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Adult Classes

Fall 2021: September - December

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We offer weekly classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, pottery, mixed media, metal design and jewelry! Classes typically meet once a week for six weeks. Most adult level classes are open to ages 18 and up. See our full Summer Adult Schedule below and find the perfect class for you!

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Members of Emerge Gallery & Art Center, Home of the Pitt County Arts Council, are able to sign up for classes at a reduced member price. Not a member? Become a member of Emerge today! All memberships are on a yearly basis.  Click here to learn more about our memberships.

Class Guidelines and refund policy

  • There will be temperature checks at the beginning of each class.
  • All students, instructors, and staff are required to wear a face mask. We will have some available for purchase or you may pack your own.
  • We encourage you to dress for mess. To reduce sharing items, Emerge will not be able to provide aprons. We encourage you to pack your own apron or wear clothes you are ok with getting art on.
  • Emerge will offer a Zoom option for a few of the classes. Students must have their own supplies (except for clay that would have to be purchased through Emerge with contactless pick up).
  • The in-person class and Zoom class are not interchangeable.
  • Emerge asks that if anyone in your household is sick or showing signs of becoming sick, that you do not attend class.

PAINTING & DRAWING

DAYTIME CLASS OPTION

Intro to painting, drawing & mixed media

Do you want to learn to paint or draw? Are you interested in working with mixed media? Would you like to perfect your skills? If so, sign up for this fun class! This open studio style class offers fellowship with other artists interested in painting, drawing, and mixed media while working on great new projects. [Min. 4, Max. 6]
Ages 16 and up with special permission.
First day supplies are included. The instructor will provide a supply list at the first class.

Instructor: Gail Ritzer

Tuesdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm 

In-Person Class Cost: $75 for Emerge members, $115 for non-members

Zoom Class Cost: $65 for Emerge members, $105 for non-members

Fall 2021: Session 2: November 2 - December 14 (6 classes) Reg. Code: PDM-89
*Skipping the week of Thanksgiving

register here One in-person seat available


EVENING CLASS OPTION

Drawing & Painting

Whether it is watercolor, acrylic, oils, charcoal, or graphite that strikes your fancy, we have the class for you! Our classes are small and are taught like several private lessons at once, geared towards your specific interests and subject matter choices. You will learn just as much from your classmates as you will from your instructor. Our class structure is great for beginners or experienced painters and drawers to further their skills! Mediums that can be covered include acrylics, watercolor, oils, graphite, charcoal, pastels, and more! [Min. 4, Max. 6]
Ages 16 and up with special permission.
First day supplies are included. The instructor will provide a supply list at the first class.

Instructor: Joseph Bounds

Thursdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm 

In-Person Class Cost: $85 for Emerge members, $125 for non-members

Zoom Class Cost: $75 for Emerge members, $115 for non-members

Fall 2021: Session 2: November 4 - December 16 (6 classes) Reg. Code: PAO-89
*Skipping the week of Thanksgiving

Register Here In-person spots Full!


Instructor: Aliyah Bonnette

Wednesdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm 

In-Person Class Cost: $85 for Emerge members, $125 for non-members

Zoom Class Cost: $75 for Emerge members, $115 for non-members

Fall 2021: Session 2: November 3 - December 15 (6 classes) Reg. Code: WPD-89
*Skipping the week of Thanksgiving

Register Here


Private Lessons in Drawing and Painting are also available!

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BOOKMAKING

Intro to Bookmaking

Learn the basics of bookmaking! This course will cover a variety of techniques including sewn bindings, folded structures, and using adhesives. Participants will construct both hard cover and soft cover books, books for journaling and sketching, as well as artist books. Tools and some materials provided. No experience needed. [Min. 4, Max. 6] Ages 16 and up with special permission.

Instructor: Liz Steiner

Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm 

In-Person Class Cost: $85 for Emerge members, $125 for non-members

Zoom Class Cost: $75 for Emerge members, $115 for non-members

Fall 2021: Session 2: November 2 - December 14 (6 classes) Reg. Code: ITB-89
*Skipping the week of Thanksgiving

register here


Private Lessons in Bookmaking are also available!

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METAL DESIGN & JEWELRY

DAYTIME AND EVENING CLASS OPTIONS

Open Studio for metal students will be available on Wednesdays from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Metalsmithing Basics: I made it myself

That’s what you’ll tell friends when they ask about the unique piece of jewelry you’re wearing. Learn metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, filing, soldering, and riveting to make a variety of projects. First-time participants will make a bracelet that involves all of these basic methods. Returning participants will work with the instructor to problem solve, refine their basic skills, and explore more advanced techniques such as enameling, etching, alternative materials, and stone setting. [Min. 4, Max. 6] Ages 16 and up with special permission.
Supplies are included with the exception of fine metals, such as silver, that students may wish to use in class.

Daytime Class Option

Instructor: Liz Steiner

Wednesdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm 

Cost: $95 for Emerge members, $135 for non-members 

Fall 2021: Session : November 3 - December 15 (6 classes) Reg. Code: TMD-89
*Skipping the week of Thanksgiving

register here


Instructor: Joel Morris

Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm 

Cost: $95 for Emerge members, $135 for non-members 

Fall 2021: Session : November 5 - December 17 (6 classes) Reg. Code: DMD-89
*Skipping the week of Thanksgiving

register here


Evening Class Option

Instructor: Joel Morris

Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm 

Cost: $115 for Emerge members, $155 for non-members 

Fall 2021: Session : November 2 - December 14 (6 classes) Reg. Code: AMD-89
*Skipping the week of Thanksgiving

register here


Instructor: TBA

Thursdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm 

Cost: $115 for Emerge members, $155 for non-members 

Fall 2021: Session : November 4 - December 16 (6 classes) Reg. Code: IMD-89
*Skipping the week of Thanksgiving

register here


Private Lessons in Metal Design & Jewelry Making are also available!

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CERAMICS & POTTERY

DAYTIME CLASS OPTIONS

Daytime Potter’s Wheel

This is the perfect class for those interested in learning and perfecting throwing on the potter's wheel. Intro students will learn the basics of wheel throwing while intermediate and advanced students will work with the instructor on problem solving and refining their skills. [Min. 4, Max. 6]
Ages 16 and up with special permission.

Instructor: Cheyanne Ludlum

Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm 

In-Person Class Cost: $75 for Emerge members, $115 for non-members

Zoom Class Cost: $65 for Emerge members, $105 for non-members

Supply Fee: $20 per bag of clay - covers glazes & firing as well.
$20 Tool Kit (includes: bucket, large sponge for cleaning, wooden and metal rib, wire tool, needle tool, double end loop and large loop trimming tool, modeling tool, and sponge).

Fall 2021: Session 2: November 2 - December 14 (6 classes) Reg. Code: DPW-89
*Skipping the week of Thanksgiving

register here In-Person Full


Daytime Handbuilding

This class will cover handbuilding, glazing techniques, and surface decoration. Students will learn how to make various seasonal projects while learning to use a slab roller, extruder, and other tools. [Min. 4, Max. 6]
Ages 16 and up with special permission.

Instructor: Gail Ritzer

Thursdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm 

In-Person Class Cost: $75 for Emerge members, $115 for non-members

Zoom Class Cost: $65 for Emerge members, $105 for non-members

Supply Fee: $20 per bag of clay - covers glazes & firing as well.
$20 Tool Kit (includes: bucket, large sponge for cleaning, wooden and metal rib, wire tool, needle tool, double end loop and large loop trimming tool, modeling tool, and sponge).

Fall 2021: Session 2: November 4 - December 16 (6 classes) Reg. Code: THB-89
*Skipping the week of Thanksgiving

register here In-Person Full


EVENING CLASS OPTIONS

Handbuilding: To Function, or Not to Function?

This class will focus on introducing handbuilding techniques including slab building, coiling, and pinch pots. You can use these techniques to make something sculptural or something functional to take home. Some previous experience with clay is preferred but not necessary. If you have already taken the Intro to Pottery class and wish to learn about combining your wheel thrown items with some handbuilding techniques, then this class is also for you, however you should be skilled enough to throw on your own. [Min. 4, Max. 6]
Ages 16 and up with special permission.

Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm 

In-Person Class Cost: $85 for Emerge members, $125 for non-members

Supply Fee: $20 per bag of clay - covers glazes & firing as well.
$20 Tool Kit (includes: bucket, large sponge for cleaning, wooden and metal rib, wire tool, needle tool, double end loop and large loop trimming tool, modeling tool, and sponge).

Fall 2021: Session 2: November 2 - December 14 (6 classes) Reg. Code: ACT-89
*Skipping the week of Thanksgiving

Instructor: Charlotte Fitz-Daniels

register here Two in-person spots available


Continuing Potter: Beyond the Basics

Continuing students will hone their skills at centering, opening, and pulling during this 6 week class. Projects are designed to help improve the fundamentals necessary for crafting advanced cylinders and bowls. Advanced skills such as increasing scale, pulling spouts, and attaching handles will be addressed to challenge potters who have more wheel experience. Each project will include glazing and surface decoration discussions. This class is project driven and will allow students to take home several functional pieces! Introduction to Wheel Throwing is a prerequisite to this class. [Min. 4, Max. 6]
Ages 16 and up with special permission.

Instructor: Rachel Breitinger

Wednesdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm 

In-Person Class Cost: $85 for Emerge members, $125 for non-members

Zoom Class Cost: $75 for Emerge members, $115 for non-members

Supply Fee: $20 per bag of clay - covers glazes & firing as well.
$20 Tool Kit (includes: bucket, large sponge for cleaning, wooden and metal rib, wire tool, needle tool, double end loop and large loop trimming tool, modeling tool, and sponge).

Fall 2021: Session 2: November 3 - December 15 (6 classes) Reg. Code: CPW-89
*Skipping the week of Thanksgiving

register here In-Person Full


Introduction to Wheel Throwing

If you’ve never tried the potter’s wheel but have always wanted to, then this class is for you. If you’ve thrown on the wheel before but need a refresher or are new to Emerge, then this class is for you too! During this introductory class, you will learn the fundamentals necessary for throwing cylinders and bowls. The session will focus on techniques for centering, opening, pulling, trimming, and glazing; and, by the end of the session, students will have several finished pots to take home. Class size is restricted so students can get the technical instruction required to establish a good foundation for continued learning. This class is a prerequisite for continuing pottery classes. [Min. 4, Max. 6]
Ages 16 and up with special permission.

Instructor: Rae Koenig

Thursdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm 

Cost: $95 for Emerge members, $135 for non-members

Supply Fee: $20 per bag of clay - covers glazes & firing as well.
$20 Tool Kit (includes: bucket, large sponge for cleaning, wooden and metal rib, wire tool, needle tool, double end loop and large loop trimming tool, modeling tool, and sponge).

Fall 2021: Session 2: November 4 - December 16 (6 classes) Reg. Code: IWT-89
*Skipping the week of Thanksgiving

register here One in-person seats available


POTTERY CLUBS

The Firing Circle

Membership to THE FIRING CIRCLE is open to all current and previously enrolled students taking classes through our pottery program. You also have to be approved by the current Pottery Coordinator for admission. If you have not taken a pottery class through Emerge, you must first enroll in the Clay Studio Orientation Class prior to joining THE FIRING CIRCLE. Members of the Firing Circle are paying only for the use of the kiln facilities. They are not eligible for use of the pottery facility including wheels, tables, equipment, etc. This is simply a club for those individuals who wish to create and work on their artwork off site, but need kiln usage. Clay and glazes are not included. Clay may be purchased at class rates. Clay not purchased at Emerge is not permitted. Dues run on a six month basis. Members pay for firing by drying room shelf load (shelves are approximately 12" x 36").

Membership Rates: $25 for Emerge members, $65 for non-members

Firing Rates: $10 per drying room shelf (You must place receipt on drying room shelf in order to be fired.)


Private Lessons in Pottery are also available

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Private Lessons in Photography

Private lessons are available in photography! These hands-on lessons are taught in the one-on-one format with the instructor demonstrating, then letting the student try it. Class dates and times are scheduled by the student and instructor’s mutual agreement.  Call Paula Rountree at Emerge (252) 551-6947 or e-mail at paula@emergegallery.com for more information and to schedule.
Cost: $150 for Emerge members, $190 for non-members (4 one hour lessons)
Bring a friend: two people $100 each, three or more $75 each (Emerge members only).

New Option! – Need only one lesson? Schedule by the hour - one person for $40 an hour, two or more people $35 an hour per person (Emerge members only)


TEXTILES

Private Lessons in Textiles

Private lessons are available in textiles! These hands-on lessons are taught in the one-on-one format with the instructor demonstrating, then letting the student try it. Class dates and times are scheduled by the student and instructor’s mutual agreement. Call Paula Rountree at Emerge (252) 551-6947 or e-mail at paula@emergegallery.com for more information and to schedule.
Cost: $150 for Emerge members, $190 for non-members (4 one hour lessons)
Bring a friend: two people $100 each, three or more $75 each (Emerge members only).

New Option! – Need only one lesson? Schedule by the hour - one person for $40 an hour, two or more people $35 an hour per person (Emerge members only)