Spring Six-Week Class Descriptions

REGISTER NOW FOR spring 2019 six-week classES 

SPRING SESSION:  April 15 - May 25, 2019

Class Registration:  Please register at least one week in advance of the class/workshop start date.  Classes/workshops with low enrollment will be closed 3 - 5 business days before the first class.  

Cancellation Policy:  A refund is given to students who cancel 10 days or more prior to the class start date.  Students who cancel enrollment within 10 days of the first class will not receive a refund.  

If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, registrants will be notified by email or phone within 24 – 48 hours of the first class. Registrants will be given the opportunity to transfer to another class or issued a refund.

Member Class Pricing:  GCCA members enjoy discounted rates on 6-week classes and Summer Art Camps, updates through the e-newsletter, the opportunity to participate in our annual GCCA Member Show, and an invitation to Member Night.  Annual Individual ($50) and Family ($125) memberships are available.  Visit Membership HERE to learn more and become a member to receive the discounted member rate on classes. 

If you have any questions, please call 864-735-3948 (ext. 4) or email ben@artcentergreenville.org

*Please note:  Class descriptions are listed alphabetically by medium category.


Six-Week Classes

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Medium: Art Appreciation

Déco(r):  A History of Interior Design

Instructor: Kara Soper

6 Week Class starting April 17

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

Examine the history of design, from prehistory to contemporary times. Class will examine thematic and conceptual connections between art historical movements and interior design. Specific attention will be paid to cross-cultural exchange.  The course will begin with focus on historical movements, up to the year 1900 then move on with the study of modern and contemporary design and current trends. Final classes will focus on the idea of revivalism and how past art and interior design movements have been resurrected today in new and fresh iterations. By the end of the course, students will have a deep understanding of the connections between visual art and interior design.

 
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Medium: Art Appreciation

(Not So) Well-Behaved: Women Artists of History and Today

Instructor: Kara Soper

6 Week Class starting April 18 

Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

Although the art industry has seen progress in terms of more equal representation in recent years, there is still a mountain of work to be done on this front. This class provides an effort to, on a local level, address gender and racial inequality in the art world. The first third of this course will focus on female pioneers throughout art history. Both iconic and underrepresented artists will be covered on a global scale. The next third will focus on women artists living and working today within the national and international contemporary art world. In the last third, we will analyze institutional trends and recent/current museum exhibitions focused on historically underrepresented artists and contemporary women artists. We will also examine the work of women curators, as they have become a large part of the current conversation around gender equality in art. The ultimate goals are to raise awareness about the representational disparity of women artists, and to inspire local artists and arts advocates to work toward moving the trends in a positive direction with respect to the support of equal representation.

 
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Medium: Clay

A Handbuilding Sampler

Instructor: Carrie Creech

6 Week Class starting April 23

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $305/ $285 Members (price includes supplies)

Learn to create ceramic functional wares for everyday use through a myriad of methods. Directed projects will help students to develop a hands on approach in essential hand building techniques and venture into unconventional processes. Our discoveries will culminate all of these experiences into one personal larger project to present overall learned skill. This class will cover basic glazing techniques and surface decoration. All skill levels are welcome.

 
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Medium: Drawing

Fantastic Beasts and How To Draw Them

Instructor: Jean Baptiste Chuat

6 Week Class starting April 16

Tuesdays, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, ages 12+

Tuition: $190 / $170 members

(Teens ages 12+) learn how to draw amazing fantasy animals from literature and your own imagination. This six week class will focus on understanding shapes and the basic anatomy of your favorite animals and will creatively combine them using pencil and paper. Students will explore drawing and shading techniques, learn about the importance of character and story, and exercise basic design methods while building a personal fantasy sketchbook, design portfolio, game, film- or book project.

 
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Medium: Drawing

Drawing From Nature

Instructor: Kate Furman

6 Week Class starting April 15

Mondays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

Learn to sketch with pencil, charcoal, and ink to gain an understanding of fundamental drawing techniques. In the Drawing from Nature class you will learn basic drawing concepts while studying line drawing, perspective and shading, as well as studies of organic shapes found in plant life and trees.  Class instruction will also include contour drawings and quick sketches of familiar subjects to increase mind-hand coordination. Learn to work from small sketches and observations to create large scale drawings.

 
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Medium: Drawing

Representational Drawing: A Direct Approach

Instructor: Daniel Helgemo

6 Week Class starting April 15

Mondays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

This class provides an overview of impressionistic and realist techniques of drawing. Students will learn about materials and methods for line and mass drawing. Through direct observation, exercises and at least one extended drawing they will be given the foundation to practice these techniques and develop an artist's way of seeing and rendering the visual world. Students will work on master copies, draw from plaster cast statues, still life, etc. All skill levels are welcome.

 
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Medium: Drawing

Figure Drawing

Instructor: Dustin Massey

6 Week Class starting April 18

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels (basic drawing skill encouraged), adults

Tuition: $285/$265 Members (price includes model fee)

An in depth study of the human figure through the process of drawing.  Explore gesture, structure, proportions and anatomy of the figure and portrait. The course will also focus on the expressive qualities of drawing the figure through experimenting with various approaches and many drawing mediums. This course builds upon foundational drawing courses and continues to emphasize the importance of drawing from observation.

 
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Medium: Jewelry

Jewelry Fabrication

Instructor: Kate Furman

6 Week Class starting April 15

Mondays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $305/ $285 Members (price includes supplies)

This class is open to beginner and continuing jewelry students. It is a work and critique space for students interested in developing their wax modeling, metal piecing, cold-connections and designing skills. Students with some experience in jewelry fabrication are encouraged to work at their own pace on their own bodies of work. Students with limited experience in jewelry fabrication will receive more direction from the instructor. Class demos will be determined by student needs. (Please note: class material fees do not cover casting costs. Instructor will explain and discuss these fees.)

 
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Medium: Painting

Critique Class for Painters

Instructor: Carrie Burns Brown

6 Week Class starting April 16

Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $170 / $150 Members

All artists are visual communicators. In the Critique Class for Painters students will participate, interact and share in the creative process of critiquing so the results can be authentic feedback from peers and the instructor. The work is the focus. Criticism is centered not on the student and his or her skill, but rather on the artwork. Through the exercise of critiquing each other's work, students will find motivation while gaining understanding and appreciation of the creative process. Students should bring work in progress to class each week. Discussions on composition, color theory, elements of design, texture, balance, and harmony will be reviewed so that each artist has a better understanding of their unique creativity and the work they create.

 
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Medium: Painting

Painting with Experimental Processes

Instructor: Jeromy Ross

6 Week Class starting April 18

Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

Designed to allow students of any skill level and knowledge of contemporary art to make new discoveries in painting through experimental processes.  Students will be encouraged to work in acrylic and more experimental paints such as house paint and fluid water based paints.  Paint will be applied using different mechanisms of chance including: pendulums, dice, bamboo arms, wheel of fortune devices, mops, water balloons, paint rollers, and any other chaotic devices each individual might want to use. Experiment during the first half of the course while discussing demos and examples of chance operations from art history.  Students will develop a chance-based procedure which will inform the painting process then develop a series of abstract paintings. 

 
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Medium: Painting

Oil Painting with A Palette Knife

Instructor: Young-Sook Park

6 Week Class staring April 19

Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

Learn the basics of oil painting to create impasto style paintings with a palette knife including; composition, using color, mixing colors, simplifying subject forms, and applying colors on canvas with a palette knife. Subjects will include landscape, still-life, cityscapes, and abstraction. One painting will be completed per class.

 
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Medium: Painting

Abstract is Not a Style

Instructor: Mark Brosseau

6 Week Class starting April 15

Mondays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

This class will introduce students to various ideas about how to make decisions when working abstractly. The class will use different exercises to demonstrate how artists can use various sources as the impetus for an abstract composition and focus on ways to make formal decisions based on ideas other than design principles. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how decisions can affect the spatial feel of a piece, and how that can be used to strengthen one’s work. This class will discuss how drawing informs painting, and each lesson will be accompanied by art historical examples. We will also discuss how developing a set of criteria for an art making practice can help with making decisions within a body of work. This class is suitable for all skill levels.

 
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Medium: Painting

Mastering Oils: Renaissance Glazing

Instructor: Kymberly Day

6 Week Class starting April 18

Thursdays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Instruction Level: Basic drawing and painting skills encouraged, adults

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

This class teaches how to use oil paint as it was originally intended: through the subtle buildup of layers of translucent and semi-opaque layers using a combination of mediums. We will specifically progress through glazing techniques, reminiscent of the Early & High Renaissance, from preparing the canvas surface properly to completion. This is a class of greatest benefit to painters with strong drawing skills and painting experience already.

 
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Medium: Painting

Mastering Oils: Baroque Approach

Instructor: Kymberly Day

6 Week Class starting April 18

Thursdays 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level: Basic drawing and painting skills encouraged, adults

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

This class teaches how to use oil paint as it was originally intended: through the subtle buildup of layers of translucent and semi-opaque layers using a combination of painting mediums. We will specifically progress through the Baroque painting technique, reminiscent of Flemish master still life, step by step. This is a class of greatest benefit to painters with some skill and experience already.

 
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Medium: Painting

Intro to Oil Painting

Instructor: Dustin Massey

6 Week Class starting April 17  

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instruction Level:  Beginner – Intermediate, adults

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

Learn the methods and theories of historical oil painting and how it relates to contemporary painting through practice/process, critique, and discussion.  Students will be encouraged to critique each other's work while developing critical thinking.  Oil painting basics including surface preparation, paint mediums, palette organization, and color mixing will be discussed and students will be given assignments to help develop painting skills.

 
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Medium: Painting

Painting in Oil:  A Direct Approach

Instructor: Daniel Helgemo

6 Week Class starting April 16

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

This class provides an overview of impressionistic and naturalistic techniques of representational painting. Students will learn about materials, the palette of colors and direct observation. Exercises, sketching from nature and pictures from past masters will give them the foundation to practice these techniques and develop painterly ways of seeing and rendering the visual world. The class will culminate in an extended still life painting. All skill levels are welcome.

 
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Medium: Painting

Studio Practice

Instructor: Mark Brosseau

6 Week Class starting April 17

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level:  Intermediate - Advanced

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

This class is designed for intermediate to advanced students who want to make art as part of a sustained regular practice. The course will help students identify the issues that they are interested in exploring through making art and force them to ask questions that will push their individual practices forward. It will also help artists identify art historical influences as well as build an awareness of contemporary artists who are addressing similar ideas. This will be done through group dialogues and critiques, readings and presentations, working on artist statements, as well as weekly exercises that each student can adjust to meet to their own needs. We will address ideas of conscious decision making versus intuition, discuss strategies for working through periods of being ‘stuck’ or ‘blocked’, and explore how to build sustainable work habits. Students will be guided through making a body of work and the course will culminate in a small pop-up exhibition.