ELKINS - Elkins artist Maggi Rhudy is offering students a unique class that will allow them to take an imaginary journey, then paint a story scroll.
Rhudy said the class introduces participants to images from Asian scrolls and also helps students become familiar with elements and principles of design used by artists. The class will be offered through the Randolph County Community Arts Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18.
"You will be led in visualization and watch demonstrations of painting with acrylic paint using sponges, sponge brushes, and other nontraditional tools," Rhudy said.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Beverly resident Laverne Chase, above, makes traditional German foil Christmas ornaments at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. Local artist Maggi Rhudy will offer a class in ornament-making inspired by her German heritage.
"Finally you create your own imaginary journey scroll, expressing the images and feelings you have during the visualization, or find your own images on 18-inches by 12-feet paper. The painting you create may be realistic or abstract, or anything in between."
Rhudy said she would like this to be a fun personal exploration. All materials and tools will be provided, but students should feel free to bring articles to be added to the painting like feathers, fabric or yarn.
She asks that participants bring a paint smock or old shirt, and old pants, as acrylic paints can stain clothes.
Rhudy said the scroll workshop came out of her experiences at the high school.
"We will relax and do a guided visualization, which can be used for the scroll," Rhudy said. "Some people get into one aspect of it, some create their own story scroll - several friends did a scroll about their life or their family or just fooled around. It's also about experimentation with color and different kinds of tools - sponges, sponge brushes, fingers, hands, you name it.
"It's not so much about detail - therefore it can be abstract," Rhudy said. "I have some examples that my students did in high school. It's also about flow - movement, continuation within a long painting. Each person will approach it differently.
"Acrylic paint can be used like water color, but dries very fast. You can paint over it and make textures. We can also use glitter, attach objects like yarn or feathers - it is totally loose! It's not only painting but also discovering yourself and getting into kind of a meditational flow.
"If you did not like what you did, you can start another! Or you can cut out pieces that are your favorites. I see it as personal fun!"
Rhudy taught art at Elkins High School for many years. She learned to speak English in high school in Germany, and was a banker before coming to the United States. She has a bachelor's degree in art from the School of Design of the University of Toledo, Ohio, and a master's degree in German, also from the same school. Art and foreign cultures are her passions and she has taught art and German to students of all ages.
"Art and foreign languages open windows to the world," Rhudy said. "Sharing my knowledge about our culture and the cultures of other countries expressed in their spoken and visual language is my gift to my students."
To sign up for Rhudy's class or any other class offered through the RCCAC, call 304-637-2355.