Creative Arts

There's an artist within us all - it just might need some coaching to emerge. With classes for beginners to more advanced artists, there are classes to suit every interest and skill level.

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Spring Creative Arts Classes

Introduction to Pine Needle Basket Weaving

Pine needle art is one of the oldest crafts known. It dates back some 9000 years, even before pottery, which was made by lining twig baskets with clay. The indigenous people were the first to make pine needle baskets. They used a sharp piece of sea shell or bone as a needle. Some of the baskets were used for carting water, winnowing seeds, or as feed baskets. During the Civil War the women made hats of pine needles. They were sewn together with homespun threads. As transportation became more widely used raffia as well as sinew was used to sew the baskets. Raffia comes from the raffia palm which grows on the island of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa. However, today the art of pine needle basketry is still being done by a few creative people. There is no limit to what one can do with pine needles along with a little imagination and skills, which will come with practice and patience. Instructor: Theresa Shortman.

Apr 8 – June 17                Th          6:30pm – 7:30pm            TBD        $100

I Can’t Even Draw Stick People – Art Exploration Class

Three nights of art exploration with other students who are seeking art confidence. Take the risk of finding your inter artist with a private small group for beginners. Sue Wachter once thought she was not artistic. She started learning who she was an artist in her 50’s. Sue’s favorite class to teach is beginners. Sign up and plan to have fun experimenting with a variety of mediums and find your favorite with other beginners. “Bring who you are and we will start there.” Supply fee of $30 due at the first class. Instructor: Sue Wachter.

Apr 27, May 4 & May 18              T             5:30pm – 8:00pm            TBD        $60

Beginning Jewelry: Silversmithing

This class is for beginning Silversmithing students. The class includes techniques using a torch for soldering, including types of solder with flux, making rings, texturing, annealing, using silver “scrap”, plus twisting wire and hammering. Supplies will range from $25 - $75 and are payable to the instructor. Instructor: Ann Rawls.

Apr 8 – June 17    Th    11:00am – 3:00pm     TEC 109      $106 / Lifelong Learners 50+     $72

Intermediate/Advanced Jewelry: Silversmithing

This class is for returning students who have completed Beginning Jewelry Making. Some stone setting will be explored in the combination of rings, pendants and bracelets. Students will work on an individual project. Supplies will range from $20-60 and are payable to the instructor. No class Monday, May 31. Makeup day will be June 21.

Instructor: Ann Rawls

Apr 5 – June 21      M      11:00am – 3:00pm    TEC 109     $107 / Lifelong Learners 50+ $72

Instructor: Kevlyn Hoisington

Apr 6 – June 16     T      11:00am – 3:00pm    TEC 109    $107 / Lifelong Learners 50+  $72

Weekly Jewelry Workshop

This class is for returning Intermediate/Advanced Jewelry students. This is a project class; each student should come prepared with a project to complete at the workshop. The instructor will be on hand to teach students individual skills required to complete their project. All students must have taken Beginning and Intermediate Jewelry classes prior to registration for this workshop. Supplies will range from $20-60 and are payable to the instructor. Instructor: David Furuli.

Apr 7 – June 17     W    11:00am – 3:00pm   TEC 109     $60 / Lifelong Learners 50+    $40 

Stained Glass – Lead & Foil

Learn the techniques to make and complete your first stained glass panel. Class covers selecting design, leading basics, soldering, and finishing techniques. *Must wear closed toe shoes to class.* Bring your own glass tools or purchase supplies and tools from the instructor at class. Glass and material supplies will cost approximately $100-200, payable to the instructor. Class is held at 18245 Irwin St SW, Rochester. Call for directions- 360-273-6562. Bring a fine or medium black and silver Sharpie. You may bring a sack lunch or snack to the day classes. Instructor: Karen Milton.

Day Class:

Mar 31 – Apr 28               W           10:00am – 1:00pm          Rochester           $107

Lifelong Learners 50+           $54

May 5 – Jun 2                   W           10:00am – 1:00pm          Rochester           $107

Lifelong Learners 50+            $54

Jun 9 – July 7                    W           10:00am – 1:00pm          Rochester           $107

Lifelong Learners 50+     $54

Evening Class:

Mar 18 – Apr 15               Th          6:00pm – 9:00pm            Rochester           $107

Lifelong Learners 50+     $54

Apr 22 – May 20              Th          6:00pm – 9:00pm            Rochester           $107

Lifelong Learners 50+   $54

May 27 – Jun 25               Th          6:00pm – 9:00pm            Rochester           $107

Lifelong Learners 50+   $54

Stained Glass Workshops

Beginners welcome! Workshops are a great way to sample stained glass and create a project to keep or give as a gift. Material costs listed below. *Must wear closed-toe shoes to class.* Classes held at 18245 Irwin St SW, Rochester. Bring a fine or medium black and silver Sharpie. You may bring a sack lunch or snack to day classes. Instructor: Karen Milton.

Heart Bevel Box ($15-25)

March 26             F             5:00pm – 9:00pm             Rochester            $35

Wind Chimes ($15-25)

March 27             Sa           10:00am – 1:00pm           Rochester            $35

April 3                  Sa           10:00am – 1:00pm           Rochester            $35

Leaded Dragonfly ($15-25)

March 29             M           10:00am – 3:00pm           Rochester            $35

Flat Bevel Glass Heart ($15-25)

March 31             W           6:00pm – 9:00pm             Rochester            $35

Rings & Things ($15-25)

April 5                  M           10:00am – 3:00pm           Rochester            $35

Fused Flowers ($15-$25)

April 21                W           6:00pm – 9:00pm             Rochester            $35

Bevel Sand Cube ($15-25)

April 26                M           10:00am – 2:00pm           Rochester            $35

Fused Dichroic Glass ($15-25)

May 7                   F             10:00am – 2:00pm           Rochester            $35

Fused Dichroic Necklace ($15-25)

May 12                W           6:00pm – 9:00pm             Rochester            $35

Wind Chimes ($15-25)

May 26                W           6:00pm – 9:00pm             Rochester            $35

June 2                  W           6:00pm – 9:00pm             Rochester            $35

Artistic Welding & Blacksmithing Workshop

In this class students will have the opportunity to participate in lectures and work on projects in the welding lab. Beginning students will learn MIG welding and Oxy/acetylene welding, cutting and brazing as well. The forge will be available for blacksmithing projects and advanced students will be able to work on individual projects. Students will learn a variety of processes including: oxy/acetylene welding and cutting, oxy/acetylene brazing, MIG (GMAW) welding, plasma cutting, and the use of metal shears, benders, grinders, punches, saws and various drilling machines. Students interested in learning other processes such as TIG (GTAW) or stick (SMAW) will be given special instruction and then have the opportunity to practice on their own. Instructor: Marycolleen Foley.

Apr 9 – May 28                 F             1:00pm – 5:00pm            TEC 103               $175

Intro to Artistic Welding & Metal Working

In this new virtual series, students will be introduced to the fascinating world of welding and metalworking through online lectures, discussions, demonstration videos, and personalized one-on-one instruction sessions on Zoom. This course will show you how to transform your ideas into reality. Students will learn a variety of processes including: oxy/acetylene welding and cutting, oxy/acetylene brazing, MIG (GMAW) welding, plasma cutting, and the use of metal shears, benders, grinders, punches, saws, and drilling various metals. Instruction will also be given on how to select welding machines and how to set them up in your own shop. Instructor: Marycolleen Foley.

Apr 5 – May 10                 M           6:00pm – 8:00pm            VIRT      $120

How to Register

  1. Download and fill out a registration form.
  2. Mail the registration form to:
Centralia College
Office of Enrollment Services
600 Centralia College Blvd.
Centralia, WA 98531

In-person registration is not currently available. By order of the governor, Centralia College offices are closed to the public.

  1. Download a registration form or pick one up in the Enrollment Services Office on the second floor of the TransAlta Commons on CC's campus.
  2. Bring the completed registration form to the Cashier, also on the second floor of the TransAlta Commons building.

Register by phone using a credit card at 360-623-8940.

Fax your registration form with credit card information to 360-330-7106.