Aiken Center for the Arts

Aiken Center for the Arts

Open Studio
Dorothy Johnson
Dedicated studio time and space for students ready to work on oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, and colored pencil projects of their own choice. An instructor is on hand for assistance, but there is no prepared lesson. Student provides supplies for the project of their choice. Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Supply List: see supplies

Mondays Sept 9,16,23,30
10:30am -12:30pm
$40
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Mondays Oct 7,14,21,28
10:30am -12:30pm
$40
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Mondays Nov 4,11,18,25
10:30am -12:30pm
$40
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Mondays Dec 2,9,16,30
10:30am -12:30pm
$40
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Watercolors

Beginning Watercolors
Nanette Langner
Beginning and intermediate level students explore the techniques and skills used to paint with watercolors. Supplies included.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, September 7
10:00am – 4:00pm
$70
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Watercolor Classes
Nanette Langner
These classes are designed to continue watercolor education. Each three week course is different and independent from each other. Supplies included.
Skill Level: Beginner – Beginner+
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Touching on Phthalo Colors
Tuesdays Sept 10, 17, 24
10:00am – 12:00pm
$70
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Fall Themes
Tuesdays Oct 22, 29, Nov 5
10:00am-12:00pm
$70
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Winter Themes
Tuesdays Dec 3, 10, 17
10:00am-12:00pm
$70
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Oils

Beginning Oils
Dorothy Johnson
The fundamental concepts used in painting with oils will be introduced in this class. No previous experience with oils needed, but some knowledge of painting is recommended. Supply list at ACA Front Desk or online. Skill level: Beginning.
Skill Level: Beginner
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

Mondays Sept 9, 16, 23, 30
10:30am -12:30pm
$60
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Mondays Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
10:30am -12:30pm
$60
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Mondays Nov 4, 11, 18, 25
10:30am -12:30pm
$60
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Mondays Dec 2, 9, 16, 30
10:30am -12:30pm
$60
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Animals in Oil
Judy Adamick
Students will work from their own photos. Discussions will address composition, values & color palette. Short demonstration during each class. Bring your own supplies. A supply list is available at the ACA front desk or online.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

Session 2
Mondays
10:00am -12:00pm
$95
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Encaustic Painting

Intro to Encaustics
Linda Honeycutt
Learn the history and techniques of the ancient process of encaustics, which means “to burn in”. Paint using molten beeswax, pigments and a heat gun or blowtorch. Create 3 pieces of art on wood. All supplies provided. No experience necessary. Limit 6 students.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 2
10:00am – 1:00pm
$70
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Saturday, November 2
2:00 – 5:00pm
$70
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Acrylics

Beginning Acrylics
Aidan Cookie
A great class for beginners, this class focuses on the fundamental techniques used in painting with acrylics. No previous experience necessary. Supplies included.
Skill Level: All, ages 18+
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Mondays
6:00-8:00pm
$80
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SESSION 2
Mondays
6:00-8:00pm
$80
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Photos to Paintings – Landscapes
Sharon Taylor Padgett
Bring your own landscape or vacation photo and turn the picture into a painting. Supplies included.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, September 14
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Acrylic Pour
Aidan Cooke
No two pours are ever the same! Learn the basics of this popular new abstract art form. From dirty pours to clean pours, you’ll find out how to blend colors and create cells. No previous experience necessary. A supply list is available at the ACA front desk or online.
Skill Level: All, ages 18+
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 5
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Saturday, December 14
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Experimental Acrylic Pour
Gisela Sirrenberg
Acrylic pour is a big experiment in and of itself. This class goes beyond the basics of clean and dirty pours. Learn from one of our popular gallery shop artists! A supply list is available at the ACA front desk or online.
Skill Level: All, ages 18+
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 16
10:00am-1:00pm
$70
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Photos to Paintings – Portraits
Sharon Taylor Padgett
Learn to create a portrait painting from your own enlarged photograph. Follow step by step instructions on color mixing for skin tones and hair, and how to create a likeness using shadows and light to define facial features. Bring an enlarged, good quality photo to work from. Supplies included. Class size limited to 6 students.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 16
10:00am-1:00pm
$70
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Painting to Christmas Card Workshop
Sharon Taylor Padgett
In this popular class, students will follow Sharon step-by-step through an Aiken winter scene, with the final painting to become your own Christmas cards when ordered through a local print shop. Early registration is encouraged. Supplies included.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, December 7
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Alcohol Ink

Alcohol Ink
Nanette Langner
Learn how to paint with alcohol inks, using your new skills to paint two tiles. No previous drawing or painting experience required. All supplies included.
Skill Level: Beginner
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, September 14
10:00am-1:00pm
$70
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Process Painting

Brushes on Paper: Tending the Creative Fire Five day workshop
Jan Haller
This is the invitation to gather for the great adventure of painting. When you freely express your unique inner world it opens you to surprise, insight, and even revelation. With the right support, creative blocks and self criticism can be dissolved. Come with your curiosity, openness, and courage to discover the joy and delight of painting.

About Jan: In the mid 70’s Jan Haller began to feel a great longing to paint. There was a sense of wanting to dive into it. And, despite not knowing the rules, she began to dabble a bit. But she really fell in love with painting in 1978 after a profound weekend at her first free expression workshop at The Painting Experience in San Francisco with Michele Cassou. The fullness of what Jan was feeling inside had permission to move and express itself. There was a sense of getting to know herself for the first time. The great accepting arms of creativity cradled her and she began to understand the previously unnamed intuition she had that she could very simply paint from within. Jan had found what she was looking for. Jan is passionate about supporting creativity in others and has facilitated painting with adults and children for many years while dispelling the myths around self criticism and lack of talent. The embodied freedom to paint informs other places, relationships and dynamics in life. Jan knows we hold a deep creative intelligence that brings everything we need. Painting takes us through a mysterious door into new worlds. Jan Haller lives, paints and creates in Taos, New Mexico.

Skill Level: All – no previous art experience required.
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Fri-Tues, Nov 8-12
9:30am-4:30pm
$650*
(*$600 if register by Sept 30)
no membership discount
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Painting on Glass

Hand Painted Wine Glasses
Nanette Langner
Make your own set of personalized wine glasses in just one morning. Dishwasher safe. Many images to choose from. Great for your home or to give as a gift. No previous experience necessary. Supplies are provided.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Fall Theme
Saturday, October 12
10:00am-1:00pm
$45
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Holiday Theme
Saturday, December 7
10:00am-1:00pm
$45
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Holiday Platters
Nanette Langner
Paint a gorgeous platter for your home. Choose from several Fall or Halloween themes. No previous experience necessary. Supplies are provided.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 9
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Pastels

Raccoon Pastel Workshop
Nanette Langner
Introduction to working in soft pastels. Create an 8 x 10 raccoon pastel while learning how to use soft pastels on pastel paper. No previous experience necessary. Supplies are provided. Bring a lunch. (30 min break)
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, September 21
10:00am-4:00pm
$70
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Fall Pastel Workshop
Nanette Langner
Introduction to working in soft pastels. Create a beautiful fall painting while learning how to use soft pastels on pastel board. No previous experience necessary. Supplies are provided. Bring a lunch. (30 min break)
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 26
10:00am-4:00pm
$70
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Drawing

Drawing 1
Dorothy Johnson
Perfect class for beginners or for those who wish to refresh their skills. Supply list at ACA Front Desk or online.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Wednesdays
10:00am-12:00pm
$70
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Drawing 2 – 3D Composition
Dorothy Johnson
Second in the series of drawing classes, where actual objects will be used for compositions that are being drawn. Must take Drawing 1 class before enrolling in Drawing 2. Supply list at ACA Front Desk or online.
Skill Level: Beginner +
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

SESSION 2
Wednesdays
10:00am-12:00pm
$70
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Charcoal & Graphite Workshop
Franklin Delgado
Explore the additive and subtractive technique of drawing with graphite and charcoal powder on paper. Participants draw tree branches in a realistic and sensitive way. Students will be led to identify variations of value in the image. All supplies included.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, September 21
10:00am-12:30pm
$70
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Drawing from Life
Katie Kameen
Learn to draw fruit, plants and traditional still life drawings. Develop strategies to create a drawing and learn how to manipulate charcoal and pencil. Students will learn techniques with perspective, composition and value. All experience levels welcome. Group lectures will be included in each class along with individual instruction. Supply list at ACA Front Desk or online.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
6:00-8:00pm
$70
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SESSION 2
Tuesdays
6:00-8:00pm
$70
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Printmaking

Block Printing
Aidan Cooke
There are so many uses for block prints! Like a stamp, you can use it on t shirts, hand towels, cards, wrapping paper, envelopes, you name it! Use it over & over. Create your own print by carving on block linoleum. Bring your own idea or use ideas provided. Supplies included.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 12
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Holiday Cards
Aidan Cooke
Make your own holiday cards to send to friends & family. Create your own print by carving on block linoleum. Bring your own idea or use ideas provided. 12 blank cards & envelopes provided.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, December 7
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Tea Towels
Aidan Cooke
A three week course dedicated to learning the basics of linoleum block carving and how to print on fabrics using one or more colors. Bring your own idea or use ideas provided. Supplies included. Leave with 2 finished tea towels and a block print, enabling you to create more at home.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Thursdays, Nov 7,14,21
6:00-8:00pm
$80
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Cognitive Art Therapy Through Printmaking
Cici Stark
Small group sessions designed for seniors to assist with physical skills, cognitive challenges, language and social skills. Explore simple printmaking techniques such as monoprints and stamping. 90 minute sessions with Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist.

Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 26
11:00am-12:30pm
$30
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Saturday, November 30
11:00am-12:30pm
$30
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Adult Pottery

Pottery Wheel
John Gordon & Madeline Fox
For the beginning student or those wanting to continue to improve their skills. Learn basics: preparing clay, centering, throwing forms, trimming, handles, etc. All materials and tools included.
Skill Level: All, ages 18+
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
2:00-4:00pm
$140
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SESSION 1
Thursdays
6:00-8:00pm
$140
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SESSION 2
Tuesdays
2:00-4:00pm
$140
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Handbuilt Pottery Class
Madeline Fox
Open to students who are beginning or to those wanting to continue with instructional handbuilding. Various techniques will be included in this class. Session 1 centers around a “Kitchen Theme” with functional projects including a utensil holder, a spoon rest and small grating plate. Session 2 is a “Breakfast in Bed” theme. Students will make a beverage mug, a small bowl and a serving plate. The pieces in each session will coordinate with each other though texture and glaze.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
10:00am-12:00pm
$140
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SESSION 2
Tuesdays
10:00am-12:00pm
$140
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Holiday Clay Workshop
Madeline Fox
Join us for a holiday workshop. Create at least three ornaments, more if time permits. Snowflakes, stars and angels will make wonderful additions to any Christmas Tree!
Skill Level: All, all ages welcome
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 9
2:00-5:00pm
$75
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Pottery Guided Studio
Madeline Fox
For those students who already have the skills to create with clay using handbuilding techniques or the pottery wheel. Student will work independently on projects of their own choice; there are no instructional lessons. An instructor is on hand for assistance. Students purchase clay from the ACA front desk.
Skill Level: Level: Intermediate, adult 18 and up who have previously taken handbuilding or pottery wheel classes at ACA: or those who have experience with approval by instructor.
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
6:00-8:00pm
$80 + clay
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SESSION 2
Tuesdays
6:00-8:00pm
$80 + clay
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Photography

Intro DSLR
Tad Jones
Learn the basics of photography. Covers basic care, manual settings, menus/options on most cameras. Understand aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Instruction in the classroom and outdoors downtown.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Oct 22,29,Nov 5
6:00-8:30pm
$100
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Mixed Media

The Art of Collage: Pets
Louise Mellon
Get knee deep in collage using found and gathered materials. In this fun class, students will use an animal or pet as the subject as composition, values, and perspective are discussed. Start collecting found objects! A list of suggested materials is available at the front desk or online.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

Tuesday-Thursday, October 1-3
9:30am-1:00pm
$200
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Body Care

Skin Care Products
Maggie Rasmussen
Join Maggie, the owner of Cleanse Gourmet, in this beginner-friendly class and learn how to make easy and luxurious beauty products using all natural and organic ingredients. Learn a variety of techniques to create high quality bath products for you to enjoy or to give as a gift. Yummy snacks will be provided!
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Body scrub, body butter, bath fizzies
Mondays, Sept 9,16,23
6:00-8:00pm
$95
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Soap, face masks, bath salt
Mondays, Oct 21,28, Nov 4
6:00-8:00pm
$95
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Holiday Gift Making Workshop
Maggie Rasmussen
For friends, family, teachers and holiday hostess gifts, learn how to make delicate french candles, mini sugar scrubs, botanical pulp wrapped soaps, chocolate dipped treats, bath salts, botanical sachets and marbled glass ornaments all wrapped with beautiful ribbons and fresh holiday greenery. During demonstrations, you will also learn tips and tricks on how to beautifully wrap simple bottles of wine and handmade baked goods. You’ll learn where to purchase supplies and for easy ordering, DIY kits for each individual gift will be available to order after the workshop. Enjoy delicious drinks and treats, bring a friend or two and have fun!!!
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 23
10:00am-1:00pm
$75
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Textiles

Macramé Class
Makenzye Barfield
In this beginner class students will learn how to adapt macrame on a small, medium and large scale by creating a freeform wall hanging, patterned hanging planter and small wearable art.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
6:00-8:00pm
$80
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Loom Weaving Class
Makenzye Barfield
Learn to weave on any scale! This class covers basic weaving techniques and applies them to three different modalities; tapestry, four harness loom and custom frame loom. Students will create a wall hanging, patterned woven samples and a small wearable piece. Come learn the ancient practice of weaving and discover its versatility!
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 2
Thursdays
6:00-8:00pm
$70
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Shibori & the Dyeing Process
Makenzye Barfield
For those who know Batik, Shibori is her Japanese cousin. In this class we will practice the ancient art of stitched resist dyeing, updated of course! Students will create a one-of-a-kind shirt using Shibori techniques. Please bring a prewashed white t-shirt.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: Please bring a prewashed white t-shirt.
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 12
10:00am-4:00pm
$70
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Wool Dryer Balls
Judy Adamick
Students will learn to make and take home three dryer balls. Dryer balls remove static from laundered clothes, avoiding the use of chemicals (as in dryer sheets). Whisking dampness away shortens drying time and saves money. Can be scented with essential oils. Wool included is from Merino and locally grown Southdown sheep.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 16
10:00am-12:00pm
$55
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Appalachian Splint Weaving Masterclass
Kenneth Everett
Learn Appalachian Splint weaving techniques and how to apply them to all styles of baskets in this 5 hour course. Taught by the well seasoned basket weaver, Kenneth Everett, that teaches in a down-to-earth style that anyone can understand. This masterclass includes diagrams and other resources that will have you weaving like a pro in no time. You will weave a beautiful and functional basket that will look amazing in your home and serve you for hundreds of years. Materials and tools will be provided. Bring a lunch. (30 min break)
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, September 28
10:00am-3:30pm
$125
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Saturday, November 9
10:00am-4:30pm
$130
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Steeplechase or Halloween Hat Workshop
Ladonna Armstrong
Create and trim unique hats suitable for Steeplechase and the Kentucky Derby. From feathers to fabrics, a demonstration of techniques will get students started in hat making. Sinamay hat bases and trims will be provided. All students will leave with a complete piece to wear to the races.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 5
10:00am-12:30pm
$100
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Holiday Headpiece – Fascinator Workshop
Ladonna Armstrong
Create and trim a fascinating fascinator for all your holiday parties. From feathers to flowers, a demonstration of techniques will get students started in millinery. Fascinator bases and trims will be provided. Holiday themes available. All students will leave with a complete piece to wear to a party or a tea.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 16
10:00am-12:30pm
$85
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Wet Felted Scarf Workshop
Judy Adamick
Create a beautiful, one of a kind scarf from Merino and local Southdown wool. Perfect for Christmas and classy occasions. Max 7
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 9
10:00am-4:00pm
$107
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Metals

Ornaments & Cookie Cutters
Katie Kameen
Create your own holiday ornament and cookie cutter in this workshop. Students will learn how to stamp, cut and bend copper & brass to create holiday gifts.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, December 7
2:00-4:00pm
$60
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Floral

Fresh Wreath Making
Maggie Rasmussen
Join the owner of Cloudberry and Willow Floral Design to inspire your creativity and come make a beautiful fresh bespoke wreath. Use lots of fresh greens such as eucalyptus, Carolina sapphire, olive, magnolia, cedar, cypress, juniper, ferns, kale, succulents mixed with fresh and dried flowers, berries, cones, branches and gorgeous ribbons. Come and enjoy delicious snacks, learn basic floral design and have fun!
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, December 7
10:00am-1:00pm
$75
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Joy in the Journey

Joy in the Journey
Dana Warwick
An extension of our ongoing program in area senior facilities, Joy in the Journey is now available at the art center for families of those living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Dana, a MnemeTherapist, works with seniors to create an original painting. She uses everyday pleasures such as singing, painting, storytelling and praise to stimulate changes in the brain and provide a rewarding experience. If your loved one is unable to attend a free session at a nursing facility, we are offering sessions at the art center. You will receive a print of the art, with the option to purchase the framed original. We appreciate donations which help sustain the Joy in the Journey program. Donations accepted online, in person or by phone.

Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Thursday, September 19
call for details
FREE
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Thursday, October 17
call for details
FREE
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Youth Art

Good Morning Art
Aiken Center for the Arts Staff
Art at a young age encourages exploration, self esteem, imagination, and creativity, how to think openly, create new meanings, be more tolerant of others’ differences and gives courage to take risks. It also improves emotional, social and verbal skills along with higher literacy rates. Activities may include story telling, art, movement, music among others. This is a FREE program but please register in advance by phone or online.
Skill Level: Ages 2-4
Supply List: N/A

Wednesdays: Sept 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4
9:05-9:35am
FREE
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Afterschool / Homeschool Art
Christine Lawrence
Open to children in 4K – 5th grade, these sessions explore different facets of art through a variety of mediums. This fall we will create art while exploring the basics like color, line, shape, contrast, and patterns. Learn the fundamentals in exciting ways while producing creative artwork!
Skill Level: Ages 4K-5th grade
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
10:00 -11:30am
$70
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SESSION 1
Tuesdays
3:45-5:15pm
$70
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SESSION 2
Tuesdays
10:00-11:30am
$70
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SESSION 2
Tuesdays
3:45-5:15pm
$70
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Anime & Comic Drawing Class
Caleb LeMaster
Open to 5th – 8th graders, learn how to draw characters for comics, stories or animations. The three week course will teach the basics of character drawing, how to add color and shading to the illustration and how to create an illustrated short story or comic.
Skill Level: Grades 5th-8th
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Thursdays
4:00-5:30pm
$70
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SESSION 2
Thursdays
4:00-5:30pm
$70
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Halloween Block Décor
Christine Lawrence
It’s time to have some spooky fun while you create a set of Halloween characters that you can display every year! Great for all ages. Adults welcome.
Skill Level: All levels, all ages
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 19
10:00am-12:00pm
$30
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Christmas Fun Camp
Christine Lawrence
Get into the holiday spirit and join us for a fun-filled morning creating jumping elves and a holiday painting. Ages 4K – 4th grade. Bring a snack.
Skill Level: Ages 4K-4th grade
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Friday, December 20
9:00am-12:00pm
$45
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Middle & High School Drawing
Katie Kameen
Learn shading and perspective techniques to make your drawings come to life! Students will draw from objects and from their imagination to learn how to create space with line and tone. Drawings will be made with charcoal, pencil and pen. No prior drawing experience is required for this course.
Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
4:00-5:30pm
$70
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SESSION 2
Tuesdays
4:00-5:30pm
$70
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Metal Holiday Ornaments
Katie Kameen
Stamp your own holiday ornament, keychain or pendant. Great as a gift or to keep for yourself. Students will learn how to stamp copper to make personalized metal objects! Ages 10 and up.
Skill Level: All, ages 10+
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, December 7
10:00am-12:00pm
$45
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