Art Center East offers around 500 classes a year that bring community, creativity, and a lot of fun into our studios. If you have an artistic skill that you would like to share, we invite you to fill out a class proposal. Take a look at our calendar to get an idea of the types of classes we currently offer.
We are always interested in diversifying our selection - your unique artistic talents and perspective might be just what we're looking for! Our definition of art includes more than just the visual arts: music, dance, cooking, writing, traditional arts (like welding, blacksmithing, knitting, quilting, and basket weaving), healing arts, digital arts, and much more.
Frequently requested mediums include painting, ceramics, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, writing, drawing, kids’ classes, culinary, and photography. Specific requests include macramé, felting, embroidery, beading, shibori, watercolor, card making, meditation/mindfulness, batik, sculpture, foreign language, international cooking, stained glass, and collage.
Need help developing your idea? Contact 541-624-2800 or [email protected]
Do Teaching Artists Get Paid?
Yes! Our standard rate is $5 per student / classroom hour. With a registration minimum of 3 students, you will receive at least $15 per hour of scheduled teaching time.
Tips for Designing a Successful Class:
1. Keep it short. Classes that meet only 1-2 times for 2 hours or less tend to get higher registration rates, especially if it's a new class. For mediums that really do require more class hours, just shorten as much as possible. Because students are charged based on number of hours, keeping things short also makes classes more affordable.
2. Teach a specific skill. Rather than proposing a class on "sculpture," propose one, for example, where participants will create stacking ceramic totems. Open-ended art is great for open studio time, but new artists need some scaffolding to get started. AND the "make & take" model consistently gets the most registrations, which means more money for you!
3. New ideas. We try to attract as much of the community as possible, but we still consistently draw registrations from a relatively small group of people. Mixing up your offerings or trying a new way to teach your craft helps keep our regular audience engaged and may appeal to new people. Do you have a skill that you haven't seen represented in the class schedule? Submit a proposal! Tried the same approach for a while and not getting as many registrations? Try a new topic or approach.
Help Us Spread the Word!
Self-Promotion = Money
ACE creates a Facebook event for each class about 3 weeks prior to the first class date and also advertises classes on our website, via our electronic newsletter, and in our class schedule.
You Can Extend That Effort by Promoting Your Classes
1) By sharing events through your social media channels
2) Via paper flyers hung up around town (we're happy to provide our logo and/or design assistance + you can print black & white for free here!)
3) By telling people about it (word of mouth is the best advertisement there is!)