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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Intermediate Drawing with Julie Cardillo

Saturdays, October 19 – November 23

Register by October 8
$180 members/$200 non-members
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An intermediate drawing class designed for those who have some drawing experience. We’ll begin by reviewing proportions, linear perspective, and volume, while touching on figure drawing, animal gesture drawing, botanical sketches, and architectural studies. Then we’ll work independently towards a personal masterpiece. Art history will provide inspiration for regular discussions.

Julie Cardillo has been fascinated with nature and the environment since she was a young child. As a teen, she’d sketch in her mother’s garden, camp in the Pine Barrens, and work for environmental groups. In 2015, Cardillo was diagnosed with cancer, and her artwork branched off to reflect her journey. Today she’s in remission. Through her artwork, she expresses society’s ability to reimagine the world through the environment. At times, Cardillo believes our visions of nature are stranger than fiction. She creates both deeply personal imagery, and images reflecting her interest in the contradictory, and multi-dimensional definition of the word “nature.”

Cardillo’s work has been included in both solo and group exhibitions such as Scapes, Durham Art Guild; Spiritual Visions Crossing Boundaries Making Connections, Hermitage Museum, Norfolk, VA; Wild Things, in Association with Smithsonian Institution at Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and Arts Center, Solomons, MD, and Florida International, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. She has received recognition from the Wake County Regional Artist Project Grant, NY Foundations for the Arts, Greater Rochester Cultural Council Grant and a Qubain Excellence In Teaching Award, from Ravenscroft School. She currently teaches at Wake County Community College.

Make Your Own Sketchbook with Tedd Anderson

Saturday, October 26

Register by October 15
$30 members/$50 non-members
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Learn basic paper handling, non-adhesive book structures, and simple methods of personalization. You’ll leave with a handmade sketchbook and the ability to make more!

Tedd Anderson is an artist based in Durham, NC. He grew up in Illinois and Wisconsin, receiving his BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007. He has had solo shows in Chicago, New Zealand, Raleigh and Durham. He has experience in art instruction, bookbinding, arts and crafts markets, and live drawing events as well as ten years of professional experience in book and paper conservation in a library setting.

Eco-Print: Bundle Dyeing with Katina Gad

Thursday, December 5

Register by November 24
$30 members/$50 non-members
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This is an easy, fast, and fun introduction to natural dyeing that focuses on using local and seasonal dyes including garden flowers, foraged plants, and everyday kitchen scraps. You’ll leave with your own hand-dyed silk scarf.

Katina Gad is a natural dyer and fashion designer living in Raleigh, NC. She has a decade of experience learning about natural dyes in Central America, South America, Asia, and the USA. She studied Fashion Design at FIDM in L.A., and Fashion and Textiles Management at NCSU’s College of textiles, and has worked in the textile and apparel industries for the past 15 years. Katina currently is the designer and director of Unity Outfitters, her own business based in Raleigh that produces naturally dyed bras, bralettes, underwear, and sleepwear.

Recent Classes



Saturday, September 14

Register by September 3
$80 members/$100 non-members
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Students will explore the difference between these two wet mediums and how to use them together and apart to create a series of small paintings. Some drawing experience necessary.

Kristen Solecki is an artist and illustrator currently based in Chapel Hill, NC. Since earning her degree in illustration from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Solecki has worked with a variety of clients to create editorial illustrations, book cover art and illustrations, marketing materials, paintings, and other projects.

When she’s not doing client work, Solecki exhibits her art in galleries around the country, teaches workshops, and curates exhibitions. She is always on the lookout for out-of-the-box projects that use illustration in new and unique ways.


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).

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.