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 and begin immediately from 9:00am to 6:00pm at one of our 5 payment sites; 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. - 6 p.m.
Sunday   Closed


Open Pottery Studio
Tuesdays –Saturday

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

Special Events

Free First Saturdays - Intro to Art
Enrollment is required

Join us for free first Saturday workshops designed to introduce youth and families to their creative side. Workshops are designed for ages 6-10, 12-15 and families.   Call today to learn what we are doing different each month.

Teen Welding Mini-Camp
Enrollment is limited to 12
Tuesday & Thursday, June 19 - July 25 / 4 - 6 p.m.
Fee: $95 and includes all supplies and item.
Instructor: Brad Meredith

We’re excited to announce our first Introduction to Welding Mini-Camp!  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.

Live Hand Casting - Father's Day
Enrollment is limited to 12 couples
Saturday, June 15 / 1-5 p.m.
Fee: $35 and includes all supplies and item.

Participants will have guided instruction on creating a mold of clasped or single hands using casting material. Once the mold is made, students will fill the mold with plaster, let cure, then demold to take home a perfect replica of their hand/hands. This workshop is very popular and fills up quickly. Call to pre-register! 

2019 Summer Classes

Hand Building and Pottery Wheel
Instructor: Laura George
Time: Tuesdays, July 9 - August 27 / 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.​
Minimum enrollment 7 / Maximum enrollment 12
Includes basic to Hand Building (4wks) and intro to potter’s wheel (4wks). Pottery techniques are taught on an individual and group basis including demonstrations and one on one help.  Class consists of instruction about kinds of clay, tools, and glazes, as well as discussion/critiques of student work.
Fee: $85

Intermediate Oil Painting
Minimum enrollment 7 / Maximum enrollment 12
Instructor: Kenneth Lucchese
Time:​Wednesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
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.

4 Week Session:  June 5 - 26
Fee: $42

8 Week Session:  July 10 - August 28
Fee: $85

Intro to Glass Mosaics
Instructor: Rhonda Snyder
​Wednesdays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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.

4 Week Session: June 5 - 26
Fee: $42

8 Week Session: July 10 - August 28
Fee: $85

Instructor: George Taylor
Ages 14 and older.  
Thursdays 6 - 7:30pm
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.

4 Week Session: June 6 - 27
Fee: $35

8 Week Session:  July 11 - August 29
Fee: $70


Intro-Intermediate Silver-Smithing
Instructor: Lauri Adkins
Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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.

4 Week Session:  June 11 - 25
Fee: $35

8 Week Session:  July 9 - August 27
Fee: $95


Intro-Intermediate Lost Wax Casting
Instructor: Lauri Adkins
​Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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.

4 Week Session: June 13 - 27
Fee: $35

8 Week Session: July 11 - August 29
Fee: $95

Acrylic “Make and Take” Painting
Instructor: Rhonda Snyder
​Thursdays 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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!

4 Week Session: June 6 - 27
Fee: $37

8 Week Session: July 11 - August 29
Fee:  $75


Adult Pottery

Instructor: Ed Lawson
​Thursdays, 5 - 8 p.m.
Minimum enrollment 5 / Maximum enrollment 12
This course is for adults of any skill level from beginner to advanced:  From basic Hand Building to advanced Wheel work.  Students will learn from a seasoned potter who has previously taught here at Metro Arts Community Center for 17 years, as well as being a retired High School Art teacher.  Whether you are just beginning your pottery exploration, or are a skilled potter who would like guided instruction on new skill building, this is the class for you!

4 Week Session:  June 13 - 27
Fee: $42

8 Week Session:  July 11 - August 29
Fee: $85


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.

Fridays, 4 - 6 p.m. (4 Week Session)
4 Week Session:  June 7 - 28
Fee:  $42

Fridays 4 - 6 p.m. (8 Week Session)
8 Week Session:  July 12 - August 30
Fee:  $85


Beginners Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Instructor: Ken Lucchese

Saturdays:  Youth-10:30 - 11:15 a.m. / Adult-11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

4 Week Session: June 1 - 29
Fee:  $42

8 Week Session:  July 13 - August 31
Fee: $85

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.



*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.



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