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We are excited to offer local residents FREE ADMISSION to the Jepson Center and Telfair Academy on Saturdays and Sundays through August 28!

Counties included: Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty (Georgia), and Beaufort and Jasper (South Carolina)
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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. Contact Kip Bradley for more information at bradleyk@telfair.org.

adult art classes at Telfair Museums are located in the Jepson Center studio

Brilliant Colors

Mondays, June 6-July 11 | 2-4:30pm

Members $175 | Non-members $195
Instuctor: Michelle Stafford

An oil-painting class for all levels. In this class we introduce fun elements of color theory by working with cools and warms to create vibrant paintings. The first three classes will be dedicated to learning to see color through painting still-lifes. The last three classes will be dedicated to completing one painting from a photo that we will learn to transfer, block in, and layer to create a colorful final piece.

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The Still-Life Painting Class

Instructor: Kip Bradley
June 7–July 12 | Tuesdays, 2–4:30pm
Members $175 | Non-members $195

A painting class for both the beginner and intermediate painter. Explore the Alla Prima (all-at-once) process, the elements of color, and how they work together. Develop a more confident approach to painting by gaining grounding for strong color choices. The first three classes explore the color palette and elements of color while strengthening basic painting skills. The second three explore the potential within the elements of color by painting in a variety of schemes.

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Studio Art Club


1 Day a week
Members $60 | Non-members $85
June 1–August 3 | Wednesdays, 2–5pm
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June 2–August 4 | Thursday, 2–5pm

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2 Days a week
Members $85 | Non-Members $110
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Instructor: Kip Bradley (non-instructional & guided options)

The tough part of the painting is not always the “how-to” but sometimes just the “when.” Set aside a regular time to meet, and ensure time is taken each week to create a safe and social atmosphere. This studio program will provide studio space for artists to work independently but with a teacher on hand to provide guidance when requested. Work on your own or from still life, work in the media of your choice, and see how others work as well. Bring your own materials. Choose one or both sessions.

Figure and Portrait Drawing

Instructor: Michelle Stafford
Session 1: Thursdays, 10am-12:30pm | January 27–March 3
Session 1: Thursdays, 10am-12:30pm | April 7– May 12
Members $195 | non-members $215

In this class we will explore fundamental approaches to figure drawing, learning briefly about many different tools and processes. Students will be exposed to classic and contemporary methods (the envelope, line of action, block in gesture, scribble gesture, etc.), taking time to play with each and develop a basic understanding of the process. This class will draw from models, from casts in the museum’s collections, and from photos.

Art Making Explorations

A fun program for those who don’t believe they have an artistic bone in their body as well for those that just want to learn some thing new.

These one-day, two hours workshops offer time to mess about. Learn special skills or just have a new experience under the guidance of a helpful teacher. Intended for the absolute beginner or intermediate artists looking for new skills. See the class description online for project examples.

Thursdays 2-4pm $25 per two-hour session. Materials included.

May 5: Try charcoal painting

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May 12: Try watercolor pour, drip, and paint large-format organic abstractions on paper

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May 19: Try acrylic pour paintings

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Try it Friday! Art-making Explorations

A fun program for those who don’t believe they have an artistic bone in their body as well for those who just want to learn something new. These one-day, two-hour workshops offer time to mess about. Learn special skills or just have a new experience under the guidance of a helpful teacher. Intended for the absolute beginner or intermediate artists looking for new skills.

Fridays 2–4 pm, $25 per two-hour session. Materials included.

June 10: An introduction to color theory and make stripe paintings
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June 17: Try bookmaking, make your own sketchbook

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June 24: Block-printing patterns
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July 1: An introduction to drawing
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July 8: Try charcoal drawing
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July 15: Try linear perspective, learn one- and two-point perspective

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Featured Artist Workshop with Patrick Saunders

September 16September 18 Jepson Center
The painted still life tells a story through the composition and the elements represented, requiring a balance of spontaneity and accuracy, a perfect subject to practice adding energy and excitement to all your paintings. Learn about choosing a subject, composition, values, color temperature, simplification, how to start, and when to stop. Each day will include a full demonstration followed by opportunities to create multiple paintings, with frequent one-on-one instruction.

The Costumed Figure in Oil with with Melinda Borysevicz

February 3, 2023February 5, 2023 Jepson Center
What a person wears tells a story. From the choice of specific attire, colors, accessories, and fabrics to the way in which someone inhabits their clothes (comfortably, stiffly, self-consciously …), we find clues that chronicle the nature of the person in front of us, both on the superficial societal level and on the deeper psychological level. In this workshop, we’ll be working on one long pose with an elegantly dressed model (with a twist!) to find/create their story.