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First-Wind Band

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

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 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, contact Greg Vaughn at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Fall session now enrolling.  Members: $15, Guests:  $17 Summer Session; Members 22.50, Guests $25 Spring and Fall Session

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

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

Fee: free


Friday Art Group

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

Next Meeting: Friday, December 19, 2014 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.  There is no charge.  For more information, contact Marion Hansen at 434-974-5662.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Marion Hansen, 434.974.5662

Fee: free


Piedmont Pastelists

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

Next Meeting: Monday, January 12, 2015 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


Writing a Legacy Journal

Every Tuesday at 1:58pm-1:58pm

Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 1:58pm

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WRITING A LEGACY JOURNAL                                                                    
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, from January 13th through March 31st

In this free 12 week course, we will write about the things that mattered most to us in our lives.  The class goal is to create a booklet that might be a gift to a friend, relative, or perhaps a wonderful gift to ourselves.  Each person will develop their pages according to their interests.  For example, one might emphasize the important teachers and mentors in their lives.  Someone else might like to include travel postcards or photos and speak about what places shaped their values and/or attitudes.  Another might use photos to trigger memories of changes and how they felt about them.  Maybe there were inspirational lines of poetry to include.  During this course, we will encourage each to express and celebrate the people, places, and events that gave depth and meaning to our years.  Near the end of each presidency, questions get asked about what this person will be remembered for during those 4-8 years; here, we will discuss the unique crafting of how we came to be as we are after many years of experience.  Bring a notebook for this class and writing implements.  Later, we will embellish the pages with borders, photos, collage or some image to make each book special.  The books can be duplicated in case you want multiple copies.

While this 12 week course is free to members, it is limited to 10 people.  Please sign up at the front desk.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free