Adult Courses


Hand Building/Slab Class


Instructor  Austin Custer

Dates: to come


$50 non-member/$45 AAHC member

Facility area:  Art Center lower level Pottery Studio

Students: 4 minimum All supplies provided.


Wet On Wet (Alla Prima) Oil Painting Class

Instructor: Gini Deaton , Bob Ross Certified Instructor

Description of class: Oil Painting class using the wet-on-wet technique (alla prima) made famous by Bob Ross, the PBS TV artist. All levels of painters are welcome.

Each student will finish a 16” x 20” painting in class with demonstrations and one-on-one instruction.

Date: Tuesday, November 27    4:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Facility area:  Shaffer Studio / Art Annex. Corner of 15th & Broad, New Castle, IN

Students max 10 (minimum of 2)

      Sunflowers in a Glass Vase

All paint, brushes, easels, etc. supplied. Students need to bring paper towels.

$55 non-member/$50 AAHC member per class

To register, contact the Art Center at 765-529-2634

Each class will feature a specific painting.

Any level of student is welcome. You will take home a finished painting at the end of class. These classes will be offered one day per month. Check back each month for featured painting. Or check Gini’s website for next class:


“String Pull” Class & Demonstration

Instructor: Jan McGuire

Harken back to childhood, and being able to dump paint all over something. Add a few elements like water, silicone, and pouring medium to acrylic paints, and pour your paints over anything flat or otherwise.

Date: To come

Shaffer Studio corner of 15th & Broad, New Castle All materials provided.

Jan McGuire will demonstrate her technique of String Pulling, and up to 5 pre-registered students may try their hand at it as well.



To create your own string pull:$8 AAHC members/$10 non members for an 8″ x 10″ canvas

To register contact the Art Center at 765 529-2634

Classes on demand below.

Contact the Art Center with interest in these classes, and we will work to schedule a date.

Paint Like a Pro!

with Patrick Kluesner

Oil Painting class for intermediate students familiar with basic principles.

Patrick will be returning to instruct at New Castle’s Art Association again this year.                                                            If you have taken his courses before, you will be familiar with Patrick’s talent and skillful instructional methods.

This class will likely reflect previous class outlines by Patrick Kluesner:                                                                                 4 classes once per week (ex-4 Tuesdays)                                                                                                                                  6:00-8:00pm in the Shaffer Studio                                                                                                                                 Students: 8 min/10 max.                                                                                                                                                  Students bring their own supplies (a list will be provided)                                                                                          $50/$45 AAHC members

More details to come.

05-13-14 KluesnerFrom AAHC Educational Programs Director: “I participated in an oil class instructed by Patrick Kluesner and was pleased with my improvement of skills in oils under his direction. His method in the utilization of color, and stages in oil painting gave me a more respectable ability. For the first time I had one of my oil paintings in an exhibit at the Art Center Gallery. My painting displayed was a portrait of my daughter, “In A Brown Study”. This was the second painting I accomplished during Kluesner’s course. I also created a still life during the class that I am contemplating submitting in a future show. I recommend any oil painter, beginner or experienced, to experience Kluesner’s style and instruction.”

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Traditional Rug Hooking Class

with Tracy Burns / Fiber Artist       3 Class        Projects for beginners and intermediate

Playing with Plaid (pillow)  Beginners      Date to come

In this fun project you will learn the art of Rug Hooking and how to use a fun plaid to color plan your project.  It also has a fun Proddy (fringed edge) This project will be worked on in 4 class times.  Variety of colors from which to choose.

Materials are provided to complete the project.   Class Fee $40 AAHC members/$45 non members                       Materials fee $45.00   Materials include: Notebook, pencil, hook, pattern on 18″ x 18″ quality backing, 100% wool fabric (to complete the project), pillow stuffing, informational hand outs on techniques of hooking, finishing, & care.

      Proddy & Waldaboro Rug Hooking Class  Intermediate

       In this class you will learn advance techniques to hook            a 3D wall hanging out of wool fabric.  These projects                    can be worked on in 3 to 4 class times.

               Please pick either the Apples or Sunflower.

Materials are provided to complete the projects. Class Fee $40 AAHC members/$45 non members Materials $50.00  Materials include: Notebook, pencil, hook, pattern on 18″ x 18″ quality backing, 100% wool fabric (to complete the project), plastic canvas to stiffen the back of project, buttons, sticks, beads, etc., for embellishment, informational hand outs on techniques on hooking, finishing and care.

Example dates & times–Wednesdays: April 19, 26, May 3, & 10     6pm to 8pm

See information about Tracy on our Instructor Spotlight tab!

This course is being offered “on demand”. Interested students submit their names and will be contacted when a new date is scheduled, or one will be sceduled with interest. Contact the Art Center to be included in this one of a kind textile workshop and receive a supply list.  

The Art Association of Henry County is excited to offer its members and community the opportunity to experience instruction from Mary Ann Davis, a member of the American Impressionist Society.

paletteOil or Pastel One Day Workshop

with Mary Ann Davis

Students: 6 minimum/12 maximum.

$80/$75 AAHC Members

Art Annex Shaffer Studio

“Emphasis will be on how to make your paintings stronger using composition, color and value. There will be a short demo in the morning leaving plenty of time for one on one instruction at the easel. I will try to give each individual exercises to help work  progress.”     Mary Ann Davis

This course is being offered “on demand”. Interested students submit their names and will be contacted when a summer date is scheduled. Contact the Art Center to be included in this extraordinary workshop and receive a supply list.  



Melted bottle used as a cheese tray.

Glass Slumping

with Angela Dishman

Another class will be offered if interest is expressed.

Bring your bottles, or use ours, and join the fun! Students learn the process of cleaning & preparing glass for the kiln, as well as prepping kiln shelves. Second class has students embellishing their melted pieces with wire, beads, and more. Create a spoon rest, cheese tray, wall hanging . . . Supplies provided, but bring other bottles or decorative elements you wish to incorporate. Students are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy.

In the Art Center’s lower level Pottery Studio.

Ages 21 & older.   Limit 8 students

slump kiln wash



At November’s Slumping Class, students helped prepare kiln shelves for glass by coating with kiln wash.

Right: A Harvey’s Bristol Cream bottle with wire embellishment and original cork.

Below: Victoria Mendez purchased her own condiment mold to slump a wine bottle for the holidays. The results were beautiful!



slump condiment mold     slumped bottle over condiment mold