Do you like art? Here are some upcoming workshops in Kentuck


By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Emilee Boster

The Kentuck Art Center welcomes artistic workshops throughout the fall for people of all ages who want to experiment with different art forms.

“I strongly believe that art enriches lives,” said Mary Bell, Kentuck program manager. “I think it’s really valuable for our mental health and our personal development to learn more about the arts and to create something.”

These art workshops will offer participants both of these elements: learning the arts and creating something personal.

The workshops cover a variety of art forms, from ceramics to painting to dyeing. In some courses, instructors will guide participants through the creation process, while in others they will simply act as moderators.

Upcoming workshops for adults (18+) include:

    • Every Friday at 11 a.m.
    • People who want a time limit to express themselves freely can join this painting workshop. There will be no specific instructions, but acrylic and watercolor supplies will be available at the workshop. Instructor Molly Nelko will answer questions or assist as needed.
    • Cost: $15 tuition with all supplies included
  • Draw on the right side of the brain

    • Every Friday in September at 3 p.m.
    • This workshop will guide participants through the ideas of Betty Edwards in her book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”. Beginners are encouraged to attend this workshop and bring their own sketchbooks.
    • Cost: $50, which includes all materials except a sketchbook
  • Ceramic Mugs 18+

    • Sep 22 6pm-8pm
    • Instructor Amy Smoot will guide participants through the step-by-step process of creating their own ceramic painted mugs. Participants will start with a clay slab and end with their personalized enamel mug.
    • Cost: The $50 registration fee includes all necessary supplies.
  • Portrait Workshop

    • Sept. 24-25 9am-12pm
    • Artist Janet Mego will guide participants through portraiture. Entrants will need to bring crayons, sketchbook, eraser, paint, brushes, palette, and a photograph of the subject they wish to recreate.
    • Cost: $75
  • Glass on Glass Mosaic Workshop

    • Oct. 1, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and Oct. 2, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
    • Glass artist Lina Munoz will walk attendees through the process of creating a glass-on-glass mosaic panel.
    • Cost: $60 tuition and $10 materials fee
  • The clay animal

    • Oct. 1-2 9am-12pm
    • After the clay animal workshop, participants will leave with their own 8 to 10 inch ceramic animal sculpture. Ceramic artist Amy Smoot will guide participants through the creative process.
    • Cost: $125 with all supplies included
  • Ceramic jewelry

    • Oct 8-9 2pm-4pm
    • During this two-day workshop, participants will create personalized ceramic necklaces, earrings and beads.
    • Cost: $65 tuition includes all supplies
  • Explore Indigo and Shibori

    • Oct 29 10am-2pm
    • Wear old clothes and big rubber gloves in this indigo dye shop run by Aaron Sanders Head. Participants will learn how to dye fabric with indigo by dyeing with pre-washed products from home that they can bring to the workshop.
    • Cost: $115 tuition covers all supplies except clothes to be dyed and clothes participants must wear, such as gloves and old clothes or an apron

Children’s workshops include:

  • Kentuck’s Children’s Studios

    • Sept. 3, 10 and 24, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and Sept. 24, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
    • Kentuck’s Kids Studios will teach children ages 8 and up geometric shapes, color theory, coordination and concentration while engaging them artistically. Students will learn drawing and painting techniques, learn the basics of weaving, and create woven turtles over the four sessions.
    • Cost: $15 and includes all supplies
  • After school

    • Every Wednesday in August and September at 3-4 p.m.
    • Children ages 5-10 can spend time at Kentuck’s After School Art learning art techniques and reproducing them on their own. September sessions will cover printmaking, tessellations, collages and screen printing.
    • Cost: $20/session or $75/month
  • Paper mache

    • Sept. 3 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m. and Sept. 10 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
    • This two-part course will teach participants how to make their own glue and then use the glue to create a paper mache bowl. The bowls will dry out between sessions before completing the project.
    • Cost: $20 all supplies included

The workshops for children and adults include:

  • Make and take away

    • Variable dates until September from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • Participants will experience a variety of art forms during this workshop. There will be a plethora of materials available for use and each session may be slightly different.
    • Cost: $15 per session with all materials included
  • clay pumpkins

    • Sept. 10-11, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
    • Participants will feel the fall season after creating their own clay pumpkins during this workshop.
    • Cost: $65
  • Quilting Squares with Gee’s Bend Quilters

    • Sept. 16, 1-4 p.m. and Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Participants may arrive at this workshop with a quarter meter of fabric from home, but they will leave with a personalized quilted square. Participants will learn quilt techniques from Boykin (Gee’s Bend), Alabama.
    • Cost: $200
  • How to draw a caricature

    • Sep 27 6pm-9pm
    • Professional cartoonist Kevin Van Hyning will guide participants through the process of drawing a cartoon. He will also draw each participant their own caricature that they can take home.
    • Cost: $35 all supplies included


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