Tai Chi

Date/Time: 6 Thursdays, April 25 – June 6, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
*No Class May 9

Aimee Van Ostrand
Tai Chi is practiced by millions of people in the parks and squares of China. The practice of Tai Chi is a series of silent, fluid seamless slow-motion movements and studies show regular practice supports good health and longevity. It improves circulation, balance, mental focus and sense of wellbeing. It is low impact and can easily be modified to be practiced by those with mobility issues. Aimee Van Ostrand is a Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Healing Within Acupuncture. No experience or equipment is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing. There is always something new to learn in Tai Chi!

Sign up for a month at a time, or drop in when you can and pay $15 Member/$19 Non-Member per week.

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Studio Landscape Painting with Mike Rada

Date/Time: 5 Thursdays, May 2 – June 13, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mike Rada
Whether you are just getting started or have painted for many years, this class has much to offer. You will work from your own studies, sketches, drawings, or photos and will learn what it takes to create a successful painting from start to finish. Mike will show examples of his work and give demos, short lectures, and lots of positive encouragement while you work on your own projects and style. The information provided applies to all mediums, so you may work in oils, acrylics, or pastels. Class is limited to 10 students. Students cannot miss the first day of class, as Mike will be giving important lectures and demos. No supplies are needed the first day of class, except paper and pen to take notes.

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Paella Valenciana

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 18, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Peggy Doran
The Paella is the pan used to cook this legendary dish, and Valenciana refers to the region of Spain on the shores of the Mediterranean where it originated. It is typically cooked outdoors in the countryside on a dry wood fire. The Paella must be set at a suitable height to be surrounded by flames during the first part of the cooking, and the fire must be kept burning at the correct strength. Generally, good Paella depends not so much on the quality of the ingredients as on combining all the components in the correct proportions. The five basic elements – oil, water, rice, heat, and cooking receptacle – need to be balanced with an almost mathematical precision.

The experience and personal touch of whoever is in charge of the cooking are also of utmost importance. The preparation of Paella in the countryside is a ritualistic, festive occasion which can sometimes turn into a gastronomic debate! The relaxed, lighthearted atmosphere is punctuated with jokes and comments on the progress of the food. The experience culminates when the Paella is deemed ready, removed from the fire and carried to the table. Paella Valenciana has Bomba rice, rabbit or pork, green beans, chicken, snails, tomatoes, paprika, and saffron. Peggy’s version of Paella Valenciana will use seafood, pork, chicken, beans, chorizo, and Bomba rice. That’s a mouthful! Bring an apron to class.

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Mentoring for All Mediums (Teens)

Date/Time: 2 Fridays, June 14 & 21, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

This class is for those who would like to complete a piece of art, work on an unfinished painting, or learn to use pastel, watercolor, drawing, collage, or whatever! This instructor will mentor and help you with a new way of seeing your creative abilities, get you started on a new piece of work, and inspire you to press on and work in a series. Please bring supplies and a project. The instructor will have demonstrations each week for optional projects.

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Alcohol Ink Florals (Teens)

Date/Time: Friday, June 28, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Give alcohol ink a try! Paint beautiful florals and landscapes in this exciting medium. Whether you have experience with alcohol ink or are brand new, this class is for you! Instructor will apply varnish 24 hours after class and you will be able to pick up tile within one week at WBCA.

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Teen Pottery

Date/Time: 4 Mondays, June 3 – 24 , 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Date/Time: 5 Mondays, July 1 – 29, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Date/Time: 4 Mondays, August 5 – 26, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Explore wheel-throwing skills with this beginner/intermediate course for teens. Focus on learning to make different shapes using the wheel, or use hand-building skills like pinching, coiling, and slab building. Use your shapes to create utilitarian pottery or sculptural forms. Bring your ideas for specific forms you’d like to learn to make. Class will offer demonstrations and individualized instruction. No clay experience necessary. Materials are included. Students must attend full session to register.

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Class ID: B313
Thursday, June 27
Time: 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 8-13

We will use this Japanese textile treatment that involves folding, twisting, bunching, binding, and dipping cloth in dye to produce lovely patterns. Dress for mess.

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Nature Art: Leaves

Class ID: B312
Thursday, June 27
Time: 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 8-12

Using fresh leaves and other botanicals we will make art that celebrates the beauty of nature. We will use techniques like rubbing, embossing, and printmaking along with materials such as paint, crayon and aluminum foil to make awesome nature art.

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Painting En Plein Air (Ages 6-9 & 9-12)

Class ID: B310
Thursday, June 27
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Ages 6-9

Class ID: B311
Thursday, June 27
Time: 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 9-12

After a demonstration by the teacher, each student will have an easel, board and acrylics for painting in our beautiful garden outside ‘en plein air’. We will look through our big windows at the garden in the case of bad weather. This class is taught in a more traditional manner with line, form, texture and color. Class size is limited to 6 students.

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Colorful Animals Drawings

Class ID: B309
Thursday, June 27
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Ages 6-12

Working from photographs or illustrations of animals we will create colorful, whimsical drawings with oil and chalk pastels which showcase our own style of drawing.

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