LCA artists offer classes: Basic wheel throwing, painting, drawing

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Those who have always wanted to learn how to use a potter's wheel or draw or paint something suitable for framing, some of the resident artists at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts are there to help.

John Haines is offering Adult Basic Wheel Throwing I and II. The eight-week course will be offered from 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday for a cost of will cost $160. Included in each class are the first 25-pound bag of clay and the use of glazes.

For those whose interests lie more in the visual arts, resident artist debi Story Maddox will teach two classes for students age 16 and up. The first is a four-week Advanced Graphite Drawing class for artists who want to upgrade their drawing skills and techniques. The 90-minute classes will be from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays for a cost of $80.

Maddox' other class is a “Stretching Your Own Canvas” class for no more than six students at a time. Students will learn how to stretch canvases and get them ready for painting. The $100 class, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on a Saturday to be determined, includes a 2-foot x 2-foot frame, canvas, gesso and sandpaper. Students bring their own sack lunch.

Painter Bob Gray will be teaching a “Transparent Water Color Workshop” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a Saturday to be announced in April for $60. Gray has been teaching water color workshops for at least 15 years, seven of them at the center. “I have been painting in water color since about 1970,” he said. “I started out in oil but that was when I branched out into other media. I've conducted workshops in Colorado and Arizona and I have attended workshops conducted by nationally known artists.”

Other resident artists also teach, including:

Carolanne Ryan and Dusty Severn, who will be conducting a “Christmas in June” workshop. More details to follow.

Ryan and Severn will also be teaming up with artist Laura Davis in “Painters and Potters.”

Mattie O will be teaching “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain” in June. Dates and further details will be announced.

Other regular teachers include photographer Michael Pach and sculptor Ronny Walker, who teaches sculpture. Summer classes will be announced soon.

Each of these individual or series of classes will begin as soon as at least four students sign up and, in most cases, no experience is necessary. All classes will take place in classrooms at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Colo. 105 in Palmer Lake. Space is limited but many of the artists also keep waiting lists.

For supply lists, information and to register, call 719-481-0475. Information about the center and its artists and memberships is available at www.trilakesarts.org.

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