Metro Arts Community Center

 

8360 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40258

 
Recreation Manager Kevin Kinney
Recreation Supervisor Brad Meredith
PPT Rhonda Snyder

 

The Metro Arts Community Center offers classes for children and adults in the fine and applied arts. If you're looking to acquire or refine a particular artistic skill – from guitar playing and cartooning to pottery and silversmithing – the Metro Arts Center has a fun, affordable class for you.

Registration is required for all classes. Payments can be made at  at one of our 5 payment sites from 9:00am to 6:00pm; Beechmont, Joe Creason, Southwick, Sun Valley, and Mary T. Meagher. Cash and Checks (made payable to Louisville Parks and Recreation) only.


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Operating Hours:

Monday  Closed
Tuesday - Thursday 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sunday   Closed

 

Open Pottery Studio
Tuesdays – Fridays / 1 - 8 p.m.

Participants must have basic skill in pottery and understanding of the equipment.  No instruction provided. Studio time includes 4 free firings, use of equipment and glazes.  Studio time is offered only outside of scheduled pottery class times.
Fee: $50 monthly

 

Holiday Special Events

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Minimum enrollment 5 / Maximum 15

Add sparkle to your holiday décor by joining us, on any one of the three dates listed above, to create your very own Holiday Wreath! No previous wreath-making experience needed!  We’ll give you step by step instruction in this fun and festive workshop, which includes everything you need to make and finish your wreath in just one session!

Fee: $35

Date: Thursdays, November 7, 14, and December 5

Time: 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Age: 15+

 

Vintage Christmas Tree Glazing Workshop

Minimum enrollment 5 / Maximum 15

Remember the ceramic Christmas Tree your Mom or Grandma used to have?  Well, bring back that wonderful family Christmas feeling by joining us to glaze one of your very own! Our Christmas tree kits include a  9” Wide by 13 ¾” Tall vintage ceramic tree, colorful bulbs, and electrical cord.  We’ll provide the kits, the glazes, and kiln-fire your creation for you! Sign up early for one of the three dates we’re offering for this Holiday Special Event.

Fee: $35

Date: Wednesdays, November 6, 13, and 20

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Age:  15+

 

Holiday Ceramic Ornament Glazing Workshop

Come join the fun at Metro Arts Community Center!  Ring in the holidays with your own hand glazed Holiday Ornament or Mug.  The class fee includes either two ornaments, or one mug. We have a wide range of colorful glazes for you to choose from in order to design your one of a kind holiday creation! We will kiln fire it for you and you can pick it up at your convenience.

Date:  Tuesday, November 5, Friday, November 29

           Wednesdays, December 4 and 11

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Fee: $10

 

 

2019 Fall Classes

Art in the Park at Berrytown Recreational Center - Acrylic Painting Class

Minimum enrollment 12/Maximum enrollment 15

This program will feature a completed acrylic painting each session! Each student will be provided step-by-step instruction on a preselected painting which will demonstrate color, contrast, highlighting, and easy paint strokes to encourage further acrylic endeavors.  Elements of art and principles of design are emphasized in this class. Gesso canvas board, brushes, easels, and paint included.

Dates: (8 Week Session) November 4 - December 23 / Mondays, 9:30 - 11 am 

Fee: $10

 

Enameling

Minimum 6 / Maximum 12
Introduction to Metal Enameling uses basic enamel jewelry techniques to enhance decorative embellishment to a variety of metals.  Participants will learn how to use images or phots to transfer on keepsakes, gifts, personal jewelry and more.  Participants will be instructed in the application of powder enamel and how to fire the enamel to make it an integral part of the metal substrate.

Date: (5 week session with the week of Thanksgiving off) November 8 - December 13 / Fridays 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Fee: $60

 

Welding

Minimum enrollment 4 / Maximum enrollment 6
In this non-certification course, students will be introduced to welding basics and explore welding as a possible future vocation. Class includes such basics as safety, common usage of tools and equipment, hands-on fabrication, including cutting, drilling, sanding and grinding. This course is MIG oriented.  All equipment and tools provided.  *Durable clothing and shoes/boots required.

Dates: TBD / Wednesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
Fee: $95

 

Advanced Oil Painting

Instructor: Kenneth Lucchese
Minimum enrollment 7 / Maximum enrollment 12
Fundamental principles behind painting techniques will be examined and practiced.  You will learn the technical means you have at your disposal to help you create expressive and dynamic oil paintings! You will learn: the four tools, materials, fundamentals, and getting started.

Dates: (5 week session with the week of Thanksgiving off) November 6 - December 11 / Wednesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Fee: $60

 

Mosaics

Instructor: Rhonda Snyder
Minimum enrollment 5 / Maximum enrollment 10
Students ages 15+ will learn the basic principles of glass mosaics such as design, nipping glass, gluing techniques, color and tone, the use of negative space and grout lines to enhance their design, and how to create directional flow of glass. Participants will complete two pieces during the eight week instructional period.

Date: (5 week session with the week of Thanksgiving off) November 6 - December 11 / Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Fee: $60 

 

Drawing

Instructor: George Taylor
Ages 14 and older.  
Minimum enrollment 5 / Maximum enrollment 12
The student will learn the basic principles of drawing and explore different drawing mediums. Drawing techniques include: seeing things as simple shapes, sketching, line drawing, understanding tone, perspective and vanishing points, negative space, create better hand-eye coordination thru gestural and blind eye contour techniques, composition and basic color theories. Drawing mediums will include: charcoal, graphite, conte’ crayon, pastels, pen and ink, and colored pencils.

Date: (5 week session with the week of Thanksgiving off) November 7 - December 12 / Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Fee: $60  

 

Silversmithing

Instructor: Lauri Adkins
Minimum enrollment 6 per class / Maximum enrollment 12
Over the course, students ages 15+, will learn about fabrication, cutting, milling, stamping, forming, soldering, polishing, and piercing with various metals. This class compliments the lost wax class casting class. Some copper and brass provided. Desired extra precious materials can be ordered during the course. This class is an excellent introduction to jewelry making and small scale sculpture. This class compliments, and could be considered a prerequisite for the Lost Wax Casting course.

Dates: (4 week session with the week of Thanksgiving off) November 12 - December 10 / Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3:00 pm or 6-8p

Fee: $50

 

Lost Wax Casting

Instructor: Lauri Adkins
Minimum enrollment 7 / Maximum enrollments 15
Students ages 15+ will learn over the course about forming a model, mold making, and organic casting. This class compliments the Silver-Smithing class.

Dates: (4 week session with the week of Thanksgiving off) November 14 - December 12 / Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm & 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Fee: $50 

 

Acrylic “Make and Take” Painting

Instructor: Rhonda Snyder
Minimum enrollment 5 / Maximum enrollment 10 for both classes.
This family friendly class for ages 12+ will feature a completed acrylic painting each session! Each student will be provided step-by-step instruction on a preselected painting which will demonstrate color, contrast, highlighting, and easy paint strokes to encourage further acrylic endeavors. Elements of art and principles of design are emphasized in this class. Gesso canvas board and paint included!

Dates:  TBD / Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Fee:  $75

 

Handbuilding for the Holidays - Adult Pottery

Instructor: Deanna Estes-Culler
Minimum enrollment 7 / Maximum enrollment 10

This hands-on course is for adults who want to engage in the fun and fulfilling experience of creating useful art objects from clay through hand-building techniques. Each student will create 1-2 pieces of potter that will be bisqued, then glaze fired. Students will learn the proper use of studio tools, and equipment as well.  Please note:  A supply list will be provided the first night of class and required clay will be available for purchase.

Dates: (5 week session with the week of Thanksgiving off) November 7 - December 12 / Thursdays, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Fee: $60  

 

Youth Pottery

Instructor: Brad Meredith
Minimum enrollment 5 / Maximum enrollment 12
This class is specifically designed for children and early teens.  We will explore the basics of Hand Building in clay.  Students will be instructed on how to make coil pots, pinch pots, wall pockets, and hand built mugs, plus much more.  The creative use of patterns, texture, and clay stamping will be implemented in the design process.  All projects will be bisque fired and glazed.

Dates: (5 week session with the week of Thanksgiving off) November 8 - December 13 / Fridays, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Fee: $60  

 

Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Instructor: Ken Lucchese
In this beginner’s course, students will learn first position chord structure, as well as strumming techniques. Sheet music will be provided, and students are led through beginner’s songs with strumming and chord progression. Students must provide their own acoustic guitar.  All other material will be provided.

Dates: TBD

Youth - Saturdays, 4:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Adults - Saturdays, 5:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Fee: $85

 

Beginner’s Watercolor

Minimum enrollment 5/ Maximun enrollment 10

In this class, participants will learn the basic techniques used in watercolor painting. A variety of concepts, tools, subjects, applications, and forms of watercolor will be explored.  Some watercolor paper, brushes, and paints are provided for this course, but students are encouraged to purchase their own specific watercolor sets and tools as needed.

Dates: (4 week program with the week of Thanksgiving off) November 15 - December 13 / Fridays 1:00 - 3:00 pm 

Fee: $50

 

*NOTE: Please notify staff prior to registering if you require any special accommodations in the studio. If classes do not meet the minimum enrollment they will be canceled with full refund.

​*Inclement Weather: If the center is closed due to inclement weather, all make-up classes will be held at the end of the session.

 

ABOUT LOUISVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION:

Louisville Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres of land, and operates recreation programs for all ages. Its mission is to create a City of Parks where people can play, learn, grow and be healthy. The mission is accomplished by taking care of all parks properties and creating new ones, by providing safe and diverse recreational programs, and by protecting our public lands and resources for future generations. www.bestparksever.com