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Friday Art Group

Every Friday at 9:30am-11:30am

Next Meeting: Friday, January 20, 2017 at 9:30am

Details:

If you like to draw or paint, you are invited to join the Friday Art Group at the Senior Center.  No matter what your medium or skill level, you will enjoy the creative, pressure-free environment of a colorful group of novice and experienced artists.  You can work from your own photos, pictures or illustrations or bring your own still life.  There is no formal instruction, but plenty of help and advice from others if you need it.  As a member of the group, you are also welcome to hang one or two framed pieces of your work in the bimonthly art show in the second floor hallway of the Senior Center. The Art Group meets in the craft room on Friday mornings from 9:00-11:30am.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Marion Hansen, 434.974.5662

Fee: free


Intro to Drawing Class

Every Friday at 12:00pm-2:00pm

Next Meeting: Friday, January 20, 2017 at 12:00pm

Details:

8 Week Drawing Course, Fridays Dec 2-Jan 27 (except Dec 23), 12:30-2:30pm
Students will learn to draw without hesitation from direct observation.  We will draw from real objects as well as study and draw in perspective.  Form, line, shape, space and texture will all be studied and drawn.  We will also draw the basics of portraits.  This course is taught by Susan Patrick. Students will need paper and pencil for this course

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Intro to Drawing Class

Members $65.00
Guests $75.00


Intro to Perspective Drawing

Friday, January 27, 2017 at 2:00pm

Details:

This class is an introduction to drawing objects in space covering aerial and linear perspective.  Instructor Susan Patrick will also discuss drawing ellipses and cylinders.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Intro to Perspective Drawing

Member $10.00
Guests $15.00


Lobby Art Gallery Talk

Every 2nd Tuesday at 1:30pm-2:30pm

Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 1:30pm

Details:

The “Talk” is informal conversation among members, staff, and visitors about the artwork hung in the Senior Center Lobby. A new show is hung every two months, so there are always new perspectives to gain! Meet in the Senior Center lobby. 

The artist for the months of January and February is Sara Gondwe. Previously she was a reading specialist working with children elementary through high school and in her retirement is volunteering with immigrants at Literacy Volunteers in Charlottesville.  Having lived in Malawi and Senegal, her art is very much influenced by the bright colors and landscape of these two African countries.  Gondwe uses a unique technique and a genre new to the art world.  Using a cheese grater she shaves bits of crayons onto a 2′ x 3′ canvas.  Using an iron as her paint brush, the iron melts, shapes and designs a whimsical work of art.  Adding fabric paint adds a 3-D effect and culminates in a work of imaginative and colorful art.  Outlining often appears in her art resembling stained glass.  Don’t be surprised if you see a patch of nail polish! In the artist’s own words, “Art for me is a process of experimentation, discovery, design and color.  My goal is to create art that is inspiring and a delight to the eye of the viewers.  I often do not know what I will paint when I start but just let the process guide me.” The artist will be at the exhibit and will discuss her work at the Senior Center for Gallery Talk, Tuesday, January 10 at 1:30 pm.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Piedmont Pastelists

Every 2nd Monday at 1:00pm-3:00pm

Next Meeting: Monday, February 13, 2017 at 1:00pm

Details:

pastel-carpenter Join a congenial group of artists who gather to practice their pastel painting skills. Each may bring a work in progress for a constructive group critique.

Attendance is usually 15–20 artists, and newcomers are welcome. Group shows are held annually.

History

Noting the lack of a chalk pastel society in Virginia, in August 2001, Dick Carpenter invited Charlottesville regional artists in that media to meet at Michaels Arts and Crafts store at Barracks Road shopping center. Many were members of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, which had long admitted pastel as a water compatible “mixed” medium, but not as a feature of the CVWG activities.

The result of the meeting was, quite purposefully, an “un-organization” with NO membership requirements, bylaws, officers, dues, agendas, minutes, quorum, name-tags, committees, etc. Just like-minded people enjoying meeting to exchange ideas and experiences about pastel materials and techniques, constructive criticism, and “show and tell.”

The format is a mutual critique—an examination, not fault-finding. Suggestions for overcoming problems are a part of critiquing. The choice of subject and style of a painting are not topics of critique.

Some elements of Critique:
1.  Overall Composition - Division of space.
2.  Shapes and values
3.  Form –shadows-placement of each of the elements
4.  Perspective- Illusion of depth
5.  Color harmony
6.  Paths for the viewer’s eye
7.  Center of interest -
8.  Principles of Design. Assuring that there is a “message”.

All attending artists are active producers, serious about their work, open to criticism, willing to present “work-in-progress,” and constructive in their comments and suggestions. Although pastels are the featured media, other problem-paintings may be introduced.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Taste of Art

Every Friday at 12:00pm-2:00pm

Next Meeting: Friday, February 3, 2017 at 12:00pm

Details:

The goal of this class is to provide a “taste” of various media/art forms.  Instructor Susan Patrick will focus on technique and composition.  She will encourage noting detail and elements of design. Media/art forms covered are charcoal plant drawing, cardboard weaving, cray-pas drawing, mono-type printing, calligraphy, sculpture and drawing, collage making from a still life.  The class will need a minimum of 8 students and a maximum of 12.  Sign up Now!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Susan Patrick, Instructor, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Pay for this event online

Taste of Art

Members $65.00
Guests $75.00