Youth, Teen + Adult Classes

Our year-round youth, teen, and adult programming offers a diverse range of classes taught by local artists. We provide our students with a high quality arts educational experience by working with artists who are eager to share their knowledge and expertise while supporting their educational growth. Artspace teaching artists will devote the necessary time to each student and provide them with technical assistance and substantive feedback, allowing for the best possible educational experience. To make the arts more accessible to all, Artspace will provide basic art making materials and tools to participants on the day of their class. Common drawing, painting and general art making tools will be provided unless otherwise specified via a supply list. In the event that specific supplies are required, Artspace will make available a detailed list of those supplies along with recommended options from the instructor.


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Adult Classes

Little Sister Wallets

with Fernanda Batista

Thursday, August 18, 6-8pm

ages 16+ 

$55 members / $60 non-members

Under the guidance of Artspace Studio Artist Fernanda Batista, participants will learn how to create their very own “Little Sister Wallets.”  Learn the story behind Little Sister Wallets, experience the process of making one by hand, and apply your own creativity to design a unique and one-of-a-kind leatherwork art piece. This class is ideal for anyone interested in learning about leatherworking techniques. No prior experience is needed. Reserve your spot now- space is limited!

Fernanda Batista (Studio 103) is a Product Designer by trade and is the founder and Creative Director of Nazz Ares, a handbag and accessories  company based in Raleigh, NC with products sold in stores around the world.

Inspired by watching her aunt hand craft beautiful items on a classic Singer sewing machine, Fernanda pursued and earned an Industrial Design scholarship at the renowned PUC University in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

She focuses her unique talent and world view in her design process and is interested in creating one of a kind pieces that bring joy, confidence and practicality to women with their everyday use.

Exploring Contemporary Themes

with Peter Marín

Fridays, September 9 – October 14, 5:30-8:30pm

ages 16+ 

$270 members / $300 non-members

Contemporary Themes is a 6-week course that will meet once a week from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Explore what it means to be a contemporary artist and engage with others to unpack relevant concepts and art practices.  Participants will learn about today’s most prominent themes in contemporary art and use this knowledge as a point of departure for painting assignments, group discussions, weekly lectures with image presentations and group critiques.

Peter Marín (Studio 105) was born and raised in Mexico City. He has lived in San Francisco, Oakland, Madrid, New York City, and Raleigh, NC. Marín has been painting for 30 years, and exhibits both nationally and internationally. His work is part of public and private collections and foundations including Hunter College, United Way, Boys and Girls Club, The City of Raleigh and SAS. He is the owner of Peter Marín Artworks and is represented by Charlotte Russell Contemporary. Marín is also the Curator  of Exhibitions at Diamante Arts + Cultural Center in Raleigh. 

Rug Tufting 101

with Alanah Reid

Saturday + Sunday October 22 + 23, 12-6:30pm

ages 16+ 

$250 members / $275 non-members

Rug tufting is a time honored method of making fully customizable rugs to be displayed on floors or walls. In this class, students will learn the most basic method of tufting using a punch needle. Participants will learn how to build their frame, choose their ideal fabric, attach the backing fabrics and incorporate finishing techniques. The skills learned in this class will enable any student to make their own custom rugs at home! This is a two-day workshop, participants are encouraged to bring drinks and snacks to enjoy during break times.

Alanah Reid (Studio 109) is a nonbinary visual artist based in Raleigh NC. Their art embraces vivid colors and mesmerizing organic forms. They have a deep love of Gouache paints and rug tufting. Find them in person at Artspace, or online.

Monthly Meet-ups

Jackie Sanders and Adriana Ameigh working in their studios


Saturday, August 13, 11am-1pm

ages 16+

Free! Please register though so that we may anticipate attendance.

Join us for a monthly gathering of working artists from Raleigh and surrounding areas! This group meets on the second Saturday of the month in Studio 206. These lively sessions are centered around creativity, networking and collaboration. Bring your sketchbook or a work in progress as well as any materials you may need to create during the session.  Hosted by Studio Artists Adriana Ameigh (Studio 203), and Jackie Sanders (Studio 220), the duo behind Level Up Artists Podcast and membership group. 
detail of Installation by Jane Cheek

Installation Artist Meet Up

Saturday, August 20, 11am-1pm

Free! Please register so that we may anticipate attendance.

Join us for a monthly gathering of installation artists at Artspace! Installation artists of all kinds and experience levels are invited to join this group, which provides space to work on your projects in community. Bring your own project and materials for a casual, drop in style gathering that meets on the third Saturday of each month. Hosted by Studio Artist Jane Cheek, Studio 217, (work depicted). Free, but please register so that we may anticipate attendance.

Fiber Folks

Wednesday, August 17, 6-8pm

ages 16+

Free! Please register though so that we may anticipate attendance.

Join us for a monthly gathering of fiber folks at Artspace! Fiber artists of all kinds and experience levels are invited to join this group, which provides space to work on your projects in community. Bring your own project and materials for a casual, drop in style gathering that meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Hosted by Regional Emerging Artist in Residence Aliyah Bonnette (Studio 215).

Recent classes

detail of pastel work by Jim Hallenbeck

Picturesque Pastels

with Jim Hallenbeck

Wednesday June 1 + 8, 5:30-8:30pm

ages 16+, intermediate 

$118 members / $130 non-members

Supply List

Experience pastel painting with studio artist Jim Hallenbeck as he leads you through techniques learned from master artist Albert Handell, a mentor of Jim. Participants will create a pastel painting from beginning to end as they build on a quick pencil drawing, incorporate a watercolor underpainting and apply soft pastels to bring their works to life. This class will emphasize composition, hue, value, temperature and chroma…essential ingredients for a successful pastel painting. Previous experience working with pastels is recommended. Participants must provide their own soft pastels, Artspace will make available all other required materials on the day of. Access the supply list for this class here.

Jim Hallenbeck

Jim Hallenbeck (Studio 105) graduated with a BS in art education from FIU, Miami. After a 35 year career with IBM, he retired as an IBM VP in 2015. Jim began pursuing his lifelong dream of being an artist by becoming a painter working in both oils and pastels.  He was a studio artist at 311 Gallery before becoming a studio artist at Artspace in 2020. A student and mentee of master artist Albert Handell, Jim has been juried into 40 regional and national exhibitions winning numerous awards.

detail of print by Maria Frati

Dynamic Prints in Color!

with Maria Frati

Saturday, May 21, 1-5pm

ages 16+

$99 members / $110 non-members

Deep-dive into traditional and experimental printmaking techniques to create  visually dynamic prints that’ll satisfy any explorative minds. Participants will use a two-block printmaking technique to explore colors and texture, ultimately creating bold prints using a large flatbed press. Participants will incorporate water soluble printmaking inks and push the bounds of what printmaking can be as they experiment with layers and gradients. Block printing experience is suggested but not necessary.

photo of Maria working

Maria Frati (Studio 208) is a printmaking and oil painter. Maria has a masters degree in art education from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Maria spent six years teaching art in public schools including four in New York City. She adores the art of print and has been teaching printmaking for over ten years.

detail of a mosaic

Mosaic Workshop

with Carlos González

Saturday, May 28, 3:30-6:30pm

ages 16+

$110 members / $125 non-members

During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn and apply essential techniques used in mosaic art making . Participants will learn how to use tools such as the mosaic Martelina (Hammer) and Hardie (Steel Cutter) as they incorporate smalti glass into their projects. Participants will engage with the Direct Method technique, applying glass on a thin-set framed piece of wood . Each design is unique and each person will choose their own subject for their project. Other elements of focus will be Andamento (Flow) design. and Color Theory. Whether a first timer or seasoned artist, this workshop will offer a new experience and an opportunity to create a beautiful mosaic art piece to be proud of.

Triad public artist Carlos González García was born in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Having moved to the United States at an early age, Carlos completed his schooling in the U.S then traveled to Italy after college. While in Italy, Carlos studied the art of Mosaics at the renowned Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, located in Spilimbergo, Italy from 2001-2004. 

Carlo’s Public Art experience in mosaics started in 2001 with large-scale, private and artistic works derived from his learning experience overseas and professional studio work around the world. 

González current work in mosaic art has been published in the Chapel Hill Magazine, News of Orange, depicting his latest mural since he moved from Mexico in early 2020