Kimball heads to spring with new class offerings
Art can be an intimidating undertaking where work is frequently lumped rightly or wrongly into two categories, good or not good. But painting (or any other type of artwork) need not be as competitive as a professional sports league, quite to the contrary, there are frequent opportunities for a prospective artist looking to try something new or learn how to do something better.
A few such opportunities will come this spring with the Kimball Art Center’s new slate of classes. Announced this past Wednesday, the courses are designed to span a whole range of age groups and mediums, and for the spring, the Kimball has some new offerings.
"We have a new teen section that we’re really excited about," said Annie Kennedy, the education coordinator at the Kimball Art Center.
"And then we have a new ‘Parents and Preschoolers class," she added.
The latter is a four-week course for children ages 3-5 and their parents, designed to foster creativity with the kids while giving them an opportunity to work with their parents on art projects.
The three teen classes, meanwhile, are aimed at youth ages 13-18 and include an introductory ceramics course; "Capturing Light," a painting and drawing class focusing on light and color theory, and "Narrative Filmmaking," a class the Kimball will present in conjunction with Spy Hop Productions.
Kennedy said the collaboration between the two nonprofits offers the Spy Hop an opportunity to establish a satellite location in Park City, while the Kimball can add to its list of course offerings.
"I actually grew up in Salt Lake [City]," said Kennedy, "and when I graduated from high school it was just before Spy Hop was around, and I was a little jealous."
So she jumped at the opportunity to bring the organization’s program to Park City. The two groups are currently discussing the details of the collaboration.
Overall, Kennedy said the Kimball started new programs, including both the Parents and Preschoolers class and all of the courses in the teen sections, because of demand over the past few months.
"I have a lot of people who asked me for stuff," she said.
Among the Kimball’s other offerings, the kids’ courses, for youth ages 6-12, remains almost exactly the same, with three four-week courses, "Puppet Making," "Kids Clay" and "Paper Mache Voyage."
Kennedy said she was excited about Ali Garrity, the new instructor for "Puppet Making" and the paper mache class, which will focus on exploring a variety of different world cultures through the paper mache medium.
For adults, the Kimball will offer four different eight-week classes, including "Oil Painting for Beginners," "Jewelry II," "Art 101" and "Ceramics II." Kennedy, who will teach both the oil painting class and "Art 101," said the latter class a new one would offer just what the name implies a good overview of do-it-yourself art.
"Each class period I’ll introduce a new medium and I’ll talk a little bit about it and we’ll do a project," she said.
The class, she said, should offer a good overview of a variety of art forms and how exactly one accomplishes each of them.
At the same time, the class also illustrates the kind of outreach the Kimball wants to perform with its classes.
"We really want people to get reacquainted with the Kimball," said Kennedy.
Currently putting together her second slate of classes, Kennedy also said she’s continuing to get a feel for the Kimball’s educational programs and the community.
"I really have enjoyed being here, and I’m starting to feel the ground under my feet," she said. "I’m really happy to be part of this great Kimball team."
She said the response to the art center’s fall classes was good, and she hopes that will continue in the near future.
"It was great," she said. "We’re still looking to build and expand our programs, but he had a great turnout."
For more information about the Kimball Art Center and its classes, including dates and tuition expenses, or to sign up, visit http://www.kimball-art.org or call 649-8882.
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