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Sculpt a More Beautiful Summer While Honing Your Art Skills at Fine Arts Institute

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2017) The University of Kentucky's Fine Arts Institute will offer a variety of classes this summer that explore different aspects of art and creativity. The classes are all offered as noncredit art courses and are perfect for adults with busy work schedules. Courses range anywhere from ceramics and metalworking to jewelry-making and sculpture, a new class offered by the institute. The institute takes the beginner to more advanced student in a variety of mediums.

Four times a year, UK Fine Arts Institute offers weekly classes as well as some weekend workshops in the visual arts to suit various types of schedules. Most classes meet once a week during the evening. The classes and workshops will be held in the UK Art and Visual Studies Building; the UK Metal Arts Building; Dancin’ Dogs Designs Studio, located at 228 Lisle Industrial Ave.; and Lexington Traditional Magnet School, located at 350 North Limestone.

There are two summer sessions scheduled this year. Summer Session 1, which will run from May 15-June 23, includes 12 weekly classes and two workshops. Summer Session 2 will run from July 10-Aug. 18.

Registration is now open for Summer Session 1 and includes the following classes:


  • “The Art of Bookmaking for Beginners” with Renee Oschwald, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, May 18 and 25 and June 8, 15 and 22.


  • "Beginning Ceramics" with Jill Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning May 25, and
  • "Taking Ceramics to the Next Level" with Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning May 23.


  • "Explorations in Drawing" with Christine Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, beginning May 15;
  • “Foundational Portrait Drawing” with Thomas Baker, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, beginning May 15; and
  • "Figure Drawing for Advanced Students" with Baker, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning May 16.

Jewelry Making

  • “Jewelry-Making for Beginners" with Dwayne Cobb, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning May 16.


  • "Metalworking" with Jeremy Colbert, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning May 18.

Mixed Media

  • "Layering it On: Mixed Media Painting Techniques" with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning May 17.


  • "Learn to Paint, Yes You Can!" with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning May 16.


  • "Black and White Darkroom Printing" with Josh Raftery, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning May 18.


  • *“Portrait Sculpture" with Baker, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning May 17.

Individuals interested in classes in the first session may register up until the week of classes, except for the new sculpture class. The registration deadline for the sculpture course is May 8 to allow for the ordering of materials.

The following workshops during Summer Session 1 offer more abbreviated class experiences in a workshop format:

Fiber Arts

  • "Felting on the FeltLOOM Felting Machine" with Laverne Zabielski, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, May 13, May 20, June 3 and/or June 17.


  • *"Two-day Photography Workshop: Alleys of Lexington" with Rich Greissman, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, and 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 21.

Individuals who cannot commit to two days for the photography workshop, are welcome to sign up for the Saturday outing only.

For more information on any of these classes and workshops or their instructors, including cost and specific class times, visit the institute online at or visit the institute's Facebook page here.

The Fine Arts Institute, an outreach program of the School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts, offers all the resources and classrooms that the school has to offer through these noncredit art classes. All courses and workshops are open to the public.

Registration for UK Fine Arts Institute courses is available online at, by calling the institute at 859-218-5984, or by emailing Donna Farmer at

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