Painting Skills for Beginner Painters

Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, September 18 – October 9, 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, October 16 – November 6, 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, November 13 – December 4, 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Dan Mackerman
This is a class for those with either little or no experience or for those with experience that want to pick up tips they might have missed. Learn the skills that are fundamental to painting so that your imagination won’t be held back later on. In these courses, we will cover drawing techniques for measuring proportion and composing, color mixing tricks, an introduction to the different kinds of brushes and how to use them, and several different easy methods to develop a painting. This class will be taught in sections, each topic building on the next, starting with the most basic skills in the fall and advancing to more exciting levels of painting by the end of spring. Each topic will be demonstrated so you can see how it’s done before you try it yourself. This course will continue into the Winter.

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Introduction to Tai Chi

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 14, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Aimee Van Ostrand
Learn about this beautiful and healthy art form during a free class. Just dress comfortably so you can move, no special outfits required! Aimee will let you know about the health benefits and give you a brief history before she guides you through the Yang Style short form.

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Beginning iPhone/iPad Photographic Safari Plus Editing

Date/Time: Monday, October 8, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Debra Dresler
Let’s go on a fun Photographic Safari around town and learn to use your iPhone/iPad camera . In this class you will learn tips and tricks of using your camera, better composition, tuning an image, cropping, filters, frames, the most useful photography apps and more. We will take photos either outside or in the studio with Still Life setups, and then use the editing app, Snapseed. This is the “go to app” for most photographers and it is free. Bring your device with Snapseed downloaded on to it from the App Store. Come ready to play with your images. IOS Apple only. Sorry no Android, Galaxy etc.

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Melding with Welding

CLASS ID: 4X28 This class is full.
Date/Time: Saturday, September 22, 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Greg Kraft
In this 4 hour course you will learn about the history of welding and weld a sculpture. TIG Welding melts metal to metal. No sticks, rods or wire. You will learn to use power-tools. Tap into your creativity and take home a sculpture. Safety first, do not wear shorts, dresses or open toed shoes. Do wear jeans, a long sleeved cotton shirt, closed toed leather shoes or boots. Bring leather work gloves and a stone about the size of your fist.

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ART! Every Day! – NorthStar Watermedia Society Panel Discussion

Date/Time: Sunday, September 23, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

NorthStar Watermedia Society
The NorthStar Watermedia Society in conjunction with the NSWS National Exhibition will hold a panel discussion on “ART! Every Day!” The panel will discuss what inspires them to make art emotionally and spiritually; whether they can ever envision a life without art; and what about those pesky dry spells? This interesting and lively discussion will be led by some of NorthStar Watermedia’s and the National Exhibition’s most creative daily practitioners of “art is life. Questions from the audience will be welcomed. Refreshments provided, too! This event is open to the public.

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Alcohol Ink: Florals and Landscapes

CLASS ID: 2X90 This class is full.
Date/Time: Monday, September 24, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

CLASS ID: 2X92 This class is full.
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 3, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Sylvia Benson
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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Paella Valenciana

CLASS ID: 4X30 This class is full.
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 PM – 8:30 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 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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Writing Roundtable

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mary Jane LaVigne
Join with fellow writers to talk about craft, try a short exercise, and/or share work. Bring paper, pen, and a writing sample of up to 500 words to read. Bringing work is optional.

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Experience the Labyrinth

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 26, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 17, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Mary Silvaroli Daul
Whether an experienced traveler or new to the way of the labyrinth, come join others on the path for a morning of reflection and renewal. Gather together for a brief introduction to the labyrinth followed by time to walk, reflect, and share at the close of the morning. Participants may bring a journal to extend and integrate their experience. Discover how each labyrinth journey offers the gift of time and space to rest…release… receive…and return, renewed and refreshed.

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Great iPhone Photography: Editing & Enhancement

Date/Time: Saturday, September 29, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Debra Dresler
This comprehensive iPad and iPhone class will make your iPhone/iPad photographs look professional and also give you skills and experience using the editing app, Snapseed. This is the “go to” app for most photographers. This class will teach you better exposure, focus, composition, tricks and tips of the iPhone, organizing photos and wireless printing. We will begin with fundamentals of photographic design. Then cover resolution vs. compression, backups, jpgs, and tiff. We will also look at the 25 best editing and camera apps, places to show your photos and websites to sell your work, and where to print your treasures on clothing, canvas, glass, bags and more. Basic knowledge of the operation of your device is necessary, but no photography experience needed. Just bring your iPhone or iPad with Snapseed app downloaded onto your device. A fine clear tip stylus is suggested, but not required. Debra recommends the Meko stylus available on Amazon.

In Part II, (afternoon session) with time and weather permitting, we will take photos around the center, to learn the app, Snapseed (free from the App store). This great all-purpose app will give you all its editing and enhancing features. Learn about the healing tool, cloning, curves, white balance and sharpening. Snapseed also has facial portrait enhancing, adding text, and white balance and sharpening. IOS Apple only. Sorry no Android, Galaxy etc. Bring a lunch, or we’ll order in or go out.

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