Art Classes and 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. Below are some of the classes offered at the Cultural Arts Centre:
Instructor Jerry Thomas
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.
Fridays, 2-5 p.m. • $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, contact Jerry Thomas directly at email@example.com or 314-878-3048.
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Instructor Shirley Nachtrieb
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 juried member of The Best of Missouri Hands and 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.
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Instructor Daniel Fishback
Daniel 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 Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
Oil Painting Classes
Six-Week Sessions • 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays • $150
Four-Week Sessions • 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays • $100
Learn how to see as an artist with art instructor Daniel Fishback. He will teach you how to select a paintable subject and create beautiful oil paintings from photographs. Learn how to simplify the subject matter by massing shapes together, leaving out useless details, and using correct values and colors to make your paintings look three-dimensional. All skill levels welcome.
CLICK HERE to learn more about art instructor Daniel Fishback.
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Instructor Mary Ann Helfrich
Mary Ann has an undergraduate from Indiana University and she earned a Master's degree from Maryville University.
She is a member of the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, a former Juried member of the St. Louis Artist Guild and the St. Louis Watercolor Society.
As a student of Shirley Nachtrieb, she has various art experiences. They include: working as a freelance muralist, mix-media painter, creative collage and card making instructor, and for the past seven years a watercolor painting instructor for home school groups, seniors and neighborhood friends. Her commissioned freelance murals, paintings and cards find their homes in many Missouri, Illinois, and North and South Carolina homes.
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St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre
One St. Peters Centre Blvd.
(at City Hall)
St. Peters, Mo., 63376
Financial assistance for programs at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is a proud member of the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies, a statewide organization serving Missouri's community arts agencies.
St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is a member of Missouri Citizens for the Arts, a non-partisan, state-wide, grass roots organization that advocates to secure stable financial support for the arts to benefit Missouri and its citizens.