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Create Your Own Tarot Deck

Interested in tarot? Are you a beginner or a seasoned reader? In this class, you will learn about the art history of tarot cards, their various systems of symbolism and interpretation, as well as basic image-making techniques to create your own deck of tarot cards using a medium of your choice. 16-Adult

Landscapes in Oil Pastels

Enjoy creating your favorite landscapes with oil pastels. 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

Start Your Week with Studio Practice

Join us as we create time in our weeks to share space and build creative practice into our lives! If you've been looking to incorporate more play, art, and community into your life, this class is for you. We will experiment with mixed media sketchbook techniques and focus on creating a space for self-expression and developing the habit of creating art as a regular and prioritized activity. Explore color, texture, word art, and more! Adults

Color, Texture, & Surface Design

This exciting course works with color and texture on various found, bought, and created surfaces. Make fabulous sculptural pieces using Tyvek, a repurposed commercial material. In this class, we will make historic paste paper using a traditional process of designing the paper surface with paints, tools, and created paste. We will also make fabulous Gelli plate prints with paints, stencils, hand designs, stamps for collages, and more! Adults

Drawing from Life: Develop Daily Sketchbook Practice

Develop drawing skills and cultivate daily creative practice by sketching from life. Learn to loosen your hand, frame your composition, and capture simple moments to create a cohesive body of work (and perhaps a lifelong habit)! We will use simple, durable materials that make it easy to incorporate drawing into your everyday routine. You'll leave with a sketchbook and new practices to explore. This class includes visits to the Fine Arts Center museum galleries and more! Adults

ArtTrax: Sculpture 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 a finished work of art but on developing basic skills set through practice and repetition. No prior knowledge or experience in the medium is needed or expected. The courses proceed sequentially, each lesson building upon what was previously presented. 16-Adult

Painting Big in Abstraction

Creating larger paintings can seem overwhelming, but this course will teach you the detailed steps to success in your endeavors. Karen Mosbacher, an international award-winning gallery artist, will work side-by-side with you, in and out of the classroom, to guide you on how to become proficient at painting on a large scale. This 8-week course will enrich your studio practice. This class price includes a 30in. X 40in. stretched canvas. Adults

Photographing with Vintage and Toy Cameras

Here is your chance to have some serious fun using an inexpensive plastic film camera or that vintage camera that’s been gathering dust. Learn how to use simple cameras, with their perceived flaws such as soft focus and vignetting, to create beautiful, inspiring images. This course is a terrific opportunity for those who may be new to the B&W darkroom to learn how to process film and make handcrafted gelatin-silver prints from your negatives. 16-Adult