Classes, Workshops and Events

Ashland Art Center offers great classes, workshops and events for all ages and skill levels in a wide variety of artistic disciplines.  Browse the calendar below and sign up today!  Contact Education Director Kara Q Lewis with questions about classes and events at

Thanks to Anne Hathaway’s Bed and Breakfast – generous sponsor for many of our workshops!

We welcome visitors from out of the area!  If you’re thinking of traveling to Ashland to attend a class, event or workshop, download this document with tips, directions and information for visiting Ashland Art Center. 

Sign up now for these upcoming AAC workshops!

Art Therapy 101 with Delaine Due, MA, ATR

Delaine Due Art TherapyThis mini-workshop will help you gain an understanding of what art therapy is and how it works. The class will include limited lecture and handouts. The bulk of the workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to experience examples of art psychotherapy process and interaction with art therapy imagery.

Delaine Due Art Therapy

Delaine is a registered art therapist and has been practicing art therapy in a variety of settings for over 10 years. She teaches at SOU and is a co-founder of both Lotus Rising Project and Space to Create Retreats. Her website is

Collagraphy with Liz Macgregor

Collagraphy with Liz MacgregorExperiment with collaging textured surfaces of various depths to compose prints of unique patterns and ingenious designs. Who knew that textured wallpaper scraps and paper doilies could create fascinating prints? Liz will encourage you to have fun with this printmaking technique that is suitable for all levels. In the workshop, you will compose a plate, learn variations of the inking process, and practice printing. Follow-up instruction is available at the Print Studio’s weekly Open Labs!

Save the Date - Art All Day with AAC Artists and Teachers

Life Needs Art1
Saturday, May 10
Come explore your community art center! There will be classes and demos in the morning, and from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon there will be live music, open studios, a free art class, and more. We are also open for our regular business hours, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, so feel free to visit anytime during the day.
Reserve your space in advance for the following all-ages AAC classes

Jewelry Open Studio

Jewelry Open Studio with Thalia Keple, 10:00 – 11:30 am, $10
Join Thalia for a jazzy jewelry project! All ages welcome but students under 12 should come with a parent or guardian.

The Artist Within

The Artist Within with Jack Wiens, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, $10
Explore your creativity and have fun making art. Jack has a fun project lined up. Mostly for adults looking to tap into their artistic sides, all ages are welcome today. All materials included!
Free Expressions
Free Expressions with AAC Volunteers, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, FREE
Let your imagination run free! There is something for everyone at Free Expressions, where you can play and create with painting, fabric, jewelry-making, assemblage, and more.


Cartooning with Curt Evans, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, $10
Everyone can draw! Cartoons are supposed to be fun and silly. Let loose and have fun creating characters. All ages welcome!

Yoga with Dena

Healing Movement & Meditation with Dena Carter, 6:15 – 7:30 pm, $10
Get your creative chakras flowing with healing movements and meditation. This gentle, all-levels yoga class will deeply relax you through breathing exercises, meditation, and movement.
AAC Studio Artists will also be holding classes in their studios during Art All Day. We will post their classes and times as they become available!

From Idea to Image: Pictorial Composition with Sean Forester

“Composition is of the utmost importance. It is impossible that a picture should be good without it.” — Daniel Parkhurst

Sean Forester, From Idea to Image

Join us for this special opportunity to understand and apply an essential element of great paintings: the composition. Observe the principles of line, value, and color, in masters like Vermeer, Sargent, and Repin.  Then apply the lessons learned while creating a multi-figure sketch in oil paint.  This ambitious workshop is excellent for intermediate and advanced artists but beginners are very welcome. The workshop will consist of daily lecture, demo, in-class composition exercises based on 19th century examples, and three hours each day of drawing or painting from live models.
Sean Forester is currently Director of Humanities and Composition at Golden Gate Atelier in Oakland, CA. He studied classical painting at Charles Cecil Studios and the Florence Academy of Art, where he was Director of Art History, Humanities, and Composition. Learn more about Sean at
  • May 15 – 18, from 9:00 – 4:00 daily with a lunch break
  • $300 + $30 book fee for Members, $350 + $30 book fee for General Public
  • Space is limited to 8 students ~ Sign up today!
  • Space available
  • Click here for the registration form
  • Questions? Email
  • Image: The Guitarist by Sean Forester

Classes and Events Happening This Week

Introduction to Felt Making with Jo Ann Manzone

Jo Ann ManzoneFeltmaking has become an extremely engaging craft. It is exciting to manipulate fibers and watch them transform into fabric. Feltmaking is tactile, forgiving and challenging. In this 3-week class, students will learn flat and 3D felting techniques and surface design while creating cords, beads, a pouch, and a vessel. No prior knowledge of felting is required. Participants should bring an old bath towel to class.

  • Thursday, April 24, 10:30 to 12:30 
  • Special Pricing–$20 per class or $50 for all three
  • Space is limited, please contact Jo Ann to sign up

Writing Sparked by Art with Deb Holmes

Deb HolmesNew and experienced adult and teen writers of all genres: you are invited to join us as we build our writing skills and confidence in a supportive and stimulating environment. Surrounded by visual inspiration, we will collect sensory details around Ashland Art Center, make connections and translate imagery into words. We will write, read what we’ve just written, and listen for what works in our writing. Writing resource packets provided.

  • Saturday, April 26, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm 
  • $25 AAC, Print and Clay Studio Members, $30 General
  • Returning students receive the member price
  • $20 spaces available for teens

Art Freaks moderated by Theresa Swanson

Art by Theresa SwansonJoin fellow 20-something artists for this open studio session where you can create art in a fun, supportive space. Must arrive before 6 pm.

  • Sundays, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Free
  • Community art supplies available to use for $5
  • Questions?

Book Repair Open Studio with Sophia Bogle

Sophia Bogle book repairGet help repairing your books! Just bring your books. All tools provided. The classes are held at Sophia’s home studio. Learn more about Sophia at her website and visit her studio at AAC in the Artist Underground on the lower level of AAC.

  • Most Mondays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm 
  • $20
  • E-mail Sophia at for directions to her home studio

Regular Drop-in and Series Classes Happening this Week

Jewelry Open Studio with Thalia Keple

Needlewoven necklace with Thalia Keple
Each week Thalia demonstrates a new technique and provides hands-on help as you create your piece. All projects are welcome and no experience is needed. Feel free to bring your own materials and old jewelry from home to repair or upcycle, too!
  • Sundays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • $12 per drop-in class or $10 per class when you register for five classes
  • The next several Sunday lessons will focus on Needlewoven Necklaces! Email for a materials list
  • Basic supplies are provided, some kits available for sale
  • Click here for the registration form to sign up for five classes and save $10!
  • Want to donate jewelry-making supplies? Email
  • To find out what Thalia will be teaching each week, email Thalia at

Uninstructed Costumed Figure Painting and Drawing moderated byJenay Elder

Jenay ElderThis exciting open draw session meets each week with a costumed model. The session explores themes in music, dancing, light effects, festival and street clothing, among many others. A long-pose session, each pose is three hours long and will be held for two weeks. All non-toxic mediums welcome. Arrive 10 minutes early or on time to reserve your space.

  • Sundays, 1:30 – 4:30 pm  
  • $12 Members, $15 General
  • Pre-pay 4 sessions that can be used anytime within three months: $38 Members, $50 General
  • Photographs are welcome with an additional $5 dollar fee to the model
  • Questions? Email

Uninstructed Short Pose Figure Drawing moderated by Ann DiSalvo

Ann DiSalvo Gestures Figure Drawing

This weekly gestures figure drawing session has short and long poses up to 25 minutes.

  • Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Drop In
  • $9 AAC Members, $10 General
  • Unclothed model
  • Adults only
  • Bring your own non-toxic materials

Print Studio Open Lab with Tiffany Hokanson

Tiffany Hokanson Bring a work in progress or start a new project! Join Print Studio manager Tiffany Hokanson for a weekly open lab session. Instruction is available for linoleum etching, wood block prints, experimental prints, and collagraph.

Portrait Drawing with Jenay M Elder

Jenay Elder
Become better versed in the fundamentals of composition and the human face. In this all-level guide to portrait drawing, students will improve their portrait drawing by practicing from a live model. Jenay will teach several principles, including proportion, perspective, balance, and more. Each class will start with a short demo and then Jenay will work closely with each student as they create several portrait drawings over the six-week series.

In-Studio Beading Class with Stephanie Gould

Stephanie Gould
Stephanie is offering one-on-one beading classes in her studio (#3). Choose to learn different techniques and projects, including a beaded Bezel around a Cabachon, stringing beads into necklaces, simple beaded earrings, and more.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Arrange time with Stephanie in advance at 541-488-3266
  • $15 an hour + $8 materials fee

The Artist Within with Jack Wiens

The Artist Within!

Find out how much fun you can have putting pencil and paint to paper! 
Yes, YOU! 
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 a various mediums like watercolor, pastel, and charcoal. Have a special request? Jack wants to know what students want to do!

  • Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
  • $10 Members, $12 General
  • All materials provided
  • Drop in
  • Feel free to email to reserve a space

Kids Clay with Keeley Bittner

Kids ClayJoin Keeley for a special clay class for the young people! Explore the medium and make some cool stuff!

  • Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 pm
  • $10, plus clay and firing
  • 4 Classes for $32!
  • Drop In
  • 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
  • Max 10 students
  • Scholarships available
  • Questions? Email

Enrichment Ceramics for Students with Special Needs with Nathan Clinton and Alissa Clark

Enrichment CeramicsThis fun, hands-on course for students with special needs has a structured lesson plan to teach a variety of clay techniques, including hand-building construction, glazing, wheel throwing, and firing. The instructors are Nathan T. Clinton, MED, and Alissa Clark, MFA.

Ceramics with Garry Price

vrgarry price plateGarry is noted for his functional pottery as well as his large scale public installations.  Beginners will get a great foundation in the fundamentals and more advanced students will enjoy experimenting with a seasoned pro.

  • Tuesdays from 5:00 – 7:00 pm 
  • Drop In
  • $10, plus clay and firing
  • Ages 13+

NEW INFO - Ceramics with Stephanie Friedman

Stephanie Friedman
Join potter Stephanie Friedman for a fun, morning drop-in class. There will be a demo to start with, and then the instructor will help students one-on-one. Handbuilding and throwing will be covered. Topics can be decided by students’ interests.
  • Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • This class will end April 30, information about a new day and time coming soon 
  • $10, plus clay and firings
  • Drop In
  • Max 10 participants
  • Questions? Email

Print Studio Open Lab with Shannon Yost

Woodblock print by Shannon Yost
Bring a work-in-progress or a new idea – any print project is welcome! Assistance is available for working with dry point, hard ground, soft ground, lino, woodblock, and etching. Also, if interested in learning hand-printing, Shannon can show you a simplified version of the traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking - moku hanga.
  • Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • $15, tools provided, some materials have a small cost
  • Drop In
  • For students with previous printmaking experience
  • Ages 15+

TIME CHANGE - Preschool…Art-School! with Jenay M Elder

Jenay Elder Preschool Art School

Parents and caretakers:
Get creative with
your busy little ones!
Each week children and parents will create a keepsake craft and/or art project to take home. Projects will be themed based on seasons, holidays, baby books and the like. All materials provided. This class happens after the Ashland Library’s Storytime for preschool children from 10:30 – 11:00 am.

Ceramics with Alissa Clark

Alissa Clark
Alissa Clark is an expert ceramicist, well known for her whimsical functional and decorative, colorful wares. Join her for hand-building and wheel instruction.

  • Wednesdays from 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • $10, plus clay and firing
  • Drop In
  • Ages 13 to Adult

Classical Oil Painting and/or Drawing with Sarah F Burns

Sarah F Burns "Carnations and green acorns"
Learn timeless principles that apply to every aspect of drawing and painting, including proportion, structure, perspective, composition, tone/value, color, and how to use materials.

  • Wednesdays from 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • $15 Members, $20 General
  • Drop In
  • Ages 16+
  • First Class – Bring HB pencil, 2B pencil, kneaded eraser and drawing paper.  Supplies may be purchased at the Art Center.
  • Contact Sarah with questions at 541-621-7767 or
  • Materials list
  • New students: please arrive 15 minutes early

Free Expressions with Jo Ann Manzone

Free ExpressionsExplore the unlimited possibilities of your own creativity! This fun art class for kids of all ages has something for everyone. You can play with painting, fabric, jewelry-making, assemblage, and more. Wear your paint clothes – we’re going to have a blast making art!

  • Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm 
  • Drop in anytime during the session
  • FREE! Includes materials
  • For children and families (ages 6 and younger need a supervising adult present)

Mud and Vino with Kami Carlson

Kami Carlson cupJoin us for a fun and relaxed evening of hand building and wheel throwing. Feel free to bring a beverage to enjoy while you create. You can work independently or be guided through a new project with an overview of the basics.

  • Fridays from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Note: no class if it’s a First Friday Art Walk
  • No class on Friday, April 25; closed for a ceramics birthday party
  • $10, plus clay and firing
  • Drop In
  • BYOB for 21+
  • Questions? Contact Kami at

Pottery on the Wheel with Stephanie Friedman

Stephanie Friedman
All levels are welcome in this fun, six-week course. Beginners will first learn to center the clay and throw a small cylinder and then progress to making bowl shapes. Students with more experience will be guided in making more complicated forms.

  • Six Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm 
  • New session starts May 17
  • New Price: $150 AAC, Print and Clay Studio Members, $175 General
  • Clay and firings separate
  • CLASS FULL ~ to be added to the wait list

Kids Cartooning with Curt Evans

Bianca's Easter Bunny
Think you can’t draw? Don’t worry. Cartoons are supposed to be silly! Students will learn simple techniques to get started, enhance their current cartoons, and work through those “I don’t know what to draw” phases. For students with more experience, Curt has lessons to fit your skill level.

Plan now for the rest of April and beyond

NEW INFO - First Friday Art Walk: Featuring Mixed Media Assemblage by Dale Muir

Dale Muir, Photo by Judy PavlikWhat do a crushed, rusted syrup can; two boxes of dusty, church organ parts; and forty cedar railing posts from a dismantled, historic Oregon bridge all have in common? Dale Muir fit them to other cast-off objects, creating sculptural concepts and characters with spontaneous spirit and meaning. Now, these repurposed assemblages serve as enduring symbols of reflection, delight and possibility in gardens, businesses and homes throughout the world. Visit Dale in her studio upstairs!Also: Be ready for a special surprise on Dale’s featured artist wall at the top of the main staircase.

  • Friday, May 2, 5:00 – 8:00 pm 
  • As always, visitors will find galleries, open studios, art, and artists on all three floors of the Art Center
  • There will also be refreshments and live music
Live music will be performed by Thad Jacobson in the Artist Underground on AAC’s lower level
Special Show in the Classroom:

Thor majestic

SOU students will be holding a silent auction of their art to support Equamore’s Foot Fetish project, helping horses with hoof-related health issues. Thor, left, was one of the first horses to take part in this project. Learn more about Equamore here.

Traveling Conversations Workshop with Elaine Frenett, Jean Warren, and Floy Zittin

Traveling Conversations
Painting is an adventure. These three artist friends have had so much fun responding to each other’s work in paint that they would like to share what they have learned. In this workshop we will work on a series of small paintings responding to each other’s work and we will also collaborate on a larger piece, returning it to the original artist to finesse and bring to completion. Join us for this unique, unconventional approach into stimulating the creative process. For an idea of how we will start this workshop, check out this amazing
  • Saturday, May 3, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm (an hour for lunch) 
  • $84
  • Materials: Paper, furnished and some media materials will be available to test out. Bring your own favorite media with which to work.
  • Email to sign up today!

Free Yoga Session with Dena Carter

Dena Carter YogaJoin Dena for this free introductory class of Healing Movement and Meditation.

  • Saturday, May 3, 6:15 – 7:30 pm 
  • Free
  • Bring your yoga mat and a blanket
  • Questions? Email

Etsy Startup Workgroup – Intro to Etsy with Sunny Lindley

Sunny Lindley Stay Handmade

Join this monthly work group designed for new or existing Etsy sellers. Each month we will go into detail about writing item descriptions, photographing, shipping, the many ways to promote online sales and much more. Throughout each session there will be plenty of time for Q&A and you will go home with materials to keep you learning and working on your online business.
  • Every first Monday
  • Monday, May 5, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
  • $25
  • Max 6 participants
  • Studio 4B in the Artist Underground, lower level of AAC
  • Bring your laptop/pad and an example of your work
  • Contact Sunny Lindley for questions at

Documentary Filmmakers Meeting

Filmmakers GroupJoin local filmmakers for a meeting to share ideas and network.

Questions? Email 

  • Monday, May 5, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Every FIRST Monday

Get Your Artwork Professionally Photographed by Judith Pavlik

Judith Pavlik Photography
Judy 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. We cannot store ANY artwork. 2D artwork must not be covered with plexi or glass.
  • Tuesday, May 6, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm 
  • $15 per image for AAC Members, $25 per image General, includes CD with high-res JPG, high-res TIF, and low-res TIF
  • Contact Judy to reserve your spot at (541) 292-9117 or

Healing Movement and Meditation with Dena Carter

Dena Carter Yoga
Want something relaxing to do on a Saturday evening? Get your creative chakras flowing with healing movements and meditation. Dena gets to know her students and adjusts her classes to meet their needs. Some classes focus more on meditation and breathe work, and others are more active and movement-oriented.
  • Starting May 10, Saturdays, 6:15 – 7:30 pm
  • $10
  • Drop In
  • Bring a yoga mat and a blanket
  • Questions? Email
  • Want a 1/2 off voucher for each class? We’re looking for someone to come in early to sweep and tidy the floor beforehand. for more information.

Collaborative Artists’ JAM

Collaborative Artists' JAM
Join fellow artists who want to collaborate for this juicy meeting to share ideas and network. Questions? Email

  • Monday, May 12, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Every SECOND Monday
  • For the meeting: Contemplate what kind of collaboration YOU want to do and with whom! Also, bring in a variety of research if you can on collaborative projects/artists you admire

NEW - Screen Printing with Laura Zukowski

Laura ZukowskiReady to dive into the art of low-tech, low-cost screen printing? In this new three-class series, you will draw a design of your choice on a screen, either by hand or tracing it from a print, then create a stencil of your design using screen filler and drawing fluid, and finally print your design on a t-shirt. Students will gain all the skills to become a novice screen printer.

TinkerFest at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum

2014 TinkerFest logo SWTinkerFest focuses on hands-on, open-ended discovery that celebrates science, technology, engineering, art and creativity. Activities include a car take apart, wearable circuits, sand sculpting, toy hacking, LEGO robotics, 3D printing, felting and much more! Saturday night features free TinkerFilms, drive-in style, starting at dusk.

  • May 24 and 25, 10 am – 5 pm 
  • @ ScienceWorks, 1500 E. Main St. Ashland
  • $10 per person, per day (age 2 & up), $5 per ScienceWorks Member, per day (age 2 & up)
  • Questions? Email

NEW - Animal Prints with Amy Godard Navickas

Animal PrintsLightning tigers, squirrels, whales, and more! Draw your favorite animals in this fun class for young artists. Students will practice drawing their favorite animals then transfer their own designs onto a foam plate mounted on wood. They will make prints on paper, and more advanced students can create more layers to their print by making more than one “plate”. Amy will teach drawing and printmaking skills that students can use to continue making their prints at home!

NEW - Chromarriffic with Amy Godard Navickas

Chromarriffic with Amy Godard NavickasLearn about colors while painting an original work of art with acrylics on canvas! You will learn how to mix paints and create primary and secondary colors. With Amy’s guided project, you will draw and paint a shape of your choice and then discover the eye-popping magic of complimentary colors, colors that “accent” another color. Have fun experimenting and learning!

NEW - Pine Needle Basket and Pendant Workshops with Sheri Smith Holgate

Sheri Smith Holgate pine needle basket

Sheri Smith Holgate

Pine Needle Pendants 

Explore the many possibilities of coiling in this 4-hour workshop where you’ll learn the basics while making a pendant with pine needles, Irish Waxed linen, and glass Czech seed beads, and leave wearing your necklace! Sheri will show you three stitches you can use in a variety of ways to create unique patterns in pine needle baskets, necklaces, or vessels.
  • Friday, June 13, 1:00 – 5:00 pm 
  • $45, AAC, Print and Clay Studio Members, $55 General

Sheri Smith HolgatePine Needle Baskets 

Learn to make unique pine needle baskets in this introductory class. Starting with a jade donut stone, you’ll choose your colors of waxed linen and Sheri will teach you to coil and shape the vessel with a variety of stitches. You will leave with a finished basket (approximately 3” x 3” x 1.5”) and the knowledge to continue to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art.
  • Saturday, June 14, 9:00 – 5:00 pm 
  • $75, AAC, Print and Clay Studio Members, $85 General

For both workshops

NEW - Plein Air Landscape Painting with Sarah F Burns

Barkley's Broasted Chicken by Sarah F BurnsGet down and dirty painting in the field and in the street. There are few things as exhilarating, challenging and rewarding as plein air painting. Create fresh, live documents of the life and light around us everyday. Sarah will choose excellent locations for the time of day and pleasure of study, focusing on urban settings and including sprawling views, locations with lovely flowers, and foliage. Color, light, proportion atmospheric perspective, linear perspective, composition, value, use of materials will all be extensively covered in this fun and meaty workshop.

  • June 19, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, at AAC, intro with slides and talk
  • June 19 – 22, 4:00 – 7:00 pm in the field 
  • June 22, 7:45 pm, critique at local winery or restaurant (no host) 
  • $130, AAC, Print and Clay Studio Members, $145 General
  • Level: Beginner to Advanced. Beginning students will find it helpful to take Sarah’s Classical Drawing and Painting drop-in class held every Wed from 3 – 5 pm
  • Registration is due by Thursday, June 12
  • Click here for the registration form
  • Questions? Email

All Classes and Events held at Ashland Art Center unless otherwise specified.
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520