Metro Arts Community Center


8360 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40258


Supervisor: Brad Meredith 

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 on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 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.

*Classes start Tuesday, April 9, 2019. All classes will meet once per week for 8 weeks, (except silver-smithing and lost wax casting). Classes updates, cancelations or other information will be posted on Facebook  

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


April 9 - May 30

Hand Building and Pottery Wheel
Instructor: Laura George
Time: Tuesdays, 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  1:00-4:00pm
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.
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.
Fee: $85

Instructor: George Taylor
Ages 6-13. 1 hour sessions.
Thursdaysdays  6:30-7:30pm
Minimum enrollment 6/Maximum enrollment 12
Learn the basic principles of drawing thru the medium of cartooning with a focus on: Sketching, line, color, shading, perspective, and geometric shapes in cartooning, hand-eye coordination techniques and a basic understanding of animation.
Fee: $60

Instructor: George Taylor
Ages 14 and older.  1.5 hr sessions.
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.
Fee: $70

Intro-Intermediate Silver-Smithing
Instructor: Lauri Adkins
Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00pm
Minimum enrollment 6 per class/Maximum enrollment 12
Students ages 15+ will learn over an eight week course about fabrication, forming, soldering, and piercing with various metals. This class compliments the lost wax class casting class (copper provided).
Fee: $95

Intro-Intermediate Lost Wax Casting
Instructor: Lauri Adkins
​Thursdays 1:00-4:00pm & 6:00-8:00pm
Minimum enrollment 7 /Maximum enrollments 15
Students ages 15+ will learn over an eight week course about forming a model, mold making, and organic casting. This class compliments the Silver-Smithing class.
Fee: $95

Acrylic “Make and Take” Painting
Instructor: Rhonda Snyder
​Thursdays 5:30:00-7:30 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!
Fee: $75



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.

Glass Bead Making Workshop
Enrollment is limited to 12
Saturday, March 9, 1 - 5 p.m.
Fee: $50 and includes all supplies and item.
Instructor: Lauri Adkins

Participants will have guided instruction in beginners’ techniques of torch-worked  glass bead making.  Beads that are created in this class will be used to make a pair of earrings or a ring.

Spring Break Art Camp
No Enrollment Limit
 April 1 - 5, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. each day
Fee: $150 for half day camp / $205 for whole day camp

We are excited to partner with Louisville Visual Art to make this Spring Break Camp available to our community and have a comprehensive, fun, and varied curriculum for campers. This program combines creative art experiences with the fun and whimsy that is unique to Louisville Visual Art camps. Teaching the fundamentals of creative expression, we ensure each camper has a unique art experience. Activities include: Pottery, Mosaics, Natural and Upcycled material sculptures, Drawing, and more! Two snacks included. Campers provide their own lunch and bottle of water. To inquire and register please contact Louisville Visual Art at 502-584-8166.

Live Hand Casting
Enrollment is limited to 12 couples
TBA, Saturday, 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 is already FULL for the next few months. Call to pre-register! 


*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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