Studio School // 2017

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When people make art, creative thinking, self-expression, and cultural awareness flourish. Participants learn to discover, imagine, and create in their own unique ways. In Studio School Courses, you will express your own artistic interests while learning techniques necessary to execute your ideas. Learn about the museum’s exhibition and collection through hands-on art making!

In general for all of our classes, we will briefly talk about a piece or two from the museum’s collection for inspiration. Next, we will go over a related art making process. We will then spend the rest of the time creating art while receiving feedback and assistance throughout the process. All classes finish art projects that participants take home.

All materials are included.  Members receive a 20% discount on all classes. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Participants must register for all classes in a series, except Craft Tuesday. Register for a Craft Tuesday Season Pass and receive a 10% discount.

Winter / Spring 2017 Classes


Explore different materials and craft your own work of art while enjoying a craft beer or beverage. Learn a variety of fine craft techniques in an inviting and creative environment. Each registration includes two complimentary beverages. Ages 21 and up.

Register Tuesday · April 25 · 5:30-7:30pm // $25

Make your own ceramic hanging planters! Learn how to create a variety of different planter forms using clay. Paint your planters with underglaze if you would like. Then select string and beads from an assortment of options to complete your hanging planters. The clay forms must be fired in our kiln, so the fired pieces may be picked up the following week.


Enhance your child’s creativity through an exploration of art materials and creative techniques. Develop fine motor skills and learn about different cultures and art making processes while having fun creating art! Each session will each have different art projects.

Register 1-5 GRADE // Saturdays · 10-11am // May 13 & 20 // $20


In this introductory course, we will focus on figurative modeling and sculptural techniques using clay. We will discuss how various artists have handled sculpting the human form. Learn how to make an armature and use an additive process to create a ceramic bust. We will learn foundational techniques and processes that can be used and altered to express your point of view through your own figurative work.

6-12 GRADE // Tuesdays · 4-5:30pm // May 9, 16, 23, & 30 // $60

ADULT // Thursdays · 5:30-7:30pm // May 11, 18, 25, & June 1 // $80


In this course, we will explore form, surface, and structure to create functional objects and sculptures in clay. We will focus on developing a strong foundation in the fundamentals of hand-building techniques and how to properly handle and manipulate clay at different stages. You will learn how to enhance your work with a variety of finishing techniques including glazes and surface treatments.

Register 1-5 GRADE // Saturdays · 10-11am // Jan 14 & 28, Feb 11 & 25 // $40

Register 6-12 GRADE // Tuesdays · 4-5:30pm // Jan 10 & 24, Feb 7 & 21, March 7 // $75

Register ADULT // Thursdays · 5:30-7:30 // Jan 12 & 26, Feb 9 & 23, March 9 // $100


Learn the foundations of drawing as we explore classic and contemporary techniques for drawing the world around us and within us. Learn and develop foundational drawing techniques.

Register 6-12 GRADE // Tuesdays · 4:00-5:30pm // March 14 & 28, April 4 & 18 // $60

Register ADULT // Thursdays · 5:30-7:30pm // March 16 & 30, April 6 & 20 // $80

For more information, contact Meredith Knight at or call 205.254.2643.

All refunds must be requested at least 48 hours prior to the first class.

Studio School 2017 is presented by the Comer Foundation.