Programs and Events

Registration Guidelines

Registration is required for all fee based classes and workshops, unless otherwise noted. Payment is required at time of registration. Participants are not considered enrolled until payment has been made. Enroll online, or by calling 252-972-1266, or by visiting the Imperial Centre at 270 Gay Street.

For more information, email us.

Parks & Recreation Refund Policy:
Participants receive an 85% refund when canceling prior to a class/workshop start date; a refund of 50% is issued for cancellations within the first week of class; no refund is issued for cancellations after two class meetings.

Ongoing Programs

Yoga in the Galleries

Every Tuesday, 5:30-6:30pm
Yoga in the Galleries has returned to the Arts Center! Join us every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 for an after-hours yoga experience among the art exhibits. It costs only $5 to participate per person, per session. Bring your yoga mat and get ready to unwind. Our yoga instructor is Robin Sellers.

Make Art Saturdays #5120

Every other Saturday, 11am–1pm
April 6 & 20, and May 4 & 18
Join us to experiment with different types of art! Travel around the Imperial Centre, observe sculpture, paintings, drawings, photographs, architecture, and many more artist-made objects, and then make your own! Registration is not required, drop-ins of age 6+ welcome. Limited to 25 participants.
Instructor: April Dickens
Location: Art Gallery and Art Education Building at the Imperial Centre
FREE

Family Sundays #5121

Every other Sunday, 2–4pm
April 14 & 28, and May 12 & 26
Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the art gallery for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the gallery for art making, interactive play, gallery sketching, or go on your own exhibition tour! Registration is not required, drop-ins of age 3 and up with accompanying adults welcome.
Instructor: Preference Evans
Location: Art Gallery
FREE

Talk and Draw

Friday, April 12, 12–1pm (Raindate: May 17)
Join an artist and lecturer to explore art in two different ways. First, listen to a brief talk then respond by making your own work in this short, artist-led drawing session. All materials are provided.
Pre-registration is suggested, drop-ins welcome. Limited to 25 participants.
Location: Art Gallery, Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences
FREE (Lunch is provided for a fee)
Ages: All

Pilot Programs

Mommy+Me Arts

Fridays in March, 10:30–11:15am
March 8, 15, 22, and 29
Ages 2 to 3
Children and caregivers explore a variety of art materials, experience new textures, improve fine motor skills, and enjoy being creative in a group setting. Each lesson is planned to expose the children to an element of art, new art material, and basic art skills. All materials are provided.
Pre-registration is suggested, drop-ins welcome. Limited to 15 participants.
Instructor: T. Grosner
Location: Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$5/person

Make+Take

Every Wednesday in April, 12:15–1:15pm
All Ages
Take a break from your day and create art! This lunchtime mini-workshop explores different materials and techniques, and each participant will leave with a unique object and experience. All materials are provided.
Pre-registration is suggested, drop-ins welcome. Limited to 25 participants.
Instructor: T. Grosner
Location: Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$5/person

Workshops for Kids, Adults, and Families

Crash Course in Acrylic Painting

Saturday, February 16, 9am–1pm
Learn the basics of acrylic painting! From the tools, color mixing, and creating a variety of textures and patterns, practice techniques to develop your painting skills further in the future. Take a painting home, have fun, and more. Age 12+. All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by February 13. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: P. Evans
Location: Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$18/city resident, $27/non-resident

Alphabet Characters: Family Workshop

Saturday, February 16, 1–3pm
Create your own special character using the 26 letters of the alphabet and mixed media. Age 4+. All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by February 13. Limited to 15 participants.
Instructor: A. Dickens
Location: Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$12/family

Macramé

Saturday, March 9, 12–4pm
Learn the art of knot making! Create a wall hanging while practicing different macrame knots and creating design, texture, and pattern within your piece. No prior experience is necessary. Age 10+. All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by March 5. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: T. Grosner
Location: Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$15/city resident, $22/non-resident

Paint Yourself! Portrait Workshop

Saturdays, March 23 & 30, 12–5pm
This 2-session workshop encourages all to experiment with paint and observation. Learn the techniques of applying paint, color mixing, along with shape and light to create your own portrait. All materials provided; no experience necessary. Ages 11+. All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by March 20. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: J. Burton
Location: Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$50 city resident/75 non-resident
 

Clay Flower Pots: Family Workshop

Saturday, March 30, 12–3pm
Work together to create a special clay flower pot! Build with clay using coiling techniques and decorate your pot with color. Age 7+. All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by March 27. Limited to 15 participants.
Instructor: P. Evans
Location: Clay Studio, Art Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$17/family

Clay Sculpture Workshop

Saturday, March 23, 10am–2:30pm
Experiment with clay sculpture! Create an original 3- dimensional relief sculpture through using special tools, color, and pattern. Age 12+. All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by March 27. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: B. Moore
Location: Clay Studio, Art Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$24/city resident, $36/non-resident

Jazz Funk: Master Class

Saturday, April 6, 2–5pm
Jazz funk is a fast-paced hip-hop influenced dance style that stretches the boundaries of traditional jazz dance. This class focuses on body control, fluidity, self-expression, jazz technique, rhythmic pace as well as some forms of tumbling. Age 14+. No prior experience is necessary. Registration is required by April 1. Limited to 25 participants.
Instructor: T. Leger
Location: Dance Studio in the Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$16/city resident, $24/non-resident

Clay Sculpture: Family Workshop

Saturday, April 13, 12–3pm
Together parents and children learn the basics of hand-building with clay to create functional and whimsical pieces. Sculpt, fire, glaze, and embellish fun and fantastical future family heirlooms. Age 4+. All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by April 10. Limited to 15 participants.
Instructor: P. Evans
Location: Clay Studio, Art Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$17/family

Intro to Abstract Painting

Saturday, April 20, 12–5pm
Be expressive and free with paint! Learn a range of techniques and experiment with color, value and shape to create a unique composition.
All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by April 17. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: J. Burton
Location: Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$25 city resident/$50 non-resident

Intro to Watercolor Workshop

Saturdays, May 11 & 18, 12–5pm
Study the language of watercolor painting! Explore techniques, materials, and the elements of art to build a foundational understanding of the medium and create a contemporary still life. All materials provided or bring your own tools and sketchbook. Age 11+. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by May 1. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: J. Burton
Location: Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$50 city resident/75 non-resident

Clay Flower Pots

Tuesday, May 14, 10am–2pm
Design and construct a clay flower pot using coiling techniques. No prior experience is necessary. Age 10+. All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by May 10. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: T. Grosner
Location: Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$15/city resident, $22/non-resident

ARTitecture: Family Workshop

Saturday, May 18, 1pm–4pm
Discover the special architecture inside and out of the Imperial Centre! Learn and practice fundamentals of drawing and create your own observational artwork. Age 8+. All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by May 15. Limited to 15 participants.
Instructor: B. Hawley
Location: Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$18/family

Art Classes

Handbuilding with Clay

Wednesdays, February 13–March 20, 9am–12pm
Pinch, coil, and slab! Experiment with handbuilding techniques to create a range of sculptural and functional clay pieces. Practice wedging, construction techniques, finishing and glazing. Age 13+. All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by February 10. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: B. Moore
Location: Clay Studio, Art Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$103/city-resident, $154/non-resident

Wheel Throwing

Tuesday & Thursdays, February 19–March 14, 9am–12pm
Perfect for the complete beginner to learn the basics of clay. Practice wedging, centering, trimming, and glazing. All are welcome to work at their own pace and make a variety of cylinders and bowls. Age 14+. All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by February 15. Limited to 12 participants.
Instructor: B. Moore
Location: Clay Studio, Art Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$103/city-resident, $154/non-resident

Ballet

Tuesdays, February 26–April 2, 5:30–7pm
For beginner dancers ready to learn the basics of ballet. Build off the five positions, master plié variations and experiment with creative movement at both barre and center floor. No prior experience is necessary. Age 4-10+. Registration is required by February 22. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: T. Leger
Location: Dance Studio, Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$55/city resident, $82/non-resident

Painting I

Tuesdays, February 26–April 2, 5:30–8:30
Learn about tools, color theory, mixing, and application techniques. All are encouraged to work directly from observation and experiment with size and proportion of pictures, composition and different styles of working. All materials provided or bring your own tools and sketchbook; no experience necessary, basic drawing skills are welcome. Ages 14+. Registration is required by February 22. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: B. Hawley
Location: Paint Studio, Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$103/city-resident, $154/non-resident

Ballet

Thursdays, February 28–April 4, 5:30–7pm
For adults who wish to begin the study of classical ballet. Practice barre exercises that focus on proper alignment, core and leg strength, and flexibility. Explore center work with elementary steps, simple jumps, as well as turns. No prior experience is necessary. Age 14+. Registration is required by February 22. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: T. Leger
Location: Dance Studio, Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$70/city resident, $105/non-resident

Drawing I

Thursdays, March 7–April 11, 5:30–8pm
Practice the art of drawing! Experiment with techniques and discovering how to represent what you see through studies in contour drawing, perspective, positive/negative space, and value. Students develop a deeper understanding of capturing any subject as an artist or designer. Beginner to intermediate age 12+. All materials included or bring your own tools and sketchbook. Registration is required by March 4. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: B. Hawley
Location: Paint Studio, Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$90/city resident, $135/non-resident

Handbuilding with Clay

Mondays, April 1–May 7, 5:30–8:30pm
Pinch, coil, and slab! Experiment with handbuilding techniques to create a range of sculptural and functional clay pieces. Practice wedging, construction techniques, finishing and glazing. All materials provided; no experience necessary. Age 13+. All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by March 31. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: Brittany Moore
Location: Clay Studio, Art Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$120/city-resident, $180/non-resident

Modern

Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 9–May 2, 5:30–7:30pm
Express emotion and story through movement! Explore a range of modern techniques; increasing strength, flexibility and freedom of movement. All exercises and choreography take place in center floor, allowing students to explore range of movement and interpretive style. No prior modern dance experience is necessary. Age 14+. Registration is required by April 5. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: T. Leger
Location: Dance Studio, Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$78/city-resident, $115/non-resident

Wheel Throwing

Tuesday & Thursdays, April 2-April 25, 5:30–8:30pm
Perfect for the complete beginner to learn the basics of clay. Practice wedging, centering, trimming, and glazing. All are welcome to work at their own pace and make a variety of cylinders and bowls. Age 14+. All materials included. No prior experience needed. Registration is required by April 5. Limited to 12 participants.
Instructor: B. Moore
Location: Clay Studio, Art Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$157/city-resident, $235/non-resident

Painting II

Tuesdays, April 9–May 21, 5:30–8:30
Continue your study of painting! Dive deeper into painting techniques and application to still life, portraiture, and expressive works. All materials provided or bring your own tools and sketchbook; no experience necessary. Ages 14+. Registration is required by April 8. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: B. Hawley
Location: Paint Studio, Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$103/city-resident, $154/non-resident

Hip-hop

Saturdays, April 13–May 18, 2–4pm
This high-energy class infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. No prior dance experience is necessary. Age 14+. Registration is required by April 10. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: T. Leger
Location: Dance Studio, Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$62/city-resident, $93/non-resident

Drawing II

Thursdays, April 25–May 30, 5:30–8pm
Designed for students who already have a grasp of basic drawing techniques, this class takes you deeper into form, structure and expression. Using pencil, charcoal, and ink, start with still life and progress to an introduction to figure drawing. All materials provided or bring your own tools and sketchbook; no experience necessary. Ages 12+. Registration is required by April 22. Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: B. Hawley
Location: Paint Studio, Arts Education Building, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
$90/city resident, $135/non-resident

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