Painting & Mixed Media

Craft Enrichment painting classes provide instruction in a variety of media – oils, acrylics, watercolor, and East Asian brush painting, depending on the semester. Topics apply to any subject matter, abstract or realistic, and include composition, perspective, proportion, lighting, texture, and color harmony. Skills are applicable to landscapes, still life, florals, portraits, animal paintings (including pet portraits) and abstract expression. Each class description will include whether supplies are or are not included.


  • Acrylic - Adventures, Creative Edge
  • Chinese Brush - Gong-bi Japanese Sumi-e, East meets West
  • Oil - Everyone
  • Watercolor - Beginning, Explore Nature, Landscape, Sunrise/Sunset, E
  • Printmaking
  • Visual Journaling

Watercolors “Sunrise, Sunset”

You probably have many photos of these two visual miracles. You've most likely looked at them many times, wanting to paint them. In this class, watercolorists will work on a painting using techniques perfect for the subject, learning effective composition and how to use minimum pigments to achieve the pizazz this theme deserves.

Painting: Japanese “Sumi-e”

Missing the Olympics... Learn about the art of Japanese Sumi-e. The Zen Buddhist monks first introduced the Northern Sung style of painting to Japan during the 14th century. During the 15th century they brought the newer Southern style of painting. At this time the Shogunate system of government prevailed and arts of all kinds flourished and became more refined and elegant.

Come join us and learn the basics of Sumi- e and create flowing bamboo, chrysanthemums (the royal flower of Japan), plum blossoms, orchids, landscapes and birds.

Visual Journaling

A visual journal is a creative combination of diary, doodle pad, to-do list, sketchbook, and scrapbook. Visual journaling is deeply personal and meaningful, and requires no artistic training--only a playful willingness to experiment! Visual journaling also requires very few art supplies, making it a wonderfully democratic, all-access method of creative expression.

Registration Information

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until 1 week before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this session we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Carrie Henderson at to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Carrie Henderson at 828-262-8718 or email

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.

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