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Arts Exploration for Everyone

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Aug 22 2014 9:28 PM

Arts Exploration for Everyone

The Cultural Arts Center has at its core the mission of promoting, educating, and providing opportunities in the visual and performing arts to the Wiregrass area thereby connecting arts to community. By offering exploratory classes in      pottery, visual arts, mixed medium, textiles, and dance, children in elementary, pre-school, and middle school grades get to dabble, try on, and   experiment with many different art forms that some may never have had the opportunity to explore before. Supported in part by grants and local business support, these classes are offered after school and are taught by local professional working artists.


The Messy Space Was Born

To do this means providing students access at reasonable, affordable prices or through scholarships provided by grants and foundations. Thus “The Messy Space” was born.  Located in the old 5th grade wing behind the main structure of the Cultural Arts Center, “The Messy Space” has 3 classrooms that rotate working  artists and allows all young artists to create regardless of pottery dust, dye colors on the floor, paint splatter, glue drops, and a variety of other messy substances that can end anyone’s creative juices. Dance classes are held in the center’s dance studio complete with walls of mirrors to help students visually see their progress and form.



Scholarships are available for these classes. Contact the Cultural Arts Center staff (Ann or Dawn) to get the forms to fill out to request a scholarship. We want to be available to as many students as we can be to help everyone explore the arts. If you feel you need a scholarship, stop by the Cultural Arts Center and complete a scholarship application form and turn in. Our committee will meet in late August to determine the number of scholarships to give out and how much. We will notify each scholarship applicant after that.

To Register

  1.  After August 8, Go online to and click on the tab marked kid’s camps and find the list of classes. Using the drop down menu fill out the registration form and select method of payment. Yes, we do take credit card with a 3% convenience fee added to the final total. You can complete the application online and mail a check or use the credit card venue on the website to pay online.

  2. After August 8, Stop by and pay in person for your child’s classes at the Cultural Arts Center, 909 S. St. Andrews Street, Dothan, AL, 36301, across from Extendicare Health and Rehabilitation Services. Office hours are 9-12 and 2-4:30 Monday- Friday.

  3. If you need a scholarship application, come by the CAC Office starting August 18, during office hours of 9-12 and 2-4:30 Monday through Friday. Applications must be turned in by August 27 for the committee to determine scholarship awards. Scholarships are good for the Fall Session only.


Classes Available This Fall

Clay and Pottery Classes


“Play in the Clay” with potter Lynn Koning

                        Come explore our Pottery Studio in the Messy Space! Learn to use the wheel! Students will choose their own projects, receive personalized instruction in wheel use, and use all the tools, and glazes available. Clay and Firings included with class. 6 class sessions are encouraged to complete 2 projects!     Ages:    children ages 8 and up      Dates:   Thursdays, Sept 4—Oct 23 and again Nov 6-Dec 18    Time:     3:30-4:30 p.m.    Cost:     $40 per month


MOSAICS with potter Lynn Koning

In this artistic, fun, and creative class. Children will create and piece their mosaic from a range of pre-cut colored tiles, glass, and mirrors in a supervised environment. The mosaic piece will be grouted and ready to show off to friends and family. All materials provided. “Mosaics are a fun, expressive medium that inspires children to use their imagination by arranging colors and shapes. The process develops fine motor skills and promotes concentration and awareness.”     Ages:     K through 6th grade       Dates:    Thursdays, Sept 4-Oct 23     Time:     4:40-5:40 p.m. Cost:      $40 and all supplies provided

Trending Classes

Frozen with Dawn Clay

Preschoolers are encouraged to “Let their creativity go” with our Frozen inspired art class! In our Frozen world we will create, play and have fun! Making ourselves into Olaf, making rock trolls, crowns like Elsa’s, and more!  Designed to have fun while enhancing fine and gross motor skills and cognitive growth through the arts!

Ages:     Only 4 and 5 year olds please!! Class limited to 8 children.

Dates:    September 8th –11th.

Time:      9:30-11:30 am

Cost:      $80


Frozen 2  with Dawn Clay

This is an art class for 3rd-6th grade.  We will enjoy similar activities as above but more advanced! In this class we will be incorporating drawing and painting the characters of “Frozen”, a Scavenger hunt art project and other fun activities.

Ages:     3rd-6th graders please!!! Class limited to 12 children

Dates:   Tuesdays, Sept 9-

               Oct 14

Time:     3:40-4:40pm

Cost:     $60

Do you love PINTREST?

We do too!  Come join us every Thursday to make some of our favorite PINS!  Students will create Burlap art, paracord bracelets, recycled t-shirt art, and paint chip art.  Lets have a Pin Party!

Ages:     6th grade-9th

Dates:   September 10-October 15

Times:   3:40-4:40

Cost:     $60 and all supplies included.


Textile Classes For the Up and Coming Designer

Sewing Circle

with Amy Bradlow

Sewing Circle is a textile art class for learning basic and intermediate sewing skills to create fabric art. In the circle, kids will learn basic machine and hand sewing. They will make their own one of a kind project,learn about sewing tools, material, and patterns. Space is limited to 6 so we get lots of attention.                                                                  Ages:    4th grade and up                                                                                                                                                Dates:  Tuesdays, Sept 2-Oct 7 Session I        Oct 13-Nov 17 Session II                                                                Time:    3:30-4:30 p.m.                                                                                          

Cost:    $50 for each 6 week session + $20 supply fee for sewing machine we bring to center.



with Master Knitter                                                   

Mary Opiary


Basics and beyond. Teaching all ages how to knit and make their own knitting creation. Join Mary in this 8 week class has she instructs us on the textile art of creating with yarn!

Ages:    3rd grade and up                                                                                                                                   Dates:  Thursdays, Sept 4-Oct 23

Time:    4:00-5:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                            Cost:    $65 and we supply yarn and needles, and you keep the needles


Dance Classes

Ballet Class with Michelle Johnson

Students will learn beginner ballet foot and arm positions, ballet terminology, improve eye/hand/feet coordination, rhythm, counting, and learn a basic routine for performance for parents in October and a final performance in May. Students will need black leotards, white tights, and pink ballet shoes (Not slippers) that can be purchased at Payless or online. Please no WALMART Slippers. Michelle will cater to each girl within the class and class size is limited to 12.

Ages:       Ballet 1—ages 4-6  

                 Ballet 2—ages 7-11

Dates:      Tuesdays starting Sept 9-Nov 25,

no classes in December, start back Jan 13-May 12, 2015.

Cost::       $50 per student each month + $10 registration fee;

    $10 discount per month for families with 2 or more students. 

Art Club  


Come join our new Art Club designed for the student who lives, eats, sleeps and breathes art of all mediums!!

Twice a month we will come together to work on group projects for the CAC or our community, meet professional artists, and do our own art for art’s sake! Our starting projects include weather art and a design tree, but there is so much more. Local professional guest artists will demonstrate their medium to students. All community art projects will help connect and share our art with clients from organizations like Wiregrass Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, House of Ruth, and more.

Time:    2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m. starting September 10th and 24th

Targeting ages 9 through high school

You Can Help Create

The Messy Space

Starting a project like repurposing a building takes lots of time and money, but volunteers and in-kind gifts bring many projects to fruition. Help us bring The Messy Space to life for the countless numbers of kids, seniors, and adults who come to explore the arts in our center. Here’s how YOU can help us create The Messy Space…..

Working Teaching Artists:

If you are a professional working artist and would like an opportunity to teach through our center, call Ann or Dawn at 334-699-2787 or email us at and send us your details. We are always looking for child oriented, friendly artists who want to share their craft with our kids and families


Setting up for classes, creating the look of The Messy Space, and helping us check in children as we teach classes requires volunteers. If you are interested, give us a call or email us and let us know what you would like to volunteer to help us do, when you are available, your qualifications, a reference, and a contact number. We will be happy to get you involved in repurposing the messy space. 

In-Kind Gifts: 

There are always things we need for The Messy Space and you might have them at home. Check the list below to see if you can help us provide supplies, furnishings, even paint and equipment for the classes in The Messy Space…..All items donated are eligible for a tax receipt for your 2014 tax purposes!


  • Acrylic Paint for Walls

  • Paint brushes

  • Masking Tape

  • Fabric Scraps

  • Wire (12-20 gauge)

  • Stuffing

  • Paint chip samples

  • Aprons to paint in

  • Old t-shirts

  • Canvas (rolls and panels)

  • Watercolor tubes

  • Drawing pads

  • Sewing scissors

  • Drawing pencils

  • Yarn

  • Knitting needles

  • Benches to Sit on

  • Contemporary rugs for waiting spaces

  • Sewing machines in good/great shape


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