WCU holds summer artist workshops
Six art workshops, hosted by Cullowhee Mountain ARTS, are being offered as part of the Summer Visual ARTS Series, held at Western Carolina University. Workshops run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, starting with an optional wine reception at 5 p.m., Sunday, July 8.
“People are coming from around the country treat themselves to a distraction-free time of art-making,” said director Norma Hendrix, “These workshops are a wonderful opportunity to learn from fabulous artists of national/international recognition. This is a very exciting program.”
July 9 – 13 workshops include:
“Making the Pots you want to Make,” with Gay Smith. Improve skills of hand and eye and make functional pots as intended by the potter. (For intermediate to advanced throwers with two slots for beginners).
Paint “The Figure in Context,” with Susan Lichtman. Like directors of a film, Lichtman will guide students to arrange settings for figures by adjusting light, point of view and still life elements. (For painters who are comfortable working with the figure).
Artist Randall Stoltzfus will teach “Expand the Palettes,” with interesting mixed-media techniques and ideas including stenciling and gilding. (Recommended for any level).
Book artist Karen Hanmer’s “Biblio Tech” workshop will instruct students to create a dozen small book models representing different historical and modern binding methods. (For students with basic book binding skill).
Rebecca Crowell’s “Oil and Wax” workshop is for exploring abstract painting using cold wax medium with oil paint, pigment sticks, powdered pigments and other materials and to discover new ways to create textures, lines, and color fields using a wide variety of tools and techniques. (For intermediate to advanced painters).
Lisa Pressman's “Encaustic and Embellishment” workshop will teach the ancient art of painting with melted wax and pigment and how to use this medium in a fresh contemporary way. (Open to any level including beginners).
The Summer Visual ARTS Series runs through Aug. 3, with additional workshops in all media and a list of public programs and demonstrations. For a calendar, costs and descriptions visit cullowheemountainarts.org or call 342-6913.