Winter Six-Week Class Descriptions

REGISTER NOW FOR Winter/spring 2019 six-week classES 

WINTER SESSION I: January 7 - February 16, 2019

WINTER SESSION II: February 25 - April 6, 2019

SPRING SESSION PREVIEW:  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. 2) or email liz@artcentergreenville.org

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


Six-Week Classes

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Medium: Art Appreciation

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

Instructor: Kara Soper

6 Week Class:  Thursday, February 28, 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 course addresses 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.

 
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Medium: Art Business

Success in Art Business

Instructor: Marta Lanier

6 Week Class starting January 8

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

This class introduces students to the business tools necessary to be successful as entrepreneurial artists in the visual arts. Today’s marketplace requires artists to function professionally as business owners. As a class we will work through the book "Art Money Success" by Maria Brophy. This book takes readers through a number of exercises that will help clearly define a niche, market strategy, and other tools that a successful business requires. I will help guide students through the exercises while supplementing the reading with my own knowledge and experience working within the arts. We will cover topics such as social media, galleries, websites, resumes/CV's, artist bios, artist statements and more. Students will gain a clear understanding of what it takes to be successful within the Arts industry.

 
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Medium: Clay

A Hand-building Sampler

Instructor: Carrie Creech

6 Week Class starting April 23 (Spring Session)

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 January 8 (Winter Session I), February 26 (Winter Session II), & April 16 (Spring Session)

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

Inking Basics

Instructor: Adam DuShole

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

Thursdays, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, ages 12+

Tuition: $190 / $170 members

This introduction to inking basics will focus on fundamental techniques through experimentation with a variety of different ink-based mediums. Students will be exposed to ink & brush, nib pens, technical pens and Japanese brush calligraphy. In-class activities will focus on timed exercises, sketching from still life and observation of nature as it applies to understanding lighting and value. Students will be expected to complete one extended illustration as a class project. Open to anyone 12+.

 
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Medium: Drawing

Drawing From Nature

Instructor: Kate Furman

6 Week Class starting January 7 (Winter Session I), February 25 (Winter Session II) & April 15 (Spring Session)

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

Figure Drawing

Instructor: Dustin Massey

6 Week Class starting January 10 (Winter Session I), February 28 (Winter Session II) & April 18 (Spring Session)

Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 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: Drawing

Drawing in the American Impressionist Tradition

Instructor: Daniel Helgemo

6 Week Class starting January 7 (Winter Session I) & February 25 (Winter Session II)

Mondays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

This class provides an overview of naturalistic techniques of drawing. Students will learn about materials and line and mass drawing through direct observation- giving them the foundation to practice these techniques and develop an artist's way of seeing and rendering the visual world. Students will work on on master copies, draw from plaster cast statues, still life, etc. All skill levels are welcome.

 
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Medium: Drawing

Principles of Illustration

Instructor: Tim Davis

6 Week Class starting February 27 (Winter Session II)

Wednesdays, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, ages 12+

Tuition: $190 / $170 members

Highlights magazine illustrator Tim Davis offers a survey course in illustration designed for students who are considering a professional art-related career. The course includes character design, artistic composition, line and black & white techniques, color strategies, sequential art, creating portfolios, and an overview of digital illustration. Open to all skill levels, ages 12+.

 
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Medium: Drawing

Discovering the Mystery of Art History: Drawing from the Masters

Instructor: Mark Brosseau

6 Week Class starting February 25 (Winter Session II)

Mondays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

This class will serve as introduction to drawing from master paintings. We will discuss how to analyze composition and break down paintings into simple formal shapes to further our understanding of how the artist made decisions in making the painting. Emphasis will be placed on how those formal decisions give a painting its power beyond just being a representation image of something. We will do exercises that help with seeing a painting as a set of relationships. A range of paintings from Renaissance to early Twentieth Century will be used as sources. We will also discuss how these exercises can help inform decisions that an artist makes in their studio practice. This class will benefit students of all skill levels.

 
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Medium: Jewelry

Jewelry Fabrication

Instructor: Kate Furman

6 Week Class starting January 7 (Winter Session I), February 25 (Winter Session II) & April 15 (Spring Session)

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

Exploring Acrylics - The Other Watercolor

Instructor: Jane Todd Butcher

6 Week Class starting January 9 (Winter Session I)

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

Explore the many ways that acrylic paints can be used in a fluid manner. Water colorists may find that combining acrylics with their transparent watercolors may help fix problem areas, and create new effects. Painting on paper or canvas, artists will explore transparent and opaque techniques, glazing, layering, and more. The class will experiment with different painting surfaces, and combine with other mediums, such as collage.  Artists should have some painting experience, and will bring their preferred water media (watercolor and acrylic) paints and brushes. Additional materials such as acrylic medium, gesso, and some fluid acrylics will be provided.

 
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Medium: Painting

Graffiti Basics

Instructor: Nick Burns

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

Wednesdays, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, ages 12+

Tuition: $190 / $170 members

An introduction to the styles, terminology and culture of graffiti and tagging.  Learn startup tips and techniques from spray strokes and paint prep to transferring designs from black book word sketches to large scale canvases and panels.  Class will include an introduction to hip hop, waves, break-dance and cypher. Open to anyone 12+

 
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Medium: Painting

Critique Class for Painters

Instructor: Carrie Burns Brown

6 Week Class starting January 8 (Winter Session I) & April 16 (Spring Session)

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

Studio Practice

Instructor: Mark Brosseau

6 Week Class starting January 9 (Winter Session I), February 27 (Winter Session II) & April 17 (Spring Session)

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.

 
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Medium: Painting

Painting with Experimental Processes

Instructor: Jeromy Ross

6 Week Class starting January 10 (Winter Session I), February 28 (Winter Session II) and April 18 (Spring Session)

Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

This class is 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 but not limited to: pendulums, dice, bamboo arms, wheel of fortune devices, mops, water balloons, paint rollers, and any other chaotic devices each individual might want to use. Students will have the freedom to 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:  A Direct Approach

Instructor: Daniel Helgemo

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

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

This class provides an overview of impressionistic and naturalistic techniques of representational painting. Students will learn about materials, color palette and direct observation, giving them the foundation to practice these techniques and develop painterly ways of seeing and rendering the visual world. Students will work on on master copies, paint from plaster cast statues, still life, etc. All skill levels are welcome.

 
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Medium: Painting

Oil Painting with A Palette Knife

Instructor: Young-Sook Park

6 Week Class staring April 19 (Spring Session)   

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

The Interaction of Color

Instructor: Mark Brosseau

6 Week Class starting January 7 (Winter Session I)  

Mondays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

This course will take students through the beginning exercises from Josef Albers’ “Interaction of Color”. Students will undertake exercises that challenge their understanding of color. The class will introduce a vocabulary for talking about color in clear and precise terms. Emphasis will be played on how the way one sees a color is directly connected to the colors around it, and exercises will demonstrate how we can make the same color seem different depending on the surrounding colors. There will also be discussion and examples of how these exercises and information can be used in regular studio practice to make more sophisticated and dynamic decisions about color.

 
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Medium: Painting

Abstract is Not a Style

Instructor: Mark Brosseau

6 Week Class starting April 15 (Spring Session)   

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: Photography

Photography: Beyond Basics

Instructor: Joann Benzinger

6 Week Class starting February 28 (Winter Session II)  

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instruction Level: Beginner - Intermediate

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

Whether you shoot in manual or automatic modes, use a DSLR or a smartphone, this class will take you beyond the basics of photography.  Start by going on a theme-based photographic treasure hunt to shake you out of any creative rut and help you pre-visualize your photos. You will have opportunity to use and improve your photographic skills as we explore the Greenville area with our cameras.  Learn some basic editing techniques that will turn a 'nice' photo into something stunning. Skill level - beginner to intermediate. Students should have a basic understanding of their camera equipment and computer skills.

 
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Medium: Photography

Basic Photo Editing

Instructor: Joann Benzinger

6 Week Class starting April 18 (Spring Session)   

Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level: Beginner - Intermediate

Tuition: $249 / $229 Members

Breathe life into your photos and never again hear yourself say “I guess you had to be there – it was so much better in real life.”  Giving your photos that extra little zing is usually pretty easy and you don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune on software. This class will teach you the basics of photo editing that are common to all editing software.  You will learn what to look for, how to correct color and how to “pop” your photos. It will introduce you to several software options available and get you started on a path that I hope will bring you great satisfaction.

 
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Medium: Printmaking

Intro to Linogravure Printmaking

Instructor: Adam DuShole

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

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instruction Level: Beginner - Intermediate

Tuition: $285 / $265 Members

An introduction to lino-cut printmaking basics and techniques.  Students will learn basic printmaking terminology, the process of creating a successful design, as well as techniques of carving and printing.  Students will complete (1x) single-plate print and (1x) double plate or two-color print by the end of the course in addition to gaining an understanding of the necessary tools and skills to continue printmaking.