Classes


We offer an excellent selection of fun and enriching classes in many of the arts disciplines. Adults, ages 16 and up, will enjoy these fun classes and workshops. All classes are offered once a week for each five week session unless noted otherwise. Classes run consecutively on the same day each week. Workshops are offered once per session. Pre-registration is required for all classes and workshops. Taught by experienced art professionals, and designed to provide individual attention and feedback, our classes and workshops are sure to educate and inspire artists of all ages. All supplies are included unless otherwise noted in the class description.

Adult Studio

Open Studio

Dorothy Johnson

Dedicated studio time and space for students ready to work on oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, and colored pencil projects of their own choice. An instructor is on hand for assistance but there is no prepared lesson.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advance.
Supply List: see supplies

SESSION 1 MONDAYS
June 3, 10, 17, 24
10:30am – 12:30pm
$40
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SESSION 2 MONDAYS
July 8, 15, 22, 29
10:30am – 12:30pm
$40
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SESSION 3 MONDAYS
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26
10:30am – 12:30pm
$40
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Drawing

Drawing 1

Dorothy Johnson

Perfect class for beginners or those who wish to refresh their skills.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Supply List: see supplies

SESSION 2 WEDNESDAYS
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$70
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Acrylics

Setting Sail

Sharon Taylor Padgett

Join us to paint a warm sunset with boats setting sail to see. Students will learn to paint sky, clouds and a shimmering sea with rocks onshore.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: supplies included

SATURDAY JUNE 15
10:00 am – 1:00pm
$60
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Path to the Sea

Sharon Taylor Padgett

A sunlit, well-trod sand path to the shore is the theme of this July workshop. Students will learn the techniques of textured sand with light and shadows, grass and wooden poles alongside the path leading down to the ocean.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: supplies included

SATURDAY JULY 20
10:00 am – 1:00pm
$60
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Golden Sunset

Sharon Taylor Padgett

The action of pounding surf and sea spray against the rocky shore, with the backdrop of a golden sunset. Students will learn to mix and apply the colors of the warm sky and sea.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: supplies included

SATURDAY AUGUST 20
10:00 am – 1:00pm
$60
14388

Alcohol Ink

Alcohol Ink on Yupo

Nanette Langner

Learn how to manipulate alcohol inks on yupo paper. Create landscape scene and a seahorse painting.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: supplies included

SATURDAY AUGUST 10
10:00 am – 2:00pm
$70
14389

Oils

Beginning Oils

Dorothy Johnson

The fundamental concepts used in painting with oils will be introduced in this class. No previous experience with oils needed, but some knowledge of painting is recommended.
Skill Level: Beginner
Supply List: see supplies

SESSION 1 MONDAYS
June 3, 10, 17 & 24
10:30 am – 12:30pm
$40
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SESSION 2 MONDAYS
July 8, 15, 22 & 29
10:30 am – 12:30pm
$40
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SESSION 3 MONDAYS
August 5, 12, 19 & 26
10:30 am – 12:30pm
$40
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Watercolors

Textures in Watercolors

Nanette Langner

Explore different textures through watercolor. Feathers, fur and scales will be taught in this three week course.
Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate
Supply List: supplies included

SESSION 3 TUESDAYS
August 13, 20 & 27
10:00 am – 12:00pm
$60
14393

Pen & Ink with Watercolor Wash

Nanette Langner

Complete several small pieces while learning a variety of techniques for adding shade and color to drawings. Previous students can work on alternate drawings.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: supplies included

SATURDAY JUNE 22
10:00 am – 4:00pm
$70
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Christmas in July!

Nanette Langner

Create three paintings centered around Christmas! Pinecones, poinsettas and holly make for a festive trio.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: supplies included

SATURDAY JULY 13
10:00 am – 4:00pm
$70
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Printmaking

Block Printing

Aidan Cooke

There are so many uses for block prints! Like a stamp, you can use it on t-shirts, hand towels, cards, wrapping paper, envelopes, you name it! Use it over & over. Create your own print by carving on block linoleum. Bring your own idea or use ideas provided.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: supplies included

SATURDAY AUGUST 17
10:00 am – 1:00pm
$60
14396

Adult Pottery

Pottery Wheel

John Gordon

Learn basics: preparing clay, centering, throwing forms, trimming, handles, etc.
Skill Level: All, adults 18+
Supply List: tools & supplies included

SESSION 2 TUESDAYS
6:00 pm – 8:00pm
$140
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Succulent Plant Holder

Madeline Fox

Create a textured terracotta plant holder by hand building using clay slabs. Great for small plants or succulents, made to hang on the wall.
Skill Level: All, ages 12 to adult
Supply List: supplies included

SATURDAY AUGUST 17
6:00 pm – 8:00pm
$140
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Music

No member discount on music programs.

Registration

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES & CAMPS.
Class registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration closes when classes meet maximum capacity. Teaching Artists are unable to admit students who have not registered in advance. Full payment by check, cash or credit card is required to secure a space in a class. There is a $2 processing fee for online transactions.

ACA members receive a 10% discount on most classes, camps and workshops with the exception of music classes.

How to Register

  • Online registration is the preferred registration method of the ACA. Online registration is secure and includes email confirmation.
  • Aiken Youth Orchestra: To register, please call 803-641-9094
  • Pick up a hard copy of the registration form at the ACA front desk, complete and return to the front desk.
  • Call us at 803-641-9094 and register over the phone.

Scholarships

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to qualified children and seniors. Please visit the Scholarships page under for more information and to download the application.

Inclement Weather Policy

It is our policy to close for inclement weather conditions when Aiken Public Schools are closed (listen to local radio/TV bulletins). Call us at 803-641-9094 or check our website/Facebook page for updated information as weather conditions can change during the day. If a class is cancelled due to weather, a make-up class may be arranged.

Cancellation

If you cancel your registration after it has been processed, but at least seven business days before the class begins, we will refund your class fee (less a $10 cancellation fee). If you cancel with less than seven business days’ notice, no refund will be given. ACA reserves the right to cancel classes with low enrollment. If we must cancel a class, we will issue a full refund.

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