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Ashland Art Center April/May Classes and Events

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First Friday Event at AAC

MAY First FridayFREE Community Art Event

May 6th @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Featured Upstairs Studio Artist Show:Mother Earth-the Art of 

Botanical Printing by Jo Ann Manzone. Medium: Fiber, Wearable Art & botanical printing. Studio #9 upstairs.

Featured Downstairs Studio Artist: Samantha McDermott. Medium: Fiber Artist, natural dyeing. Studio 4B.

“From my surroundings, farms, gardens, and parks, I gather organic material and then hand dye textiles into one of kind pieces of art.”

Featured Photographer of the Month: John-Christer Peterson

John-Christer Petersen is a local photographer based in Medford, Oregon. A selection of his photographs entitled “Persone di Piazze”, (People of the Plazas), will be on display at The Photographers Gallery in the Ashland Art Center from May 6, 2016.

He is shifting the focus of his view finder from the larger scene or architectural details to the human countenance.  John has traveled to Rome, Italy on two occasions and has been fascinated by the piazzas (open squares).  They are generally a hub of activity and each piazza seems to have a personality all its own.  Consequently, they are great places to sit and sip a cappuccino or a glass of Cesanese and ‘people watch.’  Black and white portraits seem to channel our focus toward a person’s character and the mystery in what might be their personal story …. hence, “Persone di Piazze.”

Featured Musicians: Phoebe Knowles 5:00- 6:30pm & Accapellaré 6:30- 8:00pm

Born and raised in Ashland, Phoebe Knowles has been playing the harp

for over 14 years.  Her skill has mostly been a hobby of hers, but after getting a BA in Zoology at the University of Vermont, she returned to Ashland to be a harpist for hire from 2013 to 2014.  You may have seen her playing at Farmers’ Markets throughout the Rogue Valley.  She then went to the University of Winchester in England to get her Masters in Creative and Critical Writing.  With that degree completed, she is now back in Ashland to offer her musical services again while she writes a book.  Celtic, Classical, modern covers, the songs she plays are a varied as her interests.

Accapellaré is a local Ashland duo combining the spectacular voices of Jeffri Lynn Carrington and Zoé Laterreur. Be captivated by pure, rich harmonies and the beauty of two women who have dedicated their lives to the art of singing. Renaissance and Baroque music, Celtic songs, and Opera duets make up their repertoire.

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April, May and Beyond: Workshops & Classes

Portrait Painting with David William Terry

$35 Day-Rate

Every Wednesday @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Instructor, David William Terry, has been a professional portrait artist for several decades. His classes aim to help anyone learn to express themselves visually with the highest standards in artistic quality. – Classes are open to ALL levels of experience and ability. – Beginners come to learn important skills; advanced artists come to practice them. – Students will work from a live, fully clothed model. Materials List Available online. Students should bring their own supplies and materials – odorless please.

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Fiber Art: Advanced Needle Felting with Liza Hamilton
$15 day-rate, $60 for 5 sessions
Tuesdays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
In this advanced open studio-type felting class, Liza offers personalized instruction on creating wire armatured pose-able puppets and felted figures, life-size animal sculptures, detailed ‘Fiber Paintings’, adding fine details, and more. Open to adults and ages 12+ who are familiar with the basic techniques and are looking to improve their skill. Includes wool and supplies during class, take home kits, wool, and supplies available for purchase. Held in Upstairs Studio 8. Email Liza to confirm attendance: [email protected]
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Extreme Quality Digital Printmaking with R. Mac Holbert

$1800, A deposit of $250 is required, Materials Included

Five Day Workshop May 2- May 6, @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you getting the best out of your printer? Do your prints truly express your artistic vision? Let one of the nations most respected digital printmakers provide some clarity. Join R. Mac Holbert in an intensive 5-day printmaking experience. This hands-on workshop explores the latest developments in fine-art digital printmaking. As the digital revolution continues new tools are changing the way we work. Finding a balance between “traditional” imaging software and the new raw convertors can be confusing. With guest instructor: Sean Bagshaw.

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Ceramics: The Figure in Clay | Heads and Hands with Nadine Gay
$125, plus $25 clay & firing fee payable to instructor
Saturdays 6/18 – 7/23 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
This is a structured class that will take you on an exploration of what might be the most expressive parts of the figure: heads and hands. You’ll be introduced to the work of artists which displays a wide range of interpretations from realistic to abstract. The aim is for you to express your creativity while learning modeling techniques, structure and proportions. Clay is wonderfully suited for this endeavour. No previous experience is necessary. This is a safe non judgmental environment, open to beginners.
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Painting: Anatomy Lectures by Robert Beverly Hale with Sarah F Burns


Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

April 4 – June 6

We will view all ten of Robert Beverly Hale’s legendary lectures on Artistic Anatomy, given at the Art Students League in NYC during the 1960’s. These videos are old, black and white and not HD, but contain deep fonts of knowledge for the figurative artist. Figurative Artist and Teacher Sarah F Burns will introduce each lecture and facilitate discussion afterward, using skeletal model and references.

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Fiber Art: Creative Needle Felting with Liza Hamilton
$15 day-rate, $60 for 5 sessions
Wednesdays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
This fun, open studio type class will provide many options for felting projects including working around a wire armature, 2D ‘fiber paintings’, felted jewelry, mobiles, murals, and more. Ideal for adults and ages 10+ who have some felting experience, or have first taken the Felting Friday beginner-level class. Sample creations, demonstrations, and personalized instruction will ensure everyone creates wonderful works of art. Includes wool and supplies for the duration of the class- take home kits, wool, and supplies available for purchase. Held in Upstairs Studio 8. Email Liza to confirm attendance: [email protected]
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Ceramics: Potter’s wheel -Thrown and altered with Stephanie Friedman
$160, plus clay and firing fees
April 22- May 13 @ 10:30 am  1:00 pm
In this class will we work on the potter’s wheel, throwing forms, then altering them using various methods. We will use tools and our hands to change the original forms and also use clay additions to create new forms. Students will be presented with exciting new ways to move away from round forms on the wheel. Students will also learn to create composite forms using multiple thrown parts. This is not a beginning class, some experience is necessary.
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Creative Expression with Marisa Shorland
$190 for six week course, or $35 per class
May 13 – June 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Develop your creativity, nurture your curiosity, cultivate your imagination. This course is designed to develop the creative potential of each of us through artistic expression. Each class is structured around insight into the creative process, idea generation, fundamental artistic notions, experimentation and expression. An involved artistic course, concepts will be applied through the production of artwork and constant development of artistic technique. Space is limited so register in advance to save your seat.
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Painting: The Pocket Sketching Workshop with Kath Macaulay
$275, plus $40 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor
September 9, 10 & 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Learn enough to play for a lifetime! This is the perfect technique for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering, sitting in a café or the airport. Capture what you think you see in 25 minutes or less using a water soluble pen, a 4 x 6 inch pad of paper and a small paint set. Ideal for the timid beginner to paint fearlessly in public, and the advanced artist who wants minimal equipment, total portability, speed, no interruptions and no clean-up.
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OSF/AAC Workshop with Rebecca Gabriel
$275, materials list available online
September 22, 23, 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join instructor Rebecca Gabriel for a three-day intensive workshop featuring OSF leading lady, Vilma Silva as our captiving model. Vilma will pose in costume, inspired by her role in this OSF’s season’s ‘Timon of Athens’, and preform a few favorite lines of dialogue. The workshop includes a 3-day pose, for three hours daily, an informal luncheon, and tickets to the OSF production of “Timon of Athens.”
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Once Monthly Art Classes

May Art Journaling Clinic: Foul Play | Chickens and Roosters with Elaine Frenett

$20 Fee Includes Some Materials to Sample

Third Friday of each Month @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

April 15, May 20, June 17

Crazy as chickens ‘n roosters are, aren’t they just one of the most colorful animals we have. Isn’t it time you come play with watercolors in the attempt to portray their aloofness, attitudes and variety? Join us!

Topics change each month. Please register ahead with Elaine at [email protected] or 541-944-2196. Class will be held upstairs in Elaine’s Studio #13

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Mixed media: Collage with Susanne Peterman

$25 Day-Rate, includes materials

Third Friday of Each Month @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

April 15, May 20, June 17

Collage-making in a meditative yet fun atmosphere. Create an image of your inner life in an atmosphere of playful meditation. You will be guided through a simple process to achieve a blend of art and craft. Bring images if you like, but all materials and tools are provided. Email Susanne at [email protected] to reserve your space. Please contact Susanne by the THIRD Tuesday. Minimum of three students required, maximum 10

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Intro to Art Therapy Workshop Series with Delaine Due

$30 General, $25 Members

Select Sundays Jan. 24- May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

These workshops are a basic introduction to art therapy theory and practice. Every class includes short lecture, handouts, and hands-on experience with the discipline of art psychotherapy. Jan: Art therapy–What it is and what it is not Feb: Art Therapy Process and Product Mar: Art Therapy and Art Media Apr: Art Therapy and Human Development May: Art Therapy and Adolescence Dates: 1/24, 2/28, 3/13, 4/17, 5/15

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Drop-In & Day Rate Youth and Adult Art Classes

These designated art classes are part of our core education program here at the Art Center, and are offered at the same day, time, and cost throughout the year unless otherwise noted. No need to register in advance, just come the day of class and pay at the front desk!


FREE Community Art Class

Saturdays @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Express yourself every Saturday in this fun class for adults and children of all ages and abilities. Guided projects will include drawing, painting, cartooning, fiber arts, and more! The focus will be on composition, design, spontaneous expression, collaborative art, accidental art and most of all fun. See the online calendar for more info!

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Short Pose Figure Drawing with Ann DiSalvo

$9 Members, $10 General

Mondays @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Uninstructed Short Pose Figure Drawing moderated by Ann DiSalvo  This weekly gestures figure drawing session has short and long poses up to 25 minutes. Drop In. Unclothed model. Adults only. Bring your own non-toxic materials.

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Ceramics for Kids with Liz Edwards

$10 Drop-In plus $3 Clay & Firing

Mondays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

A fun way for kids to explore the world of clay! Max 10 students.

Child requirements for parents:

Ages 5 – 6 must bring a supervising adult for their first class

Ages 7 – 12 may come unaccompanied by adult

All parents must leave emergency contact info with Ashland Art Center.

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The Artist Within with Jack Wiens

$10 Drop-In includes Materials

Tuesdays, 1:30- 3:00pm

The Artist Within with Jack Wiens Find out how much fun you can have putting pencil and paint to paper!  For all beginners and experienced artists who want to try something new. Each week will be a different focus, including sketching faces, perspective, cartooning, drawing animals, and more, including using various mediums like watercolor, pastel, and charcoal. Have a special request? Jack wants to know what students want to do!

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Ceramics: Kids Clay with Keeley Bittner

$10 Drop-In plus $3 Clay & Firing

Tuesdays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

A special clay class created just for kids! Join clay instructor Keeley Bittner for a special clay class tailored just for young people. Explore the medium and make some cool stuff! Max 10 students

Child requirements for parents:

Ages 5 – 6 must bring a supervising adult for their first class

Ages 7 – 12 may come unaccompanied by adult

All parents must leave emergency contact info with Ashland Art Center.

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Printmaking Open Studio with Maggie Wilson

$10 Drop-In, Some materials included

Tuesdays @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Stop by the Printmaking studio at Ashland Art Center for open studio hours with Maggie Wilson.  Maggie, an experienced printmaker and instructor, will assist you with achieving your printmaking goals.  Working on a project that needs completion?  Come on in!  Hoping to experiment with printmaking for the first time?  Great, we are here to support you!   Regardless of your experience in the field of printmaking, the studio is open for your use under the skilled supervision and/or assistance of Maggie.

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Pottery and Hand-Building with Max Reinhardt

$10/ 2hrs, $15/ 3hrs plus Clay & Firing

Tuesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This class is intended for students ranging from beginners to advanced ceramicists looking for greater aesthetic achievement.  The class is for both throwing on the wheel and hand-building techniques and covers attachments of all sorts, advice on storage and maintaining works in progress as well as glazing and finishing pieces.  I intend to work with you to develop your ideas into reality and challenge students to greater success with clay.
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Ceramics with Lisa Eldredge

$10 day-rate plus Clay & Firing

Wednesdays @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn fundamental skills, get ideas for your next project, collaborate, or work on your own during this drop-in session.

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Ceramics with Lisa Eldredge

$10 day-rate plus Clay & Firing

Thursdays @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Learn fundamental skills, get ideas for your next project, collaborate, or work on your own during this drop-in session.

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FREE EXPRESSIONS: Thursdays with Jo Ann Manzone

FREE Community Art Class

Thursdays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Explore the unlimited possibilities of your own creativity! This fun art class for kids of all ages has something for everyone – we’re going to have a blast making art! For children and families (ages 6 and younger need a supervising adult present). Drop in anytime during the session. FREE! Includes materials. Creative projects change per week.

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Ceramics with Max Reinhardt

$10 day-rate plus Clay & Firing

Thursdays @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Max for a creative afternoon of hand building or wheel throwing. Learn fundamental skills, get ideas for your next project, collaborate, or work on your own during this drop-in weekly session.

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Felting Friday with Liza Hamilton

$10 Drop-In, Includes Materials

Fridays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn the easy and fun art of needle-felting wool, and create your own collection of cute, furry, and unique animal miniatures! All materials included, no experience necessary.  Due to the use of a sharp felting needle, recommended for ages 8+, unless with accompanying adult! Held in the AAC classroom.

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It’s Not Too Soon to be Thinking About Kids Summer Camps..


Ceramics: Clay Camp with Liz O’Brien

$170 (Five day camp Monday- Friday), Includes Materials & Firing Fees

June 20-24 @ 9:00am- 12:00pm 

August 22-26 @ 9:00am- 12:00pm

Come spend a week exploring clay!

Kids will learn the basics in sculpting clay and express themselves creating fun and functional keepsakes. No experience needed!
Price includes supplies and firing. Bring a snack (optional) and water each day. Please send your child to camp wearing older clothing. Sign up for just one week, or both, by visiting us online or in person.

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Ceramics: Clay Camp “Wheel Work” with Liz O’Brien

$190 (Five day camp Monday- Friday), Includes Materials & Firing Fees

July 25-29 @ 9:00am- 12:00pm

Come explore clay on the potters wheel!

Children will learn how to create functional bowls, cups and vases. Children will also learn how to decorate their pieces in fun and unique ways. No experience needed!

Price includes supplies and firing. Bring a snack (optional) and water each day. Please send your child to camp wearing older clothing.

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More camps coming soon with educators Natalie Stawsky, Liza Hamilton, Amy Goddard, and more!!

Career Development for Artists

Art Matters – Monthly Panel Discussions with Rebecca Gabriel


Thursday April 21 @ 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Art Matters – A Series of Panel Discussions about Art. Please join us for this exciting series which explores vital issues and topics concerning today’s art and artists. The panels will feature prominent artists, gallerists, collectors, educators, and art activists; and will incorporate audience participation. Topics will range from the creative process and education, to success in the art market, and beyond.

The panels will be moderated by artist Rebecca Gabriel who holds a Master of Science in Art Education and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting. Come to these dynamic and interactive discussions to be informed and inspired.

April Panel Topic: “The Evolution of Style- Putting the Cart before the Horse”

Thursday, 5:30-7:00 p.m., April 21, in the classroom at the Ashland Art Center. Please join us for an informative and lively discussion with these renown artists. Event includes audience participation and refreshments.

Featured artist panelists are:

Inger Jorgense– Painter/vocalist, Enclave Studio, founder Bohemia Art Gallery
Bruce Bayard Digital artist/film/multi-media/painter, Haines Foundation Grant recipient
Co-founder Studio A.B., featured on Oregon Art Beat
Cody Bustamante – M.F.A. Professor of Painting and Drawing at SOU, Ford Family Foundation Fellowship 2016
Steven Mayerson – Collage/watercolor artist, founder of the “Bad Film Society” and “More Short Films” at Meese auditorium, SOU
Peter Van Fleet – Mixed media experimental artist, founder of the Bell House Gallery, studied at UC Berkeley

Future Topics:
Modalities of Education in the Visual Arts: Atelier, University, Workshops, or Outsider Art?
Thursday, 5:30-7:00 p.m., May 19, in the classroom at the Ashland Art Center.
Panel participants to be announced.
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Crafting Habits of Success for Business in the Arts with Ben Wood

Free for Artist Members, $20 General Public

May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Why are some people more successful or even wildly successful in the Arts? It is simple, they learned the power of habit and have actively devoted time and energy to developing habits of success. In this one hour symposium Ben will remind us what every successful person though out the ages have know and used to craft success in their lives. He will provide a clear framework and tools specific to Artists for bringing any Art Business to the next level.

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Empowering Your Expression with Dr. Zan Nix

Free for Artist Members, $20 General Public

November 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Each of us came into this world with our own unique passions and expression. When we are using these natural attributes purposefully our creativity is alive and our visions are inspiring. Yet so often we run into roadblocks such as debilitating fears, self-limiting thoughts and behaviors, exhaustion from today’s fast pace, distractions, information overload and overwhelming responsibilities! These make it immensely challenging to identify and commit to our priorities. Life coaching is a partnership with you designed to enhance your personal power across life’s foundations.

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Get Your Artwork Photographed with Ezra Marcos

$20 per image AAC Members, $25 per image General

First Tuesday of every month @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

May 3, June 7

Get Your Artwork Professionally Photographed by EZRA MARCO

Every first Tuesday of the month, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

$20 per image for AAC Members, $25 per image for General Public

Includes CD with high-res JPG and hi-res and low-res TIF

Ezra will be shooting 3D and 2D pieces of artwork for artists on a monthly basis as needed. Work must be delivered before the start of your session and MUST be picked up by 5 pm that day.

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All Classes and Events held at Ashland Art Center unless otherwise specified.

Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520 

[email protected]

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