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Tarble Arts Center Classes & Workshops

Non-Credit Classes and Workshops

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The Tarble offers non-credit classes and workshops during the fall, spring, and summer to community members ages 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.

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. See our School Programs page. Teachers, most Tarble Arts Center classes may be taken for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

Spring 2017 Classes

Beginning February 24 


Classes & Workshops for Children

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Adventures in Art (ages 4-6)
Instructor: Tara Starling
Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
February 28-April 11 (except March 14)

Designed for young children, this class introduces the elements of art as well as art history through children's literature while they create projects in a variety of media. The class will reinforce the proper use of various art tools, such as scissors and paintbrushes, through a series of fun, exploratory projects.

Fee*: $28.00 for Tarble Members
$35.00 for Non-members
Registration deadline: February 24


Explorations in Art (ages 7-9)
Instructor: Mary Magee
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45pm
March 1-April 12 (except March 15)

This class guides young artists through explorations of the elements and principles of art through hands-on investigations in a variety of 2-D media with an emphasis on connections between art and literature. Students will explore drawing, painting, and printmaking while learning a variety of techniques.

Fee*: $36.00 for Tarble Members
$45.00 for Non-members
Registration deadline: February 24


Exploring 2-D Media (ages 10-14)
Instructor: Mary Magee
Thursdays, 4:30-6pm
March 2-April 13 (except March 16)

Designed for older children, this class explores a variety of two-dimensional media and techniques specific to each medium. Art elements and principles will be explored through projects in acrylics, charcoal, pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor, as well as an introduction to one and two-point perspective.

Fee*: $40.00 for Tarble Members
$50.00 for Non-members
Registration deadline: February 24


Classes & Workshops for Homeschooled Youths



These classes incorporate art history with studio practice in a variety of media. Students are 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: Kit Morice
Fridays, 10-11:15am
February 24-April 28 (except March 3 & 17)

Fee*: $44.00 for Tarble Members
$55.00 for Non-members
Registration deadline: February 21


Homeschool Art Class (ages 8-14)
Instructor: Kit Morice
Fridays, 2:30-4pm
February 24-April 28 (except March 3 & 17)

Fee*: $48.00 for Tarble Members
$60.00 for Non-members
Registration deadline: February 21


Classes & Workshops for Adults


Glass Bead Making (ages 15+)
Instructor: Dave Hunter
Friday, February 24, 6-9pm;
Saturday, February 25, 9am-4pm

This intensive weekend workshop teaches 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. 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.  

Fee*: $80.00 for Tarble Members
$100.00 for Non-members
Registration deadline: February 20

Investigations in Drawing & Painting (ages 15+)
Instructor: Reagan Carey
Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm
February 27-April 10 (except March 13)

Working from life, participants explore charcoal and other drawing media with a focus on form and value. Building on these basics, the course will also provide an introduction to opaque painting techniques.

Fee*: $76.00 for Tarble Members
$95.00 for Non-members
Registration deadline: February 20


Woodland Wall Pockets (ages 15+)
Instructor: Karen Reed 
Friday, March 24, 5:30-7:30pm; Saturday, March 25, 9am-4pm (includes a lunch break)

Participants will design a ceramic wall pocket or sconce and use organic elements inspired by nature as ornamentation. These decorative constructions are suitable for hanging indoors or outside. Students will receive instruction in methods of hand building with slabs. Surface treatments applied include appliqué, sprig making, stamping, and carving. Basic glazing methods are also covered.  

Fee*: $64.00 for Tarble Members
$80.00 for Non-members
Registration Deadline: March 20


*All materials and tools are included in Class & Workshop fees.


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.

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Tarble Arts Center

2010 9th St.
Charleston, IL 61920

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