Visual art classes and instruction at BW’s Community Art School provide challenging courses and a creative outlet for students of all experience levels. Refine your skills as an artist, or discover a completely new art form as a beginner to expand your skills. As an extension of Baldwin Wallace University, courses leverage resources and expertise of the University to provide the community with a high-level of instruction. Our classes provide a welcoming environment where students are free to create and explore their craft together.
CAS visual art classes are held at the Whistle Stop location, 611 West Bagley Road (2nd Floor), conveniently located a few minutes from Baldwin Wallace University’s main campus.
Art exploration classes are designed to introduce students ages 8-14 to the fundamentals of visual art and its connection to the world around them! In these mixed-media, 12-week classes, students will begin to understand concepts like perspective, highlighting, shading, and design through investigation of historical artwork and hands-on creation of their own projects.
Coffee & Canvas
Kick start your expression with a shot of "espresso yourself." If you like your coffee with a side of creativity, sit back, drink up, and discover your inner artist! These workshops will focus on painting on a canvas. With step by step instruction and a fun atmosphere will help you seize the day! Coffee, light morning refreshments, and painting materials are included in your registration fee.
Drawing is a great way to begin your education in visual art! Classes are offered in 12-session courses throughout the academic semester. Introduction to Cartooning is offered for students ages 6-12, and Introduction to Drawing is available for students ages 12-adult.
Jewelry making courses at CAS provide students ages 10 and up an opportunity to learn common techniques and principles in the art form. Classes are offered in individual 3-hour workshops for an immersive one-day experience. Common techniques covered include pendant making, sawing, filing, wire wrapping and beading. Jewelry making classes allow students freedom to create something individual to them using the techniques taught in class.
Sharpen your skills and learn how to express beautiful creations with a painting class! Offerings include an introductory painting class, students will learn the basics of color and technique. Students will utilize both illustration board and canvas as they develop their skills.
Learn how to capture the world around through the art of photography! CAS offers interactive 10-week classes, where students will be guided through necessary fundamentals such as understanding the mechanics of your camera, lighting and composition. You'll also learn the differences in photographing people and landscapes, post-processing, and retouching techniques. Photography classes are taught by Ken Cavanaugh, owner of Cavanaugh Photography.