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Abstract Art Making Series

Every Friday at 12:30pm-2:15pm

Next Meeting: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 12:30pm

Details:

Friday classes from March 4th-April 22nd, 12:30pm-2:15pm. This 8-week course is built on the elements and principles of design. We will study abstract work by 20th Century artists and apply their ideas to our work.  The course will involve abstracting from direct observation. Guidance will be offered for students to find pleasing and unique solutions.  Please bring good paper (at least 80 lbs) and drawing materials (pencil, ink, colored pencil, oil pastel).  registration required.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Pay for this event online

Abstract Art Making Series

Member $65.00
Guest $85.00


American Moderns Art Lecture Series

Every Wednesday at 4:30pm-6:00pm

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 4:30pm

Details:

Four lectures (Feb 24th, Mar 2, 9, and 16th) by Leslie Ava Shaw discuss the influences and events that led Arthur Dove, John Marin, Georgia O’Keefe, and Joseph Stella to practice art from a new perspective, along with the biographical moments that shaped their artistic output. Open to the public. Sign up at the Welcome Desk or online. 

Radical approaches to the visual arts by modernist pioneers, Cezanne, Matisse, Braque, Picasso, Kandinsky, the Italian Futurists, and others had a tremendous influence on the burgeoning American artists of the early 20th century.  In these early years, a number of American artists pursued an art form that challenged the status quo.  The Armory Show of 1913 and exhibitions of European art at Alfred Stieglitz’s 291 Gallery were pivotal to the work of artists Dove, Marin, O’Keeffe, and Stella.  The influences and events that led these artists to practice art from a new perspective along with the biographical moments that shaped their artistic output will be highlighted.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Pay for this event online

American Moderns Art Lecture Series

Members $60.00
Guests $75.00


First-Wind Band

Every Wednesday at 10:30am-11:30pm

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 10:30am

Details:

 

Learn new musical skills or revitalize old ones with the First-Wind Band. All you need is the desire to learn to play an instrument. Interested, but no instrument? We have several for rent. Playing music is not only fun, but is good for your mental and physical health. Ask any of the members and they’ll tell you that it keeps them active and involved, and is a great way to make new friends. For more info and session prices, contact Greg Vaughn at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Already know how to play? Check out the Second-Wind Band.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Friday Art Group

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

Next Meeting: Friday, February 19, 2016 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


Lobby Art Gallery Talk

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 1:30pm

Details:

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

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Piedmont Pastelists

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

Next Meeting: Monday, March 14, 2016 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