Creative Arts

There's an artist within us all - it just might need some coaching to emerge. With classes for beginners to more advanced artists, there are classes to suit every interest and skill level.


Fall Creative Arts Classes

Registration for fall classes is now open. See days and times below.


Intro to Artistic Welding & Metalworking

Beginning students only. You will be introduced to beginning welding techniques and metalworking. You will learn a variety of processes, including oxy/acetylene welding, MIG welding (GMAW), torch cutting, plasma cutting, and the use of metal shears, benders, grinders, punches, saws, and drill presses. If you are interested in learning other processes, such as TIG welding (GTAW) or stick welding (SMAW), you will be given special instruction and opportunity to practice on your own. You will be given an opportunity to complete an artistic project of your choice. This is not an Industrial Welding class. Supply list will be handed out and discussed at the first class. Instructor: Marycolleen Foley.

Sep 20-Oct 25    M       5:30pm – 8:30pm      TEC 103     Code 30045      Course CS 138A     $195

Nov 1-Dec 6       M       5:30pm – 8:30pm      TEC 103     Code 30046      Course CS 138B     $195

Intermediate/Advanced Metalworking & Welding

This course is designed for students that have taken Intro to Artistic Welding and Metalworking class and/or students who want further instruction in technical areas of metal forming and welding. Shop space and grinding room, as well as welders and various metal forming, shaping and cutting equipment provided. The instructor will be available to answer questions, provide feedback and technical support assistance, and offer refresher instruction. A $25 lab fee to cover welding gasses and wire is included in tuition cost. This is not an Industrial Welding class. Instructor: Marycolleen Foley.

Sep 22-Oct 27      W       5:30pm – 8:30pm      TEC 103     Code 30049      Course CS 138C     $195

Nov 3-Dec 8         W       5:30pm – 8:30pm      TEC 103     Code 30050       Course CS 138D     $195

Blacksmithing & Forging Basics

This is an introduction to blacksmithing class. Students will learn a brief history of blacksmithing to encourage the use of forge to make decorative leaves and handrails, reshaping of horseshoes, tools, and BBQ skewers. Students are introduced to tools and basic techniques. Supply list will be handed out and discussed at the first class. Instructor: Marycolleen Foley. No class Nov 26.

Sep 24-Oct 29    F     1:00pm – 4:00pm      TEC 103     Code 30053      Course CS 138E     $195

Nov 5-Dec 17     F      1:00pm – 4:00pm      TEC 103     Code 30054     Course CS 138F      $195

NEW! Let’s Dot Mandalas!

Have you seen those really pretty Mandalas created with dots in gorgeous colors? You can create them too! In these 3 session classes, learn the basic techniques and more. Class covers how to top, top dot, walk the dot, swooshes, and combine them to create beautiful designs. You’ll learn how to use different tools to create your dots, what paints and consistency works best for dotting, what to paint on and what you might use to finish your projects. Class is held at 17831 Applegate St SW, Rochester. Call for directions, 360-480-4854. Tools and supplies are provided for class use, may be purchased from instructor for $18. Instructor: Joan Hitchcock.

Day Class:

Oct 11, Nov 1, Nov 22     M    10:00am – 12:00pm       Code 30096      Course CS 136A         $75                             

Oct 25, Nov 15, Dec 6     M    10:00am – 12:00pm       Code 30171      Course CS 136B         $75

Evening Class:

Oct 11, Nov 1, Nov 22       M        6:00pm – 8:00pm     Code 30172      Course CS 136C         $75

Oct 25, Nov 15, Dec 6       M        6:00pm – 8:00pm     Code 30173       Course CS 136D         $75

Silk Dyeing with Wax Resists

Learn the techniques to make and complete designs on silk using soy wax and professional dyes from Jacquard. Class covers how to use the wax, tools for application of wax and dye, what dyes to use, and how to finish your product. It’s a fun and simple process – learning how to handle the medium happens quickly and allows for lots of experimenting. Class is held at 17831 Applegate St SW, Rochester. Call for directions, 360-480-4854. $15 per scarf. Instructor: Joan Hitchcock.

Day Class:

Sep 29      W        10:00am – 12:00pm  Rochester      Code 29926      Course CS 101E     $40

Oct 27       W        10:00am – 12:00pm  Rochester      Code 29928      Course CS 101F      $40

Dec 1        W        10:00am – 12:00pm  Rochester      Code 29936       Course CS 101G     $40

Evening Class:

Sep 29       W        6:00pm – 8:00pm      Rochester     Code 29938        Course CS 101H     $40

Oct 27        W        6:00pm – 8:00pm      Rochester     Code 29949        Course CS 101J      $40

Dec 1          W        6:00pm – 8:00pm      Rochester     Code 29950        Course CS 101K      $40

Pine Needle Basket Weaving

Pine needle art is one of the oldest crafts known. It dates back some 9000 years, even before pottery, which was made by lining twig baskets with clay. The indigenous people were the first to make pine needle baskets. They used a sharp piece of sea shell or bone as a needle. Some of the baskets were used for carting water, also for winnowing seeds, or as feed baskets. During the Civil War the women made hats of pine needles. Today the art of pine needle basketry is still being done by a few creative people. There is no limit to what one can do with pine needles along with a little imagination and skills, which will come with patience and practice. Instructor: Theresa Shortman.

Sep 30-Dec 9      Th       6:30pm – 7:30pm      FTC 109      Code 29952       Course CS 102A    $100

Intermediate/Advanced Silversmithing

This class is for returning Intermediate and Advanced Silversmithing students. More stone setting methods will be introduced, plus additional metalworking methods will be pursued. Students will work on individual projects. Supplies will range from $20 - $75 and are payable to the instructor.

Instructor: Ann Rawls

Class Full - Sep 20-Nov 29      M     12:00pm – 3:00pm     FTC 111      Code 29953     Course CS 104A     $106    Lifelong Learners 50+     Code 30475       Course SNRC 81A          $72

Sep 20-Nov 29       M     3:00pm – 6:00pm      FTC 111      Code 29963     Course CS 104B      $106

Lifelong Learners 50+     Code 30571           Course SNRC 81B        $72

Class Full - Sep 20-Nov 29       M      6:00pm – 9:00pm      FTC 111      Code 29964     Course CS 104C     $106     Lifelong Learners 50+     Code 30514          Course SNRC 81C        $72

Instructor: Kevlyn Hoisington

Sep 21-Nov 30        T      12:00pm – 3:00pm    FTC 111      Code 29965     Course CS 104D     $106

Lifelong Learners 50+     Code 30517       Course SNRC 81D     $72

Sep 21-Nov 30       T         3:00pm – 6:00pm      FTC 111     Code 29967    Course CS 104E     $106

Lifelong Learners 50+     Code 30519        Course SNRC 81E      $72

Weekly Jewelry Workshop - Class is Full

This class is for returning intermediate/advanced Jewelry students. This is a project class; each student should come prepared with a project to complete at the workshop. The instructor will be on hand to teach students individual skills required to complete their project. All students must have taken Beginning and Intermediate Jewelry classes prior to registration for this workshop. Supplies will range from $20 - $75 and are payable to the instructor. Instructor: David Furuli.

Sep 22-Dec 1           W        12:00pm – 3:30pm    FTC 111     Code 29968     Course CS 104F    $70   Lifelong Learners 50+     Code 30523      Course SNRC 81F      $50

*NEW* Intermediate Silversmithing

This class is for those students who have completed Beginning Silversmithing. Several cabochon stone setting methods plus prong stone setting will be taught in addition to hinges, split ring shanks, forging, and hollow beads. Supplies range from $20 - $75 and are payable to the instructor. No class Nov 11 & 25. Instructor: Ann Rawls.

Sep 23-Dec 16     Th       12:00pm – 3:00pm    FTC 111     Code 29969       Course CS 104G    $106

Lifelong Learners 50+     Code 30526       Course SNRC 81G       $72

Stained Glass – Lead & Foil

Learn the techniques to make and complete your first stained glass panel. Class covers selecting design, leading basics, soldering, and finishing techniques. *Must wear closed toe shoes to class* Bring your own glass tools or purchase supplies and tools from the instructor at class. Glass and material supplies will cost approximately $100-200, payable to the instructor. Class is held at 18245 Irwin St SW, Rochester. Call for directions (360) 273-6562. Supplies: Bring a fine or medium black and silver Sharpie. You may bring a sack lunch or snack to the day classes. Instructor: Karen Milton.

Day Class:

Class Full - Sep 22-Oct 20      W     10:00am – 1:00pm    Rochester     Code 29970       Course CS 103A     $107    Lifelong Learners 50+    Code 30528       Course SNRC 81H       $54

Class Full - Oct 27-Nov 24      W     10:00am – 1:00pm    Rochester     Code 29971       Course CS 103B     $107   Lifelong Learners 50+     Code 30531       Course SNRC 81I       $54

Dec 1-Jan 5           W    10:00am – 1:00pm    Rochester      Code 29972       Course CS 103C     $107

Lifelong Learners 50+     Code 30532        Course SNRC 81J        $54

Evening Class:

Sep 9-Oct 7       Th       6:00pm – 9:00pm      Rochester      Code 29973       Course CS 103D      $107

Lifelong Learners 50+     Code 30534       Course SNRC 81K        $54

Class Full - Oct 14-Nov 11    Th       6:00pm – 9:00pm      Rochester      Code 29974      Course CS 103E      $107    Lifelong Learners 50+     Code 30540        Course SNRC 081L      $54

Nov 18-Dec 23   Th       6:00pm – 9:00pm      Rochester       Code 29978      Course CS 103F      $107

Lifelong Learners 50+    Code 30547          Course SNRC 081M     $54

Glass Workshops

Beginners welcome! Workshops are a great way to sample stained glass and create a project to keep or give as a gift. Material costs listed below. *Must wear closed toe shoes to class.* Classes held at 18245 Irwin St SW, Rochester. Supplies: Bring a fine or medium black and silver Sharpie. You may bring a sack lunch or snack to the day classes. Instructor: Karen Milton.

All Things Christmas ($15-25)

Oct 16             Sa        10:00am – 3:00pm     Code 29980     Course CS 101A         $35

Dec 3               F          10:00am – 3:00pm    Code 29981     Course CS 101B         $35

Fused Standing Christmas Tree ($15-25)

Nov 6              Sa        10:00am – 2:00pm     Code 29986     Course CS 101C         $35

Dec 6               M        5:00pm – 9:00pm      Code 29988     Course CS 101D         $35

I Can’t Even Draw Stick People – Art Exploration

Three nights of art exploration with other students seeking art confidence. Take the risk of finding your inner artist with a private small group of beginners. Sue Wachter once thought she was not artistic. She started learning who she was as an artist in her 50’s. Sue’s favorite class to teach is beginners. Sign up and plan to have fun experimenting with a variety of mediums and find your favorite with other beginners. (Please note this is not a drawing class). $30 supply fee payable to instructor. Instructor: Sue Wachter.

Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16     T    5:30pm – 8:00pm    SWFT 108    Code 30705      Course CS 102B      $60

Art Exploration – Next Steps

This class is for students who have had introductory art instruction and have previously taken Sue Wachter’s “I Can’t Even Draw Stick People” class (not required) and would like to dive deeper into developing their skills and personal style. Each night will explore a different media. Watercolor, acrylics and silk dying. $30 supply fee payable to instructor. Instructor: Sue Wachter.

Oct 20, Nov 10, Nov 17    W     5:30pm – 8:00pm    SWFT 108    Code 30706     Course CS 102C   $60

How to Register

  1. Download and fill out a registration form.
  2. Mail the registration form to:
Centralia College
Office of Enrollment Services
600 Centralia College Blvd.
Centralia, WA 98531
  1. Download a registration form or pick one up in the Enrollment Services Office on the second floor of the TransAlta Commons on CC's campus.
  2. Bring the completed registration form to the Cashier, also on the second floor of the TransAlta Commons building.

Register by phone using a credit card at 360-623-8940.

Fax your registration form with credit card information to 360-330-7106.