Arts & Crafts for Teens & Adults

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Arts & Crafts for Teens & Adults

Nurture your natural artistic ability or push your limits to learn a new skill and talent.  WCPR offers a number of arts and crafts classes led by an incredible team of instructors.  If you only enjoy the occasional art experience due to an already filled personal calendar, register to attend one-time, open workshops.  If you can’t find time during the week then check out our array of weekend workshops.  Or, maybe you have time and want to commit to an extended program that offers weekly art classes to advance your skill on a weekly basis.  Whatever your schedule, we have just the right program to meet your needs through a variety of art mediums and techniques. We also offer a variety of other programs which may be found in other areas of the website.  Please see Health & Wellness, Music Classes, and Recreation Classes for more programs.

Use the links below to jump to the type of art classes that interest you or scroll down to see them all!

Acrylic Painting
Mixed Media
Watercolor
Oil Painting (Bob Ross)
Jewelry

Book Arts
Knitting

Pottery

Acrylic Painting

 

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Pet Portraits with Joan Wilkes
See List of Dates and Times Below
Franklin Recreation Center
Ages: 11+
Cost: $40.00 
Instructor: Joan Wilkes

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Come create an homage to your favorite furry friend in this pet portrait class! Your pet will be honored on an 9x12 canvas, using acrylics. We have 4 sessions this fall. Take just one or take them all if you have multiple pets! Please email the instructor at Joanwilkesart@gmail.com, at least a week in advance, with a picture of your pet. 

Fall Dates and Times:
Wednesday, October 19 - 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Saturday, November 5 - 1:00PM - 3:00PM

All materials provided. Pre-registration is required; limited spacing available.
For questions about credits/refunds/transfers, please contact Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov.


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House Beautiful: Painted in Acrylics

See List of Dates and Times Below
Franklin Recreation Center
Ages: 18+
Cost: $40.00 
Instructor: Joan Wilkes

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Is there a house or building you have always wanted to paint?
Join acrylic painting instructor Joan Wilkes as she guides students of all experience levels (even beginners) through the process of creating a treasured keepsake to display or gift!

Send a good photo of the house/building you want to paint to joanwilkesart@gmail.com as soon as you can -- at least a week before class -- so the instructor can transfer the outline to your 11x14 canvas.
All materials provided (paint, brushes, 11x14 canvas).

Fall Dates and Times:
Saturday, October 15 - 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Wednesday, November 9 - 5:30PM - 7:30PM

For questions about credits/refunds/transfers, please contact Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov.


Fall Paint Party Festive Owl. Spooky Season - CopyFall Paint Party: Festive Owl + Spooky Season
Two Dates Available:


Monday, October 10
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday, October 11

1:30PM - 3:30PM
Franklin Recreation Center
Ages: 13+
Cost: $30.00 
Instructor: Jann Stephens

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It's starting to get spooky around here! In this special October paint party, Jann is offering two paintings and two dates to choose from. Both paintings are available on both dates. Students may select the painting they would like to create. 

Painting Option One - Festive Owl: a festive fall owl on an 11x14 canvas.
 
Painting Option Two - Spooky Season: a pair of witch's legs and her black cat companion on an 11x14 canvas.
 
Acrylic medium; pre-registration is required.
 
Please email Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov with your choice of painting at least three days prior to class.
 
For questions about credits/refunds/transfers, please contact Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov. All credits/refunds/transfers must be processed with Liz 48 hours prior to the class.

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Fall Paint Party: Blessed
Monday, November 7
5:30PM - 7:30PM
Franklin Recreation Center
Ages: 13+
Cost: $30.00 
Instructor: Jann Stephens

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Join instructor Jann Stephens as she guides you through painting daisies in a mason jar on a 10x10 piece of wood. At the end of the class you will walk away with a beautiful painting that you can keep for yourself or use as a wonderful holiday gift!
 
Acrylic medium; pre-registration is required.
 
For questions about credits/refunds/transfers, please contact Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov. All credits/refunds/transfers must be processed with Liz 48 hours prior to the class.

Mixed Media


Practical Color Theory - Copy (3)Practical Color Theory

4 Week Course
- Tuesday, September 13
- Tuesday, September 20
- Tuesday, September 27
- Tuesday, October 4
1:00PM - 3:00PM
Franklin Recreation Center
Ages: 18+
Cost: $120.00 + $15.00 Supply Fee Payable to the Instructor
Instructor: Elizabeth Sanford

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Explore the practical side of color theory! Learn basic properties that affect the way color works in any medium. Discover how to see color more accurately and how to mix the colors you want more consistently. Find out how to banish "mud" from your paintings and experience the rewards of working with a simplified palette.
 
Limited space - Pre-registration is required. Please note a $15.00 supply fee, due to instructor the first class. All levels are welcome, including beginners.

For questions about credits/refunds/transfers, please contact Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov.


Art Inspired by Nature - Website - CopyArt Inspired by Nature

Saturday, October 1
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Franklin Recreation Center
Ages: 18+
Cost: $60.00 
Instructor: Elizabeth Sanford

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Explore fun and easy ways to make art inspired by nature. First we'll stimulate creativity by engaging the senses and connecting with nature on a slow and relaxing guided walk through Judge Fulton Greer Park. After the walk we'll move inside to explore open-ended approaches to painting. Art supplies are included. Feel free to bring a water bottle and snack or sack lunch. All levels are welcome, including beginners.
 
Limited spaces available; pre-registration required. Please contact Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov for more information. Any refunds/credits/transfers must be processed with Liz 48 hours prior to the beginning of class.

Painting with Water Media Series - Website - CopyPainting in Water Media (4 Week Course)
Tuesday, October 18
Tuesday, October 25

Tuesday, November 1
Tuesday, November 8
1:00PM - 3:00PM
Franklin Recreation Center
Ages: 18+
Cost: $120.00
Instructor: Elizabeth Sanford


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Explore the possibilities of water media by combining watercolor, acrylic, ink and more. Discover ways to use each medium to enhance the others, and experiment with fun techniques to add texture and detail to any subject, from landscape to abstraction. Enjoy weekly demonstrations and one-on-one conversations in a collaborative atmosphere. Learn how to find an intuitive balance between control and spontaneity. All levels are welcome, including beginners. Students will bring their own supplies; a suggested supply list will be provided.
 
Limited spaces available; pre-registration is required. Please contact Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov for more information. All refunds/credits/transfers must be processed with Liz 48 hours prior to the beginning of the first class.


Watercolor


Watercolor 101 - Copy (2)Watercolor 101

5 Week Course
Early Fall and Late Fall Series Available - See Dates Below
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Franklin Recreation Center
Ages: 18+
Cost: $180.00 + A $15.00 Supply Fee payable to the instructor if student doesn't have own supplies
Instructor: Sarah Arace





This beginner series will go over the steps to create a beautiful watercolor painting in the style of students' choice. Participants will take home two nuanced paintings and a whole spectrum of knowledge that ranges from brush techniques to economical on-line supply buying. A $15.00 supply fee is due to the instructor the first class, if student doesn't have own supplies.

Early Fall Series Dates:
- Thursday, September 15
- Thursday, September 22
- Thursday, September 29
- Thursday, October 6
- Thursday, October 13
Click Here to Register For Early Fall Series 

Late Fall Series Dates:
- Thursday, November 10
- Thursday, November 17
- Thanksgiving - No Class
- Thursday, December 1
- Thursday, December 8
- Thursday, December 15
Click Here to Register For Late Fall Series 

Limited spacing available; pre-registration is required. For questions about credits/refunds/transfers, please contact Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov.

Neurographic Art - CopyNeurographic Art and Emotional Well Being
3 Week Course
- Saturday, October 15
- Saturday, October 22
- Saturday, October 29
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Franklin Recreation Center
Ages: 13+
Cost: $125.00 
Instructor: Heather Bethurum


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Have you ever wondered how art can help you to handle the stresses in your life? The technique of neurographic painting is used by many to regulate emotions and promote healthy introspection and thinking. Students in this class will create an abstract painting while learning about art making and well being. The design you create will be a free form abstract that will bring peace and calm. Watercolor skills will be used to make designs take on a stained glass window effect.
 
Supplies needed: black permanent marker (Sharpie), pencils, erasers, watercolors, watercolor paper
 
Limited spacing available; pre-registration is required. Please direct all questions to Liz Friend at liz.friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov. All credits/transfers/refunds must be processed through Liz 48 hours prior to the first class.

Holiday Watercolor - CopyHoliday Creations in Watercolor
2 Week Course
- Thursday, October 27
- Thursday, November 3

10:00AM - 12:00PM
Franklin Recreation Center
Ages: 18+
Cost: $75.00 + A $10.00 Supply Fee payable to the instructor if student doesn't have own supplies
Instructor: Sarah Arace

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In this two day series, participants will use the techniques taught in Watercolor 101 to create two small holiday themed paintings. Anything from winter landscapes with falling snow to red poinsettia.
 
Must have either taken Sarah's Watercolor 101 series or have an extensive knowledge of watercolor medium. If one does not have his/her own supplies a $10.00 supply fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class.
 
Limited spacing available; pre-registration is required.

Oil Painting

 

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Bob Ross Certified Oil Painting 

Campfire 
Ages: 11+
Cost: $60.00 
Instructor: Quintin Burlingame
See List Below for Locations, Dates, and Times

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Join Certified Ross Instructor ® Quintin Burlingame as he leads students of all skill levels through the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet technique ®. In this painting, based in Series 3, Episode 10 of The Joy of Painting ®, students will create a campfire in the woods on a black 12x16 canvas. The allowed age is 11 but recommended age is 13.

Locations, Dates, and Times:

Franklin Recreation Center:
Saturday, October 8 - 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Sunday, October 9 - 1:30PM - 4:30PM

Fairview Recreation Center:
Sunday, October 16 - 1:30PM - 4:30PM

Longview Recreation Center: 
Saturday, October 22 - 12:00PM - 3:00PM

Nolensville Recreation Center:
Sunday, October 23 - 1:30PM - 4:30PM

Limited spacing available; pre-registration is required. Please direct all questions to Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov. All credits/transfers/refunds must be processed with Liz 48 hours prior to the class. 

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Bob Ross Certified Oil Painting 
Woodsman's Dream
Ages: 11+
Cost: $60.00 
Instructor: Quintin Burlingame
See List Below for Locations, Dates, and Times

Click Session Dates Below to Register 





Join Certified Ross Instructor ® Quintin Burlingame as he leads students of all skill levels through the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet technique ®. In this painting, based in Series 28, Episode 1 of The Joy of Painting ®, students will paint a mountain scene over the illusion of wooden planks. 12x16 canvas. Age 11 and above allowed but age 13 and above recommended.

Locations, Dates, and Times:

Franklin Recreation Center:
Saturday, November 12 - 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Sunday, November 13 - 1:30PM - 4:30PM

Fairview Recreation Center:
Sunday, November 20 - 1:30PM - 4:30PM

Longview Recreation Center: 
Saturday, November 26 - 12:00PM - 3:00PM

Nolensville Recreation Center:
Sunday, November 27 - 1:30PM - 4:30PM

Limited spacing available; pre-registration is required. Please direct all questions to Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov. All credits/transfers/refunds must be processed with Liz 48 hours prior to the class. 

Jewelry

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Adult Jewelry Making 

4 Week Course
Multiple Dates and Locations Available. See Details Below 
Ages: 18+
Cost: $110.00 + $40.00 Supply Fee payable to the instructor
Instructor: Elizabeth Chittenden

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Have fun this fall and winter with a new hobby making jewelry! This is a beginner class on all different kinds of jewelry making. Learn how to create beaded bracelets, knot pearls, wire wrapping, ear wire earrings, stone setting, and finishing chain for pendant necklaces using vintage beads, semi-precious beads, and vintage findings.
 
Learn how to repair broken pieces or how to design and rework a special heirloom into a new, wearable piece via cold connection. (No metal smiting or soldering)
 
Please note the $40.00 supply fee will be due to instructor at the start of the first class.

Locations, Dates, and Times:

Adult Jewelry Making - November Sessions - Enrichment Center
Tuesdays - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
November 1
November 8
November 15
Thanksgiving Week - no class
November 29

Adult Jewelry Making - November Sessions - Franklin Rec Center
Wednesdays - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
November 2
November 9
November 16
Thanksgiving Week - no class
November 30

For any questions about refunds/credits/transfers please contact Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov. Refund/credit/transfer requests must be submitted in writing at least 48 hours prior to the start of the first class

Book Arts

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Secret Side of Books
Saturday, November 5
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Franklin Recreation Center
Ages: 18+
Cost: $60.00
Instructor: Elizabeth Sanford


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Learn how easy and fun it is to make your own books! Make structures with pages that change shape or appear and disappear as if by magic; create your own hard cover books without any sewing or gluing. Add your own personal touches to create unique gifts. All levels are welcome, including beginners. Feel free to bring a snack or a sack lunch.
 
Limited spaces available; pre-registration required. Please contact Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov for more information. Any refunds/credits/transfers must be processed with Liz 48 hours prior to the beginning of class.

Knitting

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Machine Knitting for Beginners
6 Week Course
Tuesdays, 5:15PM - 7:45PM

November 1 - December 13 (No Class on 11/22)
Franklin Recreation Center
Ages: 16+
Cost: $180.00 + $30.00 Supply Fee Payable to the Instructor
Instructor: Anna Haferman

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Learn to knit faster using a flatbed hobby knitting machine! In this 6 week class, we will make wearable projects including hats, scarves, slippers, and more! Knitting machines will be provided for use in class. All yarn needed to complete the projects will also be provided. This class is beginner friendly, no hand knitting experience necessary.
 
A $30.00 one-time supply fee is payable to the instructor at the start of the first class.
 
Please note there is no class session on Tuesday, November 22.

Project colors may vary.
 
Refund/Credit/Transfer requests must be submitted in writing at least 48 hours prior to the first class.
 
For more information or to request a refund/credit/transfer, contact Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov

Pottery

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Pottery
Fairview Rec Center
Ages: 13+
Cost: $15 per class ($28 supply fee due every 6 classes)
*Starting February 1st Fees will be adjusted*
Instructor: June Lusty

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Ongoing

Tuesdays 9:00 AM - Noon
Tuesdays 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturdays 9:00 AM - Noon 



No experience necessary!! For those wanting to work with clay for the first time as well as those who just need a place to master their craft, our pottery class takes all comers. Wheels and kilns on site; make it, bake it, take it right here at the Fairview Rec Center. We suggest you prepare for a messy and fun time!! *Please note: projects can the multiple sessions to build, dry, paint, glaze and fire, depending on the scope and size.  Additional $28 supply fee for every six visits made payable to instructor, June Lusty.

Limited spacing available; pre-registration required. For any questions about refunds/credits/transfers please contact Liz Friend at Liz.Friend@williamsoncounty-tn.gov. Refund/credit/transfer requests must be submitted in writing at least 48 hours prior to the start of class. 

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