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Adult Classes

Adult studio classes are tailored to reinforce museum exhibition themes and/or concepts. Filling a niche in the community, studio classes offer a nurturing creative environment and provide a wonderful opportunity to advance your artistic talents. All classes and workshops are at the Jepson Center unless otherwise noted.

Drawing from Antiquity

Instructor: Carl Fougerousse
Thursdays, January 8–January 29 | 10am–1pm
$120 Members $120 | Non-members $145

In this course, students will learn a classical, academic approach to drawing the figure from ancient sculptures. The tradition of drawing from antiquity dates back to the Renaissance and has made up a great part of the studio practice of artists ever since. Historically, the Telfair Academy’s collection of plaster casts has presented local artists with a great opportunity to learn the timeless principles exemplified in these famous works. We are now proud to offer this unique learning experience once again.
membership_special Portrait Drawing

Instructor: Atsuko Smith
Fridays, January 30–March 13 | 10am–1pm (no class Feb 27)
Members $175 | Non-members $200

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In this beginner-to-intermediate adult class, students will work from a live model and explore fundamental and advanced drawing skills through portraiture. Learn to develop observational abilities through a careful study of proportions as they pertain to the individual nature of the face. Emphasis will be placed on depicting the head through the use of light and shadow, based on a five-value system. Students will develop and improve skills necessary to obtain a “likeness” in drawing from life.
What the Heck Is an Arduino?

Instructor: Ross Fish
Saturday, January 31 | 10am–2pm
Members $75 | Non-members $95

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Join the artist and musician Ross Fish in a fun and engaging workshop to learn about the fundamentals of the very popular microcontroller known as the Arduino. The Arduino is a bridge between the digital and physical worlds and is a wonderful introductory tool for those looking to gain basic programming and electronics experience. The Arduino is used in a variety of applications but is particularly useful for exploration in interactive artwork and new media. Participants will leave with their very own Arduino that they themselves will build from scratch for less than the price that RadioShack sells them for! No previous soldering experience is required!
Figure Drawing and Painting

Instructor: Atsuko Smith
Tuesdays, February 10–March 17 | 1–4pm
Members $175 | Non-members $200

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This class will focus on rendering the figure, using the mediums of both drawing and painting. Students will complete detailed studies of portions of the human body, focusing on the anatomy of hands and facial features, in charcoal, graphite, and white Conté on gray paper, followed by color studies in either acrylic or oil paint. Attention will be paid to creating a full range of values and mixing naturalistic colors corresponding to the subject.
Build Your Own Guitar Pedals!

Instructor: Ross Fish
Saturday, February 21 | 10am–2pm
Members $75 | Non-members $95

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Join the artist and musician Ross Fish in a fun and engaging workshop to build your own guitar pedals. Projects include the famous Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine) kill switch, distortion pedals, fuzz pedals, and other unworldly sound devices to crush your guitar tone into oblivion. Bask in the glory of your own awesomeness as you shred onstage with a pedal you built with your own two hands! No previous soldering experience is required!
Beginning Oil Painting

Instructor: Woody Cornwell
Mondays, February 16–March 23 | 1–4pm
Members $175 | Non-members $200

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This class focuses on the fundamental techniques of painting with oil-based paint. Designed for those with a broad range of painting experience, the class will develop both beginning- and continuing-level students’ skills using color, composition, and creativity. The subject matter will range from still lifes to old master studies and photography. Specifically, students will explore techniques from the basic understanding of “fat over lean” to imprimatura, grisaille, impasto, and alla prima.
Screen Printing

Instructor: Rebecca Sipper
Wednesdays, February 4–March 11 | 1–4pm
Members $175 | Non-members $200

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The perfect introduction to the world of screen printing! Students will learn all the fundamentals of screen printing on fabric. Every step will be explained in a simple, straightforward way, and students will create beautiful prints by employing the same photo emulsion process that the professionals use. This eight-week class is open to artists of all levels. Bring your own fabric by the yard, T-shirts, or other fibers for printing.
Painting Boot Camp

Instructor: Kip Bradley
Tuesday, March 24 | 10am–2pm
Members $75 | Non-members $95

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Do you want to learn the basics of oil painting? This class is designed to build foundational skills and expand students’ knowledge of techniques and materials that can be applied to many painting styles and to realistic or abstract subjects. Students will learn how to use paint, paint mediums, and brushes for outstanding results, how to mix color, and how to create the illusion of three-dimensional forms.
Sketchbooking Is Hip!

Instructor: Kip Bradley
Wednesdays, March 11–April 22 | Noon–2pm
Members $95 | Non-members $120

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The more that technology becomes integrated into our lives, the cooler low-tech activities like sketchbooking become. It’s time to enjoy the simplicity, growth, and delight that comes from sketching. This eight-week class will introduce you to keeping a sketchbook and assist you in developing your own methods. This class will provide a strong introduction to drawing and watercolor techniques, while helping you develop the habits of incorporating sketching into your everyday life! Artists of all levels are welcome, and materials will be provided.
Abstraction in Representational Painting

Instructor: Woody Cornwell
Mondays, April 6–May 11 | 1–4pm
Members $175 | Non-members $200

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Designed for both beginners and experienced artists, this course will cover the fundamentals of abstraction and its application in the development of style and expression in representational painting. Explore line, shape, color, texture, and composition using a variety of media. The class will approach abstraction from specific “points of entry”: gestural abstraction, texture and collage, music, language, and visual studies of established abstract artists. Explore the world of abstraction with experimentation and discussion to become more familiar with your own personal style.
Figure-Drawing Boot Camp

Instructor Kip Bradley
Tuesday, April 14 | 1–5pm
Members $75 | Non-members $95

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If you can draw the figure, you can draw anything! This two-day intensive figure-drawing course is for students who are serious about learning how to draw. Learn tricks and tools with both classical and unusual approaches.
Two-Day Figure-Painting Workshop

Instructor: Carl Fougerousse
Thursdays, April 23 and 30 | 10am–2pm
Members $75 | Non-members $95

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This two-day workshop for advanced students will focus on rendering the figure using oil paints. Students will work form a live model, focusing on anatomy, planner construction, and light with oil paints. Attention will be paid to mixing naturalistic flesh tones and placing the figure in space.
SketchCrawl Art of Diplomacy Sketch Walk

Saturday, May 9 | 2:30–5pm
Ages: Teen to adult
Free, registration required

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The paintings of Winston Churchill embody all the elements that make sketching a wonderful activity. Come by the Jepson Center at 12 noon to tour the exhibit The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting and discuss why painting was integral to Churchill’s life. Then meet at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum 2:30 pm for sketching at the museum.