Check your community art center to find out if you have any practicing artists living in your community. You may be able to arrange a visit to the studio where you can watch the artist at work. Ceramics studios are especially fun because pots thrown on a wheel are formed quickly before your eyes. Many landscape artists paint at locations around town so you may run into one without even planning a visit. Ask if you can sit and watch as the painting takes form.
Note: For a hands on experience with painting ceramics, look for a commercial studio in your community. Visit www.colormemine.com for locations.