The Art Center begins 2013 with a fresh listing of workshops that focus on sculpture and painting.
From January to June the options of media and experimentation are endless from clay, to alcohol inks, to Japanese/Chinese brush painting and finally into the summer with an oil painting workshop and lecture with Denver painter/printmaker Joellyn Duesberry.
The Art Center painting department is offering two very different options for artists in February. Carol Ann Rasmussen from Cedaredge will be teaching a class in working with the media of alcohol inks. This class is very fun and always produces vibrantly colored works. Perfect for people who work loose and enjoy the way paint, surface and tools can be surprising in outcome. Local artist Gary Clapp will give a one-day introduction to Japanese/Chinese brush painting. Both of these classes have sign-ups available with times and prices on The Art Center website at www.gjartcenter.org.
Joellyn Duesberry's June 9-10 workshop, "Abstraction Masquerading as Landscape Painting," is currently taking sign-ups for advanced students in oil painting.
During the workshop students develop the geometric underpinnings that are necessary in capturing and painting the landscape. Sketches will also be used to work out structure and compositional studies. Duesberry's work can be seen on her website at www.joellynduesberry.com.
The January sculpture workshop with Cedaredge artist Daphna Russell has already filled but people interested in tackling clay as a sculptural medium can sign up to be put on a waiting list to be called for the next available class. "Edges in Sculpture" has always had strong participation and will be offered again for those not able to attend the Jan. 19 class.
Inspiring educational classes and a commitment to providing access to art for all people have been at the heart of The Art Center's mission for more than 60 years. "Participatory," "experiential," and "artist-driven" are words that describe the variety of programming from traditional to contemporary offered year round. Everyone can take the creative plunge through educational activities that are free and open to the public or provided at low tuition rates thanks to generous donors and sponsors. Adults, teens and youth can even apply for need-based scholarship.
All class and workshop fees, times and descriptions are on The Art Center website gjartcenter.org. The Art Center can be reached at 970-243-7337, ext. 2. Class brochures can be picked up at 1803 N. Seventh St.