Classes with KACC
Upcoming KACC Classes
Our classes blend the best of many kinds of media, traditions, perspectives, and practice. From 5-years-old to 95-years-young, learning and expanding appreciation of the arts is our core - and we love putting together classes that drive community engagement in art.
Applications for Classes
Watercolor Workshop - Holiday EditionNov 11th - Nov 11th, 2023 | Kerr Arts & Cultural Center
Watercolor Workshop - Holiday Edition
Instructor: Kandi Stimson
November 11, 2023
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
(Class size limit: 10)
Some level of experience with watercolors will benefit the student as we paint seasonal and holiday scenes. Fall, winter, Thanksgiving and Christmas examples will be provided. Students will be instructed on how to turn their paintings into Christmas cards or gifts.
Supply list will be provided after registration.
Texas Furniture Makers Seminar - Miriam CarpenterNov 11th - Nov 11th, 2023 | Kerr Arts & Cultural Center
Texas Furniture Maker Show - Educational Seminar
Saturday, November 11, 2023
From 1:00 to 3:00PM
$10 for Texas Furniture Makers Show Exhibitors
$20 for Family Members & General Public
This year's educational seminar will feature 2023 TFMS Judge and internationally acclaimed furniture artist, Miriam Carpenter.
SEMINAR FOCUS - Miriam Carpenter will take us on an adventure - sharing her ideation, conception and process through her latest works. Carpenter explores connections across fields such as music, science and mathematics through multiple mediums – translating these ideas into pattern and form. She investigates the possibilities within materials as she solves challenging design problems. Appearing deceptively simple at first glance, each of Carpenter’s pieces involve complex calculations and an intimate understanding of her chosen material. The seminar will conclude with a discussion session so that the attendees can ask questions to gain a deeper understanding of her design approach.
ARTIST BIO - Miriam Carpenter is a contemporary artist and designer based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As a Rhode Island School of Design alumna, she began her career designing alongside Mira Nakashima. .Carpenter’s work can be found internationally in both private and public collections and has been exhibited most notably at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Michener Art Museum, Wharton Esherick Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, DeVos Art Museum, Philadelphia International Airport, SOFA Chicago, Design Miami and Moderne Gallery where she is currently represented. She has been awarded six international residencies over the past eight years and is an active participant in artist collaborations around the globe.
Saturday Art Experience: Santa's WorkshopNov 18th - Nov 18th, 2023 | Kerr Arts & Cultural Center
Saturday Art Experience: Santa's Workshop
Instructor: Rachel Lovelace
Ages: 6-10 year olds
10 am - Noon
Saturday, November 18
$25 per student
Gift-making is the theme of this children's craft workshop. Students will make jewelry, learn box and package design and do a bit of painting, too! This class will teach your little one everything they need to know to make their own presents for friends and family, or even a keepsake for themselves.
Notes: Art is messy! Students should wear comfortable clothes that won't be ruined by paint splatter, glue blobs, etc. Bottled water will be available, but snacks will not be served. Children are welcome to bring their own water bottle.
Pocket Sketching with Mary Kaye Sawyer MorseJan 26th - Jan 27th, 2024 | Kerr Arts & Cultural Center
Certified Instructor: Mary Kaye Sawyer Morse
Class limit: 12
January 26 & 27
9 am - 4 pm
$250 Includes Materials
Learn enough to play for a lifetime!
This quick-draw technique anyone can learn is perfect for hiking, biking, traveling, or just sitting in a café. Capture what you think you see in 25 minutes or less using a water-soluble pen, a 4 x 6-inch pad of paper and a small watercolor paint set. Ideal for the timid beginner to paint fearlessly in public, and the advanced artist who wants minimal equipment, total portability, speed, no interruptions, and no clean-up. Escape into meditation while sketching!
Learn and use:
• Speed - to avoid multiple focal points, excessive detail, ruining freshness
• Characteristics of the water-soluble pen which allows the range of value
• Being invisible and undisturbed when working in the middle of public places
• Visual editing, on location, to get the essential quality of what you think you see (not necessarily what is there)
• Individual, encouraging critique sessions, demonstrations, and hands-on help
Day 1 9:00am - 4:00pm
Session 1: Pocket Sketching Technique-The Perspective of Contrast emphasis on techniques for sketching with the water-soluble pen. You will learn all about the portable palette. The first landscape contrast painting with the pen will be introduced. You will complete a sketch with both distance and foothills.
Session 2: Pocket Sketching Technique-The Perspective of Color emphasis using color and the pen to create a landscape from a photo reference. This involves advanced watercolor and requires no previous experience! The perspective lessons of contrast and color are included.
Session 3: Pocket Sketching Technique-Brush technique and the Color Wheel session will continue with an easy lesson on the color wheel and our travel palette. We will use our brush to practice some easy brush strokes for leaves and flowers.
Day 2 9:00am – 4:00pm
Session 4: Pocket Sketching- This session introduces the use of wax and scraping. The lesson ends with using these techniques in a landscape.
Session 5: Pocket Sketching Technique-Still life lesson with flowers with emphasis on how to edit things in and out of a “gathered” still life. We will paint a simple still life emphasizing color, contrast, and focal point.
Session 6: Pocket Sketching and combining components to ‘build’ a scene. This fun exercise helps build skills to sketch fearlessly anywhere. Weather will determine if we can sketch on location.