Waterworks Visual Arts Center

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


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SPRING 2019 

Adult & Youth Classes and Workshops




Fundamentals of Drawing with Ray Moose 

Three Thursdays:  February 14, 21 and 28 

6:30-9:00 pm

$95 / $80 members 

Ages 15-Adult

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.


Fundamentals of Drawing 3-week class
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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.



Hand & Wheel Pottery with Brent Smith

$190 / $160 members

Tuesdays:  Feb 26, March 5, 12,19,26, April 2


Open Studio—April 6, 10am-2pm

Ages 15-Adult; Limit 10 students


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


Hand & Wheel Pottery 6-week class
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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 and 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.



Color Theory with Phyllis Steimel

$150 / $120 members

Tuesdays: March 5,12,19,26, April 2,9

6:30- 9:00pm

Ages 15-Adult; Limit 12 students


Join artist Phyllis Steimel as she leads students in a study of color interaction using their preferred media. Choices may include pastels, oil paint, acrylic paint, and watercolors.


Color Theory 6-week class
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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.



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Saturday, February 23

Toddler Time: Artic Igloo

$30 / $20 members

Ages 18 months-3 years; Limit 8 students

10 am-11am

Instructor:  Debbie Hoffman


It’s time for little artists to celebrate winter! Come create a winter wonderland including igloos and artic creatures, all made from marshmallows and icing. 

Parent or guardian must accompany child.


Spring Toddler Time 1.5-3 yr olds
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DEBBIE HOFFMAN is retired 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.



Saturday, March 23


Weaving - $60 / $50 members

Ages 4-6; Limit 10 students


Instructor:  Andrea Vail


Weaving is a great way for young learners to practice fine motor skills. Professional artist Andrea Vail will provide one-on-one instruction for each child to weave their own small tapestry.


Clay Bunny - $60 / $50 members

Ages 7-12; Limit 10 students 


Instructor:  Brenda Gariepy


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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ANDREA VAIL is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA) and the UNC Charlotte (BFA).

She is the recipient of the ASC Regional Project Grant; North Carolina Arts Council Visual Artist Fellowship (2016-17); HappeningsCLT Visual Artist Grant; CultureWORKS Richmond Arts and Cultural District MicroGrant; and residencies at Goodyear Arts, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and Elsewhere.  Andrea’s work, Artificial Habitats was recently featured in a solo exhibition at Waterworks Visual Arts Center.


BRENDA GARIEPY studied at Alfred University, New York, and has teaching experience in NY, PA, and NC.  She currently teaches art in the Rowan-Salisbury Elementary Schools.

For the last ten years, Brenda 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.



Saturday, May 4

Clay Nature Tiles - $60 / $50 members

Ages 4-6; Limit 10 students 


Instructor:  Brenda Gariepy


Nature provides limitless inspiration. In this class, little artists will choose their favorite flowers, leaves and berries, and press them into small clay tiles capturing their shapes and patterns. The whimsical creations will then be glazed and fired.   


Gelli Prints - $60 / $50 members

Ages 7-12; Limit 10 students 


Instructor:  Denise Paugh


Students will be introduced to the art of printmaking—”pulling” prints from a design the artist creates on the surface of a plate or block. Young printmakers will paint, stamp, and stencil patterns and shapes on a Gelli plate, creating layered designs bursting with color and texture.


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Gelli Prints - May 4, 2019
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DENISE PAUGH earned a BA in Dance Education/Theater from UNC-Charlotte.  She has taught in the Rowan-Salisbury School (RSS) system since 2006. Denise created, developed and implemented the county’s first honors curriculum for Dance, and she now serves as a K-5 art specialist at Knollwood and Overton Elementary schools.

Denise joined the Waterworks team this past summer teaching the art of jewelry making. She is owner and designer of her own jewelry design business, Denise Paugh Designs.


Look at the Fun the Kids had
in our Fall 2018 ART Classes

Super Slime and Silly Monster Pillows
Saturday, October 13


Marvelous Masks & Turkey Bowls

Saturday, November 3

Keepsake Clay Ornaments
Saturday, December 8