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2010 Ninth Street on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.



Admission to exhibitions and events is free except as indicated.

To encourage participation admission is free to the galleries and many activities; fees for performances, classes, and workshops are low-cost, and discounted for Tarble members.


Tuesday-Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 1 - 4 pm
Closed Mondays & holidays





In addition to the programs listed here, the Tarble Arts Center, in collaboration with the Art Department and other co-sponsors, offers a variety of programs for area youth and area schools.

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Tarble Arts Center Fall 2014 Classes & Workshops

Adventures in Art (ages 4-6)

Instructor: Kit Morice
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm, September 30-November 4
Fee: 24.00 for Tarble members, 30.00 for non-members

Designed for young children, this class will introduce the elements of art through lessons in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media.  The class will also reinforce the proper use of various art tools, such as scissors and paintbrushes, through a series of fun, exploratory projects.

Registration deadline: September 25

Exploring Art (ages 7-9)

Instructor: Taylor Marcel
Mondays, 4:30-5:45pm, September 29-November 3
Fee: 30.00 for Tarble members, 36.00 for non-members

This class will guide young artists through explorations of the elements and principles of art through hands-on investigations in both 2-D and 3-D media.  Students will work with drawing, painting, and mixed media while learning a variety of processes and techniques.

Registration deadline: September 25

Exploring 2D Media (ages 10-14)

Instructor: Natalie M. Boyer
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm, October 1-November 5
Fee: 36.00 for Tarble members, 45.00 for non-members

Participants will be able to explore a variety of drawing and painting materials and techniques including pastel and chalk drawings, watercolor landscapes, and acrylic self-portraits. Subject matter explored will be influenced by Surrealist artists such as Salvador Dali with fantasy and dream-like imagery as well as techniques of other artists such as Pablo Picasso.

Registration deadline: September 25

For Homeschooled Youths

These classes incorporate art history with studio practice in a variety of media.  Students will be guided through hands-on explorations of the elements and principles of art while creating a series of fun and challenging projects.  Lessons address Illinois State Standards in Fine Arts Education.

Homeschool Art Class, Ages 4-7

Instructor: Kelsey Thrush
Fridays, 10:00-11:15am, October 10-December 5
Note: Class will not meet on November 28
Fee: 40.00 for Tarble Arts Center members, 48.00 for non-members

Registration deadline: September 30

Homeschool Art Class, Ages 8-14

Instructor: Kelsey Thrush
Fridays, 1:00-2:30pm, October 10-December 5
Note: Class will not meet on November 28
Fee: 45.00 for Tarble Arts Center members, 54.00 for non-members

Registration deadline: September 30

Classes for teens and adults (ages 15 and up)

Figure Drawing and Portraiture

Instructor: Reagan Carey
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, October 7-28
Fee: 52.00 for Tarble members, 65.00 for non-members
Students will be introduced to the basic skills of life drawing techniques with a focus on portraiture.  Participants will have the opportunity to work from a live model as they explore multiple two-dimensional drawing media.

Registration deadline: September 30

Glass Bead Making

Instructor: Dave Hunter
Friday, October 10, 6:00-9:00pm & Saturday, October 11, 9:00am-4:00pm
Fee: 76.00 for Tarble members, 95.00 for non-members
This intensive weekend workshop will teach beginners all they need to know to create glass beads using Map gas and a “hothead” torch.  For those with experience, different techniques will be explored, with time given to individual instruction regarding what each participant is interested in learning.  Topics include glass physics, the history and types of glass, proper handling and use of equipment, surface decoration, shaping the glass, and making a bead within a bead.

Registration deadline: October 3

Ceramic Bell Chimes

Instructor: Karen Reed
Friday, November 14, 6:30-8:30pm; Saturday, November 15, 10:00am-3:00pm
(includes one hour lunch break); & Friday, December 5, 6:00-7:00pm
Fee: 64.00 for Tarble members, 80.00 for non-members
After an introduction to the tradition and anatomy of wind powered bell chimes, students will create ceramic chimes suitable for use in the home or garden.  Choose from pinch, slab or coil hand building methods and learn about impression molds, stamping and decorating with colored slips, stains and glazes.  Hardware for stringing and hanging finished chimes will be included.

Registration deadline: November 7

The Tarble Arts Center offers a wide variety of educational and community engagement programs, designed for area schools and the general public, including:

*Teachers please note: Most Tarble Arts Center classes may be taken for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Contact the office at 217-581-2787 for more information.

For more information contact the curator of education at 217-581-2787 or e-mail


School Programs

Education and outreach programming designed for public school populations is a major focus for the Tarble Arts Center. These programs serve as a valuable classroom resource for east-central Illinois schools. They are funded in part by Tarble Arts Center membership contributions, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and other co-sponsors as listed.

Fifth-Grade Enrichment

A tour/studio program, the Fifth Grade Enrichment is offered during the spring for area fifth grade classes. In this two-hour program, students view and discuss objects on exhibition, and then apply some of the information learned through a hands-on art project. Subjects frequently deal with the culture and customs of other countries and civilizations, and “enrich” subjects taught in the classroom. Registration for this free program begins in December. Underwritten by First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust.

Junior/Senior High Art Enrichment

The Junior/Senior High Art Enrichment Program combines a tour and studio experience, and is offered free of charge to junior and senior high school Art classes in the eight county area in October and November. Over a two and one-half hour visit students tour an exhibition, are exposed to new vocabulary and concepts, and create an original art work using challenging techniques and materials. To insure the quality of the experience, group size is limited to approximately twenty-five students. Underwritten by First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust.

Arts-in-Education Artist Residency

Through this program designed and supported by the Illinois Arts Council (IAC), a professional artist works with students in the classroom.  The artist is selected from a roster compiled by the IAC, and spends one week at each participating school as well as a “Core Group” class offered at no charge to community members.  New approaches, concepts and media are emphasized. A one-month program held each fall, the Arts-in-Education residency is built upon a collaboration between participating public schools, the Illinois and Coles County Arts Councils, and the Tarble. Teachers interested in becoming involved in future residency programs should contact the Curator of Education in Nov. for the following school year.

Children’s Art Exhibition

The annual Children’s Art Exhibition is held at the Tarble Arts Center in May, and provides an opportunity for area art teachers to showcase their programs. Organized in cooperation with the area art teachers, this exhibition features works in a variety of art media by area K-12th grade students. Exhibition participation packages are mailed to Art teachers in January.

Teachers’ In-Service Workshops

The Tarble hosts hands-on workshops for area teachers in conjunction with the Arts-in-Education Residency program and an annual workshop co-sponsored with the Illinois Art Education Association.  CEUs toward teacher recertification are available for workshop participants.

GUIDED Tours of Exhibitions

Docent-led tours are available throughout the year for most exhibitions. These guided tours provide a structured opportunity to learn about and discuss the art exhibited. Arrangements for tours should be made a minimum of two weeks in advance of the tour date requested. In addition to schools, docent-led tours are also available to youth and civic groups.

Public Programs

Non-Credit Classes and Workshops

Non-credit classes and workshops are offered in the fall, spring, and summer to community members aged four through adult. Information describing the offerings, including schedules and fees, are available in August for fall classes, in January for spring classes, and in May/June for summer workshops.

In addition to the spring, summer, and fall class sessions, the Tarble provides art instruction in the spring and fall for area homeschooled youths aged 4 through 14.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Tarble Arts Center has the option of canceling a class or workshop if there are fewer than the minimum number of students required. If the Tarble Arts Center cancels a class due to insufficient enrollment, the class fee will be refunded. A student withdrawing from a class after enrolling must notify the Tarble Arts Center on or before the registration deadline to receive a full class refund. Because classes are funded on a break-even basis, no refunds will be made for withdrawals after the registration deadline.

Group Tours to Area Museums

Group trips are offered to view special exhibitions at area museums in Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Fees and schedules vary according to available exhibitions.

Offsite and Outreach Programs

Traveling Exhibit of Area Schools’ Student Art

Through a partnership with Consolidated Communications Inc., Cultivating Creativity: Consolidated Communications Traveling Children’s Exhibit, an exhibit of art selected from the annual Children’s Art Exhibition, is toured throughout east-central Illinois to showcase area school art programs, demonstrate the importance of the arts in the school curriculum, and encourage interest in the visual arts; this program is sponsored by Consolidated Communications.