Rosewood Classes and Programs

Learn more about Rosewood's art classes for kids and adults, special programs and summer camps. Learn about Community Art and Music like the Kettering Civic Band and Kettering Children's Theatre programs.

Art Programs for Youth

Art Programs for Adults

Camp Rosewood

camp rosewood

Camp Rosewood begins in May of each year and wraps up in early August! Enjoy fun, brand new camps for ages 5 – 14. To receive our camp brochure, please email to be added to our mailing list.

Camp Rosewood is a fun-filled, action-packed, summer of adventure, new experiences and lots of PLAY! Each week campers will enjoy art activities, creating and learning with artists, learning new skills, meeting new friends and building relationships with awesome role models for camp leaders.

Both Kettering residents and nonresidents are welcome to enroll – don’t miss out!


This year, Camp Rosewood features one-day and week-long camps including Chalk Art, Art From Trash, Fort Building, Fashion Design and many, many more.

camp rosewood chart

One-Day Camps:
$35/Kettering resident; $45/non-resident
Half-Day Weeklong Camps (ages 5-6):
$85/Kettering resident; $95/non-resident
Full-Day Weeklong Camps (ages 7-14):
$150/Kettering resident; $160/non-resident

All camps include class time and a morning snack. All full-day camps include a lunch break, and full-day weeklong camps take a daily trip to the Adventure Reef Water Park in the afternoon, weather permitting. Campers should wear clothes that can get messy in the classroom. Campers must also bring their own insulated sack lunch, beverage, sunscreen and swim gear every day. Art materials, morning snacks and camp T-shirts are included in the camp fee.

Parents are required to complete a camp registration form, along with a health and a swim permission form. Forms must be turned in one week prior to camp. Parents with questions may call Rosewood Arts Centre at 296-0294.

Jesy Anderson is the owner of Needle, Ink and Thread, located in Beavercreek. A sewing teacher and alterations specialist, she loves being creative and seeing her students succeed and build confidence with each project.

Dale Archer co-owns Gemini Dance Studio and has spent several decades teaching dance for all ages and levels.

Cynthia Bornhorst-Winslow is a ceramics artist, who is new to the Rosewood faculty as of Spring 2017. She also serves as a faculty member and ceramics production assistant at Sinclair Community College.

Nancy Boss is a multitalented and longtime instructor, who teaches a variety of youth and adult dance classes. She has been teaching various dance styles for decades, and began at Rosewood Arts Centre in 1985. She studied dance with Jorg Fasting from the Columbus Ballet Company and at Ballet Arts in New York City.

Jason Boyer has been working in glass for over 15 years. He exhibits his work regularly in juried art festivals, including Art on the Commons in Kettering.

David Brand and Sandra Picciano-Brand are a husband/wife team of Dayton-based jewelry artists. They exhibit at national-level juried art shows and have won numerous first place and best-of-show awards for their jewelry and sculpture.

Jane Brennan holds a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Dayton. She has taught in a variety of settings and has experience in many art media.

Teresa Connair is a professional actress with credits in stage, television, movies and voice-overs. Since earning her B.F.A. in Acting from Wright State University, she has acted in and directed over 150 productions. She is the founder and director of her own theatre company, Undercroft Players, in Dayton Ohio. Teresa also teaches acting at the Oakwood Community Center.

Mickie Cowan is a Dayton-based glass and jewelry artist. She attended the University of Dayton and currently teaches Rosewood’s Glass Bead Making classes.

Andy Dailey earned a BFA from Wright State University and an MFA from Miami University. He is the Cultural Arts Program Supervisor at Rosewood Arts Centre.

Greg Dearth graduated from Ohio University with a BFA. He is a member of the Portrait Society of America and has been a guest lecturer and instructor at the Columbus College of Art and Design and Atlanta’s Portfolio Center. His work has been included in many of the juried Society of Illustrators’ annual shows, Communication Arts, American Illustration and Print magazines.

Allison M. Dickson has authored novels The Last Supper and Strings, as well as several dozen short stories. Her short stories have been published both independently and in magazines and anthologies, including Apex.

Sammie Sue Edmondson has taught both youth and adult dance classes for the City of Kettering for over 30 years. She studied dance with the New York City Ballet, at Sinclair Community College and with renowned dance instructor, Jorg Fasting, of the Columbus Ballet.

Shannon Fent has been Kettering Children’s Theatre’s director since 2007. She has Associate’s degree from Sinclair Community College in Theatre Production.

Nicole Fiely is an artist and educator, who teaches a variety of Rosewood’s youth and adult classes and camps, including Printmaking and Screen Printing. She studied Fine Arts at Wright State University.

Peter Frederick is a watercolor painter who illuminates the landscapes of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Kentucky. Peter is a self-taught watercolorist with a background in graphic and landscape design. While known for distinctive sceneries, this Dayton artist has also ventured into abstraction with his painting series Abstract Contours.

Sharon Govender has lived and worked in South Africa, earning a degree from the University of Durban, Westville. She studied painting, photography, Indian Art and African Art in addition to other art-related courses.

Trish Jeffers-Zeh is an awarding winning artist, teacher and public speaker. Certified in PMC, Senior/ACW, she is dedicated to the advancement of metal clay arts. She also offers certification and mentoring of metal clay instructors. Her work has been shown internationally, sold in galleries, displayed in art museums, and she is a published author of instructional articles for magazines and other publications. Trish teaches nationally as well as through Rosewood Art Centre.

Tom Kinarney is a former professional artist who has done freelance illustration for numerous companies, locally and nationally. He taught art at the former Riverbend Art Center and currently teaches with both the Fairborn Art Association and Rosewood Arts Centre.

David Kirchner has a degree in art from Cedarville College. He also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. David operates Vessels in downtown Dayton. He has worked in clay since 1984.

Jess Kucinski leads the Art with Buddies program at Rosewood, which is designed especially for young children on the Autism Spectrum. Kucinski attended Wright State University and also teaches at We Care Arts, a Kettering organization that specializes in teaching clients with emotional and developmental disabilities.

Donna Kuszpa studied wirewrapping with John Kleber in Columbus. Starting in 1993, she taught wirewrapping at Riverbend Arts Centre and currently teaches all the Wirewrapping for Jewelry courses at Rosewood.

April Lemaster has been studying ceramics for over a decade. She has attended numerous workshops and conferences for ceramic techniques around the country. She has exhibited her ceramic work and received awards in the greater Dayton region.

Elizabeth Martin is a longtime fiber arts enthusiast. Introduced to knitting by her mother when she was seven years old, she has been exploring the craft ever since. For the past few years, she has studied the traditional knitting styles and techniques used by different cultures around the world. Her skills include the cleaning, processing, and spinning of raw wool into finished yarn, which she uses in her own projects. Recently, she has begun exploring the art of needle felting.

Tracy McElfresh aka Tracysews, is based in Kettering, Ohio. She loves custom sewing work, and dresses are her favorite. She is also a fit specialist, freelance writer, blogger and garment construction expert and a sewing instructor since 2004. Tracy also has a background in early education and has been working with children for over eight years. She is one of the former co-owners of Sew Dayton.

Jes McMillan is a mosaic artist and founder of the Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton. She has been creating artwork for over 16 years.

Jared Parker teaches Rosewood’s Photoshop classes. He currently serves as the Digital Design Tech Prep program instructor for Kettering City Schools.

Steven Powers teaches youth clay classes, including the popular Exploring Pottery Skills, but is always willing to pitch in and help with summer camps, too. A graduate of Sinclair Community College, he creates beautiful, functional ceramic pieces and also  studied painting, drawing, sculpture and woodworking while at Sinclair.

Loretta Puncer founded Gallery 510 Fine Art in 2007 as an initiative to culturally revive Dayton’s Historic Oregon District by creating a channel for local and regional artists, including herself, to display their work. Puncer’s paintings attract private collectors and patrons both locally and from across the country. In addition to managing the gallery and creating artwork of her own, she shares her passion for art through teaching a variety of classes and workshops both at Gallery 510 Fine Art, and Rosewood Arts Centre. She received her BFA from the University of Dayton.

Mary Sanders is a member of the Kettering Arts Council. She teaches several adult classes at Rosewood, including the scrapbooking programs and Beer Glass Etching.

Kate Huser Santucci lives and makes art in Dayton, Ohio. She received her BFA in sculpture, but has since moved into mixed media and encaustic painting. Her current work incorporates drawing and printmaking techniques with wax and wood to create translucent layers and images. Kate is excited to be teaching again at Rosewood after many years!

Amanda Schommer has a M.A. in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from Miami University. She has spent the past decade teaching Spanish to a wide variety students ranging from preschoolers to senior citizens and tutoring middle and high school age students.

Barb Stork is a Dayton-based artist working in a variety of media. She serves on the faculty at Sinclair Community College.

Sara Torgison received a BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in ceramics from Humboldt State University in 2010. She has worked as a studio potter and ceramics technician while developing her craft and creating strong ties with the visual arts community in the Miami Valley. Sara is currently the Ceramic Facilities Coordinator at Rosewood Art Centre and Resident Artist at John Bryan Community Pottery in Yellow Springs.

Leonard Williams is best known for his vibrant watercolor scenes. His paintings have been recognized in numerous juried shows, both locally and nationally, featured in private and corporate collections across the country. His work can be seen in “The New Creative Artist” by well-known artist/author Nita Leland, and he is a featured artist in her book, Confident Color. In addition, his drawings appear in a series of learning and activity books for children in grades one through five produced by Children’s Historical Publishing.

Sharon Williams began working with clay in college and has been involved with ceramics at Rosewood Arts Centre since 1992. Her experience includes classes with potters from Yellow Springs and the Greater Cincinnati Area. At Rosewood, Sharon has instructed preschoolers through adults in clay and arts. She has exhibited and sold pottery in the Tri-State Area.

Beth Wright is a dancer, choreographer and educator of dance. She has been sharing her art form since she was a teenager, and spent years as a member of Rhythm in Shoes, as well as a resident artist for Muse Machine.

Kathy Woodruff is the co-owner of Busy Beaver Arts and Crafts and a glass art educator.


Rosewood Arts Centre is pleased to announce a very special tribute to ceramic arts – 2017 is dedicated to celebrating all things clay!

Scroll down to learn about our upcoming 2017 clay events!

CJ Niehaus Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, September 23 - 24
CJ Niehaus's whimsical, nature-inspired ceramic artworks come to life on porcelain with underglaze pencils and washes. Niehaus will lead a demonstration, a hands-on activity and give an artist talk in conjunction with her workshop. Niehaus is a Professor of Ceramics at McHenry County College outside of Chicago, has exhibited throughout the United States, and was recently awarded Contemporary Craft's 2017 LEAP Award. 

Learn Niehaus's techniques at this very special, hands-on workshop at Rosewood. You'll decorate up to two pieces of your own bisque work under Niehaus's direction, in addition to enjoying demos by the artist. All skill levels are welcome at this workshop. Ages  16+.
Workshop Schedule
Saturday, September 23
10am - 12:30pm:  Introductions, Background, Overview of projects and demos hand building with forms
12:30 - 1:30pm:  Lunch break
1:30 - 5pm:  Demos, begin work on individual projects with oversight, classroom format
Sunday, September 24
10am - 12:30pm:  Demo with bisque work, underglaze pencils and decorative techniques
12:30 - 1:30pm:  Lunch break
1:30 - 5pm:  Demos and continued work on individual projects
$95 workshop registration fee. Advance registration is required.


Join us on Saturday, September 30 from 10am - 2pm for Rosewood’s Clay Fest: A Celebration of Clay! This event is part of our yearlong celebration of ceramic arts, Set in Stoneware: A Year of Clay. Come enjoy:

  • Ceramics demonstrations
  • A wheel pottery throwdown
  • Pottery sale
  • Interactive art activities
Close window