Visual Art Classes
Inspiration and skills go hand in hand in our visual arts classes. Students are encouraged to express their creativity while experimenting with various media and studying significant works of art and influential artists of today.
Our instruction focuses on utilizing principles and elements of art and mastery of media.
Fall Art Classes
Visual Arts Instructor
Sherry Roe Jones, a native of Harrison, Arkansas has been drawing since she can remember. Her architect father always kept his children entertained at his office with mounds of scrap blueprints and his large carousel of Prismacolors in every color imaginable! At the age of fifteen, Sherry began oil-painting under the guidance of Gene Brantley of The Gallery in Harrison. From the start, oils were an easy and enjoyable medium for her.
Taking a more practical route, Sherry majored in nutrition and is a registered dietitian but she continued her art studies during college and beyond, taking art classes at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, as well as drawing classes at the Arkansas Arts Center.
She has won recognition in regional art competitions and recently had a gallery showing at the Center for Art and Education in Van Buren. Sherry’s specialty is portraiture and she works in oil, charcoal, graphite and pastel. Sherry is a member of the Greenwood Art Guild and she resides in Dayton, Arkansas with her husband, Kevin Jones, and daughters Karly and Katy Grace.
Carole Lee Jarvis
Visual Arts Instructor
Carol Lee is a practicing artist who lives in Fort Smith. She is an art educator, a published author/illustrator and former art gallery director. She holds an Associate’s degree in Science from Northwest Connecticut Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of New Mexico, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Not only had she curated art shows in Kansas and New Mexico but she has also had her art work in many art shows in Kansas, Connecticut, and New Mexico. As well, she has Public and Community art work in all three of those states. Her art can be found in private collections throughout the US and a few pieces in other parts of the world.
While she has been trained in, experimented with and can teach several art disciplines, her favorites are mosaics, ceramics, fiber art and woodworking.
Carol Lee grew up in a creative family in Kansas, where she first performed at the age of 14 months. She says that one of her favorite childhood memories is the sounds of a crowd collectively gasping and then applauding. She is thankful she had supportive parents and grandparents, as all forms of creativity were encouraged in her family. As she got older, she realized that not everyone had that type of familial support in their lives. That is one of the driving forces behind why she offers art instruction to all ages. She says, “I was blessed to have the type of family who practiced and encouraged creativity. So, it is my goal to provide opportunities and encouragement for others. Everyone is creative, but maybe haven’t had the opportunity to explore that creativity. That’s why I’m here to help.”