To expand upon River Oaks' educational mission, the Center also features high caliber demonstrations, lectures, and workshops. Considered an educational extension to the featured artist's exhibition, the Center has showcased Internationally and Nationally renowned artists through these ongoing series'. 



Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please call the Art Center 318.473.2760 to register.


Dive In

Beginner Water Color Workshop - Instructor: Bridie Rollins

Saturday, August 25 - 8:30am to 5:00 pm

$140 per person includes lunch and supplies.
Bring own prefered brushes/paint/pallete/paper if disered.
This is a beginner's workshop so no experience is necessary.  There is a fun and positive vibe to the day that will encourage youto explore and experiment with the colorful world of watercolor.  You will learn through demostrations and hands on experience with ten or more watercolor techniques. During the last two hours of the workshop students will learn techniques for getting your ideas down on your watercolor paper so you can get right into the fun.

The Layered Surface

Ceramics - Instructor: Renee LoPresti 
Wednesday August 29 & Thursday August 30 - 10:00 -4:00 (Break for Lunch) Cost is $95 per student. Skill Level : Intermediate to Advanced - Class Size is Limited.
In this two day workshop, students will focus on developing surface composition by layering underglaze directly onto leather hard clay. Custom paper and reusable die-cut vinyl stencils will be used to create layered patterns, shapes and detailed imagery. Students will have the option to explore these techniques directly on their own wheel thrown or hand-built surfaces. The techniques and materials used during this workshop have the flexibility to be fired to any temperature / atmosphere. Technique based workshop. Supply list upon registration.

From A Lump of Clay

Ceramics - Instructor: Carole Steele
$35 per student/ per class session
Skill Level - Beginner - Class Size Limited.
Ever wanted to throw on the potter's wheel? Here's your chance! From a lump of clay will introduce the curious novice on how pottery is created on the wheel. In this technique oriented "try it" class, students will experience the basics of making a vessel. No finished pieces from this session as this is a technique based workshop helping students hone in on their wheel throwing abilities. Take a single class or attend all .....think of this time as an introduction to a whole new passion.

The Magnolia Series

Acrylics -- Instructor: Leah Morace
Sat. - Sept 1 
Cost $125 per student - Skill level : Beginner to Intermediate
This class will focus on Morace's ever popular Louisiana themed imagery, exploring the timeless, magnificent magnolia. Using acrylic and mixed media techniques, students will leave with a completed 
6 x 20" stretched canvas work. Brilliant tones and elaborate backgrounds will set the stage for this Fall Session, exploring the artist's evolving contemporary motifs.

Oyster Study-Demo By Becky Fos

Oils -- Demonstration - by Artist, Becky Fos 
Cost - $25 per person -- Open to all/ Limited Seating/Call to Register.  
As a precursor to the evening's opening reception, NOLA based gallery owner and artist Becky Fos, will provide a demonstration for guests of the art center. A study of the Oyster will set the stage for this rare opportunity to see the artist in action! Fos' popularity has been growing, not only in the Big Easy, but worldwide. Her impasto technique, applying wet, undiluted oil paint with her palette knife, is unapologetically bold and energetic. She uses color as a forefront in her pieces that allow them to come to life, evoking an instant sense of happiness.



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