ARVADA, COLO. -- The Arvada Center offers a wide variety of classes for students of all ages in the visual arts, performing arts, and the humanities. The Center provides courses dedicated to educating and stimulating creativity in each of the participants. The following are just a sampling of the many Arvada Center classes that begin February:
ACTING AND PERFORMING ARTS
Acting on Film
This is an intensive acting course that explores the differences between acting for a camera versus stage acting. Students learn truth in acting, through line, rhythms, the “Magic If” and several other acting and artistic processes. The class also covers audition techniques, risk taking, scene/monologue work, character research, observation, improvisation and camera angles/shots. Participants learn more about how to deal with film directors and crews as they spend time both behind and in front of the camera.
Held: Saturday, Feb. 22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Bob Woolsey
Whirlwind Pine Needle Vase
In this one-day workshop, participants create a shapely vase-like vessel from pine needles and palm fibers using the ancient technique of coiling. The course covers the history of this art from and offers students a chance to explore the intermingling of coiled basketry with a pottery-like shape as they create a one-of-a-kind piece of art. The class includes demonstrations, discussions and a short slide presentation. Prior experience is helpful but not required.
Held: Saturday, Feb. 1, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $55 + $22 materials fee paid to instructor
Instructor: W. Jayne Stanley
Color for Pastelists
Since pastels are not mixed the same way paint is, artists often find it difficult to create a desired color from a typically limited supply of pastels. This workshop teaches people who wish to work with pastels how to make the most of what they have.
Held: Saturday, Feb. 8, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joanne Burney
Painting Like the Impressionists
This class is perfect for people who enjoy the works of Monet and the impressionists and want to learn these artists’ techniques. The class begins with painting exercises first developed by Monet’s contemporary, Charles Hawthorne. The instructor of this course, Chuck Ceraso, studied with Henry Hensche, Hawthorne’s protégée. Hensche further developed the teaching methods as well as the impressionistic style in his own painting. Students in this course will discover the extraordinary world of light and color.
Held: Saturday, Feb. 8, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
Instructor: Chuck Ceraso
Calligraphy: Relaxed Caps
Relaxed caps are based on Roman capital letters. They are fun and easy to learn. In this class, Roman caps proportions are reviewed, and from that point, students experiment with various proportions, pen sizes, texture and design. A simple calligraphic book is made during the course.
Held: Thursdays, Feb. 13-March 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (five weeks)
Instructor: Alicia McKim
Students in this course learn to paint landscapes using photographs or pictures as a reference. Color, composition, lighting, time of day and weather conditions are covered. As they learn to see like artists, students discover how to control their medium and enhance their painting skills. Participants are encouraged to bring several photos they have either taken themselves or clipped from magazines to work from. This class accommodates all mediums and skill levels.
Held: Wednesdays, Feb. 19-March 12, 1:30-4:00 p.m. (four weeks)
Instructor: Bonnie Iris
Painting with Opaque Watercolor
Opaque watercolor, or gouache, handles like watercolor, but it’s not transparent and has a different appearance and feel. Since gouache is matte and thicker than transparent watercolor, it covers or partially covers the lower layers of paint. With a minimal investment in a $10 set of gouache paint, two synthetic-hair brushes and paper, students can be enjoying the ease of this medium quickly. Participants can work from their own photos or reference materials, from a provided still life or from their imagination.
Cost: $50 + $5 materials fee
Held: Saturday, Feb. 22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Bonnie Iris
Introduction to Ceramics
This introduction to the field of pottery and ceramics explores the incomparable versatility of clay. The course guides the student through the methods used throughout ceramic history, including an introduction to throwing on the wheel. This class is designed for the clay beginner but accommodates people of all skill levels.
Held: Mondays, Feb. 10-March 10, 6:30–9:30 p.m. (five weeks)
Instructor: Erin O’Sullivan
Studio Portrait Photography
This class offers a unique opportunity to learn about portrait photography in a studio setting. Students have access to professional equipment that allows them to explore the tools, techniques and lighting concepts used in portrait photography. In this informal environment, participants work with a professional model and learn how to make the most of their time in the studio.
Cost: $120 + $30 approximate materials fee
Held: Monday, Feb. 3, 7:00-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Feb. 8-15, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (three meetings)
Instructor: Paul Schroder
Basic Dark Room Skills
This course introduces techniques of dark room exposure, developing and printing. Primarily for owners of 35mm cameras, this hands-on course offers a great opportunity to get exposure to a dark room. Information on the historical development of photography is also included.
Cost: $120 (includes $15 materials fee)
Held: Saturdays, Feb. 8-March 8, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (five weeks)
Instructor: Paula Wolff
MOVEMENT AND YOGA
The Feldenkrais Way to Easy, Pain-Free Movement
In this course, students learn to let go of tension and stress and reprogram some of their habitual movement patterns. Participants feel lighter, move with greater ease and flexibility and improve their posture and coordination. This breakthrough approach is designed to meet the individual needs of people of all ages and abilities.
Held: Wednesdays, Feb. 12-March 19, 6:00-7:00 p.m. (six weeks)
Instructor: Susan Bowling
Embracing Wellness Through Yoga
This style of yoga is based in a classical yoga approach that focuses on the physical, mental and energetic aspects of being. Through a variety of postures, breathing exercises, mindful focusing and relaxation, students become toned, massaged and strengthened. This course is well suited for the student seeking stress reduction.
Held: Mondays, Feb. 17-March 17, 5:30-7:00 p.m. (five weeks) OR
Wednesdays, Feb. 19-March 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m. (five weeks)
Instructor: Leslie Kalechman
To register for classes or to request a complete catalog, call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For additional information, contact Lisa Leafgreen, education coordinator, at 720-898-7236.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s 12th largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts. Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. For more information call the Arvada Center box office at 720.898.7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For media requests, contact Kristin Stork, director of media relations, at 720.898.7272 or email@example.com.
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