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Offered through Continuing Education

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

Want to take art classes in St Louis? Discover, sample and expand your artistic talent with drawing classes, pottery classes or painting classes. Classes are offered at convenient locations throughout St. Louis.

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314-984-7777

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Painting

NEW! Watercolor: Beginning Techniques

Paint the brilliant color and fluid stroke of watercolor while exploring paint, paper and brush techniques. Course covers a variety of subject matter in a supportive atmosphere. Supply list sent.
ARTS-735 | 6 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
S01 Tu 1-3:30 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky
June 2 – July 7 | MC-CE
ARTS-735 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
S02 W 6-9 p.m. | Gabe Montesanti
July 15 – Aug. 12 | FP-G, 409

Watercolor: Intermediate/Advanced Techniques

Build your watercolor skills to a more advanced level, exploring challenging techniques of layered washes, modeling with color and unusual textural accents and more. Students must be proficient in drawing with basic watercolor skills. Prerequisite: Watercolor: Beginning Techniques or equivalent experience.
ARTS-736 | 8 sessions | $144 AGE 60+ | $205 REG
S01 F 9:30 a.m.-noon | Phyllis Smith Piffel
May 29 – Aug. 7 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville
• NOTE: No class 6/5, 7/3, 7/31.
S02 F 12:30-2:30 p.m. | Phyllis Smith Piffel
May 29 – Aug. 7 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville
• NOTE: No class 6/5, 7/3, 7/31.

Botanical Illustration: Watercolor

Focusing on the plant kingdom as subject matter, learn about antique styles and find inspiration to create contemporary watercolor pieces using modern methods. Delve into drawing, texture, color and composition using dried plants, fruit and fresh flowers as models. All levels welcome. Supply list sent.
ARTS-709 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
S06 Th noon-3 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky
July 9 – Aug. 6 | MC-HE, 219

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. Supply list sent. Bring supplies to first class. Water-based oils are the only type allowed in the classroom.
ARTS-740 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
S01 Tu 6-9 p.m. | Lisa Payne
May 26 – June 23 | FP-G, 413
S02 Tu 2-5 p.m. | Mike Ochonicky
June 9 – July 7 | Eureka Community Center
ARTS-740 | 8 sessions | $78.50 AGE 60+ | $139 REG
S04 MW 1-4 p.m. | Sarah Paulsen
July 6 – July 29 | FP-G, 409

Acrylic Impressions: Beginning

In this beginning course, learn how to paint like the Impressionists while working in small scale to quickly complete your own vibrant, light-filled piece. Instructor provides prints, photos and painting board. Supply list sent. This class is for beginners only.
ARTS-748 | 4 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
S03 Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Phyllis Smith Piffel
May 30 – June 20 | MC-HE, 217

Acrylic Impressions: Intermediate/Advanced

In this follow-up course, learn how to loosen your style and paint even more like the Impressionists, working in small scale to quickly complete your own vibrant, light-filled piece. Instructor provides prints, photos and painting board. Supply list sent. Prerequisite: Acrylic Impressions: Beginning class.
ARTS-748 | 10 sessions | $144 AGE 60+ | $205 REG
S01 Tu 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Phyllis Smith Piffel
May 26 – Aug. 4 | MC-HE, 217
• NOTE: No class 7/28.
S02 W 6-9 p.m. | Phyllis Smith Piffel
May 27 – Aug. 5 | MC-HE, 217
• NOTE: No class 7/29.

Drawing

Drawing: Beginning/Intermediate

Beginning students learn the tools, materials, and visual and artistic perception essential to drawing. Returning students continue to sharpen skills through class projects or independent work. Drawing fundamentals such as line, perspective, value and composition are covered. Students will use pencil, Conté crayon and charcoal. Supply list sent.
ARTS-709 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
S01 Tu 6:30-9 p.m. | Jeffrey Johnson
May 26 – June 23 | STLCC-Corp. College, 205
S02 W 6-9 p.m. | Lisa Payne
May 27 – June 24 | FP-G, 413
ARTS-709 | 6 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
S03 Tu 9:30 a.m.-noon | Ruth Kolker
June 2 – July 7 | MC-CE

Drawing: Traditional Pencil Basics I

Discover the fundamentals of an essential art using 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 | 6 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
S04 Sa 9:30 a.m.-noon | Sean Long
June 6 – July 18 | MC-HE, 125
• NOTE: No class 7/4.

Perspective Drawing and Still Life

Explore drawing fundamentals of line, perspective, value and composition in a relaxed atmosphere with individualized instruction. All levels welcome. Intermediate level students will advance with more sophisticated projects. Supply list discussed at first class. Bring pencil and sketch pad to first class.
ARTS-709 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
S05 M 6-9 p.m. | Philip Perschbacher
June 29 – July 27 | FP-G, 413

Botanical Illustration: Colored Pencils

In this colored pencil course focused on the plant kingdom as subject matter, learn about antique styles and finding inspiration to create contemporary pieces using modern methods. Join us as we 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 | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
S01 Th noon-3 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky
May 28 – June 25 | MC-HE, 219

Cartoon Characters With Watercolor and Colored Pencil

Learn to create cartoon characters by exploring what features to emphasize, ways basic shapes can be used to tell a story and techniques that develop “who” your character is visually. Explore basics of color mixing and layout using watercolor and colored pencils. Supply list sent.
ARTS-716 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
S02 Tu 6-9 p.m. | Jeffrey Johnson
July 7 – Aug. 4 | STLCC-Corp. College, 205

Caricature Drawing

The caricature is a time-honored form of illustration. Surprise friends and loved ones by capturing their quirkiness as a cartoon character! This introductory course focuses on how to draw a portrait using degrees of graphic exaggeration and distortion of facial and/or body features. Learn how to observe through the eyes of a caricaturist and how to approach the actual drawing of the subject. The desired outcome, through practice, is to create a recognizable portrait of a subject/model. Supply list sent.
ARTS-721 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
S01 W 6-9 p.m. | Sean Long
May 27 – June 24 | MC-HE, 125

Sketchbook: Doodling With a Purpose

Experiment with drawing techniques through focused learning on mark-making, presenting a subject in varying ways, developing compositions and refining drawing styles. Explore nature and daily life through sketch and nature journaling, and incorporate found items and bits of inspiration to develop a daily sketch practice. Supply list sent.
ARTS-721 | 6 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
S02 Th 6:30-9 p.m. | Jeffrey Johnson
June 4 – July 16 | STLCC-Corp. College, 207

Pottery

Pottery: All Levels

Explore and expand your skills in hand-building (for beginners) and wheel throwing (for more advanced students) through hands-on projects. All levels of experience welcome. Fee includes most materials.
ARTS-727 | 6 sessions | $102.50 AGE 60+ | $139 REG
S01 Sa 9:30 a.m.-noon | Sheow Chang
June 6 – July 18 | FV-H, 109
• NOTE: No class 7/4.
S02 Tu 6-8:30 p.m. | Carl Behmer
June 9 – July 14 | FV-H, 109


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