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Kimball Art Center classes enhance lives

Art can be created in many different ways.

Oils, acrylic, encaustic wax, charcoal, pencils and clay are some of the materials that will be used for various art classes that will be held at the Kimball Art Center this fall and winter.

There will even be a class for students to design their own snowboards.

"The Kimball Art Center offers classes to the community so we can provide a place where people can come, be inspired, create and learn about the visual arts," said Jenny Diersen, education director at the Kimball Art Center. "Our fall and winter classes begin October 1, and we’ll have classes every week through January 1."

Registration for the 75 classes offered this season is going on now at the KAC or online at http://www.kimballartcenter.org.

"We have classes available for any level of student and any age beginning with two-year-olds in our tots’ classes and continue on to our adult classes," Diersen said. "The number of classes that we offer continues to grow. We have more requests for classes each year and we have found that they fill up quite quickly.

"We also offer classes that will accommodate people’s schedules," she said. "We hold classes weeknights, weekdays and on weekends, so people can arrange to attend a class for one day all the way to eight weeks, depending on the class."

Encaustic sessions

New are two encaustic classes for adults taught by local artist Jeff Juhlin and exhibiting artist Shannon Troxler, who hails from Jackson Hole, Wyo., Diersen said.

"Jeff is from Salt Lake City and he will teach an introduction to encaustics class in December," she said. "He is one of our artists and instructors who have helped our members and students to understand encaustic painting, which is painting with wax. He will teach an additional class for anyone who has missed his other classes in the past. That way those students can get into that hot new medium."

Troxler, who will be exhibiting her work in our Badami Gallery in November and December, will teach an encaustic class that focuses on the painterly style, which shows brush strokes when combining the encaustic medium with oils, pastels, watercolors and charcoal and ink, Diersen said.

Seasonal sessions

Since the holidays are coming up, the KAC has scheduled some themed classes, including a weekend women’s holiday retreat that will feature sessions taught by Katherine England, a California-based, multi-media artist.

"She was here in the summer and taught some mosaics classes, Diersen said. "She will come back to teach a class on soldering and one about glass-bead mosaics. Students will learn to make unique, hand-made works."

Other themed classes include gingerbread house sculptures, snowboard designs, turkey pots and skeleton sketches for families and kids.

"We offer special holiday tots and kids classes to get them excited about the traditions we celebrate in our community." Diersen said. "The skeleton sketches actually teach the kids how their bones are connected within their bodies and they will make their own portraits with differently shaped pastas."

KAC ceramics studio manager Kourtney Burgner will teach her annual class called Tots Turkey Pots.

"She always comes up with a new innovative way to create fun little ceramic turkeys to put on the tables for Thanksgiving," Diersen said.

Of course, the KAC will offer gingerbread house classes.

"They always sell out, so this year, we’re offering three different sessions," Diersen said. "Kids will get tons of candy and gingerbread and make various sculptures, and parents don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess."

Snowboard sessions

Students will also get the opportunity to design and make their own snowboards with instructor Ian Leinbach.

"Ian is a local artist and snowboarder and he is always enthusiastic about teaching art to kids. He thought it would be cool if kids could take a class to design their own snowboard."

The snowboards will actually be produced and sealed, so the kids can use them on the slopes this winter, Leinbach said.

"There is a company in Salt Lake called Revolution Snowboards and they are known for having custom graphics on their boards," he explained. "The kids will create their graphics, whether the designs will be collages, paintings or something with photo shop, and Revolution will make a fully functional snowboard that will sport the designs.

"The class will start the graphics in-house at the KAC, and then upload them onto the Internet and submit them to Revolution," Leinbach said. "The company, in turn, will inlay the design onto the board."

Not only will the kids be able to design the boards, they will also have the opportunity to choose what style of board they would like.

"There are different snowboard shapes the kids can pick out," Leinbach said.

After the boards are done, the plan is to go as a group to test them out on the slopes.

"I’m working with Canyons to see if they can donate some passes," he said.

The snowboard design class emerged from a skateboard-making class Leinbach has taught for the past two summers.

The only difference is that the kids were able to take their skateboards to the skate park in City Park to try them out.

"Seeing the kids after the skateboard class was great and it was cool to see them show off their boards to their parents and their friends," Leinbach said. "They had a different type of ownership of those boards, because they created them.

Leinbach ran into one of his former students at the skate park a month ago.

"He showed me how scratched up his board was and wanted to take the class again," Leinbach said. "It was cool to hear that."

Diersen said art, no matter what it is, can enhance anyone’s life.

"I had an art teacher who inspired my life, and I always kept art with me," she said. "All that I’m trying to do with these classes is to make the Kimball Art Center an easy access point of art for people in our community."

For a full schedule or to register for the fall and winter classes at the Kimball Art Center, call (435) 649-8882 or visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org.


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