Saturday, I will be attending the open house for Arts resources for the tri-state. This fine art group serves the areas of West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky and Southern Ohio. Each year they sponsor a series of fine arts classes for young people in drama, dance, visual arts and more. This Saturday, September 11, 2010, there is a preview and sign-up day. All the teachers for the programs will be gather in the old High School Cafeteria, now the ballroom ( and you should see it!). They will be there to answer questions, demonstrate their programs and general enrich your lives. Many of the teachers do take on adult students too, so everyone can come. The Open House Starts at 2:30 but who knows when it will end!
My own classes are for Fine Arts, Painting and drawing. The Junior class focuses on drawing as the foundation of visual art. I like to take the students through the process of developing their artistic vision. Right now, the class is focusing on the human face, which is one of the first things people try to draw, but using this to develop powers of observation. But I will also be helping them develop a sense of composition and color. We will be having sessions that include Chinese Calligraphy, ink wash painting, some watercolors and more. With each session I do include some art history that flows naturally in with what we are doing, including some interesting aspects of American history.
The arts in our children’s lives are very important. It is a fundamental to a well-rounded education, and helps in all areas of learning including reading, math and science. Art teaches problem solving. These courses are a wonderful supplement to their education.
If you are in the area, stop by The Renaissance Art Gallery and the Renaissance Art Center.
The Arts Center website is here:
And this, of course is us!
The Renaissance Art Gallery
900 8th Street, Suite #20
Huntington, WV 25701
Gallery (304) 525-3235
Appointments: (304) 453-3187
Gallery hours are:
Friday & Saturday 12-4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm
Studio hours Monday 10-Noon, Wednesday 1:00-7:30 pm and Saturday 10-Noon