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Triangle guide to painting classes

Whether you’d like to try working with acrylics, watercolor oil or more, there are a variety of painting classes that will let you explore your inner master painter and set your artist side free.
Whether you’d like to try working with acrylics, watercolor oil or more, there are a variety of painting classes that will let you explore your inner master painter and set your artist side free. tlong@newsobserver.com

Painting is a medium that most of us learned as children, but most likely never picked up again.

For the still curious, there are options for you to explore, whether you’re 8 or 80. Whether you’d like to try working with acrylics, watercolor, oil or more, these classes will let you explore your inner master painter and set your artist side free. Be sure to check out the websites of interested places below to see their full range of offerings.


Info: Raleigh, 919-821-2212, arthouse4kids.com

Arthouse is a studio where children learn about the artistic masters in order to create their own style of painting. Classes are small, allowing individual attention. They are offered each season. Each session is one class a week for 10 weeks, except for summer, which is eight weeks. For summer, there are two camps weekly June 20-Aug. 18, meeting either 10:30 a.m.-noon or 1-2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Weekly camps are $180. There is a one-time registration fee of $30. Students (ages 3-10) bring their own supplies.

Cady Driver

Info: Raleigh, 919-889-8293, ArtByCady.com

Cady Driver mainly teaches watercolor classes for beginning to advanced students. She believes her students improve their skills when they paint things they love. She offers spring and summer classes at her Raleigh home studio. Private lessons are available on weekends. Upcoming classes include: It’s All in the Eyes, Depth and Detail, Fur and Eyes, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 6, $65; Watercolor on Canvas Board, 1-4 p.m. May 28, $40; and Tangled Bunny, 1-3 p.m. June 18, $35.

Egg in Nest Art Studio

Info: 5212 Amsterdam Place, Raleigh, 919-632-1983, egginnest.net

Egg in Nest offers classes geared to the individual. Students of all ages work at their own pace and celebrate their interests and talents. The studio also offers free trips to museums occasionally to discuss the art work. Next month, the studio will be enrolling for classes that start in September. All classes and open studio cost $14 an hour. An adults-only class is offered 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays for $20. One-week summer camps are also offered. All materials supplied so that students can experiment.

Liz Miller

Info: Raleigh, 919-847-4101, artfulendeavors.net

Liz Miller offers decorative painting classes in a step-by-step manner to make it easy for students to follow. She believes interest is more important than talent because if students are interested they will work hard. All levels and ages of students are taught to paint in acrylic. Miller offers ongoing classes as well as one-time introductory classes. Her ongoing classes are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays and cost $14 an hour. She will teach a Waiting to Hatch workshop, where students paint a bird’s nest with eggs, 10 a.m.-noon June 7 and 6-8 p.m. June 8.

Jerry’s Artarama

Info: 3060 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, 919-876-6610, jerrysartevents.com

Jerry’s offers low-cost art supplies and classes taught by local and regional artists. Classes usually average eight students with a maximum of 16 students. Upcoming classes include: Foxglove Flowers, instructor Kathy Thompson, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 7, $60; Loose and Lively Painting with a Palette Knife, instructor Kim Maselli, noon-5 p.m. May 21, $120; Introduction to Carolina Landscape Painting, instructor Dan Nelson, 5-8 p.m. May 26, $60; and Pouring Watercolor, instructor Ryan Fox, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 28, $120.

Lucy Gardiner

Info: Raleigh, 919-410-2327, lucysartstudio.com

Lucy Gardiner offers individualized classes in a group setting and instructs students in a variety of styles. Gardiner is enrolling now for 8- or 10-week summer sessions for ages 5-15; prices vary depending on age and length of class. She also offers three-day mini-camps for ages 10-16, three 3-hour classes, $150 per week. She offers ongoing lessons for ages 16 and up, two-hour weekly classes, $100 per month with one-time $25 materials fee.

Nicole’s Studio Art & Art Gallery

Info: 719 N. Person St., Raleigh, 919-838-8580, Nicolestudio.com

Nicole’s Studio offers art classes for students from beginner to advanced. At the end of every class, students walk away with paintings they do on their own. Classes offered for ages 16 and up include: Put Paint on the Canvas, 1-6 p.m. May 20, $115; The Next Steps: Beyond Beginner, Building Confidence, 1-6 p.m. June 17, $115; and Bring Your Paintings Beautifully to Life with Albert Handell, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 22-26, $725.

Pullen Arts Center

Info: 105 Pullen Road, Raleigh, 919-996-6126, nando.com/pullenarts

Pullen Arts Center, run by the city of Raleigh, is open to anyone who is curious about art and wants to try different mediums, including painting. Upcoming classes include Acrylic Painting with Pours (ages 16 and up), 2-4 p.m. May 15, $30; Watercolor Workshop for Beginners (16 and up), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18, $80; Painting Patterns in Watercolor (16 and up), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25, $80; and Abstracts For Teens (12-16), 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 9, $38.

Sarah Douglas

Info: Raleigh, 919-848-8204, sarahbdouglas.com

Sarah Douglas teaches individual lessons and enjoys working with students of all ages who are just beginning or a little afraid to go to a class. With one-on-one instruction, she guides students through the steps to painting a piece, starting with drawing basics, moving to watercolor then acrylic and gouache. Classes cost $35 per hour.

Sertoma Arts Center

Info: 1400 W. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, 919-996-2329, nando.com/sertomaarts

Sertoma Arts Center, also run by the city of Raleigh, is open to people of all ages and skill levels for painting and other classes in varying mediums. Summer classes include: Larry Dean’s Beginning Acrylics (16 and up), 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays (May 9-June 20, July 11-Aug. 15), $84; Portrait Painters Landscape Painting (16 and up), 3-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays (May 11-June 15), $60; Portrait Painters Life Sculpture Workshop, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 27, $30; and Watercolor for Fun (16 and up), 6:30-9 p.m. June 28, $60.

Rhonda Myers

Info: 103 Nottingham Drive, Cary, 919-349-2450, rhondamyers.com

Rhonda Myers offers classical academic art training in the style of the old masters for ages 9 and up. She believes if you can write your name, you can learn the skills necessary to draw or paint. Contact for class times and costs; summer programs are available for students 9-18.

Cary Arts Center

Info: 101 Dry Ave., Cary, 919-469-4069, nando.com/caryarts

Cary Arts Center offers classes for individuals ranging from young children to adults. Prices listed here are for Cary residents; cost is slightly more for nonresidents. Upcoming classes include: Painting Possibilities: Cloudscapes (ages 8-12), 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays (May 11-25), $35; Painting and Drawing: Guided Sessions (16 and up), 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. either May 11, 18 or 25, $29; Spring Gardens in Water Soluble Oils (16 and up), 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays (May 10-24), $69. Plus a few summer camps for $114 each: Painting with Acrylics (ages 11-16), 1-4 p.m. June 20-24; Watercolors for Teens (11-16), 9 a.m.-noon July 18-22, $114; and Making an Impression (8-11), 1-4 p.m. July 18-22, $114.

Waverly Artists Group Studio & Gallery

Info: 302 Colonades Way, Suite 209, Cary, 919-949-2427, waverlyartistsgroup.com

Waverly Artists Group Studio & Gallery shows the work of about 20 local artists and also offers workshops, personalized classes and open studios. David Kessler will teach a workshop in abstract painting 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 14-15, $200. Aimee Cuthrell offers classes for ages 9-13 throughout the year, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, $88 for four classes. Cuthrell also offers summer camps for ages 10-14, dates and times forthcoming on the website. Painting Miles, the group’s open studio, meets 9:30 a.m.-noon most Tuesdays and costs $140 for each season (seven sessions); drop-ins welcome for $25.

The Artful Mind

Info: 1952 S. Main St., Wake Forest, 919-556-1285, theartfulmind.net

The Artful Mind works to improve children’s confidence through creativity. It specializes in teaching different art mediums to individualized small classes. Art camps are offered year-round for ages 6-12 in watercolor and acrylic; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. costs $35, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. costs $50. Private lessons are available by request for small groups; price depends on project and size.

Sunflower Studio

Info: 214 E. Jones Ave., Wake Forest, 919-906-1589, sunflowerstudiowf.com

Sunflower Studio teaches students to have fun with their creativity while they learn fundamentals of drawing and painting in a relaxed setting. The studio offers yearlong classes for ages 6-18 that meet one hour weekly (with summers off), $75 per month. Also offered are Saturday workshops once a month for two hours; all materials included for $25 a session. Note: Gallery is closing, not studio.

The ArtsCenter

Info: 300-G E. Main St, Carrboro, 919-929-2787, artscenterlive.org

The ArtsCenter provides continuing arts education and experiences for people of all skill levels. Upcoming classes include: Introduction to Acrylics, 6:15-9:15 p.m. Wednesdays (July 19-Aug. 23), $167; Painting the Figure, 6:15-9:15 p.m. Wednesdays (June 8-July 13), $221; Introduction to Watercolor, 6:15-9:15 p.m. Thursdays, (June 9-July 14), $167; and Encaustic Painting Workshop, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25-26, $130 for two days and $75 for one day. Friends of the center get a 10 percent discount on classes.

Evan Hirosawa

Info: 120 Old Durham Road, Chapel Hill, 919-218-4342, artwithevan.com

Evan Hirosawa is a certified art teacher with a master’s degree in education with a focus in the creative arts. She teaches acrylics, oil and watercolor. She supplies all materials for classes: paints, specialty paper and canvases. Classes are $15 an hour with a one-hour minimum. The studio is drop-in 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; private lessons are by appointment.

Durham Arts Council

Info: 120 Morris St., Durham, 919-560-ARTS, durhamarts.org

The Durham Arts Council offers visual and performing arts classes for youth and adults, including weekend workshops and summer camps. Summer classes include Drawing Based Watercolor, 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays (June 15-July 27), $157.50; Introduction to Painting, 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, (June 21-Aug. 2), $157.50; Intermediate Painting, 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays (June 23-Aug. 4), $157.50. Additionally, they are offering two-day Watercolor Mastery, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 18-19, $125; and Intuitive Painting, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 23-24, $125.

Betsy Greer writes about craft and activism at craftivism.com. Reach her at betsy.greer@gmail.com.

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