Waterworks Visual Arts Center

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


Summer ARTventures
REIMAGINED


Educating and Inspiring Creativity and 
Imagination in every child!


 
PLEASE TAKE NOTE:  No refunds -- Class vouchers only.


 
 
Become a Member* Now and:
- Save $20 on Family & higher memberships
- Enjoy Early Registration
- Save on every class tuition 
   (Messy Art $85 instead of $100; Ages 6-18 $120 instead of $135)
- Receive additional multiple-class discounts

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WE CARE!

Smaller Class Sizes

Staggered drop off & pickup times by age group

One class per studio per week for better sanitizing

Masks & Social Distancing

MUSEUM-QUALITY INSTRUCTION


Small class sizes allow for 

individual attention 

   

Professional Artists and/or Experienced Art Educators teach our classes


IN-PERSON CLASSES


Monday-Friday


Ages 4-5, 9am-12pm


Ages 6-8, 9:30am-12:30pm


Ages 9-12, 9:30am-12:30pm


Ages 12-18, 10am-1pm


 
 
Classes below are listed by age group, youngest to oldest.

Be sure to check out the GENERAL INFORMATION link and EMERGENCY INFORMATION FORM, above.

 
 
AGES 4-5    Mornings 9am-12pm

 


Messy Art I: Super Hero Pop Art 

Instructor: Debbie Hoffman (Miss Debbie)

June 14-18


Little ones will learn about pop-art artists Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol as they construct their own super hero masks and capes, super-size a super-duper art masterpiece using found materials and paint, create super-slime, and even make a super-hero puppet!


Maximum 10 students

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Messy Art II: Mini Masters

Instructor: Debbie Hoffman (Miss Debbie)

June 21-25


The styles of famous artists will inspire our young ones to paint sunflowers like Van Gogh, splatter paint like Jackson Pollack, and create collages like Matisse. Sculpt, collage, print, paint, and more!


Maximum 10 students

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Messy Art III: Wild About Dinosaurs 

Instructor: Debbie Hoffman (Miss Debbie)

June 28-July 2


Learn about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Make creature masks, fossils, and dinosaur eggs using paint, paper, clay and recycled materials. Then get creative with Dinosaur Stomp painting and even go on a dinosaur dig!



Maximum 10 students

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Messy Art IV: Ahoy Mermaids and Pirates

Instructor: Debbie Hoffman (Miss Debbie)

July 12-16

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 And the pirate said, “Arrrg, Matey,” and he danced the Peg Leg Boogie. Our mini pirates and mermaids will make a treasure map to hunt for buried treasure, get messy with gold slime, construct a spy glass, and create mermaid jewelry.


Maximum 10 students

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Messy Art V: Foodie Art 

Instructor: Debbie Hoffman (Miss Debbie)

July 19-23 


Young chef-artists will print designs using stamps made from vegetables, make a paper pizza, paint with pudding, and create paints from berries, beets, and spices, and mold cupcakes and cookies from clay, that look good enough to eat!


Maximum 10 students

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Ages 6-8    Mornings 9:30am-12:30pm

 


Cirque du Clay Breakfast Club  

Instructor: Troy Lundgren

June 14-18

Class is now full. Please call us to be added to the waitlist. 704.636.1882



Run away with the circus as we sculpt circus animals, and incorporate them onto breakfast bowls, and even cups and plates. Students will learn hand-building skills working with clay coils, slabs and pinch pots, and add bright glazes to create their most favorite breakfast ware ever! 


Maximum 10 students

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Science & Art Collide 

Instructor: Dani Iris

June 21-25


If you love Science and Art, this class is for you! Come and create science-based artworks using sculpture, painting, photo and collage techniques! Students will create kinetic sculptures, nature print emulsion photos, slime paintings, and more!


Maximum 10 students

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Make it Pop!

Instructor: Denise Paugh

June 28-July 2



Ever wonder how pop-up books work?  Throughout this week, children will be led on an imaginative and playful pop-up making escapade, learning the basic mechanisms to make paper shapes pop off the pages of the book they will author, illustrate, and engineer.


Maximum 10 students

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Gnomes, Fairies, and Trolls

Instructor: Shirl Hull

July 12-16

This class is now FULL. Please call 704.636.1882 to be added to the waitlist.



Imaginations will take flight into the mystical world of gnomes, faries, and trolls. Budding architects and young  artists will sculpt a house, design a fantasy garden and create an entire environment using mostly natural materials for their miniature habitat. Also, a personal “magic wand” will be made during this journey into a land right out of the best day dreams ever!


Maximum 10 students

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Explorations in Printmaking 

Instructor: Jackie Black

July 19-23



Students will dive into the world of printmaking and learn five different techniques that can be done without a press. At the end of the course, students will have created four series or varied editions of prints and attempted the following mono-printing techniques: Gelli Plate printing, Leaf printing, String Printing, and Styro Printing.


Maximum 10 students

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Ages 9-12    Mornings 9:30am-12:30pm

 


Animal Portraits

Instructor: Dani Iris

June 14-18

This class is now FULL. Please call 704.636.1882 to be added to the waitlist.



With a picture of the camper’s own pet or favorite wild animal in hand, young artists will learn how to capture the animal’s personality in a portrait. Beginning with charcoals, then graduating to colored pencils and paint, the class will explore the art principles of line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space.


Maximum 10 students

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Hand and Wheel Pottery I 

Instructor: Brenda Gariepy

June 21-25

This class is now FULL. Please call 704.636.1882 to be added to the waitlist.



Beginning potters in this class will learn a variety of hand-building techniques including coil, pinch and slab building. They will learn basic wheel-throwing skills during sessions on the potter’s wheel, while exploring original project ideas. Intermediate students will expand their knowledge and skills. All potters will also learn various glazing techniques to finish their projects.


Maximum 10 students

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ARTscapes

Instructor: Troy Lungren

June 28-July 2



Whether landscape, cityscape, seascape or spacescape, it’s all about your point of view. Using a variety of media, young artists will explore how to  use line, color, size, value and point of view to create perspective or the illusion of depth in paintings and drawings of the world around us.


Maximum 10 students

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Hand & Wheel Pottery II 

Instructor: Brent Smith

July 12-16

This class is now FULL. Please call 704.636.1882 to be added to the waitlist.


Beginning potters in this class will learn a variety of hand-building techniques including coil, pinch and slab building. They will learn basic wheel-throwing skills during sessions on the potter’s wheel, while exploring original project ideas. Intermediate students will expand their knowledge and skills. All potters will also learn various glazing techniques to finish their projects.


Maximum 10 students   

Note: no refunds given - class vouchers only.


 
 


Circuit Bugs

Instructor:  Denise Paugh

July 19-23


So cool and amazing are the mini insect sculptures the kids will create from upcycled computer circuit boards. Small components will become the bodies, heads, antenna and legs of beautiful butterflies, noisy cicadas, and ferocious beetles.


Maximum 10 students

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Ages 12-18    Mornings 10am-1pm

 


Photography

Instructor: Parker Reinecker

June 14-18


This class is an introductory course that will explore image making using 35mm cameras. Students will become adept at handling 35mm film (loading & unloading the camera), darkroom film processing and image printing. Students will have the opportunity to address a variety of subject matter and image capture genres. Each participant will engage in group critiques and explore the potential of the printed image as means of expression. 


Maximum 8 students

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Plein Air Painting
Instructor:  Phyllis Steimel
June 21-25

Plein Air is the French expression for "in the open air." Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. French Impressionists made it into an art form; their desire was to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities. 

ARTventures students will love the outdoor experience and learning from Plein Air expert, Phyllis Steimel!

Maximum 10 students

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Hand and Wheel Pottery A

Instructor: Brent Smith

June 28-July 2

Register soon! This class is filling quickly.


Beginning potters in this class will learn a variety of hand-building techniques including coil, pinch and slab building. They will learn basic wheel-throwing skills during sessions on the potter’s wheel, while exploring original project ideas. Intermediate students will expand their knowledge and skills. All potters will also learn various glazing techniques to finish their projects.


Maximum 10 students

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Culinary Hand & Wheel 

Instructor:  Brenda Gariepy

July 19-23 



Create your own dinnerware set! Learn how to use the potters wheel to create mugs, plates, bowls, and vases! Beginning and returning clay students will learn multiple throwing and hand building techniques to create beautiful utilitarian ceramics. Glazing and simple mold making techniques will also be part of this exciting class!


Maximum 10 students

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Meet Our Instructors

 
 
JACKIE BLACK earned a BA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting and Printmaking from Hampton University, Virginia. She taught public elementary art for 16 years.  

Jackie has been teaching Claymation and other art classes during Summer ARTventures at Waterworks since 2010. 

She was a 2017 recipient of the Waterworks’ Lucille P. and Edwin O. Norvell Family Art of Teaching Award for her contributions, and outstanding work in art education. Jackie currently serves as the Center’s Education Coordinator.

 

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 twelve 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.


 

DEBBIE HOFFMAN is retired from the Rowan/Salisbury school system after nearly twenty 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 WVAC for her 14th year.


 

SHIRL HULL is an artist and designer. She is a graduate of Loyola 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 CA.


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


 

DANIELLE “Dani” IRIS is returning for her second year of teaching Summer ARTventures classes. Kids and adults both love Dani’s fresh approach and new ideas that she brings to Waterworks.


Dani 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. 


 

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. 


Troy 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!


 

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 has taught jewelry-making at Waterworks to both youth and adults, for the past several years. She is owner and designer of her own jewelry design business, Denise Paugh Designs.


 

PARKER REINECKER is a photographer and educator based in Central North Carolina and Atlanta Georgia. Parker’s work has been exhibited in various national and international galleries and museums including, the Photo IS:RAEL photography festival (Tel-Aviv IL), PH21 Gallery (Budapest HU), the Colorado Photographic Art Center (Denver CO), the Academy Art Museum (Easton MD) and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta GA). His work has also been featured in various national and international publications/platforms including C41 and Eyeshot Magazines, Dodho Magazine and The Photo Review. 


Parker is an MFA recipient from Savannah College of Art and Design and is a full-time Visual Arts Instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.


 

Brent Smith  is a 1993 ECU 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 15 years.  He received the Waterworks’ Lucille P. and Edwin O. Norvell Family Art of Teaching Award in 2014 in recognition and appreciation for his contributions to the visual arts in Rowan County.

 


 

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. She 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.