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Virtual: Military Artistic Healing

Discover the techniques to inspire creative skills and gain greater self-awareness. Learn to utilize artistic and creative exercise, through therapeutic processes, to develop self-expression and healing. Explore possibilities, develop your creativity, and gain personal insight through working with a variety of controllable mediums. Increase personal management of life stressors by utilizing artistic exercises outside of class to help with trauma. There are many benefits to using art to express emotions — art can furnish a healthy outlet and an alternate way to communicate something that one cannot always put into words, provide safe containment for emotions that are expressed, and reflecting on art can give new understanding and insight about feelings. Visual thinking strategies will be used to increase group cohesion. This course includes live Zoom class sessions. Adults

Introduction To Drawing

In this fun introduction to drawing, you will be guided in a new way of looking at how you draw. We will explore how to bring a source of light into your drawings, sense of depth, composition, introduction to Color Theory, 1- and 2-point perspective, and so much more. Create a masterpiece to be proud of! Ages 9-12

Introduction To Drawing

In this fun introduction to drawing course, you will be guided in a new way of looking at how you draw. We will explore how to bring a source of light into your drawings, create a sense of depth, composition, introduce color theory, perspective, and so much more. Create a masterpiece you will be proud of! Ages 6-9

In-Person: Military Artistic Healing

Discover the techniques to inspire creative skills and gain greater self-awareness. Explore possibilities, develop your creativity, and gain personal insight through working with a variety of controllable mediums. Visits to the Fine Arts Center’s museum galleries using visual thinking strategies will increase group cohesion. There are many benefits to using art to express emotions — art can furnish a healthy outlet and an alternate way to communicate something that one cannot always put into words, provide safe containment for emotions that are expressed, and reflecting on art can give new understanding and insight about feelings. Adults

Tell Your Story With Graphic Novels

Learn to write and draw your own graphic novel! Students will format a story complete with setting, plot and characters and learn how to illustrate the narrative with their own drawings. Students will learn how to draw from a bird’s eye view, worm's eye view, and will learn basic design elements to add excitement or drama to their story. Students should come ready with an idea of their characters and a conflict that will help drive the story. Ages 12-16

Drawing 101 Sampler

Join this class for a fun day developing new drawing skills and/or brushing up on old ones! You will learn to maneuver the pencil in ways that will relax the heavy-handed. Give your art a sense of depth and life in this one-day workshop! Ages 9-12

Still Life Drawing

Explore the basics of still life sketching and shading techniques. Learn to draw the shapes of a still life while discovering the sources of light and its effects. Create exciting still lives with building blocks, party tables, books, and a breakfast menu. Using shading techniques, you will transform two-dimensional drawings to amazing three-dimensional drawings! Ages 12-16

ArtTrax: Drawing II

Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art, but rather on developing a basic skillset through practice and repetition. No prior knowledge or experience in the medium is needed/expected for level I classes. The courses then proceed sequentially, each level building upon what was previously presented. Ages 16-Adult

Sea Life

Be creative and colorful with oil pastels. Learn to draw different types of fish, and sea creatures while learning techniques to add color and blending. Create your own imaginary fish tank and aquariums. Let’s have fun under the sea! Ages 6-9

Landscapes in Oil Pastels

Enjoy creating your favorite landscapes. Learn to draw the various elements found in landscapes while discovering the importance of the direction of strokes and blending of colors. Study the concept of background and foreground as well as light and shadow effects to create vibrant landscapes. Ages 9-12

Exploration of Chalk Pastels

Have you ever wanted to work with chalk pastels, but didn’t know where to start? This class is for you! This class will introduce you to the basics of using bright and colorful pastels while creating some fun projects. Delve into the fundamentals of chalk pastels, such as blending and basic perspective. We will explore drawing using a variety of references — still lifes, nature, and images — as our inspiration. Ages 12-16

Drawing From Van Gogh

Using Van Gogh and George Seurat as inspiration, we will learn the fundamentals of oil pastels, such as blending and pointillism. Explore chromoluminarism, an impressionistic type of painting using dots or lines. Come join in on the fun! Ages 6-9

ArtTrax: Drawing I

Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art, but rather on developing a basic skillset through practice and repetition. No prior knowledge or experience in the medium is needed/expected for level I classes. The courses then proceed sequentially, each level building upon what was previously presented. Ages 16-Adult

Art & Acting in the Forest

Enjoy outstanding arts education with instructors from the Fine Art Center’s Bemis School of Art set in the lush forest at the 400-acre La Foret Conference and Retreat Center. Experience a variety of artistic styles and techniques, including painting, printmaking, and mixed-media art while exploring elements of composition and design. Cultivate your acting skills, voice, movement, and characterization with theater games, mime, and improvisation. Art and acting will come together on Fridays with a special showcase performance and art exhibit for friends and family.  Ages 6-11

Watercolor Mountain Landscape

Discover watercolor techniques and try something new! In this class, we will examine the art style of contemporary artist Jen Aranyi, practice drawing a simple, abstract mountain range, then outline it with black Sharpies, and finish the sky with watercolors to create a galaxy-like effect. We will discuss diverse ways to finish the foreground (in front of the mountains, such as trees, a river, a camping scene, etc.). Ages 16-Adult