Mesa Art Center classes are taught by experienced, enthusiastic and professional instructors who encourage the development of creativity. Students work in studios with state-of-the-art equipment. Offerings include Acting, Ceramics, Dance, Drama, Drawing, Glass, Jewelry, Metals, Music, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and more. Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer sessions run from a few weeks to 16 weeks.
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No refunds for Workshops unless workshop is canceled by Mesa Arts Center.
Mesa Arts Center is committed to making its programs and facilities accessible to all our patrons. If you need to request an accommodation to attend a class or workshop in the Arts Studios, please mention your request to the registration agent during the time of registration or call 480-644-6520.
Two studios house fully equipped facilities for jewelry and non-ferrous metal fabrication, casting, enameling, holloware, stone setting, metal clay, cutting cabochon stones, faceting gems and much more. Beginners learn the art and craft of metal work while accomplished artists and a stimulating environment where they can explore new techniques and develop and share ideas with other artists. The Jewelry and Metalsmithing Program was designed to teach traditional and ancient techniques as well as contemporary innovations using a combination of technology, history and art.
The Mesa Arts Center’s Ceramic Studio is an 8,000 square foot state-of-the art, well lit, inviting, efficient place to learn all aspects of working with clay. The ceramics studio is fully equipped to meet the needs of every level of potter, from beginner to professional, child to adult. We offer classes from morning to evening, Monday to Saturday. The studio has two main classrooms with over 30 wheels, 3 slab-rollers, 8 electric kilns, and 5 gas kilns including soda/salt, raku, and a 100 cu. Ft. car kiln for reduction. Instructors cover a vast variety of techniques including cone 10 stoneware, maiolica, low-fire, raku, and soda -fired stoneware.
The drawing and painting studio offers many choices of classes in all levels taught by professionally qualified instructors. Choose from offerings like beginning to advanced drawing, colored pencil, figure, and portraiture study. Painting classes include watercolor, acrylic, and oil. The beginning classes all stress an academic approach to painting where continuing classes support any kind of painting style. All classes have a free 3-hour open studio and are also available through private instruction. Beginning and advanced study printmaking studio classes offer a variety of techniques including stencil printing, single plate monotype, collography, monoscreen printing, and many more. All classes have a free 4-hour open studio and are also available through private instruction.
The Glass Studio offers various length classes and workshops in flameworking, glassblowing, paperweights and furnace-made marbles, fusing, sand casting, cold working and kiln casting. Classes are offered 7 days a week, morning, afternoon and evening. All skill levels are accommodated. Classes are ages 16 and up except Beginning Flameworking (13 and up) and private lessons (10 and up). The studios are available for rental and private and semi-private instruction. Students enrolled in classes are given 4 free hours per week of Open Studio time to work on their projects independently. Non-students may rent time during Open Studio for two times the student hourly rate.
Students master techniques while creating work that explores visual history, human-made forms and the natural world. The Sculpture Studio and Terrace provide a fluid indoor/outdoor space ideal for creating in a variety of media. Classes and workshops currently include welding, blacksmithing, knife making, bronze foundry and making Damascus steel.
The Photography Studio is a full black and white processing lab. We offer beginning through advanced classes and workshops in black and white, digital and specialized processes such as photographing 2-D and 3-D artwork, pinhole, cyanotype and 19th century processes.
The Dance Studio offers various length classes and workshops in American tribal belly dancing, contemporary/Jazz, ballet, ballet/tap, and hip hop. It features weekly workshops by the Epik Dance Company and accommodates dancers aged 3 and up. It is equipped with stage lighting, a wall-to-wall mirror, and may be used as a performance space. With a hardwood sprung floor that makes it conducive to movement, the studio provides an active space for its dancers. The Creative Tots dance section also takes place here.
The Drama Studio offers various length classes and workshops in acting for adults and children, ranging from improv technique to stage combat. Classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening, and by appointment. All skill levels are accommodated. Classes are ages 3 and up and private lessons (13 and up) are also available. The Creative Tots program, which provides an introduction to the performing arts to Toddlers, usually has its drama sections take place here. The Acting Studio has a particle board sprung floor with a marley on top and is equipped with stage lighting and a tech room.
The Music Studio offers various length classes and workshops in drumming, guitar, and voice training. All skill levels ages 3 and up are accommodated. Private lessons are scheduled by the instructor and student. The Creative Tots program, which provides an introduction to the performing arts to Toddlers, has its music sections take place here.
Workshops are available in all subject areas and are conducted by both local and visiting artists.