Kimball readies summer classes
The countdown has begun for the Kimball Art Center’s 2016 summer classes that begin the first week of June.
Education Department Manager Jocelyn Scudder is ready, especially because this is the first year the classes will be held at the new location on Kearns Boulevard.
"We have two new studios, compared to the old space," Scudder told The Park Record. "We now have a space for glass and glass fusion. We also have a studio specifically for printmaking and encaustic painting."
The new location at 1401 Kearns Blvd. also boasts a newly opened ceramics studio.
"We’re really excited about the studio," Scudder said. "It’s exciting to have a well-developed studio, and our studio manager Kristen McDermaid is so knowledgeable about and really proficient about the medium of clay. She has been able to take the clay program to the next level. We have really been able to tap in to every level from kids to adults."
Ceramics classes include everything from pinch pots for kids to an adult class called "Clay, Smoke and Fire."
"That class focuses on different firing techniques," Scudder explained. "There are different temperatures of firing. There are different glazes and techniques that you can put on surfaces of clay and the outcomes are amazing."
With more space, Scudder was also able to expand her classes in other areas.
"In the past we ran around 100 classes, but this year we’re running 148 in these three months, because we have more space and we were able to offer a 35 percent increase of summer classes," she said.
That increase brought in some new media.
"We added screen printing and etching in our printmaking class, which was something we couldn’t do before," Scudder said. "We’re also offering marionette puppet making and alternative-process photography and children’s book making."
With more classes comes more instructors to lead them. The Kimball Art Center has hired 10 new teachers for the summer and six visiting artists who will teach.
"We are drawing from our community where there is a ton of artistic talent to up the caliber of our programs," Scudder said. "For example, we’re doing YogaArt for Kids and Park City yoga instructor Randi Jo Taurel, who teaches yoga in the schools, will teach this class.
"We also have a new instructor, Karalee Kuchar, who is a grad student at the University of Utah who will teach photograms, where students can use sunlight to create prints," she said. "And we are also offering a three-stick kite workshop for families in July with José Sainz and Scott Skinner."
Sainz and Skinner are part of the Drachen Foundation, a nonprofit that is devoted to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about kites worldwide, according to Scudder.
"Parents and kids will create something together out of bamboo sticks and natural fiber paper," she said. "It is going to be a unique experience. It’s something different and we’re excited to invite these brilliant artists to come share our experiences."
While Scudder is proud of the classes she has been able to put together, she did say it was a challenge tying up all the loose ends.
"The process was a little crazy because it was a complete balancing act and you have to be organized to be able offer quality and variety and not 10 classes in the same month," she said with a laugh. "It’s a delicate web we build here."
Some of these classes were developed because of what the community wanted.
"We did a focus group a year and a half ago to get some feedback about what peopled wanted from the Kimball Art Center," Scudder said.
Scudder worked with more than 60 teaching artists to get this year’s offerings organized.
"I spend hours talking with teachers to figure out what age group they like best and what medium they like to teach and then we get into materials and what will work and what won’t," she said. "I enjoy talking with these teachers and hearing what they passionately love."
Scudder also likes the community feedback.
"I enjoy seeing the reactions of the students, young and old, and reading their critiques at the end of the classes," she said. "That’s how we can take the programs one or more steps further."
This year’s schedule is also a great way for the public to visit the new Kimball Art Center.
"Personally, I think aesthetically, the new space appeals to me more," Scudder said. "At the old space, we were working within the constructs of an historic garage and although the space was wonderful at the time, the new space has been ideal.
"Since it was a church before, they already has classroom spaces set up, and that has worked out well for us now," she said. "We also have two parking lots and more wiggle room."
For more information about or to register for the Kimball Art Center’s 2016 summer classes, call 435-649-8882 or visit KimballArtCenter.org.
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