Winnsboro Center for the Arts has an ongoing program of classes and workshops for both adults and children. All classes  are held at our Annex at 212 Market Street.

If you have ideas, would like a specific topic offered for a class or if you are an instructor who would like to offer a class here at WCA please contact us at 903-342-0686 or by email at wca.artscenter@gmail.com.

Please be sure to read our Terms & Conditions for classroom expectations.

Wheel - Throwing Pottery

With Rita Bledsoe

Introduction to Throwing

Choose either the 1st or 3rd Saturday of the month

One session class from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

$80 / session

Level: Beginners

The student will complete 2 pieces and pick a glaze color for Rita to finish the pieces. The student will be contacted via email to pick up in 2-3 weeks

Classes must be booked in advance by calling WCA.

Weekly Class

Tuesdays

Afternoon class: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$60/ 1 session or $200 / 4 sessions

Level: Beginners & Advanced

This would include bisque firing but DOES NOT INCLUDE GLAZING. Student picks glaze color—I glaze OR student can keep bisque piece(s) to participate in separate glaze class (see below).

Classes must be booked in advance by calling WCA.

Tool kits are available for purchase at the art center annex building for $15.50.

Glaze Class

1st Tuesday & 2nd Saturday of the Month

Tuesday class: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday class: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

$50 / 1 session, 8 pieces max

Bisque pieces must have been built in a class here OR the student can choose 2 -3 bisque pieces available (these would be pieces that I have demonstrated during classes that have been trimmed and bisque fired)

One Month Class

3 Tuesdays & 1 Glaze Session

Tuesday class: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

$225 per month

The first two classes are for building, the 3rd class for trimming, and the 4th class is TBD for glazing to allow for bisque firing and keep to a monthly schedule.

With open studio hours.

Classes must be booked in advance by calling WCA.

Tool kits are available for purchase at the art center annex building for $15.50.

 

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Stained Glass

With Katrina Smith

One Month Class

Saturdays

Morning Class: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

APRIL"S CLASS IS FULL

Next available dates coming soon!

$375, All supplies included

Level: Beginners

Katrina, an experienced stained glass artist, offers this 4-week comprehensive class where you will discover this popular art form known for its radiant colors and intricate designs. Stained Glass has the power to transform any space into a visual delight.

Each student will receive personalized instruction in a small class setting limited to 4 students. You will learn everything from cutting and shaping glass to advanced skills like creating designs and soldering. Step-by-step and precise instructions are what you can expect when taking this unique class.

This class has high demand, by pre-registering you can secure your spot.

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Art for Children & Adults

Art Class for Children Ages 6 - 8

With Samantha Vargas

Thursdays

Afternoon Class: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

$80.00 / month

All supplies included

Samantha’s guiding axis of the entire course will be the teaching of visual arts with an emphasis on painting. The child will be taught the Plastic Arts from a comprehensive and multidisciplinary point of view so they can learn different techniques and specialties of the art.

Samantha’s lessons are designed for children to develop their motor, sensitive, creative, imaginative, and artistic abilities, through playful learning where the students can recreate themselves through art, sharing and creating bonds with their classmates.

“Children are naturally creative. It’s our job to give them the freedom, materials, and space to let their creativity blossom to its full potential.”

Jean Van’t Hul

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Art Class for Children Ages 9 - 12

With Samantha Vargas

Tuesdays

Afternoon Class: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

$80.00 / month

All supplies included

Samantha’s guiding axis of the entire course will be the teaching of visual arts. The child will be taught the Plastic Arts from a comprehensive and multidisciplinary point of view so they can learn different techniques and specialties of the art.

Samantha’s lessons are designed for children to develop their motor, sensitive, creative, imaginative, and artistic abilities, through playful learning where the students can recreate themselves through art, sharing and creating bonds with their classmates.

“Children are naturally creative. It’s our job to give them the freedom, materials, and space to let their creativity blossom to its full potential.”

Jean Van’t Hul

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Painting Class for Children Ages 9 - 12

With Honor Burns

2nd & 4th Monday of the Month

Afternoon Class: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

$40.00 / month

All supplies included

Honor will be teaching this children’s class. Using their observation and imagination, her students will learn foundational skills for painting. Honor’s instruction will aid the proper development of their “artistic side”.

Experiencing diverse mediums and techniques, boys and girls will learn the concepts of shape, color, and value; which are essential to develop artistic critical thinking.

“Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.”

Sydney Gurewitz Clemens

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Art Class for High School Kids

With Jerry Boyd

Tuesdays

Evening Class: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$100.00 / month

All supplies not included

Jerry has enjoyed years of teaching his students and seeing them progress over a four-year period from Art I to Art IV. His goal for this class is to keep an emphasis on VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) and A.P. studio art portfolios in drawing and painting.

“My A P students received scholarships from the College Board and attended A&M Commerce for a year where they were already trained to do the art that was required to advance in movie and animation which is taught at the Dallas Campus of A&M University. One of those students is currently the graphic designer for the city of Garland Texas. Another former student of mine, whom I am very proud of, is the Junior High Art Teacher/ Counselor at Mt. Pleasant ISD.”

“Students who take art seriously statistically place higher in the scoring on Texas Standardized Tests because art teaches critical thinking skills. Art teaches us how to read and comprehend before we learn words. Art is THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE. I strive to teach my students the language of art and how to communicate it.”

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Pastel Painting Class Ages 14+

With Nancy Beauchamp

Every Thursday

Evening Class: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$100.00 / month

Level: Beginners & Advanced

Supplies not included

Nancy, who currently lives in Winnsboro, graduated from Principia College with a degree in Fine Arts, Studio and Art History. She also participated in an Art Abroad course in Europe. Pastels are her medium of choice in landscapes, still life and animal portraits.  She teaches workshops and weekly classes in pastels and is a regular instructor at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts. Nancy has been blessed with numerous awards in art competitions. 

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Acrylic & Oil Painting Class Adults

With Efton Edwards

Every Thursday

Morning Class: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Open Studio: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$80.00 / month

Level: Beginners & Advanced

Supplies not included

Efton is currently teaching adult classes at the WCA Annex for beginners and experienced artists. Efton is a local artist who works and teaches in oil and acrylic. Efton also offers drawing classes.

Subject matter includes composition, color theory and art materials.

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Drawing Class 14+

With JDarrell Kirkley

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month

Morning Class: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

$45.00 / month

Level: Beginners

Not all supplies included

JDarrell‘s teaching method is designed to be a success! With a very efficient yet personalized approach, you will be able to discover how drawing is for everyone.

With knowledge and many practice exercises, you will learn to read a picture or object and create an amazing graphite reproduction on paper.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be taught by a repeated award-winning artist!

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Summer Classes

 

 

 

 

Ceramics / Pottery for Teens Ages 13 - 17

With Brenda Roberts

June 24th - 28th

Morning Class: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

$120.00, All Supplies Included

Brenda will bring you that good feeling of creating something that we all love. Once you realize that you can make something that is this much fun with your own hands, you start gaining control over your amazing and unique little projects which can quickly turn into graceful results.

We all grow up with the need to express ourselves and creating three-dimensional objects with our own hands allows us that experience. Pottery helps our creativity blossom giving us confidence to pursue the ideas in our head. With Brenda, you will learn how to manipulate clay into art with no stress since there are no competitions or trophies in this class. 

Pottery is also a therapeutic art form. With our creative side, we explore and connect with ourselves more, as we hold on to the details of the clay, doing our best to make a piece of art that will make people’s lives a little bit jollier.

Chores, studies, or even exams can leave us a bit stressed and unsettled. By doing pottery, you will forget about the stress and your problems for a short time. This is because while focusing on your art, you can allow your mind to relax and simply lose itself in the fragile, beautiful lines of the clay.

Living in the 21 century can be a bit frantic, sometimes it’s nice to switch off and zone out from the world, and pottery is truly ideal for this.  

Don’t miss out!

Art will be glazed and fired to look beautiful!

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Ceramics / Pottery for Kids Ages 9 - 12

With Brenda Roberts

July 22nd - 26th

Morning Class: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

$120.00, All Supplies Included

Brenda will keep your little ones busy squishing, pinching, rolling, pulling and shaping the clay to their will giving them an exciting experience. 

Working with clay gives children the freedom to express their creativity and the ability to change something with their own hands.
Pottery kids often laugh and express joy at the feelings, smells, and sounds that clay can make. Manipulating the clay can be also a simple first lesson for children, to help them understand that their actions influence the outside world through the art that they create.

While shaping the clay, children must care to carefully think about their actions – is the clay too thick, do I want to make it taller, how should this figure look – and so on.
The physical action allows for finer motor control overall, especially concerning details.
It also improves hand-eye coordination and strength.

Art will be glazed and fired to look beautiful!

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Class Registration

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Our Instructors

Efton Edwards

Oil, Acrylic, and Drawing for All Levels

Efton Edwards is currently teaching adult classes at the WCA Annex for beginners and experienced artists. Efton is a local artist who works and teaches in oil and acrylic. Efton also offers drawing classes.

Subject matter includes composition, color theory and art materials.

 

Nancy Beauchamp

Watercolor and Pastels for All Levels

Nancy Beauchamp, who currently lives in Winnsboro, graduated from Principia College with a degree in Fine Arts, Studio and Art History. She also participated in an Art Abroad course in Europe. Pastels are her medium of choice in landscapes, still life and animal portraits.  She teaches workshops and weekly classes in pastels and is a regular instructor at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts. Nancy has been blessed with numerous awards in art competitions. 

JDarrell Kirkley

Drawing for Beginners

JDarrell Kirkley has had a 45-year successful career in the film/video business. In 1976, JDarrell Kirkley, founded Inc. DBA, JDK Communications, Dallas, Texas; As a Director/Producer, art has always played a vital role in his career.

“I am now retired and work full-time in art and photography. Over the years I have studied under renowned artists and attended live drawing classes at SMU.
I have been awarded over sixty ribbons from art shows throughout the years, including 10 first place ribbons from the State Fair of Texas for my drawings.

In 2001, Dallas’ Acting Mayor, Mary Poss, presented my large painting “A Tribute to 9-11,” to Mayor Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion at a Mayor’s Convention in New York City. In 2002 an accolade was presented to me for my contribution to 9-11 by the Dallas City Council.

I have illustrated three books: a children’s book, “Space Cat” by author Michael Baldwin, Under a Texas Sun” a poetry book by Ann Howells and the third, I produced and published an anthology book of homelessness poems about the homeless, “From Under the Bridges of America” and donated a portion of sales to the Bridge, Dallas’ homeless campus.

I have two US Patients. I am the father of the (red blinking) Personal Safety Light that runners and joggers wear. For the past 5 years, I have sat on the Board of Directors of the Poetry Society of Texas, a 102 year old Organization.
I am delighted teaching and seeing the progress that students make under my direction

Brenda Roberts

General Art & Clay for All Levels

Brenda Roberts traces her professional art career back to over 50 years ago where she designed her new high school’s logo. Her second job – and the first one that paid – was designing and painting cheerleader megaphones for a rival school, but she claims that’s still a secret. 
 

She has worked in graphic arts, illustration, airbrush art, and exhibit design before settling into ceramics, arts education and art therapy. “I was led to do art and to ultimately teach. I once was an exhibit designer and education director for a major science museum where I worked with local school children and developed hands-on exhibits,” she said. “It’s communicating who you are to the general public – the same as writing or music or any other art. Creation became my way of not only expressing myself, but connecting and encouraging others.”

As a secondary public school art and home school teacher, Brenda spent years leading her students to find their own path to creativity while working extensively with special needs students. Watching a young person find a means of value and self-esteem through art has been her greatest reward. One of the most effective methods of nurturing that creativity has been through ceramics. Discovering the passion of working with clay was a major turning point in her own artistic journey as well. She says that the tactile feeling of clay and making pottery is healing for both young and old. 

Rita Bledsoe

Ceramics for All Levels

Rita Bledsoe, has been doing pottery since her first class at a local community center when she was 14 years old. Her parents then bought her a secondhand wheel to continue building her skills, she kept her passion and moved forward developing her talent  all through high school and various community colleges, until her young children got more of her attention. Fast forward a few decades to 2020 and her now adult children & grandchildren gifted her a bag of clay, a starter set of tools and a gift certificate to cover firing. Thanks to a lot of videos, trial and error, and several bags of clay, it didn’t take long for her obsession with throwing to take over and be a great ceramics artist again.

Katrina Smith

Stained Glass for Beginners and Intermediate

Katrina Smith was born and raised in Pittsburg, Texas.  She moved away in her early 20’s, eventually living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for twelve years, where she learned the art of stained glass.  She has enjoyed this hobby for thirty years now, and is grateful to be back in Northeast Texas and have the opportunity to share this God-given gift with others at Winnsboro Center for the Arts.

Jerry Boyd

General Art and Mixed Media for All Levels

Jerry Boyd, Teaching Art has been his life’s career. He taught first at a Catholic School in Muenster Texas. There he was the art teacher for high school. While there he held an evening adult class in ceramics. His career extended into 30 years teaching high school art at Mt. Pleasant High School. He taught Art I – IV & American College Board Advanced Placement Studio Art in Painting and Drawing Portfolios. In conjunction with and after retiring from Mt. Pleasant HS, he also taught Drawing I and II at Northeast Texas Community College and Ceramics I and II there at NTCC. He later opened his own Studio Gallery in Mt. Vernon where he offered art lessons including drawing, acrylic painting, watercolor, pastels, sculpture in clay, wheel thrown and hand-built ceramics. Most recently he has taught Homeschool Art to area students at The Gallery on Main in Mt. Vernon, Texas. 

His BFA Degree from studies at Texas Wesleyan University, University of Texas at Arlington and A&M Commerce has given him a Lifetime All Level Teaching Certification in the State of Texas.

“I have enjoyed teaching my students and seeing them progress over a four-year period from Art I to Art IV, and in A. P. Studio Art. My A P students received scholarships from the College Board and attended A&M Commerce for a year where they were already trained to do the art that was required to advance in movie and animation which is taught at the Dallas Campus of A&M University. One of those students is currently the graphic designer for the city of Garland Texas. Another former student of mine, whom I am very proud of, is the Junior High Art Teacher/ Counselor at Mt. Pleasant ISD.”

“Students who take art seriously statistically place higher in the scoring on Texas Standardized Tests because art teaches critical thinking skills. Art teaches us how to read and comprehend before we learn words. Art is THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE. I strive to teach my students the language of art and how to communicate it.”

Samantha Vargas

Mixed Media for Children

Samantha Vargas was born and raised in a small town called Sulphur Springs, Texas also known as Celebration City! During her free time, you’ll find her at playgrounds, ponds, parks, and lakes. She is a naturalist, and a park enthusiast, and most of her inspiration comes from the Earth, emotions, music, the realm of mystery, day-to-day life, and relationships with the people surrounding her now. Her artwork can be classified as mixed media art. She is currently experimenting with candle wax, acrylics, markers, pens, and oil pastels within her artwork. Besides being an art enthusiast, she has a passion for holistic healing of the human body system. She attended the University of Texas at Tyler and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing. She is currently working on receiving her RN license for the State of Texas. Her goal is to grow, preserve, heal, inspire, and learn to unify our diverse community.

Honor Burns

Painting for Children

Honor Burns is a born and bred Texan who now lives in Winnsboro. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. Following high school, she unexpectedly needed open heart surgery but still managed to begin college at the University of North Texas. She graduated from UNT in 3 years with a combined degree in Art, English and science.

Honor has loved making art her whole life. In her early years, she primarily used pencil but over time has found her passion painting portraits in oil.

After college, Honor worked for the nonprofit ART House Dallas as an administrative assistant and continued to paint primarily commissions until she needed another surgery in January of 2022. As she continues to meet some health challenges, she is excited to share her love of art with others.

Georgia Gibson

Pottery for All Levels

Georgia Gibson was born and raised in South Dakota and graduated from S. Dakota State University with a degree in Fashion Retail. She did her internship in Dallas and never left. After a few years in retail, Georgia realized she chose the wrong career and found a new career, and her husband, at a corporation in Dallas. She later received her MBA with an accounting emphasis from Amber University. She left the company after 25 years in December of 2006. 

While working in Corporate America, Georgia pursued a passion she had from a high school art class of throwing clay on a wheel. She started taking night classes at a local community college in 1990 and continued until she moved to their home on Lake Cypress Springs in 2006.

Georgia now works in both fused glass and clay. Her love of color drew her to glass. There are so many beautiful colors available in glass. The materials and processes of clay and glass are similar and complementary. In both mediums, Georgia likes making objects people will want to live with and use that will also add pleasure to their own surroundings. She loves exploring textures and patterns in both clay and glass. In glass, this is accomplished through layering opaque, transparent and dichroic glass and using both full and tack fusing to obtain different levels of glass melt. In clay, this is done through texturing and carving in the clay, glazes and slips.

Linda Sciongay

Figurative Sculpture for All Levels

I sculpt in clay, mostly classical nudes but I also do portrait reliefs and portraits. I also make and cast my own molds, give classes when the need arises, and paint with alcohol inks