Still Life in Pastel: Artistic Essentials

Lisa Stauffer
Enhance your skills through a better understanding of the key principles every artist needs to know to improve their paintings. Focus on painting simple still life set-ups in the versatile medium of pastel and learn how these lessons apply to painting all subject matter as we discuss design and composition, painting fundamentals, and the importance of accurate drawing. Delve into effective application of color, value, intensity, and temperature. Explore pastel brands, papers, and techniques. Class time will include demonstrations in pastel, personal assistance at your easel, group critiques, and fun!

Date/Time: Friday – Sunday, October 27-29, 9:30AM – 4:00PM
Tuition: $230 Member/$288 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Beginner and Beyond

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Community Concert with Thursday Musical

Thursday Musical Musicians
Thursday Musical, one of the oldest arts organizations in the country, was founded in 1892 by group of 12 women from Minneapolis. Currently, Thursday Musical supports three distinctive recital series featuring a wealth of classical solo and chamber ensemble repertoire: the Thursday Morning Artist Series, Home Programs, and Community Concerts. Performers will be Marion Judish (violin) and Jenya Trubnikava (piano); Helen and Paul Baumgartner (piano duo).

Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Tuition: FREE with registration
Age/Level: All Ages, All Levels

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Mindfulness and Writing

Greta Gaard, Ph.D.
Mindfulness practice teaches one how to set aside habitual patterns of thought, and to pay attention to a deeper level of sensations, images, emotions. Similarly, good writing is grounded in a loving awareness of our environments, our bodies, other beings, wind and water, soil and rock and insect. This workshop introduces mindfulness practice along with a careful observation of ourselves in and as nature, attending to nature, reacting to nature with awareness or aversion, grasping or indifference. We will read short excerpts from environmental writers who practice mindfulness — Gary Snyder, bell hooks, Stephanie Kaza, Alice Walker, Mushim Ikeda Nash. Participants will receive instruction in mindfulness practice and in writing practices, with quiet time for practicing each. If participants choose, the workshop can be used to launch a short piece of writing that articulates their experience of being in/as nature. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle to class.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 11, 9:30AM – 1:30 PM
Tuition: $38 Member/$48 Non-Member
Material Fee: $2 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

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