Adult Classes & Workshops

Note: Before registering for a workshop, please read the Registration Policy and Cancellation Policies at the bottom of this page.

 “Jewelry Construction and Metal Art”

Instructed by Nan Loeffler

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Kerr Arts and Cultural Center

May 23rd-24th, 2017


$200 Per Student – Most Supplies Included – Students will only need to bring a pair of jeweler pliers, sketchbook, pencil, scotch tape, and scissors.

No experience is needed to join this 2-day jewelry and metal art class. Day one will begin with learning about design basics and brainstorming. Nan will give each student individualized attention as they move on to constructing pieces of jewelry using copper and silver. On day two, students will construct an art metal piece of their choice. Students will choose whether their piece is wearable, collage, 2D, or 3D. Come learn the basics of metal art in a relaxed, fun atmosphere!

Students will only need to bring a pair of jeweler pliers, sketchbook, pencil, scotch tape, and scissors. All other supplies will be provided.

Nan Loeffler is a retired art teacher living on a farm in the Texas Hill Country. She has been a silversmith/artisan for twenty five years, having studied with Rob Glover of Texas Tech and Chris Ramsey of Oklahoma State. Nan is an award winning silversmith who likes to play. Her work runs from whimsical and off-the-wall pieces, to serious and inspirational. Her works include animals and abstraction, as well as silver, copper, and brass. Nan is past president of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country. As a member of TAEA,  she has jurored regional and state VASE for the past ten years. She is a member of Kerr Arts and Cultural Center in Kerrville  and  Artisans Gallery in Mason.  She has jewelry at “The Thing Is”  in Mason, and has also shown for several  years at The Stribling Art Show in San Angelo to benefit the West Texas Rehab. About her work she states,  “Some people say my art is weird, some people say my art is wonderful, I say ‘Thank you, God’, my art is a dream come true.”

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“Texas Wildflower Jewelry in Polymer Clay”

Instructed by Joy Fisher Hein

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Kerr Arts and Cultural Center

June 1st, 2017


$135 Per Student – All Supplies Provided

No experience is needed to create your own wildflower necklace and earrings. Experienced polymer clay artists will glean a new perspective with this versatile clay. Joy will demonstrate multiple techniques and work one-on-one with participants. You will go home with a wildflower set, which will be enjoyed for years and years to come. Joy and many of her long time collectors are wearing and enjoying pieces she created 30 years ago! All supplies and tools will be provided- clay, cord and jewelry findings.

Joy is a well-known, award winning painter and book illustrator.  She has taught art classes and workshops from Vermont to Texas, including instruction for clay, book illustration, and painting with acrylics.  Joy loves to share her knowledge, collected in her 30 plus years of exploring and creating art. Clay collectors and clients of Joy’s work include: The King Ranch, Robert Joffery Ballet, STP, Bobby Rahall Racing Team, numerous book publishers, galleries, Institute of Texas Cultures, Botanical Gardens, University of Texas, interior designers, graphic designers, catalogs, boutiques, gift shops, and hundreds of happy collectors around the world.       

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Beginning Drawing

Instructed by Andy Villarreal, M.F.A


Kerr Arts and Cultural Center

July 7th, 2017

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July 21st, 2017

July 28th, 2017

9:00am-12:00pm each day

$175 per student – $50 per student for individual days

Join this 4-day beginning drawing workshop to learn the fundamental basics of the art of drawing! Instructor Andy Villarreal works well with beginners, and will provide each student with individualized attention. 

Andy Villarreal has shown his work all over the country and has well over 25 years of teaching experience. He earned a BA from Corpus Christi State University in drawing and painting. He continued his education at Arizona State University where he was awarded his MFA in drawing and painting. Andy is currently also teaching art classes at the University of Incarnate Word and also for the Alamo Community College district. He teaches kids classes at College for Kids at San Antonio Community College. Andy works well with beginners and has a very relaxed teaching style. He also has experience to help experienced artists fine tune their work.

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“Pastels in Miniature”

Instructed by Rita Kirkham


Kerr Arts and Cultural Center

August 9th-11th, 2017


$300 per student


Rita Kirkman’s classic pastel workshop focuses on painting small, and often to rapidly improve your skills and expand your knowledge. Learn to capture light with an under-painting of warm-toned pastel primers. Grow your grasp of value, temperature, color, and composition in a relaxed and fun atmosphere! Instruction will emphasize value and temperature control, composition and techniques for a small format, and how to stay productive with your art within a busy lifestyle! All questions will be answered, and individual attention will be given. Students might complete 3-8 paintings during the workshop. Students will work from their own photos of their chosen references, and Rita will bring photos as well. 

Rita Kirkman has been using pastel since she was 11 years old. Her work is defined by light, color and composition. Since 2003 she has consistently won major awards in national and international competitions. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her work is in public and private collections all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Africa and Australia. Over the past two years she has rapidly become a popular workshop instructor.

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“Beginning Woodturning”

Instructed by the Hill Country Turners

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Kerr Arts and Cultural Center

September 16th, 2017


$50 per student for entire day – $25 per student for one session

All Supplies Provided – Lunch will be provided to students who attend all day

Join this beginning woodturning class instructed by the Hill Country Turners to learn the fundamentals of woodturning! From 9:00am-12:00pm students will make a turned pen, and from 1:00pm-4:00pm students will make a wooden bowl. Students may attend the entire day, or only attend morning or afternoon. All supplies will be provided. Pizza will be provided for students who attend all day.

The Hill Country Turners were founded in 1989 as a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), the largest organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of woodturning. HCT members share knowledge, information, and provide assistance and encouragement to anyone interested in learning about or improving their woodturning skills. The HCT is an affiliate member of the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, the main organization in the Texas Hill Country dedicated to the advancement of the arts.

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“Watercolors En Plein Air”

Painting the Texas Hill Country

Instructed by Lee Ricks



On location at The Neunhoffer Ranch in Kerrville, Texas

Preceding Kerrville Outdoor Painters’ Event (KOPE) 2017

October 2nd-3rd, 2017 


$220 per student

This workshop will be on location at Neunhoffer Ranch in Kerrville, Texas. Students will meet at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center on day one at 8:30am. From there, students will caravan to the Neunhoffer Ranch. The workshop will begin with a demonstration by Lee, then each student will be given individualized instruction each day as they work on their paintings.

Lee is an award winning South Texas artist with a love of the beauty of nature. He has a respect for and interest in the older things and people that are vanishing daily from our modern world. A native of Pleasanton, Lee is a 1957 graduate of U.T. Austin with a BS in Art. While there he was an illustrator and Art Editor for the Texas Ranger magazine. After 35 years as an independent businessman, in 1993 he turned his full attention to his first love and second career: Art. Watercolor is Lee’s medium of choice. Favorite subjects are the old West, Southwest and Mexico landscapes, coastal scenes, and the old colonial buildings of Mexico and Europe. He is a signature member of the Texas Watercolor Society. His painting travels have taken him over much of Europe and Mexico. Lee is a past president and current treasurer of the Texas Watercolor Society. He has been a consistent award winner in their annual exhibitions.

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“The Language of the Landscape”

Instructed by Julie Davis

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November 3rd-4th, 2017


$275 per student 

Strengthen your landscape painting skills in this two-day oil painting workshop with Julie Davis. Designed for the beginning or intermediate artist, Davis will share the practices and techniques she uses to successfully translate the complexity of the landscape into a strong painting. Learn tools for efficiently gathering information outside, review composition and design, and reinforce values and the importance of simplifying. Demos and instruction will be followed by painting en plein air (weather permitting), with individual attention at the easel.

Julie Davis was born in Galveston, Texas, and was raised in towns across West Texas from El Paso to Abilene. She grew up drawing and creating, and earned degrees from Baylor University in education and law. It wasn’t until 2007 that she had the opportunity to satisfy her lifelong curiosity to study oil painting. Davis quickly learned that it brought all of her interests and skills together—her adoration of the outdoors, drawing, photography, writing, even law–all of it had a place in painting. She sought out some of the preeminent landscape painters in the country with whom to study, and continues to challenge herself to refine her skills so that she might demonstrate her respect for our landscape elegantly on canvas. Davis lives in Austin with her husband, Ben, and their three daughters (when they are home from college). A member of OPA, AIS, and AWA, Davis has been juried into OPA salon shows and AIS and AWA national shows, and has been recognized in numerous online competitions. Her plein air work earned Best in Show in the 2013 and the 2014 Kerrville Outdoor Painter’s Events in Texas. 

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Registration Policy

Unless noted otherwise, in the specific workshop information, the following policy will apply to all KACC classes and workshops. Early registration is encouraged to insure participation in the workshop. Please send full tuition if registering less than 45 days before your workshop begins. If you are registering more than 45 days in advance, please send at least a deposit of ½ the total tuition of your workshop to hold your place. The balance is due 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop, this is your responsibility, so PLEASE, mark your calendar. Reminders are not sent. Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. If a class is full, enrollees will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if there is a cancellation. Registration by Mail Send a check or money order for the full tuition or the deposit for the workshop of your choice to: KACC, POB 293634, Kerrville TX 78029. Registration by Phone Students using MasterCard, Visa or Discover may call 830-895-2911. Registration by Internet In some cases, registration may be made online through Paypal. In these cases, there will be a link by the class description on the education page at


Cancellation Policies

• Unless otherwise stated, deposits are refundable, less a $50 handling fee, if you cancel in writing 45 days or more before the start of your workshop. Your cancellation notice may be sent by mail or email. • If you cancel less than 45 days before the start of your workshop, you will forfeit the tuition for that workshop. You will not get a refund. However, a friend or family member may attend the workshop in your place, or you may donate your spot as a scholarship and you will receive confirmation of the donation to a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. No exceptions can be made to this policy, including personal or medical emergencies. • Deposits may be applied to another workshop if cancellation is made within 45 days before the workshop.

• In the event that a class is cancelled by KACC a full refund will be made. KACC strongly urges all students to make travel arrangements within 45 days of the workshop or to buy refundable airline tickets and refundable accommodation arrangements in case of a workshop cancellation. KACC will not be held responsible for non-refundable travel expenses.

Mailing Address: KACC PO Box 293634 Kerrville, TX 78029