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Location: Art Lab



Physical demands:

Ability to work at length with pencils, paint brushes, x-acto knives, rulers, etc. Classes may involve sitting or standing for long periods and wrist and shoulder mobility. Please contact us to discuss adjustments and modifications if needed.


Sketchbook, apron/work shirt. Basic supplies including primary color acrylic paints, charcoal, graphite pencils, and used classroom brushes and tools are available, but students are encouraged to bring their own additional supplies, especially brushes and other art tools. 

Primary Instructor:

Laken Bridges is a mixed media artist with a BFA in Studio Art from ETSU and an MFA in Visual Art from Clemson University. She has 10+ years of experience teaching drawing, printmaking, and special topics classes to teen and adult audiences. 

Guest Instructors:

Greg Howser is a painter and printmaker with a BFA and MFA from ETSU. He has over 15 years experience teaching painting, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media to all ages. 

Richard Graves is a Neo-Appalachian artist from the Wolf Hills of Abingdon, Virginia. He pulls inspiration from art including the work of Egon Schiele, and in his own work emphasizes portraiture, figure drawing, and the surreal.



Figure Drawing Techniques for a Sketchbook Practice (w/ Richard Graves)

Sunday 10/2/22 from 2-4:30pm

$35 Non-members

$30 Members

Minimum 5 students. Maximum 8 students.

This workshop gives participants an overview of tips and tricks for expressive and intuitive figure drawing.  Building upon the basics of gesture, shape, form, movement, and perspective, we will be introducing techniques and ways of thinking that can be used as a basis for developing a figure drawing sketchbook practice and the joys of drawing the human form. Newsprint and drawing tools provided; BYO sketchbook.


Intro to Acrylic Painting (w/ Greg Howser)

Mondays 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, off week, 11/14, 11/21 (6 sessions) 2-4:30pm

$215 for Non-Members

$195 for Members

Minimum 4 students. Maximum 8 students.

The class introduces students to painting concepts using acrylic paints. You will learn basic color theory and mixing techniques, discuss color, light, and composition, and produce a finished work from preparatory stages through final layers. Primary acrylic paint and a canvas provided. Some foundational art experience is encouraged, but painting experience is not required.


Mixed Media Painting (w/ Greg Howser)

Mondays 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, off week, 11/14, 11/21 (6 sessions) 5:30-8pm

$215 for Non-Members

$195 for Members

Minimum 4 students. Maximum 8 students.

This class takes students down the rabbit hole of mixed media painting and drawing. Students may learn to incorporate gel medium transfers, collage, assorted paints, build texture with special modifiers and additives, and more. This class is great for both abstract and representational approaches, and just the place for experimentation and exploration. Some foundational art and painting experience is encouraged. Some supplies provided including primary color acrylic paints and a canvas or MDF panel. 


Figure Sessions (host and models vary)

Friday 9/23 from 6-8pm

Saturday 10/8 from 1-3pm

Friday 10/28 from 4-6pm

Tuesday 11/8 from 3-5pm

Saturday 11/19 from 10-12pm

Wednesday 12/7 from 5-7pm

$15 per person (drawing materials provided for members)

Minimum 3 participants. Maximum 10 participants.*

Grab your drawing pad or sketchbook and join us for figure night to work from a live model. These events are monitored by the host, but do not include instruction. Each session will include both short poses for gesture / sketching and long poses for extended study. Models may be clothed or nude (Call to inquire about a specific session).


*Fewer than 3 students make take a session, but must pay a higher fee to ensure the model makes at least $40 for a two-hour sitting.