Adult (ages 16+)

Adult Classes

Learn a new skill or expand your artistic practice with these classes designed to engage both the beginning and seasoned artist. Great opportunity for college-bound high school students looking to add quality work to their art or design admissions portfolios! All classes are for ages 16+, unless otherwise specified.

FOR EDUCATORS: Educators with proper ID can earn renewal credits for all Artspace classes and receive discounts on class pricing. Contact Brittany Carlson, Education and Outreach Manager, for more information.

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2020

Intro to Watercolor with Jillian Ohl

Thursdays, June 18 + 25
6-9pm

$80 members/$100 non-members

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Students will learn the fundamentals of painting with watercolor. In this course students will review the basics including brushes, paper, color relationships, and technical skills. Using these foundations, students will practice with simple and fun projects.

Jillian Ohl is an artist and illustrator living and working in Raleigh. Her work is inspired by fashion, whimsy, pop culture, and humor. Using watercolor, ink, and collage, she enjoys asking the question of where illustration ends and fine art begins. She is a graduate of NC State’s College of Design and has exhibits her work across North Carolina.

 

Explore Abstract Painting with Vanessa Murray

Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 + August 6
6-9pm

$200 members/$220 non-members

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This class will explore the infinite possibilities of painting through the lens of abstraction. Students will be pushing what paint itself can achieve as a medium through important elements of Formalism. Properties such as the “push and pull” of space, color juxtaposition, composition, form, and texture can serve as tools for an intuitive process of painting that engages with sensory associations. Through experimental class exercises students will work on developing ideas for a final independent piece that will be unique to each student’s experience. All levels welcome.

Vanessa Murray was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005 and her Master of Fine Art in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. She creates paintings and objects that reference the processes of the natural world. Of her work, Murray states: “The surfaces of my paintings ask to slow down the process of looking through subtle visual differences and exchanges of color, texture and layering. By carefully building upon layers of material while attempting to keep them simultaneously exposed, I am promoting a certain sense of time unfolding in the work.”

Block Print T-Shirt Design with Maria Frati

Saturday, August 15
11am-5pm

$100 members/$120 non-members 
$30 supply fee due to instructor at first class 

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Create a graphic, personalized print on a t-shirt OR create your own textile design. Learn to make a unique block print. Incorporate text into your design for an extra challenge! We will cover relief carving techniques, tool use and management as well as inking and flatbed press use. This class will use oil based Speedball fabric ink which will be steadfast for many washes.  

Maria Frati has an MA in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She taught both elementary and high school art for six years in public schools in New York City and Florida. Maria currently works as an instructor for Artspace and The Crafts Center at NC State.

 

Recent Classes

oilpainting

Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 + April 2
6-9pm

$180 members/$200 non-members
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Through a series of still life paint sketches and one final still life painting, completed in layers over the course of several classes, students will learn the basics of using oil paint. Safety precautions, and how to mix colors and the proper order of operations will be discussed.  Students will also learn about composition, focal point, and the energy/emotion of a work. This is a foundations class and all the techniques used are the stepping stones for all other oil painting.

Allison Coleman is a narrative painter and photographer.  Many themes found in her work center around Memory and Nostolgia, Mid Century Idealism, Americana and the American South. Originally from the South Carolina Lowcountry, she currently resides in Raleigh NC.  She received her BA from College of Charleston and her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She currently teaches part time at UNC and has a studio at Artspace in Raleigh.

surfacedesign

Saturdays, February 1 + 8
10am-2pm

$120 members/$140 non-members
ages 16+
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Create a richly colored and patterned block print using reduction printmaking technique. Reduction prints make bold, colorful, unique pieces of work on paper. Explore how to make a dynamic piece with ample color and texture. This workshop will address how to make a durable printmaking plate, registering a plate, using a printmaking press and making print editions. Students will look at compositional arrangements, color combinations and printmaking influencers. Additionally, you will explore oil based ink mixing, safety and clean up.

Maria Frati’s work explores magical realism and the notion that our lives and the things in it are as they are, except more possible, magical and meaningful.

Each piece of wood Frati carves is different, with its own idiosyncrasies, flaws and attributes. Wood carving is an old process with its own inherent language. She hopes that her work both honors that tradition, while also re-imagining it.

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Saturdays, January 18 + 25
10am-1pm

Register by January 6
$100 members/$120 non-members
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Using a variety of surface (relief) carving techniques create unique works on wood. Students will address carving tool use and maintenance, carving styles, different woods and grain. For an extra challenge create a carving from a repurposed piece of wood from home. Additionally, staining, mixing and painting will be explored.

Maria Frati’s work explores magical realism and the notion that our lives and the things in it are as they are, except more possible, magical and meaningful.

Each piece of wood Frati carves is different, with its own idiosyncrasies, flaws and attributes. Wood carving is an old process with its own inherent language. She hopes that her work both honors that tradition, while also re-imagining it.

bookmaking

Saturdays, January 11 + 18
9am-4pm with a 1 hour lunch break

$180 members/$200 non-members
$25 materials fee to be paid first night of class

Journaling can take many forms: sketchbook, diary, tapestry diary, collage. In this class we do it all. Learn how to make a unique accordion style journal that is as versatile as your imagination. Then start filling your journal with small collage based tapestry. Have a story or just like to experiment with color and technique. Join us for a creative “in-the-box” journal, “out-of-the box experience

This class is team taught by Debbie Suchoff and Mary Kircher. Debbie is a materials experimenter, idea developer, and non-traditional bookmaking artist. Mary shares her weaving journals, collage and tapestry experience, resulting in creative displays for fiber artists and book lovers.