Welcome to the Millard Sheets Art Center. We are a year round art education and exhibition center focusing on the visual arts.

We offer programs to the community in a wide array of interests and skill levels in order to encourage as many people as possible to learn and engage with the arts. We specialize in the traditional art forms of painting, ceramics, and design.

Building on Millard Sheets philosophy of strong educational foundations, we provide access for students of all ages to classes and exhibitions that inspire creativity while emphasizing discipline and the fundamentals of creating art.

Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about our programs and exhibitions and we hope to see you in one of our classes or events soon.


The Reed Fine Arts program provides advanced art courses in drawing and painting on a no-cost, scholarship basis to students who demonstrate a willingness to commit to an entire year of study. The mission of the Reed Fine Arts program is to support the ambition and passion of young artists to explore and unlock their creativity. Through a combination of weekly instruction, open studio, guided practice, and extracurricular responsibilities, our students will develop the skills needed to become the artists they dream to be.

Our students work within the Millard Sheets Art Center, a WPA building (Works Progress Administration) erected in 1937. The art center values the joy the arts bring to our lives and in the past has exhibited works by artists Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin and Vincent Van Gogh and will continue in this tradition by nurturing the talent and beauty created by emerging artists.

The Reed Fine Arts Program is dedicated to improving the creative endeavors of our young artists and we hope you will join us on this incredible journey.

Program Overview

Students meet once a week, beginning with a five-week summer session and continuing with semester programs in fall and spring. The course concludes with an art exhibition and presentation of certificate of completion. Students who have successfully completed the Reed Fine Arts Program will have participated in 96 hours of classroom instruction, explored museums in and around Southern California, hung their artwork on the same walls that showcased Monet and Degas, learned from professionals in the art world, and discovered new career pathways in the arts.

Course Overview

Summer Session - 5 weeks

  • Drawing and painting techniques
  • Observational drawing
  • Figure studies
  • Theme development
  • Utilizes graphite, charcoal, conte crayon, acrylic paint, water mixable oils

Fall Session - 12 weeks

  • Color theory
  • Drawing and painting on location
  • Figure studies
  • Utilizes graphite, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic paint, canvas, graphite pencil, mixed media

Spring Session - 15 weeks

  • Advanced drawing and painting techniques
  • Drawing and painting on location
  • Advanced figure studies
  • Portraiture
  • Portfolio construction
  • Utilizes acrylic paint, canvas, graphite pencil, mixed media

Enrollment Requirements

The Reed Fine Arts Program offers 20 students the opportunity to join the program as a participant, working together as they advance through each stage of the curriculum. Our students participate at no cost and are provided all of the supplies necessary to accomplish the program goals. As such, it is necessary to select those students that best demonstrate the qualities and skills it will require to commit and successfully complete the year-long program. Students are asked to submit an application and supporting materials, as stated below, to be considered for one of the 20 positions. Students may also be asked to participate in an interview if further consideration is required.

Each student that applies to the Reed Fine Arts Program must submit the following:

  • Student application
  • Teacher recommendation
  • 2 representational drawings of artwork


March 1 - Applications available online
April 4 - Applications due
May 2 - Students notified

To learn about the admission process, please contact Art Center Manager Thomas Canavan at canavan@fairplex.com


CTEC Art is a pathway within our Career and Technical Education Center. The curriculum within CTEC Art focuses on 2D and 3D Design and meets here in the art center studios.

This program offers high school students an introduction painting, drawing and ceramics with an emphasis on commercial arts and provides students with up to 10 vocational education credits they need toward graduation.

Please visit CTEC to learn more about CTEC Art and how you can participate.


2016 Adult classes

Evening Pottery Course
Cost: $150
Class 1: Monday (Includes additional Tuesday Night Open Studio) All Levels
6:30-8:30 pm
Instructor - Jake Yeager

Course Description:  Students will learn the basic procedures of working on the potter’s wheel. Various wheel throwing techniques will be used to create functional items. Students will also will be exposed to clay preparation, specific vocabulary to the art of ceramics, basic forming, decorating, glazing methods, and kiln firing procedures at mid-fire temperatures (Cone 5).

Evening Watercolor Course
Cost: $125

Class 2a: Monday - All Levels
6:30-8:30 pm
Instructor - Pradeepa Thirumulu

Class 2b: Tuesday - All Levels
6:30-8:30 pm
Instructor - Richard Martinez

Course Description: In this course, students will learn techniques for composing and painting watercolor paintings. Throughout the course we will cover basic elements of art, elements of composition and design, techniques such as wet on wet, dry brush, overlapping transparent colors, and others. We will conduct classes both indoors and outdoors in plein air.

Evening Figure Drawing Class
Cost: $125

Tuesday - All Levels – 6:30-9:00 pm
Instructor - Candice Chovanec

Course Description:  Students will be introduced to drawing the human figure. Coursework will include direct observation and subsequent drawings from the model with emphasis on achieving correct form and proportions. Other figurative subjects (students, mannequins, skeletons, etc.) will also be used as references for drawings. Types of drawings to be done in class will include gestures, short studies and prolonged drawings.

*Students accepted in to the Reed Fine Arts program are eligible to attend this course at no charge. 

for each course are not provided by the art center. All students are responsible for purchasing their own. A supply list is given to the students prior to the beginning of the course.

If the class does not meet the minimum enrollment of 10 students you have the option to enroll in another class or request a refund.

All fees are non-refundable, unless the class is cancelled.  

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Winter Session Dates
Week of Jan 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; March 7, 14

Spring Session Dates
Week of April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Summer Session Dates
Week of June 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; Aug 1, 8, 15, 22

Fall Session Dates
Week of Oct 10, 17, 24; Nov 7, 14, 28; Dec 5, 12, 19

Palates and Palettes is back for a second year! 

Whether you're a novice or pro artist who also has a passion for fine dining and wines, all are invited to Palates & Palettes. Held each month, the events highlight a famous artist from a particular geographic location and guests, guided by an experienced art teacher, either recreate one of his famous works or use the art as inspiration. Meanwhile, cuisine and wines from the artist’s homeland are served.
Guests will be encouraged to work in the style of the featured artist for their paintings, which they will take home after the event.  The food, catered by Twisted Sage of San Dimas, and wines, provided by the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, will salute Klimt’s native Austria.  Cost is $75 per person and includes painting supplies as well as the food and wine. 

Attendees include everyone from students and art enthusiasts to those on a date and even entire families.

Space is limited and reservations are required.

Each Palates and Palettes runs from 6:30-9:30 pm and is located here at the Millard Sheets Art Center. Parking is free and located at Gate 1.

2016 P+P Schedule:
January 9 - Klimt – Austria
February 13 – Van Gogh – The Netherlands
March 12 - Monet – France
April 16 – Georgia O’Keefe - USA
May 14 - Picasso - Spain
June 11 - Matisse - South of France

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Our free Family Workshops is one of our most exciting programs. It is an opportunity for families to come together for a few hours here in our studios to make art together! 

We know it's challenging to find time at home to organize art projects (which is what we're all doing in our spare time, right?) and sometimes art isn't offered during the school day, so we try to make this easy. All supplies included, just bring the family and get inspired!  

Having the opportunity to provide this program to our community is something we hold very dear. This program is completely funded by the generous donations from Fairplex employee contributions. 

All workshops take place on the second Saturday of each month from 12:00-2:00pm. 

All we ask is that you pre-register you and your loved ones.

Here are our workshop dates for 2016:
January 9
February 13
March 12
April 9 
May 14 
June 11

Check our Education page to learn more about each of the projects for our workshops.

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The Millard Sheets Art Center is located on the grounds of Fairplex in Pomona.
1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona, CA 91768 

Enter through Gate 1, free parking is available in the lot located to the left. Continue on foot through the Guard House, art center is located immediately to the right.

For more information, please contact:
Thomas Canavan
Phone: (909) 865-4161
Email: canavan@fairplex.com

Our availability to the public varies throughout the year, but we're always available by appointment and happy to conduct tours of the building and our programs.