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'Every child is born an artist. The trick is to remain one once we grow up...' - Pablo Picasso.  Have you ever looked at a painting and wished you had the talent to paint, but you were convinced you don't have a creative bone in your body? Some are more talented than others, but all humans are endowed with the urge and the ability to create.  Anyone can learn to paint or throw pottery if they learn the tools of the trade.



Beginner Art Classes - Where to go for art classes and workshops in Northwest Arkansas.

by Amy Field


"Every child is born an artist. The trick is to remain one once we grow up..." - Pablo Picasso.


Have you ever looked at a painting and wished you had the talent to paint, but you were convinced you don't have a creative bone in your body? Some are more talented than others, but all humans are endowed with the urge and the ability to create. Anyone can learn to paint or throw pottery if they learn the tools of the trade.


Known for its funky art community, Fayetteville is a thriving hub for accomplished, growing and wannabe artists. See Hidden Gem: Fayetteville Underground Art Gallery. If you've ever considered taking an art class to unleash your hidden talents, there are several short-term classes and workshops in the area. Don't be afraid to sign up for one. Most artists aren't the scary, elite stereotype you might imagine. They're passionate about their work and love sharing it with others. The majority of them are most fulfilled when sharing their talent and seeing it manifested in the work of their students. Art is for everyone: empty-nesters, full time employees who need a creative outlet, the young and the old, beginners or experts. There is a class for everyone.


Below is a list of some of the workshops available in the area.


The Art Location

This is a full-service art store, gallery and classroom. Owner and Artist Nadine Ripplemeyer offers a variety of classes for ages pre-school and up. Instructors at The Art Location have experience that ranges from self-taught to former chair of college art departments, art therapists and published illustrators.

Summer workshops for all ages are still available ranging from art journaling, chalk paint, botanical watercolor and more. Or see their website for the full fall schedule and sign up for a class when school starts. You can download a registration form and supply list online. All supplies can be purchased onsite. The store is also an art gallery with art from local artists available for purchase. Many other services are offered and can be found listed on their website.

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Community Creative Center at the Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studio

Located in the heart of downtown Fayetteville, this is a non-profit studio and visual arts organization offering classes, studio hours, art sales and a gallery. Its mission is "to awaken the extraordinary power of art to engage individuals and community through accessible arts education." Community Creative Center offers "year round, affordable art experiences" in the form of classes, studio time and workshops, as well as spring and summer art camps for ages 6-8 and 9-14. Classes are offered in clay and pottery, watercolor, glass fusion, printmaking, acrylics, drawing, mosaics, mixed media and more. A complete list of classes along with supply lists and registration forms can be found on their website.

Birthday parties for children include such themes as: bugs and critters, dynamite dinosaurs, animal masks, friendly felines and more. Adult parties can also be booked for up to 30 friends for a girls' night out or couples' party.

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Griffith Pottery Works

For a private, one on one experience, Griffith Pottery Works in West Fork offers classes in wheel throwing for beginners and more advanced artists. Classes are arranged around your schedule with no long-term commitment or contract. Fees include supplies, bisque and firing. Small groups are welcome. While most people think of creating art in the sense of painting or drawing, artist Teresa Griffith feels that creativity can be expressed through, and take many forms. Guests at Griffith Pottery Works are given the opportunity to experience throwing pottery on a wheel and to make choices about the purpose and form that the pottery will take in a positive non-judgmental setting.



Amy Littleton Field is a writer and artist living in Fayetteville, AR. You can follow her blog and see her artwork at alfield.faso.com, on Facebook at Amy Littleton Field Artwork and on Instagram at amylfieldart.

Amy Littleton Field is a writer and artist living in Fayetteville, AR. You can follow her blog and see her artwork at alfield.faso.com, on Facebook at Amy Littleton Field Artwork and on Instagram at amylfieldart.