Adult Education



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Summer Term : July 10th – Aug 30th

Students interested in exploring making works in clay are sure to benefit from our professional instructors Ted Isto and Samantha Reitenbaugh who have an extensive art background in ceramics.  Additional assistance is available from Samantha Reitenbaugh during open studio time. New policy for Summer Term Registration here.

Registration date TBA
Full Pack: $175 | $185 or 10 Pack: $90 | $100
Learn more about Clay Place here

for Summer Term
Class Schedule


Life Drawing – Summer Term

Facilitated by Hade Honscheid

Tuesdays, May 7th – June 11th | 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Figure drawing from the live model is offered at the Art Center. Join us for the challenge of improving your skills in this time-honored tradition. The ability to draw the human form translates into all other aspects of the artistic expression. Our open studio sessions offer a chance to share the expenses of a live model in a relaxed atmosphere without the pressure of a structured class. All skill levels are welcome and critiques are optional.

This six-week figure drawing class occurs every Tuesday evening from March 12th – April 16th.

$50 (UVAA Members) $60 (Non UVAA Members)  Registration Open



Watercolor Workshop with Lian Zhen

July 20, 21 & 22 | 9:00 – 4:00 PM

Lian teaches basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unique methods including “Color Pouring and Blending” and “Paint Around (negative painting)”. He shows how to mix colors on watercolor papers, as well as letting the pigments painting themselves. Only three primary colors will be used.

There are 4-6 demos each day with student practices between, so that they can absorb and assimilate the lessons. In critics Lian helps students by touching up their paintings. At end of workshop students may be able to finish couple of paintings, or learn enough techniques to complete them later.

Click here for Lian Zhen Materials List

$300 (UVAA Members) $325 (Non UVAA Members)  


Abstract Painting Workshop

August 10th & 11th | 12:00 – 5:00 PM 

Taught by Zoe Cohen

Beginning and Intermediate

This weekend workshop focuses specifically on non-representational abstraction. In other words, we leave behind any attempt to draw or paint objects and instead explore mark making, texture,
pattern, color and form as the content of our paintings. As a result of this process, participants
develop an intuitive approach – a discovery of delight in the materials and a sense of immediacy as
one responds to the mark making itself.

Taking the lead from mid-century masters and contemporary artists, we practice layering acrylic paint using a variety of tools and techniques to create rich, weathered surfaces and expand our mark-making vocabulary. Working on several paintings simultaneously we build interest through additive and subtractive processes. Participants create abstract images which reflect their individual voice and style.

$200 (UVAA Members) | $225 (Non UVAA Members)   


Class Description and Supply List!


Felting, Fun & Family

September 21 | 10:00 – 12:00 PM

The Art Center is proud to present family time at UVAA. Please join us for some family fun and learn how to “wet felt”  for kids and “needle felt” for adults. Community Member and long time friend of the Art Center, Cheryl Stokes, will be here with lots of soft wool to create your own pumpkin. She will have two stations: one for “wet felting” and another for “needle felting”.

$15 per family | Drop-in’s Welcome!   


Workshop with Sarah Sedwick

Painting the Dynamic Still Life – Alla Prima!

October 18, 19 & 20 | 9:30 – 4:30 PM

Paint Looser and more confidently. During this three-day workshop with Sedwick, learn a step-by-step approach to alla prima oil painting, from black & white studies to brilliant color! We will focus on the basics of value and composition design. Sarah will demo and work with you individually. Painters of all levels are welcome! Instruction in oils.

$325 (UVAA Members) $350 (Non UVAA Members)  


Payment and Refund Policy: Full payment at time of registration is required. Full refunds will be made in the event that the UVAA has to cancel the workshop or class. Should you need to cancel or change your registration to a different time, there will be a $10 fee as long as the change is made more than a week in advance of the class/workshop. Cancellations made within a week of a class will be given a refund that is 50% of the cost of the class/workshop. We are unable to refund registration fees the day of the class/workshop.
Are you an artist with a great idea for a class or workshop?
Do you have an interest to share your creativity through teaching? We invite you to submit a proposal, synopsis or outline including artistic techniques, project-oriented plans, length of class/workshop, supply list, material and instructors fee to UVAA’s Gallery Director, Sandee McGee via email to

Friends of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association: 

Hallie E. Ford Endowment for Arts in Education of The Oregon Community Foundation, Ed Moorin Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Dr. John Wm. and Betty Long Unruh Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Betty Long Unruh Arts Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, United Commercial Travelers, Cow Creek Band, Arnold Morton, Lory Utz, Richard Worthey and Debbie Kelley, Marie Rasmussen, Umpqua Insurance, Umpqua Bank, Lone Rock Timber, Dawn and Jeffery Thomas.