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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Mondays, June 17 – July 15

Register by June 7
$180 members/$200 non-members
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Embark upon a hands-on journey into the world of urban sketching. Students will acquire techniques and concepts for drawing on location, as well as learn experimental methods for finding stories in the places we take for granted. The class will sketch on location in Downtown Raleigh around the Artspace/City Market area using a variety of media using pen, ink, watercolor, rubbings of gravel and asphalt, etc.

Sherry Difilippo grew up in Raleigh, NC and earned a BA in Arts Education from Meredith College. She then attended the New York Academy of Art and earned her MFA with a focus on observational drawing and anatomy. Currently, she teaches many different classes and is a practicing artist working with a wide variety of media and techniques.



Thursday, June 27

Register by June 13
$30 members/$50 non-members
$10 Material Fee to be paid to River the night of (cash only). Please bring 2-4 items from home to dye (items must be made of natural materials, cotton, linen, rayon etc).

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Learn the fundamentals of how Indigo Dye is made, best practices, materials needed, and demonstrations on how to create surface designs through the ancient Japanese technique of Itajime Shibori, a shaped-resist technique.

Students are encouraged to bring 2-4 items, natural cellulose fibers: cotton, linen, and rayon, to dye/upcycle; and will be provided with sample fabric to experiment with.

River Takada-Capel, a local Japanese American artist, has a life long love affair with all things textiles, handmade and vintage.  Rooted in all her work is a reclaimed story, an element of preloved beauty.  River has been sewing and practicing dyeing and surface design professionally for 11 years, creating many products sold at independently owned shops, selling at markets and teaching along the East Coast.  River has been sewing and dyeing personally for 20+ years, upcycling and designing things for the home and body.



Wednesdays, July 10 – August 7

Register by June 30
$180 members/$200 non-members
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This class will explore the infinite possibilities of painting through the lens of abstraction. We 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 we will work on developing ideas for a final independent piece that will be unique to each students’ experience. Minimal to advanced painting backgrounds are welcome.

Vanessa Murray received her MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill and recent exhibitions include Uncertain Becomings, Art of Style, Raleigh; Artifact, Gutter Box Gallery, Raleigh; and Analogous, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL. Vanessa shares “I’m attracted to geologic formations – the big picture of how things form and become what they are over very long periods of time…My paintings are also contemplations of our bodies and their vulnerabilities. Through fleshy moments of thick paint or rupture of a warm saturated color, I’m creating interruptions to the mineral or lifeless. I’m interested in this juxtaposition and in quietly challenging the viewer to consider the visceral relationship we have to the primordial. What is our evolving relationship with the primordial world?”


Thursdays, July 11 – August 8

Register by July 1
$180 members/$200 non-members
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Since the Renaissance, red chalk has been used to create powerful, timeless drawings. Working on hand-toned paper, you will learn several methods of using this traditional media to create beautiful portraits. The fundamentals of portraiture, such as proper proportions, structure and basic anatomy of the human head will be discussed. This will help you gain confidence and skill to create several expressive portraits. This class will strengthen your drawing ability whether you are an absolute beginner or a more advanced student.

Alia El-Bermani received her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA.  This talented traditional painter has had six solo exhibitions as well as had her work featured in numerous group exhibitions across the country.  Her figurative and still life paintings and drawings have been showcased in museums such as the Palm Springs Desert Museum in California, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Alaska, the West Valley Art Museum in Arizona, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto and most recently at the Greenville Museum of Art in North Carolina. She is a seasoned teacher who has taught at both the college and workshop level.  She has been a guest lecturer locally at ECU, Meredith College and at Ravenscroft School. El-Bermani is a member of the Portrait Society of America as well as a co-founder of the important blog, Women Painting Women. Her work has been featured in such periodicals as American Art Collector, ArtSee, Art Week, The Independent and LA Weekly. She currently lives and works in Apex, NC.

Watercolor Intensive with Ryan Fox

Saturday, August 3

Register by July 24
$80 members/$100 non-members
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Turn your old notions of watercolor upside down. Begin with the basics to explore numerous techniques in watercolor painting such as wet into wet painting, charging color, intentional water blossoms, scraping, spattering, and adding texture to your paintings. Students will complete several quarter-sheet (11×15”) paintings during this day long workshop.

Ryan Fox is a watercolor artist, focusing on landscapes and architecture from around the world. He is a member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. He received his BFA Fine Arts with a concentration in photography from the University of Michigan and has exhibited in statewide and national juried shows.


Tuesdays, August 6 – September 3

Register by July 26
$180 members/$200 non-members
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Books have always been a receptacle for creativity.  However, handmade books are, in themselves, a form of art and the possibilities for creativity are infinite.  In this class you will learn how to make four different types of books. From the art of paper making to book binding we will utilize techniques that are both ancient and contemporary.

Jeny Brill has been teaching in Raleigh since 1995. With both degrees in Fine Art and Montessori Education she has used art to teach in Montessori Schools, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Sertoma Arts Center, Museum of Life and Science, Arts Together, Marbles, as well as Artspace. In addition to teaching Jeny has a studio in her Raleigh home and constructs pieces using mixed media.


Printmaking with Photo Transfers with Sue Soper

Thursdays, March 14 – April 11 10am-1pm

$180 members/$200 non-members $25 materials fee paid to instructor. Teachers with proper ID get member discount.

Learn how to transform your photos into multi colored original lithographs! Using the technique of waterless lithography, photo transfers will be made using your personal photos or copyright free images. Plates will be processed and then printed using an etching press. Students will experiment will a selection of printmaking papers and learn the technique of the multicolored “rainbow roll.” At the end of the class you will have a unique, hand printed edition. Students should bring ideas/drawings to first class. Plate size will be 5×7 inches.

Susan Soper was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised on Long Island. She graduated from the State University College at Buffalo, NY with a BS degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Art therapy. After graduation she moved to Wyoming where she and her family stayed for the next twenty years. Soper began creating Lithographs in 1988. She furthered her studies by attending The Tamarind Institute of Lithography’s Summer Workshop in New Mexico and traveled to South Dakota to attend Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshops at the University of South Dakota. She specializes in stone and waterless lithography. She relocated to North Carolina in 2003 and in 2006 she was juried into Artspace Artist Association.  She currently works from her Artspace studio 102 in Raleigh’s city market.  Currently she teaches youth and adult printmaking and drawing at Pullen Art Center, Village Art Circle, and Artspace and conducts private printmaking workshops in her Artspace studio. Many of her original hand pulled lithographs have been included in exhibitions in, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Colorado, and Wyoming.


Saturdays, February 9 – March 16 11am-1pm

$180 members/$200 non-members Download Supply list Teachers with proper ID get member discount.

This is an intermediate and advanced drawing class designed for those who already have some basic drawing experience. The first half of the class will be structured with a review of creating proportions, using linear perspective, and drawing with volume. We will touch on figure drawing, animal gesture drawing, botanical sketches, and architectural studies. The second half of the class will be working independently towards a personal masterpiece. Students will be able to choose from multiple options regarding the subject of their personal masterpiece, as well as which materials they prefer to use. Materials used include, charcoal, Conté crayons, graphite, markers, pen and ink, watercolors and colored pencils. Art history will provide inspiration for our regular discussions.

Julie Cardillo received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of a Regional Artist Project Grant from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. Cardillo has taught printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture to a range of ages, including at the AP level. Her work was recently exhibited in the 60th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Durham Arts Guild, and she shares, “At the root of my artwork, is an intuitive desire to be more connected nature.”

Thursdays, October 4 – November 1 6:30-9:30pm

$180 members/$200 non-members $50 materials fee paid to instructor. Teachers with proper ID get member discount.

A beginner’s screenprinting course covering techniques, tips, and tricks on printing imagery using silk screens, DIY style. This class is designed to equip you with the knowledge needed to continue screen printing fine art prints and posters from your home or studio.

Please note that this class is closed.

Ariana Gershman’s practice as an artist and printmaker allows her to explore her subconscious and connection to nature. She is continually captivated by natural composition and beauty and strives to capture what is often over looked. Light/shadow, reflection, and water are the main image markers of her work.

Multi Media Portraits is closed

Saturday, September 29 11am-5pm

$80 members/$100 non-members $20 materials fee paid to instructor. Teachers with proper ID get member discount.

Choose a picture of yourself, a family member, child, friend or pet to immortalize in a multi-media portrait.  With a photo transfer process we will transfer your photo onto a canvas to become the center of your multi-media portrait.  To complete the portrait we will use stencils with ink, paint, Sharpie markers, sequins, fabric and fancy papers collaged or sewn onto the canvas(in 2 and 3-dimensional forms) and more fun and fantastic techniques.  You will leave class with a multi-media portrait worthy of being hung in any family gallery.  No experience is necessary, just a willingness to have fun!