Questions? Please email Lacy Nance, adult programs and outreach associate, or call 828.253.3227 x121.
The Museum’s Adult Studio program offers a core curriculum in drawing, painting, printmaking, and three-dimensional media, and also explores the intersections between them. The core curriculum both reflects the strengths of, and honors the spirit of experimentation by artists featured in, the Museum’s Collection.
Elements of Art & Principles of Design
Educational programs at the Museum help visitors to understand and engage with the elements of art and principles of design.
Elements of Art
Principles of Design
Levels & Foundations
Adult Studio classes/workshops are classified into one of three levels based on the instructor’s depth of engagement with five foundations: composition, technique, theory, concept, and critique.
Ideally, at least one class or workshop in each core subject, and at least one Beginner, All Levels, and Experienced Required class, are offered each session.
|Beginner||All Levels||Experienced Required|
|Composition||Introduction to understanding of good composition||Achievement of good composition||Emphasis on good composition|
|Technique (materials, tools, techniques)||Introduction to one medium or more||Emphasis on one medium or more||Emphasis on one medium|
|Theory (elements of art, principles of design)||Introduction to elements of art and principles of design related to the class/workshop’s featured medium/media||Emphasis on elements of art and principles of design related to the class/workshop’s featured medium/media||Emphasis on elements of art and principles of design related to the class/workshop’s featured medium|
|Concept (meaning, message, personal expression)||N/A||Introduction to incorporating meaning, message, and/or personal expression in artworks||Emphasis on incorporating meaning, message, and/or personal expression in artworks|
The Adult Studio program is organized into three sessions per year:
- Spring: February, March, April, May
- Summer: June, July, August
- Fall: September, October, November
The spring and fall sessions consist primarily of classes (a series of weekly meetings) with some workshops (daylong intensives). The summer session consists primarily of workshops with occasional short classes.
One make-up day is scheduled for all classes, in case of cancellations due to instructor illness or weather.
Compensation is based on hours of instruction and student enrollment. For more information, please email Lacy Nance, adult programs and community outreach associate or call 828.253.3227 x121.