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.

Fall-Winter 2017 Programs

Sarah Sense, Doolough Trail 12Color that Sings, Pattern that Moves
SEPTEMBER 26, OCTOBER 3, 10, 17, 24 + NOVEMBER 7 — Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Medium: Painting
Level: All levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
Cost: $220 Museum Members, $240 non-members (includes some materials)

This six-part class combines explorations of Josef Albers’s color theory with the energy and rhythm of artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele, and contemporary Native American artists like Sarah Sense and Shan Goshorn, whose works are on view in Home Land. Students mix color to create glowing light to convey feeling, then combine color with pattern, repetition, and negative space to create energy. In-class studio sessions provide instruction in water-based media, with tips to make acrylic look and behave like oil. Weekly slide talks kick-start inspiration and provide unusual conceptual options. Individual critiques provide analytical tools to make small visual adjustments in the final work. All subjects are welcome: figure, landscape, abstraction, or combinations of all three!

Instructor Glenn Hirsch holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Before relocating to Asheville, he taught for 23 years at UC Berkeley Extension’s Post-Baccalaureate Art Studio program, John F. Kennedy University’s Arts and Consciousness program, and the San Francisco Art Institute’s Public Education program. He has exhibited widely at public and private galleries in the US.

Registration is now closed. For more information, call 828.253.3227 x122.

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2008.46.31.20Experimental Drawing
NOVEMBER 2, 9, 16, 30, DECEMBER 7 + 14 — Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $220 Museum Members, $240 non-members (includes some materials)

Drawing is much more than a realistic rendering – it is the most uniquely personal and fundamental form of mark-making, as individual as a signature. This six-part drawing class both demystifies drawing for beginners and encourages more advanced artists to practice drawing freely, in order to uncover unusual sources of creative imagery. Students look closely at artists such as Ruth Asawa, Elaine Schmitt Urbain, Jim Dine, and Leonard Baskin, and practice fluidity of line and improvisational thinking that push the boundaries of what a drawing can be. Imagination and chance inform students’ work as they experiment with different drawing media and explore a variety of expressive styles. Weekly classes include slide talks, work sessions, and individual discussions with the instructor. Students leave with 6-10 finished drawings, plus a notebook of techniques and ideas for future projects!

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; register by October 26. To register online, click here; for more information or to register by phone, call 828.253.3227 x122.

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