Winter Six-Week Class Descriptions (Adults)

REGISTER NOW FOR WINTER 2018

Winter Session I:  January 8 - February 17, 2018 (6 weeks) 

Winter Session II:  February 26 - April 8, 2018 (6 weeks)

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. 2) or email liz@artcentergreenville.org

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


Jay Owens, Introduction to Handbuilding: Slab Construction

Jay Owens, Introduction to Handbuilding: Slab Construction

Medium: Clay

Introduction to Handbuilding: Slab Construction

Instructor:  Jay Owens

6 Week Class starting January 8

Mondays / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm 

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $305 / $285 Members
(price includes supplies)

In this class, students will learn basic techniques to make functional and sculptural objects using clay slab. Learning the expressive qualities of clay through touch is imperative to building technical and aesthetic knowledge that can later be taken to more advanced projects and the pottery wheel. This class will begin with demonstrations of how to form a slab from clay. Soft slabs will be used with molds to make functional forms. Next students will learn how to build objects using hard clay slabs. Students will use letterpress, stamps, and found objects to create a variety of textures on soft and hard slabs. Techniques covered will include joining clay together using clay slip and altering slabs to make different forms. Students will use colored underglazes and glazes to accentuate texture and forms. Class projects will include at least one drape mold piece and one joined slab object. Course fee includes 25 lbs. of clay, bisque firing and a glaze firing.

 
Hayley Douglas, Textured Forms from Clay Tiles

Hayley Douglas, Textured Forms from Clay Tiles

Medium: Clay

Ceramics: Textured Forms from Clay Tiles

Instructor:  Hayley Douglas

6 Week Class starting January 10  

Wednesdays 6:30 pm – 9:30pm 

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $305 / $285 Members
(price includes supplies)

This course will focus on cultivating an elaborate pattern onto a clay tile, creating a clay relief that can be used to imprint textures and designs on the surface of other clay forms.  Tiles will be used to create pressed decorations that will be incorporated into slab build forms.  Class will also experiment with alternate means of decorating textured forms with underglaze and glaze.  Course fee includes 25 lbs. of clay, bisque firing and a glaze firing.

 
Jay Owens, Theatrics of the Table

Jay Owens, Theatrics of the Table

Medium: Clay

Theatrics of the Table

Instructor:  Jay Owens

6 Week Class starting February 26

Mondays / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $305 / $285 Members
(price includes supplies)

In this class, students will learn basic techniques to make functional, utilitarian tableware for eating, serving and cooking.  Class discussions will include how to make objects that can function every day and for special occasions. The class will begin with demonstrations of how to form clay into slabs. Students will use stamps, those we find and create, and found objects to create textures on soft slabs. Soft slabs and hard slabs will be used to construct cups, mugs, plates, and bowls. Students will learn how to make and attach handles, knobs, and lids. If time allows we will look at how to make objects that pour. We will then explore how to use food-safe, colored underglazes and glazes to accentuate texture and form. Students will have the opportunity to make examples of every piece demonstrated. The class will end with a discussion about successes and challenges of making tableware.Course fee includes 25 lbs. of clay, bisque firing and a glaze firing.

 
Nathan Bertling, Intro to Drawing Photo Credit: Angela Zion

Nathan Bertling, Intro to Drawing

Photo Credit: Angela Zion

Medium: Drawing

Introduction to Drawing (Evening Class)

Instructor:  Nathan Bertling

6 Week Class starting January 10 (Winter Session I)  

Wednesdays / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $249 / $229 Members

Learn to sketch with charcoal, pencils, and markers. Gain an understanding of this fundamental artistic skill useful in all visual arts disciplines. In the Introduction to Drawing class you will learn basic drawing concepts in the areas of: line drawing & mass drawing, value relationships, and shading forms.  What's more, this six-week class will give you greater self-awareness when drawing, as well as a better grasp of the range of drawing materials & media available for creative expression.  Instructor will provide a supply list one week before class start date.  Instructor will provide a supply list one week before class start date.

 
Nathan Bertling, Continuing Drawing

Nathan Bertling, Continuing Drawing

Medium: Drawing

Continuing Drawing (Drawing II)

Instructor:  Nathan Bertling

6 Week Class starting February 28 (Winter Session II) 

Wednesdays / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $249 / $229 Members

Building on the foundations established in Intro to Drawing, this class will deepen our exploration of drawing media and surfaces, with an eye toward enriching our expressive capabilities. While continuing to work with dry media and pen, we will also incorporate inks, ink washes, pastels, and colored pencils as we experiment with mixed media approaches.  This six-week class will give you greater self-awareness in drawing, as well as a better grasp of the range of options available for creative expression.

 
Mark Brosseau, Discovering the Mysteries of Art History: Drawing from the Masters

Mark Brosseau, Discovering the Mysteries of Art History: Drawing from the Masters

Medium: Drawing

Discovering the Mysteries of Art History: Drawing from the Masters

Instructor:  Mark Brosseau

6 Week Class starting January 9 (Winter Session I) and February 27 (Winter Session II)  

Tuesdays / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $249 / $229 Members

This class will use master paintings, prints, and drawings as sources for drawing exercises that are meant to help us better understand the masterworks, and the concepts tackled in class that day. Line, shape, composition, and value, amongst others, will be addressed. We will look at many examples of masterworks, and talk about how our understanding of them and the space in them has shifted after drawing the piece. This class would be useful to any level of student - from beginner to practicing artist. We will talk about a number of artists each week, and will discuss how I use the lessons I learn from looking at specific paintings in my own studio practice.

 
Terry Davenport, Introduction to Drawing

Terry Davenport, Introduction to Drawing

Medium: Drawing

Introduction to Drawing (Morning Class)

Instructor:  Terry Davenport

6 Week Class starting January 8 (Winter Session I) and February 26 (Winter Session II)

Mondays / 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $249 / $229 Members

Learn to sketch with pencil, charcoal and pen to gain an understanding of the fundamental artistic skill useful in all visual arts disciplines. Instruction will include basic drawing concepts in the areas of line drawing, perspective and shading, as well as studies in drawing facial features and organic shapes found in plant life and trees. Class will also include contour drawings and quick sketches of familiar subjects to increase mind-hand coordination. The six week class will culminate with a finished drawing of the displayed still life. Instructor will provide a supply list one week before class start date.

 
Kate Furman, Jewelry Fabrication

Kate Furman, Jewelry Fabrication

Medium: Jewelry

Jewelry Fabrication (Evening Class)

Instructor:  Kate Furman

6 Week Class starting January 10 (Winter Session I) and February 28 (Winter Session II)  

Wednesdays / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate - Advanced

Workshop Fee:  $305 / $285 Members
(price includes supplies)

This class is primarily for the “continuous” jewelry student. 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.)

 
Kate Furman, Jewelry Fabrication Photo Credit: Angela Zion

Kate Furman, Jewelry Fabrication

Photo Credit: Angela Zion

Medium: Jewelry

Jewelry Fabrication (Morning Class)

Instructor:  Kate Furman

6 Week Class starting January 10 (Winter Session I) and February 28 (Winter Session II) 

Wednesdays / 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $305 / $285 Members
(price includes supplies)

For the beginning jewelry student interested in learning wax modeling, metal piecing, cold-connections and basic jewelry design skills or the continuing jewelry student seeking to improve jewelry making techniques.  Six-week instruction will include wax carving and fabrication for lost wax casting, basic metal fabrication through cold connections and adornment through found materials. _ (Please note: class material fees do not cover casting costs. Instructor will explain and discuss these fees.)

 
Carrie Burns Brown, Critique Class for Painters Photo Credit: Angela Zion

Carrie Burns Brown, Critique Class for Painters

Photo Credit: Angela Zion

Medium: Painting

Critique Class for Painters

Instructor:  Carrie Burns Brown

6 Week Class starting January 9

Tuesdays / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Level of Instruction:  Open to all levels

Workshop Fee:  $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.

 
Dwight Rose, Everything You Need to Know About Watercolor

Dwight Rose, Everything You Need to Know About Watercolor

Medium: Painting

Everything You Need To Know About Watercolor

Instructor:  Dwight Rose

6 Week Class starting January 10 (Winter Session I) and February 28 (Winter Session II)  

Wednesdays / 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $190 / $170 members

Make the most of watercolor's fresh, vibrant nature through light, color and contrast. Artist Dwight Rose helps you lay the groundwork--everything from demonstrating a variety of basic techniques, choosing and lighting subjects to color theory and perspective. Then, follow along with a series of step-by-step demonstrations to put your ideas into action for paintings that shines! 

This course covers very basics of the medium at a slower pace with individual help for all students.

 
Dwight Rose, Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor

Dwight Rose, Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor

Medium: Painting

Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor

Instructor:  Dwight Rose

6 Week Class starting January 10 (Winter Session I) and February 28 (Winter Session II) 

Wednesdays / 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $249 / $229 Members

Enjoy insightful instruction and experimentation while learning the fundamentals of watercolor painting. Using traditional methods, you will learn the basic techniques that are specific to this medium. One will be instructed how to use color compliments to gain more visual power and balanced excitement to one's work. Becoming more fluid, fresh and transparent in your color mixes will be an emphasize in this course. There will be plenty of individual attention, critiques, corrective techniques and demonstrations. The instructor will provide step-by-step approaches from beginning to completion of the entire painting process. Subjects painted will mainly be landscapes and some prior experience in drawing and watercolor painting would be helpful but not required.

 
Diarmuid Kelly, Oil Painting for Beginners

Diarmuid Kelly, Oil Painting for Beginners

Medium: Painting

Oil Painting for Beginners

Instructor:  Diarmuid Kelly

6 Week Class starting January 8 (Winter Session I) and February 26 (Winter Session II)  

Mondays / 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $249 / $229 Members

An ideal class for beginners, this course will cover the basics of oil painting.  From learning how to prepare your canvas and organize your palette to understanding composition, drawing and painting accuracy. When, why and what brushes and paints to use, underpainting, color values, blending, and a brief look at some glazing techniques.  Create a painting in the subject matter of your choosing from start to finish in this six week course.

 
Daniel Helgemo, Introduction to Painting in the American Impressionist Tradition

Daniel Helgemo, Introduction to Painting in the American Impressionist Tradition

Medium: Painting

Introduction to Painting in the American Impressionist Tradition

Instructor:  Daniel Helgemo

6 Week Class starting January 12 (Winter Session I) and March 2 (Winter Session II) 

Fridays / 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $249 / $229 Members

Working from life or photo references this class provides an overview of the impressionistic/naturalistic techniques of painting first imparted in 19th century European academies and then refined, broadened and applied to different subjects by a select group of 19th and 20th century American painters. Students will learn about these methods and philosophies, and develop a painter's way of thinking and looking at nature as applied to drawing and painting from still life, copies from the masters, photo references, plaster cast statues and, for the final two classes, the live portrait model. Teaching will proceed through demonstration, discussion and one on one critiques. Emphasis will be given to composition and design, doing a simple start, color and value unity, color palette and color mixing and a brief history of American impressionism (also referred to as the Boston School). All skill levels are welcome. 

 
Mark Brosseau, Painting: Concepts and Techniques

Mark Brosseau, Painting: Concepts and Techniques

Medium: Painting

Painting: Concepts and Techniques

Instructor:  Mark Brosseau

6 Week Class starting January 11 (Winter Session I) and March 1 (Winter Session II)

Thursdays / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $249 / $229 Members

This will be an introductory painting class. We will work primarily from observation. Our technical focus will be on mixing color and applying paint to a surface. This will be coupled with conceptual discussions about how one positions themselves as a painter in contemporary society, and about how to have a dialogue about art in and out of a critique environment. Examples from art history will be used in each class.

 
Terry Davenport, Reproducing the Masters

Terry Davenport, Reproducing the Masters

Medium: Painting

Reproducing the Masters

Instructor:  Terry Davenport

6 Week Class starting January 11 (Winter Session I) and March 1 (Winter Session II)

Thursdays / 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $249 / $229 Members

Learn from the masters to understand various paining techniques and methods from the type of brush the artist used to paint application. Investigate the techniques, methods and style of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper or another favorite of yours in your choice of medium - Oil or Acrylic . Instruction will include a brief discussion of the artist’s process and brush work that will help you paint three or more of these masterpieces. Images and reference material will be available.

 
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Medium: Photography

Essential Photography - i Phone and Photo Basics

Instructor:  Joann Benzinger

6 Week Class starting March 1 (Winter Session II)   

Thursdays / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $249/ $229 Members

Learn the essentials of taking a good photograph with whatever camera you happen to have available, whether on your phone or a point-and-shoot digital camera. In this class you will become familiar and comfortable with menu commands and camera controls so that you can quickly access them when you need them.  Learn to practice the elements of composition, discuss camera accessories and learn about several third party apps for capturing images as well as for post processing.  Class will include both classroom time and practical application time to explore the area with cameras so please come prepared to go outside weather permitting.

 
Oliver Yu, Intermediate to Advanced Photo Techniques

Oliver Yu, Intermediate to Advanced Photo Techniques

Medium: Photography

Intermediate to Advanced Photo Techniques: Night Photography, Slow Shutter Photography, Available Light Portraiture

Instructor:  Oliver Yu

6 Week Class starting January 8 (Winter Session I) and February 26 (Winter Session II)  

Mondays / 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Workshop Fee:  $190 / $170 members

Learn to create visually exciting photographs with a range of useful techniques using your DSLR or mirrorless camera. Capture stunning night photographs such as nighttime urban landscapes and street photography.  Learn to plan and compose long exposure shots to create star trails and unique perspectives and use available light to create portraits. This class will include lecture, field work, and class critiques. Intermediate to advanced.

 
Oliver Yu, Introduction to Photoshop

Oliver Yu, Introduction to Photoshop

Medium: Photography

Introduction to Photoshop

Instructor:  Oliver Yu

6 Week Class starting January 10 (Winter Session I) and February 28 (Winter Session II) 

Wednesdays / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Class Fee:  $190 / $170 members

Photoshop is an incredible, powerful post-processing software for digital photography.  In this course you will learn how to navigate through the Photoshop interface after launching an image, how to use each tool and set up photoshop to your own work preferences, how to set up palettes and use them, and how to properly process images from beginning to end.  Class will include weekly assignments to be critiqued the following week.  Students will need to bring a laptop with Photoshop CS5 or higher installed.

 
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Medium:  All mediums

Open Studio Time

Instructor:  No Instruction

6 Week Class starting January 12 (Winter Session I) and March 2 (Winter Session II)

Fridays / 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level of Instruction:  Beginner - Intermediate

Class Fee:  $90 / $70 Members

No instruction just time to paint or draw in the GCCA Gray Loft classroom.  Students are responsible for bringing all supplies.  If you're just looking for a space and time to create without instruction join Studio Time.