Kimball Art Center gives out samples of its art classes
Kimball Art Center Open Studio When: 6:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 Where: Kimball Art Center, 1401 Kearns Blvd. Cost: $40 Web: kimballartcenter.org
The Kimball Art Center offers a new batch of art classes every quarter, and has been offering mini-introductions to what it has to offer with the Open Studio Events.
People who attend these evenings get to know a little of what the nonprofit has to offer, and, if they want, can sign up for classes, said Heather Stamenov, Kimball Art Center education director.
“People can come and enjoy the night with friends,” Stamenov said. “In the past couple of Open Studios I’ve seen couples of friends participating in the classes while making new friends who have the same interests.”
The next Open Studio is set to be held from 6:30-9 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the KAC, 1401 Kearns Blvd. The cost is $40.
The evening will offer a choice of two out of the five condensed art classes, according to Stamenov. (See accompanying box for the evening’s schedule).
The classes offered during the creation sessions will be ceramics, warm glass fusion, screen printing, painting and drawing. Four of the classes will be taught by Kimball staff and one will be taught by one of the KAC’s regular teachers — Nathanael Reed.
“One of the reasons why we wanted to have staff teach the classes is because we are good resources when it comes to what the Kimball has to offer,” Stamenov said. “We can all answer any questions about the classes and people can get to know us better.”
Ceramics will be taught by Nemo Miller, the Kimball Art Center’s clay studio technician.
“We aren’t going to work with a wheel this time,” Stamenov explained. “Instead the class will work with a slab of clay and they will stamp, press and draw on it to create a one-of-a-kind mug. It’s super fun and these mugs will definitely hold coffee.”
Participants can return to the Kimball Art Center in 10 to 14 days to pick up their mugs after they’re fired, Stamenov said.
Warm glass fusion, which will be taught by Shasta Krueger, the art center’s ceramics studio manager, is about color, composition and creating patterns, according to Stamenov.
“This is a class that people always ask us to offer,” Stamenov said. “Students will cut glass and create their own coasters that we’ll fusing in our kilns.”
Like the ceramic mugs, class participants can return to the Kimball Art Center to pick up their coasters after they’ve spent time in the kiln, Stamenov said.
The screen printing will be taught by Nelvin Cecil Howell, a printmaker and a Kimball Art Center staffer, Stamenov said.
“This class is a little more experimental than just putting an image on a T-shirt,” she said. “We’ll work with watercolors on a screen and then pulling that print onto a sheet of paper, kind of like a monotype.”
The painting class will be taught by Stamenov, who has plans for the participants.
o 6:30 p.m. — Doors open
o 6:30-7 p.m. — Enjoy refreshments, mingle and sign up for the first class (space available on a first come/first served basis)
o 7-7:45 p.m. — Creation session
o 7:45-8 p.m. — Refreshment break and registration for second class (space available on a first come/first served basis)
o 8-8:45 p.m. — Creation session
“It’s a little different than some classes where the teacher will just lead the class through painting the same image,” she said. “Instead, I really want to open people’s minds up to expressing themselves.”
The class will learn how to hold a brush and how to use brush strokes to enhance the work.
“We’ll also learn about color mixing and applying paint onto a canvas in an impressionistic kind of way,” Stamenov said. “We’ll work with acrylic — a nontoxic paint that dries quickly — so it will be a fun and lively experience.”
The last class choice is drawing, which will be taught by local artist Nathanael Reed.
“Nathanael is really great at teaching basic introductory skills like drawing a box or how to use shading to make the drawing look three-dimensional,” Stamenov said.
They class will use Cont? crayons, a stick of compressed graphite or charcoal, fused with pigment and wax, she said.
“Cont?s are so great because you can draw using their points, or their sides,” Stamenov said. “They also have a good feel, and part of the excitement of making art is how it feels while you’re making it.”
Stamenov feels the classes show a cross-section of what the Kimball Art Center has to offer.
“These kinds of events also helps us at the Kimball to see what people are drawn to,” she said. “They help us make decisions as to what we should continue to offer in the future.”
In addition to the the classes, Open Studio will include other art demonstrations, hors-d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
“It’s just a really fun social night,” Stamenov said. “It’s something fun to do in Park City.”
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