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

 

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Special Events

 

Valentines Ceramic Glazing Workshop

Fee:  $15
Days/Dates:  Tuesday, February 4th, and Wednesday, February 5th
Time:  5-7pm

Come join us to glaze your very own Valentines themed ceramic coffee mug, travel mug, winged heart  kit, or heart plaque kit.  These are fun and family friendly ceramics, great to make as a Valentines gift or just to have as your own personal memento!  You’ll be guided in step by step instructions on how to glaze (which is ‘paint’ for ceramics) the piece of your choice (based on availability).  Once your piece is glazed, you’ll leave it here with us to fire in our kiln and then pick it up at your convenience.  Get registered today, as space for these two workshops is limited.

 

Live Hand Casting

Valentine’s Day  (2 person Cast limit)
Saturday:  February 8th and February 15th 
Time: 1-5p
Fee:  $40
Class Maximum: 20
Instructors:  Brad Meredith and Rhonda Snyder

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.  CALL TO PRE-REGISTER!!

*Check back often as Special Events may be added during the season*

 

Art in The Park - Intro to Glass Mosaics

Location: Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing

Dates: Tuesdays, March 3 - 31 (5 week program)
Time: 3 - 5 pm
Fee:  $50
Instructor: Rhonda Snyder

Minimum enrollment 5/Maximum enrollment 12

Students aged 14+ will learn basic principles of the art 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 one mosaic piece during this 5 week specially designed creative Art in the Park instructional program!  Step by step instruction, glass, supplies, and tools are provided in this class. However, if students want a particular color of glass or personal tools, they are encouraged to purchase their own after the initial class and/or design concept is completed.


 

Metro Arts Community Center Class List

 

TUESDAYS:

Intro-Intermediate Silver and Metal-Smithing
Instructor: Lauri Adkins
January 7th-February 25th
Tuesdays: 1:00-3:00pm

OR

Tuesdays: 6:00-8:00pm
Fee: $95
Minimum enrollment 6/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.

Equipment and basic supplies will be included in the class fee, but students are encouraged to invest in their own tools and extra supplies/materials as needed.

 

WEDNESDAYS:

Advanced Oil Painting
Instructor: Kenneth Lucchese
January 8th-February 26th
Wednesdays: 1:00-4:00pm
Fee:  $95

Minimum enrollment 7/Maximum enrollment 12

This course will focus on the fundamental principles of proven painting techniques.  Students will learn about composition, color theory, and contrast in order to create expressive and dynamic oil paintings!  In this course, students are encouraged to use their own subject matter, such as favorite pictures or objects. Students are welcome, but not required, to bring their own brushes. However, students are required to purchase their own canvas and oil paint. Some, but not all, oil paints are provided.

 

Intro to Glass Mosaics
Instructor: Rhonda Snyder
January 8 - February 26
Wednesdays: 5:30-7:30pm
Fee: $95

Minimum enrollment 5/Maximum enrollment 10

Students aged 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.  All glass, supplies, and tools are provided in this class. However, if students want a particular color of glass or personal tools, they are encouraged to bring or purchase them.

 

THURSDAYS:

Drawing
Instructor: George Taylor
January 9th-February 27th
Thursday: 6-7:30pm

Fee: $95

Minimum enrollment 6/Maximum enrollment 12

Participants, aged 14 or over, 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, and negative space. Better hand-eye coordination is developed through 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.


Intro-Intermediate Lost Wax Casting
Instructor: Lauri Adkins
January 9th-February 27th
Thursdays: 1:00-4:00pm

OR

Thursdays: 5:00-8:00pm
Fee: $95
Minimum enrollment 7/Maximum enrollment 15

Over an eight week course, students ages 15+, will learn about forming a wax model,  working with precious metals, using centrifugal  method, mold making, and organic casting. This class compliments, and is suggested to be taken after, the Silver/Metal-Smithing class. Equipment and basic supplies will be included in the class fee, but students are encouraged to invest in their own tools and extra supplies/metals as needed.

 

Adult Pottery

Instructor: Deanna Estes-Culler
January 9th-February 27th
Thursdays: 5-8pm
Fee:  $95

*There will also be a $20 clay fee to be paid to instructor at 1st class*
Minimum enrollment 5/Maximum enrollment 12

This class will cover instruction in both handbuilding and wheel-thrown  pieces.  We welcome all levels of experience, from beginners to more experienced students who want to increase their skill level through the joy of creating functional and/or fun pieces of pottery through a willingness to learn and use of imagination! A variety of techniques will be explored throughout this 8 week class.

 

FRIDAYS:

Jewelry/Metal Enameling
Instructor: Joanna Jorgensen
January 10th-February 28th
Fridays: 1-4pm
Fee:  $95

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 photos 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.

Equipment and basic supplies will be included in the class fee, but students are encouraged to invest in their own tools and extra supplies/metals as needed.

 

Beginning Watercolor

Instructor: Lauri Adkins
January 10th-February 28th
Fridays: 1-3pm
Fee: $95 Minimum enrollment 5/Maximum 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.

 

Youth Pottery

Instructor:  Brad Meredith
January 10th-February 28th
Fridays: 4:30-6pm
Fee:  $95

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.

 

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