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Art Classes & Programs
The Cultural Arts Centre strives to offer creative, interesting, and inspiring visual arts programs for the public with the goal of providing an art experience for everyone, young and old, novice to advanced. Cultural Arts Centre instructors, artists, and City staff members also continually search for new programs and classes to offer.
Art Class Instructors:
Fridays, 2 to 5 pm
$12 for Cultural Arts Centre members and non-members
All artists, amateur or experienced, are welcome to attend Jerry's Art Clinic, held every Friday afternoon at the Cultural Arts Centre. No need to register in advance, just bring your supplies and a project you are working on or start something new. Jerry will give you hands-on guidance and instruction.
For information or to register for classes, email Jerry Thomas directly or call 314-878-3048.
Professionally, Jerry Thomas has been an artist for more than 60 years, but he's been drawing since before he could even talk. He grew up in a family of artists and while he received a liberal arts education, he has never received formalized art training or even taken an art class. Everything he's learned he's studied or taught himself, and he is proud to say since he was 18 he's never had a day in his art career that he didn't have a paying job to do.
Now, Jerry focuses mostly on passing all of his expertise and knowledge on to his students, offering classes in a variety of media and subject matter. His most popular class is his Friday afternoon art clinics, which he's hosted at the Cultural Arts Centre for more than 15 years.
Shirley Nachtrieb, a graduate of Fontbonne College, has been a freelance artist and teacher for over 30 years. From watercolor and pastel to acrylics, mixed media and fiber, Shirley's expertise covers a vast array of media.
Shirley is a signature member of the Society of Layerists in Multimedia, St. Louis Watercolor Society, the International Society of Experimental Artists, and the Missouri Watercolor Society. She is a distinguished member of the St. Louis Artist Guild.
Shirley has been awarded the prestigious Grumbacher Award of Excellence four times and her artwork has been published in numerous books and magazines.
To register, or for more information, email Shirley Nachtrieb or call 636-947-1936. Visit her website
Email Daniel or call 314-276-8880 to register or for more information.
Oil Painting Art Instructor Daniel FishbackDaniel Fishback exited the corporate world in 2008 to pursue his art career full-time, just eight years after he learned how to paint. Now an award-winning artist, Daniel gives back to the arts through teaching.
You can find him teaching oil painting classes at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre on Thursday mornings.
Instructor Karen Kelley
Karen grew up in an artistic family and graduated in Art Education at Missouri University. She had a 37-year picture framing career before selling her frame shop and focusing her time on painting and teaching.
Suzanna's paint parties are tailored experiences for every age and personality. No experience is necessary! All materials are provided with step-by-step instructions. Suzanna sets up and cleans up for you, and you will leave with a project you can be proud of!
Your painting can be expressed on canvas, wood, glass, and ceramics using mostly acrylic paints. These paint parties are great for girls' night out, couples' paint nights, kid get-togethers, team-building events, bridal and baby showers, family and church gatherings, ministry events, and so much more. Suzanna will also provide art kits to those who cannot make it to a paint party.
Visit the Cultural Arts Centre for information on upcoming Paint Parties!
Suzanna Faagau has loved drawing and painting as far back as she can remember, and always knew that art in some form would always be a part of her life. Most of her work in the past few years has been murals and canvas using acrylics. To her, art and creating are therapy for the soul. Her passion is to pass her love for painting to everyone she possibly can.
To register for upcoming classes, email Jane or call / text 251-278-8778.
Jane Sellier is an award-winning artist and instructor who enjoys helping beginning artists get over their fears so they can enjoy the painting process. As a painting instructor for over 25 years, she is always pleasantly surprised by the paintings that her classes produce and she encourages anyone who is slightly interested (but feels intimidated) to give it a try!
Register for classes online at Christine Wilson's website!
Christine Wilson, LMT is a Midwest mixed-media artist who loves abstract flowers, funky textures, girly grunge, torn papers, and melted beeswax. As a licensed medical massage therapist, she promotes the value of wellness and self-care. As a mixed-media artist, it's her mission to encourage, support, and practice the creative power of making art to decrease stress and anxiety and promote mindful self-care at the same time. That's why she decided to combine both of her passions and created the HeART Connection classes.