Like art? Here are some upcoming workshops at Kentuck

Kentuck Art

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Emilee Boster

The Kentuck Art Center is hosting art workshops throughout the fall for people of all ages who want to experiment with different forms of art. 

“I am a firm believer in art enriching lives,” said Kentuck Program Manager Mary Bell. “I think it’s really valuable for our mental health and our personal development to learn more about the arts and to create something.”

These art workshops will provide participants with both of these—learning about the arts and creating something personal. 

Workshops cover a variety of art forms, from ceramics to painting to dyeing. In some classes, instructors will guide participants through the process of creation, whereas in others they will simply act as moderators. 

Upcoming workshops for adults (18 and older) include:

    • Each Friday at 11 a.m. 
    • People who want a set time to freely express themselves can join this painting workshop. There will not be specific instructions, but acrylic and watercolor supplies will be available at the workshop. Instructor Molly Nelko will answer questions or help as needed.
    • Cost: $15 tuition with all supplies included 
  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

    • Each Friday in September at 3 p.m.
    • This workshop will guide participants through Betty Edwards’ ideas in her book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” Beginners are encouraged to attend this workshop and bring their own sketchbooks. 
    • Cost: $50, which includes all materials except a sketchbook
  • Ceramic Mugs 18+

    • Sept. 22 6-8 p.m.
    • Instructor Amy Smoot will lead participants through the step-by-step process of creating their own ceramic painted mugs. Participants will begin with a slab of clay and will end with their personalized glazed mug. 
    • Cost: $50 registration fee includes all the necessary supplies. 
  • Portrait Workshop


    • Sept. 24-25 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Artist Janet Mego will be guiding participants through the art of portraits. Participants will need to bring drawing pencils, a sketch pad, a gum eraser, paint, brushes, pallet and photograph of the subject they wish to recreate.
    • Cost: $75
  • Glass on Glass Mosaic Workshop

    • Oct. 1 1-4 p.m. and Oct. 2 1-2:30 
    • Stained glass artist Lina Munoz will instruct participants through the process of creating a glass-on-glass mosaic panel. 
    • Cost: $60 tuition and $10 materials fee 
  • The Animal in Clay

    • Oct. 1-2 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
    • After The Animal in Clay workshop, participants will walk away with their own 8-10 inch ceramic animal sculpture. Ceramic artist Amy Smoot will guide participants through the creation process.
    • Cost: $125 with all supplies included 
  • Ceramic Jewelry

    • Oct. 8-9 2-4 p.m. 
    • In this two day workshop, participants will create personalized ceramic necklaces, earrings and beads. 
    • Cost: $65 tuition includes all supplies
  • Exploring Indigo and Shibori

    • Oct. 29 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
    • Wear old clothes and tall rubber gloves to this indigo dyeing workshop instructed by Aaron Sanders Head. Participants will learn how to dye fabric with indigo by dyeing with pre-washed goods from home that they can bring to the workshop. 
    • Cost: $115 tuition covers all supplies except clothing to dye and attire for participants should wear such as gloves and old clothing or an apron

Workshops for children include:

  • Kentuck’s Kids Studios

    • Sept. 3, 10 and 24 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and Sept. 24 1-2 p.m. 
    • Kentuck’s Kids Studios will teach children 8+ about geometric shapes, color theory, coordination and concentration while engaging them artistically. Students will learn drawing and painting skills, learn the basics of weaving and create woven turtles through the four sessions.
    • Cost: $15 and includes all supplies
  • After School Art

    • Every Wednesday in August and September at 3-4 p.m. 
    • Kids ages 5-10 can spend time at Kentuck’s After School Art learning about art techniques and replicating it for themselves. September sessions will cover printmaking, tessellations, collages and screen printing.  
    • Cost: $20/session or $75/month
  • Paper Mache

    • Sept. 3 1:30-2:00 p.m. and Sept. 10 1:30-2:00 p.m.
    • This two-part class will teach participants how to make their own glue and then use the glue to create a paper mache bowl. The bowls will dry in between the two sessions before completing the project.
    • Cost: $20 all supplies included


Kids and adults workshops include:

  • Make and Take

    • Varying dates through September 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    • Participants will learn about a variety of art forms at this workshop. There will be a plethora of materials available for use and each session may be little different. 
    • Cost: $15 per session with all materials included
  • Clay Pumpkins

    • Sept. 10-11 2-4 p.m. 
    • Participants will feel the fall season after creating their own clay pumpkins at this workshop. 
    • Cost: $65
  • Quilting Squares with Gee’s Bend Quilters

    • Sept. 16 1-4 p.m. and Sept. 17 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Participants may arrive at this workshop with a quarter yard of fabric from their home, but they will leave with a personalized quilted square. The participants will learn quilting techniques from Boykin (Gee’s Bend), Alabama. 
    • Cost: $200
  • How to Draw a Caricature

    • Sept. 27 6-9 p.m.
    • Professional caricature artist Kevin Van Hyning will guide participants through the process of drawing a caricature. He will also draw each participant their own caricature they can take home. 
    • Cost: $35 all supplies included
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