The Vita Arts Center offers studio classes in a wide range of visual arts. Whether you are a novice or professional the Vita Art Center has a class just right for you. Your space in a class cannot be confirmed until payment is received or payment arrangements are made with the office.

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2 day, Surrealist, Pen & Ink Workshop
90.00
  • Dates: Sundays, May 19 & 26

  • Time: 1- 5 pm

  • Instructor: Lauren Volk

Explore the depths of your imagination. Reveal your wildest dreams. By using the techniques of the Surrealists, explore your subconscious as a valid form of reality.

 In this workshop/course students will be given a solid foundation in basic drawing techniques (contour drawing, cross hatching, scumbling, etc.) and the elements and principles of design (color, line, space, etc.) Then they will learn about the Surrealists and their revolutionary attempts to plum the subconscious and release their true creative potential.

For their project, students will take what they have learned and merge it all together to create dream-like, surreal images inspired by the works of Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Merit Oppenheim, and their contemporaries.    

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OP ART Workshop
40.00
  • Sunday, June 2

  • 1-4 pm

  • Instructor: Amy Schneider & Mary Perez

  • Adults

This one day workshop is inspired by the Op Art movement. Op art, short for optical art, is a style of visual art that uses optical illusions. Op art works are abstract and give the viewer the impression of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibrating patterns, or of swelling or warping. Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley, and Marina Apollonio are a few of the Op artists we will look to their work for inspiration. We will create our work using paint markers.

Come join us us for a glass (or two) of wine in a relaxed, fun environment, with expert guidance. No experience necessary. You will be lead, step-by-step, through the creation of an original piece of art to take home! These are not a "paint by numbers" type of art class, we provide instructions, guidance and inspiration at the end of class each student will have their own unique creative interpretation of the project.

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Meditation & Drawing
from 30.00
  • Monthly, first Mondays

  • Dates: Jun 3, Jul 1, Aug 5, Sep 2

  • Time: 6-8:30pm

  • Fees: $30. per class or $110. for 4 classes

  • Instructor: Lauren Volk

  • Category: Adult

“Drawing is the urge to illustrate what we see and feel.” -The Zen of Seeing

 Awareness is very important. We are here, nowhere else. Since we are here why not be here?

In this course students will learn meditative exercises to become more intuitively aware of enhancing their perception. The first step toward creation is to see everything as it really is. This approach to art can be seen as a form of meditation, a way of getting into intimate touch with the visual world around us and become fully awake. You cannot be an artist without relating to some practice of meditation. The key to drawing is to set conditions to cause a mental shift to an altered state of consciousness that enables you to see truly and well. In this drawing mode, you will be able to draw what you perceive even for those who have never studied drawing. Students develop the perceptual skills necessary for realistic drawing: contour line, positive/negative space, perspective and proportion, light and shadow, and seeing and drawing the whole.

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Saturday, CERAMICS, Wheel Throwing
150.00
  • Saturdays, see date options

  • Time: 10:30 - 1:00 p.m.

  • Fees: $150. per 4 class session

  • Instructor: Wyn Matthews
    This is the perfect class for beginners and intermediate level students who would like to learn or perfect their skills on the potter’s wheel. Materials included.

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Tuesday Evening. CERAMICS, Wheel Throwing
150.00
  • Tuesdays, see date options

  • Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Fees: $150. per 4 class session

  • Instructor: Wyatt Amend
    This is the perfect class for beginners and intermediate level students who would like to learn or perfect their skills on the potter’s wheel. Materials included.

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Wednesday Morning, CERAMICS, Wheel Throwing
150.00
  • Wednesdays, see date options

  • Time: 10-12:30pm

  • Fees: $150. per 4 class session

  • Instructor: Sara Carlson
    This is the perfect class for beginners and intermediate level students who would like to learn or perfect their skills on the potter’s wheel. Materials included.

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Wednesday Evening, CERAMICS, Wheel Throwing
150.00
  • Wednesdays, see date options

  • Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Fees: $150. per 4 class session

  • Instructor : Wyn Matthews
    This is the perfect class for beginners and intermediate level students who would like to learn or perfect their skills on the potter’s wheel. Materials included.

 
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CERAMICS, Hand building
150.00
  • Dates: Thursdays, see dates options

  • Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Instructor: Sonya Burke

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  • Fees: $115., per 4 class session

When you put your hands to clay, the natural inclination to form, shape, and ultimately create something is inescapable. Hand built objects can be produced by pinching balls of clay, joining slabs, or creating coils. Hand building is a combination of coil, carving, pounding, and squishing. During this 4 week course students will learn the 3 basic techniques consisting of pinch pots, coils, and slabs, with these 3 techniques the students will be encouraged to create a variety of projects. All materials and firings are provided.

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Urban Sketchbook
from 40.00
  • Monthly, Second Sundays

  • Dates: Jun 9, Jul 14, Aug 11, Sep 8

  • Time: 1-4 pm

  • Fees: $40. per class $130. for all 4

  • Instructor: Lauren Volk

    The purpose of this course is to learn to sketch on location - people, landscapes, cityscapes, and more. Build the skills an artist needs to draw vibrant city sketches and urban landscapes full of people. Learn to see the world one drawing at a time. Connect with the energy of place and capture the decisive moment.In this course, students learn to see pictorially on location. They will also develop a good foundation in basic drawing. We cover 2D and 3D shapes, proportions, silhouette, contouring, value, shadow, texture, and perspective. 

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Creating Your Life: Mindfulness, Creativity, and Working with The Inner Critic

Instructor: Megan Bisbee, MA, CYT

2 day Workshop:

  • Friday , July 26 from 6-8:30pm

  • Saturday, July 27 from 9am-5pm

  • $140. both days

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  • $5. (free for members)

  • Tuesday, July 23, 6-8:30

Meditation, expressive arts, and fundamental yoga practices are combined to explore creativity and cultivate mindful relaxation. Wherever your creativity is found—fine art, writing, collecting, relationships, work, cooking, adventuring, organizing, etc—this workshop will offer fundamental and useful techniques and practical understanding for un-sticking places we get stuck and for cultivating a more creative life. We will pay particular attention to understanding and working with the inner critic. We will also look at creativity as a three-part cycle through which we gain self-knowing and greater capacity to approach struggles, pursue goals, and live a creative life.

  • Benefits all levels of experience. No experience necessary.

  • Tea, snacks, lunch, and art materials provided.

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Ceramic Plate Workshop
30.00
  • Sunday, June 30

  • 3-5pm

  • $30

Join Sue Pollack and Mary Perez for an afternoon in the ceramic studio. We will be carving texture and design along with painting with glazes on preprepared plates. The plates will then be fired in the kiln and ready for pick up in a week or two.

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