A rich experience awaits the everyday artist who seeks a break from the stresses of life. When life so easily entangles our soul and steals the joy right out of our days we need a place to rest. Art classes, taught by national art instructors at Ephemera Paducah, introduce students to a variety of mixed media techniques and give them a safe place to express themselves visually. Whether this is your first-time, or you’re a seasoned artist who desires to refine your artistic skills, our workshops offer a variety of options to allow your creative spirit to soar.
If there are prerequisites for classes or experience needed, the workshop description will clearly tell you. Otherwise, if you are interested, dive in! You can do it! Our talented instructors are thrilled to teach beginners and experienced “everyday artists” alike!
Rene Dees - Rene proves my theory of "if you like to do one type of art or craft; you like to do them ALL!" An accomplished knitter, English Paper Piecer, Art Journaler and all-around crafter, Rene is a valued member of the Ephemera Paducah team! Tiffany Goff Smith - Tiffany is an Artist, Creator, Educator, and Idea Generator who loves recycling, repurposing, and reusing in her creating. Jody Alexander - Jody combines textiles and found objects with discarded books, and gives them new life as scrolls, wall pieces, books, sculptural objects and installations. Her current work is inspired by the art of repair, mending techniques, and reuse. Carolyn Dube - Carolyn Dube is a self-taught mixed media art adventurer who has rediscovered play. She plays with every color of the rainbow, avoids rules whenever possible, and inspires you to find freedom in play! Robert Mahar - When he’s not working in his home studio, Robert obsesses over vintage craft books and schemes ways to make it big as a doughnut connoisseur. Kelli May-Krenz - I create from a very authentic place by staying true to my imagination. Creativity is endless for me. Like breathing I simply must do it. My art always has layers filled with hope, cheerfulness, and wonder. Lesley Patterson-Marx - Lesley Patterson-Marx is a delightful and talented book, mixed media and fiber artist! Rae Missigman - Rae Missigman, mixed media artist and instructor, is known for her vivid colors, intricate layering, and signature repetitive art marks. As an instructor, Rae strongly encourages all artists to trust themselves to fearlessly do what they love. She champions a bold voice, continuing education, and finding inspiration in the everyday. Melanie Morris - Melanie Morris leads workshops that help students create fresher and more intuitive paintings. Known for her paint-layering technique and dreamlike works, Melanie’s style is often fast-paced and spontaneous. Attendees frequently come away surprised to find their favorite paintings are the ones they created in the shortest amount of time. Jacqueline Sullivan - Mixed media, acrylic paints, pastels. calligraphy, bookbinding, and fiber arts – Jacqueline has loved them all since she first discovered each medium. She has a degree in graphic design and worked for many years as a publication, marketing and advertising designer, but her passion has... Ann Wood - Ann Wood enjoys using unassuming materials, cardboard, paper and other discarded things. Practicality appeals to her and she loves the idea of giving the humblest and most common materials and tired, dispirited and faded things new importance and meaning. Aaron Sanders Head - Aaron Sanders Head is a Nashville based textile artist offering workshops, original artwork and naturally dyed, hand-stitched goods. Dina Wakley - Dina Wakley’s upbeat approach to mixed media gives students the courage to express themselves through art journaling and the creation of mixed media boards. Dina’s guidance and techniques will both inspire and develop participants’ mixed media toolbag, allowing them to go deeper in their work. Nathalie Kalbach - In her workshops, Nathalie teaches students how to use various printmaking and art journaling tools, supplies and mixed media art techniques. Her teaching method is designed to help students unlock their personal creativity in their personal art journals and mixed media prints. Julie Snidle - Encaustic artist Julie Snidle continually seeks ways to elevate her work as an artist and art workshop instructor. Julie engages students new to the art of encaustic painting, as well as those working to heighten their skills, in this ancient art form. Valerie Pollard - Valerie is a student, shop sitter, and occasional instructor at Ephemera Paducah. She sews, knits, dabbles in quilting and mixed media. She has always had a love of making things and enjoys reusing and repurposing found treasures. Mary Beth Shaw - The founder and original StencilGirl! This creative lady is an inspirational dynamo! Sunny Carvalho - Sunny Carvalho's unique style is whimsical, lively, pleasingly odd, and shows that this humble artist never takes herself too seriously. A patient and skilled instructor, Sunny's classes are a delight. Leslie Marsh - Leslie Marsh is a book and fiber artist and instructor living in coastal North Carolina with the man of her dreams and their dog. Her work has appeared in several books and national magazines and is held in private collections around the world. Patience Renzulli - Patience is a dear Lower Town neighbor, animal lover (particularly Whippets), and absolutely obsessed with needle felting. And a Sarafina Certified Instructor! The Sarafina Certification Curriculum serves to certify instructors to teach using Sarafina techniques, products, and structural support. Sarafina Certified Instructors are skilled, understand the potential of the medium, and are able to convey a world of felting possibilities in a helpful, fun, and concise manner. Kristin Williams - Kristin Williams is the owner of Ephemera Paducah. She adores mixed media and messing up her manicures with gesso, paint, glitter and other cool stuff. Michael deMeng - Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist from Vancouver, Canada who exhibits throughout the United States. As an educator as well as his artwork, deMeng fosters community awareness, and offers creative methods to explore the human experience. Seth Apter - Seth Apter is a mixed media artist, instructor, author and designer. His artwork has been exhibited in multiple exhibitions and can be found in numerous books, independent zines, and national magazines. Jodi Ohl - A self-taught mixed media artist, Jodi Ohl has earned herself a spot in the mixed media landscape, as both artist and renowned instructor. For the last several years she has developed a diverse body of work that features distinctive textures and bold color combinations.