The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas will welcome guest artist Yelena Petroukhina to lead ceramics workshops this summer.

The workshops are set for Monday through Friday, June 28–July 2, and Monday, July 5. They include a daytime camp (1–4 p.m.) for youths ages 12-17, and an evening workshop (6–8:30 p.m.) for adults 18 and older.

This programming coincides with ASC’s exhibition “Defining Home: Mixed Media and Ceramics of Yelena Petroukhina.” In her sculptural work, Petroukhina uses clay to build simple house forms. Her exhibition at ASC explores the ideas of home and comfort, and this theme will carry into the workshops.

Born and raised in Bryansk, Russia, she lives in Little Rock where she teaches art at Horace Mann Middle School. Petroukhina is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Visit her website at

“Defining Home” is on view through July 10, 2021, in ASC’s William H. Kennedy Jr. Gallery. The exhibition is sponsored by Simmons Bank.

The adult and youth workshops are both designed for students of all experience levels. “Whether your experiences in clay are limited or you are an experienced ceramicist, the workshops will jump-start your excitement about clay-forming techniques,” Petroukhina said. “Through demonstrations, discussions and personalized attention, students will work on creating well-crafted, thoughtful sculptural work.”

While exploring concepts of home to develop their pieces, students will use clay slabs to construct single- or multiple-component sculptural forms. They will explore the possibilities of clay as a canvas for imagery and visual narratives. They will also use underglazes and printing techniques such as monoprinting and image transfer. Students will also be introduced to kiln use.

The July 5 session is for students to pick up their final fired pieces and for a culminating group activity.

The cost per student is $120 for ASC members and $150 for nonmembers, and includes all materials. The workshops are limited to 15 students each.

The workshops will be in the ceramics studio at ASC’s new facility The ARTSpace on Main, 623 S. Main St. Renovation of the building home to The ARTSpace was made possible by a $2.5 million grant from the Windgate Foundation.

Register for the Adult Ceramics Workshop at or the Youth Ceramics Camp at Participants may also register by calling (870) 536-3375.

About ASC

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff, is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gallery admission is free. Support for ASC is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission, & the City of Pine Bluff. ASC is a member of the Discovery Network, a statewide program of the Museum of Discovery. For more information and to sign up for upcoming event announcements, visit

Photo: Yelena Petroukhina’s ceramic sculptures “Krasina St. 6” (left) and “How to see a cloud at night.” are among works on display in “Defining Home: Mixed Media and Ceramics of Yelena Petroukhina” at The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.