Studio Programs

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:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Mixed media
  • Painting
  • Much more

Registration

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 is now open for the fall sessions!

Session Dates

  • Session 1: September 4 - October 19
  • Session 2: October 30 - December 21 (No classes the week of Thanksgiving)


See calendar of events for times and program fees.


Adult Classes

  1. Ceramics Classes
  2. Mixed Media
  3. Painting & Drawing

Ceramics 1

This class is designed for beginner students to learn and practice basic techniques for building functional ceramic forms. Begin by exploring handbuilding techniques such as coil and slab building, then move on to creating forms such as bowls, cups, and mugs on the potter’s wheel. Learn about glazing techniques and bring home functional pottery.

Ceramics 2

Whether you prefer throwing on the potter’s wheel or handbuilding, this class will refine your making and decorating skills. This is intended for students who are ready to expand upon the basic skills and ideas gained in an introductory course. Starting with a quick overview of the materials used in the MoA studio and a review of the techniques from Ceramics 1, the class then moves to more complicated Instructor-led projects intended to help students practice and expand their skills. Prerequisite: Ceramics 1 or permission of the Studio Program Coordinator.

Ceramics 3

This class is designed for students to continue to refine and strengthen the techniques they have learned in Ceramics 1 and 2. Students work semi-independently, pursuing clay as an art form in the production of both functional and nonfunctional pieces. The emphasis will be on completing more complicated projects through fine tuning form, function and pottery design. In consultation with the Instructor, the class will select 2-3 projects to complete over the course of the class. Prerequisite: Ceramics 2 or permission of the Studio Programs Coordinator

Kids / Teens Classes

  1. Ceramics
  2. Drawing & Painting
  3. Mixed Media

Through the Wheel (ages 13-17)

Learn the ancient art of wheel-thrown pottery under the direction of the Art Instructor. In this class teens are introduced to coil and slab building before being introduced to the potter's wheel to create bowls, plates, and mugs which can be glazed and taken home at the end of the class.