Inspired by Art Fest? Take a class
The Park City Kimball Arts Festival will come and go this weekend, but art, itself, will stay.
A fresh batch of classes at the Kimball Art Center will begin Monday. A new generation of artists may be born.
Samantha and Bridey Bush may be two of them. The sisters, eight and six years old respectively, have taken numerous classes and most recently finished a wheel thrown pottery class taught by Candice Methe.
"I love the pottery classes because I really liked mushing stuff with my hands and working with my hands," Samantha said.
Methe enjoys seeing the different personalities among the young artists she teaches.
"Samantha was a mad woman on the wheel, she was very productive, but Bridey was the artistic one," Methe said.
Sharon Bush, the mother of Samantha and Bridey appreciates what the Kimball Art Center has provided for her children.
"I’m not an artist myself, I just feel that children enjoy it so much and I think it’s something that’s nice to encourage in your children," Sharon said. "All of the teachers have been wonderful and they are all artists themselves. They’ve all worked closely with all the children and provided a safe and encouraging environment. I think the Kimball art center has done such wonderful work with the community also."
Methe is a self-taught pottery artist. For the last 10 years she has been perfecting her skill.
"I’ve been doing it seriously the past two and a half years. I do a lot of special orders, I’m at the Farmers Market on Wednesdays, I do the Avenues Street Fair and the Sundance Harvest Market. I do mostly hand-made or wheel-thrown utilitarian functional ware. I did a lot of fine arts, black and white stuff. I do some mosaics."
There are more aspects of creating pottery than merely creating kitchen ware.
"I’m definitely one of those people that likes to take the long way around," Methe said. "Creating pottery is a process; it takes a lot of work and time. It’s very therapeutic sitting down at the wheel has taught me patience and how to focus. It’s taught me really so much. The thing that I like about pottery is we can incorporate art in our everyday routine. It makes life fun."
Her passion has become working on pottery and teaching kids to have a similar appreciation for art in general.
"One thing about art, it’s really about the process," Methe said. "It’s enabling them and giving them confidence, an outlet they might not necessarily get at home. Even if they don’t enjoy ceramics, it doesn’t mean it won’t lead to something else. It helps their imagination quite a bit."
Methe, a three-year resident of Park City, has taught art to kids for the last four years. She also currently teaches for Arts-Kids. She appreciates the chance to be with children, something she wouldn’t experience without teaching.
"It’s given me an opportunity to be around children and how see how their brains work and how they interact with each other. They don’t have a lot of expectations and they don’t take it as seriously as the adults. It’s fun to see them focus on something. Once they get it, it’s really amazing. You can have a class of six kids and can see how they are different people already."
It’s not just the pottery class that the Bushes have enjoyed.
"We’ve taken a number of classes throughout the summer," Sharon said. "My kids have done painting, paper and print making, papier mache, and the wheel-thrown pottery class. They had a wonderful time. It’s a nice outlet to bring art into their lives more than they do in school. It broadens their education; it’s nice to round them out as individuals. It’s a wonderful way to express yourself. I think all parents would agree with that."
Samantha enjoyed almost every class she has been involved with at the center. She also excelled in Annie Kennedy’s papier mache class.
"I like the papier mache class because Annie was really nice," Samantha said. "We had lots of fun; one girl made a kitty mask and it was really funny. I made a flower and my sister made a parrot. It was really fun. I also liked the print making ’cause we got to make our own paint, it was really cool."
Sharon thinks highly of all the teachers at the Kimball and gladly supports their cause.
"Annie worked so well with the children; she seemed to really enjoy what she was doing also. It’s just nice to support the Kimball Art Center being a nonprofit, they’ve done a lot of community work."
Six classes for adults and children will start next week. For more information and to register, call 649-8882.
Classes starting Monday and Tuesday:
*Watercolor painting class: Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23. The class is taught by Linda Kohler Barnes and costs $145 ($125 for Members). Call 649-8882 for more information. *Wheel thrown pottery class for parents and children: Mondays and Wednesdays at the Kimball Art Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 7, 9, 14, 16. The cost is $125. Call 649-8882 for more information. *Sculptural welding class: Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Kimball Art Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24. The class is taught by Zafod Beatlebrox and costs $145 ( $125 for Members). Call 649-8882 for more information. *Kids jewelry making and adult jewelry making paired classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Kimball Art Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 8, 10, 15, 17. The cost is $95 each or $145 combined. Call 649-8882 for more information.
*Picasso to Pollock classes for ages 8 to 12: Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 8, 10, 15, 17. The cost is $95. Call 649-8882 for more information. *Drawing from the figure classes for adults (under 18, written permission required): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 8, 10, 15, 17. The cost is $115. Call 649-8882 for more information.
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