Arts Education: Classes, workshops, private instruction, ensembles and more!

The Community Arts Center offers lessons and educational activities in dance, drama, music and visual arts for people of all ages. Our schedule of classes varies from month to month and season to season.

We welcome new arts programming and new arts instructors! If you have expertise in an area of the arts and would like to teach a class, email gretchen@communityartscenter.net or call 859-236-4054 for more information.

Dance

Let's Dance!  

 
Cha ChaStarter Steps Cha Cha
Thursdays, January 15 - February 5, 6 - 7 p.m.
(4 weeks - 4 hours of instruction)
The Cha Cha originated in Cuba and is often danced to music with a complex Latin beat. But if you can count to three, Wes Bratcher can teach it to you. Come learn how to cha-cha-cha! No need to bring a partner--we'll provide one and you'll meet some new people. Register now for $35, or pay $10/class at the door.

Intermediate Fox Trot, Combinations
Thursdays, January 15 – February 5, 7 - 8 p.m.
The foxtrot is a smooth dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. Doesn't that sound like fun? No need to bring a partner--we'll provide one and you'll meet new people.
Register now for $35, or pay $10/class at the door.

Dance Combo Pack
Register for both classes and save!  $65. Register now.

ballroom dance danville ky community arts centerCha Cha, Combinations
Thursdays, February 12 - 26, 7 - 8 p.m.
(3 weeks -- three hours of instruction)
This class continues where Starter Steps left off. The Cha Cha originated in Cuba, and is often danced to music with a complex Latin beat. But if you can count to three, Wes Bratcher can teach it to you. Come learn how to cha-cha-cha! No need to bring a partner -- we'll provide one and you'll meet some new people.
Register now for $35, or pay $10/class at the door.

Starter Steps Tango
Thursdays, February 12 - 26, 6 - 7 p.m.
(3 weeks -- three hours of instruction)
Here's your chance to tango! Instructor Wes Bratcher makes it fun and easy. No need to bring a partner -- we'll provide one. 
Register now for $35, or pay $10/class at the door.

Dance Combo Pack
Register for both classes and save!  $65. Register now.

Ballroom Soirees

Ballroom SorieeAt our monthly Ballroom Soirees, you'll learn swing, salsa, cha cha, foxtrot, tango, hustle, rumba, waltz and more from our resident ballroom instructor, Wesley Bratcher. 

Each soiree begins at 8 p.m. with a lesson in a particular style, followed by an open dance party! First-timers are free, regulars pay $5.


Meet the Instructor 

Wesley Bratcher, middle, with two studentsWesley Bratcher
 (pictured, middle) was a professional ballroom dancer for over a decade, winning numerous awards and honors. He has taught more than 14,000 hours of classes, and is certified by both the Dance Vision International Association and Fred Astaire Dance Studio in over 20 different dance styles.

He taught at the American Dancesport Academy in Columbus, Ohio, as well as the Franklin Cottrell Dance Center and Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Lexington before moving to Danville. Wesley knows a little bit of everything, from foxtrot and waltz to rumba, jitter bug, paso doble, salsa and swing, and he’s looking forward to sharing his expertise with interested folks in Danville!


Music

Music Ensembles   

New Horizons Band logoNew Horizons Band
"Play it again!" is the motto of the New Horizons Band, which provides music education to adults and seniors. Some call it band practice, others call it social hour... we think of it as both. Best of all, no prior music experience is required!

Tuesdays, February 3 - April 28*, 5 to 7 p.m.
$120 per 12-week session. Register now. 
*New Horizons Band will not meet March 31.

Danville Children's ChoirDanville Children's Choir
The choir was first active from 1990-2005, enriching our singing community for all ages in Danville and surrounding counties. After five years of silence, the choir came back to life in 2011. Led by Meg Stohlmann and Amy Harrod, the choir welcomes singers in grades 1-12. Learn more. 


Sounding Joy
Sounding Joy
An ensemble of 30-40 women singers, selected by audition, who come together for the joy of singing choral music of all styles and cultures. Learn more

Summer SingersDanville Summer Singers 

A seasonal choir that meets for the months of June and July; open to men and women of all ages and experience levels. Visit www.danvillesings.com for more information.


 Private Music Instruction

classical guitar1Piano keys with handviolin

Guitar, mandolin, flute, clarinet, bass guitar, saxophone, music theory, song-writing and improvisation: Jack Covell, 859-319-0773


Voice (Broadway, classical, and commercial/pop styles - all ages):
 Lessons are tailored to the needs and goals of each individual student, with emphasis given to breathing, tone quality, range expansion, diction, appropriate singing style, expression and performance. Contact Shauntina Phillips at 859-209-0055.

Piano and voice:
Richard Ferreira, 859-329-7814 (available en Español)


Violin: 
Phil DeHaan, 859-509-4293


Childbloom Guitar Program
: An innovative approach to music-making and skill development with guitar., designed for young people age 5 to 12. Jeff Hogue, 859-913-1676



Visual Arts


Visual Arts Classes


Munchkin and Me at the Community Arts Center 

Munchkin and Me
Mondays, 10 - 10:45 a.m.
(For children 18 months - 4 years, with adult supervision)
It's never too early to let your kids explore their creativity; start now with our classes designed exclusively for adults and their little ones. Instructor Paula Whitaker introduces your child to different media and projects each week.

Register now for a punchcard, good for 4 Mondays, for $28 (card will be waiting for you in Lisi's Art Lab). 

See what Munchkin & Me is like by checking out our photo album on Facebook!



paint brushesPainting 101      
Mondays, January 19 - February 9, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  (4 weeks - 12 hours of instruction)
If you've enjoyed Starry Night Studio or you want to take your art to the next level, this is your class! The first in a series of painting fundamentals, this class will teach brush techniques, paint mixing and gradients, concepts of shading, color, and more. This class sells quickly, so reserve your spot now!

For teens/adults, ages 14+

Register now. $72 (materials included)

potteryWood-Fired Pottery
Wednesdays, January 14 - March 4, 7 - 9 p.m. with no class January
21
(7 weeks - 14 hours of instruction)
Wood-fired pottery is back! Learn how to throw, fire, and glaze pots in this comprehensive class with Jonas Hurley. Participants will leave this class with their own small pottery collection. This class sells out quickly, so reserve your spot now! 

For teens/adults, ages 14+
Glazing, loading, and firing will take place at River Run Farm, 1813 Thurman Lane, Springfield, KY (dates TBA)

Register now. $115 (materials and firing included)

Paint and BrushesPainting 103
Thursdays, January 22 - February 12, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. 

Instructor Traci Thompson will coach you as you create a painting using all the techniques you've learned in painting 101 and 102. This class will focus on one-on-one coaching. Each week, you will explore a different genre and the technique used, including still-life, nature images, and landscapes. In the final class, you will choose your own image and Traci will help you create a finished painting. 

For teens/adults, age 14+. Painting experience required, including accurate color mixing, shading, and brush techniques. Painting 101 is strongly recommended, painting 102 is advised.

Register now.
$72 (materials included)






SketchingDrawing for Youth I
Tuesdays, January 20 - February 17, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
(6 weeks -- 9 hours of instruction)
You will be a better artist after you take this class -- guaranteed. Teacher Melanie Morrett will give in-depth instruction on drawing techniques that will take you to the next level. Students will explore some of the fundamentals of drawing, including contours, gesture drawing, and the illusion of space and depth through various perspective techniques. We will also be analyzing and discussing various elements of composition and drawing techniques we learn throughout the quarter from visual examples.
For ages 10 - 16 years
Register now. $65 (Materials required; see below)





drawing pencilsDrawing for Adults I
Tuesdays, January 20 - February 17, 6 - 8 p.m.

(6 weeks -- 12 hours of instruction)
You will be a better artist after you take this class -- guaranteed. Teacher Melanie Morrett will give in-depth instruction on drawing techniques that will take you to the next level. Students will explore some of the fundamentals of drawing, including contours, gesture drawing, and the illusion of space and depth through various perspective techniques. We will also be analyzing and discussing various elements of composition and drawing techniques we learn throughout the quarter from visual examples.
For ages 16+
Register now. $75 (Materials required; see below)

Supplies for Drawing I students (adult and youth)

  • 18 x 24 Drawing pad (50 sheets)
  • Sketch book:  either 9x12 (with at least 50 sheets) or 11x14 (with at least 24 sheets)
  • Pastel paper: 2 sheets of 19x25 medium value gray or blue charcoal paper
  • Graphite pencils: one each 2B, 4B, and 6B (hardness on HB scale)
    Conte crayons: 2B hardness; 1 black and 1 white
    Grumbacher vine charcoal: 3 thin sticks, medium or soft
    Kneaded gum eraser
    2" art gum eraser
  •  
  • Bring all of the above supplies to the first class (available at Michael's or Dick Blick) or contact Melanie Morrett by January 6 to have supplies provided for $45, due on the first day of class. Email melaniemorrett@gmail.com.




Lisi's Art Lab
Lisis Art Lab Danville community arts center

Lisis Art Lab
Grab the kids and head on over to the Arts Center for plenty of fun in Lisi's Art Lab, a creative space for kids of all ages! Use any of our art supplies, and see what you can come up with. The lab is open whenever Arts Center exhibits are open: Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$1 per child (includes supplies). Children must be supervised while in Lisi's Lab.


Drama

Drama Classes



William Shakespeare 1609Shakespeare Acting Workshop
Mondays, January 19 - February 9, 7 - 9 p.m.
(5 weeks -- 10 hours of instruction)

Strip away the ruffles and velvet and explore how to perform Shakespeare's words as he wrote them. Learn Shakespearean performance technique, work from Shakespeare's original folio texts and interpret the clues that he left for actors in his plays. Students will learn close reading, vocal technique and Shakespearean approaches to character building. No previous acting experience required.

$60. Register now.




TheaterUcurtains
Introduction to Improv Comedy
Tuesdays, February 24 - March 24, 7-9 p.m.
(5 weeks -- 10 hours of instruction)

Improvisation is the art of acting without a script. This class will focus on improvisational comedy. We'll play theater games, learn to build scenes and characters, and learn to accept the suggestions from audiences and your scene partners to make everything funny. A great experience for anyone who wants to buld public speaking skills, learn a helpful set of acting skills, or get more laughs at parties. No previous acting experience required.

$60.


Meet
the Instructor



Craig PaystCraig Payst is a director, playwright, puppeteer and actor with 30 years of experience on stage. A graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in classical languages, Craig is a lifelong student of Shakespeare who has had masters-level training in Shakespeare at North Carolina State University, served as a Shakespearian dramaturg for Bare Theatre, and is artistic director of Salt River Shakespeare.

Why study theater and drama?


"Live performance is essential to the experience of human culture. It touches us in a way that nothing that ever happens on a screen really can. The immediacy, the depth of live performance gives us access to thoughts and feelings that we would otherwise have to pay for with unendurable suffering or continually be disappointed in as we strive for unobtainable joy. Theater makes us better. Not better than other people, just better people."


Read more from Craig on the Arts Center's
blog.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Exhibit and Lisi's Art Lab Hours:

Mon. - Fri.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission:
Exhibits free, Lisi's Art Lab $1 per child

Office Hours:

Mon. - Fri: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address:
401 W. Main Street

Danville, KY  40422
859-236-4054

Events At A Glance

Wed Dec 17
Lisi's Art Lab is open!
Wed Dec 17 @10:00AM - 06:00PM
Trees & Trains
Thu Dec 18
Lisi's Art Lab is open!
Thu Dec 18 @10:00AM - 06:00PM
Trees & Trains
Fri Dec 19
Lisi's Art Lab is open!