Studio Programs offer access to creative learning opportunities for children, teens, and adults in the Las Cruces community. Classes are for people of all skill levels, and students have the chance to learn a new skill or enhance existing knowledge while guided by local, experienced, and qualified professional artists.
Discover the artist within through various classes including:
- Mixed media
- Much more
Please note that classes are subject to cancellation if they do not meet minimum enrollment. Registration for all classes and programs closes the Wednesday before the first day the session begins.
Registration opens December 1, 2018.
- Session 1: January 22 to March 9
- Session 2: March 26 to May 11
- Fridays: 10 a.m. to Noon
- Ceramics Studio
- Multipurpose Studio
- Painting Studio
- Saturdays: 9 a.m. to Noon
- Ceramics Studio
Intermediate & Advanced Ceramics
These classes are for skilled potters who want to expand their knowledge of forms and surfacing techniques. Students will have the opportunity to develop throwing and hand-building skills.
Introduction to Ceramics
Create pieces by hand-building, throwing or a combination of both. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of ceramics through a variety of methods to build decorate and glaze your personal ceramic projects.
This course will explore the world of handmade bookmaking through a variety of techniques and applications. From single sheet constructions, accordions, sewn binds, and more, students will learn the materials and techniques needed to create a personal artist’s book.
Collage & Mixed Media
Come and experiment with paint, stencils, and found materials! Create unique pieces of art by painting, drawing and assembling various kinds of materials. Students will learn about the history of collage and how many individual parts can also make a whole.
Exploring the Canvas
Students will learn basic visual concepts using a wide range of materials and techniques while exploring their personal creative interpretations and styles on the blank canvas.
Introduction to Fabric Dyeing
This class will take students through basics on dyes, while focusing on how to mix and blend colors to get your desired effects. Through fun and creative projects, students will learn techniques like immersion dyeing, direct application, tie-dye, and more!
Mixed Media Sculpture
Experiment with different papers, techniques, and ideas to create spirited and innovative sculptures while learning about color, composition, texture, shape, and execution. Discover how to incorporate many types and styles of art:
In this class, students will explore non-toxic printmaking methods and focus on areas of greatest individual interest. Students will try various types of printmaking:
Participate in classroom discussion and create original works with technical guidance.
Fundamentals of Drawing
Aspiring artists will explore their creative drawing potential. They will learn techniques and perspective to develop their own personal drawing style. Students will learn how to bring together value, tone, scale, and simple composition to create a still life drawing. Open to all levels of artists.
Learn to capture the essence of a landscape through illusion and representation. Students will learn about mixing color, painting techniques, and composition.
Development of painting skills, techniques, and aesthetic sensibilities related to artistic expression in oil. Emphasis on color and composition.
Paint pouring is a form of abstract art that uses acrylic paints with a runny (fluid) consistency. Learn the art of pouring, dripping, swirling, glazing, and dipping to create interesting and visually organic motifs!
Painting in Watercolor
Learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting. In this class, you will learn ways to create texture, blend colors, and how to apply watercolor to different surfaces. Students will gain a foundation for creating vibrant, expressive watercolor paintings.
Develop your ability to paint portraits by learning basic facial structure and skin tone and explore techniques for capturing a likeness and accurate values. Open to all levels of artists.
This is an opportunity to draw the world around you for pleasure and skill development. Learn techniques and perspective to develop an individual approach to subjects of interest. This course will take place partly outdoors (weather permitting) and will use ink, watercolor, or other media as desired.
Kids / Teens Classes
Clay for Kids
Explore the exciting world of clay! Budding ceramicists will learn the basics of manipulating non-toxic clay to create a variety of functional and decorative pieces. Hand-building, sculpting, and more will encourage every student to use their imagination!
Be spontaneous and expressive! Build a firm foundation of structure for paintings using shape, value, and color, and realize the incredible art you can create! Many mediums will be encouraged!
Drawing & Painting
Learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting while creating projects inspired by nature, still life, and architecture. Explore varied materials like acrylic, oil pastels, and watercolor.
This multi-media class allows students to explore drawing, ceramics, collage, and painting. Artists will be taught a variety of skills so they can discover their favorite medium.
Bring your imagination to life by designing your own personalized book! Students will incorporate personal drawings as they learn to decorate papers, illustrate, write, and bind their own book.
Come and experiment with paint, stencils, and found materials! Students will get to create unique pieces of art by painting, cutting, and gluing. They will learn about the history of collage and how many individual parts can also make a whole.
Students will learn relief, monotype, and other techniques and approaches to the making of prints and multiple images. Explore this fun, hands-on medium!