Waterworks Visual Arts Center

Providing diverse opportunities in the arts for all people through exhibitions, education, & outreach programs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Composition Nuts & Bolts with Phyllis Steimel

$170 / $140 members

Six Tuesdays - Feb. 11, 18, 25 & March 3, 10, 17.

6:30-9 pm

Ages 15-Adult; Limit 12 students

 

Mastering the principles of good composition is the cornerstone on which a visual artist builds her experience. Beginning with the basics, students will step through increasingly challenging theories and techniques to engage the viewer and move the eye around the painting. Students are encouraged to bring the medium of their choice (oils, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, etc.), or Waterworks will provide drawing paper and pencils. These classes apply to all media.

 


 
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PHYLLIS STEIMEL is a native of Rochester, NY.  She  graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Art Education. She is a retired swimming coach and founder of the Rowan Aquatic Club YMCA Team in 1983. 


Following her coaching career, she dedicated herself to art. Phyllis is a member of Oil Painters of America, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, International Plein Air Painters, American Impressionist Society and the Waterworks Visual Art Center. She is a founding member of Plein Air Carolina.

 


 
 
 
 
 

Hand & Wheel Pottery with Brent Smith

$190 / $160 members

Six Tuesdays:  Feb 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.

6:30-9 pm

Open Studio—April 4, 10am-2pm

Ages 15-Adult; Limit 10 students

 

Join Brent in the studio for all things clay!  Beginners will learn the basics of hand building and throwing on the wheel. Experienced students will improve their skills and explore new approaches to their current ceramic practice.

 


 
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Brent Smith is a 1993 East Carolina graduate who works as a full-time potter.  He works in his studio and showroom behind his farmhouse in Rowan County, where he continually experiments with forms, clays, glazes, and textures.  He sometimes digs his own natural clay.  Brent is known for his lidded jars, and large wheel-thrown pots. 


Brent has been teaching youth/adult hand and wheel classes at Waterworks for over a decade and a half. In recognition and appreciation for his contributions to the visual arts in Rowan County and educational programming, Brent was the 2014 recipient of the Waterworks’ Lucille P. and Edwin O. Norvell Family Art of Teaching Award.

 


 
 
 
 
 

Portrait Painting with Dani Iris

$170 / $140 members

Six Thursdays: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2,9.

6:30- 9 pm

Ages 15-Adult; Limit 12 students

 

Approach portraiture in a new and creative way. Dani captures the essence of her subjects and renders them onto paper, or even fabric canvas using natural pigments she creates herself. Her free spirit and passion is contagious, and students will love Dani’s fresh approach to teaching the skills of portrait painting.

 

 


 
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DANIELLE “DANI” IRIS received her BFA in painting and fiber from Appalachian State University. She is the 2018 recipient of the Windgate Fellowship, a grant awarded to recent graduate artists to help kick start their career.

Dani joined Waterworks last summer as a Summer ARTventures instructor, teaching Landscape Weaving.

 


 
 
 
 
 

Creating with Hand-Printed Fabric

with Shirl Hull

$170 / $140 members

Six Thursdays: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2,9

6:30- 9 pm

Ages 15-Adult; Limit 12 students

 

Create your own unique textile using one of the oldest and easiest printing techniques—stamping. Design your stamp, plan pattern placement, print onto white fabric using permanent pigments. Ultimately, you will turn your textile into an artistic and/or functional accessory to enhance your home or yourself. Light hand sewing may be involved.

 


 
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SHIRL HULL is an artist and designer. She graduated from Loyla Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, with a B.A.  degree in Studio Art. Shirl advanced her studies by completing Jewelry Design, Lost Wax Casting and Jewelry Fabrication from El Camino College and California State University, both in California.

Shirl loves to travel and has taken two cultural trips to the African Continent. She resides in Spencer, NC.

 


 
 
 
 
 


Check out additional adult class options on the ARTpops page!

 
 
 
 
 
YOUTH CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

 
 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Messy Art for Toddlers: Clay Magic

10-11 AM

Ages 18 months-3 years; Limit 8 students; 10-11 am

Parent or guardian must accompany child.

Instructor:  Debbie Hoffman

$30 / $20 members

 

We all love PlayDoh®, so our little ones will make their own, then squish, squeeze, flatten and mold the dough into a one-of-a-kind sculpture. Then, using rolling pins and cookie cutters, the children will make and decorate hanging creations.

 


 
Spring Toddler Time 1.5-3 yr olds - Clay Magic
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ooey, Gooey, Kablooey 

Ages 4-6; Limit 10 students; 10 am-12:30 pm

Instructor:  Debbie Hoffman

$50 / $40 members

 

This is messy art heaven! Youngsters will love inventing a new playdough, creating puffy paint, and of course, making slime! What happens when two colors are mixed together? Learn the facts about color in Ooey, Gooey, Kablooey!

 


 
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Clay Bunnies

Ages 7-12; Limit 10 students; 10 am-12:30 pm

Instructor:  Brenda Gariepy

$60 / $50 members

 

Young artists will create adorable decorative clay bunnies in celebration of the return of spring. Their fingers will explore pinching, twisting and rolling clay into shapes. They will finish their bunnies with paint-on glazes, which will turn colorful upon firing in the kiln.

 


 
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Saturday, May 2, 2020

To Mommy with Love

Ages 4-6; Limit 10 students

10 am-12:30 pm

Instructor:  Debbie Hoffman

$50 / $40 members

 

Using paper, recycled materials and paint, budding artists will make beautiful keepsakes for their mommy or grandma. How fun it will be to recreate a Picasso painting and learn about the artist. A second project will be to construct French Mayday flower cones!

 


 
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Saturday , May 2, 2020

Create with Clay for Mother’s Day! 

Ages 7-12; Limit 10 students; 10 am-12:30 pm

Instructor:  Brendy Gariepy

$60 / $50 members

 

Ready to play in the clay? Students will build two beautiful gifts for their mothers. First, a lovely flower  bowl to hold  her rings by the sink or maybe paper clips on her desk. Next, they’ll build a picture frame!  Students will glaze their pieces, and Waterworks will fire them and have them ready for pick up before Mother’s Day.

 


 
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Meet our Youth Class Instructors

 

Debbie Hoffman retired last year from the Rowan-Salisbury school system after eighteen years working as an Exceptional Children teacher.  She taught dance for over forty-five years. Debbie graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with an Associate of arts degree.

Debbie was the recipient of Waterworks’ 2009 Lucile P. and Edwin O. Norvell Family Art of Teaching Award for her significant and selfless contributions and outstanding work in art education through Waterworks’ children’s educational programming. She returns to Waterworks for her twelfth year.

 


Brenda Gariepy currently teaches art in the Rowan-Salisbury Elementary Schools. For the last ten years, she has specialized in teaching hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery classes at Waterworks. She was a 2017 recipient of the Waterworks’ Lucille P. and Edwin O. Norvell Family Art of Teaching Award for her significant and generous contributions, and outstanding work in art education through Waterworks and its educational studio programs.