Our current oil painting classes are led by professional artist and educator, Jeannette Pomeroy Parssi, who has been teaching painting and drawing for more than 15 years. She is also a former Artist in Residence at the Ignite Studio at the Fishers Library and the 2020 Nickel Plate Arts Educator of the Year.

Our current Fall Fluid Art class is led by artist Barbara Howrey, whose passion for learning and educating shine through her artwork. Her first love was watercolors, but has recently found herself pulled towards the world of fluid art. On the art form, she says “It’s about finding new ways to depict common things, like a flower or a feather. It’s also a chance to express yourself through abstract art.” Barbara connects artwork with the community through classes, art fairs, and more.

Artist Heather Boelke leads our Paint with Paper & More class. She has been teaching visual art in Indianapolis public, charter and after-school programs since 2012. She has a passion for working with underserved youth, building art programs around engaging art experiences and connection with community. She currently holds membership with the National Art Education Association and the Watercolor Society of Indiana.

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Fall Fluid Art Classes - Tuesdays, Sept 19-Dec 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT

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Tuesdays, September 19-December 5

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Ages 14+

Join returning artist Barbara Howrey for six workshops during our Fall Fluid Art Class! Each date will be a new project that students will start and finish within the 2-hour workshop. Beginners welcome!

Most supplies will be provided. Clothes you don’t mind getting paint on are recommended.

Sept 19th – Ocean Beach Scene
Let’s paint an ocean beach scene using a technique called the Swipe. The Swipe technique is one of my (Barbara’s) favorites and used frequently in fluid art.

Oct 3rd – Dutch Pour
Dutch Pour is one of the most popular fluid art techniques. Using a blow dryer, the paint can be manipulated into various compositions. I will have photos of various Dutch pours so you can choose the colors and composition you like.
Note: Please bring your own blow dryer. If you don’t have one, please contact us and we can arrange for an extra dryer.

Oct 17th – Halloween Swipe
Let’s have some Halloween fun and paint some scary and not so scary ghosts. This painting will provide a chance to work on the swipe technique again. As a fun final touch, “Glow in the Dark” paint will be provided to make the eyes glow!

Nov 7th – Split Dutch Pour
A split Dutch pour is the next level Dutch Pour. The base color on the canvas is “split” into two colors and the blown colors are added along the split.
Note: Please bring your own blow dryer. If you don’t have one, please contact us and we can arrange for an extra dryer.

Nov 21st – Jewelry and other things
With Christmas just around the corner, this class will focus on making jewelry, key chains, pop sockets, etc. using recycled acrylic paint from previous pours. These make beautiful Christmas gifts for family and friends.

Dec 5th – Christmas Ornaments
Alcohol Inks are a different type of fluid art and make beautiful abstract art. It’s easy and quick to do and make beautiful ornaments.

PLEASE NOTE: The last day to register will be the Friday before each workshop. Please register by the Friday before the workshop in order to be fully enrolled.

Wednesday Morning Oil Painting (All Levels), Sept 13-Dec 13, 9-11 a.m. EDT

$225 for all 9 sessions, $25 for single session

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Wednesdays, September 13th-November 15th
**NO CLASSES: Oct 11, Nov 8, 15, or 20**
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (EDT)
Suggested age 16+

This class is will use a hybrid model: students may participate in-person at Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville, or participate online via Zoom. A minimum of 3 students is required for the instructor to teach an in-person session. For information on our safety procedures for in-person students, please see “Health and Safety Requirements” below.

Suggested age 16+

For creative people with some previous painting experience, this 201-level class provides nurturing instruction and guidance from painting instructor Jeannette Pomeroy-Parssi. Jeannette will offer guidance as you paint and explore her lessons and assignments from week to week. She can also provide tips and support for your own projects, if you want to bring them to class. Upon registration, the supply list will be sent to you to purchase your own supplies. If you’d rather purchase your supplies through Nickel Plate Arts and have the instructor ship them to you, there is an additional option at check out to add “Oil Painting Class Supplies,”.

Supplies generally include (ordered from Dick Blick): Oil, Set of 10, 38ml (Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Viridian Hue, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Titanium White, Ivory Black) Oil, Cad Yelo Hue, 38ml Oil, Cerulean Blue Hue, 38ml Disposable Palette Paper W&N Refined Linseed Oil Princeton Brushes, Set of 7 Palette Knife, Style 50 2-9″x12″ stretched canvas 1-Pack of 5, 9×12 canvas panels Dawn Liquid Dishsoap Rubber dishwashing gloves Roll of Foil Roll of Paper Towels This class is led by professional artist and educator, Jeannette Pomeroy Parssi, who has been teaching painting and drawing for more than 15 years. 2021 marked her 8th year as a member of the faculty at Michigan’s famed Interlochen Center for the Arts summer art camp, where she teaches Painting & Drawing.

Paint with Paper & More! - Thursdays, Sept 21-Nov 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT


Engage in sensory art experiences as you explore collage and mixed media processes. Learn about layering techniques and color theory while working with accessible and repurposed materials. Create a new artwork at each workshop you attend. Register for the full session to build upon skills learned in previous classes. All ages are welcome to participate (youth and adult). This program is recommended for ages 9 and up.

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We’re Blushing

“I’ve really enjoyed the class. I didn’t know that I could paint anything recognizable. Even though I’m not as good as some, I am so proud of the paintings that I have done so far. It is good for me to set the time aside to paint, otherwise I probably wouldn’t find the time at home.”

– Anita Landress –

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