Early Spring Classes and Workshops

at the Randolph County Community Arts Center

March 1 – April 9, 2010



 

Drawing and Painting Classes for Teens / Adults

Acrylic Painting            Mondays 6:00 - 7:30        Older Teens and Adults     $65        Teacher: Woodcock

Students will join Elkins artist Kevin Woodcock for an introduction to acrylic painting. Students will learn how to stretch canvas onto frames and to prime the raw canvas with gesso. In addition, students will also learn different acrylic painting techniques including monochromatic under painting, transparent glazing, thick impasto paring using carious tools including brushes, toothbrushes, palette knives, sponges and more. Instruction will be tailored to the skill level of each individual student and returning students will further develop their skills. Limited enrollment of 8 students.

Encaustic Painting        Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:00        Older Teens and Adults     $70        Teacher: Doig

Encaustic painting is the technique of painting with hot, pigmented bees wax. This traditional art form has a fascinating history and dates back to at least 2,500 years. Because of the durable and highly manipulable nature of beeswax, encaustic paintings are impervious to moisture, do not need to be varnished, and withstand centuries without deterioration. The structural properties of the wax itself allow encaustics to be molded, carved, textured, cast, and built up. Encaustics cool immediately, so there is no drying time, yet they can always be reworked. This class will explore the basics of encaustic painting as students experiment with a variety of approaches, including traditional and contemporary techniques, and ample demonstrations will be given. No prior experience with encaustic is necessary.

Watercolor Painting    Wednesdays: April 7, 14 and 21 9:00 - 3:00    Teens and Adults    
$40 each or $100 for all three if paid in full with registration                                            Teacher: Waddell

This course offers beginning and intermediate student techniques in watercolor painting. Basic techniques will be covered, such as using brushes, paint and papers, as well as color mixing and composition. Learn to choose and use colors effectively, build a strong foundation of lights and darks, and use a variety of application techniques. Students will participate in critiques of composition and design in addition to principles of basic craftsmanship. Instruction will be tailored to the skill level of each individual student and returning students will further develop their skills. Limited enrollment of 8 students.

Portrait Drawing         Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30        Older Teens and Adults     $60        Teacher: Ferguson

Students will join artist Sarah Ferguson for an introduction to portrait drawing. Drawing faces from real life and photographs, students will learn about proportions, shading, and creating different facial expressions in order to capture the essence of the subject. This class is for all levels of students. This class will be taught as a beginning class, but students will be helped individually as they work, so instruction will be tailored to the skill level of the student.

Life Drawing            Thursdays 11:00 - 1:00            All Artists         $45                     Teacher: Self-directed

Intermediate to advanced artists can participate in this open studio. A wonderful opportunity to draw from a clothed model. Supplies not included. Tuition covers fees for the model.

Watercolors for the Rest of Us!     Saturdays, March 27 and April 3 9:00 - 3:00    Older Teens and Adults
$40 each or $65 for both if paid in full with registration. Bring a sack lunch!                     Teacher: McGannon
 

Using a limited palette of colors and a one sitting painting technique, this class is designed to demystify watercolor painting. This approach produces a stylistic look in painting, and does away with color confusion; the paintings being more immediate, more design and mood oriented, and less strictly illustrative. This approach is a perfect way to get ready to tackle outdoor Plein Aire style landscapes or to experiment with going more ZEN in your images. According to McGannon, “Beginners will grow bold and more sure while advanced painters will relax into design and their inner landscapes, freed from strict depiction." The resulting small paintings are perfect for gifts, as leads into larger works, or for meeting friends via the new Internet rage known as artists’ trading cards! A fun class for all levels.

Imaginary Journey – Paint a Story Scroll     Monday, March 22, 2010 9 AM to noon and 1 PM to 4 PM
                                                    Teens and Adults                     $50                         Teacher: Maggi Rhudy

Students will study and create Asian Scroll Paintings that depict travels, adventures, or everyday events. According to Rhudy, the paintings can be "realistic, abstract or anything in between. I would like this to be a fun personal exploration for each person." Rhudy will lead students on relaxing imaginary visual journey and then demonstrate scroll painting techniques using acrylic paints, sponges, sponge brushes and other nontraditional tools. Limit of 8 students
 

Adult Multi Media Classes

Egg Carving Workshop / Oyer Schritzle    Saturday Workshop, March 27 9:00 - 11:00
                        Older Teens and Adults                     $20                                               Teacher: Ken Waddell

Join artist Ken Waddell for a workshop in the age-old tradition of egg carving. Students will transfer designs, either their own or stenciled, to the surface of the prepared eggs. Eggs traditionally tinted red with red onion skin. Students will then use a scratch-carve technique to create the design, relying on the length, placement, and thickness of the lines to bring the image to life.

Beginning Juggling        Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:00        Teens and Adults         $50            Teacher: Fregonara

Join juggler Jim Fregonara in this fun, informal class that will bring out the inner juggler in you! Learn the basics of three ball juggling and progress to passing and using clubs. Students will be taught to juggle on an individual basis, starting with scarves and progressing to beanbags, balls and hopefully juggling clubs. More advanced jugglers will be able to pass balls and juggle clubs. Have fun while learning and exploring some of the basic techniques seen recently on the Arts Center stage!
 

Music for Tweens / Teens and Adults

Advanced Guitar Studies    Mondays 5:30 - 7:00    4th - Adults             $60                    Teacher: Kaiser

This advanced level class will provide the experienced guitar student with the opportunity to further study major, minor, pentatonic and chromatic scales, 16th notes, bar chords, moveable scales, 5th position, slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and bends along with music theory / reading, and ear training all in a small group setting. Students will use the Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition with cds available at your local bookstore or online. Maximum enrollment of 6 students.

Blues You Can Use!    Mondays 7:00 - 8:30        4th - Adults                 $60                    Teacher: Kaiser

This intermediate level class will provide guitar students the opportunity for an in depth study of Blues and Blues based music. Students will study pentatonic scales in all positions and patterns as well as chord voicings. Students will use the text "Blues You Can Use: A Complete Guide to Learning Blues” available at your local bookstore or online. Maximum enrollment of 6 students.

Dulcimer Tunes and Techniques    Thursdays 6:00 - 7:30        10 years old and up
                                                $50.00, plus instrument rental from teacher $10                    Teacher: Moore

Join Luanna Moore for this lap dulcimer class geared for beginning through advanced musicians. Students will learn to play different styles, learn local jam tunes, and basic chords for embellishment and accompaniment. In addition students will learn basic lap dulcimer tab – both by ear and note - strumming, tuning, basic chords for accompaniment in groups as well as several simple tunes. Music will include waltzes, fiddle tunes, gospel, folk and Irish tunes. Students do not need to be able to read music. Beginning students will be accommodated with a 30 minute getting started session prior to the first class. Instrument rental available from teacher for $10 with $40 security deposit. Limit of 8 students.

Beginning Tunes on the Hammered Dulcimer Workshop    Saturdays, March 6 and April 10 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
10 years old and up $20 each or $30 if you sign up and pre pay for both workshops at registration    Teacher: Moore
seven
hammered dulcimers will be available to use.

Join Luanna Moore for a beginning Hammered Dulcimer workshop. Students will learn to play several tunes, learn simple embellishments, continue to develop hammering techniques and learn tunes by ear or by notation. Emphasis will be on getting students to successfully play a number of traditional dulcimer tunes. No musical experience is required and the ability to read music is not required. Students who have absolutely no experience are welcome but should come 20-30 minutes early to get acquainted with the instrument.
 

Pottery and Sculpture Classes for Adults

Hand and Wheel for Adults    Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:30    Thursdays 6:00 - 7:30    Adults $70            Teacher: Pell

Beginning students can learn the fundamentals of hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel, including centering, raising the wall, thinning, shaping, and trimming. Intermediate students will refine their throwing / building skills and learn new finishing techniques to bring their pottery to a higher level. Experienced pottery students will have the opportunity to create independently. First 25 pounds of clay/glazes included in cost. One additional 25 pounds of clay/glazes $15. Limited enrollment of 6.

Pottery studio guidelines: Use of the kiln is restricted to firing works created at RCCAC for personal use. The Community Arts Center is not to be used for commercial production firing. Tuition includes first 25 lbs of clay. Additional clay can be purchased @ $25 for 25 lbs. This covers the costs of clay, glazes, and firing.

Portrait Sculpture    Wednesday 9:30 - 2:00, model time 10:30 - 12:30    Teens and Adults $85    Teacher: Self-directed

A wonderful opportunity for artists to work from a live (clothed) model to practice hand modeling and sculpting techniques. New artists are welcome. 8-week session with same model beginning April 7.
 

Children’s Multi Media Arts Classes / Workshops

Drawing, Doodling and Defining Your World through Line
   
        Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:15            Kindergarten - 4th grades         $50                                Teacher: Proudfoot Payne

Young artists will explore the basics of drawing and learn to draw what they see. This class is great for those who love art and want to give their drawing skills a boost, while having fun in a no pressure environment. Simple perspective, shading, proportion and line drawing are just a few of the areas that will be explored during the class along with the use of a variety of drawing materials such as: pencil, marker, pen, pastel, charcoal and more.

In the Manner of Andy Goldsworthy: Earth Work Artist
                Thursdays, April 8, 15 and 22 4:00 - 5:15        Kindergarten - 5th grades     $30        Teacher: Proudfoot Payne

Young artists will learn about the earth work artist Andy Goldsworthy while discussing the idea as to whether art can be temporary or if it must be permanent to be considered art. Students will conclude the session by creating their own earth work art piece with an understanding of the elements of art and how they can manipulate natural elements around them into artworks.

An Exploration of Earth Day and Sustainable Arts Workshop
                Friday, April 16 4:00 - 6:00                Kindergarten - 4th grades                 $15            Teacher: Proudfoot Payne

Students will learn the history and origin of Earth Day while exploring sustainable ways of creating art. Using recycled and discarded materials, young artists will create decorative and functional art during this two-hour workshop.

 

Children's Pottery Classes

Hand Building Basics for Children    Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00    Kindergarten - 5th grades     $65           Teacher: Pell

While continuing development of sculptural ideas, children will form their slabs, coils, and pinch pots into fabulous creations of their choice in an open studio, self-directed setting. Basic hand building skills will be introduced and developed. Previously enrolled students will continue to develop and improve basic hand building skills.
 

Multi Media Arts Classes for 4th – 8th Grades

Drawing, Doodling and Defining Your World through Line
                    Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:45                    4th - 8th grades             $50                                    Teacher: Proudfoot Payne

Young artists will explore the basics of drawing and learn to draw what they see. This class is great for those who love art and want to give their drawing skills a boost, while having fun in a no pressure environment. Simple perspective, shading, proportion and line drawing are just a few of the areas that will be explored during the class along with the use of a variety of drawing materials such as: pencil, marker, pen, pastel, charcoal and more.

Watercolor Painting for Children    Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30        4th-8th grades         $60                Teacher: Ferguson

This is a beginning watercolor class. The students will learn how to create different textures by using different brushstrokes and some household objects. They will also learn how to mix colors, control the paint, and many other tips and techniques.

An Exploration of Earth Day and Sustainable Arts Workshop
           
Friday, April 23 4:00 - 6:00            4th - 8th grades                     $15                                        Teacher: Proudfoot Payne

Students will learn the history and origin of Earth Day while exploring sustainable ways of creating art. Using recycled and discarded materials, young artists will create decorative and functional art during this two-hour workshop.
 

Pottery Classes for Middle School / High School

Hand and Wheel for Middle and High School Students
                        Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30        Middle and High School Students         $65                                Teacher: Pell

While continuing development of sculptural ideas, children will form their slabs, coils, and pinch pots into fabulous creations of their choice in an open studio, self-directed setting. Basic hand building skills will be introduced and developed. Previously enrolled students will continue to develop and improve basic hand building skills.

 

Dance and Movement Classes for Teens and Adults

Beginning Juggling        Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:00        Teens and Adults             $50                                Teacher: Fregonara

Join juggler Jim Fregonara in this fun, informal class that will bring out the inner juggler in you! Learn the basics of three ball juggling and progress to passing and using clubs. Students will be taught to juggle, on an individual basis, starting with scarves and progressing to beanbags, balls and hopefully juggling clubs. More advanced jugglers will be able to pass balls and juggle clubs. Have fun while learning and exploring some of the basic techniques seen recently on the Arts Center stage!

Clogging Sampler        Thursdays 6:00 - 7:30            Teens and Adults             $50                                   Teacher: Hill

Do you like all different types of music, and want to learn how to dance to them? This beginning class is open to all levels and will be a sampler of different percussive dance styles that have come to America. Students will experience Clogging, Waltz-Clog, Tap, French Canadian, Boot Dance, and Hand Bone over a course of 6 weeks. A fun and aerobic exercise activity that might just inspire you to dance the nights away at Augusta this summer!