Kimball Art Center spring classes and workshops run the gamut
In 2009, Nickelodeon’s Parents Pick Awards named the Kimball Art Center’s community education program as having the Best Art Classes in the nation.
Education Program Manager Jocelyn Scudder uses that award as a measuring stick when she plans the classes each semester.
"It’s important to me to continue the quality and strive for greatness in these classes," Scudder told The Park Record. "There are many amazing art centers around the nation and I think the Kimball Art Center brings a unique addition to the community here in town."
The KAC offers more than 300 classes a year for students who are toddlers through adults. The classes range from drawing, painting and ceramics to multimedia, metalwork and encaustic art.
"My goal as a programmer is to have a lot of variety and quality," Scudder said. "I want this place to become a destination for artists."
Registration for the KAC’s spring semester is available by visiting http://www.kimballartcenter.org/art-classes.
There are some new programs this semester.
"One is called Exhibiting Artists Workshops," Scudder said. "Artists will teach workshops while their works are exhibiting in our galleries."
These sessions, which will also be registration-based, will mostly be designed for children and teens.
"They will give them a unique opportunity to see these professional artists in action," Scudder explained. "The students will get personal tours by the artists and they will see how to put up a show in a gallery and learn about the different artists’ processes and theories behind the art."
The first Exhibiting Artist Workshop will be given by Sandra Doore, whose exhibit "Lost in Translation" will be installed in the Badami Gallery downstairs next week.
"Sandra’s workshop will be called ‘Text Text Text’ and the teens will create some texting artwork," Scudder said.
Another workshop, scheduled for later in the semester, will feature Salt Lake City-based multimedia artist Jared Steffensen.
"He’s known for doing abstract landscape installations," Scudder said. "Again, this will be another opportunity for teens and tweens to see how he installs and exhibits his work."
Participants will also learn how to construct three-dimensional landscapes out of chipboard, cardboard and construction paper.
"These are all simple materials," she said. "It will show the kids how easy it is to use everyday materials for art if you have a concept in mind."
Linda Taynahza, who creates monotype prints, will lead a different type of workshop.
"She will teach The Essence of Your Art, which is different from our basic classes of acrylic or oil painting where students learn technique," Scudder explained. "Students will draw, paint, create collages and write to develop their styles and incorporate all the different elements they learn.
"What I like about Linda is that she is more into the whole aesthetic of being a personal artist," she praised. "The idea behind this class is to explore that concept by using a variety of multimedia experiences. The students will develop an awareness of repetition, lines, colors and shapes to strengthen their language of art."
Taynahza’s class starts on Wednesday, Feb. 11, and is geared for adults ages 18 and older. However, mature teens from the age of 15 will be able to register if they can handle an adult classroom setting, Scudder explained.
Another workshop, scheduled for May 9 and May 16, will be hosted by visual artist Sandy Freckleton Gagon, who lives in Sandy.
The session will cover portraiture and oil painting. It is an adult class with live models and will run from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
"The first day, she will go over that with the students who construct and compose a face in a portrait," Scudder said. "The following week she will focus on the techniques in oil painting. So students will learn two techniques in one workshop."
Scudder will also teach her own class, called "Art Around the World," this semester.
The seven-week sessions will begin on Feb. 12, and will be offered for children ages 6 to 10.
"I put this together and I think it’s something I would have loved to do when I was a kid," Scudder said. "Students will learn about art and cultures of different countries and regions around the world. Each week we will learn about a culture and do an art project that is themed around that geographical location."
The class will use many mediums for the art.
"We’ll do watercolors, paper maché, some sculpture and other things," Scudder said. "I think it’s exciting and fun for kids to experience something new every day and go home with something they created and are proud of."
The Kimball Art Center will also offer film photography taught by David Hyams this semester.
"We will open our darkroom for a teen workshop in April and an adult workshop in May," Scudder said. "We have this amazing darkroom and it’s been expensive to upkeep, but I think darkroom photography is on the upswing, because we’ve had a lot of inquiries. This is the first time we are offering photography in maybe four years."
Scudder enjoys working with the different instructors throughout the year.
"They are the ones who make this program successful and I have a really diverse group," she said. "A lot of them are local artists, and that makes it fun for the local residents, who know when their favorite teachers will teach semester after semester.
"The instructors also provide a unique experience for Park City’s transit community who visit seasonally or for a week at a time," she said. "Sometimes half of their families like to ski and the other half aren’t into that. So these people can sign up for a class and learn from a local artist and enjoy their stay in town."
The Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave., is currently accepting registration for its spring art classes. For more information, full class descriptions, costs (KAC members will receive a 10 percent discount) and registration, visit http://www.kimballartcenter.com/art-classes .
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