Fine Arts

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Meramec | Wildwood | Corporate College | Off-Site

Discover, sample and expand your artistic talent with drawing, pottery, or painting classes.

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314-984-7777

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Registration for spring 2019 Continuing Education classes opens on Jan. 7. Ageless Learning Seminar registration opens Jan. 22Call 314-984-7777 to register for spring classes by phone, or click the button above to register and pay online.

Basic Design Principles

In this class, you will learn the basic skills and principles that no artist should be without! This class is designed for painters and artists who wish to learn the fundamental skills for building better compositions through dynamic design. We will examine successful paintings and explore what makes them memorable. In-class activities and take home projects will focus on the principles and elements of outstanding design.
ARTS:748 | 4 sessions | $45.50 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P12 | Tu 6-8 p.m. | Elizabeth Kern | April 2-23 | FP-G, 409
• NOTE: Class time has changed.

Color Fusion

Train your eye to mix any color on demand! Do you wonder about the difference between hue and tint? Shade and value? Intensity and saturation? Do you wonder why it is so difficult to match a color? We will explore the color wheel and delve deep into the fascinating properties of color. Explore your emotional, colorful side with practical in class exercises and take home projects!
ARTS:748 | 5 sessions | $77.50 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P03 | Th 6-8 p.m. | Elizabeth Kern | Feb. 7-March 14 | MC-HE, 123
• NOTE: No class 2/14.

Artful Saturdays

Enjoy three Saturday mornings exploring museum collections. Tours will be led by Betsy Solomon and will feature a specific theme each time (see details below). Featured selections are all new, no repeats from last year. Participants must provide their own transportation. Meet in Sculpture Hall inside the main entrance to the Cass Gilbert (original) Saint Louis Art Museum building. | March 30, Saint Louis Art Museum: Art of the Ancients-Greek, Roman, Egyptian | April 6, Saint Louis Art Museum: Out of the Middle Ages and Into the Renaissance | April 13, Betsy's Picks.
ARTS:705 | 3 sessions | $47 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P01 | Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Elizabeth Solomon | March 30-April 13 | FP-Off Campus

All About Framing Artwork

Join us for a crash course in what's new, as well as framing design basics. How do you place artwork to beautify and protect the work? You will discover what is important for your needs-how to best prep your work for a show, how to prep art so it will look good for a long time, how and where to hang art (and where it should never be hung.) Some traditional and non-traditional custom framing and DIY ideas will be presented. Bring questions and photos of your rooms and art or bring your art!
ARTS:765 | 1 session | $20 Age 60+ | $29 Regular
P01 | Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Deborah Weltman | March 9 | MC-CE

Drawing

Drawing: Traditional Pencil Basics

Discover the fundamentals of an essential art. Use pencil to create line, perspective, value and composition. No experience necessary and individualized instruction included. Supply list sent. This class is for beginners only.
ARTS:709 | 5 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P05 | Sa noon-3 p.m. | Sean Long | Feb. 9-March 9 | MC-HE, 125
P10 | Sa noon-3 p.m. | Sean Long | April 6-May 4 | MC-HE, 125

Drawing: All Levels

Beginning students will learn the tools, materials and visual and artistic perception needed for this essential art form, as returning students will continue to sharpen their skills through the class projects or independent work. Drawing fundamentals such as line, perspective, value and composition will be covered. Students will use pencil, conte crayon and charcoal. Supply list sent.
ARTS:709 | 5 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P03 | F 12:30-3 p.m. | Jeffrey Johnson | Feb. 8-March 8 | WW, 309
P07 | W 6-9 p.m. | Jeffrey Johnson | March 27-April 24 | Corp. College, 215
P01 | Tu 9:30 a.m.-noon | Ruth Kolker | Jan. 29-March 5 | MC-CE
P04 | Th 6-8:30 p.m. | Lisa Payne | Feb. 7-March 14 | Nottingham School, 109
• NOTE: Classroom has changed.
P08 | Th 6-8:30 p.m. | Lisa Payne | April 4-May 9 | Nottingham School, 109
• NOTE: Classroom has changed. Class title has changed from Drawing: Beginning/Intermediate.

Drawing: Intermediate/Advanced

Advance your skills through practice. Drawing fundamentals will be reviewed: line, perspective, value, and composition. Emphasis will be on practice and technique. Advanced students will expand their skills with more sophisticated projects. Students will use pencil, conte crayon and charcoal. Supply list sent.
ARTS:709 | 6 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P06 | Tu 9:30 a.m.-noon | Ruth Kolker | March 26-April 30 | MC-CE

Figure Drawing: Beginning

Draw with gesture, line, shape and value in relation to a human figure, getting accurate proportions emphasized. Find the rhythmic lines within the human body. Individualized instruction emphasized. Prerequisite: Drawing: Beginning/Intermediate or equivalent experience. Supply list sent. Nude models are used. Classroom has tables and stools. Bring a tabletop easel if you wish.
ARTS:718 | 6 sessions | $92 Age 60+ | $155 Regular
P01 | M 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Elizabeth Kern | Jan. 28-March 25 | Clayton HS, 24
• NOTE: No class 2/18, 3/11, 3/18.

Figure Drawing: Intermediate/Advanced

Draw with gesture, line, shape and value in relation to a human figure. Strong anatomical study is practiced, as well as finding the planes of the figure, drawing the skeleton, muscle groups, and light on form. Individualized instruction emphasized. Supply list sent. Nude models are used. Classroom has tables and stools. Bring a tabletop easel if you wish.
ARTS:718 | 6 sessions | $92 Age 60+ | $155 Regular
P02 | M 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Elizabeth Kern | April 8-May 13 | Clayton HS, 24

Perspective Drawing and Still Life

In a relaxed atmosphere, explore fundamentals of drawing: line, perspective, value and composition. No experience necessary and much individualized instruction given. Intermediate level students advance with more sophisticated projects. Supply list discussed at first class. Bring pencil and sketch pad to first class.
ARTS:709 | 6 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P02 | Th 6:30-9 p.m. | Philip Perschbacher | Jan. 31-March 7 | Clayton HS, 24
P09 | Th 6:30-9 p.m. | Philip Perschbacher | April 4-May 9 | FP-G, 409

Drawing with Color Pastels

Bring the world of color into your drawing by using soft pastels. Develop drawing skills and learn a variety of techniques while exploring the fundamentals of composition and color theory. Previous drawing or painting experience required. Supply list sent. Bring art supplies to first class.
ARTS:721 | 6 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P02 | Tu 6:30-9 p.m. | Brenda Schilling | Feb. 26-April 9 | FV-H, 106 
• NOTE: No class 3/19. Classroom has changed.

Botanical Illustration: Colored Pencils

The focus of this class will be the plant kingdom, and the medium will be colored pencil. By learning about antique styles, you will be inspired to create contemporary pieces using modern methods. Join us to delve into drawing, texture, color and composition using dried plants, fruit and fresh flowers as models. All levels welcome. Supply list sent.
ARTS:716 | 5 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P01 | Th noon-3 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky | Jan. 31-Feb. 28 | MC-CE

Right Brain Drawing

Learn to tap into the right side of your brain for creative projects! Drawing exercises utilize the more creative, less analytical hemisphere to unleash your potential artist. You'll make the mental shift to a state where drawing is pleasurable, meditative and frees you from anxiety. Instructor has years of experience in assisting students to access their creative mind! Supply list sent. Textbook required; bring to first class: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition. ISBN 978-1585429202.
ARTS:721 | 8 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P01 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Mary Feagan | March 5-April 30 | Kirkwood Sr. HS, SA 1
• NOTE: No class 3/19. Class dates have change.
P03 | Sa 9:30 a.m.-11:30 am | Mary Feagan | March 9-May 4 | FP-F, 211
• NOTE: No class 3/23.

Sketchbook: Doodling with a Purpose

Join us to experiment with your drawing techniques. This class focuses on making marks, drawing the same thing different ways, developing compositions and refining drawing styles. We will explore nature and daily life through sketch journaling and nature journaling. We will also incorporate found items and bits of inspiration to develop a daily sketch practice. Supply list sent.
ARTS:721 | 5 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P05 | Th 6-9 p.m. | Jeffrey Johnson | March 28-April 25 | Corp. College, 215

Cartooning

Explore cartooning and comics with an overview of tools used in an overlooked art form. Investigate comic strip creation, comic book layout, political cartooning, basic character design and hand drawn animation. Gain an understanding of basics, skills and techniques. Prerequisite: Basic Drawing class or equivalent experience. Supply list sent. There will be homework assignments.
ARTS:721 | 5 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P04 | W 6-9 p.m. | Sean Long | March 27-April 24 | MC-HE, 218
• NOTE:  Classroom has changed.

Travel Drawing

See St. Louis through the eyes of a traveler! Whether a long time resident or a newcomer, this basic drawing class will explore elements of drawing such as sketching, figure gestures, perspective, landscape, value and composition through on-site drawing experiences at locations around St. Louis City. Drawing materials range from pen, ink and watercolor to pencil. Students will learn through demos, hands-on experience and feedback sessions. The instructor will tailor lessons to the level of the students. This class emphasizes building a sense of community. By the end of class, students should have multiple skills that they can use in their own travels in and outside of St. Louis. Supply list sent. Supplies and locations discussed at the first class, which will meet at instructor's art studio. Prerequisite: Students must be able to walk 15 minutes at a time.
ARTS:721 | 5 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P06 | Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Sarah Paulsen | April 6-May 4 | FP-Off Campus

Painting

Painting I

Bring your own favorite beverage to sip as you paint a maybe-masterpiece on stretched canvas in this fun, one-evening class! No previous art experience is needed as a professional artist leads the class through every step to complete your very own painting of an evening sunset. All art supplies provided. Please bring a paint shirt or apron, sense of humor and your own beverage-of-choice. This painting will be different than the one offered in BYOB Painting II.
ARTS:748 | 1 session | $29 Age 60+ | $39 Regular
P05 | W 6-9 p.m. | Michelle Ochonicky | March 6 | Kirkwood Community Ctr

BYOB Painting II

Bring your own favorite beverage to sip as you paint a maybe-masterpiece on stretched canvas in this fun, one-evening class! No previous art experience is needed as a professional artist leads the class through every step to complete your very own fresh springtime floral painting. All art supplies provided. Please bring a paint shirt or apron, sense of humor and your own beverage-of-choice. This painting will be different than the one offered in BYOB Painting I.
ARTS:748 | 1 session | $29 Age 60+ | $39 Regular
P10 | Th 6-9 p.m. | Michelle Ochonicky | April 18 | Kirkwood Community Ctr

Watercolor: Beginning Techniques

Discover the dynamic and colorful world of watercolor. Learn the fundamentals of this expressive paint medium and delve into the use of watercolor in a creative and encouraging atmosphere. The basics of materials, techniques, color, value, composition and observation will be explored.
• NOTE: Course description has changed.
ARTS:735 | 6 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P02 | Tu 1-3:30 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky | Jan. 29-March 5 | MC-CE
P04 | Th 7-9:30 p.m. | Gena Loseto | April 4-May 9 | FV-H, 104
• NOTE: Class time  has changed.

Watercolor: Intermediate/Advanced Techniques

Paint transparent watercolor on a more advanced level. Students must be proficient in drawing with basic watercolor skills. Attempt the more difficult techniques of layered washes, modeling with color, unusual textural accents and more. Prerequisite: Beginning Watercolor class or equivalent experience.
ARTS:736 | 6 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P06 | Tu 1-3:30 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky | March 12-April 23 | MC-CE
• NOTE: No class 3/19.
ARTS:736 | 10 sessions | $142 Age 60+ | $205 Regular
P01 | F 9 a.m.-noon | Phyllis Smith Piffel | Feb. 1-April 5 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville
P02 | F 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Phyllis Smith Piffel | Feb. 1-April 5 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville
P03 | M noon-2:30 p.m. | Nancy Muschany | Feb. 4-April 29 | St John's Evangelical UCC
• NOTE: No class 2/18.
P04 | W noon-2:30 p.m. | Nancy Muschany | Feb. 6-April 24 | St John's Evangelical UCC
P05 | Th 12:30-3 p.m. | Nancy Muschany | Feb. 7-April 25 | St John's Evangelical UCC

Sumi-e Watercolor: An Appreciation

Join us for an introductory class on Japanese-style ink and watercolor painting. From grinding our ink to simple strokes to painting on rice paper, we will explore the delicate iconographic painting of Japan. A supply list will be sent with easily obtainable traditional materials and modern substitutes. Wear old clothes as sumi-e ink stains. Supply list sent.
ARTS:735 | 6 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P01 | M noon-3 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky | Jan. 28-March 11 | MC-CE
• NOTE: No class 2/18.

Botanical Illustration: Watercolor

The focus of this class will be the plant kingdom and the medium will be watercolor paints. By learning about antique styles, you will be inspired to create contemporary pieces using modern methods. Join us to delve into drawing, texture, color and composition using dried plants, fruit and fresh flowers as models. All levels welcome. Supply list sent.
ARTS:735 | 5 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P03 | Th noon-3 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky | March 7-April 11 | MC-CE
• NOTE: No class 3/21.

Acrylic Impressions: Beginning

In this beginning course, you will learn how to paint like the Impressionists. You'll work in a small size to quickly complete your own vibrant, light-filled piece. Instructor provides prints and photos. Painting board provided. Supply list sent. This class is for beginners only.
ARTS:748 | 4 sessions | $65.50 Age 60+ | $85 Regular
P07 | Sa 9-11 a.m. | Phyllis Smith Piffel | March 30-April 27 | MC-CE
• NOTE: No class 4/20.

Acrylic Impressions: Intermediate/Advanced

In this follow up course, you will learn how to loosen your style to paint like the Impressionists. You'll work in a small size to quickly complete your own vibrant, light-filled piece. Instructor provides prints and photos. Painting board provided. Supply list sent. Prerequisite: Acrylic Impressions: Beginning class.
ARTS:748 | 10 sessions | $142 Age 60+ | $205 Regular
P01 | Tu 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Phyllis Smith Piffel | Jan. 29-April 9 | Kirkwood Community Ctr
• NOTE: No class 4/2.
P04 | Tu 6-9 p.m. | Phyllis Smith Piffel | Feb. 26-May 7 | MC-SO, 111
• NOTE: No class 3/19.

Acrylic Impressions: Workshop

This is an accelerated workshop. You'll work in a small size to quickly complete your own vibrant, light-filled piece. Instructor provides prints and photos. Painting board provided. Supply list sent. All levels welcome.
ARTS:748 | 5 sessions | $68.50 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P09 | Tu 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Phyllis Smith Piffel | April 16-May 14 | Kirkwood Community Ctr

Oil or Acrylic Painting: All Levels

Explore oil paint's richness or acrylic's speed in a class that covers color theory, artistic perception, composition and paint mixing/application. Progress at your own rate with individualized instruction as you learn techniques to enhance painting skills. Recommend beginning students attend first three classes. Supply list sent. Bring supplies to first class. Water-based oils are the only type allowed in the classroom.
ARTS:740 | 5 sessions | $61 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P03 | Tu 2-5 p.m. | Michelle Ochonicky | Feb. 26-March 26 | Eureka Community Ctr
P02 | Tu 6-9 p.m. | Michelle Ochonicky | Feb. 26-April 2 | WW, 309
• NOTE: No class 3/19.
P05 | Tu 2-5 p.m. | Michelle Ochonicky | April 9-May 7 | Eureka Community Ctr
P04 | Tu 6-9 p.m. | Michelle Ochonicky | April 9-May 7 | WW, 309
ARTS:740 | 10 sessions | $142 Age 60+ | $205 Regular
P01 | Tu 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Lisa Payne | Feb. 5-April 23 | Nottingham School, 109 
• NOTE: Classroom has changed. No class 3/19, 3/26.

Oil Or Acrylic: Advanced Painting Techniques

Only for experienced artists who want to paint for fun, relaxation or have a goal of eventually selling paintings. Get some formal instruction in color, technique or composition. Work at your own pace. Bring art supplies to first class. Water-based oil paints will be the only type of oil paint accepted in the classroom.
ARTS:746 | 10 sessions | $142 Age 60+ | $205 Regular
P01 | W 6-9 p.m. | Brenda Schilling | Feb. 20-May 8 | Clayton HS, 22
• NOTE: No class 3/13 and 3/20.

First Impressions: Monet in a Day

A great way to learn art is by standing on the shoulders of the giants who have gone before us! Learn the basic elements of composition, color, drawing and much more by copying this masterful painting by Monet: Water Lilies (Jan. 31) or Weeping Willows (March 11). You will be guided step-by-step through the entire process, shown how to mix paint, where to apply it, what kind of brush stroke to use and how to progress. This is truly a wonderful way to learn the elements of art and end up with a lovely painting in the process! No prerequisite, this class is for those who have never picked up a brush or just enjoys painting. All supplies included in the cost of the class.
ARTS:748 | 1 session | $81 Age 60+ | $99 Regular
P02 | Th 5-8:30 p.m. | Elizabeth Kern | Jan. 31 | Nottingham School, 102
• NOTE: Water Lilies. Enroll/withdraw by Jan. 21. No refunds after this date.
ARTS:748 | 1 session | $81 | Age 60+ | $99 Regular
P11 | M 6-9 p.m. | Elizabeth Kern | March 11 | MC-HE, 125
• NOTE: Weeping Willows. Enroll/withdraw by March 1. No refunds after this date.

First Impressions: Monet Masterworks-Woman with a Parasol

A great way to learn art is by standing on the shoulders of the giants who have gone before us! Learn the basic elements of composition, color, drawing and much more by copying this masterful painting by Monet: Woman with a Parasol. You will be guided step-by-step through the entire process, shown how to mix paint, where to apply it, what kind of brush stroke to use, and how to progress. This is truly a wonderful way to learn the elements of art and end up with a lovely painting in the process! No prerequisite, this class is for those who have never picked up a brush or just enjoys painting. All supplies included in the cost of the class. Last day to enroll or drop is 3/25; no refunds after this date.
ARTS:748 | 6 sessions | $111 Age 60+ | $149 Regular
P08 | Th 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Elizabeth Kern | April 4-May 9 | Nottingham School, 110

Monday Mornings with Monet

Got a case of the meh Mondays? Join us for Monday Mornings with Monet and you will not be disappointed! You will explore the basics of art in a slow-paced, easy-to-follow way while painting Monet's famous masterwork, Arrival of the Normandy Train. Instruction will be step-by-step. Painting will be demonstrated, and as the instructor paints, you will follow along. Periodic breaks will be given. This is truly a wonderful way to learn the elements of art and end up with a lovely painting in the process! No prerequisite, this class is for those who have never picked up a brush or just enjoy painting. Last day to enroll or drop is 3/15; no refunds after this date.
ARTS:748 | 6 sessions | $77.50 Age 60+ | $105 Regular
P06 | M 10 a.m.-noon | Elizabeth Kern | March 25-April 29 | MC-CE

Pottery

Pottery: All Levels

Explore projects in which skills in hand-building (for beginners) and wheel throwing (for more advanced students) are investigated and improved. All levels of experience are welcome. Fee includes most materials.
ARTS:727 | 6 sessions | $105 Age 60+ | $139 Regular
P01 | Tu 7-9:30 p.m. | Carl Behmer | Jan. 29-March 5 | FV-H, 109
P02 | Sa 9:30 a.m.-noon | Sheow Chang | Feb. 2-March 9 | FV-H, 109
P03 | Tu 7-9:30 p.m. | Carl Behmer | March 26-April 30 | FV-H, 109
P04 | Sa 9:30 a.m.-noon | Sheow Chang | March 30-May 11 | FV-H, 109
• NOTE: No class 4/20.

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