The Uinta Conservatory for the Arts in Kamas has a new name. It's now known as the Uinta Center for the Arts.

Director Pamela Lockwood decided to change the name because people confused the conservatory with a convent.

"We are getting rid of the word conservatory because everyone thought this is a place where nuns lived," Lockwood said with a laugh during an interview with The Park Record. "Also, that word, for those who know what it means, kind of sounds a little high-brow for this area. We're a center for the arts, where people in the community can come and take classes."

Lockwood said winter private classes and a visual arts group have started, and anyone interested in learning an array of artistic skills can register and set their schedules.

"We do have an art class for all ages that is held every Saturday," she said. "This is our first visual arts class that we're holding here and it's designed where everyone, children and adults, can work at their own speed and go in their own direction. That way, even though this isn't just a one-on-one class, everyone can learn at their own level.

"It involves drawing, sketching and oil painting," Lockwood said. "I tell everyone the most difficult part of the class is taking the brush and putting paint on the canvas, because once they get started, they see how fun it is."

Lockwood teaches the visual arts class, which runs for 1½ hours.

"My father taught me to draw when I was four years old," she said.


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"He taught me some basics and then as a young adult, I painted for a living."

Other classes include voice, guitar, bass, trumpet, piano, keyboards, composition and music theory.

"The piano and keyboard classes are two different things," Lockwood said. "Piano is basic, classical piano, but the students taking the keyboard class will learn to read charts and playing with rock and jazz groups."

Tiera Thornton teaches the piano classes. The keyboard and trumpet classes are led by Josh Francis and the guitar and bass classes are taught by Eric Blood, Lockwood said.

The cost for the music classes is $100 for four lessons or $35 for one, and the visual arts class is $65 a month, and we ask the students to bring their own supplies.

"Right now, since we're just starting out, the students need to bring their own pencils and paper," Lockwood said. "The paper doesn't need to be high quality. They can even bring in a ream of copy paper, which works great, and is excellent to start with."

Each private class can last between 30 minutes to an hour.

"If a student come in prepared and know what they're doing, the classes will be shorter, but if they want to work with a teacher on a special project or just need extra help, the teacher has set aside hour blocks," Lockwood said. "They are very flexible."

Anyone who wants to take an art or music class can visit www. uca-arts.com, or visit the Kamas Theater at 30 N. Main St., in the evenings or email Lockwood at UCA.Kamas@gmail.com .

"The easiest and fastest way to register is by email," she said. "

In addition to the classes, the Uinta Center for the Arts has its own signature-performing group called Sound Machine, Lockwood said.

"It's made up of children ages 10 and older and we will be performing around the region," she said. "Our plan is to perform at Disneyland next summer. They require groups of 15 and we need a few more kids to do that."

Throughout her career, Lockwood has taken groups to Disneyland and Disneyworld.

"We're also getting the group ready to go to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho in Moscow in February," Lockwood said. "So, that's a big project."

For more information about the Uinta Center for the Arts, visit www.uca-arts.com.