The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 7, 2013

Center offers art classes for adults, kids

Tom Lavis

JOHNSTOWN — The Community Arts Center of Cambria County wants to help people find ways to express their creativity more effectively.

Fall art classes for adults and children will be offered from Sept. 16 through Oct. 24 at the arts center, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Rose Mary Hagadus, arts center executive director, said the classes are an opportunity for participants to explore the realm of art by taking a session or two.

“Right now, every class is open and accepting students, but some fill up quickly,” Hagadus said. “The biggest advantage is having a group of instructors whose reputations are their best drawing card when it comes to having people sign up.”

Most adult classes will be held for six consecutive weeks – from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. One yoga class is offered Thursday afternoons.

Several of the classes are returning favorites, such as stained glass, digital photography, basic drawing and yoga.

“All of these classes are back by popular demand,” Hagadus said.

Other classes are painting with acrylics, one-stroke painting and wheel-thrown pottery.

 “Yoga, which has always been trendy, is even more popular since doctors have said it is beneficial,” Hagadus said. “It’s a great way to relax and a wonderful way to reduce stress.”

One-hour yoga classes with instructor Adriann White will be held from 1 to 2, 7 to 8 and 8 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday beginning Sept. 17 and from 1 to

2 p.m. each Thursday beginning Sept. 19.

Arts center members can take a photography class for $35, a yoga class for $36 or a painting with acrylics for $45. Nonmembers pay a few dollars more for each class.

Instructor Charles Rametta will teach students about the settings and functions of their camera. The basics of picture taking also will be covered.  Weather permitting, some photography sessions will be done outdoors.

Lida Hood, arts center education coordinator, has designed a series of one- and two-day workshops for those who would rather attend a compact session instead of taking a class over six weeks. Four adult workshops, including one based on an ancient art form, will be offered.

Donna Housel will be the instructor for Colored Pencils Portraits from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28.

“During a spring workshop, people requested that it be expanded to include portraits,” Hood said.

The class will be working as a group at the same speed, on the same subject, making it possible for Housel to spend more time one-on-one.

The second important issue is laying down the many layers of colored pencil in a soft manner to produce a beautiful skin tone full of color and depth.

The class will give participants the basics of colored pencil portraits and give some insight into working on their own.

Well-known artist William Perry will challenge students with his two-day Watercolor with Bill workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5-6. Students will paint a monochromatic study of their subject matter.

Session one is titled “Pennsylvania Rural Countryside,” which will have an emphasis on the dramatic portrayal of color.

Session two, “Seascapes,” will add variegated and flat washes.

Julie Bernstein Engelmann will be the instructor for Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 and

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29.

This class will offer participants a chance to let “happy accidents” serve up amazing paintings that they would never be able to plan ahead of time.

On Sept. 26, students will make a mess by using acrylic and poured latex. By Sept. 29, the paintings will be dry and students will focus on finding the stories in the paint, removing the parts that distract, and enhancing the composition.

Housel will return to the arts center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 to offer Encaustics, a process found in Egyptian tombs. Encaustic is a practice of manipulating and painting with hot wax and pigment.

“It’s a workshop we have never done,” Hood said. “It’s pretty intriguing to see how the elements flow and set up.”

The workshops range in price from $45 to $72 for members and slightly more for nonmembers.

Kids classes will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Children can take classes in drawing and wheel-thrown pottery. Prices vary for children’s classes.

Draw, Paint and More will allow students to use acrylics on canvas, chalk, pastels, charcoal and more. The class will be held on Mondays from Sept. 16 to Oct. 21. Cost is $20 for members.

A wheel-thrown pottery class, for children 8 and older, will be held on Wednesdays from

Sept. 18 to Oct. 30. The class size is limited to seven students.

Cost is $43 for members.

Nonmembers will pay slightly more for each class.

To register, call 255-6515.

Tom Lavis covers Features for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on LavisTD.