Tai Chi

CLASS ID: 4Z9K
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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Intermediate Pastel

CLASS ID: 5ZPA
Date/Time: 4 Wednesdays, May 1 – 29, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
No Class May 8

Christopher Copeland
This indoor class will explore how to add color, depth, and vibrancy to pastel paintings by experimenting with various techniques using a variety of surfaces and textures. Focus will be on composition, light, and color value with individual attention and class demonstrations.

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Still Life Painting in Oil

CLASS ID: 5ZOA
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays, May 2 – 30, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Christopher Copeland
This class will focus on organizing a still life composition set-up and painting from life. Emphasis will be on drawing and value structure. Finally completing the value study with color and edge-work control.

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Next Step Beginning Oils

CLASS ID: 5ZOF
Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, May 2 – 23, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
No Class May 9

Julie Dobson Miner
If you have taken the First Step Beginning Oils class or have painted in oils before this class is for you. This ongoing class will take you through the entire process from concept to completion of a painting. Julie will gently help you first paint what you see and eventually will let you work independently. Most classes will begin with a demo, small discussion/lecture or sharing to increase your knowledge of all the aspects of art including drawing, value, color, planning for success and how to move beyond your reference /not be restricted by it.

The instructor will use traditional oil paints, however, students can also use water mixable oils or acrylics. Julie promotes learning to mix colors by use of a suggested limited palette (warm and cool primaries) as well as limited use of solvents and safe handling practices. Beginner student projects will be offered and eventually progress to help you find your own artistic voice. Julie has a wealth of knowledge to share, and continuing students will keep growing in their knowledge and skill level.

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Loosen Up Your Painting!

CLASS ID: 5ZWC
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays, May 2 – 30, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Calvin deRuyter
This class is for those who want to explore abstraction and non-objective painting to discover a path to abstraction in their own work. Or, at a minimum, to “loosen up” their paintings! It will include looking at the work of other abstractionists to give us an understanding of why their paintings “work.” There will be exercises based on abstraction techniques, and also a lot of time to paint different kinds of abstracted paintings. This class is for all skill levels, but being receptive to new concepts, fun, play, self-evaluation, and constructive feedback is required. This is a watermedia based class that works in acrylic, watercolor or both. Please bring reference materials/photos. You can choose to work in watercolor or acrylics in this class.

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Studio Landscape Painting with Mike Rada

CLASS ID: 5ZOE
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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Portrait Drawing

CLASS ID: 4Z2B
Date/Time: 5 Mondays, April 22 – May 20, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Julie Erickson
Capturing the emotion, expression, and/or personality of someone is the biggest challenge and biggest reward of portrait drawing. We will learn to draw individual facial features, and then we will complete a full portrait from start to finish. Drawing will be done from photos provided by the instructor.

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Market Sketches

CLASS ID: 4ZWE
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, April 16 – May 7, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Catherine Hearding
The Farmer’s Market is a perfect venue for exploring the vibrant colors and forms of fruits, vegetables, flowers and figures. Color, form and shadow play an important role in describing these subjects, as students learn how to view the subject as a series of shapes and values. Students will learn how to crop photos and design a good composition from photos that were snapped at the market. This AB-Int class will help students gain confidence in their watercolor skills.

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First Step Beginning Oils

CLASS ID: 4ZOF
Date/Time: 6 Tuesdays, April 9 – May 14, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Julie Dobson Miner
Are you interested in painting the preferred medium of the masters? If so let’s get you off on the right foot in this beginning oils class! This class is designed to give you the very basics of oil painting. We will cover materials, the basic set up, safe practices as well as concepts and techniques. If you just love it (and we think you will), Julie, our beginning oils instructor, will build on your knowledge and keep you progressing into the next class Next Step Beginning to Intermediate Oils. Julie will take you through your first project and paint it step by step with you. With some guidance, you choose your second painting subject to where you will build on what you learned in the first.

There are handouts and access to videos to help you on your own time or in class. Most classes will begin with a demo, small discussion/lecture or sharing to increase your knowledge and encourage you. If you have never painted in oils, it’s been a long time or have struggled because you didn’t get the basics, this is the class for you. Starter kits that include most of what you need are available for purchase at WBCA

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Clay Open Studio

Every Wednesday & Saturday from March – May

Need more studio time? This class is open to anyone who is enrolled in other clay classes and wants more work time. It is also open to those with clay experience who want to work independently. Instructors will be available to answer your questions and to help with specific needs. Bring your tools for another fun clay day! Materials are included.

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