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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 2018 Classes 


Classes & Workshops for Children

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Fifth Grade Art Explorations Program March 26-May 3, 2018


They Way We Were


This spring, the Fifth Grade Art Explorations Program will focus on themes presented
in The Way We Were. The program combines a tour and studio experience and is offered free of charge to fifth grade classes in our eight county service area. Over a two-hour visit, students tour an exhibition, are exposed to new vocabulary and concepts, and create an original artwork using challenging techniques and materials. This program has limited availability and will only be presented on Mondays , Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Teacher registration for this free program begins mid-February and ends March 10th.

The Fifth Grade Art Explorations Program is presented in cooperation with the EIU Art Education program and underwritten by First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust.




Creating Sculpture

(Ages 8-12)

Instructor: Tara Starling
Mondays, 4:00-6:00pm
March 19 - April 30

This nontraditional sculpture class will allow students to practice and evolve their creative minds. Through the use of diverse materials, a series of projects will be completed emphasizing the innovation of artists and their work.

Fee: $56.00 for Tarble Members, $70.00 for Non-members
Registration deadline: February 19th



Exploring Clay
(Ages 4-7)

Instructor: Kelsey Cox
Teusdays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:45pm
March 20 - April 26

This class is designed for young artists to explor clay media. Projects in this course will enfoce the style of functional art. The implementation of art and creative one-to-a-kind pieces that may be useful in everyday life.

Fee: $68.00 for Tarble Members, $85.00 for Non-members
Registration deadline: March 1st


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 4-8)

Instructor: Tara Starling
Fridays, 10-11:30am
April 6 - May 4

Fee: $40.00 for Tarble Members, $48.00 for Non-members
Registration deadline: March 23rd


Homeschool Art Class
(Ages 9-14)

Instructor: Anne Hudson
Fridays, 2:30-4:30pm
April 6 - May 4

Fee: $48.00 for Tarble Members, $60.00 for Non-members
Registration deadline: March 23rd



Teens and Adults



Watercolor Workshop
(Ages 15+)

Instructor: Hannah Eads
Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm
April 14

Participants will learn various botanical illustration techniques including color mixing, color blending, wet-into-wet, dropping in color, lifting out color, layering glazes, strengthening color, dry brush, and creating areas of light.

An 8" x 10" photograph of a blue iris will be used as reference material.  This flower will be sketched onto the watercolor paper.  The watercolor paper should be taped onto the foam board prior to painting.

Class size is limited to ten people.

Materials needed:

   1 sheet watercolor paper, hot-pressed, 140 lb weight, 8" x 10"

   1 sheet foam board, 10" x 14"

   drafting or masking tape



   No. 4 round sable brush

   No. 2 round sable brush

   1 tube watercolor, cerulean blue

   1 tube watercolor, cadmium yellow

   mixing tray

   paper towels

   water container

Note:  Art supplies are available at the EIU Student Union Bookstore.

Free & Open to the Public


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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