Early spring classes and workshops for all ages are set to begin March 4 at the Randolph County Community Arts Center.
Here is a list of some classes available this spring, while full descriptions about winter and early spring classes and events are available online at www.randolpharts.org.
Students from fifth grade to adult can take part in Jennifer Wagoner's Needle Felted Small Sculptures class on Wednesdays, starting March 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. Stab your way to make hand-held, fuzzy wool sculptures. In this class, you'll learn the basics of needle felting on a simple project and then move on to more complex projects as you become familiar with the process. The cost is $60.
Wagoner also will teach Experimental Weaving: The Portable Loom to ages 10 and older. This class will explore various ways of working unconventional "threads" within a small frame loom, as well as out of it in 3-D protrusions. Class will be Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m., starting March 23. Cost: $60.
Kindergarten through fifth grade students will enjoy Storybook Art with Sarah Ferguson. Students will create their own collages, paintings, drawings, prints and more. All new projects will be chosen for this class, so those who have taken it before will have new artistic adventures to experience. Classes are Thursdays, starting March 7, from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Cost: $50.
The Signs of Spring: Pottery Hand-building class is also for children from kindergarten through fifth grade. Artist Susan Pell will teach basic hand-building skills - slabs, coils and pinching to build birdhouses, garden ornaments, rabbits and planters. Class is from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $60.
Preschoolers have two classes from which to choose. The first is Read, Play, and Create: GRRRR! Parents and their children will enjoy this hands-on class that integrates reading and art. The art projects, music, games, crafts and snacks will be based on favorite stories about animals. The class is taught by Sarah Ferguson and will meet Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m., starting March 7. Cost: $40.
Another class for preschoolers is Action Art" with Wagoner. Children and their parents will explore various ways of creating art through movement, using our own bodies and nontraditional objects. Ever wanted to paint with a flyswatter? Draw while swinging? Paint with your feet? This class is for you and your little one. Class is Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon, starting March 23. Cost: $40.
The popular After School Art Club for kindergarten through fifth-graders, continues to meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. through March 22. 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/week for nine weeks.
Teens and adults have plenty of class opportunities as well. Students can join artist Maggi Rhudy for Decorating Gourds: Bunnies, Baskets, Bowls & Birdhouses workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23. Rhudy will show students how to clean and prepare gourds to create a one-of-a-kind containers, birdhouses and Easter decorations for display or practical use. She will demonstrate many techniques including painting, wood burning and adding a variety of materials. Cost: $65.
Pastel Basics is also for teens and adults. In the class, taught by Ferguson, students will use both chalk and oil pastels and work on blending colors, applying colors and experimenting with various techniques. Class is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, starting March 7. Cost: $100.
Ferguson is also teaching a one-day workshop, Drawing: a Crash Course for teens and adults. Students learn the basics of drawing, perspective, shading and more. Rendering natural objects realistically and believably is achieved by seeing, understanding and drawing the shadow and light on the form using graphite pencil, charcoal and more. Students will receive their own sketchbook to take it home to continue to use after the course is completed. Class is March 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $70.
Beginner and intermediate pottery students can join potter Kevin Boyle on the pottery wheel. Beginning students will learn wedging, centering, basic throwing and glazing techniques. Experienced students will refine their throwing/building skills and learn new finishing techniques to bring their pottery to a higher level. Class is two evenings per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m, starting March 12. Cost: $170.
Potter Jennifer Boyle will teach Standing Tall with Slabs to teens and adults. The class will create hand rolled pottery slabs with a focus on texture. The possible projects include wall hanging planters, tissue boxes, cabins and platters. Class meets Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., starting March 15. Cost: $85.
Pottery: Hand and Wheel for Adults will be Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. This class designed for beginning and experienced potters. Potter Susan Pell will teach beginning students the fundamentals of hand building and throwing. Experienced students will refine their throwing/building skills and learn new finishing techniques to bring their pottery to a higher level. Cost: $100.
Early spring music classes also begin this month for both youth and adults. Musician Wayne Rowand offers 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 third- through eighth-graders will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. and the class for ninth-graders through adults will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuition for this 12-week class is $80.
Rowand also will 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.
In Lab Band, band director Seth Young will lead two ensemble classes for students who like to sing or play an instrument - any instrument. Both Early Lab Band and Late Lab Band are open to students in the fifth through 12th grades. Early Lab Band is designed for students new to the Lab Band program and for those who have participated in only one session of Lab Band. Late Lab Band is designed for students who have participated in at least two or more Lab Band sessions. Classes began Feb. 12. Early Lab Band meets Tuesdays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. and Late Lab Band meets Tuesdays from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.. Tuition is $80. Students should bring their own instrument. Non-refundable payment of $40 is due with registration with the balance due at the March 19 class. There will be a 10 percent discount ($70) if paid in full at registration.
Additional classes begin each month. Visit us at www.randolpharts.org for new class and event listings.
The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a nonprofit 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 El Gran Sabor "El Gran Fest." For more information on classes and events, visit www.randolpharts.org or call 304-637-2355.