ELKINS-The Randolph County Community Arts Center winter classes are about to start -with several new classes and workshops being offered.
Information and descriptions about winter and early spring classes and events are available online at www.randolpharts.org.
A variety of multimedia arts classes for children will begin this week-including the very popular "After School Art Club." The Art Club, for kindergarten through 5th graders, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The class is designed to provide children with a supportive and fun environment to develop their creativity, stretch their imagination, and learn art concepts and techniques. Tuition is $20 per week for 9 weeks or $144 for 9 weeks if paid in full at registration.
Younger, preschool artists can exercise their bodies and imaginations, too. "Action Art!" and "Little Yogi, Big Imagination" are both available Saturdays at 11 a.m. to noon and 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., respectively.
"Action Art!" is taught by Jennifer Wagoner using nontraditional objects and movement to create art. Fun activities include painting with your feet, drawing while swinging and more. Parents must be present. Tuition is $50.
"Little Yogi, Big Imagination" is directed by experienced yogi, Susan Krakoff. This fun and extremely interactive yoga class incorporates drawing, painting, dancing and acting out animal movements and sounds in yoga poses. Each week students will learn new yoga poses and complete a visual art project. Parents must be present. Tuition is $40.
Two beginning pottery classes are offered this season for young artists. Your third- through eighth-grader will join potter Kevin Boyle to learn hand-building techniques in "Building a Bank Blast!" in the new 1 Park Street Studios. The projects will involve wedging, coil pots and glazing to create one-of-a-kind animal banks. This six-week class starts Jan. 31 from 4-5:30 p.m. There is a limited enrollment of six students. Tuition is $70.
The "Winter Wonderland: Pottery Hand-building for Children" is specifically designed for kindergarten- through fifth-graders. Young artists will learn basic hand-building skills from potter Susan Pell to create snowmen, candle houses, Valentine's Day hearts, and other winter-themed pieces. Classes start Jan. 29. Tuition is $60.
Artist Maggi Rhudy will teach a new multimedia class - "Magic of Lines" for students in fourth through 12th grades. Students will explore several media and techniques including continuous line drawings, paper manipulation creating lines, paper weaving, cardboard loom weaving, and 4-harness floor loom weaving. Classes meet Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.. Tuition is $50.
Teens and Adults won't be left out of the new class selections. Starting Monday, Jennifer Wagoner will teach "Beginning Embroidery: Subversive Stitchery." Students will be introduced to Victorian embroidery ideals and how contemporary embroidery artists have subverted these ideals to create an embroidered space of defiant expression and fine art. Tuition is $70.
Susan Pell will also offer "Hand and Wheel Pottery for Adults" on Thursday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. In this class, 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 and building skills while they learn new finishing techniques. Tuition for this class is $100.
Music classes also begin this month for both youth and adults. Musician Wayne Rowand will offer his popular "Fun with Fingerstyle Guitar / Beginning Guitar" on Mondays. Students will explore the possibilities of fingerstyle guitar in this introductory class that will focus on instrumental guitar music played with a classical technique. Students will learn notation in the first position of the guitar, fundamental rhythms, proper techniques, and musicianship through the use of music from around the world. The class will be structured as an ensemble with each student having the opportunity to play both melody and chordal accompaniment. The class for 3rd - 8th graders will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. and the class for 9th graders through adults will meet from 7 - 8 p.m.. Tuition for this 12-week class is $80.
Rowand will also offer private guitar lessons through the Arts Center. These individualized lessons include, but are not limited to, technique, musicianship, theory, improvisation, coaching, and audition preparation. Lessons are $65 monthly for a 30-minute weekly session.
All intermediate to advanced artists are welcome to attend the "Life Drawing" class. This self-directed class meets Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Artists get the opportunity to draw from a clothed model in an open studio setting. Tuition for the class is $45 and tuition covers fees for the model. Artists should bring all of their own supplies.
On Feb. 2, Maggi Rhudy will lead students in a "Mardi Gras Masks" workshop. There are two class times to choose from: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Students aged 4th grade through adults will create Mardi Gras masks using a variety of media-paper, paint, collage, and more-just in time for the Mardi Gras Dinner & Dance on Feb. 8. The cost is $30.
Additional classes begin each month. Visit www.randolpharts.org for new class and event listings.
The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a non-profit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and the surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins.
The Arts Center's Art Education programs are supported by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, AES Laurel Mountain, LLC., and Parrack Insurance.
Funds have been provided in part by the Carol Lambert Judy Scholarship Fund and the El Gran Sabor "El Gran Fest."
For more information on classes and events, visit the website at www.randolpharts.org or call 304-637-2355.