Monday, April 13, 2015

Learn Something New at the Creative Arts Center

The Creative Arts Center in Thompson Park features pottery & ceramics studios, as well as classrooms for painting, drawing, and other craft activities. At just under 12,000 square feet, the Creative Arts Center serves as an artistic outlet for county residents. Amenities include:
  • Four open studio spaces (handicap accessible)
  • Talented, highly trained instructors
  • 20 pottery wheels
  • 12 electric kilns and two Raku kilns
  • Glaze mixing facility
  • Greenware room and slip casting facility
  • Between 2,000-3,000 ceramic molds
With about 2/3 of its space devoted to pottery and ceramics, the Creative Arts Center hosts several sessions of classes each year for all levels of students.  Instructors provide guidance according to each student’s ability. Classes include Beginner’s Wheel Pottery, Open Pottery Workshop, Handbuilding, and Raku Pottery. Classes are also held in ceramics, with students choosing from an inventory of pre-cast items. Check out our pottery/ceramic classes for children and our classes for adults. Many works of art created by students and instructors can be viewed in display cases that line the entrance of the building.

Reflecting the diverse interests of county residents, the Center also offers a rich array of craft classes for adults & children as well as drawing, painting, knitting, crocheting, origami, jewelry-making, basket-making, holiday crafts, and more.Youngsters can enjoy drawing, cartooning, painting, holiday-themed programs & summer camps. Activities have also been specially designed for home-schooled children and there are also a variety of birthday parties for youngsters.

Ready to learn something new and have fun? Check out these upcoming programs happening at the Creative Arts Center:
  • Creative Clay Time on Tuesdays from April 14-May 5 for ages 4-6, with adult. You and your child will have a blast learning about ceramic arts while creating real pottery. Each week you'll work on a new work of art from clay. Pre-registration and fee required.
  • KidzArt Imagine & Explore on Thursdays from April 16-May 21 for ages 6-11. Kids who enjoy drawing will love this art class that encourages problem solving, creative thinking and self-confidence. While sharpening our drawing skills we'll also experiment with watercolor, acrylic paint, air-dry clay, and pastel. Pre-registration and fee required.
  • TeenzArt on Thursdays, April 16-May 21 for ages 12-16. Teens will enjoy challenging design projects that push their creative potential to the max during this drawing based class that also delves into watercolor, collage, pastel, and acrylic painting. Pre-registration and fee required.
  • Basic Drawing on Wednesdays, April 22-May 27 for adults. This beginners level class will teach you the primary elements of drawing through various techniques with pencil and charcoal. Pre-registration and fee required.
And don't miss out on this brand new exciting event coming this May! 
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