Kimball summer art classes get radical |

Kimball summer art classes get radical

Encaustic painting and skateboard graphics are just a couple of classes available at the Kimball Art Center beginning in July.

While the two may be unrelated when it comes to presentation, both require an understanding of texture and a certain level of physicality to complete.

Discovering Encaustic with Sean Diediker

Visual artists Sean Diediker, a graduate of Brigham Young University and founder of Provo’s Bridge Academy of Art, who was commissioned to create an inaugural work for President Barack Obama, said his love for art stems from control.

"I enjoy having complete control over a process," Diediker said during an interview with The Park Record. "I love being responsible for my work. If it’s a big piece of junk, it’s all me. If it’s fantastic it’s all me. I like being the custodian of my creations."

Although a classically-trained painter, Diediker was seduced by the encaustic style, which mixes melted beeswax with pigment to create colorful and textured work.

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"It’s all about the surface," he said. "I love the way light passes through the surface of the mixture. It makes a contemporary surface like no other and can’t be duplicated."

Diediker’s class, Discovering Encaustic, will feature an adjustable curriculum, he said.

"I’ll give appropriate assignments and instructions based on the students’ individual skill levels," he said. "I will show them the tools blow torch, irons, hard tools and color schemes."

This is the first encaustic class Diediker will teach, since releasing his book "The Wax Onion: The Art of Sean Diediker."

"The book chronicles how different people see art," he said. "I would put up a work on Facebook and have people from all over the world tell me what they see, kind of like an ink-blot test, and then I’d subtly manipulate the work by using their comments as a guide.

"I’ll bring in some of the works that are featured in the book and duplicate them and show the students how to get from point A to point B with the encaustic style."

The class will also help his students understand how to deal with illumination and abstract.

"Sometimes what is not there is just as important as what you put down," he said. "It’s all about how the light filters through the different layers of beeswax, and that has to be considered as you build up the surface."

Skate & Create for Tweens and Teens with Ian Leinbach

Parkite Ian Leinbach is an artist who happens to be an avid skate- and snow-boarder. He has been skating ever since he can remember, but the joy isn’t just the rush he gets by doing a frontside indy 360 grab or a spinning-board kickflip.

He also likes the visual art that’s on his boards.

"Skating styles and the different tricks are very cool, but when you get your new board, there are all those beautiful images on it. I often wonder why those graphics were chosen for that specific shape of the skateboard. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to teach this class."

Leinbach’s class is a four-day session, he said.

"The first day, I’ll sit down with the students and figure out what style they want to go for on their board," he said. "I’ll show them a handful of different examples of artists that I really like in skateboarding."

The second day will be filled with the actual painting.

"We’ll focus on getting their designs on the board," Leinbach said. "Then on the third day, we’ll construct the board and put on the trucks, wheels, bearings and grip tape."

The fourth day is the payoff, Leinbach said.

"We’re going to creep down to the skate park at City Park and get our skate on," he said with a laugh. "I have a friend in Indianapolis who did something similar, but he just built the boards with his students and didn’t paint them."

Kimball Art Center education director Jenny Diersen approached Leinbach about teaching a class and the idea was born.

"She knew I’m an avid boarder and we sat around one day talking and the concept popped out of the air," he said. "We’ve been working on it ever since."

Leinbach, who grew up in an artistic household, said the class will not only give students a basic understanding of creating art, but also show them that art is everywhere.

"It’s everywhere you look," he said. "Building designs, landscape, even a bicycle has a color scheme. I would like to show them that art has all these different avenues they can explore.

"Also, I’d like to build a relationship with these kids, so when we see each other at the park, we can give a high five, or when I see them on a mountain during the winter, we can do a couple of runs together," he said. "We live in a small community and I feel they need to have access to fun and creative people. I know they won’t all become designers, but they will know that it’s a possibility."

"Discovering Encaustic" with Sean Diediker, which will be held Saturday and Sunday July 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and "Skate & Create for Tweens and Teens" with Ian Leinbach, are just a couple of which will be held Monday through Thursday, July 18 through 21, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., are just two classes available at the Kimball Art Center. For more information, visit or call (435) 649-8882.