The Randolph County Community Arts Center is offering a new batch of classes.
- "Elements of Art" will help students grow as an artist as they create artwork focused on line, space, shape, form, color, value and texture. Students will complete zentangle drawings, line sculptures, positive / negative banya tree artworks and much more. Offered in two sessions - one for Homeschoolers on Tuesdays from 2:303:30 p.m., and one for After School, 4:155:15 p.m. The class is open to kids in grades K5. The cost of the class is $50.
- Enjoy the company of other potters while you throw or hand build at your own pace during the "Open Pottery Studio." There is no instructor, just a studio manager. Participants are encouraged to share ideas, techniques and good stories while working independently on projects. One bag of clay is included in tuition; additional bags are sold at $30, which includes glaze and firings. Basic pottery skills are a must. Open pottery is a self-directed class and pottery experience is required. Open Studio meets every Friday from 11 a.m.2 p.m. The cost of the class is $90.
- "Explore the Elements of Watercolor" with instructor Sarah Ferguson. Learn more about line, space, shape, form, color, value and texture in this five-week workshop. Students will focus on pre-drawing, drawing with paint, painting drapery, experimenting with textures and more. This course is open to adults on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of the class is $75.
- Instructor Susan Pell designed "Pottery: Hand & Wheel" for beginning artists as well as experienced potters. Beginning students will learn the fundamentals of hand building and throwing on the potter's wheel, including centering, raising the wall, thinning, shaping and trimming. Experienced students will refine their throwing/building skills and learn new finishing techniques to bring their pottery to a higher level. This course is offered in two different six week sessions: 14 p.m. for teens and adults (16 and up) and 4-5:30 p.m. for teens (12-18). The class meets on Wednesdays, beginning May 14. The cost of the class is $100.
- "Life Drawing" is a self-directed course open to intermediate to advanced artists. A wonderful opportunity to draw from a clothed model, students work independently while refining their skills and sharing ideas. Supplies not included. Tuition fee covers the model. "Life Drawing" meets every Thursday, beginning May 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of the class is $45.
- "Individualized Flute Lessons' are available with flutist Katy McClane by appointment. Topics include technique, reading music, theory, improvisation and audition preparation. Lessons are $65 monthly for a 30-minute weekly session.
- Melinda Shafer is offering Polymer Clay Workshops for Pre-K through adults, spanning May through
Polymer Clay for Bigger Kids will meet on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. Students will learn to marbleize, shape and stamp polymer clay beads and string them on elastic cord. The necklace or bracelet they design and create will be ready to wear at the end of the class. Open to grades K2nd. The cost of the workshop is $20.
Polymer Clay for Even Bigger Kids will meet May 17. Students will learn to marbleize, shape, stamp and cut bracelet tiles. Designs will be baked, strung and worn home. The ultimate unique accessory! The workshop is open to grads 3rd5th. The cost of the workshop is $20.
- Learn how to fold the most common object in Origami, the crane, in "Origami Cranes!" Join Akiko Endo as she explains the process, as well as the deep history, of the Origami crane. Family participation is encouraged. The workshop will meet Saturday from 12-3 p.m. If the family is participation, the cost is $20 per child and parents join in for free. Otherwise, it's $20 per student.
- "Learn to make beautiful Origami Boxes." Origami boxes are perfect for gifts or a fun, creative way to organize knick knacks. Family participation is encouraged. The workshop will meet May 31 from 12 3 p.m. If the family is paricipating, the cost is $20 per child and parents join in for free. Otherwise, it's $20 per student.
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, and AES Laurel Mountain, LLC. Funds have been provided in part by the Carol Lambert Judy Scholarship Fund and the El Gran Sabor "El Gran Fest," and anonymous donors. For more information on classes and events, visit the website at www.randolpharts.org, call 304-637-2355 or "like" the Arts Center page on Facebook.