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Classes & Workshops

artist teaching class

The Swain Arts Center offers visual arts classes in a variety of media from pottery to watercolor, print making to basket weaving.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops



Mark Menendez Workshop

"Glorious Morning" Watercolor Seminar. 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Cost $35. Maximum number of students is 20. Register by contacting Rachel Lackey at or call 828-488-7843

Painting of Sunrise over water

The seminar will include: Creating strong three dimensional form; the realistic features of the seagulls, clouds and waves; and the use of compliments to achieve maximum, vibrant lighting and color. In this project, designed for anyone with little or no watercolor experience, Mark will offer his distinctive approach to this medium, that will boost your skills in watercolor painting.

Most of the materials will be provided by the instructor. Students required materials list: paper towels, #2 writing pencil, and artist or blue painter's tape.

Previous Workshops

jewelry workshop

Silversmith Allyson Gernandt instructing her jewelry-making workshop

watercolor class participants

Participants in the Carol Conti watercolor workshop show off their work

pottery class

introduction to Clay class led by Jeff Marley at the Nantahala School for the Arts

working with clay

Introduction to Clay class

beading instructor with student

Beading Workshop led by Joanna Martin

beading workshop

Beading Workshop