ArtSchool Catalog Winter 2020

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Table of COntents winter workshops...........................3

Meet the Cover Artist

open studios......................................4 Ceramics & SCULPTURE..................5-8 dance & movement.......................9-10 Drawing, painting, m. media.....11-21 creative healing.............................22 instructor spotlight....................23 Photography..............................24-26 digital arts & programming...27-28 Jewelry & Glass........................29-32 fabric & fiber arts.........................33 Theatre......................................34-35 Writing, story., & prof. dev.....36-37 youth arts classes.......................38 general info. & policies................39

How to Enroll

Jennifer Austin has been working in stained glass since 1995. She began her journey in glass at the former Stained Glass Art Design in Durham, NC, furthering her studies in design work and leaded construction through the Durham Arts Council. Her work is in private collections on the east and west coasts. Hundreds of students have attended her classes and workshops since she began her teaching career in 2000. In addition to teaching at her private studio, “The Kaleidoscope”, in Mebane, NC, she has also taught for The Alamance County Arts Council and Central Carolina Community College. She has been an instructor for The ArtsCenter since 2001.

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winter WORKSHOPS Workshops are shorter courses designed to accommodate students’ busy schedules! Most workshops are only one or two class meetings. Find full descriptions in this catalog under each discipline (workshops will be in green type) or visit and use the ArtSchool > Classes menu tab.

Be Here Now! A Day of Improv (pg. 35) painting from a reference photo (pg. 16) large format photography workshop (pg. 24) palette knife painting in acrylics (pg. 14) intuitive painting (pg. 15) find your flow: fluid painting workshop (pg. 19) stained glass crash course (pg. 32) stained glass mini mosaics (pg. 32) sashiko hand-stitching (pg. 33) metal clay: BRONZclay & PMC (pg. 30) oil painting crash course (pg. 16) painting a portrait from a photo (pg. 16) ordinary to extraordinary: basic forms into sculpture (pg. 7) color & value in acrylics (pg. 15) caffenol workshop (pg. 25) intro to storytelling workshop (pg. 36) photographing your artwork (pg. 26) found object assemblage workshop (pg. 20) PHOTOGRAPHY CRITIQUE WORKSHOP (pg. 25) build your own portfolio website (pg. 28) macrame wall hanging workshop (pg. 33) imperssionism in acrylics (pg. 15) soldering: stacking rings (pg. 31) iphone photography (pg. 26) monoprinting: big, beautiful birds (pg. 21) lights, lamps, & lanterns (pg. 8) the clothesline project workshop (pg. 22) metal clay master class workshop (pg. 31) Questions about a class? Call 919-929-2787 for more information.


OPEN STUDIOS Open Studios are offered for those students looking to build their portfolios and/or explore an art form without formal instruction. Passes for Ceramics Open Studio and Life Drawing Open Studio may be purchased at The ArtsCenter’s Box Office.

Ceramics Open Studio The ArtsCenter offers ceramics studio access to students who have previously taken a ceramics course here. Students currently enrolled in a ceramics course may also access the studio during dedicated Open Studio hours for the duration of their class and up to two weeks after the course culminates in order to finish pieces in progress. For weekly Open Studio hours, visit us online at and use the ArtSchool > Open Studio menu tab, then click Open Studio Calendar.

Ceramics Open Studio Monthly Open Studio Pass - $115 Valid for 30 days from date of purchase. Includes attendance to all Open Studio sessions, access to glazes, firing fees, and one bag of clay. 2-Month Punch Card - $72 Valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Includes attendance to 7 Open Studio sessions, access to glazes, firing fees, and one bag of clay.

Life Drawing Open Studio The ArtsCenter hosts an informal weekly session geared toward individual development in drawing with nude models on Thursdays from 6:15pm-8:15pm. No instructor is provided, though a moderator is present to provide direction to the models. All students under the age of 18 who enroll in Life Drawing Open Studio must first submit a parental release form or letter.

Life Drawing Open Studio Studio Pass - $52 Valid for 3 months from date of purchase. Includes attendance to up to 4 Life Drawing Open Studio sessions. Drop-In Pass - $15 Includes attendance to 1 Life Drawing Open Studio session. Can be purchased day-of at The ArtsCenter’s Box Office.


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Ceramics & Sculpture Tuition for ceramics courses includes one bag of clay and covers glazes and firing fees, but not tools. Students may need to purchase a basic tool kit prior to the first class. Students may attend Ceramics Open Studio during class and up to two weeks after class ends to finish work. For youth classes in ceramics, see Youth Arts Classes at the end of this catalog.

beginning wheel-throwing In this introductory class, students will learn wheel-throwing fundamentals. Newcomers to the wheel will learn to center clay and throw basic cylindrical forms and bowls. Students with some experience are also welcome to come improve their skills and be guided to try larger or more complex forms and/or hand-altered pieces. All students will learn how to glaze/decorate their finished work. New to beginner students welcome—no previous wheel-throwing experience necessary. Rebecca Clewell – Thursdays, Jan. 9th-Feb. 13th, 6:30-9pm. $175

handbuilding & wheel-throwing This course covers general handbuilding and sculpture techniques through discussion and demonstration. Students will practice a few basic skills, then they are encouraged to devise their own ideas for projects which the instructor will help plan and complete. (The instructor will always have ideas for projects if a student is not sure what to make!) Students are encouraged to try wheel-throwing as well. Intermediate wheel students looking to refine their skills are welcome to focus solely on wheelthrowing. The instructor will be available for wheel throwing demos during the second half of class. All students will be encouraged to explore colored slips, underglazes and creative glaze techniques for decorating. Nina Otterness – Every other Saturday, Jan. 18th-Mar. 28th, 9:30am-12:30pm. $205

All ArtsCenter Members receive 15% off the cost of tuition.


Ceramics & Sculpture Mixed Levels Wheel-Throwing For students of all skill levels. Whether you’ve never used a wheel or you have years of experience, you’ll learn how to build and expand your skills and create beautiful, functional ceramic forms. For students already comfortable with the basics we will focus on improving your skills and throwing larger and more consistent forms. For those looking to move into large and complex forms the focus will be on learning to control more clay and adjusting your technique appropriately. All students will learn to work with glazes and other decorating methods that will result in lovely, functional pieces of pottery. Section A) Jason Abide – Mondays, Jan. 6th-Feb. 24th (no class Jan. 20th), 6:30-9pm. $200 Section B) James Ward – Tuesdays, Jan. 7th-Feb 11th, 6:30-9pm. $175 Section C) Jason Abide – Mondays, Mar. 2nd-Apr. 13th, 6:30-9pm. $200 Section D) Anya Avrutskaya – Thursdays, Feb. 20th-Mar. 26th, 6:30-9pm. $175 Section E) James Ward – Tuesdays, Feb. 25th-Mar. 31st 6:30-9pm. $175

throwing with intention: Planning & achieving a desired form In this course we will build on your previous wheel experience by planning forms before centering and throwing with more deliberate intention. We will look to ceramic art history as well as modern ceramic artists for inspiring forms and decorative techniques. Come to class with personal throwing goals and we will work to achieve them! Prerequisite: At least one wheel-throwing class. Materials: $20 for a bag of clay (beyond the bag included in course fee).

Molly Cronenwett – Mondays, Jan. 13th–Mar. 23rd (no class Jan. 20th), 9:30am-12pm. $275

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Ceramics & Sculpture visual analysis: understanding your ceramic aesthetic In this course you will learn the process of visual analysis that helps artists and critics describe and evaluate artwork. We will discuss how the elements and principles of design apply to ceramic work and how to employ them in ways that appeal to your own particular artistic taste. This critical analysis will help you understand why you are thrilled by one piece and displeased with another. For the first half of the class we will focus on analyzing form and function. For the second half we will focus on surface decoration. Prerequisite: At least one beginning wheel class. Materials: Students will be asked to bring examples of their own or other ceramic pieces that they would like to analyze, plus $20 for a bag of clay (beyond the bag included in course fee).

Molly Cronenwett – Wednesdays, Jan. 15th–Mar. 18th, 6:30-9pm. $275

ordinary to extraordinary! transform basic forms into sculpture Let’s explore ceramics together in community and push beyond our boundaries! In this one-day workshop we will learn ways to transform basic forms into sculptural vessels. We will focus on how to alter thrown and hand-built forms using various methods of carving, hand-building, darting, sculpting, adding texture and attachments. Please bring your favorite tools and, if possible, bring a basic form for experimentation. Otherwise, we will use soft slabs that we can stamp, carve and sculpt. We will discuss finishing techniques, drying processes and firing your sculpted work. Get ready for a world of new possibilities!

“Wake Up O Sleeper” by Amy Gelber

Amy Gelber – Saturday, Feb. 8th, 10am-5pm. $123

All ArtsCenter Members receive 15% off the cost of tuition.


Ceramics & Sculpture

Lamps and lanterns by Rebecca Clewell

lights, lamps, & lanterns Light up your space with custom lighting made by your own hand! In this 2 day workshop, you will learn to create 3 essential lighting options with wheel thrown pottery: electric lamps, oil lanterns and luminaries. With a bit of creativity, ceramic lighting can add character to your space and will become your most requested gifts. Demonstration will include throwing closed forms, assembling sectionals and wiring your lamp. Time will be included for participants to make their own vessels. A materials fee of $9 is due to the instructor at the first class. Students must be able to center 1-2 lbs of clay and have previously taken Beginning or Mixed Levels Wheel-Throwing.

Rebecca Clewell – Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 21st-22nd, 12pm-4pm. $137


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dance & movement bellydance fitness Looking for a workout that doesn’t feel like exercise? Laylianah’s Bellydance Fitness class is just the thing you are looking for! In each class, Laylianah will teach you exciting belly dance combinations using a dynamic, easy-to-follow teaching system know as SharQui, developed by world famous bellydancer, Oreet. You will learn the ancient, beautiful art of belly dance with a focus on safe technique and calorie-burning fun! This class is great for all levels of experience from brand new beginners to advanced dancers. Yoga pants/leggings and a form fitting top are recommended. Section A) Laylianah Mahasin – Mondays, Jan. 6th-Feb. 17th (no class Jan. 20th), 7:30-8:30pm. $84 Section B) Laylianah Mahasin – Mondays, Feb. 24th-Mar. 30th, 7:30-8:30pm. $84

lindy tuesdays with richard badu Lindy classes take place every Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced level courses start at 6:15pm, 7:15pm, and 8:15pm, respectively. Students may sign up for a month’s worth of classes for $46 online, or drop in for a single class by purchasing a ticket at the front desk for $13. Please visit for more information!

Lindy 1 (beginner) Lindy 1 classes introduce technique and vocabulary in three class sections: 6-count focus, 8-count focus, and Charleston focus. Each section is four weeks long. Together, these three focus sections constitute the beginning syllabus for students who are new to Lindy Hop or wish to refine their basics. Students may start any of these sections from scratch with no previous knowledge of Lindy Hop or partner dancing. After completing all three sections (in any order), students may progress to Lindy 2. Section A (6-Count Focus) Tuesdays, Jan. 7th-Jan. 28th, 6:15-7:15pm. Section B (8-Count Focus) Tuesdays, Feb. 4th-Feb. 25th, 6:15-7:15pm. Section C (Charleston Focus) Tuesdays, Mar. 3rd-Mar. 24th, 6:15-7:15pm. Section D (Bonus/Special Topic) Tuesday, Mar. 31st, 6:15-7:15pm.

All ArtsCenter Members receive 15% off the cost of tuition.


dance & movement lindy 2 (intermediate) In Lindy 2, students will learn to integrate the techniques and vocabulary covered in the Level 1 syllabus into comfortable and confident social dances, be introduced to more classic Lindy Hop vocabulary and styling, and continue to refine leading and following technique. Prerequisite: 3 sections of Lindy 1 (6-count, 8-count, and Charleston focus).

Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15pm

lindy 3 (advanced) In Lindy 3, we take a closer look at more subtle techniques for leading and following more complex movement patterns, work on incorporating higher levels of musicality into the dance, and apply a greater focus to personal movement, rhythm and footwork. Prerequisite: 9 months of Lindy instruction and permission of the instructor.

Tuesdays, 8:15-9:15pm

Swing, Blues, & Charleston WEdnesday with Richard Badu Swing classes take place every Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced level courses start at 6:15pm, 7:15pm, and 8:15pm, respectively. Students may sign up for a month’s worth of classes online, or drop in for a single class by purchasing a ticket at the front desk for $13. Please visit for more information! Beginner Swing – Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15pm Intermediate Swing – Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15pm Continuing Blues – Wednesdays, 8:15-9:15pm


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Drawing, painting, & mixed media intermediate drawing If you are having trouble getting your drawings to look just “right,” this class is for you! In this class, you continue to refine your drawing and design skills as you use a variety of materials to work in figurative modes and from still-lifes. Gain a greater understanding of how to create believable two-dimensional representations and compositions. Further develop your observational skills as you study light and shadow, correct proportion, and techniques to create volume and believable surfaces.

Drawing by Allison Tierney

Allison Tierney – Tuesdays, Jan. 7th-Feb. 18th, 6:30-9pm. $175

figure life drawing Heighten your visual awareness with tools and exercises designed to access the creative (right) side of the brain. We will draw from the model, focusing on process (skill-building) more than product. This is a high-energy class! It will help you loosen up as your drawing skills improve. Demos, lots of practice, and individual guidance are provided. Ideal for beginners, as well as practicing professionals! Tuition includes model fee.

Stacye Leanza – Mondays, Jan. 13th-Mar. 2nd, 6-9pm. $294

the human form: art critique group Come get valuable, constructive critique on your artworks-in-progress, from your peers and from an experienced professional facilitator. This group focuses on everything human: from portraits to comic strips, including abstractions of the human form. Suggestions for further work may be offered as desired, to further your artistic growth. Find details about methods used here: www. Stacye Leanza – Tuesdays, Mar. 3rd-Mar. 31st, 6:30-8:30pm. $112

All ArtsCenter Members receive 15% off the cost of tuition.


Drawing, painting, & mixed media intro to Watercolor This course examines the unique qualities of watercolor and gives a thorough presentation of the basics of watercolor, including setup, brush handling, washes and glazes, color mixing, and wet-on-dry, wet-on-wet and dry-brush applications. Demos will be provided, and students will be guided through a series of hands-on painting exercises designed to increase their understanding of the basic concepts. This course is open to beginners and to any students who need a refresher in watercolor technique. Joy Meyer – Thursdays, Feb. 20th-Mar. 26th (no class Mar. 19th) 6-9pm. $150

continuing watercolor This course is for intermediate to advanced level students who want to continue to be stimulated and inspired by creative challenges and focused critiques. The emphasis is on experimentation and individual interpretation of the projects. Please bring your painting materials to the first class.

Section A) Luna Lee Ray – Tuesdays, Jan. 7th-Feb. 4th, 11am-2pm. $150 Section B) Luna Lee Ray – Wednesdays, Jan. 8th-Feb. 5th, 11am-2pm. $150 Section C) Luna Lee Ray – Tuesdays, Feb. 25th-Mar. 24th, 11am-2pm. $150 Section D) Luna Lee Ray – Wednesdays, Feb. 26th-Mar. 25th, 11am-2pm. $150

open studio for water-based media This is a great opportunity to work on your own projects, with lots of individual attention from the instructor. No formal critiques, just uninterrupted working time! Please bring your painting materials to the first class. Water-based media only. No oils, please!

Section A) Luna Lee Ray – Tuesdays, Jan. 7th-Feb. 4th, 2:15-5pm. $138 Section B) Luna Lee Ray – Wednesdays, Jan. 8th-Feb. 5th, 2:15-5pm. $138 Section C) Luna Lee Ray – Tuesdays, Feb. 25th-Mar. 24th, 2:15-5pm. $138 Section D) Luna Lee Ray – Wednesdays, Feb. 26th-Mar. 25th, 2:15-5pm. $138


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Drawing, painting, & mixed media

“Bloom no. 2” by Courtney Potter

intro to acrylics This course primes you and your canvas with the basics of how to get started painting. Explore the fundamentals of acrylic painting, including color-mixing and methods of paint application. Discuss the principals of composition, line, color, value and texture. This course includes regular demonstrations of materials, techniques and applications. Some prior drawing experience is recommended.

Allison Tierney – Tuesdays, Feb. 25th-Mar. 31st, 6:30-9:30pm. $180

Abstract Acrylic Florals “In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.” – Kozuko Okakura In this 6-week workshop, you’ll learn to translate what you feel into your paintings through creating abstract florals. Flowers are the perfect vessel for drawing out your inner voice: no two flowers are alike, and there’s a flower for every mood. Flowers are transient—they bud, bloom, and die. But they give abundantly—their pollen sustains the bees, and their beauty makes our hearts leap. I’ll share my abstract acrylic floral process with through live demonstrations and step-by-step guidance. You’ll start with paper and work your way up to bigger canvases. As a bonus, you can bring your own bouquets to class to paint live and enjoy at home! All experience levels are welcome.

Courtney Potter – Tuesdays, Jan. 7th-Feb. 11th, 6-8:30pm. $150

All ArtsCenter Members receive 15% off the cost of tuition.


Drawing, painting, & mixed media continuing acrylics & mixed media Fun with acrylics! For painters with some experience who want the inspiration and challenge of projects, demos and critiques. The sections may be taken individually, but are designed to be taken consecutively. Each section is unique and builds on the skills from the previous classes. Bring painting materials to first class. Please, no oils!

Section A) Luna Lee Ray – Fridays, Jan. 10th-Feb. 7th, 11am-2pm. $150 Section B) Luna Lee Ray – Fridays, Feb. 28th-Mar. 27th, 11am-2pm. $150

expressive acrylic painting This course teaches students to express themselves subconsciously through painting. Students will choose the colors for their palette according to their mood and be encouraged to stroke the paint onto a blank canvas as they feel the need. Once the background is created, the instructor will lead a group critique as to what they and/or their fellow students see and how they can pull those visions out using references as needed. Students should come to class with an open mind and heart. The instructor is fluent in Spanish & English. Obtain materials list online.

Marcela Slade – Wednesdays, Feb. 19th-Mar. 18th, 6:30-9pm. $125

palette knife painting in acrylics In this one-day workshop, students will learn all of the essentials of palette knife painting using heavy body acrylic paints. We will also cover topics such as color mixing, broken color, and the use of value in your composition. During the morning hours, we will focus on basic knife techniques and color mixing as you create a vibrant underpainting. In the afternoon, students will improve their knife techniques and turn their focus towards composition and the use of broken color as they turn their underpainting into a unique abstract floral painting. Karin Neuvirth – Saturday, Jan. 18th, 9am-4pm. $98


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Drawing, painting, & mixed media color & value in acrylics In this one-day workshop, students will learn the basics of mixing their own colors as well as how to use both color and value effectively in their paintings. Mastering both color and value is an essential part of being able to create beautiful paintings. Mixing your own colors will not only make you a more effective painter, but it will also cut down on the amount of paint that you buy! The class will consist of several demos and hands-on exercises in which students will get to practice what they have learned. Karin Neuvirth – Saturday, Feb. 8th, 9am-4pm. $98

impressionism in acrylics In this one-day workshop, students will learn several techniques used to create impressionistic paintings in acrylic. Impressionism is a style of painting that involves capturing the feeling of a scene instead of the details. We will work on abstracting the details of the scene, using broken color, and capturing the light in a scene. Students may bring a reference photo to class, or the instructor will provide several for you to choose from. Students may paint with either brushes or palette knives, or a combination of the two. Karin Neuvirth – Saturday, Mar. 7th, 9am-4pm. $98

intuitive painting In this two-day workshop, students will learn the process of intuitive painting. This unique approach is about letting go of expectations, experimenting, and allowing your creativity to unfold naturally. Working in a non-judgemental and playful environment, students will focus on personal expression and their own creative journey. They will learn to connect more authentically with themselves, as well as reconnect with the present moment through creative expression. No experience necessary! This class is for all skill levels. Acrylics only, please. Obtain materials list online. Students can either bring a bag lunch or get lunch off-site during the lunch break for the weekend workshops.

Heather Gerni – Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 25th-26th, 10am-4pm. $120

All ArtsCenter Members receive 15% off the cost of tuition.


Drawing, painting, & mixed media Oil Painting Crash Course This weekend workshop will be a crash course introduction to the fundamentals of oil painting. The workshop is an intensive overview of techniques and mediums used in oil painting practice. We will explore techniques using some of the amazing contemporary alternatives to the more traditional, outdated and toxic solvents of the past. Through demos and exercises we will explore the way oil paint behaves and lends itself in various techniques of mixing color, underpainting, glazing and alla prima. Vanessa Murray – Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 1st & 2nd, 10am-5pm. $140

painting from a reference photo Learn best practices and technique for painting from your favorite photos -whether landscapes, pets, or interior shots. We’ll focus on key aspects of the painting (oil or acrylic) process: selecting the composition, transferring the drawing, creating the right colors and values, and improving your brushwork. The instructor will do several demonstrations during the course of the day, followed by students working on the next stage of their paintings. The instructor will provide personal feedback in a hands-on, step-by-step fashion, guiding students from start to finish and focusing on all aspects of the process. Students will need to bring a digital image for the painting to class on an iPad and I’ll demonstrate how you’ll go about transferring a drawing of the photo onto your canvas. Please download the app “Jackson’s Art Grid” to your device, which we’ll be using to do that. If it’s not possible to bring the digital image, we’ll be able to work with a quality printout of your photo.

Kelly Oakes – Saturday, Jan. 11th, 9:30am-3:30pm. $84

painting a portrait from a photo In this class students have the opportunity to be mentored as they develop portraits of friends and family members using photographs as reference. Students will learn about head proportions and the basics of mixing skin tones. Among the skills we aim to develop are design, composition, methods for transferring images to paper and canvas, and paint application. We will discuss what constitutes good photographic reference for drawing and painting. Some painting experience is recommended.

Kelly Oakes – Saturday, Feb. 8th, 9:30am-3:30pm. $84


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Drawing, painting, & mixed media

“Colorado Fields” by Ann Gayek

pastel painting This class will help you gain confidence in the medium of soft pastel whether you are new to pastel painting or looking to build on your current skills. We will cover the fundamentals of materials and techniques of pastel. Learn about composition, color, shapes, values, and edges. Learn new approaches to color through the use of underpainting techniques. This course is appropriate for beginner and intermediate levels of experience.

Ann Gayek – Thursdays, Jan. 9th-Jan. 30th, 10am-1pm. $120

illustration techniques Students will learn the basic principles of design, including brainstorming, sketching, and shading, using references if needed. Critique will be used to create dynamic final illustrations in different mediums. Students will create illustrations in 5 different mediums/techniques: graphite pencil, black and white acrylic, color acrylic, collage, and color pencils. The instructor is fluent in Spanish & English. Obtain materials list online.

Marcela Slade – Wednesdays, Jan. 8th-Feb. 5th, 6:30-9pm. $125

All ArtsCenter Members receive 15% off the cost of tuition.


Drawing, painting, & mixed media mixed media collage Searching for personal ephemera, text and photos for a collage is a meaningful way to find your voice as an artist. In this class, students will explore a variety of materials and techniques, begin to develop a visual vocabulary and keep a daily collage journal. Each week we will look at multiple collage artists, make our own collage papers and try different substrates. Projects will include self portraits, creating a series, using text and handwriting, collaging a found object, and layering with transparent materials.

“David Bowie” by Donna Stubbs

A materials fee of $15 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Section A) Donna Stubbs – Wednesdays, Jan. 8th-Feb. 5th, 11am-2pm. $150 Section B) Donna Stubbs – Wednesdays, Feb. 19th-Mar. 18th, 11am-2pm. $150

game night: diy edition Create your own game! This class will guide you through the entire process of imagining, designing, prototyping, and playtesting your very own tabletop game. Want to make a board game, card game, dice game, or some freaky amalgamation of the three? Think you know what makes something fun? Then this is the class for you! At the end of the semester, we’ll have a party where we invite our friends and family to come play our brand new games. This class is all about fun. Ben Rosen – Wednesdays, Jan. 8th-Feb. 12th, 7-9pm. $120


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Drawing, painting, & mixed media art of the mandala In ancient Hindu and Buddhist religious traditions, mandalas were vessels for meditation. They’ve been reintroduced to the modern world thanks to Carl Jung, who claimed mandalas were a map of one’s interior world. Art therapists today use mandalas to aide in reducing anxiety and depression, since the repetition of lines and shapes can be soothing. In this class, you’ll learn varied approaches to making mandalas and will experiment until you find a style and process that works for you. You’ll come away with an appreciation for the rich spiritual tradition of mandala-making and will have learned more about yourself through the art of the mandala! Courtney Potter – Thursdays, Jan. 9th-Jan. 30th, 6pm-8:30pm. $112

find your artistic voice This ongoing class offers tools & techniques to help you find a clear path to your creative source. Warm-ups and exercises are designed to encourage artistic exploration, bypass your inner critic, and increase confidence in your authentic self-expression. Skill-building tips are offered, as needed. One-onone coaching sessions may inspire a change of your trajectory during class, so come with an open mind! If you are at the beginning of your art-making journey, or need guidance in taking the next big leap, this class is for you. Section A) Stacye Leanza – Mondays, Jan. 13th-Feb. 17th, 11am-2pm. $150 Section B) Stacye Leanza – Mondays, Mar. 2nd-Mar. 30th, 11am-2pm. $150

find your flow: fluid painting workshop When’s the last time you were so absorbed by an activity that time seemed to stand still? Whatever you were doing, you probably felt in tune with your surroundings. Your actions became effortless, fluid, and you felt rooted in the present. You were in the zone. You were in flow. In this 2.5 hour workshop, you’ll find, sustain, and enjoy your creative flow through fluid painting. This class is for anyone who wants to engage in an intuitive, hands-on approach to art-making. We’ll start with an overview of fluid painting techniques, and then you’ll dive right into your own creations! Please come prepared to have fun and get messy! A materials fee of $15 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Section A) Courtney Potter – Saturday, Jan. 25th, 1-3:30pm. $43 Section B) Courtney Potter – Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 1-3:30pm. $43

All ArtsCenter Members receive 15% off the cost of tuition.


Drawing, painting, & mixed media monoprints & monotypes Learn how to make monoprints and monotypes without the need of a printing press! Week 1: Direct drawing. This is the simplest way to create your monotypes. We will explore lines and how pressure influences your final print. Week 2: Creating images on your plates. This week, we will explore different ways to create images on plates and transfer them to paper. Week 3: Found elements and stencils. We will create prints using found objects and stencils. Obtain materials list online.

Ely Urbanski – Saturdays, Feb. 22nd-Mar. 7th, 2-4pm. $84

found object assemblage workshop Love the Scrap Exchange or rummaging through junk shops? Create an art object with all of those treasures. Learn to assemble 3-D objects with mixed media collage to create shadow boxes, shrines, trays, or story boxes. Similar to collage, assemblage art is a form of sculpture comprised of “found” objects arranged together. These objects can be anything organic or man-made. Scraps of wood, discarded metal parts, kids plastic toys, paper, buttons, keys, door knobs, aquarium plants, you name it... you can use it. In this workshop, we will create art pieces on cigar boxes, card catalog drawers, small dresser drawers, wooden trays or wooden boxes from the craft store - whatever you have. Obtain materials list online.

Donna Stubbs – Saturday, Feb. 29th, 11am-5pm. $84

creative woodcuts Learn how to make woodblock prints! Week 1: Create a design and transfer it to the woodblock. Learn how to create and transfer a design that will be suitable to the wood carving process. Week 2: Carving the block. Learn how to use the carving tools and prepare your design to be printed. Week 3: Printing. Learn how to prepare your ink and paper to optimize your printing results. Obtain materials list online.

Ely Urbanski – Saturdays, Mar. 14th-Mar. 28th, 2-4pm. $84


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Drawing, painting, & mixed media

“In Flight” by Lisa Philipps

monoprinting workshop: big, beautiful birds Week 1: We will begin by exploring the power of mark-making through line, mark, shape, texture and tone. The class will focus on learning the form of the bird, and students will create their own unique bird image exploring different compositions using these new skills. Week 2: We will introduce monoprininting to image making utilizing a pin press, and introduce color. Students should leave with a completed, pleasing composition of their style, incorporating personal favorite techniques. A materials fee of $15 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Lisa Philipps – Mondays, Mar. 16th & Mar. 23rd, 6-8:30pm. $70

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creative healing

The ArtsCenter and the Orange County Rape Crisis Center are proud to announce Creative Healing, a new partnership designed to deliver arts resources to survivors of sexual violence and to raise awareness about sexual violence through arts-based educational workshops and support groups. “Creative Healing is the incredible collaboration between OCRCC and The Arts Center, which opens the door to a shared understanding that healing ourselves after difficult experiences requires personal bravery and most importantly, community support. A reminder that there is a space for everyone’s unique healing process, in all its colors, movements, and forms.” – Sabrina Calle-Bunyi, Director of Clinical and Wellness Services, OCRCC We will pilot Creative Healing with a workshop inspired by The Clothesline Project, a visual display of t-shirts created by survivors of violence, or in honor of someone who has experienced violence. Participants are invited to create T-shirts adorned with empowering slogans and images with the help of an ArtSchool instructor. The program is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so please register in advance. For more info about OCRCC, visit For more info about The Clothesline Project, visit

the Clothesline Project Workshop Coutrney Potter – Sunday, Mar. 22nd, 2-4pm. Free with registration. The ArtsCenter’s West End Theater


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instructor spotlight: Richard badu What originally convinced you to study Lindy Hop and swing? I lived in Europe from 1970-1975, playing music for a living. Although I played mostly folk and blues, in my repertoire were a few songs from Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, which was my introduction to swing music. When I came back to the US, I went to the Berklee College of Music, where I was introduced to swing bands like Count Basie, Chick Webb and Duke Ellington, and jump blues bands like Louis Jordan and Cab Calloway. Then, some original Lindy Hoppers from the Savoy, like Al Minns and Frankie Manning, were rediscovered in the mid-1980s. I met Frankie at a dance weekend in 1987 and spent a week studying with him the following year at a dance camp in West Virginia and I was hooked. Frankie was a mentor and friend for 20 years until he passed away in 2009.

Richard Badu has been teaching swing dance in the Triangle since 1989. For details on his 2020 Winter Quarter classes, see Dance & Movement. Mr. Badu is pictured here with Susan Jean. Photo by Joel Carlin.

Do you find that your teaching has evolved over time? Lindy Hop itself has evolved over the years and so has my teaching. Originally, when Al and Frankie started teaching this new crowd of dancers in the 80s, everyone tried to emulate them. Then, there was a groove period, and then an influence of hip hop into Lindy. Then people backed away from those influences because the dance didn’t look like Lindy any more. Then teachers like myself started making up new vocabulary for Lindy, but kept the flavor of the original dance. Now Lindy has a more stretchy style which my partner, Susan Jean, and I are teaching. I also teach Tai Chi and Susan has a strong background in Pilates and both of our backgrounds inform the way we approach teaching movement.

What words of encouragement would you offer to someone who is curious about trying swing dance for the first time? I’d say, “stick with it!” Often people go to dances and see people dancing and think that they could never learn that. I look at dance like learning a language: in the beginning, you learn some words, then phrases. Then you start making sentences, and after a while you start having conversations between you and your partner and the music and the real fun begins. Also, “take lessons.” It’s not just a shameless plug! You can learn Spanish if you just travel to Mexico, but it could take a while. You can also take lessons once a week. However, you learn to speak a lot faster if you are taking Spanish lessons in Mexico. So, take lessons, then go to the dances often to solidify what you’ve learned, and repeat. This area has a lot of opportunities to dance in clubs to live music and there are weekly DJed dances.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Beginning Black & White Darkroom Ever want to make your OWN prints? Develop your OWN film? Take control of your artistic vision with a basic introduction to black and white darkroom photography. Take one roll of black and white film completely through the steps needed to go from film to print. Process your film, make a contact sheet and a final print, while gaining a solid understanding of the principles behind the process. A $20 materials fee is due to instructor at the beginning of class. Bring a roll of exposed, undeveloped 35mm standard b/w film. Sorry, no APS or C-41 process film.

Adam Dodds – Wednesdays, Jan. 8th-Jan. 29th, 6-9pm. $120

continuing Black & White Darkroom Ready to up your darkroom game? “Bigger is better” is the name of the game as we jump up in formats from 35mm film to 120 (also known as medium format). While the class will have a more focused approach to the concepts presented in the Beginning Black & White Darkroom class, it will also cover the composition and artistic side of darkroom photography. A $20 materials fee is due to instructor at the beginning of class. Bring a roll of exposed/ undeveloped medium format standard b/w film. Sorry, no APS or C-41 process film.

Section A) Adam Dodds – Wednesdays, Feb. 5th-Feb. 26th, 6pm-9pm. $120 Section B) Adam Dodds – Wednesdays, Mar. 4th-Mar. 25th, 6pm-9pm. $120

large format Photography workshop In this workshop, students will be introduced to the concepts and practices of large format photography. Get ready to slow down! From camera setup and operation to developing our shots in the darkroom, experience photography with a yesteryear aesthetic and an unrivaled quality. No camera or film required. A $20 fee is due to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Section A) Adam Dodds – Saturdays, Jan. 11th & Jan. 18th, 12pm-4pm. $112 Section B) Adam Dodds – Saturday, Mar. 14th & Mar. 21st, 12pm-4pm. $112


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PHOTOGRAPHY caffenol workshop Did you know that your 35mm film can be developed with plain household instant coffee? This workshop will teach students the caffenol recipe as well as how to use it in the darkroom. Prepare yourself for the strange and unique look of this one-of-a-kind developer! Bring an exposed roll of 35mm film to class. Adam Dodds – Saturday, Feb. 15th, 12pm-4pm. $68 “Flow” developed in Caffenol-C by Adam Dodds

photography critique workshop Many of the photography classes we offer at The ArtsCenter focus primarily on the technical data. This workshop will focus on the actual images themselves. What works? What needs improvement? Color, composition, context, and more will be discussed to give the student a spring board to make the next qualitative jump in their work. Adam Dodds – Saturday, Feb. 29th, 12pm-4pm. $68

Darkroom Pass The Darkroom is available for rental to experienced developers and students who have taken, or are taking, a Darkroom class at The ArtsCenter. One Month Pass - $35 / Three Month Pass - $85

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PHOTOGRAPHY intro to digital photography This course introduces photographic techniques such as framing, composition, and lighting, as well as general photographic settings that you can use to take great pictures such as focus, depth of field, lens speed, aperture, shutter speed, effective ISO/ASA, white balance, and continuous high-speed shooting. Lindsay Metivier – Wednesdays, Jan. 15th-Feb. 19th, 6-8:30pm. $150

photographing your artwork All artists need high-quality digital photographs of their work for their websites and social media, to share with galleries and residencies, and to include with grant applications. This workshop is designed to teach artists how to create these images using the tools they have at hand, whether they be professional digital cameras, point-and-shoots, or even the camera on their cell phone. Participants will have the opportunity to create and learn how to edit their own images. Lindsay Metivier – Saturday, Feb. 15th, 1-4pm. $51

Iphone Photography In this workshop you’ll discover how to make the most of your iPhone phone camera emphasizing content, composition, technique, workflow, and post-processing. We’ll use multiple image editing apps to edit and retouch images. You’ll also learn to navigate syncing, saving and sharing your photographs with ease! Lindsay Metivier – Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 6-9pm. $51 Lindsay Metivier – Saturday, Mar. 14th, 1-4pm. $51

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digital arts & computer programming For Creative Coding for Middle & High Schoolers, see Youth Arts Classes at the end of this catalog. For digital photography courses, including iPhone Photography workshops, see Photography.

3D render by Ben Rosen

unity basics: how to program a videogame This course will cover all the fundamentals of videogame development in the Unity game engine. Using a project-based approach, we’ll learn how to program game systems in C# and we’ll learn how to take advantage of some of the most useful features of Unity. By the end of the semester, students should feel empowered to independently start developing their own videogame projects. To see what is possible with Unity, check out the Unity website (https://unity. com/madewith). Ben Rosen – Tuesdays, Jan. 7th-Feb. 11th, 7-9pm. $120

Intro to 3D modeling & printing This course offers a practical introduction to the fundamentals of 3D modeling and printing. No prior experience is required, although the student should be comfortable around computers. This course is designed for artists, but all are welcome to enroll. Students are encouraged to explore how 3D technology can be used alongside their other art-making skills and tools. Students will learn to create a 3D model, prepare it for printing, and submit it to a third party printing service for manufacturing. Students will be responsible for their own printing costs. For a list of available printing materials and associated costs,visit

Ben Rosen – Thursdays, Jan. 9th-Feb. 27th, 7-8:30pm. $120

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digital arts & computer programming

“‘Spoon Player Asheville” by Jill Snyder

intro to adobe photoshop This course is designed to provide hands-on experience and comfort in enhancing, editing, perfecting and manipulating your photographs. It will be taught in manageable steps with instructor demonstrations, personal attention, and work sessions. Students can bring their own laptops or use the computers provided, however, they must have a recent version of Adobe Photoshop installed.

Jill Snyder – Mondays, Feb. 10th-Mar. 30th, 6:30-8:30pm. $160

build your own portfolio website Haven’t had time to make your online portfolio yet? Well, now’s your chance! This one-day intensive workshop will guide students through the entire process of creating, deploying, and updating their own portfolio website. No prior experience is required, although the student should be comfortable around computers. We will use free software and free hosting services. Students will be responsible for the costs associated with registering a domain name. To search available domains, visit domains. google/.

Ben Rosen – Saturday, Feb. 29th, 10am-5pm. $98


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JEWELRY & GLASS All jewelry classes are 18+. Students should wear closed toe shoes and either wear clothes they can get dirty or bring a craft apron to wear.

intro to metalsmithing - piercing, stamping, & drilling In this class we will gain familiarity with the jewelry studio and develop competence with the jewelers saw, drilling, and the use of hammers and chasing tools for texturing. We will also dive into finishes and patinas. Students will complete at least two pieces of jewelry (earrings and/or a pendant). All levels welcome! A materials fee of $15 is due to instructor at first class.

Roberta Marasca – Thursdays, Jan. 9th-Jan. 30th, 6-8:30pm. $112

intro to metalsmithing - wire work, forging, & cold connections In this class students will become familiar with the studio and gain competence in working with wire, pliers, and hammers. We will explore different ways of creating innovative designs using beads, findings, chains, and metal pieces we make ourselves. Different ways of connecting parts will be explored, as will different patinas and finishes. All levels welcome! A materials fee of $15 is due to instructor at first class.

Roberta Marasca – Thursdays, Feb. 6th-Feb. 27th, 6-8:30pm. $112

intro to metalsmithing - soldering & chains In this course we will become familiar with the jewelry studio and begin to work with the torches. We will also learn the principles of simple chain making. This class is available to all levels, with the finished project based on each students skill level. A materials fee of $15 is due to instructor at first class.

Roberta Marasca – Thursdays, Mar. 5th-Mar. 26th, 6-8:30pm. $112

Texture bracelet by Roberta Marasca

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JEWELRY & GLASS All jewelry classes are 18+. Students should wear closed toe shoes and either wear clothes they can get dirty or bring a craft apron to wear.

metal clay: BRONZclay & PMC BRONZclay and PMC (or silver metal clay) consist of bronze or silver combined with an organic binder into a material that works like much like ceramic clay. When fired in a kiln, the binder burns out leaving a finished piece of beautiful bronze or silver. Learn the basic techniques of working with this material using simple tools, stamps and molds. The class will also learn the techniques of setting stones which can be fired in place. Students will first explore bronze metal clay, making sculptural jewelry pieces, beginning with a pendant or earrings. Silver metal clay will be demonstrated and available for purchase if time allows. Metal clay tool kits are provided for use during class. Students will be expected to follow along with the class projects. Students will be charged for materials as well as an $8 studio fee. The cost of each metal clay packet may range from around $10 to over $50, depending on the kind of metal clay the student wishes to use. Wire and cubic zirconia stones will be available for purchase.

Susan Walser – Saturday, Feb. 1st & Sunday, Feb. 2nd, 10am-4pm. $120

stamp it, roll it, enamel it! This workshop combines the fun of metal working and the excitement of Basse-taille enameling. Named after the French word meaning low-cut, this enameling technique dates back to Renaissance Europe in the 14th-16th centuries. In day one of this workshop, students will learn a variety of versatile metalsmithing techniques from chasing and design stamping to roller texturing and embossing on copper or fine silver to create unique bas relief background surfaces for original jewelry designs. During day two, these pieces are further transformed as students explore adding color with layers of transparent glass over the metal surface. The resulting effect is the distinctive luminosity of Basse-taille as light is reflected back through the transparent enamel layers from varying depths of the metal surfaces below. A materials fee of $25 is due to instructors at the first class. This fee includes copper and fine silver for a pendant or earring project, all enamels, and related studio supplies.

Roberta Marasca & Barbara McFadyen – Saturday, Feb. 22nd & Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 10am-4pm. $120


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JEWELRY & GLASS Soldering: Stacking Rings Soldering, a technique used for thousands of years, employs heat and solder to join pieces of metal together. It is the most commonly used technique for joining metal. In this workshop, students will learn torch use and safety and some basic soldering skills such as sweat solder joins, butt solder joins and the use of sheet and wire solder. Students will make stacking silver rings and can add texture and small, bezel set stones with pre-made bezels. Prerequisite: an intro to metalsmithing course or permission of instructor. A studio fee of $12 plus an additional materials fee ($8-$35, based upon current market prices of metals) is due to instructor at first class.

Susan Walser – Saturday, Mar. 14th & Sunday, Mar. 15th, 10am-4pm. $120

metal clay master class workshop Students will explore sculptural jewelry in this intermediate/advanced, two-day creative workshop. Materials include: PMC3 fine silver metal clay, EZ960 sterling silver metal clay, and PMC Flex silver clay. Many aspects of metal clays will be covered including: building hollow forms, texturing the clays, and unusual stone settings. Projects may include constructing a box pendant, a vessel pendant, and more. Janet Harriman’s metal clay jewelry is included in many metal clay books and publications. She has also written a number of articles on metal clay techniques.

Vessel pendant by Janet Harriman

Materials fee for this workshop will run about $100.00 for two packs of silver clay. Students can purchase additional packets of silver clay during the workshop at market pricing. The instructor will bring silver metal clay and small gem stones to the workshop. A prior knowledge of working with metal clay will be helpful when taking this workshop.

Janet Harriman – Saturday, Mar. 28th & Sunday, Mar. 29th, 10am-4pm. $250

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Students create stained glass artwork in Jennifer Austin’s Stained Glass Crash Course

Stained Glass Crash Course This one-day workshop is designed for beginners and those who may need a quick refresher. We will cover the basics of the Tiffany method, including glass cutting, grinding, foiling, and soldering. Students will complete a free-form suncatcher from a variety of patterns and glass combinations. This is a fun and fast-paced day with a 30-minute break for lunch. This class is taught at the instructor’s studio in Mebane. A materials fee of $40 is due to instructor at first class (cash or check only, please). Please bring a bag lunch.

Section A) Jennifer Austin – Saturday, Jan. 25th, 9am-5pm. $112 Section B) Jennifer Austin – Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 9am-5pm. $112 Section C) Jennifer Austin – Saturday, Mar. 21st, 9am-5pm. $112

Stained Glass Mini Mosaics + Alcohol Ink Pendant Create wearable mini mosaic art designed with colorful stained glass bits and millefiori (Italian for “a thousand flowers”) in a 1” square or round pendant tray. Choose pendants in finishes of antique bronze, brass, or silver, with a matching chain or colorful cord, or matching metal keychain. Bonus Project: Alcohol Ink Pendant/chain - Experiment with Alcohol Inks and a glass cabochon to create a colorfully dynamic design. This class is taught at the instructor’s studio in Mebane. A materials fee of $25 is due to instructor at first class meeting (cash or check only, please). Please bring a bag lunch.

Section A) Jennifer Austin – Sunday, Jan. 26th, 2pm-6:30pm. $68 Section B) Jennifer Austin – Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 2pm-6:30pm. $68 Section C) Jennifer Austin – Sunday, Mar. 22nd, 2pm-6:30pm. $68


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Fabric & Fiber arts sashiko hand-stitching Join textile artist Diana Cathcart for an exploration into the Japanese art of sashiko hand-stitching. Born of necessity, this technique grew into an art form that produces beautiful, geometric patterns in white thread on an indigo cloth. It has been modernized as a visible mending technique that is often used to add decoration to torn jeans. Students will learn the history of sashiko, its traditional technique, as well as modern applications of the art. Participants will create several samples to take home and enjoy or to use in further crafting. A materials fee of $22 is due to the instructor at the first class.

Diana Cathcart – Sunday, Jan. 26th, 10am-1pm. $51

macrame wall hanging workshop Join textile artist Diana Cathcart of The Textile Creative to learn the art of knotting. Create beautiful macrame with an urban and contemporary spin. Starting with basics like the square knot and lark’s head, students will craft a wall hanging using cotton rope and a wooden dowel. Participants will leave with a finished piece to hang at home or to present to a loved one, along with the knowledge necessary to continue their macrame journey. A materials fee of $20 is due to the instructor at the first class.

Diana Cathcart – Sunday, March 1st, 10am-1pm. $51

Sashiko hand-stitching by Diana Cathcart

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Improv 101 Are you ready face and conquer your fear of public speaking, being on stage or social situations in general? Improv will do it! If you dream some day of being a speaker, doing theater or stand up or performance of any kind improv will help you gain confidence and charisma on stage. Or maybe your just want to learn to be more confident in your day to day interactions, ask that cute someone out on a date or not freeze up when you’re stuck in the elevator with that co-worker you don’t know how to talk to. Learn to be in the moment through easy to learn fun games and exercises in this safe and supportive atmosphere! Anoo Brod – Mondays, Jan. 13th-Feb. 24th (no class Jan. 20th), 7-9pm. $120

Improv 201 Discover more secrets to unlocking your creative potential while learning to be a more confident speaker or performer! 201 follows 101 seamlessly with more games and more learning. Perfect for anyone with a little bit of improv under their belts (and yes, that high school improv class years ago counts). We will build on the basics and discover how to create believable characters in a moment’s time, how to enthusiastically say “yes” to your teammates’ offers, and we’ll learn why trusting your instincts on stage is imperative. Come join the fun and bring some more play into your life! Prerequisite: Improv 101 or equivalent experience.

Anoo Brod – Mondays, Mar. 2nd-Mar. 30th, 7-9pm. $112


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THEATRE Be Here Now! A Day of Improv In this workshop, focus on using improv tools to be fully engaged in the moment, create incredible teamwork, and enhance creative thinking, all in the back-drop of a day of fun, games and laughter. If you are ready to learn, stretch, and grow all while running around acting like a kid at recess, this workshop is for you! Section A) Anoo Brod – Saturday, Jan. 11th, 11am-4pm. $70 Section B) Anoo Brod – Saturday, Mar. 7th, 11am-4pm. $70

acting intensive: scene study & character development Developing a character involves preparing for the role by making specific choices through text work, character, and scene analysis; it also involves experiencing the role while behaving truthfully on the stage and in front of the camera. This course will build an actor’s foundation of acting techniques through the exploration of games, improvisations, character development exercises, and scene study. The actor will be given a scripted scene to work on with a partner. This scene will continue to develop weekly and will enable each actor to apply the techniques learned in class. During the weekly process and development, there will be a strong focus on preparation, instinct, and finding honesty in all the actor’s work. A final sharing of scenes will be performed on the final day with an invited audience of students, friends, and local theatre practitioners. Virginia Queen Danford – Thursdays, Jan. 23rd-Mar. 26th, 6:30-9pm. $250

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writing, storytelling, & prof. dev. flash fiction writing Through reading assignments, students will become familiar with the flash (very short) fiction genre, and compare it to the traditional short story. Assignments will include in-class writing exercises and at least three original flashes, to be written outside of class. Students will critique the work of classmates, for the purpose of revision and insight into their own writing. Students also will become familiar with the flash market and how to submit manuscripts for publication. Scott Ragland – Wednesdays, Jan. 15th-Feb. 19th, 7:30-9pm. $112

continuing short story writing This class will take a close look at how to write a short story with vivid characters, a compelling plot, and realistic dialogue. In this class, you will practice the art of deep reading to understand better what tools writers use to successfully execute the short story form and do writing exercises to practice using those tools yourself. You will also have the opportunity to share work in a supportive environment and learn how to offer constructive feedback to help others improve their work as well as hone your eye for examining your own. This class is ideal for those who have some experience reading and writing short stories and are looking for a more detailed and structured understanding of the form. Julia Green – Thursdays, Jan. 30th-Feb. 27th, 6:30-8:30pm. $112

intro to storytelling workshop In this intensive one-day workshop, you’ll generate a list of ideas for meaningful stories, select one for development, and create a full draft that includes a hook to draw the audience in and an emotional arc to keep them listening. You’ll also practice stage techniques to make your storytelling authentic and engaging. This is a great way to improve your presentation skills and become more comfortable in professional and social settings. Appropriate for all levels of storytelling experience. Julia Green – Saturday, Feb. 15th, 11am-5pm. $84


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writing, storytelling, & prof. dev. organize your artistic path This course is designed to give the participants an environment to think about who they are as artists, what their main goals are, and the possible steps to reach them. The course offers practical exercises, but is designed to be primarily philosophical. Once you are clear on what you want to achieve, it is easier to focus your attention and energy on what really matters to you. The course will cover the following topics: building confidence as an artist; exhibiting your artworks; preparing for exhibitions; coping with the rejection of applications and proposals; and cooperation among artists. Ely Urbanski – Tuesdays, Feb. 25th-Mar. 24th, 6:30-8pm. $105

reading methods to explore social justice & activism What models do children have for standing up to social justice issues? What social justice issues matter to students? How early is too early to introduce difficult subjects? The participants of this class will examine new children’s books, examining them in regards to issues of social justice and activism. Together we will analyze, discuss and compose a collaborative bibliography of new books on issues such as environment, gender, and racial equity books. This 10-hour professional development session will earn teachers 1 CEU credit in Reading Methods. This 10-hour professional development session will earn teachers 1 CEU credit in Reading Methods. This course takes place at Susie Wilde’s home studio in Chapel Hill.

Susie Wilde – Friday, Mar. 6th, 4:30-8:30pm & Saturday, Mar. 7th, 9:30am-3:30pm. $112

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youth arts classes Youth Arts Classes enable artists of all ages to explore their creativity!

creative coding for middle & high school students Learn to make interactive art with computers! In this class, we’ll make animations, simple games, and crazy instruments using nothing but code (and some free pictures and sound effects). No prior experience is required. This course is open to students who are creative, curious, and confident around technology, ages 12 - 15. Ben Rosen – Mondays, Feb. 3rd-Mar. 23rd, 4-5:30pm. $120

clay sculpture & wheel-throwing for high school students Students will choose either a sculpture or wheel focus and complete projects of their own design, with instructor’s input for choosing projects appropriate to their skill level. Open Studio access will be available with instructor’s approval. Section A) Jason Abide – Mondays, Jan. 6th-Feb. 24th (no class Jan. 20th), 4-6:30pm. $190 Section B) Jason Abide – Mondays, Mar. 2nd-Apr. 13th, 4-6:30pm. $190

clay sculpture & wheel-throwing for elementary & middle school students Students will complete a large sculpture project of their choosing, and spend time throwing on the potter’s wheel. Careful consideration will be given to glazing the projects, and the pottery will be food safe. Section A) Jason Abide – Homeschool: Fridays, Jan. 10th-Feb. 21st, 1-2:30pm. $127 Grades 1-4: Fridays, Jan. 10th-Feb. 21st, 3-4:30pm. $127 Grades 5-7: Fridays, Jan. 10th-Feb. 21st, 4:30-6pm. $127 Section B) Jason Abide – Homeschool: Fridays, Feb. 28th-Apr. 17th (no class Apr. 10th), 1-2:30pm. $127 Grades 1-4: Fridays, Feb. 28th-Apr. 17th (no class Apr. 10th), 3-4:30pm. $127 Grades 5-7: Fridays, Feb. 28th-Apr. 17th (no class Apr. 10th), 4:30-6pm. $127


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Scholarships The ArtsCenter offers a limited number of scholarships for ArtSchool classes each quarter. Scholarships are considered by financial need on a first come, first served basis. For scholarship applications, visit and use the ArtSchool > Registration and Policies > Scholarships menu tab.

Programs & Policies The ArtSchool offers a diverse range of art classes to adults of all ages. The oldest program of The ArtsCenter, the ArtSchool has provided year-round community arts education to Triangle residents for fifty years. Professional artists provide quality arts instruction in subjects as varied as ceramics, drawing and painting, photography, jewelry and glass, theatre, writing, and dance on a quarterly schedule. For a full listing of our programs and policies, including information about parking and accessibility, please visit Please register in advance to ensure your enrollment. Courses with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled in advance of the first class meeting. The ArtsCenter will contact you via email if your class is cancelled. Material supply lists are provided to students for certain classes. Students may wish to wait until their class has met its minimum enrollment before purchasing their materials. The ArtsCenter is not responsible for materials purchased for a class that is cancelled. Please contact the front desk to inquire if your class has met its minimum. To access current material supply lists, go to our website: and use the ArtSchool > Materials Lists menu tab. All materials and/or studio fees outside of a class’ material supply list are paid directly to the instructor at the first class meeting, except where otherwise noted in the course description. Please bring exact change for these materials All ArtsCenter Members receive 15% off the costfees. of tuition. fees. See online course listings for materials and/or studio


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ArtSchool Catalog Winter 2020 300-G East Main Street Carrboro, NC 27510

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