Teen + Adult Classes

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Cost: $70 Members | $85 Non-Members (18 Classes) 

Give Tai-Chi a try for your health and wellbeing! The ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of today’s busy lifestyles and improve health and vitality. Rick Berry is a certified Tai Chi instructor who teaches with great clarity and patience. Improve your balance, strength, and agility in the ambience of beautiful original art. 

  • Introductory Training: Through March 14 | 6 - 7 PM
    Skill Level: Ideal for beginners
  • Continued Training: Through March 14 | 7 PM - 7:45 PM
    Skill Level: Open to students who have studied with Rick in previous classes or had Tai Chi experience elsewhere.



1st Session: February 7, 14, 21, & 28
1:00-4:00 PM

2nd Session: March 14, 21, April 4, 11
1:00-4:00 PM

$95 Members (Per Session) | $115 Non-Members (Per Session)

Working with a clothed model, artists will paint or draw on their own in any media. The model will hold the same pose. Kate Worm will facilitate the workshop and be available to help throughout the day, especially during breaks. At the end of the afternoon artists will participate in a friendly critique led by Kate. This new format is being offered by request and will accommodate those who want to work independently, but find a critique valuable.

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Multi-Media Approach to Printmaking with an Emphasis on Intaglio

February 7 - March 14, (Weekly on Wednesday)
6:00 - 8:00 PM

$120 Members | $135 Non-Members
$10 Materials Fee

Registration deadline: Friday, February 2

Thomas Thielemann returns to HMA Printmaking Studio! Damon Hood joins him as co-instructor for their 6-week workshop - Multi-Media Approach to Printmaking with an Emphasis on Intaglio. Participants will be thrilled with the duo’s energetic and personalized teaching styles. New students will learn quickly as Thomas and Damon demonstrate their processes for innovative and exciting printmaking. Those with more experience will pick up new skills as they continue to develop their bodies of work.

Thomas Thielemann, the AFA Visual Arts Director at Caldwell Community College and Technical institute, is an award winning multi-media artist. Thomas’ work combines a variety of disciplines including Printmaking, Graphic Arts, Collage, and Painting. His work is represented by several galleries throughout the south east and in Washington DC. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Radford University.

Damon Hood holds an AFA from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. He also worked as a teaching assistant in a variety of drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture classes at CCC&TI from 2002 to 2008. Damon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a concentration in painting. He currently works as a mixed media artist from his home studio in Caldwell County.


Hand-Built Raku Pottery

Monday March 12, 19, 26, & April 9
6-8 PM
$70 Members | $85 Non-Members

The word “raku” means “happiness in the accident.” The unique look of Raku pottery is achieved by utilizing both smoke and fire in the Raku kiln to create an unpredictable and unique style. Raku is a method in which the firing is done at a low temperature and then put into a closed container (typically a metal trash can with paper) and the smoke gives the pottery a nice luster. Options are glazing or using horse hair to decorate your piece. 

Students will be instructed on how to make a hand-built ceramic bowl, box, and plate in this HMA workshop. The last class (April 9th) will be held at the artist's studio in Taylorsville where students will use the Raku method to fire their own pottery.

Are you an artist with a class idea you would like to teach at HMA? Contact Ginny Zellmer with your idea. gzellmer@hickoryart.org


Thanks to the LB Lane Family Foundation and Kulynych Family Foundation, HMA has scholarships available for adults and children who normally can't afford to take classes. One student recipient stated, "The reason I want to attend the Facial Facades camp is because it would help me to achieve my future dream of becoming a beautician. I will get the start I need to begin my path into the world of beauty. One day, I may be able to help people who cannot afford expensive makeovers. I also hope this would be the beginning of some new friendships." 

Click here for Art Class Scholarship Form