Ankeny Art Center | Art Classes

Art Classes:

Take a class with the Ankeny Art Center!

Creating Artists For Tomorrow

Anyone has the potential to become an artist, when provided with the right resources and motivation. At the Ankeny Art Center, classes are geared toward children and adults with varied artistic levels and mediums. If you have ever wanted to nurture your creative abilities through an art class but did not know where to begin, you are in the right place! Classes are taught by experienced and certified teachers and we are equipped to accommodate all levels of skill and interests. From basic drawing to watercolor painting to ceramics, our creative and informative art classes are the best value in the greater Des Moines area!

You can sign up for our art classes by using the PayPal buttons below or by printing off and mailing in the registration form, or by visiting/calling the Ankeny Art Center. Class registration & payment is due at least 72 hours or 3 days before a class begins, unless prior arrangements have been made with staff.

Summer vacation is just around the corner, so if you're looking for our Summer Art Camps, it's on another page.

Children's Art Classes

Pottery Hand-building

Children will produce creative clay projects by learning hand-building techniques such as pinching, coiling, sculpture and glazing. Class is 4 weeks. $60 (Members $48)

Art Exploration

In this project based class, children will use a variety of media in 2D and 3D. Your child will explore art techniques and traditions. Class is 4 weeks. $60 (Members $48)

Pottery Wheel

Children learn the basics of throwing on the wheel, firing and glazing. These class sizes are limited and one of our most popular. Class is 4 weeks. $60 (Members $48)

Adult Art Classes

Pottery Basics

This course will introduce you to creating functional as well as aesthetic works in clay. Learn the basics of throwing, hand-building, glazing and firing. Materials included. Class is 8 weeks. $150 (Members $120)

Pottery II

Increase your skills, technique and craftsmanship in throwing on the wheel, hand-building and glazing. Participation in this class will assist in open studio success.

$150 (Members $120)

Clay Workshops

Don't want to comitt to a 6 week class? Check out our new clay workshops.

Pricing Varies

Studio Pottery

This studio class is time to work on your own ceramic projects. No instructor present. Previous pottery experience is required. Fee includes 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. 12 weeks. $120 (Members $96)

Basic Drawing

Learn to use a variety of drawing materials to create shaded realism as well as modern and experimental styles. For students of all levels; materials incl. $85 (Members $68)

Exploring Art

Explore the world of art with us! Try your hand at painting, drawing, and other art methods. We offer new projects each session; materials incl. $85 (Members $68)

Beginner Watercolor

Explore your creative side and learn to paint in watercolor including the basics of color theory, design principles, watercolor techniques and more. Materials included. $130 (Members $104)

Intermediate Watercolor

Take the next step in watercolor painting to expand your skills from the beginner level and let your creativity bloom with learning more techniques. $100 (Members $80)

Advanced Watercolor

Explore more watercolor projects and further expand your watercolor skills by learning more advanced techniques and consistent practice in a group setting. $100 (Members $80)

Gentle Yoga Thursday 1-2pm

Instructor Annette Vance leads this easy and safe exercise for strength and flexibility. Drop in's welcome at $5.00 a class or 8 weeks at $30 (Members $24)