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Behind the Scenes — First City Art Center’s Classes

It’s about that time again! The First City Art Center’s Hot Glass Cold Brew: Art in Bloom is taking place this weekend on March 8, so I decided to meet Director, Bart Hudson, at the Center for a behind the scenes look at all the classes they offer.


First up, we went in the ceramics studio where  Ben Twingley, Director of Ceramics, was leading a Pottery On The Wheel Class. This 6 week class is designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Ben has been practicing ceramics for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge available to his students.

Ben Twigley, Director of Ceramics, First City Art’s Center

Students are introduced to basic wheel techniques and expand wheel methods and surface decoration for the continuing student. The course includes wedging, centering clay, throwing a variety of bowl and cylinder forms such as cups and vases, finishing and glazing.

This class provides individual attention to beginners and then enables students to evolve at their own level and improve their skills in clay.

“One woman’s been taking it for ten years and has learned so much from Ben,” said Hudson. “She loves the sense of community she gets from the class.”

Next we walked over to the Clay Sculpture class where participants create stoneware sculptures of any subjects they wish. The instructor, Sam Nettles, is a nationally recognized representational sculptor specializing in portraiture and figurative art. His work is in private and public collections including churches, universities, the Buehler Challenger Center, and the National Museum of Naval Aviation, which has commissioned 27 separate bronzes.

Nettles has taught life drawing and artistic anatomy, as well as creative, life and portrait sculpture and his work is truly outstanding, earning him national recognition and accolades.

Nettles’ class is for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. The workshop covers the aesthetics of sculpture but the goal is to have fun while creating memorable art.

Lastly, Bart and I made our way over to the glass blowing studio where Tim Nolan, FCAC Board Member and glass blower was leading a student through glass blowing techniques. The Make Your Own Glass class starts with a brief overview of the tools and workplaces that you will use, and then the instructor will work one-one-one with you to create a beautiful glass object.

“These classes are special because they’re affordable and anybody with any skill level can take them. You don’t have to be an artist, you have to want to do art,” said Bart. ”Part of our mission at the First City Art’s Center is to provide affordable art instruction. What ever level you’re at, come and enjoy it!”

Come see for yourself and have your own behind the scenes look this weekend at the Hot Glass Cold Brew: Art in Bloom event! Details below.