Waterworks Visual Arts Center

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

Classes and Workshops




Check out additional adult class options on the ARTpops page!


Hand & Wheel Pottery with Brent Smith $190 / $160 members 

Ages 15-Adult 

Six Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 6:30-9pm, plus Open Studio - Saturday, November 10, 10am-2pm 

Limit 8 students 

Learn the art of pottery-making in this in-depth, exciting 6-week class series. Students of every level will explore sculpting, hand building, and throwing techniques on the potter’s wheel as well as various surface treatments and glazes. 

Students new to pottery will learn the basics of clay; while more experienced students will develop and refine their own individual styles.


Hand and Wheel Pottery is full.  Please call 704-636-1882 nto be added to the waitlist.


Fundamentals of Drawing with Ray Moose 

$95 / $80 members 

Ages 15-Adult

This class has been moved to our spring calendar.  

Emphasizing a spontaneous, rather than an analytical approach, instructor Ray Moose will guide students in developing skills needed to successfully draw what they see.  

Students will focus on composition, design, perspective and the effects of lighting and shading.  Using a variety of media, including charcoal, pencil, conté crayon and pastels, artists will complete a collection of work.


RAY MOOSE is a professional artist and self-taught sculptor, working in Mount Pleasant, NC specializing in large-scale bronze works. He designed the plaques for Salisbury’s History and Art Trail and lead the 4th Grade Rowan Cotton Mill Public Art Tile Project in partnership with The City and Waterworks, completed in 2009.

Ray has been the recipient of numerous awards and his bronze work resides among many public and private collections. He returns to Waterworks to teach the fundamentals of drawing.





Saturday, November 3, 2018


Marvelous Masks - $30 / $20 members 

Ages 18 months-3 years 

Limit 8 students 

Saturday, November 3, 10-11am 

Instructor: Debbie Hoffman 

Children and their adult companion will create a fun mask with feathers, jewels, sparkles, pom poms, and glitter paint.   

Our young artists will also enjoy making pumpkin puffy paint to create a fall masterpiece. Boost your child’s creativity and enjoy quality time together with ART!


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.


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Turkey Bowls - $60 / $50 members 

Ages 7-12 

Limit 10 students; 

Saturday, November 3, 10-12:30pm 

Instructor: Troy Lundgren

Register for this class and add a piece of art to your Thanksgiving table this year.  Students will create unique turkey bowls from clay using slab, sculpting and carving techniques. 

Artist Brenda Gariepy will lead students in the simple steps of building and glazing these one-of-a-kind holiday bowls.


TROY LUNDGREN is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a B.F.A in Fine Arts and a concentration in Art Education. He recently completed his 4th year teaching at Southeast Middle School. He knew for a long time that his career would be in some sort of art field. It was just before enrolling at UNCG that he realized what he really had a passion for helping others discover themselves through art. His favorite medium, clay!


Turkey Bowl Specialty Workshop - November 3, 2018
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Saturday, December 8, 2018


Pop-up Holiday Puppets - $50 / $40 members 

Ages 4-6 

Limit 10 students 

Saturday, December 8, 10-am-12:30pm 

Instructor: Debbie Hoffman 

Come create a pop-up puppet of your favorite Christmas character.  Students will use mixed media and recycled items to make a dowel-controlled animated puppet.  

All participants will use their puppets to tell a holiday story in the class puppet show.


Popup Holiday Puppets - December 8, 2018
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Keepsake Clay Ornaments - $60 / $50 members 

Ages 7-12

Limit 10 students 

Saturday, December 8, 10am-12:30pm 

Instructor: Meredith Abramson 

Nothing says Christmas like an ornament.  Students will design three unique clay ornaments using carving, coil and sculpting techniques.  

Additional details will be added with textures and glazes.  Perfect to hang from a tree, display on a stand, or sit on a table. these special pieces will be loved and enjoyed this year, and for many more to come.


MEREDITH ABRAMSON  has taught in the Rowan-Salisbury School System since 1996. For the first 18 years of her career, she taught middle and high school English and segued into the art classroom in the spring of 2014.


An outstanding educator, she was the winner of the NC Association of Educator’s Terry Sanford Award which recognizes Creativity and Innovation in Teaching, , and the runner-up Teacher of the Year for the RSS District.


She and her husband Andy live in Salisbury with their two girls Macy (16) and Miles (13).  Meredith returns for a fourth year at Waterworks.


Keepsake Ornament Specialty Workshop - December 8, 2018
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