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Dreams, Creativity and Writing

Every Thursday at 1:00pm-2:30pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 1:00pm

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DREAMS, CREATIVITY and WRITING
Thursdays, April 16th through June 4th, 2015, 1:00-2:30pm

Have you ever wondered how to harness the creative energy of your dreams for writing?  Linda Levokove, author of two poetry books and a work in progress of poetry and flash fiction, will teach how to use the energy and creativity from your dreams as inspiration to write, and to better understand your dreams as they apply to your life.  Sign up at the front desk for the 8 session series; class is limited to 10, so don’t wait to join in! 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

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Dreams, Creativity and Writing

Members $60.00
Guests $80.00


First-Wind Band

Every Wednesday at 10:30am-12:00pm

Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:30am

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FIRST-WIND BAND

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).

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Friday Art Group

Every Friday at 9:00am-11:30am

Next Meeting: Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:00am

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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


Oil Painting Classes

Every Thursday at 6:00pm-8:00pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:00pm

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OIL PAINTING CLASS WITH MIKE URISS                                                                                  
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm, May 7,14,21,28, June 4 and 11.

Why do we make art? To impress someone; to explore our feelings? For fun, or profit? Any of the above is fine, but whatever you do, have fun!  I’ll show you how. 

As a teacher, I am satisfied when learners succeed, especially when they may have doubted their ability early on.  I believe I am successful because of my concern for learners, and because I know learners-I know what they are going through.  I have been a student all my life; “a good artist is always a student.” (Charles Hawthorn).  Remember this: your best work is your next work.

In this class, we’ll cover the basics, and for the benefit of returning learners, we’ll pick up where we left off—we meet each student at her or his stage of development.  Overall, we’ll explore line art, shading (modeling), perspective rendering, and brush work to build forms in light and dark.

Learners explore an introductory technique of oil painting called “grisaille” (a monotone foundation to begin with before adding color).  Occasionally, human volunteers will be the subject.  Additionally, learners will paint still life and possibly landscape (weather permitting).

Mike has taught beginning/intermediate drawing classes here at the Senior Center, and is a gifted and patient teacher for all skill levels.  He has been creating award-winning commercial and fine art for over 25 years. Mike received his training in traditional media in Chicago at the American Academy of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While living in San Diego and working full time as a graphic designer and illustrator, Mike studied digital art at Platt College, where he was also an authorized trainer for Autodesk 3D Studio. At EURORSCG Dahlin SmithWhite in 1996, Mike was designated lead illustrator for all Intel web content.

This oil painting class is a six week course and space is limited.  Sign up at the Senior Center Front desk or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and a list needed supplies will be emailed to you.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

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Oil Painting Classes

Members $48.00
Guests $60.00


Piedmont Pastelists

2nd Monday of the month at 1:00pm-3:00pm

Next Meeting: Monday, May 11, 2015 at 1:00pm

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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


The Gallery Talk

2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:30pm-2:30pm

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 1:30pm

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THE GALLERY TALK                                                                                            
Second Tuesdays of the Month, 1:30pm, in the Senior Center Gallery, at 1:30pm
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The ‘Talk’ is an informal conversation of members, staff and visitors who appreciate and discuss 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.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Women Artists Who Beat the Odds: Series Highlights-Renaissance to the Twentieth Century

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 5:00pm

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WOMEN WHO BEAT THE ODDS:  Artists from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century—Highlights of a Series of Lectures presented by Leslie Ava Shaw, Art Historian and Educator Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, from 5:00-6:00pm

Join Art Educator Leslie Ava Shaw for an introduction to her six-week series of lectures about the life and work of a selection of women artists from the Renaissance to the 20th Century.  Learn how women managed to make their way as artists in a world that was governed by men.  Explore the unique qualities of their art and the stunning accomplishments they achieved as exceptions to the rule.  Artemisia Gentileschi, Mary Cassatt, Georgie O’Keeffe, and Frida Kahlo are just a few examples of the extraordinary artists who will be considered.  Sign up at the front desk; seating is limited.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

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Women Artists Who Beat the Odds: Series Highlights-Renaissance to the Twentieth Century

Members $15.00
Guests $20.00