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Education : Adult Classes & Workshops
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STAA is committed to providing an ambitious, multi-media educational program for artists of all ages. STAA’s faculty is comprised of working artists, current or former art educators at the high school or university level, and visiting Artists-in-Residence from around the U.S.A. Instructors are rigorously vetted to ensure students receive the highest quality art instruction in the classical tradition of mentorship, providing guidance in studio art production and critique.

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The registration form can be printed and mailed or emailed to us to register for any of our classes. For more information, email us or call (985) 892-8650.
Mailing Address: 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, Louisiana 70433.

Pottery Wheel Throwing
DATES: November 6, 13, 20 & December 4
TIME: Thursdays, 6pm-8:30pm
FEE: $95|$105 non-members

Instructor Vanessa Hock will guide beginner students through the basics of wheel throwing. More advanced students will be given more challenging instruction based on their skill level. This four-class session will provide students an opportunity to create such functional items as cups, bowls or vases, add handles or lids and learn the glazing and firing process, as well. ONLY FIVE SPACES AVAILABLE PER SESSION! We will take a one week break for Thanksgiving holiday.

First Time Faces: Adult Portrait Classes with Adair Watkins
Thursdays: October 16, 23, 30 & November 6

TIME: 5:00-7:00pm
FEE: $100
AGES: 18 and up

"First Time Faces" is an introduction to basic face proportion using drawing media such as pencils, colored pencils, charcoal, and oil pastel. Students will work from live faces and photos.
Adair Watkins has been teaching art for 34 years. She has taught at the Academy of Sacred Heart, St. Martin's Episcopal, and Fontainebleau Jr. High. She has a B.A. from USM, a M.Ed. from SLU, and is a National Professional Board Certified Teacher.

Concrete Relief Sculpture with Michael Eddy
DATES: Tuesdays - Oct 7, 14, 21 & 28
TIME: 6:00-8:00pm
FEE: $110
AGES: 18 and up

This four week class is an exploration of using concrete in a decorative, multi layered, relief form. Michael will lead you through the process of creating a multi layered clay mold using linoleum stamping and pressed objects in repetitive patterns. After pouring concrete into the mold, students will create a metallic patina including color. Students are strongly encouraged to bring small items to stamp into the clay that will further personalize their relief sculpture. Supplies included.

Tattoo Art Lecture with Dale Newkirk
Sunday, Oct 19 at 3:00pm

Free and open to the public

"Ink & Needles," a lecture on tattoo art, will be the featured discussion at the St. Tammany Art Association on Sunday, October 19 at 3pm. Tattooing dates back more than 5,000 years, with evidence of the practice being found in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman societies. In modern American society, the practice has become increasingly prevalent, with an estimated 36 percent of 18-25 year-olds having at least one tattoo.

Join us as Professor of Visual Arts and the Director of the university art galleries at Southeastern Louisiana University, Dale Newkirk, presents this intriguing discussion focused on the fine art aspects of tattoo imagery.

Life Drawing Group
DATE: 3rd Tuesday of each Month
TIME: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
FEE: $20 |$25 non-members
No instructor, Group gathering

Fee includes rental facility, life model, wine and cheese. Bring your own drawing utensils and paper/newsprint or whatever you wish to draw on. The session will include a few short warm up poses, then usually 15 to 30 minute poses with a break for food and beverage. All levels of experience are welcome. This is a great opportunity to work with fellow art enthusiasts and keep your skills sharp while working from a live model and even learn from each other. Adults only; under 18 with parent permission. For information please and to reserve your space, contact Bill Badon at 504-812-0973 or

Reading Fat Books for Fun: Middlemarch by George Eliot
DATES: Mondays, September 8 - October 27
TIME: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
FEE: $70
Facilitated by: Dr. Susan Blalock

Read in 8 sections as originally published. "One of the things that makes Middlemarch a book for grown-ups is Eliot's insistence upon taking moral questions seriously and considering them in their complexity."-Rebecca Mead

Text: George Eliot, Middlemarch. PLEASE GET THIS EDITION: Norton Critical Edition, 2nd ed Edited by Bert G. Hornback. TO REGISTER CONTACT: 985-966-5291 or


Life Drawing Group: Figure Drawing

No Instructor, Group gathering
3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
FEE: $25 / $20 STAA members; includes rental facility, life model, wine and cheese.
Bring your own drawing utensils and paper/newsprint or whatever you wish to draw on. This is a laid back group of art enthusiasts that gather to learn from each other and draw. All levels of experience welcome. Adults only; under 18 with parent permission. For information please contact and to reserve your space call Bill Badon at 504-812-0973 or

St. Tammany Photographic Society

Second Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm

Open to all interested professional and amateur photographers, meeting on a regular basis to engage in activities intended to enhance creativity and technical skills and to promote the understanding of photography as an art.

Open Ceramics Studio

Artists who wish to work on a pottery wheel, a slab roller, or need to kiln-fire work, but don’t need class instruction, call 892-8650 and ask about Open Studio in STAA’s ceramics studio. Daily and monthly rates are available. For more information, email
or call (985) 892-8650.


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Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm

St. Tammany Art Association
, 320 North Columbia Street, Covington, Louisiana 70433
Phone (985) 892-8650 | Fax (985) 898-0976 |


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