Winterville Community Center

Community and Culture in Winterville, Georgia

Oil Painting


Wednesdays from 1:00 PM – 3:00 AM beginning January 5, 2022


Room 103


Dortha Jacobson


This class is for the adult who wants to try a new craft for the first time or to renew an interest now that there is more time in life for leisure activities. Each class will focus on a different aspect of oil painting, starting with creating a color wheel in order to understand color and ending with the completion of a landscape. Oil painting is a solitary activity but with a group of like-minded people. Classes will also include learning how to critique a painting and discussing what is effective in a painting and what can be improved.

The Class Agenda:

  1. Materials, how to use them. Each student will create a color wheel
  2. Value Study – working with one color to create darks and lights
  3. Still Life – minimal objects to create shapes, color, and value
  4. Composition – understanding of center of interest, horizon lines, balance, vanishing points
  5. Gridwork – Transferring your photo to canvas
  6. Landscape – working from your own photo or one teacher provides

Materials to bring to the first class: sketchbook, pencil, compass, straight edge, medium-size oil painting brush, fine tip black marker, and painting pallet. If a student has oil colors, bring them. If they need to purchase, try getting a starter kit at Michael’s (such as Windsor Newton or Gamblin) or order from art supply stores such as Dick Blick, Utrecht or Cheap Joe’s.

It is not necessary to have all of the colors, but the colors recommended are Cadmium Red medium, cadmium scarlet, cadmium orange, cadmium yellow deep, cadmium yellow Light, Lemon Yellow light, Cadmium Green, Cobalt Green, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Manganese Violet, Mars black or Ivory black, Titanium White, Paynes Gray, Yellow ochre, ultramarine blue. Other supplies: odorless mineral spirits, safflower oil, disposable gloves, paper towels, canvas board, stretched canvas, boards with gesso.


Dortha Jacobson, Master’s degree in Art Education from Tyler School of Art. Has taught in public schools and adult classes. Participates in local juried art shows and opens up er studio/gallery once a year to the public.


Four sessions at a time ($40)

Botanical Sketchbook


Nicole Bechill


Mondays from 10:30 a.m. – noon; September 19 through November 14, 2022. (No class on October 31.)


Room 102


Suggested Material List
Sketch book (Canson Mixed Media 7×10)
Colored pencils
Fine line markers (at least one black, brown and green)
Masking tape

Join Nicole Bechill for an eight-week sketchbook class focused on drawing botanicals of all kinds. This class explores a variety of drawing techniques such as directional line making, hatching, scrumbling and stippling. Explore lessons in basic shading, perspective, and directional light sources. This class at times will ask you to explore reality deeply and at other times ask you to begin to suspend reality and move into the whimsical. Perfect for anyone who would like to explore drawing as a practice of well-being, stress relief and connection to an inner and outer world. Beginners are welcome as Nicole weaves the foundations of drawing through each session, also perfect for more advanced artists who would like to put time into working toward stylistic preferences.

Benefits of drawing plants:

  • Pattern recognition
  • Learning more about plants
  • Builds seasonal awareness
  • Creates a sense of looking at nature deeply
  • Stress reduction

Nicole holds a Bachelors in Fine Art from Savannah College of Art and Design. She also teaches yoga and mindfulness and tends to include themes of well-being and stress reduction in all of her work. She is inspired by the poems of Mary Oliver and the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh who both describe the present moment and our natural world so well. It is her hope that a practice of regular sketchbook drawing can evoke the same present time awareness and observations of our natural world which students can derive a sense of well-being from.

“It just feels so good to draw and to make time for it”

-Botanical Sketchbook Student

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$80 per person

Chair Yoga


Mondays from 9:10 AM – 10:10 AM; September 19 through November 14, 2022. (No classs on October 31.)


Room 102


Nicole Bechill


Nicole teaches a well-rounded, gentle, and accessible chair yoga class.  Centered on intention and breath, followed by a seated sun salutation then working into the connective tissue around the hips, pelvis, and spine.  This class promotes deep breathing, mindfulness, and inward listening. Chair Yoga is suitable for beginners and experienced Yoga students.Anyone can benefit from a chair yoga practice.  It is a great practice for folks with limited mobility, people who work in a chair that might want to learn how to take a “stretch break” or anyone seeking a fun and grounding class that focuses on retiring flexibility and mobility.

Chairs are provided but if you have any other yoga comforts or props you like, feel free to bring them.  No props are required for class but blocks, straps, and blankets can make any yoga class more accessible.

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Course Fee

Eight weeks – $80 per person


If you sign up for a class and do not attend the first session AND the instructor hasn’t purchased materials for the class, you will receive a full refund and will have to sign up for a future class, if you so desire.

Class Signup Form

P.O. Box 306
371 North Church Street
Winterville, GA 30683
Office: 706-742-0823
FAX: 706-742-0828
Director's Cell: 706-540-4135

9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday