Classes & Camps

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Pre-registration is required for all camps and classes. To register for a class or camp, contact George Lanham at (304) 529-2701, Ext. 311. You can also register online or get the registration form in either .pdf or Word (.doc) format.

Classes & Workshops

Clay Studio Tour

Enjoy observing our region’s clay artists demonstrating their skills and expertise. No registration required – just drop in and pay when you arrive. Each session is $20 per person and takes place in Studio 4 from 1 to 3 p.m.

October 7
Heads Up! with Carter Taylor Seaton
Watch Carter build a clay portrait on an armature. From basic assembly to roughing in the features, you’ll see how the piece takes shape to be removed later from the armature and fired. She will discuss the process as she goes.

October 14
Slab Built Ceramics: Inspired Pattern and Color with Melissa Yungbluth
Melissa will demonstrate hand building with slabs to create functional pieces made for casual eating. From start to finish, she will show how to make mugs, bowls, trays, etc., by working with tar paper to create templates, rolling pins to apply texture, cookie cutters for appliques and stamps for the sweet, little details. She will bring pre-fired work to demonstrate adding color and depth to these textured surfaces by applying several layers of underglaze with an additive and subtractive process and touch on the topic of color theory in ceramics.

October 21
Jars & Baskets with Adam Yungbluth
Adam will demonstrate throwing on the potter's wheel to create vessels for storage. Jars and baskets will be made from throwing hollow forms and cutting away the clay to create lids and handles. Surface decoration will be complete by drawing into the freshly wet clay and using underglaze to highlight the narrative surface.

October 28
Collaborations in Clay with Frederick Bartolovic and Michelle Strader
Frederick and Michelle will discuss how collaboration has influenced their art practice while demonstrating how they produce works together for Silver Run Ceramics. Frederick will be throwing larger forms on the wheel with porcelain, including bottles, bowls, plates and platters. Each piece is produced as a blank canvas for Michelle to illustrate flora and fauna motifs on. The forms speak to utility and functionality, while also being one-of-a-kind pieces of art, each with unique details that identify them as handmade and thrown on the wheel.

Wheel Throwing and Hand Building

Mondays, 6-8 p.m.
September 25 – November 13 (8 sessions)
Studio 4
Teacher: Kathleen Kneafsey
$180 Members; $205 Non-members
If you have never touched clay, or love it so much that you can’t get enough of it, then this is the class for you. All levels are welcome, as participants will have the chance to explore a wide variety of methods used to create both functional as well as sculptural ceramic pieces. New techniques will be demonstrated each week to introduce and improve skills through the use of the potter’s wheel, extruder, slab roller and various hand-building methods. Surface decoration and glazing techniques will also be explored with the use of colored slips and glazes. Students will complete their work by experiencing various firing methods, utilizing the electric kilns as well as the gas kiln. First 25 lbs of clay is included in class price. Additional clay is $10/25 lbs.

Open Studio

Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
September 27 – November 15 (8 sessions)
Monitor: Kathleen Kneafsey
Studios 4 & 5, $20 per evening
Take a break at the end of your hectic day and make some art! Open Studio welcomes artists to work on their own, utilizing the museum’s facilities, equipment and open studio space. If you are interested in pottery, then Studio 4 is the place for you with potter’s wheels, a slab roller, an extruder, glazing materials and more. Clay is $10/25 lbs. And if you want to just make art in the company of fellow artists, then come along, join in the fun, and share the space.

Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind Adult Clay Class

Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.
October 4 – November 8 (6 sessions)
Studio 4
Continuing a long tradition, the Huntington Museum of Art's artist-in-residence Kathleen Kneafsey will teach a clay class with participants from the Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind during this six-session class, which explores working with a potter's wheel and hand-building techniques. For more information, contact the Education Department at (304) 529-2701

Intermediate/Advanced Photographic Techniques

Thursdays, September 7-October 12 (6 sessions)
6-8 p.m.
18 years or older
Instructor: Larry Rees
Studio 3
$100 Members; $125 Non-members
A quick review of camera operations and camera controls will enable participants to explore the use of filters for color and black & white – including how to make filters. Working with and without shadows and reflections will be explored, as well as use of studio lighting and posing techniques. And, of course, being able to see and get the photo you want!

Basic Photographic Techniques

Wednesdays, September 13-October 18 (6 sessions)
6-8 p.m.
18 years or older
Instructor: Larry Rees
Studio 3
$100 Members; $125 Non-members
Learn how to use your new camera! This intensive workshop will cover a broad range of valuable information for photographers: how to use your equipment, composition/lighting/presentation and traditional darkroom/digital darkroom/macro photo. Also included will be brief lectures and off-site field trips. Participants can use either 35mm or digital cameras.

Creative Darkroom Techniques

Thursdays, October 19- December 14 (skipping the week of Thanksgiving)
6-8 p.m.
Studio 3
18 years or older
$120 Members; $145 Non-members
During this class, you will explore some of the unique techniques involved in darkroom photography. Beginning with experimentation in hand-toned prints, moving on to hand-colored prints and finally using fiber-based paper, you will gain experience in some of the finer darkroom skills. You will be amazed at how you can develop film and make photographic prints.

Basic Watercolor

Tuesdays, October 3- November 28 (9 sessions)
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Walden
Studio 2
$195 Members; $220 Non-members
In this class you will learn simple and basic techniques that will open your eyes to the magic of watercolor painting. Experimentation and practice will yield amazing and exciting results as your images emerge on paper. A supply list will be provided at the first class. Just bring yourself and eager anticipation.

Advanced Watercolor

Wednesdays, October 4-November 29 (9 sessions)
10 a.m. -1 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Walden
Studio 2
$195 Members; $220 Non-members
Advanced watercolorists will have the opportunity to work in a creative environment with fellow artists. What a great opportunity to share ideas, and explore new and innovative techniques.

Evening Painting

Thursdays, October 5–December 7 (skipping Thanksgiving, 9 sessions)
7-9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Walden
Studio 2
$195 Members; $220 Non-members
Need to be surrounded by creativity, in a studio setting? This evening painting class is just what you need. This class is open for all skill levels in watercolor and oil mediums. This class is scheduled in the evenings for the busy professional or stay-at-home parent who needs an evening to be creative. During this class, you will learn basic brushwork and color mixing while having the opportunity to explore and share techniques with fellow participants.

Painting Portraits with Oils

Teacher: Sandra Wright
Saturdays, September 16 – November 4 (8 sessions), 1-3 p.m.
Studio 2
$220 Members; $245 Non-members (includes some supplies)
During this class participants will learn the basic techniques for painting a portrait in oil. Studying facial proportion, light and shadow, volume and flesh tones will result in a completed portrait by the end of the class.

Drawing Basics

Teacher: Katherine Cox
Saturdays, September 16-October 14 (5 sessions), 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Studio 2
$100 Members; $125 Non-members
This class will demonstrate the basics of how to draw. Working from life (not a photograph) participants will explore line, shape, contrast, volume and shading from a still-life set-up. Through close observation, participants will learn how to see and how to draw and can expect to come away from this class with the basic skills for drawing.

Figure Drawing

Every 4th Tuesday, September-November
6-8:30 p.m.

Throughout history artists have drawn from a model. This practice not only builds valuable eye-hand coordination, but helps to hone skills in observation. Line, shadow, form, shape, tone, balance – it’s all there in the human figure. Join fellow artists for an evening in the studio drawing from life.

There is no need to register for this drop-in class. Just show up and enjoy drawing with other artists. There will be a monitor on hand to guide the class. $10 per session. Model fee included. Bring your own materials: pencil, charcoal, pastels, paper.

Cancer Survivor’s Discovery Workshop

Sponsored by the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center

Mondays, November 6- December 11, 6:30-8:00
During this six-session Discovery Workshop, participants will be immersed in creative activities in HMA’s studios. Beginning with pottery, moving on to papermaking, and ending with bookmaking, everyone will have the opportunity for self-expression as they explore varieties of materials and processes. Each session is 1 ½ hours. All supplies provided.

There is no fee for the workshop but registration is required. To register, contact Jill Gindlesperger at (304) 399-6515.

Session I The Potter’s Wheel
Workshop participants will gather in the Clay Studio and get messy on the potter’s wheel. Artist-in-residence Kathleen Kneafsey will demonstrate throwing techniques for making pots and then guide everyone, step by step, through making their own bowls, cups and vases.

Session II Hand Building with Clay
Back to the Clay Studio. Kathleen will demonstrate a variety of hand-building techniques and guide participants as they make their own creations.

Session III Papermaking
Participants will enjoy the soothing and meditative process of papermaking. Guided by artist/educator, Katherine Cox, participants will learn how to make sheets of paper from paper pulp.

Session IV Glazing Pots
Now that everyone’s pots have been fired in the kiln, it is time for glazing. Participants will glaze all of their pots in preparation for the final glaze firing.

Session V Book Making
Participants will construct a book with step-by-step instructions, using varieties of papers, including their own handmade paper.

Session VI Book Making
Participants will add the final touches to their books and begin to fill the pages with their own personal images, pictures and words.

With all art completed – colorful shiny pots, sheets of tactile papers and handmade books – all will share in celebrating everyone’s accomplishments with an exhibition and reception during the final session of the Discovery Workshop!

For Kids

Saturday KidsArt (for children K-5th grades)

Every Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
Instructors: Kaitlin Donnally and Emma Lyles
Studio 5

Saturday KidsArt is the place to be to enjoy adventures in creativity and self-expression. Immerse yourselves in art making with pastels, paints, papers, along with varieties of materials and processes. Kids, bring your parents and grandparents and have a great time! FREE thanks to the generous sponsorship of Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Creativity with Clay for Teens

Sundays, 2-4 p.m.
October 22 – November 12 (4 sessions)
Studio 4
Teacher: Kathleen Kneafsey
$75 Members; $95 Non-members
Middle school/high school
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than elbow-deep in clay? Students will learn all the methods of hand building, as well as how to throw on the potter’s wheel. Throughout this 4-session class there will be ample opportunity for building skills in clay and self-expression through making and decorating your unique creations. All materials included in price.

Homeschool Art - The Science of Clay

Students will discover the science behind clay, taking their hand-built and wheel-thrown pieces through various firing methods, to learn where clay comes from, what its chemical composition is, and what happens to it when it’s heated in the kiln.
Students must be at least 10 years of age, through high school.
Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
September 14 – October 5 (4 sessions)
$50 Members; $60 Non-members
$5 each additional child