Parkersburg Art Center plans classes, workshops

File Photo Casey Cutlip, of Braxton County, a member of the clay program at the Parkersburg Art Center, works on a project in the art center’s clay studio. A variety of classes are being offered this spring at the art center in downtown Parkersburg.

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will be offering a variety of spring classes and workshops beginning in March, ranging from pottery to knitting to belly dancing.

“We have an tremendous variety of classes for all ages; some old favorites and new ones that we hope will become favorites, too,” said Jessie Siefert the art center’s education director.

Classes are selected based upon requests, as well as the availability of people to teach the classes, she said.

“We try to respond when people express interest in a type of class or a workshop. For example, there has been a big upsurge in people wanting to learn to knit and crochet, so we have added those classes,” she said, adding other new classes include paint-and-fire ceramics, art journaling and belly dancing.

Along with a schedule of one-time-only workshops and multi-week classes, the art center will also offer a series of evening art parties for adults called “FineTimes.” These are social events, and are offered weekly, primarily on Friday evenings in a variety of subjects.

File Photo The Esbenshade Studio will host some of the classes and programs available beginning in March at the Parkersburg Art Center.

“Our FineTimes are great fun! Bring your gang and your choice of refreshments. We supply a teacher and all the materials needed to make something you can take home and display,” Siefert said, adding FineTime schedules and projects are listed on the art center’s website.

Registration for “ArtStart,” the art center’s nationally-recognized pre-school, begins March 3. Parents can sign up children for either a two- or four-mornings per week class. The ArtStart program offers a developmentally appropriate, arts-based curriculum that enhances students’ creative, physical, social, emotional and intellectual development, she said.

Sign-up for Summer “Camp Creativity” also begins March 3, according to Siefert.

“This year, our theme will be the music of the Beatles and the tremendous impact they had on our culture.”

Week-long sessions of camp are offered for ages 4-5, for first through third graders, for fourth through sixth graders, and for teens. Scholarships for Camp Creativity are available for children in the free-or-reduced lunch program of Wood County Schools. Interested parents can get more information about these scholarships by calling the art center.

More information about all classes, pre-school, summer camp and workshops is available on the art center’s website at or by calling 304-485-3859. Sign-ups will also be taken at the front desk at the Center, located at the corner of Eighth and Market Streets in downtown Parkersburg.

Art center member get a 20 percent discount on most classes.


* Pottery on the Wheel: March with Mr. Potter and crew, Thursdays, March 1-22 from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $130. (This class will also be offered in April and May.)

* Hand-built Pottery with Jan Wittman and Joyce Tearpe, Mondays, March 5-26 from 6-9 p.m. Th cost is $130. (This class will also be offered in April and May.)

* Ready, Set, Draw with Jonathan Seymour, Thursdays, March 8-April 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. For beginner or intermediate students. Supplies will be provided for the first class. The cost is $90.

* Adult Art with Virginia Killian, Sundays, March 11-April 8 (skipping April 1) from 3-5 p.m. With different projects in various art mediums and styles. The cost is $100.

* Bellydance Basics with Chavi, Tuesdays, March 13-April 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Introductory class with no dance experience necessary. For ages 18 and up. The cost is $45.

* Intro to DSLR: The Power of Shooting Manual photography class with Jill Kirtland, Mondays, April 9-30 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $100.

* Watercolors for Beginners with Samantha Roberts, Thursdays, April 12 and 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is $40.

* Guitar with Jonathan Seymour – Call to schedule private guitar lessons on Saturday mornings.


for Teens and Adults

* Pick-Your-Piece Paint and Fire with Chris Carmicle (All ages), March 3 from noon-1:30 p.m. Items cost $15-24.

* Art Journaling Introduction with Barbara Ery (teens and adults), March 9 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $35.

* Paste Paper Techniques with Sharon Hanse, March 10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

* Thermal Imaging with Michelle Waters, March 24 from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $45.

* Arm Knitting with the Knitters’ Guild, April 15 from 2-5 p.m. Cash donations.

* Street Prints with Michelle Waters, May 12 1-4 p.m. The cost is $35.

* iPhoneography Evening with Jill Kirtland, May 17 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $30.

* iPhoneography Daytime with Jill Kirtland, May 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $30.


* Kids Clay with Chris Carmicle (ages 6-17)

* Mug and a Toothbrush/Toothpaste Holder, Saturdays, March 3 and 10, from 10:30 a.m.-noon, The cost is $45.

* Flower Pot and Yard Flower, Thursdays, April 25 and May 2 from 4-5:30 p.m. The cost is $45.

* Bell and Birdhouse, Wednesdays, May 9 and 16 from 4:30-6 p.m. The cost is $45.

* Homeschool Art with April Jenkins (ages 3-12, 5 and under with adult), March 7-28 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The cost is $45.

* Afterschool Art with Summer Sundstrom (grades K-2), Tuesdays, March 20-April 10 from 4:30-6 p.m. The cost is $72.

* Preschool Picasso with Summer Sundstrom, Fridays, April 6-27 (4 weeks) from 12:30-2 p.m. The cost is $72.

* Digital Photography for kids with Maia Day (ages 7-12), Wednesdays, April 4-25 from 5-6:30 p.m. The cost is $72.

* Mini-Monet with Jessie Siefert, Mondays, April 9-30 from 10-11 a.m. The cost is $60.

ONE TIME WORKSHOPS for Kids and Families

* Pick-Your-Piece Paint and Fire with Chris Carmicle (All ages), March 3 from noon-1:30 p.m. Items cost $15-24.

* Art Journaling Introduction with Barbara Ery (ages 12 to adult), March 9 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $35.

* Canvas and Cocoa

* Bunny Collage on Canvas with April Jenkins, March 24 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The cost is $35.

* Spring Palette Knife Painting with Nicole Harris, March 31 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The cost is $35.

* Watercolor and Ink with April Jenkins, April 7 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The cost is $35.

* Abstract Palette Knife painting with Nicole Harris, May 12 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The cost is $35.

* Arm Knitting with the Knitters’ Guild, April 15 from 2-5 p.m. (Kids under 10 with an adult). Cash donation.