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Creative Community

Creative Community

Mondays, 09.11 - 10.02 | 6:30-8pm
Bee Cave Campus

Creative Community is a weekly gathering of creatives for hands-on, interactive classes to learn and build skills with other people in our community. Join us this fall for classes ranging from art, storytelling, songwriting, podcasting, and more!

Fall Classes: Mondays, Sept 11 - Oct 2; 6:30-8pm | Bee Cave Campus | $20 (Scholarships Available)

Registration is now closed. Stay tuned for our spring dates to be announced in early 2024!

Fall 2023

Art Classes

Acrylic Pour Painting with Carolyn Boden | All Levels

Acrylic pouring is a fluid painting technique, where you mix different flowable acrylic paints using different techniques and apply them to a canvas. You’ll create abstract art by tilting the canvas to change the flow process or swipe the paint with a tool. We will learn four techniques over four weeks. No experience or brushes needed! Just bring a canvas and paint each week.

Supplies to Bring:

Drawing with Charcoal with Ryan Feller | Beginner

This class will cover the basics of perspective, breaking down objects into shapes, and understanding light to help you to draw more accurately. We will utilize charcoal and learn how its versatility can help mark making. Whether you are looking to begin your artistic journey or just looking to pick up another hobby, this class will provide the foundation you need to create beautiful and accurate drawings!

Supplies to Bring:

  • Sketchbook (13x19 or similar recommended, but any size will do)

  • Vine charcoal, Compressed charcoal, pencil, eraser; charcoal can be found at any craft store and often comes in basic kits

Imagery of God Watercolor with Carrie Shannon | All Levels

Through the exploration of the watercolor medium, we will learn techniques as we paint some of the most beautiful images described in the Bible. We will learn about color mixing, brush selection, illustration, and completing paintings from start to finish. It will be an exciting dive into biblical passages and watercolor practice; all levels welcome!

Supplies to Bring:

Visual Journaling with Lauren Robinson | All Levels

Does your mind ever feel like a junk drawer of scrambled thoughts, feelings, and anxieties you just haven’t gotten around to cleaning out? In this class we will learn to tune into our inner state and explore creative methods for processing, expressing, and understanding our thoughts and emotions through sketching and other forms of visual art. Whether you consider yourself an artist or are convinced you don’t have a single creative bone in your body, this class is for you!

Supplies to Bring:

  • Sketchbook (small, easy to carry)

  • Any utensils you prefer (pen, pencil, markers, crayons, etc.)

Digital + Visual Classes

iPhone Photography with Mark Grody | Beginner

Discover how to capture stunning photos with your iPhone! Our session covers essential shot compositions, exploring various shooting modes on your phone, and mastering photo editing using Lightroom or the onboard iPhone editing software – all from the convenience of your device.

Stop the Scroll: Social Media Photography with Rob Mata | Intermediate

With the saturation of everyone on social media it seems impossible for anything to catch your eye. This class will help provide tips and tricks on what to do to capture the attention of your audience. From preparation to shooting to posting, we will dive into how each step holds an important role to stopping the scroll.

Supplies to Bring:

  • Note taking instruments

  • Laptop or phone with Adobe Lightroom

  • Mirrorless Camera set up or iPhone/Android

Storytelling with Nathan and Jamie Jennings | All Levels

Stories are powerful and have the ability to connect and transform us. Whether you are creating a promotional video, a podcast, a photo essay or a narrative film, the story you are telling is the most important part - not what kind of camera you have or what size budget you have. In this interactive class we will dive into the foundations of storytelling utilizing the different mediums in which you can share stories. We will talk about the power of a story, build compelling narrative arcs, discover different storytelling techniques, and find your distinctive voice.

Lifestyle Classes

The Art of Financial Planning with Alex Eaton | All Levels

Ready to optimize your finances? Do you get overwhelmed with all the information about money and investing that’s swirling around? Financial planning is an art unique to each person, but there are helpful frameworks everyone can use. This class is for anyone who is too busy to do all the research…just tell me what I need to know! We’ll learn about the offensive and defensive sides of financial planning. You’ll walk away with clarity and confidence to level up your plan – no matter what you’re planning for!

Creative Solutions to Complex Problems… In Business and Life with Dr. Gaylen Paulson | All Levels

In this class, we’ll explore the psychology of creativity, with an eye toward understanding how to identify new opportunities, and how to solve problems more effectively. We’ll look at better ways to approach challenges, and consider ways to generate solutions that position our organization (and ourselves) well for the future. Using a series of vignettes and cases, we’ll explore some core tenets of creativity and effective problem solving, and highlight best practices that are often counterintuitive. Each week we’ll identify quick ideas that you can implement, and we’ll have some fun along the way!

Health, Healing, and Wholeness with Dr. CJ Mertz | All Levels

Learn what God says about healing all sickness and disease for you and your family. Discover where science and faith intersect to provide healing breakthroughs physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Invite a friend with you, challenge your own beliefs, and prepare for God who loves you unconditionally, to a work in you only He can do.

Home Design Basics with Breanna Porter | Beginner

This class will cover the basics of home design and help you identify budget friendly styling needs. Whether you are looking to redesign your home or make seasonal updates, this class will provide the foundation you need to create a balanced home!!

Supplies to Bring:

  • Digital device such as laptop, iPad, or cell phone, and a Pinterest account

Knitting Basics with Lori Olfers | All Levels

This class will introduce you to the basic skills needed to turn you into a new knitter. Or perhaps you already know the basics, but need a refresher course or would like to learn a new technique. You will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, weave in your ends, and many other techniques. We will discuss different types of fibers, yarn weights, needles, and other knitting tools and accessories. Yarn samples and handouts will be provided. We will complete a couple of beginner-friendly projects over the course of the class, and will discuss your future goals so you can continue on your knitting journey with confidence.

Supplies to Bring:

  • Yarn will be provided for the first class project
  • Needles can be purchased directly from the instructor ($12-$15, cash or Venmo)
  • During the first class we will discuss what to purchase for the following three classes, depending on your project choice

Life Hacks for a Happier Home with Holly Dvorak | All Levels

Are you ready to organize your home and simplify your life? Join this class and learn where to begin, what to do next, and how to keep the momentum going with a simple, easy-to-follow process from a professional organizer and Certified Family Manager Coach. You are guaranteed to leave this lively, interactive class with practical information you can put into practice right away!

Party/Event Planning with Hillary Coniglione | All Levels

This class will cover numerous aspects of throwing a great party, from birthdays to holidays and everything in between. You will learn how to design and decorate for your event, build beautiful floral arrangements, and even build out delicious charcuterie boards.

Project Management for Everyone with Shannon Woodruff | All Levels

Do you have a dream you just don't know how to get off the ground? Do you have a great idea that just needs a kickstart? Or maybe you started a project with great intentions but it just lost momentum along the way? If any of these questions resonate, this class is for you! No prior experience required, other than maybe a fizzled start or a failed effort with the best of intentions. Bring a dream you'd like to see come to fruition, or just come along and enjoy the ride. You might learn something you'll need when the Lord gives you that inspiration!

Supplies to Bring:

  • A notebook (not a computer) and a writing utensil

Performance Classes

Intro to Stand Up Comedy with Jackie Nash | All Levels

Ever want to try stand up comedy? Do friends and family tell you that you are so funny? Do you love telling stories or one-liners? Need some confidence and practice in speaking in front of a crowd? In this class we will work on joke structure and writing, stage presence and reading the audience, transitioning and timing, and finding your style. Whether you have experience or want to try for the first time, let’s have a blast making some laughs!

Spoken Word Poetry with Caleb Smith | All Levels

Life is God's spoken word piece, and in His image, we're all poets. Whether you compare experiences or condense moments, you're crafting poetry. In this class, I'll hone your innate poetic skills. Rhymers, let's elevate your rhythm. Descriptives, let's intensify every vivid verb and whimsical word. Dive into an art that enhances prayer, communication, and mirrors God's universe-crafting masterpiece. Join in!

Supplies to Bring:

  • A notebook (not a computer) and a writing utensil

Step + Swing Couples Dance Class | All Levels

Want to learn to step and swing by someone who’s been on So You Think You Can Dance? In this 4-week class you will learn to dance as a couple. Each week, we’ll cover a new dance including Waltz, Two-Step, and Swing. The fourth week, we’ll have a dance party to celebrate all we’ve learned. Come as a pair, whether it be your significant other or a friend!

Production Classes

Intro to Production with Gary Poole | All Levels

In this class we’ll look at the approaches that production uses to effectively support the needs of the event, organization, or group they are serving. We’ll explore the basics of production along with the challenges that comes with the behind the scenes nature of production.

Music Production in Logic Pro X with Austin Davidson | All Levels

Ever wondered what it's like to take a song that you've written, then given it life through audio production? In this class, we will spend time talking about production tips/tricks and how to make a song more than what it is. IMPORTANT: This class will be centered on working in Logic Pro X.

Podcasting with Clint Hudson | All Levels

"You're listening to... (insert your podcast name here.)" Everyone loves a good podcast. In this class, aspiring podcasters will learn the process, best practices, and insider tips from seasoned podcast veterans and national podcast hosts. From content writing to editing, we will cover it all.

Worship Classes

Songwriting with Austin Ridge Worship | All Levels

Take a song from concept to creation during our 4-week songwriting class. Learn how to write focused lyrics, memorable melodies, and singable songs. The first two weeks will be spent learning and writing as a group, and the final two weeks will be spent recording the song the class has written. Start from scratch and walk out with a finished song!

Have Questions?

  • Lauren Carroll

    Lauren Carroll

    Lauren was born and raised in Vermont. She moved to Austin to attend Concordia University Texas in 2012, where she studied Business Management and took religious education classes. After graduating, she went into the event planning industry. She has always been passionate about ministry and is excited to be working in a church setting again. She is recently married and enjoys game nights, puzzles, and country dancing!