Visual Arts

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Parks and Recreation

Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

222 E Drake Ave

Sara Hand Custer

Sara Hand Custer

Cultural Arts Director

Below is a list of all visual arts classes offered this spring quarter at JDCAC. Make sure to check out the Auburn Parks and Recreation Quarterly Brochure at:

Parks and Rec 2024 Spring Programs

If you are interested in signing up for one or more of the classes, please do so through MyRec. Registration will begin Monday, Feb. 5 at 8 a.m. through MyRec. Citizens must have an online MyRec account to register for any Parks and Recreation programs. To access the online system and create an account visit Programs with an associated cost will require payment which can be made online using a credit card. Individuals who wish to pay with cash or check can register and pay in person at the Harris Center, located at 425 Perry St., Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration will only be accepted from participants who live or work in the City of Auburn during the first two weeks of registration, Feb. 5 - 23.

NEW! Bob Ross Style Painting Workshop
A four hour workshop where one paints a classic Bob Ross painting in the Bob Ross wet-on-wet style. The painting will be one of the ones featured on Bob Ross's popular tv series. Participants will learn basic techniques from a certified Bob Ross CRI instructor, and be able to take home a Bob Ross style painting of their own at the end of the day. All supplies will be provided. $100.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
14+ S 4/6 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. JDCAC

Contact: John Hawkins • (256) 503-9731 • [email protected]

Auburn Open Studio                                                                                                                                                      Artists coming together to create art and support expression. No matter what level artist – you are welcome! All mediums are encouraged – watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, mixed media and outsider art. FREE.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
18+ F 3/1 - 5/31 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. JDCAC

Contact: Raymond VanTilburg • (630) 697-2929 • [email protected]

Painting Open Studio                                                                                                                                                Painting Open Studio, under the support of the Auburn Arts Association and instructed by Nils Larson, will encourage artists to provide artistic fellowship, to share ideas/work and to be with other artists. Members of the studio group meet weekly to work on their own respective paintings. The open studio format means members are free to come and go according to their individual time needs. The instructor will give critical feedback and aid with process whenever requested. The instructional focus is primarily geared towards representational painting with oil and development of observational painting skills. Students will supply their own materials. $60.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
18+ T 3/5 - 5/28 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. JDCAC

Contact: Nils Larson • (334) 663-4734 • [email protected]

Studio 222 Fiberarts Group                                                                                                                                                    This group is under the support of the Auburn Arts Association. This regional artist group’s focus is fiberarts sharing with each other their various skills, studying design and composition, and occasionally host visiting artists who share their talents and artworks. FREE.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
18+ Last F of each month 3/29, 4/26, 5/31 12 - 3 p.m. JDCAC

Contact: Laura Kloberg • (334) 332-5458 • [email protected]

Creative Kids                                                                                                                                                                  Drawing is a fundamental skill that should be learned by all children. The young artist will be introduced to basic drawing and painting with a fun subject while developing learning and creative skills., Creative expression will be emphasized while students work with a variety of media such as watercolor, oil pastel, color pencil, pencil, ink and collage etc. $225

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
5 - 8 M 3/11 - 5/20 3 - 4 p.m. JDCAC

Contact: Dong Shang • 229-347-6293 • [email protected]

Sketching with Pencils, Painting with Brushes                                                                                                                In this fun and engaging class, students will learn how to draw, shade, and create gradation with pencils. Learn acrylic and watercolor painting. Students will develop basic art skills and techniques through these sketching and painting practices. $295

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
8 - 14 M 3/11 - 5/20 4:10 - 5:40 p.m. JDCAC

Contact: Dong Shang • 229-347-6293 • [email protected]

Art for Homeschoolers                                                                                                                                                  These classes, under the sponsorship and support of the Auburn Arts Association, are divided into two age groups to allow for age appropriate art experiences. Fees cover instruction and all supplies and materials. Please register in advance of the first day of classes. $85/first child; $80/each additional sibling.                                                                                                                                                                        Group 1 | Art Explorers                                                                                                                                                            Join us in learning about artists and art techniques as you explore a variety of art media and develop your own artistic style. Classes are organized around themes that highlight the basic elements of art. In the past, some of these themes have been “A Potpourri of Portraits,” “Fins and Feathers,” “Make Yourself at Home,” and “The Shape of Things.” Please register in advance of the first day of class.                                  Age(s)      Day(s)       Date(s)                     Time                                               Location                                               6 – 9          R            3/14 – 5/2                9 – 11 a.m.                                     JDCAC 
 Contact: Amy Kaiser • (334) 821-0916 • [email protected]                                                                   Group 2 | Art Adventures                                                                                                                                                 This class is designed for the young artist ready to meet art challenges at the intermediate level. Students will take a step further into developing a creative style while exploring a variety of artists, styles, techniques, and media.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
10 - 15 R 3/14 - 5/2 9 - 11 a.m. JDCAC

Contact: Laura Kloberg • (334) 332-5458 • [email protected]

IAMBK Visual Art Class                                                                                                                                                      This class is designed to instill a sense of love, respect and appreciation for the gift of creativy as releated to fine arts and crafting skills. The class allows opportunities for participants to use their imaginations to create works of art via drawing, coloring, painting, molding/sculpting, photography, jewelry-making, and Claymation. IAMBK is a 501 © 3 community organization that provides after-school enrichment programs for youth and families, grades k-12, in partnership with Auburn City Schools and other local organizations. Sessions are offered by certified and specialized instructors in a variety of areas. Limited space available. $35.                                                                                                                                                                                Age(s)         Day(s)        Date(s)                    Time                                               Location                                            6 – 18            R              1/18 – 4/25            5:30 – 6:30 pm                             JDCAC                                   Contact: Dr. Trellis Calloway • (334) 728-0309 • [email protected]

AASMA – Scale Plastic Modeling                                                                                                                                Auburn Area Scale Modelers Association is a club focused on Scale Plastic Modeling, Aircraft, Armor, Ships, Cars, and Sci-Fi models of all scales and media. There will be discussions related to building/finishing techniques and history related to each personal project. Ages 12 – 17 may participate with a parent. FREE.                                                                                                                                                Age(s)       Day(s)        Date(s)                    Time                                                 Location                                          12+             W               3/6 – 5/29             6 – 8:30 p.m.                                  JDCAC                                    Contact: Matt Morgan • (334) 750- 9170 • [email protected]

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