Workshops and Classes

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

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

Basket Weaving Workshop

Basket making is an age-old art using the simplicity of weaving to create a useful tool. Basket making tends to make your life easier – easier to organize, to carry, to store, to gift, to relax, to decorate, and to feel gratified and accomplished.
 
We will be constructing a functional and decorative Round Basket with a Twined Base. The approximate size of the base of the basket will be 10″. Beginners are welcome and encouraged!
 
Bring a sack lunch or grab a quick bite around town. 

Instructor:  Phyllis Neal

Saturday, July 25th 10am – 4pm

Fee: $55

Please come by WCA or call 903-342-0686 to register. Payment is required upon registration.

Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Wear your creation home!
 
Learn basic metalsmithing techniques to create a pendant and/or earrings (as time allows). In this workshop you will first choose elements and metals (sterling silver, copper, brass) for a design of your choice. Then texture, file, drill, sand and finish your design.

Instructor:  Mary Geisler (practicing jewelry designer/metalsmith)

Friday, July 31st 10am – 2pm

Fee: $60

Please come by WCA or call 903-342-0686 to register. Payment is required upon registration.

Introduction to Pastels Workshop - "Focus on Landscapes"

This workshop is for beginners and intermediate students.
 
Participants may bring their own dry pastels, buy from WCA or use the instructor’s.
 
Bring a sack lunch or grab a quick bite around town.
 
Please bring a desktop easel if you have one.

Instructor:  Nancy Beauchamp

Saturday, August 1st 9:30am – 4pm

Fee: $75 plus $15 supplies

Please come by WCA or call 903-342-0686 to register. Payment is required upon registration.

Colored Pencil Workshop

This project is done on Black Stonehenge paper. You will learn how to deal not only with the highlights and shadows to make the fruit really pop, but also the crystal bowl and reflections.
 
No experience required.

Instructor:  Kaye Jackson

Tuesdays – August 4th, 11th & 18th

10:00am – 1pm

Fee: $80

Please come by WCA or call 903-342-0686 to register. Payment is required upon registration.

Classes and workshops are now limited to provide for social distancing.  So register early to secure your spot!
 
All materials are provided for workshops (unless otherwise listed)
 
For more information or to register for any of the above workshops,
please come by WCA, call 903-342-0686 or email at wca.artscenter@gmail.com.

ONGOING CLASSES

Winnsboro Center for the Arts offers a variety of ongoing classes. We can provide basic and advanced art classes for all adults and school-aged children. Classes include oil, watercolor, pastels, and pottery. Open studio time will soon be offered each month.

We also have a music room for private music lessons; including piano, keyboard, guitar, violin, saxophone, flute, clarinet, and voice.

Please meet our faculty and the classes that are currently available. More instructors and classes are being added so check back or call us for availability.

Pottery Classes

Pottery Classes

Stacey Tafoya

Stacey Tafoya was born in Jacksonville, Florida where she spent a brief time before her family moved to Alaska. There she was raised on a small, off-the-grid sustainable homestead, where she found her desire to create art through drawing. As this desire grew it became a necessity for her, much like breathing. Miss Tafoya had to create art everyday to find peace and happiness. There she also found her love of clay and making ceramic works of art. After starting her own family, she returned to her parents hometown of Mt. Pleasant, Texas in 2006. 
 
In 2015 she earned an Associates degree from Northeast Texas Community College, then her BFA from Texas A&M-Commerce in 2017. After losing her oldest son in 2018, art became therapy to overcome the grief of his loss. She is a full-time mother; she runs the nursery at her church and works on her ceramics and paintings alongside her partner in their studio full time. Her work is influenced by nature and the rural country surroundings of East Texas. She is fed by the little things in life that most people take for granted and puts a little bit of herself into each piece she makes.

Instructor:  Stacey Tafoya

 

Class Schedule

Pinch Pots – Saturdays 10:00am to 1:00pm starting August 1st

Slab Building – Mondays 2:00pm to 5:00pm starting July 27th

Coil Building – Saturdays 2:00pm to 5:00pm starting August 1st

 

For more information or to sign up, call us at 903-342-0686.

Art Classes

Painting in Oils

Efton Edwards

Board member 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 can also offer drawing classes.

Subject matter includes composition, color theory and art materials.

Instructor:  Efton Edwards

Date:  Mondays 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursdays 9:00 am to 12:00pm and 
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

For more information or to sign up, call us at 903-342-0686.

Beginning Watercolor
Nancy Beauchamp

  • Learn basic techniques using Watercolors
  • A workshop for beginning students
  • Adults and children ages 10 and up
  • Learn to use color, composition, value and more to create your own works of art

Instructor:  Nancy Beauchamp

Afternoon and evening times available.

For more information or to sign up,
call us at 903-342-0686.

Painting With Pastels

Nancy Beauchamp

  • Learn both basic and advanced techniques using Dry Pastels
  • A workshop for beginners and intermediate students
  • Learn to use color, composition, value and more to create your own works of art

Instructor:  Nancy Beauchamp

Afternoon and evening times available.

For more information or to sign up,
call us at 903-342-0686.

Music Lessons

Dr. Matthew Mahaffey

Dr. Matthew Mahaffey received his doctorate in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa in 2018. He has been an active performer, presenting premieres both domestically and abroad. As a part of the Iowa Saxophonist’s Workshop Saxophone Ensemble, Mahaffey traveled to Hong Kong and China with the group in its first international tour. Since then, he has begun working with music students of all ages as Professor at Southern Arkansas University, Private Instructor at North Forney ISD and the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, as well as Woodwind Specialist at Guitar Center in Tyler, Texas.

Dr. Mahaffey won the Musical Teacher National Association’s Young Artist competition for the state of Arkansas in 2008 and 2009. His quartets have garnered awards for their divisions in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013. As a graduate student as Stephen F. Austin State University, Dr. Mahaffey was named Woodwind Recitalist of the Year in 2013.

Dr. Mahaffey has been a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance since 2007 and has attended as well as been accepted to perform at national conferences annually. He has also participated in composition conferences, performing works for saxophone for their composers. assisted with the Winnsboro Center for the Arts’ Music and Theatre camps as an assistant instructor as well as a member of the pit band for performances of “Out of this World.”

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Mahaffey

Available to teach beginning/advanced saxophone, beginning clarinet, beginning flute, beginning keyboard and beginning voice.

For more information or to sign up, call us at 903-342-0686.

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