One-Time Art Workshops

Our recurring art classes for adults are only part of our instructive offerings at the Cultural Arts Center. We also host a variety of shorter, more in-depth learning experiences on a wealth of subjects, from creative writing to raku pottery. Class and workshop registration is handled through the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s registration site. If you do not have an account, you will need to sign up for one before registering for any classes or workshops.

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Visiting Artist Workshops

June 26-30

Join us throughout the week as we will have Coper Enameling and Watercolor Painting workshops. Registration to be announced.

Techniques For Enriching Cloisonné Enameling: Adding Texture, Pattern and Markings

Instructor: Amy Roper Lyons
June 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30
9:30 a.m- 5 p.m

Unlock the art of cloisonné, adding depth, intricacy, and personality to your designs. In this comprehensive course, you’ll will master the essentials of wire bending and wet packing and also discover a collection of advanced techniques to infuse texture, pattern, and markings into your cloisonné creations. You’ll explore various methods such as texturing the base metal, utilizing textured foils, achieving a seamless color gradient, adding inlayed opaque enamels as accents, experimenting with underglaze and diamond burs for mark making, incorporating foils to create a sense of depth, and much more. Playfulness and experimentation are encouraged as you use these techniques to bring your unique vision to life in a cloisonné piece. You’ll also explore multiple approaches to finishing the enamel. By the end of the course, you’ll have a finished cloisonné enamel piece that showcases your newfound skills and your creative flair.


Figurative Design – Character and Composition Development

Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
June 26, 27, & 29
9 a.m- 4 p.m

In Jeannie’s Figurative Design Workshops she aims to act as a mentor and to inspire artists to create original works of art in their own unique style. Jeannie shares her painting application and her spontaneous thoughts and stories that guide her process. You will hear about intuitive design and composition, versatility of pigment/water ratios, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white as an additional pigment, and the freedom to change your mind.  You will be encouraged to work in a series of two or more paintings of a like genre, and to be imaginative about the people in your reference photos by studying their expressions, body language, surroundings, and interactions.

The Cultural Arts Center Workshop Experience

Our periodically scheduled workshops, most of them taking place over the summer, are designed to be concentrated experiences focused on specific areas of artistic expression. They allow attendees to try something new without having to commit to our standard 7-8 week classes, and often explore mediums and art forms not typically offered in our lengthier classes. Subjects offered have included:

  • Calligraphy
  • Creative writing
  • Japanese raku pottery
  • Jewelry setting
  • Oil painting
  • Ceramic molds
  • Sewing
Interested in learning more about our summertime and special workshops? Contact the Cultural Arts Center today!