing, critique, demonstrations, and image enhancement using Lightroom and Photoshop. Students bring their own digital camera (smartphone, point-and-shoot, or SLR) and should have a working knowledge of how to operate it.

Instructor Benjamin Dimmitt graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, and studied at the International Center of Photography in New York City, Santa Fe Photographic Workshop in New Mexico, and Santa Reparata Graphic Arts Centre in Florence, Italy. He taught for 12 years at the International Center of Photography in New York City and more recently at the Bascom Art Center in Highlands, NC. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the International Center of Photography and the American Academy of Arts & Letters in New York City, the Griffin Museum in Boston, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

Space is limited; register by July 16. Click here to register now; 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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